Michael Wilde, Chris Simm and all the other players who have turned out for Chester FC since the fan-owned club was reborn in 2010 are now eligible to join the association which represents players from across the decades.
The Chester City Former Players Association voted to change its constitution so that those who have worn the shirt of Chester FC can be welcomed into the organisation.
Grenville Millington, chairman of the FPA, said: “This is the next logical step forward in the progression of both the Former Players Association and Chester FC.
“We have been delighted by the achievements of the new club and look forward to welcoming all ex-Chester FC players to our events.”
The FPA was set up in 2009 when Chester City FC was still in existence and therefore the eligibility rules only applied to that club. Members voted unanimously at the annual general meeting to change the name, constitution and logo. The new name is Chester Former Players Association and a new logo incorporating the emblems of both clubs will be designed.
The FPA has 138 members. The committee, made up of Gary Talbot (president), Millington (chairman), Alan Tarbuck (treasurer), Chas Sumner (secretary), Charlie Lambert (press officer), Bob Delgado and Graham Abel, was re-elected for another 12 months.
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