CHESTER CITY'S Nationwide Conference championship-winning season has been recognised by Cheshire County Council with chairman Stephen Vaughan was awarded the county's highest sporting honour.
County chairperson Norah Dolphin, accompanied by a clutch of local dignitaries, were at the Deva Stadium to present Vaughan with the prestigious Chairman's Annual Award for Sport.
The honour is bestowed on the person or persons the council consider has done most to promote sport in the County of Cheshire during the year.
"I'm extremely proud to have won the award, but of course this is an honour for Chester City Football Club, not just Stephen Vaughan," said Vaughan.
"It has been a remarkable 12 months for the club and myself and it is a mark of the progress that we have made at this football club, that we were even considered for this honour, never mind winning it. I feel extremely proud."
Meanwhile, Vaughan will discuss the club's position regarding Scarborough winger Keith Gilroy next week, when manager Mark Wright returns from holiday.
The Yorkshire outfit turned down City's five figure bid for the Irishman on Thursday.
"I will speak to Mark and we will decide whether to take the matter further, or change our attentions to other players," said Vaughan.
"We are extremely ambitious at this club and we are actively building a squad that will challenge for promotion. But, there is a financial ceiling that we are not prepared to break when it comes to transfers."
Aldershot and Shrewsbury Town will face each other tomorrow in the Nationwide Conference play-off final. The winner will accompany champions Chester City into the third division of the Football League next season.