Striker Gary Burnett, 24, has left the Football Club to take up a new challenge at National League North side, Curzon Ashton F.C. Gary had a successful time with us in the last two seasons, scoring in excess of 40 goals in all competitions and contributing towards the Cheshire F.A Senior Cup final success in 2013/14 as well as being crowned the Northwich Victoria Supporters' Association player of the year in the same season. Last season (2014/15), Gary scored 22 goals as another successful season was achieved for the Club - narrowly losing to a strong Macclesfield Town side in the Cheshire F.A Senior Cup final 3-2; after heroically battling back to 2-2 after being 0-2 in arrears. The Mid-Cheshire Senior Challenge Cup was won for a 16th time though, defeating neighbours Witton Albion 4-0 in the final. A fourth placed finish was achieved in the league with a late, late defeat at Bamber Bridge F.C after extra-time in the promotion play-off series.
Gary, pictured below,centre - in typical all-action style in the MCSCC final Vs Witton Albion; has given his views on his time with the Vics' - reflecting on his goalscoring exploits, how he feels he progressed his game under the tutelage of boss Jim Gannon, the challenge facing him at Curzon Ashton, and finally - words for all of the Vics' supporters'.
A new team to step out for next season, Gary. A big step up, two levels above what you have been used to.
It's going to be an exciting challenge for me playing Conference north level football, I wasn't looking for a move away from Vics' but when I heard Curzon wanted to speak with me, I had to listen to them - I would expect most semi-pro footballers would want to play at as high a level as they can and I am no different, they seem like a club with a lot of ambition and they will have a big pitch with a great surface which should suit my style of play.
You have had a good two seasons at the Vics' - scoring in excess of 40 goals and winning the supporters' Player of the year award in 2013/14. You leave with nothing but good memories at the Club, winning two trophies and beaten finalists in another.
I have had a great two seasons at the Vics', yes I have scored a few goals but to be honest I feel I should probably have scored more; I will always be grateful to Jim Rushe for coming in for me when he did.
I have also thoroughly enjoyed playing for Jim Gannon, his knowledge of the game is unquestionable, he can be a hard task manager at times but that's because he knows exactly what he needs from his players and I know for sure I have learned a lot from him and my overall game has improved under Jim.
Over the 2 seasons I have played with a great bunch of guys and having that team spirit is very important to any team that wants to succeed on the park, so I also wish all the lads all the best for next season.
The fans at Vics' are the ones who really deserve to have a winning side, they have suffered a lot in the past and you can only respect the dedication they have shown their club through 'thick and thin', I feel I have managed to build a good relationship with the fans and I want to let them know how much I have enjoyed their support 'on and off the field'. I'm so glad we managed to win a bit of silverware but unfortunately we didn't quite get there in the play-offs. I really hope that now the team are back in Northwich next season, more fans will get back behind them again - their support in the playoffs was superb!
I'm thinking the one thing they won't be missing is my old man bawling and shouting from the stands, usually at the officials!
I really wish for good things for Vics' in the future, Jim is a determined individual and i believe he will do his very best to get them back to where they belong.