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
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.
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.