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DISTANT VICS NEWSLETTER
NUMBER SIXTY ONE MARCH 22nd 2001
Details of Gary Fletcher’s “loan” deal to Hull is the main story. Vics will receive £22,500 from Hull for loaning Gary for the rest of the season. If they go on to sign him permanently that sum will be made up to £150,000. In addition there is a 25% sell on clause for the future. Not a common way to conduct a transfer! In reality the “loan” is an extended trial as Hull are still not sure of him. Either way Vics cannot lose. Gary is now 20yrs old and said “ I will always be grateful to Vics, it is a great club but I want to be at the top.” Ted Carthy, the reserve and youth team manager, is also pleased as Gary is the first of his youngsters to progress to the league. Lots of Vics fans will, no doubt, be checking Hull’s result and scorers on a Saturday night from now on. Only Rochdale made a concrete offer in addition to Hull. It will be the highest fee for a mid-Cheshire player if it goes through. Previous transfers include Andy Oakes, now a Premiership keeper with Derby who also went to Hull but from Winsford, and Vics previous record sale, Neil Moreton, who went to Chester for £50,000.
Rod Stitch, playing the stereotypical role of Chairman Scrooge (!) says, “The cash from the loan won’t automatically go into funding more players for KA’s squad. If Keith comes up with a player he wants we will have to see if we can afford it, but it’s unlikely we would want to pay a fee.” We have already paid money for Talbot, Blundell and Mitchell.
Vics reserves beat Lostock Gralam in the semi-final of the Mid-Cheshire FA Saturday Cup last week. The oldest player was 23 and the average age just 19. More Gary Fletchers coming through? After going 1-0 down Vics levelled just before half time and got the winner in the 85th minute. Tim Greensill got both goals. We now play Barnton in the final.
Sunday sees Rushden at the Drill Field for a 3.0pm kick off. Expect a noisy game as we have distributed 3000 tickets to local schoolchildren.
Ex Vics star Mark Ward was sacked, for financial reasons, by Altrincham this week. He remains as a player. One feels that Alty have only one aim at the moment – to stay in existence. They are safe this year but will struggle to build a team for next within their financial constraints. Also locally, Wittons hopes of promotion this season have all but evaporated after a string of poor results.
Nothing on the ground move this week and no winner of the Yankee, but 3 locals won £133 each.
Match report out early Sunday evening.