ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING THE CHRISTMAS DERBY | 1874 Northwich F.C.

ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING THE CHRISTMAS DERBY

1874 V NVFC

Following the Government’s announcement yesterday afternoon regarding Covid-19, we heard that Cheshire had been elevated to Tier 3, bringing additional restrictions for us all. The Board then held an emergency meeting last night, which included input from Paul Bowyer and Wayne Goodison, to discuss the impact on the squad, supporters, Club and the effect on match day arrangements. We felt there was no alternative but to ask the North West Counties League to approve a postponement of the game on Monday 28 December. This request was granted, and we thank our League for their very swift response and understanding. We spoke to Northwich Vics at length and they were in total agreement of this action.

Obviously with the Coronavirus reproduction rate dramatically increasing at present, and with the threat of further restrictions to potentially come, we are extremely concerned for the safety and wellbeing of everyone who would be present. We have worked hard to keep everyone as safe as possible at the ground but clearly, the rapid spread of the virus is a big worry and responsibility for us.

We also assessed the financial impact on the Club, with the new restrictions now in place. We are a Members club and have a duty to ensure that we take responsible decisions when the need arises. There are also moral issues around how we would admit spectators, given that the number of season ticket holders and Members far outweighs the permitted attendance. It also does not sit well that we are not able to welcome any away supporters to such an important game on the calendar.

Whilst it is disappointing that we won’t be able to enjoy the traditional Christmas football derby, we are sure that everyone appreciates the significant challenges and the decision that has been taken and we thank you for your understanding.