Northwich GuardianVics players vow to stick together, for now (From Northwich Guardian)

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Northwich Victoria's players admit they are 'gutted' at the club's expulsion from the league

Northwich Guardian: Michael Clarke admitted he was 'gutted' after finding out last night that Northwich Victoria have been excluded from this season's promotion play-offs. Michael Clarke admitted he was 'gutted' after finding out last night that Northwich Victoria have been excluded from this season's promotion play-offs.

NORTHWICH Victoria’s players were on the pitch when their fate for the current campaign was announced by the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League last night, Friday.

They trailed fellow promotion hopefuls Hednesford Town to Chris Clements’ second half opener when a statement was issued by league bosses confirming the club’s expulsion from the competition at the season’s end.

Followers of the visitors at Leek Town’s Harrison Park chanted ‘You’re banned from the play-offs’ to Vics players in the contest’s closing stages as the Pitmen ran out 2-1 victors.

Northwich owner Jim Rushe beckoned his team off after the final whistle to break to them – and co-management pair Martin Foyle and Alan Wright – the news in the dressing room.

Neither Foyle nor Wright wished to comment on what they had been told after staying on to talk to Rushe after the players had left, most in silence.

The team, homeless since January, will not be allowed to compete in the play-offs either despite currently sitting second in the Premier Division table.

Vics are due to host Bradford Park Avenue at Nantwich Town’s Weaver Stadium on Tuesday before completing the campaign at FC United of Manchester next weekend.

Below is a taster of what some of the players wrote on social networking site Twitter after last night’s announcement:

John Disney
“Poor from the league publishing that while the boys are playing! Fuming with everything to do with it! Feel sorry for everyone at Vics.”

Michael Clarke
“Gutted for everyone involved at @NorthwichVicsFC . Let’s finish the season off with our heads held high.”

Dominic Collins
”Gutted about the news :( shame for all the lads! Hopefully we can fight it and still play in the plays offs!”

Tom Field
“Gutted.”

David Fitzpatrick
”Really devastated for all the lads and the fans but we will keep fighting till the end...all we can do!”

Ryan Wade
“Need cheerin up! My head as gone here. Bad day 2day.”

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5:17pm Sat 14 Apr 12

WHS says...

You were only a member of a good team because your owner was spending money he did not have something Vics have been doing for at least the last ten years. Good riddance to a very badly run club who have stolen the thunder of other clubs by their irregular financial dealings.
WHS.
You were only a member of a good team because your owner was spending money he did not have something Vics have been doing for at least the last ten years. Good riddance to a very badly run club who have stolen the thunder of other clubs by their irregular financial dealings. WHS. WHS
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8:11pm Sat 14 Apr 12

THETELLEROFTALES says...

Agree 110% WHS.
Agree 110% WHS. THETELLEROFTALES
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10:20am Mon 16 Apr 12

Vics123 says...

What an amazing team - thank you to all the players and especially now vowing to fight to the end - really really proud of you all - and the "GENUINE" supporters will be with you all the way.
What an amazing team - thank you to all the players and especially now vowing to fight to the end - really really proud of you all - and the "GENUINE" supporters will be with you all the way. Vics123
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12:30pm Mon 16 Apr 12

Jim Budden says...

JB
Well done that man, I totally agree with your sentiments, there are those that say they are supporters and then there are the others who have stuck by the lads all through this tough season cheering them on God bless all of em and see ya on Tuesday
Jim
JB Well done that man, I totally agree with your sentiments, there are those that say they are supporters and then there are the others who have stuck by the lads all through this tough season cheering them on God bless all of em and see ya on Tuesday Jim Jim Budden
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2:49pm Tue 17 Apr 12

jcvics89 says...

Come on guys stick together and we'll get out of this mess, also dont agree with all the criticism of jim rushe coz he doin wat he can and should be backed up by supporters and the supporters club at this time, all the mess was left by the previous clown mr connett!
Come on guys stick together and we'll get out of this mess, also dont agree with all the criticism of jim rushe coz he doin wat he can and should be backed up by supporters and the supporters club at this time, all the mess was left by the previous clown mr connett! jcvics89
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4:30pm Tue 17 Apr 12

Jim Budden says...

JB
Don't get me wrong I think Jim has been great, but at the end of the day the bills have to be payed up front and he has made some of the problems himself.
If he had someone to assist him then it might be different but either way we are in trouble.
But come on boys get to the last 2 games and show this team they are still thought a lot of. They have been fantastic all through the season, and we should be proud of them. Lets get behind them at Nantwich and FC United and face what comes, later. Never mind what the boo boys across the pond say, Come on you Greens!
Jim
JB Don't get me wrong I think Jim has been great, but at the end of the day the bills have to be payed up front and he has made some of the problems himself. If he had someone to assist him then it might be different but either way we are in trouble. But come on boys get to the last 2 games and show this team they are still thought a lot of. They have been fantastic all through the season, and we should be proud of them. Lets get behind them at Nantwich and FC United and face what comes, later. Never mind what the boo boys across the pond say, Come on you Greens! Jim Jim Budden
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