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Northwich Victoria served with eviction order

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One of the Oldest clubs in England, Northwich Victoria face a new crisis as officials at The Evo-Stik League had no further comment with regard to the situation pending further information from the club itself. 

A club statement read:

"Northwich Victoria Football Club has today been dealt a further blow following the departure yesterday of management team Andy Preece, Andy Morrison and Darren Ryan.

"The club has been issued with a notice to vacate the Victoria Stadium after learning from joint charge receivers at business advisory firm Deloitte Touche that a third party bid for the land has been accepted.

"It is not known at this stage who the buyers are.

"The club has asked Deloitte for further information, but has not yet received a reply.

"In the meantime, owner Jim Rushe is seeking legal advice on the club’s current position.

"Arrangements for forthcoming home matches, including next Tuesday’s scheduled Mid Cheshire FA Senior Cup semi final against Winsford United, will be announced shortly."

A spokesman for Deloitte Touche has confirmed today that they intend to evict the Evo-Stik NPL Premier Division club before the weekend.

They will hand the keys to a new owner shortly after that.

“We’ve waited several years for Jim Rushe to come up with the money,” said Deloitte’s Dan Butters.

“It is with some regret that we have reached this stage, clearly prompting a time of great concern for the supporters of a club with such a long history.”

Deloitte's Dan Butters“It’s not happened, so we’ve been left with no option but to consider alternative offers for the site.

“Following a recent enquiry from a third party, an offer was received to acquire the land that our agents recommended we accept.”

He gave no indication as to who the mystery bidder is, nor what they intend to do with the nine-acres site.

However he confirmed that contracts had been exchanged.

Vics were served by bailiffs with a notice to vacate the Victoria Stadium, their home since 2005, on Monday afternoon.

Only minutes earlier manager Andy Preece, plus his assistant Andy Morrison and first team coach Darren Ryan, had resigned after agreeing to take over at Welsh Premier League club Airbus UK.

“It’s a devastating blow,” said Vics owner Jim Rushe.

“At the moment all of my attention is being put into finding out more.”

Vics will be left with nowhere to play once the locks on the gates to their ground are changed but it is more than likely that league officials will agree a temporary ground share whilst the club sorts out its future.

JB

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