Widnes Rescued From Financial Morass

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1 March 2019

Widnes Vikings have confirmed that a takeover of the club involving a consortium has been agreed - subject to RFL approval - rescuing them from a financial morass brought about by relegation from Super League last season.

The members of the consortium are Chris Price, Jason Shaw, Roger Harrison MBE, Stuart Murphy, David Dean, Tracey Glendinning, and Rod Steele. Shaw represents the independent supporters group, Vikings Quids In (VIQI), who have taken a prominent lead during the emergency in raising awareness and funds.

Since the club was placed into administration last Friday (22nd), VIQI have worked hard to raise over £100,000 in funds, along with 1200+ people committing to monthly VIQI memberships.

On Thursday this week, a consortium came together with the administrators and in principle, agreed a deal to take the club forward.

Once the new ownership has been agreed, the 12-point penalty for Widnes Vikings entering administration will be applied.

At this stage, Sunday’s home game against Featherstone Rovers remains scheduled to go ahead.

A statement said: “The club would like to thank Halton Borough Council, including David Parr and MP for Halton Derek Twigg, for their co-operation and support over the previous days.

“Widnes Vikings would like to go on record and thank supporters, the town of Widnes, club sponsors and the rugby league community for their incredible support in the last week. Without that backing, this solution would not have been possible.”

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