THE VICS COLUMN – by Peter Tonge

THE ongoing football drought for Vics fans goes on, with a decision on what will happen delayed for a further two weeks awaiting Boris’s next pandemic announcement.

However, the club is still alive and active on social media and recently, its kits have been focus of attention for various Twitter accounts.

In particular, our goalkeeper kit was recently “Shirt of the Day” at the Classic Football Shirts shop on Deansgate in Manchester.

The main feature of this classic design is a modern style map of Northwich, which is a collaboration with Manchester-based artist Dave Draws, who was commissioned to design the map by Northwich band The Charlatans to celebrate their homecoming gigs a couple of years ago.

This is a brilliant gesture from Dave, who has given us his support and full use of the image in bringing this idea to life and his work can be seen at

The choice of colour for the strip is a nod back to the one our goalkeeper Kristian Rogers wore when we made the trip up to Sunderland in the FA Cup Third Round back in 2006 backed by 4,000 Trickies.

Huge thanks go to Vics fan Rich at Northwich kit suppliers Buccaneer Sports who helped create this unique shirt with his team following the initial concept dreamt up by commercial manager Paul Bazley and his brother Mark, the club’s graphic designer. I'm sure everyone will agree this is a striking design.

Vics’ home kit has also been getting a lot of love on Twitter too, with @ShirtLane featuring it on their account.

As they say, “this season’s home jersey is special for several reasons. Firstly and most importantly, it’s in memory of former club captain and legend Kenny Jones, with a donation from each sale being given to Prostate Cancer UK.”

This seasons Northwich Victoria home shirt

This season's Northwich Victoria home shirt

The shirt echoes back to the strip we wore when we won the Drinkwise Cup back in 1993 against Wycombe Wanderers, but with a totally modern look and features not only Prostate Cancer UK but also our other two charitable associations – The Offside Trust and Northwich-based Tiny Steps.

It’s appropriate at this point to congratulate Tiny Steps’ Scott Burstow on recently being voted “Voluntary Fundraiser of the Year 2021” at the Community ReAwards.

Both shirts are of course available at our kit suppliers Buccaneer Sports based in Northwich via their website –

Why not treat yourself to one and hopefully we’ll be able to all get back together and enjoy the game we all love soon.