Committee Members

Chair: Pauline Meakins

Steve Mansley
Born in Upton-by-Chester in 1959, I first started watching Chester with my dad, cousin and brother in the late 1960s - though my first real match recollections at Sealand Road are of the all sky blue Chester circa 1970.

I moved to Leatherhead in Surrey in 1979 for my first job - as a photographer for the Electricity Council. In 1983 I helped form the 'Southern Branch' after meeting up with three other exiled supporters (all currently CFU members) at the Manor Ground, Oxford where Chester (with Ian Rush) were playing the season before.

I started the unofficial website in May 1997 and was delighted when it was voted the Non-League Paper website of the year in 2003/04.

I must say I find it almost impossible to pick my favourite matches I've been to - my mind changes every day I'm asked! Today's choice would be for 'old' Chester Leeds United (H) 3-0 and Fulham (A) 5-0. For 'new' Chester I'll go for our first-ever away and home matches against Warrington Town 1-1 and Trafford 6-0 back in 2010. My favourite player over the years has to be Stuart Rimmer.

Ian Riley

Press & Publicity: Sue Choularton
Although a childhood football fan, Sue didn't start following Chester until her first job on the Chester Chronicle, with her first match at Sealand Road against Wrexham in 1988. She was at the last match at Sealand Road and became a regular during the Macclesfield years as it was closer to her Knutsford home town. She moved away from Cheshire in 1991 and soon after work took her to London in 1999, she joined the Exiles' committee. She's visited 136 football grounds, and is still counting...

Special Projects: David Evans
I am 52 and live in South London with wife, Aline and French Bulldog, Chloe.  Daughter Holly is teaching English in Vietnam.
Born in Chester, I moved to London when I was three but we returned to Chester for most school holidays. I was taken to Sealand Road by my dad and grandad and was hooked. My first ever game was away to Aldershot in the 1967-68 season (see picture).
I spent 15 years working for the Labour Party - including 5 years as Director of the Party in the North West during which time I helped to found the ISA.  12 years ago I started my own communications business based in Croydon.
In addition to being on the Exiles Committee, I have the privilege of serving on the Board of the Football Club. My favourite player is Ian Edwards - who could have gone on to great things but for a knee injury.
My best matches attended would have to be old money - beating Wrexham 2-1 at the Racecourse in 1978 and new money - beating Wrexham last month 2-0!

Special Projects:  Robert Evans
Darts: Rick Goby

Committee: Peter Jones
A true Cestrian born within the City Walls.
First Game: 1963/64 Season can’t remember who we played but we did win. Taken by my father who although born in Wolverhampton always believed in supporting the team where he lived. My memories of the game was the smell of pipe tobacco and sitting on hard wooden benches.
Oddest thing about Sealand Road: The half time entertainment in the 1960s from an old guy who did forward rolls and ran around the pitch.
Best Chant: One guy in the main stand who always shouted "Get Your Hair Cut" at anybody who had hair. I seem to remember a young Kevin Keegan playing for Scunthorpe, who got the treatment. Same team had Ray Clemence in goal.
Best Home Game: Season 64/65 a 6-1 victory over Wrexham in front of over 14,500
Best away Game: Semi-final League Cup Aston Villa.
Favourite Player:  Billy Dearden
Favourite forgotten player: Eddie Loyden, a centre forward who looked and played like Desperate Dan from the Beano.
Favourite thing about supporting Chester: Being part of a supporter-owned club and what Neil Young and his teams have achieved to revive belief in our club.

Committee: Marilyn Jones
Married to a Chester Supoorter so there could be no other team.
First Game: 5-1 victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage. Beautiful football and views as the sun set over the Thames.
Best Game: Leyton Orient away in that season which saw us relegated from the league for the first time. The most amazing atmosphere at any game ever.
Favourite Player: Milton Graham
Favourite thing about supporting Chester: Neil Young and the team, the Drummer Boys and supporters.

Committee: Chris Hughes
Chris was born in Chester and has followed the Blues for more than 20 years, attending his first game shortly after the club returned to the city from exile at Moss Rose.  Having originally moved away from the area in 2002, subsequently travelling many miles to follow the 2004 Conference-winning side up and down the country, he has now been based in Lancashire for six years.  Chris is an occasional member of the Blues Live commentary team, and also contributes to matchday programme The Cestrian.