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post Jul 12 2015, 10:59 PM
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A tourist stopped me in Chester recently and asked me where he could buy a Chester FC shirt (as I was wearing one). I agree it's not viable to have a club shop in town but it's a shame we can't get a few shirts etc into a shop somewhere in town, kinda like Queensferry Sports used to do.

Also, I'm sure plenty remember the little helmet who sprayed WFC all over the Deva, posted a photo of himself doing it on Facebook and got himself arrested & fined.
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post Jul 13 2015, 07:12 AM
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What a waste of oxygen he is.


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What a waste of oxygen he is.


And not worthy of even more coverage on here mad.gif


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Should have had a couple of different threads as I agree that muppet doesn't desrve the publicity.

In relation to CFC shirts etc. in town do we still have some sort of a link with the Good Shepard shop on Northgate St? Not ideal as it's a pretty small shop to begin with, but there must be scope to have a few city centre independent shops/newsagents sell shirts and scarves etc. on a sale or return basis? It makes me sick to my stomach every time I come back into Chester and see that LFC shop but nothing for us as what kind of message is that sending out to kids etc?


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post Jul 13 2015, 10:09 AM
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Should have had a couple of different threads as I agree that muppet doesn't desrve the publicity.

In relation to CFC shirts etc. in town do we still have some sort of a link with the Good Shepard shop on Northgate St? Not ideal as it's a pretty small shop to begin with, but there must be scope to have a few city centre independent shops/newsagents sell shirts and scarves etc. on a sale or return basis? It makes me sick to my stomach every time I come back into Chester and see that LFC shop but nothing for us as what kind of message is that sending out to kids etc?


I think that the LFC shop should sell a range of Chester FC merchandise. Giving something back to local lower league football but don't hold your breath!


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post Jul 13 2015, 10:48 AM
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QUOTE (deva feva @ Jul 13 2015, 11:09 AM) *
QUOTE (captain duff @ Jul 13 2015, 10:42 AM) *
Should have had a couple of different threads as I agree that muppet doesn't desrve the publicity.

In relation to CFC shirts etc. in town do we still have some sort of a link with the Good Shepard shop on Northgate St? Not ideal as it's a pretty small shop to begin with, but there must be scope to have a few city centre independent shops/newsagents sell shirts and scarves etc. on a sale or return basis? It makes me sick to my stomach every time I come back into Chester and see that LFC shop but nothing for us as what kind of message is that sending out to kids etc?


I think that the LFC shop should sell a range of Chester FC merchandise. Giving something back to local lower league football but don't hold your breath!


I don't think it's something they would be totally adverse to if the right communications were made. It's not like we would want to rebrand the store, just a few shirts on a rack would do.
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post Jul 13 2015, 10:52 AM
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Tesco's in Widnes has a separate area dedicated to Widnes Vikings merchandise... Not sure if they give the space to the club for free but one assumes companies like tesco's try to play a community role.


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QUOTE (deva feva @ Jul 13 2015, 11:09 AM) *
QUOTE (captain duff @ Jul 13 2015, 10:42 AM) *
Should have had a couple of different threads as I agree that muppet doesn't desrve the publicity.

In relation to CFC shirts etc. in town do we still have some sort of a link with the Good Shepard shop on Northgate St? Not ideal as it's a pretty small shop to begin with, but there must be scope to have a few city centre independent shops/newsagents sell shirts and scarves etc. on a sale or return basis? It makes me sick to my stomach every time I come back into Chester and see that LFC shop but nothing for us as what kind of message is that sending out to kids etc?


I think that the LFC shop should sell a range of Chester FC merchandise. Giving something back to local lower league football but don't hold your breath!

I agree and have said this many times. The question is, have they been asked - I doubt it.
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QUOTE (Catford-Bags @ Jul 13 2015, 11:52 AM) *
Tesco's in Widnes has a separate area dedicated to Widnes Vikings merchandise... Not sure if they give the space to the club for free but one assumes companies like tesco's try to play a community role.


Even the JD store on the coliseum in the port has a few Tranmere shirts. We should definitely speak to the LFC store in our own city. It grates on me that it's there in the first place, though.


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Tesco's in Widnes has a separate area dedicated to Widnes Vikings merchandise... Not sure if they give the space to the club for free but one assumes companies like tesco's try to play a community role.


Even the JD store on the coliseum in the port has a few Tranmere shirts. We should definitely speak to the LFC store in our own city. It grates on me that it's there in the first place, though.


A gentle reminder of where their all-time top goalscorer came from might help persuade them! biggrin.gif
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post Jul 13 2015, 02:47 PM
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Surprised TRFC shirts aren't up for sale in Home and Bargains (their main sponsor) - although looking at the state of that shirt this year, they could stick them up for sale in Poundland and nobody would buy them!


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Surprised TRFC shirts aren't up for sale in Home and Bargains (their main sponsor) - although looking at the state of that shirt this year, they could stick them up for sale in Poundland and nobody would buy them!


