Mark Edgeley | 1874 Northwich F.C.

Updated Covid-19 guidance

The Football Association [The FA] has today issued updated guidance for ‘non-elite’ football in England following confirmation from the UK Government that organised sports can return from Wednesday 2nd December.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport [DCMS] has this evening issued updated guidelines on the return to recreational team sport which permits the return of ‘non-elite’ football in England from Wednesday 2nd December, and includes all fixtures and training for:

  • Steps 3-6 of the National League System [NLS];
  • Tiers 3-6 of the Women’s Football Pyramid [WFP];
  • Regional NLS Feeder Leagues;
  • Barclays FA WSL Academy League;
  • FA Girls Regional Talent Clubs;
  • Outdoor youth and adult grassroots football.

Organised outdoor football activity is permitted at these levels across all three tiers from Wednesday 2nd December but it is extremely important that clubs, players, coaches, match officials, league officials, volunteers, parents, carers, and facility providers continue to strictly follow both the UK Governments’ latest guidance on COVID-19 and respective bespoke guidance documents from The FA.

Organised indoor football and futsal is permitted in Tier 1 areas if the rule of six is followed and in Tier 2 areas if the rule of six is followed and it is possible for people to avoid mixing with others that they do not live or share a support bubble with. Indoor football is not permitted in Tier 3 areas.

In all three tiers there are exceptions for indoor disability football, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s, which can take place with larger groups mixing.

Training for teams in Tier 3 must have minimal contact.


Adults can travel to play grassroots football in between Tier 1 and Tier 2.  However, adults cannot travel in and out of Tier 3 to play grassroots football. There are exemptions for travel in and out of Tier 3 for under-18s, disability teams, volunteers, elite players and for those travelling for work.

Players and essential club staff at steps 3-6 of the NLS, tiers 3-6 of the Women’s Football Pyramid, the Barclays FA WSL Academy and Regional Talent Clubs can travel into and out of tier 3 areas.


Clubs at Steps 3-6 of the NLS and Tiers 3-6 of the WFP remain permitted to accommodate a phased and limited return of spectators in Tier 1 and 2 areas if they follow the UK Governments’ latest guidance on Covid-19 and The FA’s guidelines for the NLS or WFP. There are no spectators permitted in Tier 3, as set out in Government guidance.

Regional NLS Feeder Leagues, Tier 7 of the WFP and outdoor grassroots football also remain permitted to accommodate socially-distanced spectators but must follow the rule of six and Government guidance on restrictions in certain tiers.


Clubhouses can operate in Tier 1 but must do so by table service (ordered and consumed at the table) only and observing the rule of 6.  In Tier 2, Clubhouses must close unless they operate as if they were a restaurant. This means serving substantial meals, like a main lunchtime or evening meal. They may only serve alcohol as part of such a meal and all food and drink to be ordered and consumed at the table. Tables can only be same household and takeaway must be eaten or drunk off the club premises.  Under UK Government guidelines, bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants in Tier 3 areas must be closed except to sell by takeaway or click-and-collect.

All clubs are required to have a designated COVID-19 officer; complete and publish bespoke risk assessments and action plans; and continue to support Test and Trace efforts.  

The 2020/21 FA Youth Cup will continue to be played under the relevant ‘elite’ club protocol and the Buildbase FA Trophy and Buildbase FA Vase are set to resume in December, along with the Vitality Women’s FA Cup.

We implore everyone to strictly follow the UK Government’s national Covid-19 restrictions.  Any incidents of non-compliance will be reported to the local County Football Association.

We would like to thank the football community once again for its hard work, resilience and understanding during such an incredibly challenging period for both the game and wider society.

Foodbank collection at Vase game

At our FA Vase game against West Aukland FC the club will be holding a collection of produce in aid of Mid Cheshire Foodbank.

In the current situation the demand on the Foodbank to provide assistance to local families is intense. Covid-19, financial restrictions and employment uncertainty are placing increased pressure on the Foodbank and as usual at this time of year 1874 Northwich FC are once again appealing to our supporters to help out.

Donations can be brought to the the ground on Saturday and we will ensure that they are safely handed over. The Foodbank are happy to accept any contributions of Tins, Pasta and non perishable item, but at the moment are particularly short of the following :

  • Fruit juice ( not cordial )
  • Tea ( preferably in packs of 40 or 80 bag boxes )
  • Potted meat paste
  • Rice pudding
  • Any toiletries, deodorant, toothpaste and soap.

