Supporters Direct says Northwich Victoria Supporters Trust has taken a significant step

Supporters Direct backs Vics fans’ trust

Supporters Direct backs Vics fans’ trust

First published in News Northwich Guardian: Photograph of the Author Exclusive by , Senior Sports Writer

A GROUP in favour of football fans having a say in how their favourite club is run says it is behind Northwich Victoria Supporters Trust.

Supporters Direct spokesman Kevin Rye told the Guardian that backing from more than 100 Vics followers to pursue plans for a new club in the town, should the existing one cease to be, is a positive sign.

He said: “The decision made by supporters of Northwich Victoria is a powerful statement about what a football club really is.

"Is it a ground? Is it an owner? Or is it the fans, the community, the history? I think we all know the answer to that.”

Last Thursday, trust members voted for a rules change that gives the independent fans group the flexibility to form a new club should the need arise.

At an open meeting the same evening, supporters told the trust’s board to draw up a business plan as a contingency.

“We hope that, whichever route the trust takes, the end destination is lasting ownership of Northwich Victoria by a community that has sustained it since 1874."

Supporters Direct spokesman Kevin Rye

“Our fundamental aim is to ensure the continued existence of Northwich Victoria,” said trust board member James Wood.

“We are still prepared to help, but the club’s owner would need to show everybody that he has a credible plan for the future that includes supporters having a say in how the club is run.”

Another consequence of Thursday’s constitution change is that the trust can explore a possible community share issue as a means of raising money.

That could be to buy a stake in the existing club, or to help pay for a place to play for a new one.

Supporters-owned clubs FC United of Manchester, a rival of Northwich in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League this term, and Wrexham have launched similar schemes recently.

“We hope that, whichever route the trust takes, the end destination is lasting ownership of Northwich Victoria by a community that has sustained it since 1874,” added Mr Rye.

“We will continue to work closely with the trust to help them to achieve that.”

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4:30pm Wed 4 Apr 12

WHS says...

Best of luck with the new club. Witton is owned by its supporters by way of shares and has been for a long time. If we could get the shares owned by a certain ex chairman I would be happier about our future.
WHS.
Best of luck with the new club. Witton is owned by its supporters by way of shares and has been for a long time. If we could get the shares owned by a certain ex chairman I would be happier about our future. WHS. WHS
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6:18pm Thu 5 Apr 12

WHS says...

I would point out that both Wrexham and FC United have a MUCH larger fan base than Vics and the people of Mid Cheshire have an alternative to Vics called Witton Albion who do not need financing by their supporters as they are run on a very sound basis. All we ask of new supporters is that they come and watch and maybe buy a raffle ticket or two. For that you will get entertained by a very good team and welcomed by the friendliest little club in the world.
WHS.
I would point out that both Wrexham and FC United have a MUCH larger fan base than Vics and the people of Mid Cheshire have an alternative to Vics called Witton Albion who do not need financing by their supporters as they are run on a very sound basis. All we ask of new supporters is that they come and watch and maybe buy a raffle ticket or two. For that you will get entertained by a very good team and welcomed by the friendliest little club in the world. WHS. WHS
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