The Return Of The Vaughan(s) – Nemesis Of Chester, Barrow & Widnes

It’s a familiar enough scene to anybody that has ever been to the movies. The bad guy gets shot, and some soothing music is played but, just as the audience settles down after the previous few minutes of tension, the music cranks up a notch and what we thought was his lifeless hand grips the handle of his gun again. There are some people in life who just keep bouncing back, and this afternoon the website of the North West Counties League published an announcement that will have raised eyebrows from Cumbria to Cheshire – the return, after a short absence, of the Vaughan family to non-league football. We can only presume that, this time around, there were no clubs in the area that would take them on, since their newest venture seems to be a completely new club, which will be named Widnes Town FC. This new club, if accepted into the English league system, intends to play its home matches at Halton Stadium, the 13,350 capacity home of Widnes Vikings RLFC and Everton’s reserve team. The ground was also one of the final resting places of the late Runcorn FC Halton, who sold their own ground to move there in 2000, before leaving the ground in 2005 because they were unable to maintain the rent on it. The club folded a year later. The new club will...

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