THE VICS COLUMN – by Peter Tonge

NORTHWICH Victoria have taken the Christmas spirit to another level as they announced on Saturday evening live on Silk FM that their allocation of tickets for the Derby match vs 1874 would be paid for by the club as a “thank you” for all the support during this pandemic year.

The 45 tickets will be allocated to members, season ticket holders and then via a ballot to the lucky 45 fans that are able to make the match on Monday, December 28, with a 7.45pm kick off.

The committee would especially like to mention that long-serving secretary Dave Thomas initially brought the idea to the table a month or so ago and the feeling amongst the committee was that, in a year when fans have been missed so much, that it would be a great gesture to give just a little something back in return.

The club have also been spreading their Christmas cheer to the Northwich Juniors newest under ’s team, who in their first season with the club were paid a special visit by Chairman Brian Turner and Vice Chairman Ian Egerton to present a small token of our support and appreciation as they played their last game before Christmas.

The picture above shows some of the lads involved on the day with their coaches and Brian Turner receiving their gifts from the club.

Matthew Elsby is the manager of the under 8s and has done a fantastic job getting this team up and running and getting the future stars of Northwich Victoria enjoying their football.

NVFC has also in linked up with the Northwich Vixens ladies in recent weeks to support some incredible community activity.

The two clubs came together to generate much-needed funds for the Mid Cheshire Food Bank and The Northwich Salvation Army, who do amazing work all year round but even more importantly this time of year.

Both Green committees came together for an Xmas challenge of 24,000 keepy-ups in 24 hours and a 5k Santa Dash, both of which were supported fantastically well by the players, fans, former Vics players and committee members of both clubs and of course the legendary club mascot Trickie the Cat.

The two challenges managed to raise over £1,400 for these two vital local organisations. Special thanks go to Vixens captain Emma Bibby-Cheshire and Vics committee member Paul Bazley, who came up with and helped formulate the first of many of these collaborations

Also a special mention to the Barrow family, who have been collecting fans donations to give to the food bank which is an amazing effort from everyone involved.

We are also delighted to announce the official launch of the 200 Club going into the new year, where the club will be having weekly and months draws for cash prizes having been officially granted our license by Cheshire County Council.

Any fan, friend, family member or colleague interested in supporting the club then please pick up a mandate to set up your £5 per month membership on any match day from the ground or by contacting Darren Barrow on 07596277443 or

All that’s left to say is that Northwich Victoria wishes everyone in Northwich a very happy Christmas and New Year.