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Lots of "bitty" news this week but the main story is that Vics and Witton have
formally announced that they will share Witton's ground next season whilst Vics
build their new ground. This is still dependant on Wilcon Homes getting planning
permission for the housing development on the Drill Field site.The cost to Vics
of bringing Wincham Park up to required Conference criteria will be between
£12,000 and £15,000. This is due to the need to upgrade the floodlights, install
a new turnstile and comply with some health and safety requirements. Details of
the rent were not divulged. Had it not been possible to share with Witton there
were also negotiations afoot with Altrincham and Chester. As interesting as the
announcement was, it was also predictable given the previous negotiations
between the clubs. However, what is as interesting, is Mike Worthington's way of
presenting the news. He talks of "a big step forward in terms of testing out the
working relationship between the two clubs." Dave Stone, looking further ahead,
says "And when we leave Witton hopefully they will come with us." Mike
Worthington has confirmed to the Chronicle that they are investigating the
chances of selling their land as well. Is the future finally becoming clearer?
Next week sees the AGM at Vics where all these issues will, no doubt, be raised
in various forms. Before then I will send a breakdown of the figures to be
presented to the meeting and next weeks newsletter will probably be out a day
earlier to enable the meeting to be reported on in full. The strain is telling
on the board and both Dave Stone and Jim Rafferty are threatening the quit
unless more help is forthcoming from the fans. It will be interesting to see if
they offer any incentives, or a different way of dealing with the fans as a way
of getting some back on board. Many have been alienated by the boards poor
record of communicating with the fans.
There will also be an "information" meeting at Witton's ground next Tuesday and
anyone is welcome to attend.
On the playing front please note that next Tuesday's away game at Doncaster is
off due to Doncaster's trophy tie with Yeovil still not being resolved. This
means that Mark Barnard will now be suspended for the Telford tie as Vics were
hoping that the Doncaster game would be the one he missed. Neil Illman broke a
toe in the first minute of Saturday's game and it is not known how long he will
be out for. Mark Devlin's first possibility of playing is also the Telford game.
Gary Talbot will be suspended for the visit to Hayes on Saturday. Steve Garvey
(injured in a friendly against Nantwich this week) and Mark Barnard are also
doubtful. Phil Lea, physio, is more optimistic about Barnard.
The friendly was behind closed doors and Vics won 4-0. It was a mixture of 1st
team and reserves. Blake scored the first, Jimmy Quinn with a shot on the turn
the second and Greg Blundell the last 2 in the final 10 minutes.
The academy team beat Telford and are now second in their league. The league
game at home to Stalybridge has been rearranged for 16th April.
The Yankee was won again this week (£500) and 3 other locals won £30 for a
Don't forget the non-league phone in on GMR tomorrow night (Friday) between 8.0
and 9.0 pm.
Finally, the first match report from the Hayes game should be out by 9.15pm.