Tag: Northwich Victoria

Northwich Victoria’s Summer Of Discontent

It has been a difficult summer for Northwich Victoria Football Club, two months of ongoing rancour which remains seemingly destined to end in the eventual closure of a club that is two years shy of celebrating its one hundred and fortieth anniversary but has been kicked from pillar to post so much over the last ten years or so that it is difficult to imagine any scenario which doesn’t end with the club being put out of its misery as being very remote indeed. The latest chapter in this story began when the club was reported to have failed a previously agreed CVA by its administrator and evicted from The Victoria Stadium, its home of the previous six seasons, after failing to purchase it from the liquidators of Beaconnett, the company owned by the clubs previous owner Mike Connett. After a few weeks of playing wherever it could, the club eventually signed a bizarre ground-sharing deal for next season with Stafford Rangers for next season, but was then barred from taking part in the Northern Premier League’s end of season play-offs and was subsequently relegated one division by the FA over failure to comply with the terms of its previously agreed CVA and a failure to comply with the conditions of the transfer of membership from old company to the new. While the rest of the football worlds head...

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Northwich Victoria: Time To Step Away From This Sinking Ship

There is always something faintly pathetic about the list of creditors for a football club’s proposed CVA. It’s not so much the big creditors that sink the heart – after all, those that pour money into the black hole of a football club, for example, have paid their money and taken their choice – but the smaller creditors that tug at the heart-strings. This is as true in the case of the CVA proposed for Northwich Victoria FC at the end of 2009 as for any other. It’s difficult not to feel sympathy for  Anthony’s Travel of Runcorn, a coach hire company which ended up being owed £16,178 by the club – a lot of money for a small business – while the stomach can only turn a little at the inclusion of a £5,889.13 debt to Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College, a school at which the club used for training sessions. This CVA, however, reached its conclusion in February when the administrator, Gary Pettit of the Northampton-based company Marshman Price, requested its cancellation at the Manchester High Court. No payments had been made as per the agreement reached and in his report to the court, Pettit noted (with a degree of almost tangible exasperation) that, “the purchaser [chairman Jim Rushe] sought to claim payments were not due and pleaded ignorance to their obligations.” With the CVA having failed,...

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Northwich Victoria: The 1874 Protests Come To Gigg Lane

Under normal circumstances, the last game of the season should be a cause for celebration for clubs near the top of their respective tables. On Saturday at Gigg Lane, however, FC United of Manchester’s final game of the season against Northwich Victoria was met by protests by supporters of the visiting club at the end of a season which has seen them lose their ground and face expulsion from their league. Vics supporter Mark Riding was there, and reports on a day of unrest in Bury. Rarely has a club finished a season in a state of such uncertainty as Northwich Victoria have finished this. Homeless and destitute since eviction from The Victoria Stadium in January, the club went into their final game of the season knowing they had secured second place in the league but could not reap the rewards of their season’s excellent performance. They have been found guilty of two charges relating to non payment of their CVA and the club’s punishment is expulsion from the Northern Premier League and all its divisions. The consequences of this decision are still uncertain. The club have an FA appeal scheduled for today – Tuesday 24th of April – but in reality this may only serve to partially clear the murky waters. This is due to the North West Counties (the league below the Northern Premier league) sharing common...

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Non-League Videos Of The Week: 15-04-2012

It’s almost the end of the non-league season, so we’ve got six matches from the tops and bottoms of varying divisions for you this evening. At the top of the Blue Square Bet South, a win for Woking at Maidenhead United would be enough to take the title back to Kingfield, while if they failed Dartford could keep the title race going for another week if they could win at Sutton United. Next up, we’re off to the Premier Division of the Northern Premier League, where Hednesford Town wanted to continue to push for a play-off place with a win at troubled Northwich Victoria. Meanwhile, at the other end of that table, Stafford Rangers were at home against Buxton. Next up, the hot favourites to win the Northern League are West Auckland FC, and they were away to Bishop Auckland. Finally, a win for Guildford City against Raynes Park Vale would be enough to win Combined Counties League. Our thanks, as ever, go to those who take the time to record, edit and upload these videos. You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking...

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The Northern Premier League Hammers Another Nail Into The Northwich Victoria Coffin

That they were playing on a Friday night in the first place told a story of its own. Northwich Victoria were entertaining Hednesford Town in a Premier Division match of the Northern Premier League last night when the news came through which rendered any efforts that the team puts in for the remainder of this season – an official announcement from the league in which they play that they have been found guilty of charges raised against them over non-payment of their CVA and will be barred from entering the play-offs in the league at the end of season. On top of this, the league confirmed that the clubs membership of the Northern Premier League will be terminated, meaning that the club will be relegated into the North West Counties League at the end of this season. The news emerged last week that Northwich Victoria had not been paying the arrangement which kept the club playing after their last insolvency event in 2009, meaning that the league has found the club to be “found guilty of failing to comply with League Rules 2.9.2, 2.9.3 and 14 b 4 relating to financial matters.” The club responded with an immediate statement (including a sideswipe at those that have been critical of Chairman Rushe in recent weeks, in the form of reassuring “all genuine Northwich Victoria supporters that we will pursue the...

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