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Chester Racecourse help to raise £25,000 for Chester FC

Chester Racecourse and partner MBNA donated kits for a one-off match between a Chester FC Select XI and Colin Murray’s All-Stars which raised £25,000 for the supporter-owned club.

Last month it emerged the Blues, reformed in 2010 following the demise of Chester City, had run into financial difficulties and the game - put together in only 12 days - attracted a crowd of more than 2,000 and raised £25,000, helping smash the initial fundraising target of £50,000.

The match was the brainchild of director Jeff Banks, broadcaster and Chester FC fan Colin Murray and Chester-born former England international Michael Owen, whose father Terry played for the club in the 1970s.

Within a matter of days, 40 players from the world of football and entertainment had agreed to appear in the game at the Swansway Chester Stadium and Chester Racecourse and MBNA offered to provide both teams with Puma kits with Chester’s side wearing their traditional blue and white stripes and Murray’s All-Stars a red kit in ode to his beloved Liverpool FC, each adorned with the logos of MBNA and Chester Racecourse.

In front of a crowd of 2,080 – causing a kick off delay due to turnstile congestion – Terry Owen scored the first goal from the kick-off with son Michael providing the assist.

The game was then reset and finished 4-1 to the Select XI with goals from Matty McGinn, Chris Simm, Matty McNeil and Michael Owen cancelling out a reply from ex-Liverpool forward Neil Mellor.

The shirts worn during the game will be auctioned off to raise further funds for the Backing the Blues appeal.

Jim Green, chief executive of Chester FC Community Trust, said: "Chester FC is extremely grateful to Chester Racecourse and MBNA for their support. It was an amazing evening and the response from the public in such a short space of time was incredible.

"The two teams really looked the part on the pitch thanks to the generous kit donations and we hope that the shirt auction will take us past the £80,000 mark."

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