CHESTER CITY SUPPORTERS TRUST BACKGROUND
The Trust was officially launched on Thursday 30 November 2000 at the Chester Town Hall.
The following message of support was sent to the Trust by Culture Secretary Chris Smith MP and read out at the meeting:
"I welcome the establishment of the Chester City Supporters Trust and fully endorse its objectives. Last week, I met representatives of the Trust and was impressed by their plans for the club's future and commitment to making them work. It stands every chance of success if as many Chester fans as possible get behind it.
"The Government wants to help supporters of clubs across the country gain a greater say in the affairs and future of their clubs. That is why we set up the Supporters Direct scheme. It is based on the simple principle that supporters can achieve more for their clubs and communities working together than they can alone.
"If a decision is taken to float Chester City as a plc, we would encourage Chester City supporters to work through the new Supporters' Trust in buying shares. That way they will maximise their voice and influence and help safeguard the club's best interests in the long-term."
The following messages of support from two former Chester players were also received and read out at the meeting:
"I wish you every success in your endeavours, as I have very happy memories of my time at Chester City, and what an important part it played in my career. Please keep me updated with your progress" – Ian Rush MBE.
"I am sure that everybody will offer you the support that the trust deserves which in return will help the club go in the right direction." – Bob Delgado
Prior to the launch Graham Ross and Lee Walton, members of the Trust working party met up with Culture Secretary Chris Smith MP as well as Christine Russell MP and Brian Lomax of Supporters Direct.
Pictured left are Lee Walton, Brian Lomax, Chris Smith MP, Christine Russell MP and Graham Ross.