Northwich Victoria Club Profile

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Club Background; We've Met Before; Club Statistics; Club Information; Directions To The Ground; Web Resources; Food And Drink; Local Amenities

Club Background

Northwich's Main Stand
The Main Stand at The Drill Field. It's over 1000 years old, is mentioned in the Domesday Book and it's going to be knocked down (probably).
Northwich Victoria are the other Green shirted team in the Conference, so it's all their fault that we have to bother with an away kit. Except that they tend to be more green & black than green & white, or at least they were last season.

They were founder members of the Conference (then Alliance) in 1979 and have been there ever since - quite an achievement when you consider their seemingly-permanent financial problems and crowds averaging rather less than 1,000 for most of that time. For most of their time in the top flight of the non-league game they've rarely set the world alight, but likewise they've rarely been in any danger - their idea of a yo-yo season was the move from 9th to 12th and back again. Apart from one 4th place in 1980-81, and two 17ths in the mid-eighties the Vics were the definition of a mid-table side year after year after year. But times have become bleak in Northwich recently. Three season's ago a defence that leaked over 2.5 goals a game away from home, and saw them go through to the spring without a win on the road, put them into all sorts of trouble. They didn't scramble to safety until the last couple of weeks of the season, finishing 18th. The following October saw the Vics at rock bottom and manager Mark Gardiner sacked and replaced by Keith Alexander. The revival of the Vics was initially impressive, and Alexander picked up the Manager of the Month award for November as they moved steadily up the table to fifteenth. But that was as good as it got, and they bumbled along between 15th and 18th for the remainder of the campaign, eventually finishing one place better than the previous season. Alexander himself then moved on to become assistant manager at Lincoln City. With Graham Barrow turning down the job Jimmy Quinn landed the post after something like a thousand applications to continue his career in management.

Quinn's Northwich began like a house on fire last season, aided and abetted by a 3-2 win on the opening day of the season at Huish Park - a foretaste of what was to come a little to often at home for Yeovil fans last term. Jimmy won the Manager of the Month Award for August,the Vics were sitting pretty on top of the table and it all looked very promising for a while..... Sadly for Vics fans the lack of any kind of strength in depth to the squad, plus the lack of resources to enable Quinn to add real quality to the squad ensured that that was as good as it got and the Vics ended up in their usual mid-table confort zone, finishing the season in 13th place. The Glovers gained revenge for that opening day defeat when a thousand fans travelled up to say goodbye to the Drill Field last March and witnessed a 2-0 win for Yeovil in the quarter-final of the FA Trophy.

The sign that shows you just how ancient The Drill Field was
The sign that shows you just how ancient The Drill Field was....

Where now then for Northwich? For almost a decade the club battled to stay at their much loved Drill Field ground, and large amounts of money and energy were committed to make this a reality. With hindsight it might have been better to bite the bullet earlier but history and sentiment are important things in football, despite what the faceless accountants who think they know best might believe, and we can but applaud the efforts made to maintain football on the site. However the end of the road is now nigh. With large debts, and creditors clamouring at the door, it looks clear that yet another town centre ground's days are numbered. The tinge of regret for the loss of one's much loved ground never goes away, as some of us here at Ciderspace know only too well, but there is life afterwards and the survival and future of the club as a whole has to take priority. This season the Vics will groundshare with neighbours Witton Albion at Wincham Park. The plan was to have a brand new stadium built in time for the 2002-3 season, but the recent refusal by the local council to grant planning permission for the re-development of the Drill Field site has thrown all that into doubt. The Vics are appealing against that decision at the time of writing.

Wincham Park's Main Stand
The Vics temporary home: Wincham Park's Main Stand
Photo © Central Grounder - Witton Albion on the Web

Prediction corner : We've been makin these predictions for some time now and each time we've said exactly the same thing about the Vics: A season of toil and struggle to follow with safety eventually being reached, just - and we've been right for most of that time, last season's better than expected final position of 13th being the exception that proves the rule. However, there's not been much movement in or out of, er, Wincham Park (seems odd not to say the Drill Field) over the summer, although the addition of the experienced Greg Rioch should help to shore up the defence somewhat. With that in mind and also considering the difficulties involved in trying to get the new stadium built as well as playing all home games at their bitterest rivals ground, then one can only feel pessimistic for Northwich's chances this season. There are some clubs we would be more than happy to see relegated, but Northwich Victoria isn't one of them - unfortunately it's hard to think of three clubs with worse prospects in the immediate future. We hope they stay up, but this time we don't think they will. Final position: Bottom three, sorry.

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We've Met Before ...

