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Club statement re end of the season

We must start by saying that the biggest challenge and greatest priority for us all at this time is in helping stop and eradicate Covid-19. We must all adopt a responsible approach to manage this the right way to keep our families safe and get through these difficult times.

This crisis put into context and reaffirms that the most important thing in life are our families, partners, children, relatives and friends.

1874 Northwich FC recognises the amazing work, dedication and effort being put in by everyone working in the NHS and our service industries. Without these people we would not be able to see our way through this pandemic, and to these people we are truly grateful.

This week, the Football Association announced the decision to terminate the 2019/20 season at all levels below step 3 of the non league pyramid and to declare all results null and void. Given the obvious uncertainty as to when or if the season could be safely resumed, we appreciate the decision to end the season now. However, the decision to expunge all records with no recognition for the many thousands of man hours that have been put into the last 9 months by players, coaches, club officials, volunteers and supporters is something that we find totally unacceptable.

We believe that this decision has been made in haste, without proper consultation and that fairer more workable solutions should be considered prior to a final decision being made.

To this end 1874 Northwich FC are placing our full support behind the growing list of non league clubs from all over the country who are currently petitioning the Football Association to reconsider this ill thought out decision.

Football particularly at non league and grassroots level has a massive positive effect on many peoples lives and well-being and as a club we will doing all that we can to support our football family through these uncertain times.

We would like to place on record our immense appreciation to all our players, management and coaching staff, volunteers and supporters for the manner in which they have represented the club this season. To completely disregard the efforts and financial contribution of all these people is totally unacceptable and 1874 Northwich FC will be challenging the FA’s decision in the strongest possible terms. We offer our full support to League Chairman Paul Lawler and his management team whom we know are extremely unhappy with the current situation.

1874 Northwich FC will always recognise the achievements of our 2019/20 playing squad. Their performance during this season will be forever a part of our history, whatever the final outcome of the season is.

On behalf of the football club board I would again wish to recognise the efforts and sacrifices made by our 1874 family. At some point football will start again, and we look forward to many more good times.

Look after yourselves, be safe until we meet again.

Stephen Richardson

1874 Northwich FC.

End of season thoughts

After the announcement from the Football Association, our season in the North West Counties has come to an end and all results will be ‘expunged.’ However, this does not mean that we will forget the season that never got to be. After 29 games, we topped the table with a healthy nine-point lead with a game in hand over second placed Rylands as the season promised to have a barnstorming end to it. In amongst all of our league success, we reached the Semi Final of the Macron Cup as we looked to secure successful defence of an extremely popular competition across our fanbase. We have made many long-lasting memories with some superb comebacks against Witton Albion, Skelmersdale, Northwich Victoria and Longridge Town which gave us some incredible scenes in the process. In these moments seeing the passion from the players and supporters alike showed us all how much of a footballing family we have become over the last nine months.

Once the news was announced regarding the outcome of the season, Club Media Officer Matt Waters caught up with Co-Manager Wayne Goodison to discuss the season.  When speaking to Wayne, it was clear that he had nothing but pride for the players for their performances. He said, “Both Paul and I have been full of admiration for all the players since the day we came back in June for Pre-Season. The application and way they approached every training session and games has been exceptional. They can be, and should be rightfully proud of what they have done over the last nine months. You only have to look at the table to see how consistent and focussed they have been. Like every fan, it’s been a pleasure to watch them each week!”

This season we have seen the players go the extra mile putting in some excellent performances, such as our stunning 9-0 win over Litherland REMYCA back in November. However, injury problems to some of our key squad members meant that we have seen some players play in new positions such as Mike Koral who has been excellent at right back. Now our season has come to an end, Wayne told me that planning has already begun for next season. He added, “We are going to review everything and speak to all the players over the next few days. We had already started to plan Pre-Season and now that we don’t have a target date that makes it a little difficult, however we know what we want to do and we’ll discuss that with the lads and put that into place when the time comes. It also means that we will be able to strengthen with five new signings in, Jack Pritchard, Ryan Mitchell, Jack Irlam, Joe Woolley and of course Ryan Jackson!”

Wayne also stated his hope that all the current squad stay with the club next season to carry on our success from this year. He continued, “Any team ultimately has to perform and be consistent to get what they deserve, so hopefully everyone will want to stay with us and also try to make us successful again next season. The motivation really will be to do well in the new season.”

