Mark Edgeley | 1874 Northwich F.C.

F.A. Cup preview

Ahead of Tuesday’s FA Cup clash against Warrington Rylands, we caught up with Wayne Goodison to discuss preseason so far and preview next week’s tie.

When asked for his reaction to the draw, Wayne told me “it’s one of the most difficult games we could have and it’s the exact same for them.”

He continued, “I’m really looking forward to the game and so are the players. We had two really good games against them last year and we know they’ll come and play good football against us. They’ve got some good players; we get on well with their management and with fans allowed back it should be a great occasion. The way we see it, if you’re going to do anything in the FA Cup, then you have to go through at least two or three difficult games in the process and this is one of them.”

It was clear from speaking to Wayne that he believes it’ll come down to “who can impose their style better on each other on the day.”

“We expect them to pose a similar threat to last year. We like the way they play and we’re sure they’ll feel the same about the way we do. They play good football with a high tempo and have obviously strengthened their side, but so have we.  The signings we’ve made have improved us and we want to do better than we did last season so Tuesday will be a good test for us. I believe it will come down to who can impose their style better on each other on the day.

The main thing for us is that it brings back some more normality. I’ve said it many times before that both sides won’t be totally ready, but the FA Cup gives us and the players an extra level of focus especially against tough opposition.”

Wayne highlighted our pressing ability could be the difference between the two sides on Tuesday night.

“It took us a long while to get this right, even before last season. We looked at what we could do better and we felt playing a high tempo game in and out of possession would be fundamental.  No matter what people say about how well we supposedly did last year, it all comes down to how committed the lads are too each other, with and without the ball. For us, it’s vital to play that way because without that energy, we aren’t the team we can be. We’ve worked on certain elements of this throughout preseason and I’m sure they have too.”

To get your tickets to our Extra Preliminary round tie vs Warrington Rylands, head over to our club shop to purchase them to limit cash handling on the day.

300+ Club August winners

The monthly prize draw was carried out on the 22nd at Townfield with Richard Stockton drawing out the winning numbers as follows:

Prize Value
Winning Number
Winners
£200347Steve Parker
£10030Roy Mainwaring
£50330Matthew Allen-Gurr
£50233Alan Andrews
£50172Pam Hancock
£50300Hannah Allen

The total of ‘paid for’ numbers in the draw was 346.

The winners will be contacted to arrange making direct payments to their bank accounts.

Details of how to join the 300+ Club can be obtained by sending an e-mail to Guy Jewell at trust@1874northwich.com , from the website at https://1874northwich.com/300club/ or asking for details at an 1874 match or event.

Thanks to all members of the 300+ Club – now more than ever, the money raised helps to keep the Football Club going forward.

1874 v Rylands – Tuesday 1st September

Following the successful return of football to Townfield this week, we are pleased to confirm that Tuesdays FA Cup fixture against Warrington Rylands will be played at the maximum capacity of 300. Supporters are reminded that strict FA guidelines are in place for this fixture, so please be aware of the following:

  • Social distancing rules are still in place, so please make every effort to not congregate in groups of no more than 6
  • Temperature checks and the taking of details will remain a feature of admission to the ground for the foreseeable future
  • Supporters should be aware that if a ball goes out of play, they are not to throw it back toward the playing area.  A designated steward will collect the ball and ensure that it is sanitised and returned to the coaching area

Ticketing details

From this evening, MEMBERS will be invited via email to purchase tickets from the club store. As last time, details will be taken (for NHS Test & Trace purposes), and a confirmation email will be sent, which should be presented on arrival at the ground (either printed or via your phone). For those members that are unable to pay through the store, or do not receive a message, please email fanengagement@1874northwich.com providing your full name and contact number (for NHS Test & Trace purposes) and we will confirm your place.

If you are unable to email, then please TEXT your name and best contact number to 07975 679624. Members will have until Saturday evening to purchase or reserve their tickets. After that deadline, places will be opened up for general sale, at which point we will confirm details on our social media channels and on the Fans Forum. Admission will be £6 & £4, payable on the evening for those that have not purchased through the store.

Arrangements for 1874 Northwich v City of Liverpool 22nd August 2020

The board of 1874 Northwich FC wish to inform all supporters that, as previously agreed this fixture will be played behind closed doors.

