Date: 29th March 2006 at 7:31am
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The future of Chester City Football Club has today been plunged into serious doubt after it has been announced Chairman Stephen Vaughan is days away from taking complete control of Widnes Vikings RFC.

A statement published on Widnes Vikings official website confirmed City fans greatest fears. It reads as follows:

‘Widnes Vikings can confirm that Stephen Vaughan is poised to take control of the Club. At a Board Meeting on Tuesday it was resolved that Tony Chambers will relinquish the role of Chairman he has held for over 9 years to be replaced by Stephen Vaughan once the legal formalities have been completed.

Tony will, however, remain on the Board along with the remainder of the current Directors. Speaking after the meeting Tony said, ‘Stephen has

emphasised to the Board his commitment to take the Club forward to achieve our target of Super League and once there to challenge the best.

‘It has been a huge responsibility, but a great honour and privilege, to serve as Chairman of this famous Club. I hope to continue my involvement with Stephen and the remainder of the Board.

‘ I am immensely proud of what the Board and the Club?s devoted staff have achieved in 12 years since the incorporation of the new limited company in 1993. This with the support of so many loyal fans has created a platform to move onward and I am pleased that I have the chance to hand over to someone who offers the resources to realise the Club’s ambitions.

Stephen Vaughan is pleased to assume the role of Chairman, ”I’m delighted to be taking over the reigns at Widnes Vikings Rugby League Club. It is a massive Club with huge potential. ‘I have been in discussions with Tony about taking a controlling interest since I joined the Board and, after numerous meetings, Tony
felt that it was time to hand over to someone who has the best interest of the Club at heart and I’m really excited about the future.

‘Tony will stay on the Board but I will be the new Chairman after acquiring the controlling shares and I’m honoured to be taking up this role. It’s a great Club with fantastic support and I will be doing my
utmost to get this Club back to Super League – where it belongs.’ ‘