Mark Edgeley - 1874 Northwich F.C.

A welcome return. Part II

1874 are delighted to announce the re-signing of Lucas Weir after his return from his football scholarship in America. At training Club Media Officer Matt Waters caught up with Lucas to discuss the move.

After making an instant impact to the squad during the 2017/18 season, Lucas went way for a scholarship playing football in America, and after learning a lot during his time abroad, he was delighted to return to 1874. He said, “I’m really looking forward to back with lads after some time away. They’ve done some really good things whilst I’ve been away so im excited to be a part of the squad for the rest of the season.”

During his first short stint for the club Lucas made 11 appearances before leaving for America.  However, he admitted he’d grown a lot as a person, which would only benefit him as a player. “After being away for a while it made me grow as an individual. I’ve learnt to play football at a fast pace against some extremely athletic opponents which was a learning curve for me. I feel after a year’s football over there I’m physically fitter than I was before and it’s been another years’ experience playing football. I believe that the style of football I played in the last year will help me when I come back into the side and continue the good work that the lads have done.”

When asked what his aims were for the remainder of the season, it was clear that Lucas had one thing on his mind. He explained, “With the team doing so well I just want to help out where I can or wherever I’m needed to play to help the team win promotion. They’ve got us in a really good position so hopefully I can help with that.”

As no international clearance was needed for Lucas’ transfer, he is available straight away for selection against Litherland REMCYA.

A welcome return. Part I

Earlier this week, we announced the signing of former player Stuart Wellstead ahead of this weekend home tie verses Litherland REMCYA. At training this week, Media Officer Matt Waters caught up with Stu to discuss the move.After making 127 appearances first time around, Wellstead told me that after talking to Paul Bowyer this week, it became clear there is a key role to play in the side. He said, “After talking to him (Paul Bowyer), it was evident that I have a lot to offer, in terms of the experience I can bring to the squad. I also want to learn for the next stages of my career and with Wayne being a top draw manager and coach, I feel like I can learn a lot from him in preparation for my next steps.”With Stuart winning the North West Counties Premier Division with Runcorn Linnets, he told me can help the side maintain a “relentless” mindset. He added, “This season there is more competition than ever so it’s all about maintaining that relentless mindset to keep ourselves where we are. The lads have been doing that really well whilst I haven’t been here but as the season goes on, I feel I can add to this to keep everyone focussed.”Another area where Wellstead believes he can make an impact is through our game management. He commented, “From my time at Runcorn I know first hand at times what it’s like when you’re under the cosh and everyone around you wants to beat you. It’s a great position to be in but you have to manage it correctly and its not always about how pretty the football is. At any level you see champions grind out results and its that experience I can bring to the side.”Everyone at 1874 is delighted to see Stuart back in the 1874 shirt and you can see him make his second debut for the club weekend against Litherland REMCYA.

300+ Club Draw – November 2019

The ‘bumper prize’ draw was held after the Club’s Annual General Meeting at the Memorial Court, with the winning numbers being drawn out by members as follows:

300+ Club November 2019

£500145Gary Halvorsen
£20033Muriel Barlow
£50168Nigel Owen
£507Dave Stiles
£50157Chris Barnes
£5016James Wood

The total of ‘paid for’ numbers in the draw this month was 321 and two of the above were winners for the first time

Details of how to join the 300+ Club can be obtained by sending an e-mail to Guy Jewell at from the website at or asking for details at an 1874 match or event.

Thanks to all 300+ Club members for the continued support they give to the Club – all the funds raised contribute to the activities of the football club.

Race night success

The Race Night last night at the Gladstone Club raised a whopping £1,315. It was, as usual, another entertaining social evening. We’d like to thank Toddy for organising it & thanks also to all those who sponsored the event and attended.

Also, we are pleased to announce that the recent beer festival at Davenham Cricket Club raised £1,800.
Thanks to all the drinkers, sponsors and the organising committee for making this another great success.

National Football Museum


This season’s away shirt features in one of the UK’s largest ever curated exhibitions of football jerseys

1874 Northwich’s current away shirt will feature in the National Football Museum’s new exhibition, STRIP! How Football Got Shirty, opening in Manchester on Friday 22 November.

The 2019-20 change shirt was designed by local artist Phil Galloway, and features a unique all-over pattern inspired by the town’s heritage. The colours were chosen beforehand by members of 1874, who opted for a two-blue and white combination. A short film shot at Townfield, providing further details on the shirt’s conception and design, will also be shown as part of the display.

The museum’s latest exhibition unpicks the global fascination with football shirts and how they have influenced football culture, design, fashion and technology.

With well over 200 shirts on display, STRIP! is one of the largest curated exhibitions of football shirts ever assembled in this country.

It will examine how football shirts have developed from mere kit to genuine objects of desire, looking at the design of the football shirt, from the functional to the aesthetic, influential designers and manufacturers and the rise of the football hipster, as well as detailing iconic shirts and shirt disasters.