Many thanks

1874 Northwich Community Team.

300+ Club Draw – November 2020

The monthly prize draw was held on the 25th, once again remotely due to current restrictions, with our legendary football secretary Vicki acting as online witness.   November is one of the two annual ‘bumper prize’ draws so an extra special bonus for the winners drawn as follows:

Prize Value
£500295Mark Kelly
£200289Graham Sands
£50274Mike Cooper
£502Nik Stanley
£50174Pete Gallery
£50158Ash Dobell

The total of ‘paid for’ numbers in the draw reached 350, and the winners will be contacted to arrange making direct payments to their bank accounts.

The 300+ Club is a fantastic way of supporting the Club throughout the whole year and you have the chance to win a cash prize every month – so if you are not already a member then please consider joining or if already in then why not take an extra number at only £4 a month.

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

Supporting Mid Cheshire Foodbank

1874 fans have supported the Mid Cheshire Foodbank with donations over the past 5 years. We would like to continue this during these difficult times. The winter and run up to Christmas puts added strain on the Foodbank together with the problems that the pandemic is creating.

Clearly we are not able to do our usual physical Collection at this time, so this year we are asking supporters for financial donations to show our support. If you are in a position to, please make a donation in one of the following ways:

1. Make a bank transfer to Mid Cheshire Foodbank. Barclays Bank Northwich sort 20 24 09 account 93319415. Please reference 1874 in the transfer.


2. Send a cheque made payable to Mid Cheshire Foodbank. Send this to Maggie Coats, 14 Boundary Lane North, Cuddington, Northwich, CW8 2PL.

Your support really will make a difference and is greatly appreciated.

Thank you

Board Statement – Company Secretary

On behalf of the Board of 1874 Northwich FC, I would like to welcome back Rob Ashworth to the post of Company Secretary. Robs knowledge and administration skills have always been highly appreciated by the club, and his agreement to resume this important post is most welcome.

Stephen Richardson

Chairman 1874Northwich FC 

300+ Club Draw – October 2020

The monthly prize draw was carried out on the 31st October at Townfield with Gavin Ashley drawing out the winning numbers as follows:

Prize Value
£200233Alan Andrews
£10061Darren Kirk
£50203John Coats
£50164Marion Hulme
£50351Keith Campion
£50277Tony Fallows

The total of ‘paid for’ numbers in the draw was 349, and the winners will be contacted to arrange making direct payments to their bank accounts.

November will be a ‘bumper prize’ draw with the top prizes being £500 and £200 so at least there is something to look forward to in the next month.

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

Ash Woods joins 1874

1874 are delighted to announce the signing of striker Ash Woods.

Ash joins the club with a wealth of experience at this level playing previously for clubs such as Atherton Collieries, Trafford, Colwyn Bay and West Didsbury and Chorlton.

Earlier this week we caught up with Ash to discuss his move to the club.

When speaking to Ash, it was clear that one of the key factors for him joining the club was playing in front of a “great fanbase.”

“Obviously the club has a great fanbase home and away which is always important as a player. When I’ve played against the club previously, they’ve always been difficult games due to the great atmosphere the fans create. The clubs local to me and I can’t wait to get started.”

A natural goal scorer himself, Ash told me he hopes he can add to the talent and depth in our squad already.

“I followed last season and the success the club had, and it’s clear I’m coming into a very talented squad. Whilst I don’t know many of them personally, I hope I can add something new to the team and help win games.”

“I’ve been in the game for a while now and experience is one of those I have built into my game. It’s knowing how to get results and games over the line which is important and I hope I can add that to the squad.”

After an injury-stricken season last year with West Didsbury and Chorlton, Ash told me he hopes he can get fit again and find his form in front of goal.

“I want this season to be as successful as possible. We need to perform well in the league and hopefully reach the latter stages of cup competitions like the FA Vase. For me personally, I would like to add to my good goalscoring record in the North West Counties and help the team as much as I can.”

In a message to the supporters, Woods added he’s looking forward to playing for a club that “backs the team.”

“I’m really looking forwarding to playing for 1874. I said it before, 74 is a club that has such a good following and will always back the team.”

“As a player when you get that support off the pitch it has an influence on you. That’s a big factor for me when choosing a club because it takes the pressure off you when you’re playing. I’m just looking forward to playing now.”

Selby Town preview

Tomorrow’s FA Vase game vs Selby Town marks our return to competitive football after a month’s absence.

Ahead tomorrow’s tie, Co-manager Wayne Goodison told me the players are “desperate to play.”

“We’ve prepared well. I think the lads have trained excellently over the last few weeks and we were very happy with how the game went against Wythenshawe Amateurs. We haven’t played competitively for a while and I know the players are desperate to play.”

