Ex-Blues boss is back in football
17 August 2012 |
Read more articles by Staff reporter
CONTROVERSIAL former Chester City owner Stephen Vaughan looks to be back in football.
Vaughan was disqualified from acting as a company director for 11 years in 2009 for his involvement in an alleged £500,000 VAT fraud.
He then transferred ownership of the football club to his son, Stephen Vaughan Jnr.
But the debt-ridden Blues were wound up just months later in the High Court ending the Vaughan family’s chaotic nine year connection with the club.
Vaughan Sr was also involved in a bid to buy Wrexham FC last year before being jailed in March 2011 for attacking a police officer.
He was released last September and has now re-appeared in Malta along with former Chester City manager Mark Wright.
Former England captain Wright now manages Maltese Premier League club Floriana FC and reports on the islands suggest Vaughan Snr is set to take control of the club.
He is pictured on the club’s website shaking hands with president Justin Attard with an official announcement due later today.
Vaughan Boxing – the boxing promotion company run by Vaughan Snr – confirmed Floriana was “our new football club in Malta” on the social network site Twitter.
Vaughan took over Chester City in 2001 when he bought the club from American Terry Smith.
The club won the Football Conference in 2004 but was relegated back to non-league circles in 2009 and went into administration shortly afterwards with debts of £7 million.
The Vaughan family bought the club out of administration but attendances began to fall rapidly and just 460 people watched the club’s final game in February 2010.