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Northwich Victoria fans in talks to take control of the club after it entered administration

NORTHWICH VICTORIA supporters could be set to take charge of the club after it was placed into administration.

The struggling Cheshire outfit announced on Wednesday that sole director Martin Rushe, who owns 100 per cent of the club’s shares, had put the club into administration to “safeguard its future”.

It has been a tough few years for the Vics after they were forced to leave their Victoria Stadium home in 2012 just seven years after it was opened.

They ground-shared at Stafford Rangers, Flixton and currently play their games at Witton Albion although dwindling attendances – their last Evo-Stik NPL South home game attracted just 132 spectators – have made things extremely difficult.

Disillusioned fans created a new club, 1874 Northwich, in 2012 and they currently play in the North West Counties League while former Vics owner Jim Rushe was imprisoned for six years in July fter being found guilty of conspiring to supply class A drugs.

Victoria say the “purpose” of going into administration is to find a new owner and have confirmed the Northwich Victoria Supporters’ Association are in talks.

A club statement read: “The director of The Northwich Victoria Club 2007 Limited today took the decision to place the club into administration to safeguard its future.

“Supporters can rest assured that the purpose of the administration is to find a new owner for the club. As you will be aware from the most recent club statement, The Northwich Victoria Supporters’ Association has expressed an interest in taking over the running of the club and is in communication with the administrator.”

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