Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division South club Northwich Victoria has been handed over to its supporters by long-serving chairman Martin Rushe and his family.
Rushe issued the following statement on behalf of the family: “Since 2007 it has been a great honour to be involved with the ownership of Northwich Victoria FC.
“During our tenure at this great football club, we have had some fantastic footballing highs in the league and FA Cup and some unfortunately lows, but at all times we have strived to be the best we can.
“My family’s enthusiasm and efforts have been unstinting in driving this club forward, however in increasingly challenging times we no longer have the resources to financially support the club.
“It is with great sadness that I must inform you that we can no longer carry the club forward in the direction we would wish. Therefore, we have decided that it must be handed over to the supporters, in the name of Northwich Victoria Supporters Association – and under the capable supervision of Brian Turner and Dave Thomas – both life-long club supporters.
“We have been working tirelessly with our advisors in the last few months to ensure a smooth and solvent transition and hand over of ownership to the fans association, keeping this great club in existence.
“I am happy to announce that we have reached agreement with Brian and Dave who we feel are best placed to take the club forward.
“I know the new owners will do our family proud and continue the investment made by my father and the family these last nine years, I am satisfied that whilst we would have loved to have continued our ownership, the new Board and supporters` association will follow our dreams and achieve great success in the future.
“I would urge all Northwich Victoria Fans to get behind the new owners and come down to support the club in the remainder of the season. With your help and the new structure put in place I know the club will grow and have success in the future.
“Finally – a big thank you to all the supporters and players over the last nine years who have shared our dream, as a family the club will always be in our hearts and strive to be the best, and maybe one day achieve League Status.
“Thank you again to the town of Northwich, the club itself, players, fans and supporters and we wish you all good luck and success in the future”.