Borrowash Victoria AFC

Borrowash Victoria AFC

Updated 17th March: A local digest for all things Borrowash Victoria from Erewash Sound SPORT

Holbrook Sports 4-0 Borrowash Victoria – Wednesday 14 March
East Midlands Counties League
If you were to ask Borrowash Victoria manager Paul Turner as to when he would have preferred to play Holbrook Sports – it would probably have been much later rather than sooner.

As it was though, Borrowash Victoria had to face the Derby side and former Vics manager Marko Markelic for the first time since he left the club in the wake of a trail of controversy and arguable animosity, the details of which have never really been released.

When Markelic left, he also departed along with 99.9% of the backroom and playing staff combined, leaving the empty dressing room at The Bowl and a football club teetering on the brink of folding, admitted as such by the board, before a quick turnaround saw the appointment of former Forest and Derby man Paul Turner.

Turner then had to assemble a completely new playing side which, since taking to the field has suffered consecutive defeats and momentum broken by bad weather and postponements.   Defeat to Holbrook Sports and whatever feelings were going through the minds of players and Markelic himself, must have been a bitter pill to swallow for all at Borrowash Victoria.

2-0 down by half time, the Vics conceded twice more in the second half, although keeper Burkey did keep the score down saving well on a few occasions throughout the game.  That is of little consolation though – the reformed, re-fledged Vics continue to find a win more than elusive – and they will hope for better fortunes against Arnold Town at The Bowl on Saturday – weather permitting.

Borrowash Victoria 0-3 Aylestone Park – Saturday 24 February
East Midlands Counties League:
Paul Turner’s re-fledged Borrowash Victoria had another game to try and gel some more in competitive action as they welcomed Leicestershire side Aylestone Park to The Bowl on Saturday.

Recent fixtures have seen the wrong sort of consistency – conceding in the first half, tightening up in the second, but leaving too much work to do to turn the game around, albeit showing some promise with the efforts.

Consecutive games of that type included the Saturday fixture, the Vics going 2-0 down from Jason Lee opened the scoring after ten minutes.  Borrowash Victoria held that scoreline until three minutes before the break when Jack Blanksby doubled the lead for his side.

Lee ensured himself of a brace with a late goal a minute from the end of regular time, and this seemed to be the killer blow in this game, the Vics having shown much more promise in the second half, but Paul Turner will need to instil that sort of defensive strength across the entire ninety minutes and find a way to help his side register a first win and then hopefully more, with the aim to consolidate their place in the East Midlands Counties League to go again at the same level next season.

Borrowash Victoria 0-1 Radcliffe Olympic – Wednesday 21 February
East Midlands Counties League
These are early days for this re-fledged Borrowash Victoria side.  After the sudden drama with the departure of Marko Markelic, his backroom staff and all but one of his squad, there was real doubt in the first instance that the Vics would continue to exist with rumblings that the club officials had taken the club as far as it could.

That statement was quickly cancelled out by the sudden announcement of the appointment of former Derby County and Forest man Paul Turner as manager, but his first battle would be to assemble a new side from anywhere, the second to get them to gel on the training pitch and thirdly, on a competitive footing, efforts for the latter thwarted by bad weather and postponements.

After things had started to come together on Saturday in a narrow 2-1 defeat to Holwell, the Vics welcomed Radcliffe Olympic to The Bowl on Wednesday for the first home game in five weeks.

This was a game in which the Vics settled further, and gained even more of an understanding of each other, holding out for 89 of the 90 minutes and more than giving Radcliffe a game.

This was indeed a tight game as the late goal suggested, the disappointment tangible at having been so close to the first point of this new Vics era.  As things continue to settle, it doesn’t appear that it will be too long before there is reward for the efforts of all involved with the new Borrowash Victoria FC.

INVITE TO PLAYERS PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE:  If you are interested in the current season or the 2018/19 season then please come along and get involved. Please contact Paul Turner on 07501 129036 for more information.

In a dramatic turn around from earlier indications that the club had resigned from the East Midlands Counties League, Borrowash Victoria FC officials have announced the appointment of a new management team this evening (Thursday 18th).  The new manager has been named as Paul Turner whilst the Secretary is Melvyn Williams.

The news comes contary to indications earlier in the week that club officials had 'taken the club as far as they could' and that running it had 'taken its toll'.

In the wake of the release of a detailed statement by the club on Saturday afternoon/evening, officials from the East Midlands Counties League issued a statement of their own which said that no formal resignation notification had been recieved, but that the club would be unable to fufil a midweek fixture (Wednesday 17th January), and that players would remain registered with the club pending a further club announcement due before the end of the week.

