So where were the Salford contingent of Manchester United fans when Chester, that little town near Wrexham, came to the big city calling us for everything? Were the Salford Reds sat stroking their season tickets and empty bank balances? Couldn't they afford the £7? Were they all watching FC United? Or watching Manchester City stuff Chelsea? Wherever they were, they weren't at Moor Lane this afternoon when 600 Chester fans invaded (the market must have been closed), while United didn't have a game.
Chester City those perennial old 4th Division/League Division 2/Conference strugglers, went belly up last season and landed in the Evo-Stik Division 1 North. Under a new name (they've dropped the `City') and with a big support for this level, the small, miniscule, off the radar, former league club has become a big bloated fish in a tiny non league pool. They believe they're too good for this level. And, like Halifax last season, are probably right.
This game just wasn't a contest, with Salford going two down in the first half and four down by the final whistle without the Chester keeper having to make a serious save. Maybe the Ammies showed Chester too much respect, which is more than their fans showed our city.
Outnumbered by at least six of their supporters to every Salford one, Chester fans proceeded to diss Salford at every opportunity… `You're the scum of Manchester'. The Salford Reds, who supported the tangerine army against FC United a few years ago, were nowhere to be seen, not even with Ryan Giggs' brother, Rhodri, playing his heart out as usual.
At one point it might have kicked off with a couple of Chester knob'eds goading the Salford fans but it came to nothing.
To be fair the vast majority of Chester supporters, some in fancy dress, were friendly and just curious about the ground, about the club and about the city…
"We were driving around near The Crescent and the towerblocks, getting lost, and my son said he wouldn't get out of the car if it was round here" said one Chester dad.
"Er, there was a stabbin' here yesterday" quaked another kid.
Meanwhile, the Chester `hardcore' (average age 17), once they realised that Moor Lane isn't full of knife wielding hoodies, and already 3-0 up, started to take the piss…
It could have all turned nasty. But the most nasty thing that happened was the scoreline. Salford City have to get their act together, real quick, maybe with Skelmersdale United visiting on Tuesday night (Kick off 7:45pm)… calm down, calm down…
Chester – famous for?
…Er, Ian Rush
Cheshire cat? Er, cheese…Er…Chester City? You're havin' a laugh!
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`Oh West Cheshire – is wonderful… West Cheshire is wonderful-u-ul…'
Photos by Andrew Goudie