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BREAKING NEWS: Vics to unlock the gates today
NORTHWICH Victoria will return home today.
Owner Jim Rushe called the Guardian on his way to pick up the keys after receivers Deloitte Touche agreed to let the club back into the Marston’s Arena.
They have been locked out for 37 days.
"It's great news," he said.
"Now the hard work starts to get the ground ready for next week."
He hopes to call on a small army of volunteers to make the stadium safe to host a football match.
They will work all weekend to make that happen.
On Monday an inspector from Cheshire Trading Standards will decide whether to lift a prohibition order that has been in place for more than a month.
Rushe added: “There’s lots to do but I’m confident we can get the job done.
“The supporters have been fantastic and I’ve had loads of offers of help – we’ll be busy over the next 48 hours that’s for sure.”
Nobody knows what state former chairman and landlord Mike Connett, made bankrupt for a second time earlier this month, has left the club’s home in.
The locks on the green gates have been changed, meaning he can not now return without an appointment with the club.
Deloitte Touche has issued Vics a temporary Licence to Occupy, for which the club will pay a weekly rent to run the site.
The arrangement will cease once Rushe’s consortium is confirmed as new owners of the stadium.
The Guardian has asked the finance experts to comment and is waiting for their reply.
They wanted a guarantee from Rushe that his consortium has the £1.5m required to buy back the ground.
A London-based lender, from whom he hopes to secure a bridging loan to make up a shortfall in funding pledged by his group, penned a letter backing his application this week.
Kettering are due at the Marston's Arena in the Blue Square Premier on Tuesday, kick off 7.45pm.
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