DISTANT VICS NEWSLETTER
THE INDEPENDENT NEWSLETTER FOR FANS OF NORTHWICH VICTORIA
15th DECEMBER 2005
Vics will be without Michael Carr (suspended for 1 game) and Peter Handyside who
went off injured in the FA Cup victory over Woking on Tuesday for the trip[ to
York in the Trophy on Saturday. Peter is expected to be out for 3-4 weeks and it
gives Steve Payne the chance to get back into the team as he is the obvious
replacement. Otherwise the squad is back to full fitness with Ben Connett
having recovered from his training ground injury. This means that Matt Conkie
will be released but he has impressed steve Burr and Steve says he will be
keeping an eye on him. Also, Chris Gaghan has gone out on loan for another
month, this time to Burscough.
Sadly, in the midst of all the euphoria of winning on Tuesday, a spectator
collapsed and died before the match. He was a local gentleman who had become
interested in the club because of the cup run and was attending the match with
his grown up son. I'm sure all Vics fans will be saddened at the news that puts
a lot of other things in perspective. The Trust will send a representative to
The coach to York leaves at 11.30 from the Memorial Hall. Tickets £12 and £10.
Should a replay be necessary it will be at the Victoria Stadium next Tuesday at
Tickets for the Sunderland cup tie are priced at £10 and £5 despite our
chairman's dissatisfaction feeling the price should have been higher. Sunderland
feel this price will give the optimum return as (with all due respects to us) a
cup tie against non-league opposition is not the biggest draw. They only pulled
in 17,500 for the home tie against Crystal Palace in the same round last year.
The kick off will be 3.0pm on Sunday 8th January and will not be one of the
Final travel details have not yet been finalized. There will be different
"packages" available with the prices around £20. Details next week.
The club are opening a stall in town to sell tickets and memorabilia. It is
located in the town square.
The Academy side won through on penalties in the National College Cup yesterday
beating their rivals from Colwyn Bay.
ROUND AND ABOUT
Phil Wilson has left Lancaster to take up the manager's job at Barrow.
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From Brian Edge on Vics web site
I have just spoken with one very happy Manager! Steve Burr, after celebrating
with one beer and a coke,said that he was extremely delighted with the
performance of his team tonight. 'How can you not be happy with that?' he said.
'I thought that we dominated the game from start to finish, created loads of
chances and in all honesty Kris Rogers didn't have all that much to do in goal'
'I would also like to thank everyone for the absolutely brilliant support
tonight' said Steve. 'Hopefully, our performance will have inspired many to come
back and see us week in week out because as we have shown this evening we can't
half play some good football. I have always liked my teams to try and go out to
entertain and this group of lads are certainly trying to do this and usually
succeeding. It would be so nice if our crowds for future games increase'
Tomorrow we will start to talk about next Saturday and York City in the Trophy
but for now - YES we can mention the word 'Sunderland' and it feels good to be
able to do so!
BBC web site
From the depths of despair, Northwich Victoria have emerged triumphant to see
the Stadium of Light.
Dumped out of the Conference top-flight in the summer over ground and financial
issues, the Vics have bounced back to earn an FA Cup third-round trip to
In one of the Cheshire club's great nights, Steve Burr's side upset Woking in a
replay on Tuesday to set up their showdown with the Premiership strugglers.
"Last season at times it was hard to take all the things that were going on,"
Burr told BBC Sport.
"But in football, once you start winning games you soon forget what has
"You look to the future, and that's what we have started to do by how we have
done this season."
The Vics overcame a 10-point penalty for going into administration to finish
outside the bottom-three last season, but still ended up going down to
However, Burr and the players showed their commitment to the cause by staying on
at Victoria Park and that faith has now been justified.
"We have had a lot of games in the cups already this season and not had our
rewards but now we have got one we can all look forward to. We're delighted,"
"It's marvellous for everybody, the chairman, the players, the supporters. These
are the games you pray for.
"The prize at stake for both clubs gave it that extra bit of pressure, but
that's what you are involved in football for.
"There's always somebody each season who gets one. Burton have got Manchester
United and Exeter had United last season and we have managed to get Sunderland,
so it does happen."
Northwich secured their trip to Sunderland with goals from Stuart Elliott and
Paul Brayson, who both started their careers at Newcastle United.
Brayson's winning goal was his 10th in the Cup this season, with two previous
hat-tricks earning the 28-year-old, who also missed a penalty against Woking, a
place at Wembley as a double-winning FA player-of-the-round.
"His FA Cup record this season is unbelievable and being a Geordie I suppose the
script was written already," Burr said.
Brayson has also been prolific in Conference North, where the Vics have lost
just once to mount a promotion challenge.
The big pay-day on their way will help that further, as well as aid on-going
And after the problems that dogged their switch to their new home in the summer,
Burr was delighted to see a crowd of over 2,300 see the Vics' revival take off.
He added: "The pleasing thing is that we got a good crowd, including a lot who
had probably never been to Northwich before and we put on a good show.
"Hopefully we will keep a few of them for our league campaign. It was a
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Match of the Day
Matches for 17 December
York v Vics
Witton v Guiseley
Wigan v Charlton