Vicki England | 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.

match day analyst

Match day analyst required

Unfortunately, our current Analyst is unable to carry on in this role due to work commitments.  We would like to sincerely thank Joe for all his efforts in setting up the match analysis software and for supporting the management team by filming games and providing footage, which has been hugely important for us to help improve performance.

1874 is now looking to recruit a new Match Day Analyst, to support the Management Team by gathering set parameters and statistics during first team games.

The voluntary role will require the filming of matches, then input into the coding of each match within our analysis software. Also, input into gathering and evaluating individual player performance data via GPS monitoring  This would suit a current student, who is studying a sport related course or indeed any enthusiastic member of our fan base, who is keen to help give us a competitive edge where possible.

Full training and support will be provided.

If you think you would like the challenge, we would be delighted to hear from you.  For further information or to put your name forward (CV’s are welcome), please contact Vicki England (Football Secretary)

Email: secretary@1874northwich.com
Phone 07975 679624.

Match information update

The Club would like to let 1874 supporters know, of the updated match arrangements for the games at Northwich Vics and Padiham. 

Northwich Victoria FC v 1874 Northwich FC

Match arrangements – Wednesday 12 February Kick Off 7.45pm

The Clubs have discussed details of the rearranged match at Wincham Park and have agreed that the initial segregation arrangements will remain in place.    

Northwich Victoria supporters will be allocated the Lostock end of the ground and the seats in the main stand up to the players entrance.

1874 Northwich supporters will be allocated the Wincham end of the ground, along with the seats in the main stand, up to the players entrance.  They will also be able to use some of the terracing, to the side of the pitch. 

The Social Club bar will be open before and after the game however it will remain closed at half time.   

Both clubs would like to remind their supporters of the following very important ground regulations

  • Supporters are not allowed to encroach onto the pitch or surrounding area before, during or after the game. 
  • The following articles must not be brought within the ground – fireworks, smoke cannisters, flares, glass bottles, or any articles that are prohibited by the rules and regulations which could compromise public safety. 
  • The use of threatening behaviour and/or foul or abusive language is strictly forbidden.

Any person found in possession of such items or behaving inappropriately, will be asked to leave the ground.  Should supporters not adhere to these important regulations, then the clubs will be reported to the relevant authorities and sanctions will be taken against both clubs as a result.     

Officials and stewards of both clubs will be on hand, to provide guidance and support therefore if anyone has concerns or requires assistance, they should speak to one of them.

Thank you for your co-operation.

Padiham

Following the abandonment of our game at Padiham on Saturday 11 January, we have received communication from the League Management Committee that we are required to replay the game.  As ever, 1874 Northwich will comply fully with a League decision and therefore the rearranged match will take place on Saturday 28 March 3pm.

Boxing Day match arrangements

Northwich Victoria FC v 1874 Northwich FC

Match arrangements – Thursday 26 December 2019 Kick Off 3pm

In the lead up to the Boxing Day game, which will take place at Wincham Park, both clubs have worked together to agree the match arrangements and we are now pleased to be able to issue a joint communication.

Both clubs have mutually agreed that segregation will be in place for this match.

Northwich Victoria supporters will be allocated the Lostock end of the ground and the seats in the main stand up to the players entrance.

1874 Northwich supporters will be allocated the Wincham end of the ground, along with the seats in the main stand, up to the players entrance. They will also be able to use some of the terracing, to the side of the pitch.

There is a large car park at the Lostock end of the ground, for supporters use. If people are parking away from the ground, both clubs would urge everyone to be respectful of the residents, and park appropriately.
As a significant crowd is expected, turnstiles will be open from 2pm and supporters are advised to arrive well in advance of kick off to help alleviate congestion.

The Social Club bar will be open until 2.30pm. It will then remain closed until after the game has ended. All necessary facilities and refreshment areas will be open at both ends of the ground.

Northwich Victoria and 1874 Northwich would like to remind everyone attending the game, of the following very important ground regulations

• Supporters are not allowed to encroach onto the pitch or surrounding area before, during or after the game.
• The following articles must not be brought within the ground – fireworks, smoke cannisters, flares, dangerous or hazardous items, glass bottles, or any articles that are prohibited by the rules and regulations which could compromise public safety.
• The use of threatening behaviour and/or foul or abusive language is strictly forbidden.
Any person found in possession of such items or behaving inappropriately, will be asked to leave the ground.

Should supporters not adhere to these important regulations, then the clubs will be reported to the relevant authorities and sanctions will be taken against both clubs as a result.

Each club will have officials and stewards on hand, to provide guidance and support therefore if anyone has concerns or requires assistance, they should speak to one of them.

Both Clubs hope that it is an enjoyable derby game, played between two strong and talented teams and that all supporters play their part in creating a noisy and positive backing for their players.

Thank you for your co-operation on the day.

Kit manager vacancy

1874 Northwich FC are looking to recruit a First Team Kit Manager.

Our current Kit Manager Jonathan is taking a wonderful opportunity to work full time for a club in the Premier League. Whilst we are extremely sad to see him leave 1874, we are excited for him as he will work full time in a role that he is excellent at and enjoys. We are very thankful to Jonathan for all his hard work and wish him the very best for the future.

The Kit Manager role is an extremely important one, as it will support the Management Team and Squad in ensuring that all kit required for matchday is available.

The key responsibilities include

Setting out kit for home and away games in advance of players arriving
Organising, packing and transporting kit to away games
Ensuring that players have all required items pre-match
Collection of kit post-match, in readiness to hand over for washing
Close liaison with our Kit Laundry service
Shared responsibility to ensure that the Dressing Room is left in good order for our hosts after a game

Please note that expenses will be paid to undertake this role.

If you are willing to help our supporter run, community focussed football club to progress then please get in touch by email – secretary@1874northwich.com or by phoning Vicki on 07975 679624.

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

Paul Connor

Ahead of the new campaign and before the usual announcements are made about player recruitment, the Club would like to let supporters know that Paul Connor, has decided to move on and end his association with 1874.

Paul joined the club from Maine Road, with his arrival being announced on 15 June 2014.  He made his debut in a green shirt on 9 July in a friendly against Lostock Gralam and he started his first competitive game on 2 August 2014 against AFC Blackpool (away).  Paul went on to make 222 appearances for the Greens in the five years, and he turned out to be an integral part of the team in that time.

His commitment, positive attitude and talent quickly made him a real fans favourite.  Paul showed that he was as good off the field, as he was on it by building a terrific relationship with everyone at the club and especially the supporters.  Paul understood the ethos of 1874 and what the club meant to people and he embraced everything about 1874 life. He joined in fundraising initiatives and will always be remembered for trying to cycle around Manchester on a rickety old bike, but as he was being sponsored for the club’s charity partner, he put his usual amount of effort and enthusiasm into the event!

Charity bike ride

The term ‘legend’ is generally overused in football however in the eyes of 1874 supporters, Paul Connor will always be seen as that.  A hugely popular player, who gave his all for the cause. We would like to sincerely thank Paul for his amazing contribution and loyalty and for helping to establish the club in its earliest years.  Everyone at 1874 wishes Paul, and his lovely family, very best wishes for the future. We know he won’t be a stranger and will take in games when he is able.

Thanks Connors!!   

Paul Connor on the ball