We are aware of the recent changes to guidance relating to allowing supporters inside stadiums. However much consideration has gone into the planning of this fixture in order to ensure that it is conducted in a safe manner in accordance with Government advice. The fixture had always been planned as a dress rehearsal to test and adapt the clubs response to Covid-19. It is the clubs responsibility to ensure the health, safety and well being of our supporters and to ensure that all necessary safeguards are in place and have been tested before allowing supporters through the turnstiles.

It is regretful that given the short notice of the changes to guidance, and the limit on numbers who would be allowed to attend, we do not feel that it would be fair to either side to selectively admit supporters.

The club understands the disappointment that many will feel, but ultimately the long term success of the return of supporters to watching football is paramount.

1874 Northwich are currently arranging an additional pre season warm up game to be played at Townfield on Thursday 27th August 2020. Details of this game and arrangements for admission will be announced shortly.

As always we appreciate the assistance and support of our supporters in ensuring that we can all return to watching football in a safe manner.

On behalf of the board of 1874 Northwich FC

2020 Home kit launched

Earlier today, we proudly released our new home shirt which we will wear for the 2020/21 and the 2021/2022 seasons.  The shirt itself is an evolution on past kits we’ve worn whilst maintaining the club’s progressive values.

The kit features a fusion between an adaption of a kit submitted by designers Mockup FC to our open competition inviting kit ideas, whilst incorporating the clubs brief regarding keeping it ‘1874’. Once again, the shirt has been made by Ian Senior at SK Kits, our long-standing kit supplier. During the last week, I spoke to the man behind the creative process Luke Bushnell-Wye.

Luke started the interview by telling me how “stunned,” he and other board members were to the response of the initial kit competition.

“We were stunned with the response that we got, and when the time came to whittle them down at the start of 2020 it was a tremendously difficult job. In the end, we narrowed it down to two, and then one which we just felt would be more versatile as a design. Having adapted the pattern in the original design to suit us and just as lockdown was starting, I got some templates made up with Ian at SK. I had to present these over virtual board meetings and we picked the application of the pattern that we liked the best – a slightly toned-down version with the fade.”

It is clear that from the outset that he and the rest of the board made a conscious effort not to emulate the bold away kit design.

 “There’s more freedom with an away kit to do something different, whereas the home kit has to represent the club and not stray too far from tradition. I think we’ve produced something that is strikingly different, and yet instantly recognisable as an 1874 Northwich kit, and that was the aim.”

One of the aims that Luke spoke about was making sure that the kit matched the overall ethos and ambition of the club.

 “It is absolutely crucial that the kit matches the ethos of the club. A club’s brand isn’t just what colours you play in and what kind of football you play, it’s also what you stand for off the pitch and what kind of club you want to be. People know the story of 1874; forward thinking is in our DNA.”

The shirt has several subtle details to it, one of which is to pay tribute to our NHS and Social Care workers with the rainbow pattern on the hem of the shirt.

“The NHS and other frontline workers have been crucial and I’m happy to pay tribute to them with the rainbow symbol on the hem. It’s a simple gesture, but the rainbow also represents hope at the end of the storm, and when we see our players on the pitch wearing this kit, it will be thanks in part to the efforts of those vital workers that we will have reached that point.”

Another detail is the Roman Numerals representing the formation of the club and Luke felt it was vital to acknowledge that moment.

“The numbers on the side represent the foundation date of the club, the meeting at which members voted to start their own club. Without the decisive steps taken at that meeting, we wouldn’t be here talking about this kit today, so I’m delighted to have the chance to include a reference to it in this shirt. I think of it like a reminder to strike out, be bold, and take responsibility. I find it inspiring to think of, so I hope the players do too when they wear it. I’m delighted with the overall design. I set out to take the best elements from the winning design and bring them into a kit that is quintessentially ’74’, and I think the result speaks for itself.”

Making a shirt “quintessentially 74,” was something that Co-manager Wayne Goodison also felt was crucial.

“We all really like it. For me, Paul and the players we have been involved in the process and seen how its developed and we feel it captures our identity. The players have been consulted on certain aspects of the kit because they have to be comfortable in the shirt and they’re looking forward to wearing it!”

300+ Club Draw – July 2020

The monthly prize draw was carried out on the 29th, once again via Zoom with our football secretary Vicki acting as witness.  The winning numbers were drawn as follows:

300+ Club July 2020

PrizeNo.Winner
£200275David Edgeley
£100332Gavin Ashley
£50306Graham Spencer
£5097Brian Swann
£50187Irene Collie
£50240George Roden

The total of ‘paid for’ numbers in the draw was 350 with three of the winners doing so for the first time. 

The winners will be contacted to arrange making direct payments to their bank accounts.