Details received by Erewash Sound SPORT on Thursday evening (18th), request that any new players who are interested in joining the club should please contact newly appointed manager Paul Turner via e-mail to bfcpaul1961(at), changing the (at) for @ before sending your message.

Meanwhile, although an appeal has been made for new players, club officials remain keen to retain the services of those still registered at The Bowl, and have proactively promised that a Vics representative will get in contact ASAP.

Chairman Frazer Watson took to the club Facebook account on Thursday evening (18th), to detail a players training session on Wednesday night of next week whan all were being encouraged to attend to meet the new manager in a bid to keep as many players as possible.

Regarding results, local media reports that Borrowash Victoria Chairman Frazer Watson has asked East Midlands Counties League officials for some time 'to sort things out' but that he hoped to be in a position to fulfil the home fixture against Blaby & Whetstone Athletic on Saturday 27th January.  It is also reported that he has made a request to postpone a midweek fixture next week against Radcliffe.

“Everything happened quickly,” Watson is reported to have told The Derby Telegraph, and: “Marko – who did a great job – told me they were struggling to get a team and it wasn’t going anywhere.

“After the management team announced their resignations, I was quickly contacted by several people who said they would like to take over. Then we had a very good meeting with Paul Turner.

“We have had a number of emails from players saying they want to stay with the club. The new manager will ring all of the players to offer them the chance to stay.”

It is also understood that Mr. Watson said that, had it not have been possible to find a new manager quickly, a resignation from the league for this season might have been considered.

He also stressed that there was never any intention of the club folding, citing the number of teams playing at The Bowl and a long term ground sharing agreement with Belper United.

Meanwhile, former Borrowash Victoria manager Marko Markelic has used his Twitter feed @lesterserb to post the following message on the same evening that the new managerial appointment was announced and to refute Mr. Watson's quote as to what he had said.  Mr. Markelic posted: 'Contrary to the Telegraph statement, we have never struggled to raise a team.  Also it wasn't put on Twitter prematurely as the Vics put it on Facebook first.  PS: Glad it's not folding but all parties must tell the truth. The end.'

Although Mr. Watson has publically detailed the nature of communications with East MIdlands Counties League officials, there have, to date (23:50 18/01), been no further statements released by the footballing authority.

We'll have more news on this story on FM and on-line as it becomes known.  Keep an eye on our social media presences at and on Twitter @erewashsport too!

In the wake of the resignation of manager Marko Markelic and his team at the weekend, club officials have stated that they have resigned from the East Midlands Counties League, although a league statement said that no formal resignation had been received as of the evening of Tuesday 16th September.

Statements in full from both the club and league officials are as follows:

'Last Saturday, Marko and his management team met with the committee of Borrowash Victoria AFC and handed in their resignation. Marko has decided that it is time for a new challenge and that he has taken Borrowash as far as he can.

Borrowash Victoria AFC would like to thank Marko for going above and beyond the call of duty. As well as managing the squad, acting as secretary for the club, kit washing week in, week out, and the list goes on…

Marko has been a fantastic leader for this club and we wish him every success in his next venture. We would also like to thank his management team: Nick, Mick, Dino and Les, along with the players Marko has brought to the club.

Marko’s man management skills have been the best that we have seen throughout the club and his exceptional skills of working with and bringing in youth players have been second to none, which [sic] have now gone on to play at a higher step in the footballing pyramid.

The commitment shown from Marko over the last three years has been first class. This has been proven after turning down managerial roles at a higher level on numerous occasions.

After handing in the resignation, the chairman and vice-chairman then explained that the running of the club has taken its toll and has been taken as far as possible. They then explained that the club would be resigned from the league.

It is a sad time for Borrowash Victoria AFC as a club and a statement regarding the next steps will be issued in due course.

But for the time being, we would like to thank Marko for taking the club this far and for the professionalism he has shown during his time in a role that he has exceeded in.

EAST MIDLANDS COUNTIES LEAGUE: (posted around 8pm on Tuesday 16th January)
'Borrowash Victoria have informed the League that owing to the resignation of their team manager they are unable to fulfil their fixture with Holbrook Sports tomorrow evening (Wednesday) and it is unlikely that Saturday's match at Barrow Town will take place. A formal resignation has not however been submitted and a decision on that is expected before the weekend.

Players currently registered with Borrowash Victoria remain members of that club until any resignation letter is received or a player is transferred by normal protocols.

*Further information will be given as it is received.'



Borrowash Victoria 0-2 Ashby Ivanhoe – Saturday 13 January

East Midlands Counties League
The football world in Erewash is on the brink of losing one of its football clubs again.  So soon after an Ilkeston football club collapsed for the second time in recent memory only to be resurrected by Alan Hardy, Borrowash Victoria could now be about to fold.