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Northwich Victoria : We've Met Before
Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Northwich Victoria

20/04/1981AwayAPLW2-1830Ward, Bell
28/04/1982HomeAPLW4-1972Payne, Woollard, Hawkins, Bell
19/02/1983HomeAPLL2-41004Own Goal, Payne
05/11/1988HomeGMVCW2-12063Wallace, Cordice
18/03/1989AwayGMVCW2-1554Whittingham, Shail
17/03/1990AwayGMVCW4-1637Wallace(2), Blackman, Dent
28/12/1991HomeGMVCW2-11992Spencer, McDermott
26/11/1994AwayGMVCD2-2811Wallace, Wilson
06/05/1995HomeGMVCD4-41670Dillon 10, Brock 13, Wilson 52, Evans 86
18/10/1997HomeConfD2-22313Archer 67, Hayfield 68
12/09/1998HomeConfL1-22075Dale 79
24/04/1999AwayConfW2-11150Patmore 56, Pounder 90
04/12/1999HomeConfW3-22239Skiverton 69, Hayfield 79, Patmore 90
14/10/2000AwayConfW2-11015Smith 55, Way 81
16/12/2000HomeConfW1-02891Patmore 37
18/08/2001HomeConfL2-33290McIndoe 11, Giles 90
01/12/2001AwayConfW3-1974Own Goal 16, McIndoe 66, Stansfield 81
16/03/2002AwayFATQFW2-01846Stansfield 35, Alford 45
07/09/2002HomeConfW2-12154Skiverton 23, Grant 40
14/12/2002AwayConfW2-1691McIndoe 21, Jackson 45
22/02/2003HomeFAT5W2-14469Lockwood 44, Gall 86

Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Northwich Victoria


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Club Statistics


28/03/2003Telford UnitedHomeConfW2-1530Garvey 60, McNiven 63
12/04/2003Dagenham and RedbridgeAwayConfL0-21494
19/04/2003SouthportHomeConfW2-1700Allan 10, Garvey 29
21/04/2003Leigh RMIAwayConfD1-1439Allan 55
26/04/2003BarnetHomeConfD1-1523Norris 79


Gregg Blundell19020223
Johnathan Allan900009
Steve Garvey401027
Kevin Street600006
David McNiven600006
Mark Devlin600006
Jimmy Quinn211015
Richard Norris410005
Paul Tether101002
Val Owen200002
Andy Turner100001
Andy Taylor100001
Greg Rioch100001
Andy Woodward010001
John Allan100001
Own Goals301004


Highest League Attendance: 2305, vs Chester City, 26/12/2002
Lowest League Attendance: 459, vs Kettering Town, 18/03/2003
Average League Attendance: 751


Games Without A Win: 2 Games Without A Home Win: 1
Games Without An Away Win: 5 Games Without Defeat: 3
Games Without A Home Defeat: 2 Games Without An Away Defeat: 1
Games Without A Draw: 0 Games Without A Score Draw: 0
Games Without A No-Score Draw: 42 Games Without Scoring: 0
Games Without Conceding: 0 Home Results Sequence: WLWLWD
Away Results Sequence: WLDLLD Overall Results Sequence: WLLWDD

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Club Information

Postal Address : The Drill Field,
Drill Field Road,

Telephone Number : 01606 41450
Fax : 01606 330577
Clubcall : 09008 022 713

Chairman : David Stone

Press Officer :

Fixtures Secretary : Derek Nuttall

Team Manager : Jimmy Quinn

Capacity (Wincham Park) : 4,000 (reduced from 4,500 to comply with Conference safety regulations)
Seated : 650
Covered Terrace :

Record Attendance (Drill Field) : 11,290 v Witton Albion, Cheshire County League, 1949

Nicknames : The Vics, The Greens, or The Trickies

Colours : Green and white

Midweek Games Played : Mondays

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Directions To The Ground


The area is a bit of a sprawling mess, with villages and suburbs running into one another. Doubtless the locals know when they are in Hartford or Wincham/Witton (spit) or Rudheath, but we never have much of a clue. The town centre is one of those pedestrianised shopping malls we all know and hate. But wait! This one has a slightly less soulless feel than usual, and has actually retained it's pubs - several of which are rather good (see Food And Drink).

The Vics will play at Wincham Park, home of neighbours Witton Albion, for the 2002-3 season. The ground is on the outskirts of Wincham, about a mile from Northwich Town Centre, and about 20 minutes walk from Northwich Station. It is not well served by buses (to say the least), and is best reached by car - extensive parking is available. Wincham Park is easily accessible from the local motorway network, being less than 10 minutes drive from the M6 and M56.

By Road

Directions from M6, J19.
Follow the A556 towards Northwich for approximately 3 miles. Turn right onto the A559 towards Lostock (just as the road becomes a dual carriageway). Turn right at the traffic lights immediately before the Slow and Easy public house. Turn left at the crossroads by the Black Greyhound public house (signposted). Follow the road through the industrial estate for about Ĺ a mile. Turn left immediately after crossing the canal bridge (signposted). You are now at Wincham Park!

Directions from M56, J10.
Follow the A559 (Northwich Road) towards Northwich for approximately 6 miles. (N.B. there is a 30mph limit with speed cameras immediately after turning off the roundabout). Turn right at the crossroads by the Black Greyhound public house (signposted). Follow the road through the industrial estate for about Ĺ a mile. Turn left immediately after crossing the canal bridge (signposted). You are now at Wincham Park!

