Northwich Vies face being wound-up.
STRUGGLING at the foot of the Blue Square Premier League without a win in 14 games, Northwich Victoria now find themselves two weeks away from a winding-up situation which threatens the future of the 133-year-old club.
Vies have been ordered to pay a pounds 200,000 Inland Revenue & Customs tax bill at the High Court of Justice on October 17 after a petition issued against the company in July was made public in the London Gazette.
The option of administration would see the struggling Cheshire club docked 10 points and condemned to almost certain relegation, although their main danger is not being able to carry on at all if they cannot meet this and other major debts.
Long-suffering Vies fans saw something similar happen in 2004-05 when the club went into administration in the Conference. On that occasion, manager Steve Burr's team overhauled the 10-point penalty only to relegated when an administrative error resulted in a failure to transfer the club's Conference share to the new owners.
Chairman/owner Mike Connett admitted a week ago that he was attempting to find a buyer for the club, but so far no one has come forward.
Paul Stockton, chairman of the Northwich Victoria Supporters Trust commented: "We are gutted as we have been fearful for a long time about the way the club has been run. I drove a 20-seater coach to watch the team at Weymouth on Saturday, many of us having followed the team for 50 years or more, long before the present regime took over. We have our fingers crossed that this latest crisis can be overcome, but we have our fears."
Connett is on holiday and has been unavailable for comment.
With caretaker-manager Dino Maamria still in temporary charge, Northwich visit Forest Green Rovers tonight continuing their bid to win a Blue Square Premier match. In their team will be two 18-year-olds signed on a month's loan from Stockport County - 6ft 4 ins centre-half James Tunnicliffe and midfielder Chris Coward, the youngest player to appear in the Carling Cup aged 16 against Sheffield Wednesday in 2005.