We are all experiencing unprecedented times and situations we are all unfamiliar too and Wayne paid tribute to the family atmosphere everyone at the club has created. “I actually feel as disappointed for the fans and all the people behind the scenes as I do for the players! We are truly a community and fan led club so any success on the pitch is reflective of the support and effort off it. We will all be back at it to enjoy more games and performances together.”

The admiration and pride that Wayne and Paul have had for the players has been evident all season, and Wayne believes they have made his and Paul’s job “At times redundant.” Wayne added, “We’ve been impressed with them all season, they deserve the credit given to them. They really have a close bond and crucially they are all very talented footballers, which makes our role not just easy, but at times redundant. I think their collective focus to commit to each other is a major focus in their performance levels.”

Finally, he rounded off the interview with an important reminder for everyone in these difficult times. He said, “I think it’s really important that everyone stays safe, focussed on what’s being asked of us and we think carefully about how we can support each other to get through the current situation. Football will return and we certainly want all the 1874 family to be back with us when it does!”

This has been a situation nobody anticipated and although we won’t end the season as we hoped to, we can all remain proud of what everyone at 1874 has achieved on and off the pitch and we will see you all next season!

Club communication

We will all miss our football and interactions during this difficult time.

On behalf of our Chairman Steve and Board Members, I would like to reassure our 1874 Members that we will keep you in touch with football-related developments as they progress.

We also think it important to offer contact and support to anyone who might need it in our 1874 family.

If you are interested in forming a small group who can offer some time to keep in touch with others in our club please let us know and we will coordinate things.

Conversely, if you or anyone you know in the 1874 network needs any help or support then let us know and we will sort things.

You can get in touch through social media, or via e-mail to me or fanengagement@1874northwich.com.

Kind Regards
Rob Ashcroft
Membership Secretary

Statement regarding the Coronavirus and tomorrow’s home game versus Barnoldswick FC

As you will know the Coronavirus is affecting everyone both inside and outside of sport. Any position taken today is likely to be continually reviewed as time goes on and things could change. However, as it stands this evening tomorrow’s game is ON.

Please see the guidance below issued from the NWCFL after their meeting this evening. This guidance relates only to tomorrow’s game and any future games will be reviewed again by the League, FA and Public Health England referencing Government advice.

As it stands, provided we follow the sensible guidelines from these bodies and take appropriate cleaning and hygiene precautions games can go ahead.

Please come and support us at tomorrow’s game versus Barnoldswick FC providing you are healthy, showing no signs or symptoms, and have no underlying health conditions. If you are in any doubt please do not attend the game err on the side of caution.

We will take necessary precautions regarding hygiene and cleanliness, whether it be with catering or money handling etc. The premises WC’s clubrooms etc will be cleaned thoroughly in the morning before the game and extra soap and tissues, disinfectant etc will be available.

If you have any concerns or issues please contact any board member for further advice.

Statement from The North West Counties League re: Corona Virus

 Following a meeting of the Directors and Management Committee of The North West Counties Football League the decision has been taken to continue to play matches on Saturday 14th March, subject to clubs being in a position to stage the games. The priority should be the safety of all staff members, players, match officials and spectators ahead of any game being played.

The Board has considered the Government’s approach to the Coronavirus outbreak that was announced yesterday, with the United Kingdom moving out of the ‘Containment’ phase and into the ‘Delay’ phase, but stopped short of banning sporting events at this stage.

After consultation with the Board, Management Committee, Officers and several Clubs, we have therefore agreed to strengthen our guidance to clubs and spectators as follows:

The North West Counties Football League strongly advises that those in high-risk groups, as defined by Public Health England, no longer attend matches for the foreseeable future.

The North West Counties Football League strongly advises that matches with projected attendances of over 500 spectators should not take place.

 Clubs are being asked to increase hygiene provisions at all grounds for staff, players, match officials and spectators and to display Public Health England posters at all games.

We are aware of the fragile financial state of some Member Clubs and their reliance on income from home matches.  We encourage Clubs to consider their Clubs ongoing viability when cancelling matches and advise, where possible, that arrangements are made to re-arrange such games. The League Management Committee will support any club requesting a postponement, although we would expect both clubs to act in a responsible manner and mutually agree.

There will no doubt be difficult times ahead and the League Management Committee will consider all options but will be led by guidance from The Football Association. The Board will meet again on Monday 16th March to review this position.

A welcome return. Part II

1874 are delighted to announce the re-signing of Lucas Weir after his return from his football scholarship in America. At training Club Media Officer Matt Waters caught up with Lucas to discuss the move.

