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post Feb 21 2011, 10:13 PM
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The Board of Chester FC has met this evening, 21st February, 2011, to discuss the events of last Saturday at Chorley.


We wish to express our disappointment of the logistical shortcomings apparent at the game on Saturday. We are frustrated at the behaviour of a minority of both sets of supporters which led to fans and stewards from Chester and Chorley being at risk.

We feel that the events following the game outside the stadium, which led to two Chester supporters sadly sustaining head injuries, were abhorrent. We hope that lessons are learned by all parties to prevent this from happening on future occasions.

We are aware that Lancashire and Cheshire Police are conducting enquiries into the events both in the lead up to and on the day of the game. The Board of Chester FC has agreed and decided to take the following action:-

• Any Chester fan convicted following the incidents at Chorley will be banned from The Exacta Stadium and all other Evo-Stik grounds.

• Any Chester fan identified by the Police as contributing to the damage to the ‘segregation barriers’ or encroaching onto the pitch at the end of the game will also face a potential ban from the Exacta Stadium and all other Evo-Stik grounds.

Chester FC will co-operate fully with any enquiry which may result in further action being taken. In the meantime the Club would like to thank the vast majority of our 1200 fans of all ages who attended the game and behaved in the manner we have come to expect.



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post Feb 21 2011, 10:17 PM
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QUOTE (Derry Exile @ Feb 21 2011, 10:13 PM) *
The Board of Chester FC has met this evening, 21st February, 2011, to discuss the events of last Saturday at Chorley.


We wish to express our disappointment of the logistical shortcomings apparent at the game on Saturday. We are frustrated at the behaviour of a minority of both sets of supporters which led to fans and stewards from Chester and Chorley being at risk.

We feel that the events following the game outside the stadium, which led to two Chester supporters sadly sustaining head injuries, were abhorrent. We hope that lessons are learned by all parties to prevent this from happening on future occasions.

We are aware that Lancashire and Cheshire Police are conducting enquiries into the events both in the lead up to and on the day of the game. The Board of Chester FC has agreed and decided to take the following action:-

Any Chester fan convicted following the incidents at Chorley will be banned from The Exacta Stadium and all other Evo-Stik grounds.

Any Chester fan identified by the Police as contributing to the damage to the ‘segregation barriers’ or encroaching onto the pitch at the end of the game will also face a potential ban from the Exacta Stadium and all other Evo-Stik grounds.

Chester FC will co-operate fully with any enquiry which may result in further action being taken. In the meantime the Club would like to thank the vast majority of our 1200 fans of all ages who attended the game and behaved in the manner we have come to expect.



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post Feb 21 2011, 10:18 PM
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Hopefully for a while, no place at all in football for that anymore, and don't tell me you disagree with that!?


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post Feb 21 2011, 10:18 PM
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QUOTE (HowieCCFC @ Feb 21 2011, 10:17 PM) *
QUOTE (Derry Exile @ Feb 21 2011, 10:13 PM) *
The Board of Chester FC has met this evening, 21st February, 2011, to discuss the events of last Saturday at Chorley.


We wish to express our disappointment of the logistical shortcomings apparent at the game on Saturday. We are frustrated at the behaviour of a minority of both sets of supporters which led to fans and stewards from Chester and Chorley being at risk.

We feel that the events following the game outside the stadium, which led to two Chester supporters sadly sustaining head injuries, were abhorrent. We hope that lessons are learned by all parties to prevent this from happening on future occasions.

We are aware that Lancashire and Cheshire Police are conducting enquiries into the events both in the lead up to and on the day of the game. The Board of Chester FC has agreed and decided to take the following action:-

Any Chester fan convicted following the incidents at Chorley will be banned from The Exacta Stadium and all other Evo-Stik grounds.

Any Chester fan identified by the Police as contributing to the damage to the ‘segregation barriers’ or encroaching onto the pitch at the end of the game will also face a potential ban from the Exacta Stadium and all other Evo-Stik grounds.

Chester FC will co-operate fully with any enquiry which may result in further action being taken. In the meantime the Club would like to thank the vast majority of our 1200 fans of all ages who attended the game and behaved in the manner we have come to expect.



