Community 2 - 1874 Northwich F.C.

Sunshine and Smiles at the 2nd Annual Carboot and Funday at St Luke’s Barton Stadium

Family Fun day and Carboot sale.

As the on field season came to an end, the 1874 Community team were busy arranging once again to host the 2nd Carboot sale and Family Funday at the St Luke’s Barton Stadium.
Once more we were blessed with good weather and the crowds flooded in enjoying the healthy number of stalls and the numerous attractions.
The fairground rides, crazy golf, bouncy castle and other numerous side shows kept the visitors occupied, whilst at the same time the volunteers in the café ensured that the Burgers, Hot dogs and drinks kept everyone happy.
Throughout the afternoon our magnificent U7’s put on a display of their footballing skills and we were musically entertained once again by our friends from Ageless Ukes.
The Funday held at the Stadium is fast becoming an important part of the fundraising calendar for the hospice, this year the day will have benefited the hospice by well over £2000 and whilst our 2 year charity partnership with the hospice is coming to and end, as a club we have committed to continue our support of the Funday and will be offering our support and assistance in ensuring that it continues.

Big Coat Day at 1874

30th December 2017

At our home league game against Irlam Town, we are asking supporters to donate any Winter coats they they no longer require to a collection being made by the club. The coats will be passed to the Northwich branch of the Salvation Army who will arrange distribution to the homeless and rough sleepers in the area.

We are looking for any warm coats, in wearable condition, that you feel that you no longer need. This is the perfect opportunity to recycle that coat that has been hanging on the rack, the one that you don’t wear but it’s to good to throw out.

If Santa brings you a new coat for Christmas, how about donating your old one?

Big Coat Day is 30th December 2017, but if you have any questions please  ask Steve Richardson, Phil Burgess or any club community volunteer.

The Salvation Army will also be pleased to accept Hats, Scarves and Gloves.

St Luke’s Selection Box appeal – update.

Further to our appeal to 1874 supporters for Christmas Selection Boxes, our first consignment is ready to be delivered to St Luke’s Hospice.

As always our amazing supporters have come up with the goods and our first delivery will consist of 54 selection boxes and this is just the first part, we have more.

The Selection Boxes will be used by the hospice as part of their Christmas Santa tour around the local area. The St Luke’s Routemaster bus has been transformed into Santa’s grotto where local children get the chance to meet Father Christmas and his elves.

The collection of Selection Boxes is just the latest endeavour by the club to support St Luke’s Hospice and the amazing work that they do.

Update 21/11/17

Following further donations we have another 138 selection boxes to deliver to the hospice, making 193 so far.

Supporting Lilliesfund this Saturday

At Saturdays game against West Didsbury and Chorlton FC we will be holding a bucket collection at half time in support of a young local girl named Lillie. Lillies family are raising money in order to adapt their house to meet Lillies needs.

Please read Lillies story at  your support will be greatly appreciated.

Update 21/11/17

Our half time collection in support of Lillie and her family resulted in £187 being raised. 

Thank you to all who donated.

We are collecting for St Luke’s and the Foodbank


As part of 1874 Community activities, we are seeking to support St Luke’s Hospice by collecting selection boxes during November.
From 11th November, St Luke’s will be using their red double decker bus around the area as Santa’s grotto. Parents pay for their kids to see Santa and they get a small gift and a selection box. St Luke’s have asked if 1874 fans could donate selection boxes. Donations like this minimise the costs for St Luke’s thereby increasing their revenue.

We will be collecting selection boxes during November. Phil Burgess and Steve Richardson will be happy to receive them and we will pass them on for use in the grotto! Clearly the earlier we can pass them through the better. St Luke’s are looking for the basic 99p type selection boxes.

Also in the new year we will once again be organising a collection for the Mid Cheshire Foodbank.
Whilst in previous years we have organised a collection for the Foodbank prior to the festive season, at the moment they have quite a full warehouse due to produce donated from Harvest Festival collections and generous supermarket donations. By waiting until later in January, we n step in to help when things get a bit quieter for them. It is to your credit that 1874 Supporters have so far donated over 1 ton of produce to the Foodbank and hopefully we can keep this terrific record going in 2018.