Shirts from the museum’s own collection will be on display, alongside loans from Classic Football Shirts, kit manufacturers including Adidas, Admiral, Hummel and Umbro, specialist collectors and enthusiasts and football clubs. It will also feature interviews with designers including Jürgen Rank, Senior Design Director at Adidas (who is overseeing the design of their Euro 2020 range) and Bert Patrick, formerly of Admiral and credited in 1974 with pioneering the replica shirt industry with the first commercially available England shirt.

Shirts created as high fashion items will also feature including those by cult label Fokohaela, designers Christopher Raeburn and Yohji Yamamoto and Dutch streetwear brand Patta.

Illustrator Mark Johnson will be designing shirt mash-up collage terrace banners to complement the exhibition and John Devlin, designer and author of the True Colours book series, is acting as a consultant.

Jon Sutton, National Football Museum’s lead curator for the exhibition, said: “Football shirt culture has become a huge phenomenon and has devotees across the world. While fans will still buy a shirt to show support for their own team, there is a huge interest in international sides, special editions and a nostalgia for classic designs of the past.
Fans will obsess over the details of colour combinations, placement of logos and even the sponsors of the shirt. While many of the shirts on display will be remembered with affection there will also be a few disasters in there too!”

“We’re sure this exhibition will appeal to anyone with an interest in design, fashion and technology.”

To coincide with the launch of the exhibition the museum has collaborated with Manchester-born artist and illustrator Stanley Chow on a newly commissioned National Football Museum shirt, manufactured by Nottingham based brand PlayerLayer. The shirt made from 50% bamboo charcoal, will be worn by staff, with a limited number available for sale at the museum shop.

Iconic shirts on display will include England’s home Umbro shirt as worn by the Three Lions at Italia ’90, Brazil’s classic 1970 World Cup shirt as worn by Pele and West Germany’s 1988-1990 designed by legendary Adidas designer Ina Franzmann. Kit manufacturers involved with the exhibition include Adidas, Admiral, Hummel, PlayerLayer and Umbro

National Football Museum:
The National Football Museum is England’s only national museum for football. It is a registered charity and was established and its collection acquired thanks to £9.3m investment by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Its vision is to become a leading national museum by 2022, exploring why football is the game of our lives. The museum’s social purpose is to provide equal opportunity for all to enjoy football culture.

Opening Times:
Seven days a week 10am – 5pm Last admissions 4.30pm.
Open every day excluding Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
The venue is fully accessible for wheelchair access.
Cathedral Gardens, Manchester M4 3BG

300+ Club Draw – October 2019

Due to the postponement of the Burscough match, the monthly draw was arranged by members of the Social Committee with the winning numbers being drawn out by supporter Lee Broughton as follows:

300+ Club October 2019

£20070Simon Johnson
£100200John Reeney
£50144Russ Jones
£50317Tony Fallows
£50140M Fields
£5075Joanne Walton

The total of ‘paid for’ numbers in the draw this month was 335.

Thanks to all 300+ Club members for the continued support they give to the Club – all the funds raised contribute to the activities of the football club.

Joe joins 74!

1874 are delighted to announce the signing of playmaker Joe Duckworth from Winsford United. Everyone at 1874 sends our thanks to Winsford United for their work in making sure the deal went through ahead of tomorrow’s Macron Cup tie vs Cheadle Heath Nomads.

 Club Media Officer Matt Waters caught up with Joe at training to discuss his switch to 1874. He said, “The ambition 1874 has is something that excites me, I’ve had a really good time at Winsford but this is an opportunity that really interests me.”

Duckworth,17, who has featured five times for Winsford this season, believes that he shares the same ambition as the other players for this season. He told me, “We want to get promoted this season. After going out of the FA Vase early it means we have to focus on other competitions and this week is an opportunity to do that.”

After breaking into the Winsford first team last season, he believes his most natural position is in the number 10 role.  He added, “I see that as my best position or upfront where I can be a goal scorer.  Hopefully I can do that to help gain the side promotion.”

In a final message for the fans he told me, “You can expect me to be a hard worker, scoring goals and making sure the team does as well as it can.”

You can see Joe and the rest of the team play against Cheadle Heath Nomads as we start our defence in the Macron Cup, with an earlier kick off time of 2pm.

1874 Outreach

As part of our latest Outreach Project, we are offering free entry to home games for anyone who is suffering from social isolation, battling depression, anxiety or any other mental health condition.

This offer is open for the remainder of this season and beyond. If you, or anyone you know is affected and going through a difficult time, we could offer a Saturday afternoon & Tuesday evening as a potential short period of rest, distraction or relief from something difficult and unpleasant.

As the cold, dark months arrive, we can offer a warm drink and friendly face. We acknowledge the football won’t act as a curable treatment but we have developed relationships with local charities & community groups who can offer support and guidance for anyone who is suffering.

We have a safe environment at Townfield. If you would like more information on this matter and would like to arrange attendance at a home league game, please contact

Our Fan Engagement & Community Teams can help you with this.

World Mental Health Day

We are delighted to share the news with you today, on World Mental Health Day, that we will be welcoming volunteers from the Mid Cheshire branch of the Mind charity down to a fixture next month (Longbridge Town – Nov 30) to help raise awareness of an extremely important topic.

We will have further information regarding this soon.