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post Feb 21 2011, 10:19 PM
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If those Youtube videos have disappeared then I suspect that the police will be looking at them very closely.
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post Feb 21 2011, 10:21 PM
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post Feb 21 2011, 10:24 PM
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Good quick response and statement by the Board of CFC.

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post Feb 21 2011, 10:25 PM
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QUOTE (Blueblister @ Feb 21 2011, 10:18 PM) *
QUOTE (HowieCCFC @ Feb 21 2011, 10:17 PM) *
QUOTE (Derry Exile @ Feb 21 2011, 10:13 PM) *
The Board of Chester FC has met this evening, 21st February, 2011, to discuss the events of last Saturday at Chorley.


We wish to express our disappointment of the logistical shortcomings apparent at the game on Saturday. We are frustrated at the behaviour of a minority of both sets of supporters which led to fans and stewards from Chester and Chorley being at risk.

We feel that the events following the game outside the stadium, which led to two Chester supporters sadly sustaining head injuries, were abhorrent. We hope that lessons are learned by all parties to prevent this from happening on future occasions.

We are aware that Lancashire and Cheshire Police are conducting enquiries into the events both in the lead up to and on the day of the game. The Board of Chester FC has agreed and decided to take the following action:-

Any Chester fan convicted following the incidents at Chorley will be banned from The Exacta Stadium and all other Evo-Stik grounds.

Any Chester fan identified by the Police as contributing to the damage to the ‘segregation barriers’ or encroaching onto the pitch at the end of the game will also face a potential ban from the Exacta Stadium and all other Evo-Stik grounds.

Chester FC will co-operate fully with any enquiry which may result in further action being taken. In the meantime the Club would like to thank the vast majority of our 1200 fans of all ages who attended the game and behaved in the manner we have come to expect.



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post Feb 21 2011, 10:29 PM
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If the videos have dissapeared hopefully the people uploading them have seen sence and decided to take them off themself, it's not in teh clubs intrest to identify said people.

Chorley didn't want the Police in the ground.

Chorley fans on the pitch.

Chorley fans attacking Chester coaches etc.

Think some people on here are living in there own little world.


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post Feb 21 2011, 10:32 PM
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QUOTE (Orange Wings @ Feb 21 2011, 10:29 PM) *
If the videos have dissapeared hopefully the people uploading them have seen sence and decided to take them off themself, it's not in teh clubs intrest to identify said people.

Chorley didn't want the Police in the ground.

Chorley fans on the pitch.

Chorley fans attacking Chester coaches etc.

Think some people on here are living in there own little world.


Chester fans on the pitch too, as well as Chester fans getting involved with the barriers before the game so we're not completely whiter than white.

We all know the score and 99.9% of our fanbase understand that if you go onto the pitch you face a ban, if you start causing damage to the stadium you also face a ban. Fks sake like, we've been through all this at Colwyn Bay in pre-season, how many more times before people get it into their heads!?


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post Feb 21 2011, 10:32 PM
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Co-operating with the very force that caused the situation in the first place, no mention of complaining about Lancashire police herding the away fans towards what was a very dangerous situation?

No mention of Chorey FC's complete inability to cope with a large away following?

All I read from that statement is as I expected to be fair - ban any Chester fan found guilty (whether he is actually guilty or not) yet "hope that the others learn lessons"?

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post Feb 21 2011, 10:33 PM
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QUOTE (Orange Wings @ Feb 21 2011, 10:29 PM) *
If the videos have dissapeared hopefully the people uploading them have seen sence and decided to take them off themself, it's not in teh clubs intrest to identify said people.

Chorley didn't want the Police in the ground.

Chorley fans on the pitch.

Chorley fans attacking Chester coaches etc.

Think some people on here are living in there own little world.


I think you are the one in your own world - it is in any club's interest to get rid of the people who do these things from their ground.
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post Feb 21 2011, 10:34 PM
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QUOTE (Chesterandproud @ Feb 21 2011, 10:32 PM) *
Co-operating with the very force that caused the situation in the first place, no mention of complaining about Lancashire police herding the away fans towards what was a very dangerous situation?

