1874 News - 1874 Northwich F.C.

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

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


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.

1874 Presentation Evening 2019

On Friday 10 May, 1874 players, management and supporters packed out Hartford Golf Club to attend the 2018/19 Presentation Evening. We were made to feel very welcome by our hosts and were treated to a very nice three course meal in a lovely, new venue.

The wonderful Macron Cup was given pride of place on the top table, adorned with green, black and white ribbons!
When it came to the main part of the evening, the following awards were presented.

Special Awards

Kyle Riley – for a wonderful attitude and contribution to the Club
Phil Burgess – Joint Top Scorer, Eurocopa Walking Football – Portugal

Phil Burgess - Golden Flip Flop winner

Under 21 Players Player of the Season – Harry Johnston
Harry Johnstone

U21 Managers Player of the Season – Adam Catalano

 Adam Catalano

Young Player of the Season – Tony Aghayere
Tony Aghayere

Managers Player of the Season – Sam Hare
Sam Hare

Goal of the Season – Scott McGowan
1874 v West Didsbury & Chorlton – 26 Jan 2019

Players Player of the Season – Scott McGowan

 Scott McGowan

Finally, the recipient of the Paul Stockton Supporters Player of the Season award and making it three accolades on the evening
Scott McGowan

 Scott McGowan

Presentations were also made to Bow & Goodie along with Dave Stevenson and Phil Lea for their hard work during the season. Kit Man Jon Humble, who wasn’t able to attend, was also given special praise.

Dave Stephenson

Phil Lea

Thank you to everyone who voted and for your support throughout 2018/2019!

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 !



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


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.