After making an instant impact to the squad during the 2017/18 season, Lucas went way for a scholarship playing football in America, and after learning a lot during his time abroad, he was delighted to return to 1874. He said, “I’m really looking forward to back with lads after some time away. They’ve done some really good things whilst I’ve been away so im excited to be a part of the squad for the rest of the season.”

During his first short stint for the club Lucas made 11 appearances before leaving for America.  However, he admitted he’d grown a lot as a person, which would only benefit him as a player. “After being away for a while it made me grow as an individual. I’ve learnt to play football at a fast pace against some extremely athletic opponents which was a learning curve for me. I feel after a year’s football over there I’m physically fitter than I was before and it’s been another years’ experience playing football. I believe that the style of football I played in the last year will help me when I come back into the side and continue the good work that the lads have done.”

When asked what his aims were for the remainder of the season, it was clear that Lucas had one thing on his mind. He explained, “With the team doing so well I just want to help out where I can or wherever I’m needed to play to help the team win promotion. They’ve got us in a really good position so hopefully I can help with that.”

As no international clearance was needed for Lucas’ transfer, he is available straight away for selection against Litherland REMCYA.

A welcome return. Part I

Earlier this week, we announced the signing of former player Stuart Wellstead ahead of this weekend home tie verses Litherland REMCYA. At training this week, Media Officer Matt Waters caught up with Stu to discuss the move.After making 127 appearances first time around, Wellstead told me that after talking to Paul Bowyer this week, it became clear there is a key role to play in the side. He said, “After talking to him (Paul Bowyer), it was evident that I have a lot to offer, in terms of the experience I can bring to the squad. I also want to learn for the next stages of my career and with Wayne being a top draw manager and coach, I feel like I can learn a lot from him in preparation for my next steps.”With Stuart winning the North West Counties Premier Division with Runcorn Linnets, he told me can help the side maintain a “relentless” mindset. He added, “This season there is more competition than ever so it’s all about maintaining that relentless mindset to keep ourselves where we are. The lads have been doing that really well whilst I haven’t been here but as the season goes on, I feel I can add to this to keep everyone focussed.”Another area where Wellstead believes he can make an impact is through our game management. He commented, “From my time at Runcorn I know first hand at times what it’s like when you’re under the cosh and everyone around you wants to beat you. It’s a great position to be in but you have to manage it correctly and its not always about how pretty the football is. At any level you see champions grind out results and its that experience I can bring to the side.”Everyone at 1874 is delighted to see Stuart back in the 1874 shirt and you can see him make his second debut for the club weekend against Litherland REMCYA.

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.

YOU can go your own way

‘YOU can go your own way’, reads a famous lyric.

It is, of course, how 1874 Northwich came into being – their founder members deciding to do exactly that little more than six years ago.
If the club was to write down its philosophy, describing what it stands for, no doubt those words would feature.
Those same supporters, most of them co-owners too, insisted last year they should practice what they preach when it came to choosing an alternative away kit for their favourites to wear.
In football, a shirt is part of a team’s identity; its colours combinations, logo and even sponsors contribute to it.
And not just the players get to put one on.
Indeed, 1874 followers wore theirs during a visit to the National Football Museum in Manchester on a freezing November night.
A replica hung in front of them, next to others from Huddersfield Town, Jamaica, Hull City and France, as part of a display in a new exhibition there that opened the following morning.
It’s rare those teams will be listed together in a sentence.
“A successful design can attract worldwide attention and raise the profile of a team, exposing them to an audience that would never have encountered them otherwise,” explains a card mounted nearby.
I don’t know if any of the others hired an artist to design their top.
Even if they did, none of them nailed it like Phil Galloway has.
The digital creative, who lives in Northwich and worked during his spare time on a commission from 1874, was among those invited to a preview of ‘STRIP! How Football Got Shirty’.
He had on a vintage shirt donned in the past by Italian giants Fiorentina, for those wondering.
The museum’s latest exhibition studies a global fascination with football shirts and how they have influenced culture, design, fashion and technology.
A brief film recorded during 1874’s home date with Skelmersdale United at Townfield earlier this season, when the visitors kindly agreed to change kits so their hosts could wear their new one, is part of it.
It is perhaps surreal a semi-professional club that plays in the North West Counties League has space dedicated to it in a museum showcase that includes more than 200 exhibits.
But it’s not undeserved either.
“Football shirt culture has become a huge phenomenon and has devotees across the world,” said Jon Sutton, lead curator for STRIP!
“While fans still buy a shirt to show support for their own team, there is a huge interest in international sides, special editions and nostalgia for classic designs from the past.”
1874 have probably sold more units of their latest away shirt than all of the others they’ve had combined.
Not only that, interest – and orders too – from all parts of the planet are proof of that global acclaim.
“Nothing tells a story better than the shirts themselves,” is another titbit from the exhibition.
In Northwich’s case, it’s more accurate to say the top is giving them a platform on which to share theirs.
It’s something Ash Dobell acknowledged when I asked him.
“People are asking who we are and what we’re doing,” he said.
“The shirt, and the interest it has stoked, has directly contributed to that happening.”
If you do go your own way, and have a compelling reason why, then it gets noticed.
1874 have discovered that, and then some.
But, in contrast to the song, theirs is far from a lonely place.

