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CHESTER FOOTBALL CLUB. « A STEP FORWARD: BETTER PROSPECTS. The committee appointed at the general meeting of the members of the Chester Foot- ball Club called a meeting of the players and supporters, which took place at the Nag's Head Cocoa House on Friday night. Mr. E. DUTTON was voted to the chair, and, in opening the proceedings, said the committee had thought it better to call a meeting in order to state the position of the club. They found they were going to carry on the 'club under exactly the same name as before, and were going to act on straight and business lines, and to endeavour to make the club a paying concern. To gain that end they would want the help of not only the people but the players to join in an effort to make the club a really good football club. Mr. FLETCHER said that so far as the financial part of the business was concerned, at the time the committee were elected it was an open question as to whether they accepted office with a liability of E288 hanging over them. If, after taking legal advice, they had found themselves liable they would not have taken office, and would have left those who had contracted the debts to pay them. They had taken legal advice, they were not liable for those debts, and thus they were commenc- ing their duties as committee-men from that night. Mr. Crowder was their chairman, Mr. Atherton secretary, and Mr. Edgar Dutton treasurer. (Applause.) During the last few days they had been making inquiries as to the ground. There was a little difficulty about it, but if they did not suceed in making suitable terms about the old ground, they had at least one or two others they could have, and one of them was much superior to the old one. The landlord of the old field wanted to increase their rental and make other conditions, including the removal of a part of the hoarding, which would cost £ 15; and it was a question whether it would be reasonable or policy to go to such expense, and at the end of the season—they could only have the ground for one season- have nothing with which to recoup them- selves. Whether they took the old or the new field there would be expense, and they wanted lovers of football in Chester to help them to put the field in proper order by becoming members for the ensuing season. They started without a penny in hand, and wanted money to go on with. Tickets of membership would be 5s., 7s. 6d., and 10s. 6d., and would entitle the holders to vote. Mr. G. HULL wanted to know if the committee could not have a proper athletic ground in connection with the Football Club, where not only the football matches could be played, but where they could have bicycle races, &c. (Hear, hear.) The CHAIRMAN :-That is a line on which I think the committee are going. Mr. GRAHAM asked what fixtures the club had been entered for ? Mr. FLETCHER explained that the club was as much the Chester Club that day as it was twelve months' ago; the only point was that they were not liable for the debts of their predecessors. They were not a legally registered club, or an incorporated body. If they were, the club would be liable for all old debts. With regard to the question he might say they were in the English Cup competition, they took over the Combination fixtures, and were in the Cheshire Cup competition. (Applause.) He might also say that the 5s. for membership gave free entrance to all matches except cup ties, 7s. 6d. admitted to the reserve side, and the stand was 10s. 6d. Anyone could be a vice-president for a guinea. The CHAIRMAN, in answering a question, said that if the committee made the thing a paying concern they would pay off the debts owing to the tradesmen, but they must make it pay first. Mr. JOHN JONES said there were many people who did not attend the matches who would be willing to support the club with subscriptions for the benefit of the young people of the town. There was a good income to be obtained in that way, and he did not doubt that many of those unfortunate gentlemen who had been supporting the club would help it again. He was sorry to say he had been one of the greatest sufferers. He had great difficulty in getting the field, had been to other expense with it, and had not yet received the last half-year's rent, besides other things. It had been rather hard on him, but he should be pleased to support the club in future, and he thought there were many other people in Chester who would also do so if they found it was carried on in a proper manner. (Hear, hear.) They wanted a good ground for football, footracing, and such other things, and he knew a few gentlemen who would come down hand- somely if a good ground was obtained. Mr. H. CROWDER said they all knew things had been carried on in a very loose way, but the new committee were going to endeavour to pull things together. He did not see why they should not have a first class team in Chester. Why should they not have a strong team in the future ? After Mr. COVENTRY had said a few words in appreciation of the proposed athletic ground, Mr. FLETCHER said there was still a difficulty with regard to the old ground. There were three other grounds in view, and if they obtained one of them it would make the finest athletic ground in Cheshire. The owners wished to dispose of it for an athletic ground. They had no Rugby club in Chester, and he might say that there would be enough room in the ground he was speaking of to provide for one. The CHAIRMAN was of opinion that a good idea would be to form a company to float the ground. He knew several gentlemen who thought the same, and would take;85 or £ 10 shares in such a concern. (Hear, hear.) Mr. G. HULL, in moving a vote of thanks to the chairman, hoped the committee would pay more attention to junior clubs, with a view of including players in the senior competitions.— The vote was seconded by Mr. W. H. HALLMARK, and heartily carried. During the evening a considerable number of gentlemen handed in their names for member- ship.

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