The game itself, which, despite its importance at the top of the table,
pales into insignificance as a result of the tragedy.
The outline of the football was that the home side took an early 5th
minute lead from the penalty spot after Michael Ihiekwe was adjudged to have brought
down Evan Horwood in the area.
Jay Harris levelled up against his former club 9 minutes into the second half.
But Ryan Astles' powerful header from a corner saw the Blues re-take the
lead on 68 minutes.
However, James Norwood equalised on 81 minutes when he headed in a Liam
A draw looked on the cards, until Andy Cook (pictured) fired home his 18th goal of the
season with less than 2 minutes remaining to record a massive win for Tranmere
and move them to second and to within two points of leaders Lincoln City, who
have a tricky test at Aldershot Town today.
Chester issued a statement after the game which said: “Chester FC have to
announce that a supporter taken ill at the start of tonight’s fixture against
Tranmere has, despite the incredible efforts of paramedics and medical staff,
subsequently passed away.
“The club took the advice of the officials and emergency personnel in
continuing with the game whilst they did their very best to help the gentleman
“It goes without saying that all of our thoughts are with the bereaved
family and friends and that this devastating loss is felt by us all, we will
seek to offer all the support we possibly can to the family at this terrible