A DOZEN die hard Northwich Vics fans staged a demonstration this week to air their contempt for the club’s landlord, former chairman Mike Connett.
They formed a picket line in Wincham Avenue on Monday morning to say what they hope is a contemptuous farewell to Mr Connett ahead of his company Beaconet’s expected winding up at London’s High Court today (Wednesday).
The ex-chairman is public enemy number one with supporters after effectively evicting the club from its home earlier this month.
The club’s trophies, including the original Cheshire Senior Cup, are now locked in the stadium.
Fans can’t foresee an end to the club’s troubles until all ties with Mr Connett are cut.
One supporter said: “This will probably be the last chance, fingers crossed, that we get to say goodbye to Connett in a way he deserves.
“It is a chance to show the general public our solidarity as Vics fans, and that we’re willing to fight to the end.”
Sky Sports sent a news crew to capture the scenes, interviewing owner Jim Rushe outside the Marston’s Arena.
Eye-witnesses spotted Mr Connett arrive at the ground in a black Audi, before seeing the protesters and leaving.
“He decided to make a quick exit rather than face us,” said Paul Stockton, vice chairman of the Northwich Victoria Supporters Trust.
Another fan said: “The shock on his face when he saw the picket was quite a picture.”
Supporters said they were dedicating their message for Mr Connett to pack up and go to the VS3 group.
The group comprises three fans banned from the ground by Mr Connett for the way they robustly challenged him about the way he was running the club.
“We want to dedicate this to the VS3,” said a fan. “We hope the court severs Connett’s connection with the club once and for all – and that kick-starts a bright future for the club.”