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DISTANT VICS NEWSLETTER
THE INDEPENDENT NEWSLETTER FOR FANS OF NORTHWICH VICTORIA
23rd FEBRUARY 2006
Stuart Elliott, Dale Anderson and Jon McCarthy are all doubtful for Saturday's
home game against strugglers Hednesford. Of the 3 Jon McCarthy is the nearest to
being fit. On Tuesday Vics face a stiffer challenge, on paper at least, when
Stalybridge are the visitors on Tuesday night. Ben Connett will be available for
that game having completed his 3 match ban.
Very little this week! The Academy team didn't play as it's half term. Tickets
are available, free, to players in local Under 12's teams and younger for
Saturday's game. Please contact the club if you are interested.
Vics supporters team have reached the Supporters Challenge Cup Final.
Tonight saw the EGM of the Trust addressing the issue of the banned fans. By one
vote the Trust voted not to continue to support the three and to buy an
ultrasound machine and metal goalposts for the club.
ROUND AND ABOUT
Former England international Paul Merson has agreed to play for Conference side
Tamworth in a major coup for the struggling club.
The 37-year-old Merson, who was recently sacked as Walsall player-manager, will
play for Tamworth until the end of the season. The well-travelled Nicki
Summerbee, former Manchester City and Sunderland winger, has also signed until
the end of the season.
Witton lost to Alvin McDonald's Marine on Tuesday night with both goals scored
by ex-Vics player Nicky Young.
Vics next opponents, Hednesford have welcomed back former favourite Anthony
Maguire who this season has been with Southern League Premier Division side
Halesowen Town and then Division One West outfit Bromsgrove Rovers.
Also arriving, albeit on loan at Keys Park, is 19-year-old Danny Heron, who
joins from Coca-Cola League Two side Mansfield Town.
Striker Heron has made a handful of first-team appearances for the Stags and he
went straight into the side at Keys Park on Monday night.
Nantwich Town beat Buxton in the FA Vase last weekend.The Dabbers scored the
only goal of the game in front of a season's best crowd of 971 at Jackson
Nantwich will now play another NCEL outfit in Pickering Town in the quarter
The lights went out on Workington's charge towards the Nationwide North play-off
places on Tuesday night.
With the visitors cruising 4-0 against the ten-men of Lancaster City, the Giant
Axe was plunged into darkness at half time because of a floodlight failure.
The City players were already out on the pitch waiting for the visitors and the
officials when the lights failed and half an hour later referee Tom Conway
abandoned the game.
Workington chairman Dale Brotherton has slammed the City club for "poor
housekeeping" as the Cumbrians face the prospect of returning to the Giant Axe
to re-stage the game from scratch.
Brotherton said: "It all boils down to the fact that Lancaster did not have any
spare fuses. That is the most common thing to happen when lights go suddenly and
it's common practice to keep a couple of fuses just in case. We do it at
Workington and I think most individual fans will have spare fuses just in case
something happens to their own lights at home. Not to have any available is just
downright poor house-keeping on City's part."
Paul Gascoigne could still make his debut for Southern League Premire Division
club Merthyr Tydfil against Bath City at Twerton Park this Saturday, although
officials at the Welsh club have confirmed it is "highly unlikely".
The Gazza rumour mill has fallen silent recently, prompting suggestions that
plans to make the former England midfielder player-manager at Merthyr had fallen
Club secretary Anthony Hughes said the deal was "still alive" but nowhere near
completion ahead of Saturday's Southern Premier League game between Bath City
FUN AND GAMES
MATCH OF THE DAY
Matches for 25 February
Vics v Hednesford
Bradford Park Avenue v Witton
Blackburn v Arsenal
Winning code 7238 unissued. Next week's jackpot £700.
Messrs Griffiths, Tinker, Hayes, Roberts and Bowyer each receive £80 for