“We’ve been to watch Selby and we’ve seen the threats they will potentially pose us. Whilst on paper they haven’t had the best of starts, we know we’ll have to be on our game otherwise they could cause us problems.”

After two early exits from the Vase in our previous two campaigns it was clear that Wayne wanted to progress much further this year whilst taking it “one game at a time.”

“As managers me and Paul want to go as far as we can in every competition. The Vase is something we have done well in previously however we must take it one game at a time.

 You can’t think about the latter rounds before you make it through the early ones. We’ve prepared well and I’d like to hope we’ve got enough to come through and win”

The absence of Scott McGowan is one which will be missed however Wayne believes we have more than enough quality to cover his role.

“Everybody wishes Scott well moving forward and we’ve trained well since he’s left. Joe Duckworth has done excellently so far during pre-season and that’s a credit to his attitude.

In pre-season we tried different things out and we feel we have enough to cover that role, however we aren’t going to move forward with only one striker.

We don’t feel like we have to make any rushed signings although if the right player comes along, we’d certainly look at it.”

Selby are currently bottom of the Northern Counties East Football League Division One after losing all five of their games so far. They progressed through the last round of the Vase against fellow North West Counties Premier side Litherland Remyca.

Tickets are available to purchase on our club shop and if you are attending tomorrow’s game please remember to social distance and wear a face covering (unless exempt) at all times.

300+ Club Draw – September 2020

The monthly prize draw was carried out on the 3rd October at Townfield with Russ Kennerley drawing out the winning numbers as follows:

300+ Club September 2020

Prize Value
Winning Number
£200302Steve Richardson
£100261Chris Rowbottom
£50195Beryl Mills
£503Simon Yeomans
£50332Gavin Ashley
£50285Nik Stanley

The total of ‘paid for’ numbers in the draw was 345 and two of the above were winners 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 , from the website at 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

Scott McGowan

We’re sad to announce the departure of our record goal scorer Scott McGowan, who will be joining Northern Premier League side Nantwich Town. After playing for the club over the last five years, Scott showed his prolific nature scoring 132 goals in 192 games.

Whilst suffering an interrupted first spell with the club, Wayne and Paul brought Scott back at the end of the 2016/17 season. From there he went from strength to strength, notably scoring the winning goal in the Mid Cheshire Cup Final against Northwich Victoria helping the club retain the trophy.

The following season Scott continued his prolific form playing an integral role in our FA Vase run which saw us reach the Semi Final. In what was his best season in front of goal for the club, Scott notched up 42 goals across all competitions showing the clear threat he possesses.  His own personal successes didn’t end there as he won the Supporters player of the year award in what was a truly remarkable season.

The 2018/2019 season saw the club gain more silverware winning the Macron Cup against City of Liverpool. However, that wasn’t the only award Scott would go on to achieve that season.

 At the end of season presentation night, he picked up a hat-trick of awards including The Paul Stockton Supporters Player of the season for another stunning campaign netting 36 goals in 42 games.

Despite last season’s null and voiding, Scott’s form helped us extend our healthy lead over Rylands to eight points. Before the season’s premature conclusion, McGowan managed to score 30 in 37 games in what was to be a potentially historic season for the club.

In a short statement, Scott said he wanted to thank our “unbelievable” supporters.

“It’s been an extremely difficult decision to leave the club. Playing for 1874 has been an experience like no other and I want to thank everybody who has been a part of it. I’d like to thank Paul and Wayne for putting their faith in me to play down the middle and help me perform the way I have the last few seasons.

The opportunity to play for a club at a higher level is something that doesn’t come around very often and I want to test myself to see if I can do it at that level.

Finally, I’d like to thank the club’s unbelievable supporters. Whether it’s the volunteers behind the scenes or those watching us on a matchday singing my name, it has been a pleasure to play for 1874 and an experience I will never forget.”

In addition to this, Co-manager Wayne Goodison told me whilst being “disappointed” Scott has chosen to leave, he wishes him and his family all the best.

“Obviously disappointed that Scott has chosen to leave, though the opportunity to test himself and see if he’s capable of being as successful with a totally different club at a higher level is certainly something he should attempt.

He’s been fantastic as a player and more importantly as a person for me to deal with. He knows my thoughts on him, and I wish him and his family the best of luck for his future, both in and out of football.”

Everybody at 1874 Northwich would like to thank Scott for his dedication and hard work over the past 5 years and we wish him all the best ahead of his move to Nantwich Town.