Cyber-Squatting, “Sharp Business Practice” & Pre-Pack Admin: The Business Stylings Of Graham Bean

The last forty-eight hours have seen a further twist in a story which we might have been expecting to come to an end. A couple of weeks ago, members of the Northwich Victoria Supporters Trust voted to sever their ties with the husk of a club that they had been supporters of and form their own new club, and on Thursday of last week a meeting of Trust members voted for the new club, which hopes to start from the beginning of next season, to be called 1874 Northwich. So far, so good, especially considering that Northwich Victoria’s owner, Jim Rushe, had already told the local press that, “I’m all for it.” With these ties severed, the supporters of the club could finally break free of the destructive rule of a man that has lost the club its home ground and overseen a plummet from the Blue Square Bet Premier to Division One South of the Northern Premier League in something approaching record time. Nothing relating to this club, however, is ever quite as simple as it looks and within hours of the meeting on Thursday night it became apparent that Rushes adviser, Graham Bean, had been busily buying up internet domain names relating to the new club. This practice is known in industry terms as cyber-squatting, and it is a phenomenon that is very much of the modern...

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