Details of how to join the 300+ Club can be obtained by sending an e-mail to Guy Jewell at trust@1874northwich.com , from the website at https://1874northwich.com/300club/ or asking for details at an 1874 match or event.

Thanks to all members of the 300+ Club – now more than ever, the money raised helps to keep the Football Club going forward.

New Home Kit Sponsorship for 1874

As the launch of our new home kit draws nearer, we are delighted to announce our brand new 2-year shirt sponsorship deal with OXYL-PRO by Chemiteq Ltd. As a company, Chemiteq Ltd have sponsored and supported the club ever since we were formed back in 2012 and we are thrilled they are our new shirt sponsors.

Their main product OXYL-PRO, offers a complete range of ecological disinfectants which leave no harmful residues.  It is odourless, biodegradable and is proven effective against viruses and bacteria including coronavirus.  It has been instrumental to the way our players have returned to training over the past 8 weeks and will be even more critical once friendlies are allowed to take place.

This deal will see closure on our excellent partnership with Britannia Carpets who have been our First Team Shirt sponsors since the club’s inception and we would like to thank them for their support over the years. We are delighted that Britannia Carpets will continue to be our Away Shirt Sponsor for the coming season.

Ourselves and Chemiteq Ltd share both progressive and community values. Their product ensures our players can return in a safe environment and it’s fantastic they chose to become our new shirt sponsors for the next two seasons. As time progresses, they will also be fundamental in the return of all our football community once we have the green light to welcome our supporters back.

When speaking to Chairman Steve Richardson, he told me he was “extremely excited,” for the new partnership with OXYL-PRO. He said, “Chemiteq and OXYL-PRO have always supported the club right from the beginning. It’s a product that is owned by supporters of the club and they will be crucial now football can return. We should also add our thanks to our friends at Britannia Carpets, they have been with us since the beginning and we are grateful for everything they have done for the club. For now, it’s about how can we keep the club evolving and we believe our partnership with OXYL-PRO can do exactly that.

Director of Chemiteq Alan Riding added “When the chance of sponsoring the new 1874 home shirt came up, we jumped at the opportunity. We have sponsored the club ever since 2012, we have an advertising board and we are excited to see the logo of our main product OXYL-PRO on the shirt. Hopefully over the coming years we will continue to develop our relationship with the club further and keep us both progressing.”

“In addition to the sponsorship of 1874, last week Chemiteq offered OXYL-PRO Hand and Surface disinfectant to all clubs in the North West Counties and Cheshire leagues free of charge. To date more than 30 clubs have taken up the offer and we are happy to assist in helping local teams get back onto the pitch.”

Make sure to keep your eyes peeled on social media for news of our forthcoming home kit launch!

Matt Woolley on the season ahead

After recent guidance from the North West Counties, they announced they intend to start the season on the 3rd of October with fans (This is subject to change as it could be brought forward or delayed further).  Over the weekend I caught up with our Captain Matt Woolley to discuss how our preparations are going ahead of the new campaign . However, when speaking to Matt, it became clear that there are more challenges than ever to be ready for the new season.

“It’s difficult because we now have a confirmed date, but it still seems as if it may go on and on where we don’t have sufficient information as players to prepare to hit our peak once the season is up and running.  I think we all need a final date confirmed, which we thought we had so it removes the uncertainty that we are currently experiencing. We don’t want to go on and on playing friendlies without knowing when the season will start because the whole benefit of those games will run out.”

Despite this, Woolley told me that the intensity in the training sessions has to rise ahead of the planned date of the 1st of September in the FA Cup .

“The sessions so far have been good, it’s great being around the lads and ultimately whether the season starts on the target date or not, we have to plan on that being the case. Over the next few weeks, we’ll see the intensity in the sessions increase and become more competitive. The only way we are going to become sharper and get our match fitness back is by playing friendlies so hopefully that can happen in a Covid secure manner.”

One potential challenge that Matt raised was the issue of playing games against sides situated in a local lockdown.

“I personally don’t think you can start a season if local lockdowns are going to be in place. If people can only see their households, can they still play games and come to training or is that also now not allowed. It’s only going to prolong a season. If these situations are going to occur, what you’ll find is teams will have players at different stages; some will be fit, others may be getting to fitness and there will be those that are completely unfit. If we start playing games in these situations, the quality of those will be reduced and may not be reflective of a somewhat ‘normal season.’

With FA and Government guidance ruling that any pre-season games will be played behind closed doors, Matt explained that one of the biggest concerns for players is the matchday experience they will encounter.

