Chester FC fans cheer victory parade

Chester FC victory parade
Image caption The team travelled to the town hall for a civic reception

Hundreds of fans cheered as the Chester FC squad staged a victory parade to toast back-to-back promotions.

The fans saw manager Neil Young and the team take the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League trophy on an open top bus, from the Exacta Stadium to the town hall.

The players were then greeted with a civic reception at the town hall.

It is just two years since Chester City FC collapsed and fans formed Chester FC. The club is now two promotions away from the Football League.

It is the second time the club has been invited to a civic reception within 12 months. They were last there in May 2011 to celebrate their promotion to the Evo-Stik Premier Division.

'Fairytale success'

Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, Mike Jones, was at the reception along with Chief Executive Steve Robinson, Sheriff of Chester Councillor Reggie Jones and Deputy Lord Mayor Pam Booher.

Mr Jones, a club season ticket holder, said: "I don't think we could have scripted this fairytale success story any better.

"I'm delighted for the fans and everyone connected with the club."

Club spokesman Jeff Banks said: "We are delighted to be able to celebrate a historic second successive League Championship with those who have backed the club since its rebirth.

"Chester FC has become a real example in how a community can come together.

"It's fantastic to be able to celebrate our achievements with the fans and those who make the club tick - our fantastic team of volunteers."

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