Northwich Victoria F.C.

Northwich Victoria Football Club is an English football club based in Northwich, Cheshire,[1] playing their home games at Wincham Park, the home of Witton Albion. The club currently participates in the North West Counties League Premier Division, at the ninth tier of the English football league system, having been demoted from the Northern Premier League at the end of the 2016–17 season.

Northwich Victoria
Full nameNorthwich Victoria Football Club
Nickname(s)The Vics
The Trickies
Founded1874; 147 years ago (1874) (amalgamated in 1890 with Hartford and Davenham United)
GroundWincham Park, (Groundshare with Witton Albion)
ChairmanBrian Turner
ManagerSteve Wilkes
LeagueNorth West Counties League Premier Division
2020–21North West Counties League Premier Division (season curtailed)
Current season

The original club was founded in 1874, and named in honour of the then-reigning monarch, Queen Victoria,[2] before becoming defunct and amalgamating with Hartford and Davenham United in February 1890 with the new club taking the old Northwich Victoria name.[3] The new club was a founder member of several leagues including the Football League Second Division, in which they competed for only two seasons from 1892 to 1894.

They played at the same Drill Field ground for over 125 years. At the time Drill Field was believed to be the oldest ground in the world on which football had been continuously played.[4] However, it was demolished in 2002 and, after a ground-sharing period with their local rivals Witton Albion,[5] they started the 2005–06 season in their new stadium, the Victoria Stadium in Wincham, just outside Northwich and across the Trent & Mersey Canal, which separated them from their rivals. The ground was later demolished.[when?]

In June 2017 the club was taken over by supporters.[6]