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DISTANT VICS NEWSLETTER
NUMBER FIFTY TWO JANUARY 18th 2001
The main news this week will almost certainly be breaking tomorrow night at the AGM and Fans Forum that follows it. As I will be there you are getting the newsletter a day early. I will give you all a brief summing up late tomorrow and a more detailed report, hopefully, over the weekend. It looks set to be dominated by the ground sale and relocation.
More immediately Gregg Blundell completed his £10,000 signing from Vauxhall on Monday and goes straight into the side at Rushden on Saturday, probably partnering Gary Fletcher who returned from injury at Matlock coming on as sub in the second half. In addition we still have Adie Mike and Richard Mitchell as well as young Graham Lewis who is returning from a loan spell at Frickley having scored 5 goals in 4 games.
Still on Saturday’s game, Steve Davis is suspended and John Robertson doubtful after getting injured last week.
Vics have received “a six figure” offer for Gary from a 3rd Div club but it is felt that there are better offers on the way. Neil Ellis and Darren Vicary have been released.
It is hoped to play the oft postponed cup replay against Leigh next Tuesday. Check before you go.
The Football League have still not ratified 2 up 2 down as expected last week. However, despite the Conference’s anger and setting up of a committee to fight it, the league are pointinmg out that there are still details to be finalised, mostly around compensation for relegated clubs, and that decisions are taken at their June meeting.
There is an interesting article in the Chronicle confirming that Vics invited Witton to share the new ground. It appears that it was made at a joint meeting between Vics, Albion and Vale Royal in the autumn. Vics have heard nothing since and Witton could be one of the objectors to the proposal through the effect it might have on their business and future plans. Significantly, however, is the statement by Rod Stitch that the offer was never withdrawn. Witton, in turn, have pointed out that they could not afford to move unless their land was sold for housing purposes and the previous sale has the new owners turned down in their application. They have heard nothing from Vale Royal! So, the invitation seems to be still on the table and Witton need to know that permission for housing would be granted before they could commit themselves. Complicated world isn’t it? However, the idea appears to be still alive – just.
One letter in the Chronicle backing the move published just before the meeting.
No winner on the Yankee but 7 locals got £57 for a treble.
One or two of you may have got a paper copy of Distant Vics despite being on the e-mail, if it continues let me know but I think I’ve sorted it. Some of the groups addresses do not have names attached hence the confusion.
Finally, I experimented with the groups “chat room” facility last weekend (it was lonely on my own!) and after an e-mail from “Ozzie” Jamie Baverstock I will try it again this Friday from 7.0pm to 7.15pm, and longer if I can find someone to talk to when I “go on”. It’s very simple why don’t some of you try it? Get the group home page and then click on chat. You will get a screen with 3 boxes. The first shows what people are typing in, the smaller one on the top right shows who is on line with you and the long thin one at the bottom is where you type and send your message. Sorry this doesn’t help those of you who are only on at work but it’s a start. If successful perhaps those workers could arrange half an hour one regular lunch time? I’ll let you know how it goes. Why 7.0pm? Cause Jamie is up at 6.0 am in Oz on workdays and can join in!
See some of you on Friday perhaps, and lets make some noise at Rushden on Saturday.