By Rail

General :

From the station head past the Lion and Railway public house towards the town centre for aproximately 150 yards, where you will reach a roundabout. Cross over Chester Way to your right, and take the next right turn into New Warrington Road passing the Mill House public house on your right. Follow the road for about half a mile until you reach Chapel Street on your right (signposted). Wincham Park is a further ľ mile along this road (signposted).

The Lion and Railway

A welcome sight if you've spent seven hours on the train.

From Yeovil : It is not possible to do Yeovil to Northwich as a day trip by train. The journey up is feasible on a Saturday morning (with a 6:17am start!) but takes seven hours from Yeovil Junction via London; however, you will not get a train home on the day. A better option up is from Pen Mill to Hartford, which is a couple of miles outside of Northwich. It's a rather more civilised 9.24 departure, and two and a half hours less than the other route. However you still can't get back closer than Bristol Temple Meads on the Saturday.

From London : This is a three and a half hour journey from Euston with either a single change at Stockport or a double change at Crewe and Chester. Return journeys are a little longer, but involve the same route. Alternatively travel to Hartford is quicker, by about three-quarters of an hour. Change at Crewe. The downside is that a taxi from Hartford station to Northwich will cost around a fiver - but not too bad if there's a few of you.

Directions adapted from 'Northwich Victoria FC.'

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Web Resources

Web Sites

Northwich Victoria FC

Drill Field Den

The Trickies

Web Message Boards

Terrace Talk.
E-Mail Mailing Lists

None known.

Local Press

Northwich Guardian

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Food & Drink

Club Bar :

Northwich's Clubhouse
Northwich's Clubhouse - the inside is highly recommended.

One of the best Conference club houses. The decor isn't up to much, but who cares about that? It's BIG, so you don't have to stand to attention on one square foot of floor space; it's friendly; it serves some decent beer - the Guinness is excellent I'm told, but I stick to the Dark Mild; and it's CHEAP. My God is it cheap - especially that Dark Mild! There are, apparently, reciprocal agreements with some other clubs to waive the temporary membership charges - which is very generous of them considering how many fans the Vics tend to take away. However I presume this doesn't apply to Yeovil (especially this year as we peasants no longer have a bar - thank you so much Mr Fry!), but I've never begrudged the fifty pence..... and they don't charge after the match anyway. It's child-friendly too : perhaps over child-friendly given the slightly irritating games of football the locals have allowed their off-spring to indulge in around the bar the last couple of years. Still, it's their club house. The other down-side is that the T.V. is terrestial only. Make the most of it - the new ground will doubtless have a charmless antiseptic designer bar with all the character of a bowl of tofu.

Local Pubs :

The most convenient is The Volunteer outside the ground. Convenient... because itís right outside the ground; I mean you could drain the last dregs at 2.59 and still make the kick-off. Itís tolerable enough - and has Sky Sports and a pool table, but there are better pubs for the discerning drinker.

The Volunteer - right outside the ground
The Volunteer.

The pubs in the centre we liked were The Beehive and The Penny Black. The Beehive in the High Street is a tiny traditional town centre pub. A couple of dozen people and it's packed. The Pedigree, not an easy beer to keep well, was good. The food was solid unpretentious stuff, the portions impressive. In contrast The Penny Black in Witton Street (which runs into the High Street) is a huge barn of a place. It was the old Post Office / Sorting Office and feels empty when the clientele is under three figures! It is the local Wetherspoons and, from a regular frequenter of such establishments, above average for the genre. The landlord was a footie fan and very welcoming. The Drill Field Den takes its beer seriously, and its top pub of the moment is the Freemason's Arms in Chester Street. All these pubs are no more than ten minutes walk from the ground.

The Beehive

A little jewel of a town centre pub.

Further out we found The Coachman at Hartford (right by the railway station) a large cut above the average. It also had no problem with children. A long list of other decent hostelries can be found here at the aforementioned Drill Field Den. A couple we haven't visited as yet but might highlight are: the George & Dragon at Great Budworth for its cider as well as its beers; and, as regular readers of these Ciderspace profiles will know, since this author is a mega-fan of Timothy Taylor Landlord, the Hazel Pear Inn.

The Penny Black

The local Wetherspoons is The Penny Black.

Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :

Not bad for tíNorth. And theyíre friendly. They do exercise their hilarious right as Northerners to do a cod-cockney Dick Van Dyke accent at the drop of a hat, but the beer tends to numb the irritation this might cause. Sadly most seem to want to talk about some clubs called Liverpool or Everton. Ho hum......

Top-Tip :

Drink lots, then drink some more; it'll help brace you for the prices when you get back home.

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Local Amenities

Local Guesthouses and Hotels

Go to A1 Tourism's online guide to Northwich guesthouses and hotel's for further information.

Tourist And Other Local Attractions

The singer from The Charlatans comes from Northwich and must have been in a very big class at school as everyone you speak to in the town seems to have been in it.
Northwich has a Salt Museum. In fact one suspects Northwich has the Salt Museum. We haven't been.

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