Chester City wound up in High Court

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Chester City have today been wound up in the High Court - but a fans' group have vowed to resurrect the club.

City were liquidated over debts owed to Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs in a brief hearing this morning.

But David Evans of Chester City Fans United told Sky Sports News: "125 years of history have been extinguished today but that's just the body of the club - its soul lives on."

A new club, along the lines of AFC Wimbledon, is the group's goal and Evans continued: "Today is the day to say to everybody that our club will be run in a professional way and be a credit to our city and to football.

"Our model is AFC Wimbledon or AFC Telford, where a new club has been run on a very prudent basis.

"We want to atone for the way the club has been run - we see this as our responsibility even though it wasn't our fault."

Chief executive Bob Gray hopes the group can ensure Chester continues to be represented by a club - but admitted their boycott of matches was one of "a multitude" of factors contributing to the decline of the club.

Attendances at the Deva Stadium hit an all-time record low as CFU called on fans to stay away from home games in protest against the club's owners, the Vaughan family.

Gray told Sky Sports News: "(There were) a multitude of things. Poor performances on the pitch when we needed to win games that would possibly have turned the corner for us, the boycott never helped - when you're staging a football game and you're losing money and can't afford to pay the players, it's difficult.

"It's a very difficult dividing line to find between being successful and unsuccessful, and unfortunately we have gone down the unsuccessful route.

"I'm upset for the guys that work here, they're a loyal staff and, unfortunately, I now have to go and tell them the situation that we're in and that will be upsetting.

"I think the football club can (come back). It's not going to be easy but, if they (CFU) want to take a phoenix club in an AFC Chester and a football club continues to play here, that's all the staff at this football club ever wanted."

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