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If there is ever a club that will leave your head in your hands it is Northwich Vics.
After beating FCUM 1-0 it looked as if Vics could push on and transform up'n'down form into something a bit better. That went out of the window for the trip to Marine. Three nil down at half time, courtesy of a very good 27 minute hat-trick by emerging talent Jamie Rainford. The fans sensed a defeat might not be - when it was announced over the tannoy that the referee had pulled up injured. Maybe an abandoned match? A replay? No... a Vics fan steps up and runs the line. We managed to win the second half, but Vics were just not good enough.
A fortnight after the team bus breaking down en route to Frickley, the bus breaks down again on the way to Whitby, Sounds like a dodgy poem. The team finally gets to the ground around 4pm, with instruction that the game must K.O @ 4.15pm. Surprisingly bright start from Vics after a somewhat un-ideal pre-match preparation. The Trickies probably could have been out of sight in the first half, a magic goal from Whitby's winger, then former Middlesbrough forward Andy Campbell slots one past Spence and wheels away to the Seasiders fans in what they think is the winner. Good work from new full-back Lee McArdle, equals a deflected cross to McAliskey who couldn't miss (well, he probably could, but he didn't this time).
Replay Tuesday night - a night that will be remembered by Vics fans as 'Thank God for Feniks' (not a spelling error, you'll understand further down)
Ahead we tackle Mickleover, a team who achieved promotion last season and whose players didn't actually receive a wage for their efforts (a bonus at the end of the season probably).
After that, Buxton on Tuesday at home, then Stocksbridge Park Steels at home the following Saturday, Nantwich Town away in a pointless Evo-Stik League Cup Challenge match, and then we travel to Worcester for our next FAT match on the 11th December.
Vics season tickets are available for purchase, prices are as follows:
Adult Stand - £200
Concessions Stand - £180
Youth Stand* - £88
Adult Ground - £160
Concessions Ground - £144
Youth Ground* - £60
Executive Tickets - £375
*Students under 21 are classed as youth on production of a valid student ID
Tickets can be purchased and paid for by credit card by phoning 01606 815200
The Ta'sansun Steakhouse - 10% off and Free Bottle of Wine!
Northwich Victoria FC have announced a superb promotion on the The Ta'sansun Steakhouse and Charcoal Grill. Open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening, restaurant goers can enjoy a free bottle of house wine and an additional 10% of the total bill. Just print out the voucher on the official website.
Christmas Bookings are available: http://tinyurl.com/34c9s7a
There are no signs that defensive crisis is going to end.
Freddy Fodor's loan spell from Oldham Athletic has expired, as has Adam Sumner's from Fleetwood Town.
If their loans are to be extended then it must be until the end of the season, so their deals are no longer 'short term'.
That could be the case:
Dominic Collins' hamstring went again at the weekend.
Steve Woods was unable to complete another game.
Julian Cherel is suspended until after this coming weekend
As is David Thompson who serves a one match ban for his second booking against FCUM.
Matty Brown is no longer with the club, his injury problems are long term.
There could be a new central defender in the squad for Saturday's game.
Midfield wise, no concrete news to go on whether Michael Connor has been released, after initially being suspended by the club, nothing has yet been confirmed but it's likely he won't play for the club again. A real shame for a talented player. A massive contribution last season, but a spluttered start to things this campaign, it was clear things were not rosy. 62 games and 11 goals were his stats here, could well have a bright future if his head is in the right place.
Mark Peers could be back in contention in the next week or so after doing a bit of light training at Whitby, but wasn't risked for the replay at home.
Left winger Danny Rowe has joined on loan from Stockport County - Certainly not the same Danny Rowe that was a star for Kendal Town.
Stockport County profile: http://www.stockportcounty.com/page/ProfilesDetail/0,,10419~46968,00.html
Brian Summerskill has joined Vics from Wrexham, previous to that, the Liverpool-born midfielder was on the books of Crewe Alexandra
Kingsley Williams is back from his loan spell at Bacup Borough and was an unused sub on Tuesday night.
The weight on John McAliskey and Andy Fowler's shoulders has been lifted as Ollie Ryan FINALLY made a comeback on Tuesday.
Last but not least... Jamie Phoenix is back from Albania, which seamlessly links us to the next feature...
THANK GOD FOR FENIKS
As said before, this is not a typo (on our behalf anyway).
In edition 8, we brought to you a story about a footballer (citation needed) called Jamie Phoenix, a bloke who basically blagged his way around the globe on stories that he had represented some of the top north west clubs, and also Liverpool, at some stage of his career. The more recent believable clubs were in fact FC United and Stafford Rangers.
Sporting a shocking hair cut
... and again
After coming on as a sub and playing a part in the win away at Lincoln United in a previous FAT game, he was back off to the Balkans to play for KS Bylis Ballsh whose fans see him as a superstar.
A typical fans reception in the city of Ballsh
He's on Les Rosbifs again! http://lesrosbifs.net/2010/11/latest-jamie-phoenix-northwich-victoria-to-albania-again-or-not/
Taking on a fullback whilst at KS Vllaznia
Instead of using something predictable to do with rising from flames, Phoenix was back, from Albania.