“For me none of my family are high risk, so I can be confident that I won’t be affecting anybody close to me, but that can’t be generalised for everybody. There could be some players who can’t commit to playing a full season at this stage because they can’t put loved ones at risk. However, the biggest concern for us as players is the matchday experience. For example, changing facilities will be unavailable, we won’t be able to shower after games. Everybody will be sweating, which can potentially carry the virus and we will have to go home in the same kit we’ve just played 90 minutes in. That’s why for me personally, it’s much more difficult to say let’s play football again, if the conditions we are playing under aren’t clear.”

However, in preparation for the forthcoming season, Woolley said that they need to be more clinical in front of goal and also tighter as a defensive unit.

“One of the things we have been working on so far is our shape and the way we play our games. We saw a lot of times last season there were games where teams decided to sit back and protect either their lead or trying to take a point against us, so this season we have to become more clinical. Even though we were the best side in terms of goals scored and least conceded, there’s always ways to improve and Wayne and Paul have been helping us with that so far in pre-season. We’re learning to take our chances even more so when they come because that’s what is going to propel us to the next level in our hunt for promotion.”

1874 Company Secretary

As everyone knows, Rob Ashcroft decided to step down a few weeks ago, to spend time with family and on his other interests.  We would now like to advertise for a new Company Secretary, to help the Club and Board to keep progressing in the right direction.  They are big shoes to fill, but Rob has been very kind in offering his guidance and of course, Board members will be on hand to support the new person too. 

The Company Secretary plays a key role within the organisation of the Football Club and Society, ensuring that high standards of governance are maintained. As the principal administrator for the Club, the Secretary ensures that the Club functions effectively and will act as the main point of contact between the Board and its Members.

Role Profile


Job Title: Company Secretary
Reports To: 1874 Northwich Board

Role Purpose:

The Company Secretary plays a key role within theorganisation of the Football Cluband Society to ensure that high standards of governance are maintained.As the principal administrator for the Club, the Secretary ensures that the Club functions effectively and will act as the main point of contact between the Board and its Members.

Key Accountabilities:

•Ensure the Club and Society operate in a transparent and open wayand that the Club Model Rules are followed in how the club/society operates.
•Oversee Board members conduct and operation of the Board. -Issue declaration of understanding and board members conduct policy post AGM.
•Produce Board meeting Agendas, record and circulate all minutes from meetings.
•Oversee AGM preparations and operation of meeting. Prepare or AGM literature, forms and reports circulated to membership 7 weeks prior to the AGM giving notice etc. Support the Chair during the AGM meeting, ensure that minutes are produced to all the membership.
•Maintain Club policies, agreements and documents retaining written and electronic records.
•Ensure the Board produce a business plan and published to members.
•FA Charter Standard Award Co-ordinator

Person specification:

Qualifications Valid full (UK) driver’s licence (desirable)
Advanced DBS Disclosure (will be completed by Club)
Emergency First Aid certificate (will be completed with Club)

Knowledge & experience

Competent ICT skills –use of Microsoft Office
Experience of meeting administration would be helpful
Ability to interpret guidance and adviseChairman & Board

Skills

Strong organisational and administrative skills
Excellent communicator–written and verbal, formally and informally
Accuracy and very good attention to detail
Well organised approach to the role

Personal qualities

Takes responsibility for ensuring a high quality of work
Team player
Adaptive –able to cope through challenges
Ability to multi task Hardworking and enthusiasticIntegrity and discretion when handling confidential information.
Commitment to aims and objectives of a community, fan owned and democratic, football club

To apply for this role, please email Community@1874Northwich comproviding supporting information on your suitability

Pre – Season warm up games

Supporters will be aware that tentative steps to a resumption of football are slowly developing.

The first part of this phased return is that permission has been granted by the FA to allow clubs to participate in pre-season warm up games.

These games are to be held under strict adherence with current government regulations relating to Covid-19.

 This statement has been received from the Football Association

“ As it remains, until further notice all games with NLS clubs including pre-season friendlies must remain behind closed doors. This is not an FA position, but a Government position. “

1874 Northwich FC must request that supporters adhere to this guidance and do not attend or attempt to attend to any football games until further notice.

Whilst we are all keen for life to return to normal as soon as possible, by ignoring Government instructions supporters could jeopardise the re-start of football within not only our league, but also the National League System.

We thank you for your co-operation.

On behalf of the board of 1874 Northwich FC

Stephen Richardson
Chairman