STRIP! How Football Got Shirty is on display in the Score Gallery at the National Football Museum until June

National Football Museum


This season’s away shirt features in one of the UK’s largest ever curated exhibitions of football jerseys

1874 Northwich’s current away shirt will feature in the National Football Museum’s new exhibition, STRIP! How Football Got Shirty, opening in Manchester on Friday 22 November.

The 2019-20 change shirt was designed by local artist Phil Galloway, and features a unique all-over pattern inspired by the town’s heritage. The colours were chosen beforehand by members of 1874, who opted for a two-blue and white combination. A short film shot at Townfield, providing further details on the shirt’s conception and design, will also be shown as part of the display.

The museum’s latest exhibition unpicks the global fascination with football shirts and how they have influenced football culture, design, fashion and technology.

With well over 200 shirts on display, STRIP! is one of the largest curated exhibitions of football shirts ever assembled in this country.

It will examine how football shirts have developed from mere kit to genuine objects of desire, looking at the design of the football shirt, from the functional to the aesthetic, influential designers and manufacturers and the rise of the football hipster, as well as detailing iconic shirts and shirt disasters.

Shirts from the museum’s own collection will be on display, alongside loans from Classic Football Shirts, kit manufacturers including Adidas, Admiral, Hummel and Umbro, specialist collectors and enthusiasts and football clubs. It will also feature interviews with designers including Jürgen Rank, Senior Design Director at Adidas (who is overseeing the design of their Euro 2020 range) and Bert Patrick, formerly of Admiral and credited in 1974 with pioneering the replica shirt industry with the first commercially available England shirt.

Shirts created as high fashion items will also feature including those by cult label Fokohaela, designers Christopher Raeburn and Yohji Yamamoto and Dutch streetwear brand Patta.

Illustrator Mark Johnson will be designing shirt mash-up collage terrace banners to complement the exhibition and John Devlin, designer and author of the True Colours book series, is acting as a consultant.

Jon Sutton, National Football Museum’s lead curator for the exhibition, said: “Football shirt culture has become a huge phenomenon and has devotees across the world. While fans will still buy a shirt to show support for their own team, there is a huge interest in international sides, special editions and a nostalgia for classic designs of the past.
Fans will obsess over the details of colour combinations, placement of logos and even the sponsors of the shirt. While many of the shirts on display will be remembered with affection there will also be a few disasters in there too!”

“We’re sure this exhibition will appeal to anyone with an interest in design, fashion and technology.”

To coincide with the launch of the exhibition the museum has collaborated with Manchester-born artist and illustrator Stanley Chow on a newly commissioned National Football Museum shirt, manufactured by Nottingham based brand PlayerLayer. The shirt made from 50% bamboo charcoal, will be worn by staff, with a limited number available for sale at the museum shop.

Iconic shirts on display will include England’s home Umbro shirt as worn by the Three Lions at Italia ’90, Brazil’s classic 1970 World Cup shirt as worn by Pele and West Germany’s 1988-1990 designed by legendary Adidas designer Ina Franzmann. Kit manufacturers involved with the exhibition include Adidas, Admiral, Hummel, PlayerLayer and Umbro

National Football Museum:
The National Football Museum is England’s only national museum for football. It is a registered charity and was established and its collection acquired thanks to £9.3m investment by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Its vision is to become a leading national museum by 2022, exploring why football is the game of our lives. The museum’s social purpose is to provide equal opportunity for all to enjoy football culture.

Opening Times:
Seven days a week 10am – 5pm Last admissions 4.30pm.
Open every day excluding Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
The venue is fully accessible for wheelchair access.
Cathedral Gardens, Manchester M4 3BG

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.