Entering the ground with around 20 minutes til K.O the ground was largely empty, 260 eventually turned up, but few will have noticed during the warm up, Phoenix seemed to put everything in his pre match prep to impress Preece, then as the chosen IX were called into the changing room, he stayed out with the remaining subs, and instead of the usual blast the ball into the goal, or into the concrete works, he tried numerous attempts to go one better and set himself up for audacious overhead kicks, which found the target more times than his colleagues spooned efforts.
The bloke was only here because a 'friend' who was meant to book his flight back to Albania had spelt his name as 'Feniks' which is the Albanian translation of Phoenix. He wasn't allowed on his flight, and presumably was in touch with Preece & Morrison to perhaps get a game on Tuesday.
About an hour into the borefest, which was actually a football match, Phoenix was introduced as a sub in place of left winger Danny Rowe, who has been disappointing. Phoenix first contribution - a bursting run from his own half, leaving two markers in his dust, then being chopped down cynically by the third. The first spark of life in an awful game.
Then, an interchange with Sorvel left him in acres to pick out a cross, which he didn't, the ball bounced near the blue bin behind the goal.
Another interchange with Ollie Ryan, gives him a shooting opportunity, but unselfishly opts to cross to Andy Fowler, whose shot is blocked from an onrushing defender.
Deep into the four minutes of stoppage time, people are already leaving in droves - the prospect of seeing another half hour, even penalties of this discomforting turn off was too much. It was 0° Degrees and a brew back at home was appealing.
Another interchange with Sorvel resulted in Phoenix being hacked on the touch line, a ridiculous foul to give away in the last few minutes when the attacker was going nowhere.
Riley whips it into the back post, the ball is knocked down, bobbles for a bit and Phoenix jabs it in! He could seriously have given Usain Bolt a run for his money as he sprints away with arms aloft, jumping into the arms of Andy Morrison, as the Vics fans sigh of relief is louder than the cheers.
The final whistle then blows, Phoenix drops to his knees, looks up and salutes God before turning to clap the Danebank who are destined for home.
'THANK GOD FOR FENIKS'
Results / Fixtures update:
Vics 1-0 FC United of Manchester
Saturday, 13th Nov
Goals: Andy Fowler 62"
Northwich Guardian match report: http://tinyurl.com/26crj4t
Ste Smith match report: http://tinyurl.com/2dsvtxs
Preece's view: http://tinyurl.com/2cfpazh
FC United match report: http://fc-utd.co.uk/report.php?match_id=567
FC United match pics: http://www.fcumick.me.uk/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=32149
FC United match pics: http://mvsfcpics.me.uk/main.php?g2_itemId=3315
Marine 3-1 Vics
Tuesday, 16th Nov
Goals: Wayne Riley 53"
Northwich Guardian match report: http://tinyurl.com/2ee2jxg
Ste Smith match report: http://tinyurl.com/22lb6ur
Marine match report: http://tinyurl.com/29jtjj2
Whitby Town 2-2 Vics
Saturday, 20th Nov
Goals: Liversedge 24" (own goal) John McAliskey 84"
Northwich Guardian match report: http://tinyurl.com/296854y
Ste Smith match report: http://tinyurl.com/2eghoxq
Whitby Town match report: http://www.whitby-town.com/fat3q_10.php
Whitby Town match pics: http://tinyurl.com/2allre4
Whitby Gazette match report: http://tinyurl.com/29xa9do
Vics 1-0 Whitby Town
Tuesday, 23rd Nov
Goals: Phoenix 90"
Northwich Guardian match report: http://tinyurl.com/27qsymd
Ste Smith match report: http://tinyurl.com/2c6vesd
Preece's view: http://tinyurl.com/3y3vzxb
Whitby Town match report: http://www.whitby-town.com/fat3qr_10.php
Whitby boss Tommy Cassidy's view: http://tinyurl.com/24tj94w
Stocksbridge Park Steels
Manager: Dick Pratley
Last Season’s Finish: 1st in NPL Division One South
Ground: Mickleover Sports Ground
Address: Station Road, Mickleover, Derbyshire, DE3 9FE
Nickname: The Bucks
Manager: John Reed
Last Season’s Finish: 8th
Ground: The Silverlands
Address: The Silverlands, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 6QH
Stocksbridge Park Steels
Nickname: The Steels
Manager: Gary Marrow
Last Season’s Finish: 11th
Ground: Look Local Stadium
Address: Bracken Moor Lane, Stocksbridge, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S36 2AN
Nickname: The Dabbers
Manager(s): Darren Tinson/Kevin Street (joint managers)
Last Season’s Finish: 10th
Ground: The Weaver Stadium
Address: Water Lodge, Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 5BS
Nickname: The Villagers
Manager: Carl Heeley
Last Season’s Finish: 20th, Conference South
Ground: St George's Lane
Address: St George's Lane, Worcester. WR1 1QT
A FEW WORDS WITH A FAN
We are hoping to have either an interview with a former Tricky or a fan as a running feature.