The club that began its playing life on Deans Drive playing fields before moving to the edge of the village at The Bowl, has had a torrid life of late with managerial changes a plenty and vandalism which caused several thousands of pounds worth of damage and disrupted club continuity for several weeks.

The Vics welcomed Ashby Ivanhoe on Saturday for a game which, retrospectively, could have been the last game the club ever played. 

Ashby were ahead after 33 minutes – Wesley’s header at close range at the back post whilst the second and final goal came on the stroke of half time – Blair-Park sliding a loose ball over the line after Vics keeper *** made a fine save to prevent Woodbine from converting the penalty.

Although the Vics made a fight of it in the second half, Ashby protected their lead through to the final whistle.  A Vics spokesperson took to Twitter to heap criticism on some players, the performance being branded as disappointing and surprisingly under par, adding that players needed to listen to roles and formations set, but praised a hungry, young Ashby side for their win.

In the aftermath of the game, Markelic and his team tendered their resignation stating that they had taken the club as far as they could.  This seemed to be the last straw for club officials who released a statement indicating their intent to resign from the league and terminate club activities which had reportedly taken their toll.

Was that a decision taken in haste?  Perhaps so – league officials released their own statement earlier in the week detailing that no official notification of resignation had been received, that players remained registered with the club as a result, but that a decision from club officials was expected by the end of the week.

Gedling Miners Welfare 2-0 Borrowash Victoria – Saturday 4 January
East Midlands Counties League:
With all of those best wishes floating around in society, that everyone has a happy new year, the exact opposite was the case on Saturday, as Borrowash Victoria collectively had an unhappy and very frustrating start to 2018 during their game at Gedling Miners Welfare.

Retrospectively, they may have preferred that the effects of bad weather in the run up to the weekend had put paid to any action, but the reality was that conditions eased sufficiently to allow the game to go ahead, the Vics therefore travelling the short distance into Nottinghamshire to visit Plains Road.

The scoreline at the break suggested an even affair – 0-0 after 45 minutes, but second half goals from Jamie Spiers and a name familiar to borough football fans, Jake Wholey were ultimately the last straw as Lady Luck more than evaded the Vics on this occasion, although a club spokesperson was laying the blame somewhat squarely at match officials.

One correspondent reflected the misfortunes of Marko Markelic’s side, Groudhopper George stating on his post-match Twitter observation that he thought that the better side lost in his opinion, but that was football.

How right he probably was!  Speaking on their own Twitter platform, a Vics spokesperson used the power of the written word to try and explain the level of frustration coursing through the club, going a goal down, having two goals disallowed and a penalty appeal waved away, the result was declared as having been very disappointing to take, especially after Gedling scored their second.

That same post – now that Twitter has extended the word count – suggested that serious questions needed to be asked about officials, but the tweet ended on a positive, praising the efforts of the outfield eleven who, it was reported, kept on fighting. 

Borrowash Victoria 2-4 Dunkirk FC – Saturday 23 December
East Midlands Counties League
Prolonged floodlight issues at The Bowl led Borrowash Victoria into bringing another match forward last weekend to account for fading light later in the day – the scheduled 3pm fixture against Dunkirk FC brought forward to a 1:30pm start.  The last rescheduled fixture didn't get underway due to bad weather, but this one did.

That extra 30 minutes might have provided time for extra prep had it have been possible but instead, a nightmare opening 45 saw the Vics behind by three goals by only the 33rd minute. 

The game was only ten minutes old when the Vics conceded their first  from a Tim Berridge volley and when he was fouled by Labatte in the area, Tom Maddison slotted home number 2 for the Nottinghamshire side with 23 gone, and the Vics defence was carved open in the 33rd minute after Chaplin’s strong run found Lang two yards out.

Marko Markelic moved to freshen things up in a bid to get back in the game with Kemp replacing Wiggins in the second half, penalty appeals then rebuffed after Livingston went to ground.  However, the fightback finally reaped reward 15 from time when Green put Lawrence in to round the Dunkirk keeper and slot the ball home.

Shay Wiggins was in at close range moments later, but the imposing Dunkirk keeper Mitchell dived at his feet, the ball bobbled away and was hacked clear as the Vics continued their push.  The deficit was narrowed to 2-3 with nine left of regular time – Wiggins again involved, his cross flying over the keeper and in at the far post, three chances, two goals so far for their efforts.

The game was into added time with the Vics continuing to throw everything including the kitchen sink at the visitors in a last ditch bid to level the game but instead, a counter saw Harrison put Hunter in one on one with the Vics keeper who could only watch as the ball was chipped over him and in to cement a 2-4 win for Dunkirk.

The first half trio conceded in the first half proved to be a target too far during the second half, the Vics commenting on Twitter that players who had pulled out of the game at short notice did not help team formation and fortune on the day.