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DISTANT VICS NEWSLETTER
NUMBER 165 3rd
Vics host Scarborough with a fully fit squad on Saturday. The only minor problem
Jimmy Quinn has is that the 3 players he has signed are all, currently, on loan.
Conference rules only allow 2 loan players in the side for any one game so it is
likely that Jamie McGuire will be the "missing" one on Saturday.
Jamie, Gary Owen and Damien Whitehead are all on a month's loan which takes us
up to the end of the season. However, it is a strong possibility that Damien and
Gary could sign permanently.
Gary lives in Connah's Quay and wants to go part time. According to The
Chronicle he has already indicated that he would like to stay with Vics. He was
club captain at Doncaster and played in nearly every game last season but has
failed to keep his place lately after injury. Jimmy has already stated that he
is looking to Damien to show what he can do in the period he has at Vics. He was
a prolific goalscorer before he signed for Macclesfield and scored 15 goals for
them. However, his spell at Leigh has not been as successful and his future
could be with Vics. Also interested in returning to Vics is keeper Gary Kelly,
the full story on that in below in the "Seen on the Internet" section.
Leaving Vics on loan is centre back Danny Jarrett who has signed for Winsford
for a month. He scored on his debut in their 3-1 win over Atherton Collieries.
The final word on Greg Blundell is that Bristol Rovers offered £50,000 for him
last week, which Vics accepted. However, Greg rejected the personal terms
offered and opted for a better deal for him at Doncaster where he is reportedly
receiving a four figure salary every week. The club have not disclosed the fee
received but The Chronicle report that the total would be £25,000 only if
Doncaster get promoted. Vauxhall Motors will also receive a share of the
"profit" Vics make - if any. They sold him to us for £10,000 two years ago.
Vics academy side failed to win their league by the narrowest of margins - one
goal more during the season would have seen them champions!
An update on long-term injury victim Val Owen. He has just been given the go
ahead to start training in the gym. There is no chance of him returning this
season but he should be ok for the next. His jaw was badly broken in 2 places
and had to be wired together - meaning a liquid diet for a long period. Val lost
1 ½ stones in weight during this time.
Les Esling has announced his intention to "retire" from his position as
"webmaster" on Vics official web site. Unfortunately Simon Ellison, who helps
him, is unable to step into his shoes and therefore we need someone, or a small
group of people, to take over from him. Can you help? It involves about 5-10
hours a week. For someone interested in the club, with computer skills and a
little time this is a really rewarding job. Equally, split down between a few
people it is a much quicker job. In this day and age it does not have to be
someone who lives in Northwich. ANY OFFERS? Contact Distant Vics,
or Les himself via the web site.
The final of the Mid Cheshire Senior Cup against Witton has been confirmed as
Tuesday 15th April. There had been speculation that the game could be moved due
to the televising of a Man Unt game on the same night. They now play on the
As you were told earlier in the week the club have now completed the purchase of
the land from Cheshire County Council to build the new stadium having received
the first payment for the Drill Field.
The first evidence of building was the installation of the offices, in the shape
of a portacabin, on the site last Friday.
The "work" itself is still behind the scenes, although there will be visible
evidence in the very near future. This week has seen more meetings and the
finalising of the plans for the heating and plumbing.
Seen on the Internet.
Nationwide Conference Site 1/4/03
Veteran goalkeeper Gary Kelly has not ruled out a return to Northwich Victoria
next season, having joined Sheffield United for the remainder of the current
The 36-year-old custodian made seven Nationwide Conference appearances for the
Vics before leaving for South Yorkshire on deadline day.
However, he may be back with Jimmy Quinn's side again, as the Vics boss
confirmed: "He wants to come back and play for us next year.
"He did a terrific job while he was here and with the experience he's got, he
was just what we needed."
Kelly's departure led to the recall of Matthew Parry for the 2-1 home win over
Telford United last Friday.
Steve Davis's football school for kids on 22, 23 and 24th April. £10 per day or
£25 for all three.
It is planned to hold the, now, annual Distant Vics "do" after the Barnet game.
Details to members soon.
There will be a Sportsman's Dinner announced in the next week or so.
No winner on the Yankee this week, 5 people received £80 each for a treble.
Lucky 7 jackpot this week is a minimum of £240.