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Northwich Victoria FC Ground Proposals

Northwich Victoria FC Ground Proposals

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Proposal from Derek Nuttall, Northwich Victoria FC president
Proposal from Derek Nuttall, Northwich Victoria FC president

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FROM THE PRESIDENT OF NORTHWICH VICTORIA FC DEREK NUTTALLThe attached are presented for your perusal and comments, they are not written on behalf of the OWNERor NORTHWICH VICTORIA FC, they are my own offering as President.I know that very difficult decisions have to be made over the next month or two but I feel that as President Ishould try and open up the dialogue. My views are obviously somewhat biased, but I have tried to express apossible way forward.I cannot express too strongly the trauma that our supporters are facing, they can see no light at the end of the tunnel.I speak for the SILENT MAJORITY of whom there are many, they have no voice, I make this appeal,NORTHWICH is a superb town in its own way, its football team in the past has helped to put it on theNATIONAL MAP please give this historic football club hope.I have tried to give below an accurate account of events leading up to the present situation, a history of theDrill Field and Victoria Stadium, Northw
ich Victoria FC’s previous homes, and concluded with some practical
suggestions for how a great deal of the infrastructure could be practically re-used at another location for thegood of the community. This is based on my experience as a former structural engineer and on my first-handknowledge of construction at our two former grounds.Derek NuttallPresident, Northwich Victoria FC
 
 NORTHWICH VICTORIA FC
 As President of NORTHWICH VICTORIA FC I have had to stand by and watch the Club I have supported all my life,trying to destroy itself from within. As a Supporter, my only wish has been to see the Club try to play good, entertaining football, have the best facilitiespossible, and aim to play at the highest level of Non-League football.Since the emergence of the computer, with its access for everyone to express their views, it has become harder insome instances for Club Chairmen/Owners, Club Administrators, to achieve success.Constructive criticism is usually helpful, destructive criticism can slowly cause the disintegration of a Club, andcrucially its supporters .Since I started supporting the Club over 70 years ago, there have been huge changes in football, but one thing thathas not changed is the Club Supporter, then as now it was the Club that I supported not the people who ran the Club.Over 70 plus years, I have seen many Club Chairmen/ Owners, Directors come and go, I was a Chairman andDirector for many years myself and was criticized on many occasions, some of it was justif 
ied, but I don’t think any of 
it was malicious.The computer has changed all that, every Chairman/Owners make mistakes and now are more vulnerable tocriticism. Criticise, but do not vilify.The Football Manager and the team have no part to play in what goes on off the field, every game they play thisseason is an away one, they desperately need supporters to back them.NORTHWICH VICTORIA FC need a home in NORTHWICH, all bodies should be concentrating their time and effortsand energies on trying to achieve this.Search the area for land to build a COMMUNITY STADIUM, there is land there but it has to be obtained.The SILENT MAJORITY who support the VICS are helpless without a leadership to give them some hope. All football club CHAIRMEN/ OWNERS, DIRECTORS come and go, the FOOTBALL CLUB has to live on.There is only one way forward SUPPORT YOUR CLUB, NORTHWICH VICTORIA FC (The VICS)Derek NuttallPresident NORTHWICH VICTORIA FC Friday 24 August 2012
 
 NORTHWICH VICTORIA FC
In view of the decision of CHESHIRE WEST AND CHESTER planning committee to grant permission to THORCHEMICALS to develop the VICTORIA STADIUM site, I respectfully bring to the attention of the various bodiesinvolved, a partial history of events leading to the construction of the VICTORIA STADIUM.My reason for submitting this account is to try and make sure the various bodies involved have some KEY facts intheir possession when making their decisions, after deliberations with THOR CHEMICALS on infrastructure andmonetary matters relating to the VICTORIA STADIUM.I understand that SPORT ENGLAND have input, and needcertain assurances.Having read the local press report (25 July 2012), I understand that there was no representative of NORTHWICHVICTORIA FC at the meeting. As PRESIDENT of NORTHWICH VICTORIA FC I would have been more thanhappy to attend the meeting, but was not aware of same until Wednesday 18
th
July 2012 when I read about it in thelocal press, I assumed that the Club Board were aware of the meeting.Before commencing the HISTORY, a few facts about the implications involved in NORTHWICH VICTORIA FC losing
their HOME should be pointed out. Since THOR CHEMICALS’ purchase of the STADIUM the Club have had to find a
temporary ground to play all its HOME matches, for the new 2012/2013 season. The Club have to play all their HOME matches at STAFFORD RANGERS FC over 40 miles, a round trip of 80 plus miles.The SUPPORTERS of this once great NON-LEAGUE club deserve better, consideration should be shown in the
forthcoming discussions on the Club’s future.
 NORTHWICH VICTORIA FC has over its 140-years history put the town of NORTHWICH on the nationwide map.
HISTORY
The VICTORIA STADIUM was built as a necessity, to fulfill the then ground criteria of the FOOTBALLCONFERENCE PREMIER LEAGUE of which the club was a member. At the time, a ground capacity of 6000 wasrequired to gain promotion to the FOOTBALL LEAGUE.This requirement was based on the whole conception of the FOOTBALL CONFERENCE being the only steppingstone for promotion to the FOOTBALL LEAGUE, the whole PYRAMID of FOOTBALL aim is that every club can reachits own ambition to get to the very top. To gain admission to the FOOTBALL CONFERENCE, their rule has to be metwhereby if the Club wins the title or second position they accept admission to the FOOTBALL LEAGUE.
The club’s original ground, THE DRILL FIELD, was reputed to be the oldest football ground in the WORLD, where
football had been played continuously by one club, so the decision to build a new stadium was very emotive.The DRILL FIELD site, despite only recently being redeveloped with a new 3000-plus DANEBANK covered terrace,was increasingly being subjected to ground safety inspections.The older parts of the ground i.e the terraces, werefinally sterilised, leaving only the DANEBANK covered terrace and the MAIN GRANDSTAND (Capacity 600) usablefor spectators. This gave a capacity of 3,600, to redevelop the sterilised areas would have cost a considerableamount of money that the club did not have.

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