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Northwich Victoria Supporters Trust members have voted to start a new football club in the town

Northwich Guardian: Northwich Victoria fans will run their own football club from next season. Northwich Victoria fans will run their own football club from next season.

NORTHWICH Victoria scored seven goals last week in a first competitive match on a pitch they want to call home.

They defeated another team with the town’s name in its title, Northwich Villa, in the Mid Cheshire FA Senior Cup at Flixton in Greater Manchester while a declared crowd of 21 watched from the sidelines.

Neither has played in mid Cheshire for nearly a year.

Fast forward a week to a function room about 18 miles away in Lostock, where a group close to five times in size gathered to give its verdict on a proposal to start a football club to rival those two.

That choice was faced by members of Northwich Victoria Supporters Trust last night, Thursday, fed up with following a club kicked out of two leagues in the past three seasons.

Yesterday, 141 of the 145 who cast their vote backed a motion to send out their own side at the start of next season.

“We’ll continue what is 138 years of history,” said trust chairman Paul Stockton.

“It’s the right moment to cut ties from the shell of a football club currently masquerading as ours.”

Visibly moved, he paused while those in the room – more than two hours since the start of the meeting – cheered after he had read aloud the result.

In 1874, Northwich Victoria accepted a challenge from college students in nearby Comberbach to play a game on an adjoining field.

Vics won 1-0.

More than a century later the club is homeless, playing at the lowest level in its history on a pitch in a different county.

Last season it was expelled from the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League’s top tier - a punishment later reduced to relegation – after reneging on financial obligations.

Only two years earlier the Conference had cancelled Vics’ membership for failing to play by its off-field rules.

Jim Rushe, who took charge of the club when it still played one step from the Football League, has been at the helm for both enforced exits.

It is in protest to his stewardship that trust member Tony Rogers collected signatures for a petition to force last night’s ballot.

“We can no longer sit back and watch Northwich Victoria’s name be dragged through the mud,” he said.

“This decision can’t be taken lightly; it’s a difficult, heartbreaking choice to end our association with an existing club.

“But the history being written at the moment is one of a fall from grace.

“It’s time for us to rebuild with dignity the reputation of Northwich Victoria towards something we can again be proud of.”

Northwich will have a new club, one trust members can call their own.

And it won’t host opponents in Stafford, a temporary base more than 40 miles away for the current club, or Manchester.

“We’re confident we can find a home in mid Cheshire next season,” said trust board member James Wood.

“Three clubs have already agreed to talk to us about sharing their ground.”

It is one of a long list of tasks for the trust board, a fact acknowledged by Mr Stockton in his first sentence after the warm applause that greeted the vote result.

He said: “The hard work starts now.

“But it’s going to be a great feeling to watch our own team play locally again.”

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10:26am Fri 16 Nov 12

stewbang says...

As a Wittoner through and through I am glad that the supporters have agreed to go ahead and get shut of the riff raff that are currently in charge.

Lets get back to the old Boxing day and Good Friday derbies.

Stewbang
As a Wittoner through and through I am glad that the supporters have agreed to go ahead and get shut of the riff raff that are currently in charge. Lets get back to the old Boxing day and Good Friday derbies. Stewbang stewbang
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12:30pm Fri 16 Nov 12

pdw says...

Cheers Stew,
Think those are a long way off however I am really pleased we have taken the first steps, At last something for us Vics fans to smile about even though it will be a long hard road.
Cheers Stew, Think those are a long way off however I am really pleased we have taken the first steps, At last something for us Vics fans to smile about even though it will be a long hard road. pdw
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4:14pm Fri 16 Nov 12

THETELLEROFTALES says...

Wittoner fan in peace.

Best of luck to the Vics fans and their new team.

Let's look forward to Witton and 'The New Vics' putting Mid-Cheshire back on the footballing map.

Any ideas regarding names....

