5:54pm Saturday 28th July 2012
By Andrew Simpson
VICS’ former administrator this week asked a judge to close down an old version of the Northern Premier League outfit.
Solicitors acting for Marshman Price, finance experts that negotiated an agreement with creditors to pay back part of the club’s six-figures debt in 2009, presented a petition to wind up Northwich Victoria Football Club (2004) Limited to Manchester County Court on Monday.
However a court spokesman confirmed the case has been adjourned until September 17.
He did not say why.
Gary Pettit, who acted as supervisor of the club’s Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) before it was dissolved in February, promised in May to present a petition.
He did not wish to comment when invited to this week.
As legal proceedings are active, Vics owner Jim Rushe has done the same.
Marshman Price has filed paperwork at Companies House asking its registrar to strike off the old club, in turn dissolving it, in three months’ time.
League membership was transferred to a new firm, Northwich Victoria Football Club (2007) Ltd, early last year.
In April, Mr Rushe admitted a Northern Premier League charge for not complying with the conditions of transferring that membership from the old company to the new one.
The club was punished for that rule break, as well as for failing to comply with the terms of its CVA and subsequently not telling the league’s board that it had done so.
Vics were initially expelled from the competition, a sanction reduced later to a one-level relegation – to Division One South from the Premier Division – by an FA appeal panel.
It is not known what impact, if any, the outcome of the court case with Marshman Price will have on that version of Vics.
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