Vicki England - 1874 Northwich F.C.
Car parking

Townfield car parking

As a club, we are delighted that our first three home games have been well attended.  It is great to see some familiar faces return to the fold, along with new people who have come to see what 1874 is all about.  Of course, seeing our loyal supporters move to Townfield is terrific.  Everyone is very welcome and appreciated!

When we were looking at matchday arrangements at Townfield, we quickly identified that we would need to have a plan for car parking.  Therefore, with help from our friends at Barnton FC, we held discussions with the Memorial Hall Committee and linked with Barnton Parish Council along with the Primary School and each organisation offered us a nice welcome and kindly provided assistance on match day, in the form of the use of their car parks. 

As the season drew closer, we reviewed the plan for players, management and match officials as it is a requirement that parking facilities are available to those people at the ground.   Townfield has limited parking space adjacent to its Club entrance, and so it has been necessary to maximise the spaces available by using a plan to park vehicles and also ensure that only the designated people mentioned, park in the “Officials area”.  The Club also recognised the need to ensure supporters and visitors who have mobility issues, are also accommodated appropriately. We were pleased that we were able to reserve ten disabled parking spaces adjacent to the main entrance on the Memorial Hall and permits have been issued to 1874 Supporters and volunteers.

Over the last three games, we have been pleased that many supporters have accessed the car parks at the Memorial Hall, the Library and the School.  However, we have had some contact from local residents, who have let us know that it has been a little frustrating at times for them as the surrounding roads, in particular Townfield Lane, Hindley Crescent and Crocus Street, have been congested and the residents have struggled to park their own cars or haven’t easily been able to drive along these roads.  We are extremely mindful of our neighbours and we clearly don’t want them to have issues, therefore we are respectfully asking that supporters please do not park on the adjacent streets and instead, use the car parks that have been made available to us. 

We understand that the Memorial Hall car park attracts a small parking charge of £2 and that the Library and Primary School car parks are a short walk away from the ground along Townfield Lane however we are sure that our supporters will appreciate the issues and will want to help the club maintain its good working relationship with the organisations and residents. 

1874 is known as a club and group of people that are generally good about thinking of others.  Therefore, on behalf of the Board, can I respectfully ask that you offer the same courtesies over this issue please, and avoid parking in the streets.  We would truly be grateful for your co-operation.  Volunteers will be on hand before the match, to assist people with information and to provide guidance on the car parks.    

Thank you in advance of your co-operation, it is much appreciated. 

Vicki England – Football Secretary

1874 Northwich FC host Chester FC

1874 Northwich FC v Chester FC
Supporters Direct Shield – Tuesday 23 July 2019 KO 7.45pm

1874 Northwich is delighted to be hosting Chester, both wholly owned by their supporters, on Tuesday 23 July. The game will take place at our new home – The Offside Trust Stadium, Townfield, Barnton, Northwich and it is being supported by the Football Supporters’ Association. The teams will play for the Supporters Direct Shield.

1874 was formed on 15 November 2012, following a vote of Trust members to form its own supporter owned club and we began life in the North West Counties Division One in August 2013. Promotion followed at the end of the first season, to the NWCFL Premier League where we remain. Vanarama League side Chester Football Club was officially reborn on 21 May 2010, from the ashes of the old club. They joined the Evostik Division One North, and thanks to their supporters rallying in huge numbers, the club went from strength to strength earning three successive promotions.

Both clubs have their supporters, and their communities, at the very heart of everything they do. 1874 and Chester were kindly assisted by ‘Supporters Direct’ when they were setting up and both have continued to enjoy a strong relationship with the organisation since. In 1874’s case, we were supported by the very wonderful Jacqui Forster, who remained by our side until her sad passing. It is therefore an honour for both to have been invited to play for the SD Shield.

The Football Supporters’ Association

Last year members of Supporters Direct and the Football Supporters’ Federation met at a special conference to merge the organisations into what is now the Football Supporters’ Association (FSA).

The FSA continues to battle for supporter ownership, and back events such as the SD Shield, while also campaigning across a range of fields relating to ticket prices, fan legal rights, and more.

“We hope you all have a great day and are lucky enough to see an entertaining game at this year’s SD Shield.”

Tom Greatrex – VC of Football Supporters’ Association

1874 Pre-season friendlies 2019

The Club is pleased to share our pre-season schedule with supporters.  We are delighted to link with old, and some new, friends and we look forward to the games.

 

DateOpponentHome or AwayKO time
Sat 6 JulyMarket Drayton Town FCAway3pm
Sat 13 JulyPontefract Collieries FCAway3pm
Tue 16 JulyHyde United FCAway7.45pm
Thu 18 JulyBarnton FCHome7.45pm
Sat 20 JulyRhyl FCAway3pm
Tue 23 JulyChester FCHome7.45pm
Sat 27 JulyCity of Liverpool FC

The Champions Cup

Away3pm

1874 Northwich Under 21’s partnership with UCFB

Recently, Wayne Goodison and U21 Coach Joe Lally, met with representatives of University Campus of Football Business (UCFB) to discuss a partnership with them and our Under 21’s for next season.