Match day collection in support of Kidscan

Supporters will remember that at our game against Runcorn Linnets last year the club held its Blue Bandana day in support of our goalkeeper Greg Hall in his quest to raise funds for a little girl named Gracie. Brilliant support from both clubs meant that we were able to raise a phenomenal £855.

Sadly, Gracie passed away just a few days after the game, however following consultation with Gracie’s parents we were able to pass that £855 to Manchester based charity Kidscan.

Kidscan raises funds to research childhood cancers Gracie features on their home page.

At our home game against Runcorn Linnets this Saturday we are asking both sets of supporters to once more join together in support of this very worthy cause. A collection will be held on the day, proceeds of which will be donated to Kidscan.

Greg wearing his iconic Blue Bandana in support of Gracie





Footnote :

Thank you to all who donated to this collection.

We are pleased to announce that we raised £175 for Kidscan.

Team 74 conquer Snowdon

Sunday 30th saw our 1874 walkers meeting in the car park at Llanberis preparing for the days challenge. Having kept a careful eye on the weather forecast for the previous few days it was a pleasant surprise not to be greeted with the heavy rain and thundery conditions that we had been expecting.
The conditions down in the village were warm and dry, however raising your eyes up the mountain revealed more ominous conditions were awaiting at higher altitudes. Undeterred our five walkers kitted up, complete with the 1874 Ironing board and set off through Llanberis heading for Snowdon.

People who have climbed Snowdon via the Llanberis path will be aware that muscles are soon tested on the tarmaced approach road even before turning off onto the mountain itself, but before long Team 74 were turning their eyes towards the distant summit.
The Llanberis path up Snowdon is not technically difficult but it is a relentless uphill slog and given the fact that we were not only carrying Day packs but also an ironing board, it was undoubtedly the safest route up.

A welcome tea stop at the Halfway house and we kicked on upwards. It is after this point that the hill becomes steeper and the ground underfoot a little rougher and looser.
The views back down the mountain towards Llanberis were spectacular and very welcome seeing as we were rapidly approaching cloud level at around 2500ft and before long we were into damp cloud and the resulting dramatic drop in temperature.

As the walkers pressed on, much to the amusement of fellow climbers who for some reason thought it strange that an ironing board was part of essential climbing kit, it became more of a struggle as the wind picked up. We were now higher than the majority of the surrounding hills and without their shelter Snowdon summit was feeling the full effect of the approaching weather front.

The final push to the summit and before long Team 74 were setting up our Ironing board in completion of the challenge of carrying it to the Snowdon summit and ironing our new 1874 home shirt. A short period of time taking and posing for photographs from the other climbers on the summit and also answering a few questions from bemused fellow climbers and we were heading down slightly for a welcome brew and a butty in the summit café.

Everyone involved in the 1874 Northwich Extreme Ironing Challenge thoroughly enjoyed their day on the mountain, but let’s not forget why we were doing this.
St Luke’s ( Cheshire ) Hospice cost around £8000 per day to run and we at 1874 are doing our small bit to help during our two year charity partnership.
You can donate to our fundraising at

Introducing the 1874 Northwich Extreme Ironing Challenge

As the new 2017/18 season appears on the horizon, the 1874 Northwich Community team are already devising new ways to promote the clubs name and support St Luke’s ( Cheshire ) Hospice.
Once more during the coming 12 months we are delighted to be supporting our local Hospice who do amazing work supporting the people of Mid Cheshire.
Kicking off our support for the hospice this year supporters are invited to join us in the
                   1874 Northwich Extreme Ironing Challenge.
Our unique 1874 Northwich Ironing Board will be make its public debut at the Northwich Carnival, raising interest among the public by promoting the club and its links to our charity partner St Luke’s ( Cheshire ) Hospice. Surely this will be the first time ever that an Ironing Board has participated in the Carnival parade.
1874 Supporter Maggie Coats will be carrying it during the St Luke’s Midnight Walk, just a small matter of 13 miles and a truly inspirational commitment to our link with the hospice.
Appearances at our pre season warm up games will follow as the board makes its way around the North West. On Saturday 15th July the ironing board will travel to Knutsford, by bicycle !!.
But that’s only a starter, following appearances at the likes of Sandbach, Radcliffe and NewMills the 1874 Northwich Extreme Ironing Challenge reaches new heights following our home game against Glossop.
On 30th July 2017, supporters from 1874 Northwich will be climbing Mt Snowdon, complete with ironing board, when upon reaching the summit we will proudly iron an 1874 Northwich FC shirt.
Look out for details of our Justgiving at promoting the 1874 Northwich Extreme Ironing Challenge as we kick of a new season of support for our charity partner St Luke’s (Cheshire) Hospice.
If you would like to become part of the 1874 Northwich Extreme Ironing Challenge, and join us in a short walk up a small hill in Wales contact Steve on 07803901794 or email