No mention of Chorey FC's complete inability to cope with a large away following?

All I read from that statement is as I expected to be fair - ban any Chester fan found guilty (whether he is actually guilty or not) yet "hope that the others learn lessons"?

Absolutely pathetic.mad.gif


Clearly the club aren't going to come out and condemn Chorley, it would only flame the fires more. Remain diplomatic and co-operate in whatever means. This way, hopefully, we'll come out the better of the two sides. Which is quite rightly how we should be seen.


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No complaint by the club being forwarded to the league or Chorley? very dissapointing


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post Feb 21 2011, 10:37 PM
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I wonder if the police investigation will provide any explanation for what happened outside the ground immediately after the game.

Why did police officers outside the away exit tell Chester fans to turn right - towards a baying mob of Chorley fans - rather than turn left towards the safety of their re-located coaches?

On the face of it, a pathetic bit of police incompetence.


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QUOTE (West Hampshire Blue @ Feb 21 2011, 10:33 PM) *
QUOTE (Orange Wings @ Feb 21 2011, 10:29 PM) *
If the videos have dissapeared hopefully the people uploading them have seen sence and decided to take them off themself, it's not in teh clubs intrest to identify said people.

Chorley didn't want the Police in the ground.

Chorley fans on the pitch.

Chorley fans attacking Chester coaches etc.

Think some people on here are living in there own little world.


I think you are the one in your own world - it is in any club's interest to get rid of the people who do these things from their ground.


So you honestly think it is in Chester FC's interest to admit to fault and providing Chorley do the same the blame would be split equaly? Damaging the reputation of our club because of certain things which wasn't even our responsibility.


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post Feb 21 2011, 10:39 PM
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QUOTE (Derry Exile @ Feb 21 2011, 10:32 PM) *
QUOTE (Orange Wings @ Feb 21 2011, 10:29 PM) *
If the videos have dissapeared hopefully the people uploading them have seen sence and decided to take them off themself, it's not in teh clubs intrest to identify said people.

Chorley didn't want the Police in the ground.

Chorley fans on the pitch.

Chorley fans attacking Chester coaches etc.

Think some people on here are living in there own little world.


Chester fans on the pitch too, as well as Chester fans getting involved with the barriers before the game so we're not completely whiter than white.

We all know the score and 99.9% of our fanbase understand that if you go onto the pitch you face a ban, if you start causing damage to the stadium you also face a ban. Fks sake like, we've been through all this at Colwyn Bay in pre-season, how many more times before people get it into their heads!?


Exactly. The writing has been on the wall all season, yet still before the game some on here were shouting about their right to go onto the pitch. I just don't get it.
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QUOTE (Orange Wings @ Feb 21 2011, 10:29 PM) *
If the videos have dissapeared hopefully the people uploading them have seen sence and decided to take them off themself, it's not in teh clubs intrest to identify said people.

Chorley didn't want the Police in the ground.

Chorley fans on the pitch.

Chorley fans attacking Chester coaches etc.

Think some people on here are living in there own little world.



Errrr what Chester coaches were attacked? First time that has been said on the website as far as I can recollect.
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QUOTE (J.F.K. @ Feb 21 2011, 10:34 PM) *
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Co-operating with the very force that caused the situation in the first place, no mention of complaining about Lancashire police herding the away fans towards what was a very dangerous situation?

No mention of Chorey FC's complete inability to cope with a large away following?

All I read from that statement is as I expected to be fair - ban any Chester fan found guilty (whether he is actually guilty or not) yet "hope that the others learn lessons"?

Absolutely pathetic.mad.gif


Clearly the club aren't going to come out and condemn Chorley, it would only flame the fires more. Remain diplomatic and co-operate in whatever means. This way, hopefully, we'll come out the better of the two sides. Which is quite rightly how we should be seen.


Exactly. What did you expect c&p? "Chester think that Chorley FC are useless at holding a football match and think the police displayed levels of imcompetance unrivalled in their....er.....incompetance. Chester FC would like to congratulate every single one of their fans for not reacting or mis-behaving and as a present, you'll all receive free admission to the next home game and a signed shirt"?

