Chester City together with our partner Queensferry Sports and our main sponsor UK Sameday/APC are able to unveil the home shirt for the forthcoming 2007/8 season.
Our kit will continue to be provided by Nike courtesy of Gary Owen at Queensferry Sports, thus ensuring that our kit is of the high quality one would expect from a leading brand and the excellent back up that Garry Owen continues to provide.
The new kit is move away from the normal blue and white stripe but retains the blue and white colours that traditionally represent Chester City Football Club.
A date for the shirt to go on sale is yet to be confirmed but it will be in good time for the new season.
The away kit is also under review and as soon as we have photographs of the new away shirt, the official website will publish them
The club was founded as Chester FC by the merger of Chester Rovers and Old King's Scholars in 1885 and initially played their home games at Faulkner Street. After a few years of playing only friendly matches, they joined the Combination League in 1890. In 1898 the club moved to The Old Showground, but were forced to leave a year later when the ground was destroyed to make way for housing (leaving the club unable to regularly compete).
In 1901, however, they moved to Whipcord Lane. Again their stay was only brief, as they moved out in 1906. Their new stadium on Sealand Road, called simply The Stadium became their first long-term home and provided them with their first league success, as they won the Combination League in 1909. In 1910, Chester moved to the Lancashire Combination League and stayed there until after World War I, when they became founder members of the Cheshire County League (which they won many times in the 1920s).
In 1932-3, the Chester Army won the Welsh Cup. The club was first elected to the Football League in 1931 (replacing Nelson F.C.), having previously played in the Cheshire County League. But it took 44 years for the club to achieve its first promotion, when it reached the Third Division and progressed to the semi finals of the League Cup.
Chester have had somewhat of a yo-yo existence, gaining the nickname 'The Elevator Crew'. Chester's spell in the league's third tier did not last long, although they did make a comeback in 1986. Chester's highest finish - eighth in the Third Division - came in 1989, but in 1993 they were relegated back to the basement division of the Football League.
Chester City F.C. were promoted back to Division Two at the first attempt, but were relegated again after just one season. Financial problems towards the end of the 1990s ruined Chester's chances of promotion, and in 2000 they were relegated to the Conference after 69 years of Football League membership.