Tag: Northwich Victoria

Northwich Victoria: The Drugs Didn’t Work For Jim Rushe

It has been, putting it lightly, an eventful few years for Northwich Victoria Football Club. Seasoned readers of this website may already be aware of the long-term troubles that the club had, having a new stadium that was considered an asset when it went into administration, a new owner who failed to purchase it which led to its eventual sale and dismantling, leaving the club playing forty miles from home in Stafford. Supporters, enraged by Jim Rushe, the football club owner who just somehow kept on coming back from the dead, eventually lost their patience altogether, leading to the...

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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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Bankrupt: Northwich’s Jim Rushe Fails The Fit & Proper Persons Test

Last weekend on BBC Radio Five Lives Non-League Show, the owner of what is left of Northwich Victoria Football Club, Jim Rushe, made a guest appearance full of claims that he was “more determined than ever” to return his club back to the town and making typically disrespectful comments regarding the Northwich Victoria Supporters Trusts decision to break away from his discredited organisation and start their own club from the start of next season. There was, however, one small event in his life which somehow managed to slip his mind over the course of his interview. On the fifteenth of November at Wigan County Court, on the same day that supporters of the club were voting to form their own club from the start of next season, Jim Rushe was declared bankrupt. The petition was not one that he raised himself. Rushes bankruptcy petition came from the Burton-based Else Solicitors, who had acted as the clubs legal advisers until earlier this year. The firm had been acting for the club as recently as January of this year, when they issued a public statement for the club with regard to its eviction from The Victoria Stadium, and the unanswered question regarding this is that of, if this bankruptcy order is a result of their involvement with the club, why was it made against Rushe personally? If the debts for legal...

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A Fresh Start For The Supporters Of Northwich Victoria

The lengthy, drawn-out saga that has been Northwich Victoria Football Club reached something of a denouement this evening, with a vote taken by members of the clubs Supporters Trust to split from the old club and forge ahead to start their own from the start of next season. The decision was reached with a massive majority – a vote of one hundred and forty-five people in favour of the split and four against – and it can be considered a damning indictment of the way that the club has been run over the last few months and year that this vote ended up as close to absolute unanimity as it did. It was also a rare demonstration of positivity to come from a club which has come to resemble a slow motion car crash over the last few months or so. For those amongst you that haven’t been keeping up to date with this story, there is no quick synopsis which could completely depict the ball of madness that this club has become in recent years. It lost its ground, The Victoria Stadium, to a company based next door to it after failing to take up an option to purchase it from the liquidators of the company that had previously owned. Having failed a CVA (leading to a somewhat extraordinary debate between the administrator himself and the owner of...

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Numbers And Satisfaction On The Opening Day Of The Season

Perusing acres of statistics that can be found in newspapers on the opening weekend of the football season can be a most enlightening way to pass the couple of hours, even if focusing on the attendance figures rather than the results themselves does require a certain degree of furtiveness. At the top end of the game, there are few surprises to be found. Most Premier League clubs will attract decent attendances regardless of any bad news that may have been forthcoming over the course of the summer, whilst lower down the Football League there will be empty seats, but on the whole if crowds are to dip this will not come until the evenings draw in and tempting alternatives such as Champions League football on free to air television start to become more readily available. On the whole, though, crowds at bigger clubs can reasonably be expected to begin as they will continue. As we drop down through the divisions, however, crowd numbers become increasingly volatile. After all, it doesn’t need any more than a couple of hundred people to decide that they have something better to do on a Saturday afternoon during the summer for many non-league clubs’ attendances to start looking as if they were compiled by the Grim Reaper and such numbers can easily be affected by other plans or clear blue skies and the enticing...

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