Chester’s Blue Square Premier match against Forest Green has been called off after their players refused to get on the team bus. The financially-crippled club had not paid the squad for three months before paying them one week’s wages last week.
The players have twice had planned strikes thwarted by weather-related postponements. But having gone unpaid again, the squad refused to travel to tonight’s match.
Former managing director Bob Gray said: “Negotiations had been going on all day. But, in the end, we’d no option but to say we could not fulfil the fixture.”
A Forest Green statement said: “Due to circumstances beyond our control, the club was notified at 5.11pm that this evening’s Blue Square Premier fixture against Chester City has been called off.
“The club are taking steps to liaise with all our usual media contacts to notify them of the circumstances, however we would like to take this opportunity to apologise to all our sponsors and supporters for the late cancellation.”
Chester are currently for sale for just £1. They started the season with a 25-point deduction and have until March 10 to ward off a winding-up order by paying £26,125 to HM Revenue & Customs. Several key players have left or are in the process of leaving the club.