In essence, it has been agreed that Wayne and Joe will coach and work with their Elite level Academy side, on a four-day a week basis at UCFB facility with a view to helping them develop.  In return, 1874 will benefit from the partnership by having access to the pool of players to train with us and represent our U21 team and, where ability fits, the first team.

The UCFB model is aimed at bringing in high calibre age 18+ players, many who have been at Academies and pro-clubs as well as overseas players.  There are UCFB campuses at Wembley, Etihad Stadium and Burnley FC. All the degrees are football industry based to attain relative qualifications.

Following the agreement, Alex Dickinson, 1874 Board member for Youth Development commented “This is a significant development and one that strengthens our 1874 model and aims.  This is to develop our own players for sustainability and growth going forward.  We are pleased that UCFB has recognised 1874 as a club that is keen and forward thinking to promote and develop local, young talent and we look forward to a fruitful partnership”.

1874 Northwich has arranged a trial day for our Under 21 team on Saturday 25 May, 12-2pm at Moss Farm 3G, Northwich, CW8 4BG.  For further information, please contact youthdev@1874northwich.com.

A message for 1874 Supporters – Macron Cup Final

The Board of 1874 Northwich knows that football is a passionate game and supporters can be completely immersed in it and have various ways of showing their support.  Positive support is hugely welcomed as it adds to a good environment on a matchday and experience for all.  However, if behaviour is less than positive and where it jeopardises the safety and enjoyment of others attending a match, it is likely to bring 1874 Northwich into disrepute and the club would face a charge.

1874 is well supported and enjoys an excellent reputation for good behaviour, both on and off the field.  However as we head into the high profile and very prestigious Macron Cup Final tomorrow, the club would like to issue a timely reminder to its supporters that anti-social behaviour, racial, discriminatory or obscene chanting, encroaching onto the field of play or having possession of a smoke bomb is unacceptable and any supporter found to be in breach of these conditions, will be excluded from the ground, and could face a ban and may be subject to criminal proceedings.

The Hallmark Security League have also announced that supporters must not bring alcohol into the ground and that there will be bag searches on entry for safety reasons.  The League and Altrincham FC reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone deemed unfit to enter the ground.

1874 has worked with the League and has agreed to provide club representatives to liaise with Altrincham Stewards, to offer advice and support to our supporters before and throughout the game.

Our supporters are at the heart of everything and we are proud of how we conduct ourselves as a football club.  We enjoy the matchdays and support our team, whatever the result.  We know that everyone from 1874 will continue to represent our wonderful club, the way in which we all expect.

Thank you and enjoy the final !

THE MACRON CHALLENGE CUP FINAL

1874 NORTHWICH V CITY OF LIVERPOOL

Saturday 4th May 2019, KO 1.00pm

J Davidson Stadium, Altrincham Football Club, Moss Lane, Altrincham, WA15 8AP

 

The Club has received the following admission information from the Management Committee of the Hallmark Security League.

 

To help alleviate any pressure on the turnstiles, tickets will be allocated to both clubs for pre-match sales at the following cost:

£8 Adult, £5 concessions, £3 Children (Children under 16 free of charge with paying adult)

On the day admission will be £10 adult, £5 concessions, £3 Children (Children under 16 free of charge with paying adult)

Turnstiles will be open from 11.45am. There is on street parking for spectators.

A match programme will cost £1.50 and will be on sale at the ground.

Alcohol must not be brought into the ground and there will be bag searches on entry for safety reasons. Altrincham FC and/or The League reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone deemed unfit to enter the ground.

 

We are hopeful that we will receive the tickets from the League, in time for Saturday’s home game against Charnock Richard.  With the kind permission of Winsford United, we will then be selling them at our Easter Monday derby and then they will be available at Thursday evening’s match against Whitchurch Alport and at our final home game against Runcorn Town on Saturday 27 April.

It would be appreciated if supporters would purchase their tickets in advance of the day, to assist with the smooth running of the Cup Final.

Thank you

Vicki England – Football Secretary

secretary@1874northwich.com

1874 Northwich v Whitchurch Alport – match rearrangement

Following the difficult situation in having to abandon Tuesday evening’s game, due to floodlight failure, the two clubs have agreed to reschedule the match on Thursday 25 April 7.45pm.  1874 officials have been in close contact with Winsford United and they are taking urgent action to rectify the problem, therefore we will plan to play the evening game at the St Luke’s Barton Stadium.