Local company generously matches our charity fundraising

Representatives of St Luke’s (Cheshire) Hospice and 1874 Northwich Football Club attended a meeting at Thor Specialities ( UK ) Limited plant in Wincham, Northwich.
1874 Northwich FC have had the pleasure of supporting St Luke’s ( Cheshire ) Hospice as a charity partner for the last 12 months and throughout that period have undertaken a number of fundraising initiatives.
Activities ranging from match day collections at league games against landlords Winsford Utd, the raffle of an 1874 Northwich Birthday cake in celebration of the clubs fourth birthday, proceeds from a Great Bake off competition organised by supporters, through to the proceeds raised from the Mid Cheshire Guardian Sports quiz that was promoted and organised by the football club and culminating in the Car Boot Sale and Family Funday held at the St Luke’s Barton Stadium at the end of March with assistance from Winsford Utd raised a total of £3338 for the hospice.
In support of St. Luke’s (Cheshire) Hospice and in recognition of the activities undertaken by 1874 Northwich FC, Thor Specialities (UK) Limited agreed to fund match the £3338 raised by the Club.
The fund match cheque was presented to St. Luke’s representatives by Thor employee Jayne Cranstone who recently completed the
St Luke’s Bubble Rush and raised a further £351 which Thor also agreed to fund match.
The football club are currently working on a number of new initiatives and are looking forward to another year of supporting our local hospice.

Pictured Angela Slack ( St Luke’s Hospice ) Jayne Cranstone ( Thor Specialities UK Limited) Stephen Richardson (1874 Northwich FC Community Development)

St Luke’s Hospice Car Boot & Fun day

Sunday 30th April dawned dry and bright, a good omen for the day to come.
From early on the St Luke’s Barton Stadium became a hive of activity as St Luke’s personnel, 1874 volunteers and the assembled throng of Car Boot stall holders descended.
Along with approximately 30 stalls, the stadium soon filled up with an assortment of activities for the visitors to enjoy during the coming day. On the car park was parked the St Luke’s Routemaster bus, a children’s roundabout and a number of the larger Car Boot stalls, whilst inside the stadium more stalls ringed the pitch.
Officially proceedings were due to start at 11am, however many early shoppers were soon in evidence browsing the stalls and it was not long before Toddy was gently persuading the locals to part with their cash. All in aid of 1874 Northwich of course.

  A Bouncy Castle, Crazy Golf, Beat the Goalie and a very popular Face Painter were kept busy as the crowds continued throughout the day. Inside the café a continuous flow of Tea, Coffee, Burgers and Sausage butties kept everyone busy, with our very own Doreen playing a blinder.

A special treat for the day were two appearances by local Ukulele group, Ageless Ukes, who entertained the crowds in some style. Among their ranks a few faces well known to 1874 supporters. With numbers ranging from Elvis to Dolly Parton they had the crowds dancing in the aisles.

A t 2.30 our 1874 U21’s played St Helens U21’s, and whilst the result was not as we hoped for, the game was enjoyed by a good crowd who were thoroughly entertained.
Raising just under £2000 for the Hospice on the day, hopefully this will become a regular event, bringing the local community and local football together.
Thank you to everyone who attended, Winsford Utd for the use of the stadium and especially to our 1874 volunteers, without whom the day would not have been such a great success.

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