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    Dave Dutch Holland wrote:
    Just read the Northwich Guardian article by the Fly and I'm very impressed with the progress of the fans owned club 1874 Northwich FC. I was a regular Vics supporter at the Drillfield but stopped watching after the ground was sold and my uncle wouldn't pick me up and take me to Witton's ground.
    Even though I no longer attend Vics matches, I still class myself as a Vics follower, I still have green blood in my heart. I'm also sympathetic towards the aims and goals of 1874 NFC, I can't see myself supporting them at the moment but I do wish them all the best of luck for the future.
    It's a real shame that the two clubs can't work together for the greater good of green football in town, with the aim of eventually amalgamating and returning to the top tier of nonleague football where they belong.
    It's extremely sad to see my once favourite football club playing out of town in another county. Even worse to see no local sponsor on the shirts, even though I believe that a local company recently sponsored the Vics Legends charity match, so there must still be some interest in town for Northwich Vics, it's a real shame that other local businesses don't do the same. Anyway, I like to wish all Northwich Football clubs the very best for the fourth coming season. I may take in a Barnton match as a neutral, be great to see how they've progressed.
    Dave, I can understand your sentiments but I can not agree with them I'm afraid.
    I went to my first Vics game in 1974 but now, Vics and 1874 are worlds apart when it comes to the basics of how the two clubs are run. With hindsight, Vics died for me the night Mr Rushe stood up in the Floatel to tell us he had bought Vics (and their debts) from Connett and then proceeded to destroy his "investment" season by season going down and down despite good on the pitch teams funded from goodness knows where, they are, as you say, now homeless and not even in Cheshire. Vics will never return with a bankrupt man in charge. It would seem he has no intention of stepping down as chairman but until he does they will never have any credibility. To all intents and purposes, Vics as a "Northwich" side are no more. Their "crowds" are a joke - no one really believes they get over 70 for a "home" game at Flixton despite their published figures - and stating that over 200 attended the legends game proves that when you can count the people watching, 70-80 max and that is being generous! Goodness knows what players like Goose and Degsy must have thought as to how they have fallen from the once great Non-league giants of the 70's, 80's and 90's to playing a charity game on a public park.
    1874 however are the future of green football in our town, paying their dues, building relationships with charities, businesses and youth teams and just a general all round good feeling of supporting a well run and forward thinking club. We WILL be in Northwich within the next 5-7 years, of that I have no doubt and with a far better relationship with the town and it's people."
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1874 Northwich to be promoted to North West Counties League top flight after rival club resigns

Northwich Guardian: Mike Brandon and 1874 Northwich will line up in the North West Counties League's Premier Division from next season. Picture: ANNIE HILDITCH Mike Brandon and 1874 Northwich will line up in the North West Counties League's Premier Division from next season. Picture: ANNIE HILDITCH

1874 NORTHWICH will play at a higher level next season after Formby, who had beaten them to a promotion place on goal difference, resigned from the North West Counties League.

The fans-run club, who finished third in Division One with the same points tally as the Squirrels behind champions Nelson, were offered a place in the Premier Division during a phone call from league secretary John Deal to chairman Paul Stockton on Saturday.

He accepted.

“We didn’t see it coming,” admitted Brian Edge, vice chairman at 1874 Northwich.

“Paul asked if I was sitting down when I answered the phone, so I immediately thought he was about to deliver bad news. I wasn’t expecting to hear what he said next.”

The league confirmed Formby’s situation in a statement.

But the Merseyside club, Division One champions in 2013, have yet to comment beyond a brief remark on one of their online social media accounts.

“We’re exhausting all our final options before we confirm anything 100 per cent,” it read.

“Expect a statement from us on Monday.”

Bacup and Rossendale Borough, who occupied the first relegation position in the Premier Division, have already been reprieved from the drop by the FA’s Leagues Committee following a reshuffle further up the non-league pyramid.

However league rules prevent a side finishing bottom of the table, in this case Wigan Robin Park, from benefitting in the same way.

As a result, 1874 Northwich will fill the vacancy made by Formby’s exit.

Stockton said: “The league secretary doesn’t call out of season just for a chat, so I knew it was something significant after he left a message asking me to ring him.

“I wasn’t prepared for what he did say, mind!

“We were an own goal away from being promoted on the final day of the season, so had gone as close as we possibly could without going up.

“It’s what [manager] Ian [Street] and the players had worked so hard from the start to achieve.”

He told the Guardian that the club’s board would meet shortly to discuss in detail how being promoted will impact on their preparation for next season.

An open meeting for supporters, scheduled before today’s news, takes place at Lostock Social Club on Tuesday from 8pm.

What do you think? How will the team fare in the Premier Division next season? Add a comment below.

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