Talking West Cheshire

Football fans give players a rapturous welcome at Town Hall for their civic reception

30 April 2012

Chester football fans gave their championship winning team a rapturous welcome when they arrived at the Town Hall for their civic reception on Saturday.

Over a thousand fans cheered as the players arrived in an open top bus, proudly displaying the Evo-Stik First Division North trophy.

There to greet them was the Lord Mayor of Chester Councillor Eleanor Johnson, who told players and officials: “I am very fortunate to have hosted two civic receptions in the space of less than a year for the football club.

“Today's celebration is for the fans as well as the players and manager Neil Young. The club was also applauded by all members of the Council at its meeting last Thursday, and I would like to also say well done to everybody concerned with the football club.”

Council Leader and club season ticket holder Councillor Mike Jones said: “Just two years ago four hundred fans met at Chester's Guildhall which was more than in attendance at that time.

“A bid was put together for a community club working with the Council, now in such a short space of time just look at what they have achieved.

And he added: “I would like to thank the chairman Chris Pilsbury, manager Neil Young and the team who have brought back football to Chester.”

Joining in the celebrations was Chester fan for many years and Sheriff of Chester Councillor Reggie Jones.

Said Manager Neil Young: “Today's welcome from the fans was amazing, we have had two fantastic seasons and great support, shown not least by the five thousand people who turned up to watch us play Northwich.

“Without the fans support we would not have been able to achieve this success.”

Added the Manager: “As for next season who knows? I have a good nucleus of players which will be supported by new signings so let’s wait and see if we can make it a treble.”