Chester FC & Northwich Victoria: Poles Apart In The Same Division


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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5 Responses

  1. Charlie Hallows says:

    1st class report,thanks again for letting the football community know what a fantastic little club Chester F.C. is and thanks again.

  2. Richard says:

    Cracking stuff as ever. Can’t wait for the Blue Square North next season! Also it’s worth mentioning the Vics supporters who stayed behind after the final whistle to clap the Chester team. Very classy and appreciated by Chester fans!

  3. Stu says:

    It’s about time Northwich Victoria was left to die. They’ve had more lives than even the luckiest cat, and haven’t learned from their mistakes.

    Their business model is nonsensical, and the fact they’ve not been paying their CVA whilst paying inflated wages to their players to get them to the top of the table smacks of the kind of immorality that even the most die-hard supporter would be able to defend.

    Northwich’s fans have been through the mill, and one would feel a little sorry for them, if it weren’t for the fact that they’ve continually abused their neighbours, Witton Albion, without whom they probably would have folded years ago when they were building the Victoria Stadium. The thing now is that Witton aren’t prepared to extend any kind of hospitality to Northwich, after how badly the volunteers were treated last time, and after the late payment of bills.

    Northwich’s fans need to walk away from “Stafford Victoria” and start again as a fan-owned club. They won’t have the instant success that Chester have had though, and they need to accept that – there’s no shame in that. They have no ground, no assets, a fraction of the population to draw from that Chester have, and they’ve never been a “big club” in the sense that Chester used to be Football League regulars. Given 20 years, a Northwich phoenix club may end up owning their own ground, and competing at a similar level to where they are now – the question is, do the fans have the appetite for it? Or would they rather travel to Stafford, week in, week out, to watch a team hobbled with debt, dragging them through an inevitable rollercoaster to destruction?

  4. Marion Needham says:

    Some excellent articles always written and this is one of the best and a really accurate reflection of the way things are from the perspective of a Chester FC supporter. While there has been rivalry between the clubs you can’t help feeling sorry for them in the position they are at present. In old Chester City days we were exiled to Macclesfield and that was no fun, hard to see how they survive in the longer term.

  5. Adrian Figgess says:

    Forgive me for suggesting it (and it almost certainly would have been considered) but could the Vics not have shared with Chester?

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