Sold plenty of them here mate although I do agree they are pretty awful (the design is not that bad. It`s the sponsors logo and colours that ruin it). If they still had "Wirral" on it it would sell three times as many as we have been after the club to put green back in the club colours for years.

Maybe you should do what we did. Instead of having a town (or in your case City) centre shop, which as we all know cost a fortune to rent and unless the sales are off the charts it makes a loss, we rented out a large stall in the market for a month over Christmas and did quite well out of it.

And by the way I agree with you about having a LFC shop in town. We have one as well and the sight of it makes me like throwing up quite frankly. The only saving grace it that I rarely see it particularly busy, even at Christmas

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We do have a very good well stocked online shop which is well presented and easy to use.

http://shop.chesterfc.com/index.php


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post Jul 13 2015, 09:47 PM
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How about hiring a market stall for 2 or 3 days a week to sell merchandise especially in the lead up to Christmas. As we are doing a lot for the Community maybe a deal could be done with the Council? Or maybe this could be a sponsorship opportunity as I don't think the rent is that expensive and there always seem to be stalls free. Parents and grandparents are always looking for present ideas for their children/grandchildren.


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QUOTE (Billy Large @ Jul 13 2015, 08:58 PM) *
We do have a very good well stocked online shop which is well presented and easy to use.

http://shop.chesterfc.com/index.php


Indeed we do - but that's not gonna get passing trade, or punters visiting the city from afar to buy anything


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post Jul 14 2015, 10:05 AM
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QUOTE (Juan King @ Jul 14 2015, 10:46 AM) *
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We do have a very good well stocked online shop which is well presented and easy to use.

http://shop.chesterfc.com/index.php


Indeed we do - but that's not gonna get passing trade, or punters visiting the city from afar to buy anything


Can't the club collaborate with the CH1 team in the city centre? How about visit Chester and Cheshire? Arriva Trains? They could be offered free advertising space at the ground and in exchange posters could be put on their trains or at the station? Chester attracts 8 million visitors per year, that's more than double Cheshire Oaks for example. The one thing a lot of tourists, particularly foreign visitors, love is to pick up some memorabilia from their visits.

The club needs to become more accessible to those who have very little knowledge of its existence, or the more casual supporter. Get contacting places like the Grosvenor precinct, again provide the offer of free advertising at the ground or in the programme in exchange for them to provide a small pop up unit, even temporary over the busy Christmas period. Sell match day tickets from it, memberships, merchandise. Given its more central location, I imagine it would be easier to recruit volunteers to man it too.



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QUOTE (Alan @ Jul 14 2015, 11:05 AM) *
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We do have a very good well stocked online shop which is well presented and easy to use.

http://shop.chesterfc.com/index.php


Indeed we do - but that's not gonna get passing trade, or punters visiting the city from afar to buy anything


Can't the club collaborate with the CH1 team in the city centre? How about visit Chester and Cheshire? Arriva Trains? They could be offered free advertising space at the ground and in exchange posters could be put on their trains or at the station? Chester attracts 8 million visitors per year, that's more than double Cheshire Oaks for example. The one thing a lot of tourists, particularly foreign visitors, love is to pick up some memorabilia from their visits.

The club needs to become more accessible to those who have very little knowledge of its existence, or the more casual supporter. Get contacting places like the Grosvenor precinct, again provide the offer of free advertising at the ground or in the programme in exchange for them to provide a small pop up unit, even temporary over the busy Christmas period. Sell match day tickets from it, memberships, merchandise. Given its more central location, I imagine it would be easier to recruit volunteers to man it too.

Maybe a small rack of shirts in the tourist information shop by the town hall would do well.


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QUOTE (Pauline M @ Jul 13 2015, 10:47 PM) *
How about hiring a market stall for 2 or 3 days a week to sell merchandise especially in the lead up to Christmas. As we are doing a lot for the Community maybe a deal could be done with the Council? Or maybe this could be a sponsorship opportunity as I don't think the rent is that expensive and there always seem to be stalls free. Parents and grandparents are always looking for present ideas for their children/grandchildren.



Don't forget, Pauline - it will have to be staffed by reliable volunteers which may prove problematic


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QUOTE (Pauline M @ Jul 13 2015, 10:47 PM) *
How about hiring a market stall for 2 or 3 days a week to sell merchandise especially in the lead up to Christmas. As we are doing a lot for the Community maybe a deal could be done with the Council? Or maybe this could be a sponsorship opportunity as I don't think the rent is that expensive and there always seem to be stalls free. Parents and grandparents are always looking for present ideas for their children/grandchildren.


Chester FC could operate as a casual trader,
Chester Market charges £8.90 per day (Mon - Sat) and that includes - underground parking (£3.40) and insurance (30p).

This would be a great opportunity for the Club to have a presence in the City. It would also aid ticket sales for home and away matches,
for those who don't drive and would find it easier to get to the Market.

Its certainly worth a trial until Christmas to work out if it was a benefit or cost effective.

Whats not to like???


