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DISTANT VICS NEWSLETTER
11th SEPTEMBER 2003
No comings or goings this week. Last weeks signings, Mark Barnard and Ryan
Zico-Black, both joined us on non-contract terms. Steve has a full squad to pick
from for the visit of Dagenham on Saturday.
Interest centres more on the performance of the team after a run of 4 successive
defeats. In this week's Guardian Steve says he is considering starting with a
4-3-3 combination. "They say that the best form of defence is attack and we need
to start putting teams under pressure from the start. Our strikers are putting
the ball in the net now and finishing chances. If we can get a couple of goals
up, as teams have done against us, then we can start to get some confidence."
Talking of Ryan Zico-Black Steve says "I looked at Zico-Black in the close
season when he was at Morecambe but because he was an international they wanted
money which, at the time, we couldn't afford. As soon as he became available we
took him because he is a true left winger and can give us something extra in the
As for Dagenham Steve has 18 pages of notes on them! In addition all the players
have been called into an extra training session to watch the video of the
Vics Youth Team are at home to Trafford on Monday evening, ko 7.45pm, in the FA
Youth Cup.2Q Round.
Don't forget that this Sunday volunteers are needed at 10.30am to help with the
final clearing of stones and debris etc off the training pitch site before it is
seeded. Please bring your own container, if you can, to collect the stones. All
volunteers will be rewarded with a tour of the site.
Another date for your diary is Thursday 25th September 8.30pm at the Black
Greyhound when the first of the new supporters evenings will be held and Steve
Davis will be the guest.
The offices in Queen Street have now received further supplies of replica kits.
The Cheshire Senior Cup game away to Tranmere has been rearranged for October
The first of this season's Player of the Month awards will be made before kick
off this Saturday.
THE VICTORIA STADIUM
The Danebank is being re-erected at record speed on the new site. All the
steelwork is up apart from some of the roof work (to allow easy access for the
crane) and a third of the concrete terracing is already in place.
The first of 4 bases for the amenity blocks around the ground has been strarted.
Work has already started, away from the site, on the steelwork and concrete
sections for the main stand and is all on schedule. The construction of the
stand is similar to the Danebank with concrete decking on steel supports.
Obviously the stand decking will have seats on it. Work is scheduled to start on
the foundations for the stand towards the end of next week.
More work on the "unseen" aspects of the development ie man holes, pipes,
ducting etc continues without a hitch.
Visitors to the site will see lots of piles of hardcore around. It will all be
used, some of it towards the end of the project at the canal end of the site
which needs levelling.
THE DRILL FIELD
The site has now been completely cleared and work is finished. The last update
on the old ground will be to confirm that completion of the sale has taken
place, and this is imminent.
SEEN ON THE INTERNET
BBC Non-League site - 10/9/03
Northwich Victoria boss Steve Davis wants his side to rediscover their mean
streak to halt a run of four straight defeats.
The Vics conceded just one goal in their opening three games, while struggling
to find the net themselves.
Now they are scoring for fun, but the goals are also going in at the other end
with Aldershot and Halifax scoring four and five over the last two weekends.
"We have shown that we can do both, now we've got to do both together," said
"We've gone to two good sides and scored six times without getting a point.
Another time we should be winning those games, so that's the positive thing."
He added: "We've brought Barny (Mark Barnard) into the defence for his
experience, and he did well last week, but it's more or less the same faces who
have been playing.
"We know what they can do and they have defended well. So if we can get back to
that we'll be all right.
"We've just got to keep working hard. The lads are positive. We've had a meeting
and everyone is in a positive frame of mind.
"We've got a good game against Dagenham on Saturday and we know that if we beat
them we go above them in the table."
After signing Barnard and Ryan Zico Black, Davis is looking to let some of his
fringe players move out on loan to keep them match-fit.
And despite the recent success of his attack, the Vics boss has not ruled out a
"I still think we need a big striker and if we could get somebody like that who
fits the bill I would bring them in. But we'll probably need to get some out
first," Davis said.
Nationwide Conference Site - 11/9/03
Shrewsbury Town boss Jimmy Quinn has played down reports linking him with a
return to Reading in the wake of Alan Pardew's attempted resignation.
The former Northern Ireland international spent five years at Reading during the
nineties, including 30 months as player-manager, so he isn't surprised to be
linked with the club in the circumstances but doesn't believe that the Shrews
will receive an official approach.
"I did well when I was manager there because we finished second in the first
division," Quinn told the Shropshire Star.
"I'm well thought of and well respected but I would doubt they'll come knocking.
"Whenever you do well at a club you will get linked with other clubs but I've
got a job to do here.
"I've got an obligation to Shrewsbury, I love the place and I've got such a good
feeling about being here.
"Of course I'd be flattered if Reading showed an interest in me but at this
moment in time all I'm interested in is Shrewsbury Town."
Since leaving Reading in 1997 Quinn has had spells in charge of Swindon Town and
Northwich Victoria, before moving to Gay Meadow in May.
No outright winner again this week, Messrs Williams, Booth, Jones, Madeley,
Sharratt, Clarke and Dunn win £57 each for trebles.