Expelled From The League & Straight Into Position Of Power: Chester City

Antony HerbertAnalyst IIIMarch 9, 2010

As seen in the English schooling system, expulsion can often have an undesired reverse effect of actually aiding the culprits into unfair advantages.

Chester City this week were expelled from the Blue Square Premier with all results against them disregarded, leading to slight shifts in the current table and points tallies of this seasons twenty-three remaining teams.

Yet now as Chester City look to the Welsh Premiership to sustain a further footballing career, they subsequently may be gifted an opportunity to shoot higher than they could have ever imagined whilst stuck in the fifth tier of the English league system.

With most of the Welsh Premier teams filled with mainly amateur players, the likes of TNS and Llanelli will be forced to play a new and more able rival, who could hinder their chances of qualification to the early and lucrative stages of European tournaments.

These chances should rightfully be afforded to those who excell at the top in a league that encompasses all that is Welsh.

Many can and will easily argue that Chester should be allowed the position given that Cardiff, Swansea and Wrexham have inclusion in the English pyramid.

This inclusion is founded however on the all to predictable inevitability that would proceed if they were left to continuiously dominate the highest division in Wales.

If you think upon the Scottish Premiership’s tight and uncompromising grip held by Rangers and Celtic and magnify that somewhat you will be able to reflect upon the likes of Cardiff being inserted into a division full of small town clubs. Two figure thrashings of opponents would likely become a common place occurrence.

Chester City if given a place in the Welsh premier would effectively therefore gift themselves opportunities that would not back up the punishment served to them for failure to meet payments.

Although these monetary issues are a detriment to the fans who follow the team, it is indeed the responsibility of the owners to prevent from such events from coming into fruition.

An escape route into a more rewarding strand of football would not be justice for the inconvenience caused through Chester’s indiscretions.

So in reflection it should be apparent to the Welsh Premier League board that their possible acceptance of Chester City into their division may cause repercussions for their league’s support and respect from those on the inside and on the outside.

The only silver lining is that Chester City would be exempt from competing in the FA Cup, although obviously this would be no great loss in a tournament where non league teams rarely benefit.

You know though that any decision to include them in a new look Welsh Premiership would cause a great amount of controversy and would not portray the divisions board in a positive light.