Date: 14th August 2008 at 9:09pm
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Supporters of Chester City Football Club will be doing their bit for charity on Sunday August 24 when two teams of City fans will face each other in a match to raise funds for the Hospice of the Good Shepherd in memory of long-standing City fan Carl Fielder-Shaw.

AFC Chester, who are the official supporter’s team of Chester City FC will take on a team of Chester fans from the internet messageboard devachat.com (Deva Chat FC) with players on both sides paying for the privilege of representing their team.

AFC Chester compete in the Northern Football Supporters League against fans from club such as Everton, Liverpool and Wrexham while their Deva Chat FC counterparts play friendly matches in the Internet Football League, but both sides will be putting their normal rivalries aside to raise funds for the Backford based Hospice at Deeside Leisure Centre on August 24 (2pm kick off).

AFC Chester announced earlier this year that their official charity for 2008/09 was to be the Hospice of the Good Shepherd and as part of the arrangement, AFC Chester would be organising and playing in at least two charity matches during the season in memory of Carl Fielder-Shaw.

Carl was very well-known and popular in his native Deeside and loved by everyone that knew him. Wherever he went, his big smile and cheeky character never failed to make him new friends. He led a very active life as a singer and entertainer, golfer, snooker team player, family man, salesman, but his foremost passion was for football.

Carl’s love for Chester City Football Club was practically incomparable – he started going to Sealand Road to watch them as a youngster and he first got involved with the club at the age of 16 when he helped out by collecting glasses in ‘Jack’s Bar’. From thereon he worked his way up to become the popular doorman on the Executive Lounge over many years at Sealand Road (and during the exile years at Macclesfield) before becoming matchday host on Chester’s return home to the Deva Stadium. He could be seen in his Chester blazer every home game, escorting the match sponsor to the centre spot for the photo line-up just prior to kick-off.

Carl’s short battle with cancer occurred during the early months of 2003. He never once complained, hid his pain away from everyone and continued joking until the very end. A true battler. Carl sadly died on April 17th at the Hospice of the Good Shepherd, aged 57. Ironically, a year on from that very day Chester City lifted their first championship trophy – the Conference title, and promotion back into the football league. Carl is very sorely missed, but so very fondly remembered by all who knew him.

Carl’s son Pete Fielder-Shaw had this to say, ‘I was absolutely delighted and honoured when AFC Chester approached me with the proposition of raising money for the Hospice of the Good Shepherd in my Dad’s memory. It’s five years since we lost him and my family and I see it as a fitting tribute that the official supporters team for Chester City should wish to raise funds in his memory, as he was often known as Chester’s ‘number one fan’. The Fielder-Shaw family are very proud and grateful that the monies raised will go to such a worthy cause, and would like to thank all involved with AFC Chester for this special gesture. My Dad would be extremely touched’.

Speaking on his own website, AFC Chester’s chairman Lee Wilcox has expressed his delight at this announcement, ‘It is with great honour that we are able to support this very worthwhile charity and especially so in the memory of somebody who bled Chester City blue. As a team we have played in the Carl Fielder-Shaw Memorial Tournament in the past and enjoyed it immensely but now we have the chance to do something ourselves for this excellent charity.

‘I look forward to welcoming Pete into the team as honorary captain for the matches’.

The Hospice exists to provide highly specialised palliative care for people living with advanced diseases from the communities of Chester, Deeside, Ellesmere Port and Rural Cheshire.

Their services are provided free of charge to anyone in medical need. These include Medical, Nursing, Social, Emotional and Spiritual support for Patients and their families.



unning costs for the Hospice are over £6,000 each day and they rely heavily on the community that they serve.

In addition to this match taking place, AFC Chester have also created a Just Giving website where members of the public who cannot attend the game and donate on the day can donate money to the Hospice online at http://www.justgiving.com/afcchester.