Mainly a smile.
A smile at the thought that the 74 Board clearly refused to get involved in a bidding war, even if they may have contemplated an approach.
A smile at the probable outrage this will engender in some quarters, including on here (all negative publicity is good publicity).
A smile at the thought that the self-proclaimed owners of NVFC think they are too "big" a club to play at Barnton - they should look up the word hubris.
A smile that the latest shadowy funders of that club (got to preserve that "fan-owned" fantasy as long as possible) think they can buy their way out of the NWCFL.
But also tinged with sadness.
Sadness for the position this has placed Barnton in.
Sadness that after all they have gone through those behind NVFC continue to operate as a closed-shop cabale with none of the transparency they promised.
Sadness even for Witton's dire financial circumstances making such an arrangement even thinkable.
As for 74? We're quite happy wallowing for a short while in the pride in our achievements on and off the field this season so far.
Been following Witton since 1978, and I can honestly say I can’t remember when I’ve ever been this disgusted and ashamed of our club.
Did we not learn our lesson the first time? Or indeed the second time?! They’ve proven themselves time and time again to be untrustworthy, and always come along with strings attached investors.
I understand the need for a groundshare. I would have been perfectly happy with 1874. You know they’d pay, you know they’d more than pull their weight in the upkeep of the pitch and stadia in general, and we’d certainly make a decent amount in the bar and tea hut!!
It’ll bite us again this, lets hope we don’t get badly hurt! Going to wait for official statement from Mark Harris and co before making a decisions on a 2018/19 season ticket
Ok so you would prefer 1874, but there is a huge problem with that because 1874 have decided to stay put in Winsford. The bottom line is that we need to raise more money, its not coming through the gates and so the Board has had to act to raise the money to support the budget for next year. There isn't exactly a long line of suitors wanting to share WP, so we get NVFC. The club isn't owned by Rushe anymore and presumably has a legitimate source of funding.
Personally I would take no deal at all over Nothwich Victoria. They have left huge debts behind them in their various guises and ought to have been wound up on at least three occasions. They have continually defrauded the honest football family by living beyond their means and taking no consequence for it. They obviously cannot afford to groundshare with us so where on earth is the money coming from?. What an absolute and utter disgrace this, if true, is.
The club are in no position to turn this opportunity down. If money is paid up front then who are Witton to question where it comes from. I personally would not want to offer our main rivals, 1874 a way back in to Northwich. The club wouldn't be in this position if the gates weren't so poor.......
We have had cash flow issues this season, we need to raise our income! This is one of the things being explored, it appears to be genuine money from an individual at the club - not Rushe. So unless we have a hidden benefactor who can offer this money what else can we do when the fans stay away even though we are a great side to watch. It's no good moaning about it! Do something positive - help raise some money otherwise we have to use our facilities and no we did not auction the ground 2012 had agreed to stay at Winsford. UTA
We should be grateful that we own our own ground and are able to have the option of a possible grounds share.
It could be a lot worse. We could be searching for a place to play every couple of years like certain other teams are with the improbability that they'll ever own their own ground again or ever!
Is it the time. Now that the shareholders, I've the owners of the club know what is going onan emergency gm should be called, no one knows what's going on, and as you are all aware I do not trust chairman Harris