You've read it how you want to read it. Nowhere does it say fans will be banned whether they're guilty or not, you've just assumed it.

It is a sensible and measured statement at this time, whilst the police are still investigating things and the policy of banning fans for violent disorder and invading the pitch (which in itself is an offence) can come as no surprise whatsoever.
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QUOTE (Orange Wings @ Feb 21 2011, 10:37 PM) *
QUOTE (West Hampshire Blue @ Feb 21 2011, 10:33 PM) *
QUOTE (Orange Wings @ Feb 21 2011, 10:29 PM) *
If the videos have dissapeared hopefully the people uploading them have seen sence and decided to take them off themself, it's not in teh clubs intrest to identify said people.

Chorley didn't want the Police in the ground.

Chorley fans on the pitch.

Chorley fans attacking Chester coaches etc.

Think some people on here are living in there own little world.


I think you are the one in your own world - it is in any club's interest to get rid of the people who do these things from their ground.


So you honestly think it is in Chester FC's interest to admit to fault and providing Chorley do the same the blame would be split equaly? Damaging the reputation of our club because of certain things which wasn't even our responsibility.


Who said we're 'admitting responsibility'. The club has to look at the facts, and the facts are that before the game a minority of 'fans' from both sides charged down the scaffolding separating the two, and after the game a number of people from both sides encroached onto the field. It happened, we all know it happened and those people involved from both sides will now face the consequences of their actions if they are found out.

Like I said above, we all know the consequences following on from the Colwyn Bay game in pre-season. People know the score, they know what will happen if they commit a football related offence. What happened outside the ground was a disgrace and poor police work, which the statement clearly says is being discussed between Cheshire and Lancashire Police, along with the help and advice of both clubs no doubt.

There can be no excuses from both groups involved


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For anyone identified it will most likely come down to past conduct in whether they get banned. Someone who has been dealt with by the police before when it comes to football incidents will have a lot more chance of being banned than say a first offender. Someone identified actively fighting better say goodbye to the Exacta now as they won't be back for a while. Shame it's come down to this but you can't fault the board over any of this.


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I really don't think there's any other option than to ban fans found guilty of violence and encroachment onto the pitch. We were all aware of the possible repercussions before the match so should find it difficult to complain after the match.

I notice we have a thread started already about levelling matters with Chorley so we obviously still are not learning unfortunately....

I would imagine Chorley FC will take the same action and, if not, then may be an official complaint should be considered but I somehow doubt it will be necessary







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QUOTE (Orange Wings @ Feb 21 2011, 10:37 PM) *
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QUOTE (Orange Wings @ Feb 21 2011, 10:29 PM) *
If the videos have dissapeared hopefully the people uploading them have seen sence and decided to take them off themself, it's not in teh clubs intrest to identify said people.

Chorley didn't want the Police in the ground.

Chorley fans on the pitch.

Chorley fans attacking Chester coaches etc.

Think some people on here are living in there own little world.


I think you are the one in your own world - it is in any club's interest to get rid of the people who do these things from their ground.


So you honestly think it is in Chester FC's interest to admit to fault and providing Chorley do the same the blame would be split equaly? Damaging the reputation of our club because of certain things which wasn't even our responsibility.

i think that this statement is aimed at the powers that be running your league by concentrating on the behavior and sanctions towards their own fans, they are probably attempting to lessen any sanction that may be placed upon them.it may not please you but it is another example of how sussed your board seems to be.by acting you might say harshly for a bit of bother at the fence and a few people comming on the pitch that really boxes chorley in. cause the stuff their 'supporters ' did, compared to that is on another planet. so even if chorley do the same and ban its clearly not enough. even my old club has done the same today. 2 reasons why i post on this site- 1, i belive that fan owned clubs are the only future for clubs outside at least the championship. 2, your board, they are such a bunch of clever f*****s i bet they dont even realise it
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As usual, a sensible statement from the club which only the not very sensible seem to have a problem
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Maybe I'm reading it wrong, but I can't see anywhere in the statement a mention of Lancashire police's incompetence. I realise the club has to tred carefully when p**sing the authorities off but surely somebody has to be held accountable somewhere?


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