Slightly overshadowed by the financial woes of EPL side Portsmouth F.C. is the fate of Chester City, a club whose 126 year run seems to be coming to a farcical conclusion.  Chester were docked 25 points after entering adminstration at the end of last season, and have failed to make payroll (or turn up for matches) on multiple occasions this year. From The Argus’ Steve Hollis :

Blue Square premier clubs, including Crawley and Eastbourne Borough, have voted to expel Chester City from the competition.

The decision was reached at a meeting at Rushden and Diamonds this morning where more than 75% of the clubs agreed with the Football Conference’s recomendation to throw Chester out.

It means all of Chester’s results so far this season will be expunged. That means Crawley, who have yet to play Chester, move up two places in the table to ninth and also close the gap on six of the eight teams above them.