CITY FANS UNITED are asking Chester’s loyal supporters to help finalise a ‘strategic five-year vision’.

An initial consultation launched on Saturday giving fans and stakeholders the opportunity to provide feedback just days after Stuart Murphy ended his takeover bid of the club.

The consultation runs until Monday, June 1 and includes an online survey, which includes a chance to voice an opinion over when promotion to the National League is a realistic target and when five members of the academy should feature in the first team, as well as average home gates and target season ticket total by 2025.

Developed in collaboration with Chester’s Community Trust, the draft plan aims to provide a blueprint for the future and establish the club as a successful, sustainable force for the long-term.

The plan is based upon six strategic pillars which will enable the club to achieve its ambitions: football excellence; membership and fan engagement; better facilities; people and culture; finance and governance; community.

There is also a promise to honour four commitments, which are: To grow the supporter-ownership model; To aspire for sporting excellence; To promote financial sustainability ; To engage with our members, supporters and the wider community.

Andrew Morris, City Fans United chairman, said: “The final strategic plan will reflect our shared vision and ambitions for the club so the contribution of members and supporters is of vital importance.

“These are unprecedented times for football and all clubs are having to respond to overcome new challenges, but we believe our ownership model is an asset and means we are better placed than many to do this.

“Given the uncertainty about when football will resume, what it will look like when it does and whether crowds will be permitted, the board has adopted a flexible business plan model which is an ongoing process.

“The strategic plan is a high level summary that will guide the club for the next five years and enable us to move to the next level and realise the potential of the supporter-owned model.

“The plan must represent the aspirations of the membership so we are asking every supporter to take part in the consultation and tell us what is important to them.”

To join City Fans United or renew your membership for the next 12 months, visit The cost remains just £12 per year to be an owner of the club.

Chester and Wrexham, meanwhile, have received support from an unlikely source - Hemel Hempstead Town vice chairman Kerry Underwood.

Dean Keates’ Reds have seen their National League season ended immediately, as have Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley’s Blues, although the duo are waiting on news as to whether the National League North play-offs will take place.

In the meantime, Hemel vice chairman Underwood has written to the other 67 clubs in the National League set-up offering legal advice, which will be initially free of charge.

The letter read: “As vice chair of Hemel Hempstead Town Football Club, I am only too aware of the serious problems facing Non-League clubs, both financially and as to what is happening in relation to the National League.

“Unsurprisingly, given my interest in football, I deal with a fair amount of football law related issues, as well as matters such as disciplinary hearings in front of the Football Association etc.

“The purpose of this email is to offer you and your club some initial free advice on anything you want at the moment, to help you plan ahead for when the current problems as over.

“This could include players’ contract and employment of staff; arrangements with sponsors; season ticket refunds for unplayed matches; planning for next season.

“All of this is free of charge as a gesture in the current situation.

“In any event, my very best wishes to you for the future as Non-League football is a hugely important part of life in this country, and especially within the local community.”