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DISTANT VICS NEWSLETTER
15th JANUARY 2004
Lots of possibilities for Saturday!
Shaun Teale has signed Craig Mitchell on a month's loan from Mansfield. He is a
20yr old striker who has first team experience, although not a regular, and has
scored in the league. His last game with us will be against Margate.
A second loan signing could be Scott Willis from Lincoln City who is a
midfielder. The clubs have been in contact today but the loan had not been
finalised at the time of writing.
A third new player could be Stephen Nicholas from East Fife whom Shaun is
meeting to try and sign. This would be a "permanent" signing if it goes ahead.
Again, at the time of writing there was not confirmation.
Everyone would appear to be available for the crucial relegation "6 pointer" at
Tamworth on Saturday.
There is a strong possibility that a player could also be leaving in the near
The arrangements for the Chester game a week on Saturday will probably be the
same as for the Shrewsbury game with Vics having the "away" end for standing and
parking. It will all be confirmed next week - but plan to get there early given
the New Years Day experience.
After last week's Trophy exit Vics have a free Saturday on 31st January. It is
unlikely that any Conference game will be re-arranged but there is a possibility
that the Mid Cheshire Senior Cup game against could be slotted in if it fits in
with Winsford's plans.
The Academy side lost 2-4 to North Birmingham college yesterday, but the
reserves retained second place in their league after beating Workington 3-1 last
The youth team went back to the top of their league with a 3-1 win over nearest
rivals Leek Town. A goal down Vics had Benali sent off but scored 3 through
Tasker (2) and Dyson.
Most of the concrete floor has been laid in the amenity block of the new stand.
This is a slow job as the concrete blocks need to be lifted and manoeuvred
through the supporting steelwork. It should be completed any day and then the
roof steel can be erected. Within 3 weeks we should be looking to put the actual
roof on and from then on the work in the stand will be less vulnerable to the
weather. Work will continue on the stand for about 3 months, but remember the
ground only has to be able to stage a game by the deadline - every little detail
does not have to be completed.
The weather interfered with the work for the first time this week. The crane
could not be used on Tuesday because of the high winds and a severe rainstorm
stopped work yesterday.
The damaged floodlight pylon has been removed from the site. It was damaged by
the suppliers whilst being moved on a forklift truck. A replacement pylon is on
its way but has to come from the USA. This is not a problem that will slow up
The appeal for volunteers has borne fruit as we already have 8 volunteers to
help with the painting of the Danebank. Remember, if you can help to paint some
of the steelwork and doors etc, please give your name to me, Peter Grimes, by
mailing me at northwichvics@...
THE NORTHWICH VICTORIA SUPPORTERS TRUST
Some of the committee met Jacqui Forster from Supporters Direct last week and we
are close to finalising a constitution and set of aims and objectives that can
be put to fans for their approval and then sent to the solicitors and Financial
Services Authority for registration. In addition a sub-committee is looking at
membership charges and membership packages for individual fans, families and
It is hoped to call a meeting of fans in the very near future - possible at a
venue in the town centre.
The Trust will be legally up and running in the not too distant future but we
still plan to have the official launch as one of the first big events in the new
stadium. Obviously we cannot fix a date for this just yet.
SEEN ON THE INTERNET
BBC Non-League Site 13/1/04
Northwich Victoria boss Shaun Teale has targeted two new signings to help lift
the club off the bottom of the Conference table.
Teale has lined up two strikers with one as a loan deal from a League club,
which is close to being completed.
The other is expected to be a player from a Scottish club and both could line up
against Tamworth on Saturday.
"I would like to have the pair of them in for Saturday. They would give us a lot
more firepower," said Teale.
The Vics are stranded at the foot of the Conference but Teale is refusing to
throw in the towel and is looking to kick-start a revival at fourth-from-bottom
He added: "We certainly believe there are enough points to be played for to keep
"But the harsh realities are that we have to start winning and we have to start
winning straight away. Because it's Tamworth on Saturday it's the proverbial
"Confidence is the thing. If we can win one game all of a sudden people will
look at it and think 'we're not dead and buried. We can do this.'"
ROUND AND ABOUT
Margate's chairman, Jim Parmenter, resigned yesterday before today's crucial
meeting with Thanet District Council to try to get the go-ahead for the
rebuilding of their Hartsdown Park ground. The club risk being expelled from the
Conference if their ground is not completed (like Vics) by the 1st April
deadline. Although not yet confirmed there are reports that the council did not
give the go-ahead tonight as they were not satisfied with the financial package
put in place.
Winning code 3818 not issued. Next weeks jackpot is £600.
Messrs Cheung, Mather, Gage, Moss and Kirkpatrick won £80 each for trebles.
MATCH OF THE DAY
This weeks predictions are
Tamworth v Vics
Witton v Kidsgrove
Man City v Blackburn
Full league table is on Vics web site under Distant Vics