Chester FC began life down in the Evo-Stik Division One North – the eighth tier of English football. New Manager Neil Young quickly set about putting a squad together, and the Blues were set for Tuesday 24th August 2010 – their return to competitive football. Rob Hopley’s early goal away at Warrington sparked jubilant scenes from the 1,200 travelling away fans; but his strike was cancelled out in the first half – and we were made to share the spoils in our opening game.
A first home win against Trafford came in our third game – a 6-0 thrashing – with Michael Wilde’s hat-trick the start of his goalscoring run that saw him pick up the Golden Boot. Impressive wins followed as the Blues went unbeaten in ten league games following defeat to Chorley. Chester went on to clinch the title in April 2011 on goal difference but on 97 points, on an amazing last day that saw Chester lose at Garforth, and Skelmersdale win 7-2 at home, but Chester won the League by a margin of 2 goals, resulting in the reformed Club’s first silverware.