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QUOTE (Jesse James Rides Again @ Jul 15 2015, 05:07 PM) *
QUOTE (Pauline M @ Jul 13 2015, 10:47 PM) *
How about hiring a market stall for 2 or 3 days a week to sell merchandise especially in the lead up to Christmas. As we are doing a lot for the Community maybe a deal could be done with the Council? Or maybe this could be a sponsorship opportunity as I don't think the rent is that expensive and there always seem to be stalls free. Parents and grandparents are always looking for present ideas for their children/grandchildren.


Chester FC could operate as a casual trader,
Chester Market charges £8.90 per day (Mon - Sat) and that includes - underground parking (£3.40) and insurance (30p).

This would be a great opportunity for the Club to have a presence in the City. It would also aid ticket sales for home and away matches,
for those who don't drive and would find it easier to get to the Market.

Its certainly worth a trial until Christmas to work out if it was a benefit or cost effective.

Whats not to like???



That's great, but who would staff it?


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QUOTE (Big Si @ Jul 15 2015, 02:33 PM) *
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QUOTE (Pauline M @ Jul 13 2015, 10:47 PM) *
How about hiring a market stall for 2 or 3 days a week to sell merchandise especially in the lead up to Christmas. As we are doing a lot for the Community maybe a deal could be done with the Council? Or maybe this could be a sponsorship opportunity as I don't think the rent is that expensive and there always seem to be stalls free. Parents and grandparents are always looking for present ideas for their children/grandchildren.


Chester FC could operate as a casual trader,
Chester Market charges £8.90 per day (Mon - Sat) and that includes - underground parking (£3.40) and insurance (30p).

This would be a great opportunity for the Club to have a presence in the City. It would also aid ticket sales for home and away matches,
for those who don't drive and would find it easier to get to the Market.

Its certainly worth a trial until Christmas to work out if it was a benefit or cost effective.

Whats not to like???



That's great, but who would staff it?

JJ maybe?


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post Jul 15 2015, 09:03 PM
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QUOTE (Canadian Exile @ Jul 15 2015, 07:47 PM) *
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How about hiring a market stall for 2 or 3 days a week to sell merchandise especially in the lead up to Christmas. As we are doing a lot for the Community maybe a deal could be done with the Council? Or maybe this could be a sponsorship opportunity as I don't think the rent is that expensive and there always seem to be stalls free. Parents and grandparents are always looking for present ideas for their children/grandchildren.


Chester FC could operate as a casual trader,
Chester Market charges £8.90 per day (Mon - Sat) and that includes - underground parking (£3.40) and insurance (30p).

This would be a great opportunity for the Club to have a presence in the City. It would also aid ticket sales for home and away matches,
for those who don't drive and would find it easier to get to the Market.

Its certainly worth a trial until Christmas to work out if it was a benefit or cost effective.

Whats not to like???



That's great, but who would staff it?

JJ maybe?

It was discussed at the volunteers meeting tonight,and it was pointed out again that there would need to be volunteers to man it all day.


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QUOTE (Big Si @ Jul 15 2015, 07:33 PM) *
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QUOTE (Pauline M @ Jul 13 2015, 10:47 PM) *
How about hiring a market stall for 2 or 3 days a week to sell merchandise especially in the lead up to Christmas. As we are doing a lot for the Community maybe a deal could be done with the Council? Or maybe this could be a sponsorship opportunity as I don't think the rent is that expensive and there always seem to be stalls free. Parents and grandparents are always looking for present ideas for their children/grandchildren.


Chester FC could operate as a casual trader,
Chester Market charges £8.90 per day (Mon - Sat) and that includes - underground parking (£3.40) and insurance (30p).

This would be a great opportunity for the Club to have a presence in the City. It would also aid ticket sales for home and away matches,
for those who don't drive and would find it easier to get to the Market.

Its certainly worth a trial until Christmas to work out if it was a benefit or cost effective.

Whats not to like???



That's great, but who would staff it?


That is why it would be better off within a existing store be it LFC, Tourist info or other.



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As a casual trader what labels will be sold??
Can I nominate some SI White Badge stuff...


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QUOTE (Alan @ Jul 14 2015, 11:05 AM) *
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We do have a very good well stocked online shop which is well presented and easy to use.

http://shop.chesterfc.com/index.php


Indeed we do - but that's not gonna get passing trade, or punters visiting the city from afar to buy anything


Can't the club collaborate with the CH1 team in the city centre? How about visit Chester and Cheshire? Arriva Trains? They could be offered free advertising space at the ground and in exchange posters could be put on their trains or at the station? Chester attracts 8 million visitors per year, that's more than double Cheshire Oaks for example. The one thing a lot of tourists, particularly foreign visitors, love is to pick up some memorabilia from their visits.

The club needs to become more accessible to those who have very little knowledge of its existence, or the more casual supporter. Get contacting places like the Grosvenor precinct, again provide the offer of free advertising at the ground or in the programme in exchange for them to provide a small pop up unit, even temporary over the busy Christmas period. Sell match day tickets from it, memberships, merchandise. Given its more central location, I imagine it would be easier to recruit volunteers to man it too.




That idea must have legs, surely?


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