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DISTANT VICS NEWSLETTER NUMBER 212
26th FEBRUARY 2004
With no game this week there is no team news beyond Vics apparent attempt to sign Lee Ashcroft from Southport. Despite what you may read on some of the web pages today he has NOT signed. The club could not agree terms. There is speculation that Gregor Rioch could be returning but nothing definite at present. Chester are showing interest in Andy Woods but obviously the player would want the same kind of security through a contract that he has at Vics and it is not known if Chester are prepared to offer this. The transfer deadline in the Conference is the 3rd week of March so Vics have until then to sign people and given the clubs position in the league it would seem sensible to make the most of the 2 remaining loan signings we are allowed to make. By the time we play again at Hereford on 6th March the worst of the injury crisis will have passed.
Minds are focussed on the club's annual general meeting which takes place tomorrow night in the Village Hall in Wincham. The headline figures have already been well publicised in the local and national press. However, the figures cannot be put into any context until the financial director gives his report. It is the first period where the sale of the Drill Field and the building of the new ground coupled with the groundshare with Witton are seen in the accounts. Obviously this forms only part of the overall picture as large amounts of money are going in and out of the club and it will only be at the end of the process that an overall picture will emerge. A full report of the meeting will be sent out to News Service members next week. Vics reserves beat Vauxhall last week with Moore scoring the only goal. The Academy played Southport twice drawing 0-0 this week and winning 4-1 last Friday.
THE VICTORIA STADIUM
With the Danebank and the stand now "in situ" there will not be a lot to see for visitors to the site. The "sheeters" are doing the gable ends, back and fascia of the stand and this will completed quite quickly. The footings are 75% complete under the stand. The main drain behind the stand, which services the dressings rooms toilets etc, is being done and then the floor can be laid and the brickwork started. The wiring is almost done in the amenity blocks. Balfour Beatty have arrived to do the manholes in the main drain and when they have completed the two of them Vicvs will complete the third and then it will be possible to have the "road" going right round the stadium which will make work a lot easier. The bricklayers have returned to the Danebank to do the finishing off. In addition the firm to put the sheeting on the Danebank has now been chosen. Soon the turnstile blocks will be started of which there will be 7. Three for the Danebank one behind each goal and two for the stand. Each block will have 2 turnstiles meaning 14 in all. In addition each block will incorporate an exit gate. Once these blocks are completed the perimeter wall will be built joining them all up.
The club have bought their own welding set having discovered it was cheaper than buying! The first volunteer working on site is now using it to complete work on the tunnel out of the middle of the Danebank. Negotiations are now in hand with a brewery for the bars. A reminder that the fans room still needs a name. The directors would prefer that the fans choose it - any suggestions?
Mike Pavasovic, the presenter of the excellent Non-League section of GMR's Friday night sports programme (95.1fm) that starts at 7.0pm, has kindly accepted our invitation to chair the open meeting on 18th March. It is this meeting that will, if fans vote for it, give the steering committee the mandate to go ahead and register the trust. The draft aims and objectives will be well publicised, here, before the meeting. Until then - the committee slaves on!
SEEN ON THE INTERNET The FA Site - 26/2/04 The Arbitration Tribunal which heard the Isthmian League's challenge to the restructuring of the National League System today announced that it has unanimously dismissed their claims. The Tribunal was made up of three very senior legal figures, including former senior law lord Lord Browne-Wilkinson. "The FA is of course pleased that our decision and processes have been upheld by the Tribunal. However, the most important point is that we, together with the Alliance partners, can now look to the future and get on with the vital reorganisation of football at this level", Nic Coward, The FA's Director of Corporate and Legal Affairs told us. The FA believes the new system will raise standards, create more excitement through play-offs, and deliver more consistent rules, regulations and ground grading requirements. A key principle has been to ensure that the National League System will be fair and equitable for clubs irrespective of their geographic position in the country. Uppermost in The FA's decision-making and consultation throughout this process was that change should not take place for change's sake, but only if it would bring long-term benefits for the game. At a meeting in May 2003 the Football Conference and the Isthmian, Northern Premier and Southern Leagues' 'Alliance' agreed to recommend to the National League System Committee a new structure and a timetable to achieve it. This proposal includes the following key features:- - 22 clubs per league - Play-offs at each step down to step 4 - Better linkages throughout the league structure - A semi-national step between the Conference and step 3 - Remove leagues within a league - Deliver more consistent rules, regulations, ground grading and promotion/relegation through play-offs This structure was considered by the National League System Committee at their meeting on 9th May 2003 and approved by The FA Council at its Summer Meeting on 21st June 2003. It will now be implemented with effect from the start of season 2004-05.
ROUND AND ABOUT
Locally Nantwich Town have been awarded a large grant from the Football Foundation to enable them to relocate within Nantwich. They will move from the Jackson Drive ground to a new ground located on the new inner by-pass on the other side of the town centre. Jimmy Quinn continues to bang them in on a Sunday morning, he scored another hat trick for Oaklands last week.
Winning code 4274 - not allocated. Messrs Woodier, Gerrard, Cursley, Penney, Wakefield Regan and Massey all won £57 for trebles.
MATCH OF THE DAY
None this week as we don't have a game. It returns next Saturday