We appreciate that the abandonment was disappointing and inconvenienced everyone in attendance.  Therefore, the Board of 1874 Northwich has agreed that there will be free entry for all supporters at the rearranged game next Thursday.  However, we are mindful that we need to cover the costs associated in staging the game and therefore if supporters wish to make a voluntary contribution towards these costs, then of course it would be sincerely appreciated.

Thank you

End of Season Awards and Presentation Night 2018/2019

We are nearing the end of our sixth season and what another memorable one for the Club.   The Management and Squad have worked hard for 1874, they have provided many memories and have delivered a Macron Cup final day out on May 4, which we hope all supporters will enjoy.

We would now like to ask 1874 supporters to choose their Player of the Year and Goal of the Season.  Voting slips will be available at our games this week – Whitchurch Alport on Tuesday, Charnock Richard on Saturday and Runcorn Town on Saturday 27 April.  We will also collect voting slips on Easter Monday, at our away game to Winsford United!

You can also vote by emailing secretary@1874northwich.com.  Please provide your first, second and third choices for Player of the Season and provide your favourite goal from the list below.

Voting will close at 10pm on SUNDAY 28 APRIL so please make your votes count as soon as possible.

The awards will be announced at our popular End of Season Presentation Evening.  This will take place on Friday 10 May at Hartford Golf Club; tickets are priced at £20 and include a lovely three course meal.  This is a great chance to be a part of another terrific 74 social evening and gives us an opportunity to thank the Management, First Team and U21 squads, who will all be in attendance, for their efforts for the Club.  You can secure your place by popping in to the office to see Vicki, or leave your name with Pam in the Club shop.  You can also email secretary@1874northwich.com.  Please note that we will need to collect the money before the event.

For further information about the end of season voting and Presentation Evening, please contact the Vicki at the Club on 07975 679624.

ASam Hare v Chadderton – 20 Oct

Good build up play and finish on his first game back

BTaylor Kennerley v Charnock Richard – 17 Nov

Strong run down the wing powerful shot from tight angle

CScott McGowan v Charnock Richard – 17 Sep

Received low cross with back to goal swivelled to steer ball home

DCallum Gardner v Congleton T – 5 Jan

Cross from left wing met with a stunning volley

EScott McGowan v West Didsbury – 26 Jan

Spectacular dipping long range first time shot

FTaylor Kennerley – Barnoldswick Town – 15 Feb

Great team build up and finish

GMike Koral v Burscough– 9 Mar

Powerful finish after a good run and set up from Aaron Smith

HCallum Gardner v Congleton Town – 6 Apr

Met a cross with a sweetly struck angled volley

 **We hope to provide video footage of the goals as soon as possible – watch this space!**

 

1874 Members to have a say on the Club’s Away Kit

After a 20 day consultation period, we would like to not just thank our fans, but those from the wider football community who helped take part in this process. As a club we received a huge number of kits with a wide variety of designs which is key as we take the next steps in creating our new away kit.

At a meeting this week with our sub-committee, we discussed at length various options in order to create the best outcome for everyone at the club and how best to incorporate the vast talents of artist Phil Galloway, who we are looking forward to collaborating with on this project.

The aim of this week’s meeting was to work out the main colour options that appeared the most frequent. After this meeting, we settled on 4 colour choices which we deemed the most popular during the consultation period. These are as follows

  • Lilac/light purple
  • Light blue
  • Light grey
  • Pink

At this point we ask all Members to have their say and vote for their favourite colour choice from the options above. The vote will be open from the 26 March-1 April, so we encourage members to return their votes promptly.

To vote, please send an email stating your preference for the main away kit colour as either Lilac / Light Purple, Light Blue, Light Grey or Pink to our Company Secretary Rob Ashcroft – robertashie@aol.com. Please note, only one choice per member and you must also include your name, and not just your email, on the reply.

If any Member does not currently have access to emails, then please text/phone the Club on 07975 679624 or chat to any member of the 1874 Board at the matches against Squires Gate at home (Tuesday 26th) or at Congleton Town (Saturday 30th).

We really want to create a memorable kit which has a story and means something to each and every 1874 fan on a match day.

We will keep fans updated and make another statement shortly when the colour choice has been announced and to inform you on the next few stages we will go through.

Matthew Waters – 1874 Media Officer

Club Sponsor – Britannia Carpets

1874 Northwich is absolutely delighted to announce that Britannia Carpets have agreed to continue their sponsorship of our football club.  This is very welcome news, Britannia Carpets is a popular, local, family run business renowned for quality and customer service and 1874 has been proud of its association with them since the club was formed.  During the discussions, Britannia Carpets highlighted that they were extremely pleased how the link with the club had developed over the last six years and they had no hesitation in wanting that to continue in the future.

We would like to sincerely thank Britannia Carpets for their support and friendship and look forward to continuing the close relationship we have with them in the future.

1874 Northwich Team Photo

1874 is extremely grateful to all of the local companies that offer their support and we would urge supporters to use their services whenever possible.