Chester FC (nicknamed The Blues, The Seals, City) play at the Deva Stadium, Chester. The name Deva comes from the original Roman name for the fort Deva Victrix, which became the city of Chester, in North West England. Owned by the Cheshire West and Chester Council, the stadium has a capacity of 5,300 and is notable for straddling the England-Wales border. The whole ground is in Wales (Flintshire) with part of the car park in England. Chester City FC were dissolved with huge debts on 10 March 2010, two days after being expelled from the Blue Square Premier League (to which they had been relegated from the Football League the previous season), and as a result the stadium was left without a tenant. In May 2010 the owners of the ground, Chester and Cheshire West council awarded the lease to the newly formed phoenix club Chester F.C
For the 2013-14 season, Chester remains as a semi-professional club (as are Dartford), despite the presence of a number of full time clubs in the Conference Premier. Before the season, there were high expectations for the Blues, with bookmakers making them eighth favourites for the Conference title. However, the season started with the Blues in terrible form, with five consecutive defeats, including a 2-0 home defeat to fellow part-timers Woking after the visitors played the entire second half with ten men. Chester are currently 22 (third from bottom) and Dartford are 16 in the league table.
On 31 August Chester secured their first win against Wrexham, despite 3 yellow cards and one red card against Chester. Some 6000 fans watched the match in Wales, 800 from Chester. So Chester go into the match against Dartford full of confidence, but unfortunately Chester earned their first point at home this season with a goalless stalemate against Dartford. A crowd of 2,587 watched the match, which I was unable to go to. Regrettably there seem to be virtually no images available for this match. Only came across one pic in a local paper.
Dartford drop to 18 in the league table, above Wrexham and Woking. Some hard work ahead, lads.