I still think 'Dane Wanderers' sounds pretty good.
Wittoner fan in peace. Best of luck to the Vics fans and their new team. Let's look forward to Witton and 'The New Vics' putting Mid-Cheshire back on the footballing map. Any ideas regarding names.... I still think 'Dane Wanderers' sounds pretty good. THETELLEROFTALES
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6:03pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Nvfc fan says...

Would just like to thank everybody at northwich victoria for the great memories over the years they have given to me. I can no longer support a new club nor the current team anymore with our fans going in to competition with each other. Tomorrow will be my first league home match i have missed in 20 years. Hope all the trust will be happy now they have got what they want.
Would just like to thank everybody at northwich victoria for the great memories over the years they have given to me. I can no longer support a new club nor the current team anymore with our fans going in to competition with each other. Tomorrow will be my first league home match i have missed in 20 years. Hope all the trust will be happy now they have got what they want. Nvfc fan
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8:30pm Fri 16 Nov 12

pdw says...

Col please treat the new club as an opportunity to get our club back, We need to earn respect again and we have the tools here to do that.
By all means watch the current team but next season don't miss this great chance.
We need all fans behind this.
Col please treat the new club as an opportunity to get our club back, We need to earn respect again and we have the tools here to do that. By all means watch the current team but next season don't miss this great chance. We need all fans behind this. pdw
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9:27pm Fri 16 Nov 12

dralan says...

Time to start restoring the pride behind the words "I support Northwich". For too long ashamed to utter those words.
And time to start rebuilding the many bridges that the owner of NVFC2007 burnt before his retreat to Stafford/Flixton.
Time for football in my home town to come home (apol's to Witton).
Time to start restoring the pride behind the words "I support Northwich". For too long ashamed to utter those words. And time to start rebuilding the many bridges that the owner of NVFC2007 burnt before his retreat to Stafford/Flixton. Time for football in my home town to come home (apol's to Witton). dralan
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7:30pm Wed 21 Nov 12

jcvics89 says...

I'm not convinced that the new version of vics will last for the simple fact that I dont believe that we can get the support from the majority of fans and going forward that we can generate the revenue to keep going, I believe that JR will keep 'northwich victoria' going for as long as he needs to which could be longer than the new fans club, however if the fans and the trust can make it work then I would go and support it.
I'm not convinced that the new version of vics will last for the simple fact that I dont believe that we can get the support from the majority of fans and going forward that we can generate the revenue to keep going, I believe that JR will keep 'northwich victoria' going for as long as he needs to which could be longer than the new fans club, however if the fans and the trust can make it work then I would go and support it. jcvics89
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11:24pm Wed 28 Nov 12

Genuine fan says...

From the Trust Website:

All fans are invited to an open meeting that the Trust has organised for tomorrow evening, Thursday 29 November, at Lostock Club starting at 7.30pm.
The Agenda is as follows.
1. Introduction / Review of Events Post SGM.
2. New Club Name - Open Discussion
3. New Club name – vote
Break
4. Declaration of Result
5. Members Only / Open Meetings and Future Voting Policy – Open Discussion
6. Club Crest, Playing Colours, Programme Name – Open Discussion
7. ‘BIN’ Account
8. 200 Club
9. Ground Share Agreement – Update
10. Victoria Stadium Assets – Update
11. Christmas Social
12. AOB
From the Trust Website: All fans are invited to an open meeting that the Trust has organised for tomorrow evening, Thursday 29 November, at Lostock Club starting at 7.30pm. The Agenda is as follows. 1. Introduction / Review of Events Post SGM. 2. New Club Name - Open Discussion 3. New Club name – vote Break 4. Declaration of Result 5. Members Only / Open Meetings and Future Voting Policy – Open Discussion 6. Club Crest, Playing Colours, Programme Name – Open Discussion 7. ‘BIN’ Account 8. 200 Club 9. Ground Share Agreement – Update 10. Victoria Stadium Assets – Update 11. Christmas Social 12. AOB Genuine fan
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