Stephen Vaughan returns to football as Widnes FC folds

| August 28, 2012 | 0 Comments

It may be the end for the short-lived Widnes FC after the owners of the North West’s newest club opted instead to take over a Maltese team.

Controversial ex-Chester City FC owner Stephen Vaughan, his son Stephen Vaughan Jnr and ex-England and Liverpool defender Mark Wright have taken over Maltese side Floriana FC, essentially scrapping the Widnes FC club formed last year.

The trio will take over the reins at the oldest club in Malta with Wright as manager and Stephen Vaughan Jnr as chairman.

Stephen Vaughan, who is banned from being a company director in the UK until 2020, will become the club’s patron as the rules do not apply in Malta.

Last year, the trio formed Widnes Town FC, a new club which applied for entry into the North West Counties League.

The application was not successful and a proposal to use Widnes’ local, council-owned rugby stadium was rejected by the authorities.

The move, along with a clash with local youth side Widnes Town FC, saw widely-spread opposition to the club when its intentions to join the league were announced.

Shortly after the club was formed, a Liverpool FA spokesperson said that no two teams can be registered with the same name, leading to the new club adopting the name Widnes FC.

However, a proposed new website was never completed and, despite the club vowing to re-apply to the league, Vaughan and Wright have been quiet on the future of the team.

Many fans of Chester City FC will remember Vaughan as the man who oversaw the collapse of the club and most still blame him for the failed finances that saw it go out of business and reform as a fan-run club.

The news is a surprise return to football for the trio, who have appointed Alan Lewer as assistant manager and plundered local football talent for the new season.

This includes local player Carl Tremarco, according to the Chester Chronicle, as the team chases Europa League qualification this season.

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