Crest of Chester Football Club


The Seals

Altrincham FC vs Chester FC - December 2020-185
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Chester Football Club, nicknamed “The Seals,” is a non-league football club based in Chester, Cheshire.

Established in 2010, they currently compete in the Vanarama National League North, which is part of the sixth tier of English football. The team calls Deva Stadium their home ground.

Chester Football Club was founded in 1885 and initially played at Faulkner Street in Hoole, Chester. After a period of playing only friendlies, they joined the Combination League in 1890 and won their first senior trophy, the Cheshire Senior Cup, in 1895. The club faced challenges including a temporary disbandment in 1899 and several relocations. In the 20th century, Chester experienced various successes, including multiple league wins and Welsh Cup victories. The 1930s marked a significant era with their election to the Football League and consistent top-tier finishes.

Post-World War II, Chester had mixed fortunes, with notable players like Ray Gill and Ian Rush emerging. The late 20th century saw the club’s name change to Chester City, relocation issues, and fluctuating league performances. Financial troubles in the 2000s led to their relegation from the Football League and eventual dissolution in 2010.

Reformed in 2010 by supporters as Chester Football Club, they started in the lower leagues and quickly ascended, winning three consecutive championships from 2011 to 2013. Returning to the Football Conference Premier League, they faced relegation but were reprieved. After varied results and managerial changes, Calum McIntyre took over, guiding the team to a strong position in the National League North.