This edition will feature an interview with a fan. We're always looking for new material and would like to offer you the chance to come forward and share your experiences with other Vics fans. If hardly anyone comes forward, we're going to run out of ideas soon enough.
Old enough to have had the luxury of a student grant in the 70s and to have known Johnny Deane's when it was a proper school.
Part-time driving instructor, part-time translator/interpreter/language training consultant - a truly itinerant linguist
Years supported Vics:
Home to Hyde in Cheshire League in 1965. ATFAS tells me we won 4-2 in front of a mere 500 spectators and that the league was won by Wigan Athletic that season. Where are they now? (The missing 50-odd spectators I mean)
Has to be the Wembley/Victoria Ground victory over Bangor in 1984 - still have the commemorative mug in front of me as I type. Then skiving off work in Germany to see us beat Watford. Then trekking up to watch the BSN clincher v Stafford in 2006.
The time around the Exeter home game when it looked highly likely the club was about to play its last match.
Or walking round to behind the opposite goal (those were the days) at Moss Lane while they scored the first 3 of their 8 goals that day.
Favourite away day:
I enjoy almost every away game, win lose or draw nowadays, as it's a rare treat. The victory at Oxford a couple of seasons ago was particularly sweet (until the final whistle), though there are many other grounds I would rank higher on a scale of favourite places to go. I'm an old-fashioned type who likes old-fashioned grounds with a bit of character a la Stalyvegas rather than the flat-pack places that have sprouted of late. Lewes, for example, was a great day out.
Favourite ever Vics player:
Eddie Roberts, since I used to play in goal myself, though I wouldn't say he was best ever seen. That accolade can only go to Ken Jones.
Your best Vics 11:
I'd take most from my own 70's heyday. Not seen the current crop enough to comment.
Hopes for this season:
That the financial mess of recent years finally gets sorted - I'd rather have that done and dusted than promotion, given the choice.
Team (other than Vics) - have lost interest in Premiership, but always look out for Sheff Utd & Wed results. And I keep an eye on Weymouth, the southern parallel to Vics in so many ways.
Boyhood footballing idol - Gordon Banks (and Phil Gee)
Favourite ground (other than Drill Field) - difficult to say. Staly?
Favourite current premiership player - none, though admire some of the one-club stalwarts like Giggs and Carragher for being just that.
Favourite current premiership manager - none really, though oddballs like Holloway are a bit of fun
Music - old-fashioned rock or piano concertos (!!)
Film star - no time to watch films
Film - Mary Poppins takes some beating, or of late Lola Rennt (Run Lola Run) and other recent German independent cinema
TV programme - currently New Tricks, Spooks and The Apprentice - but also a big Coronation Street fan
Pastime (except football) - collecting old map postcards (got about 3000)
Food - most Italian
Holiday - planning & saving for a train journey to Casablanca/Marrakesh (if I ever have two weeks to spare) with Great Train Journeys of the World
B.A.T.S. would like to thank Alan for the effort and time put into answering the call from us.
EX VICS ON THE MOVE
Scott Tynan was thought to have suffered leg-snap in his sides loss to Hartlepool, the injury is not as bad as first thought but Vauxhall Motors have moved to replace him with Kyle Clancy.
Chris Thompson has three goals in two games for new club Warrington Town.
Thompson's former strike partner Chris Ward has joined Kendal Town from Lancaster City.
John Grant has been signed by Barrow to replace Jason Walker who has moved to Luton for big money.
Stafford Rangers had put a seven day notice in for Michael Carr, personal terms could not be agreed and he remains a Dabber.
B.A.T.S. PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Voting for the 'B.A.T.S. Player Of The Month' award for November is open now. Voting will be available until mid December, when the next edition will go out. Announcement of the winner then.
B.A.T.S. CHRISTMAS QUIZ
Basic format is that it is a picture quiz, where you need to work out a former / current Vics player from a number of pictures, The proper name for these types of quizzes are 'Dingbats' although that word could be used to describe a number of our ex players.
All you need to do is identify a former / current Vics player from the pictures provided.
For example, A picture of George Michael + a picture of a car = Michael Carr
Now we've given you the first answer, have a go at the remaining 39.
If there is a tie, a tie break answer will determine the winner.
It's only £3 to enter and that can be paid via PayPal.
There will also be a download from the Supporters Trust site, and the quiz will also be available on the forum.
Prizes are as follows:
1st place: £25 'Love2Shop' vouchers
2nd place: £10 'Love2Shop' vouchers
A donation will be made to the Supporters Trust for use of advertising through their website.
Remaining monies will be donated to the football club via sponsorship.
Closing date is the 22nd December. The winner will be announced shortly after that.
Please provide name, email address, telephone number and your tie break answer at the bottom.
Best of luck.
Announcement of November POM, an interview with a legend and the usual stuff.
STILL WANT MORE?
NVFC Official Website
Northwich Victoria Supporters Trust
Want to discuss anything Vics wise? You can do on the Voice of the Vics forum