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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.

Joe joins 74!

1874 are delighted to announce the signing of playmaker Joe Duckworth from Winsford United. Everyone at 1874 sends our thanks to Winsford United for their work in making sure the deal went through ahead of tomorrow’s Macron Cup tie vs Cheadle Heath Nomads.

 Club Media Officer Matt Waters caught up with Joe at training to discuss his switch to 1874. He said, “The ambition 1874 has is something that excites me, I’ve had a really good time at Winsford but this is an opportunity that really interests me.”

Duckworth,17, who has featured five times for Winsford this season, believes that he shares the same ambition as the other players for this season. He told me, “We want to get promoted this season. After going out of the FA Vase early it means we have to focus on other competitions and this week is an opportunity to do that.”

After breaking into the Winsford first team last season, he believes his most natural position is in the number 10 role.  He added, “I see that as my best position or upfront where I can be a goal scorer.  Hopefully I can do that to help gain the side promotion.”

In a final message for the fans he told me, “You can expect me to be a hard worker, scoring goals and making sure the team does as well as it can.”

You can see Joe and the rest of the team play against Cheadle Heath Nomads as we start our defence in the Macron Cup, with an earlier kick off time of 2pm.

Filming Home & Away

At Saturday’s game we will be welcoming a film crew from the National Football Musuem

They will be capturing footage of our blue shirt ahead of it being displayed at an upcoming exhibition on football shirts through the years, as well as fan engagement.

This is a huge recognition for the people behind the process of ‘idea through to manufacture’ of our away shirt and the effort put in to making it happen. We look forward to catching up with designer Phil Galloway again.

2019 Away kit

We will be playing in our away shirt on Saturday (at home 😄 ). We are grateful to Skelmersdale who have agreed not to wear their blue shirt on the day.

We hope to see the excellent support and atmosphere generated so far this season continue this weekend & who knows… a few of you might be captured on camera

F. A. Cup preview

After Tuesday’s loss vs Irlam, 1874’s attention turns to Saturdays FA Cup Preliminary round tie versus Handsworth F.C who play their football in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division, which is the same level as 1874.

On Saturday, it will mark the 251st appearance from midfielder and club captain Matt Woolley. At training on Thursday, Club Media Officer Matt Waters caught up with Woolley ahead of tomorrow’s game.

Woolley began by reflecting on the Irlam game by stating “We don’t just become a bad side overnight. He continued, “We didn’t play as well as we should have on Tuesday, however the score line flattered the game in the end.  One bad result doesn’t make us a bad team so we take confidence from our good start into this game.”

With 1874 and Handsworth F.C having no previous meetings, Woolley revealed it needs a strong performance to deal with them as somewhat of an unknown quantity. He explained, “We don’t know too much about them but we’ve prepared right and it’ll be a big occasion so hopefully we can get it done and get over the line.”

Woolley, 1874’s record appearance maker, revealed it’s a huge honour to play for the club and also to wear the armband. He said, “It’s a huge honour to be captain of this football club. I feel like the players respect me, but it’s a team game and we have to make sure we get the win and we have a great opportunity to do so against a team at our level.”

Tomorrows opponents beat Thackley Town in emphatic style in the last round securing a 4-1 victory to set up our preliminary round tie.

Team news for 1874:

  • Sam Hind returns to the squad after being away on holiday 
  • Taylor Kennerley is unavailable
  • Mark Jones, Matt Russell and Ryan Mitchell all face fitness tests before the game
  • Tony Aghayere could also return to the side however we are still awaiting FA clearance

You can see 1874 take on Handsworth F.C on Saturday at Townfield, Barnton with a 3PM kick off time.

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

Ian Dutton

Ian Dutton’s funeral

Ian’s funeral will take place next Wednesday 14th August 2:30 p.m. at Vale Royal Crematorium Davenham. Family flowers only but donations welcome for the British Heart Foundation.

Attendees are not to wear black but very welcome to wear 1874 shirt attire as we do at the football matches. The service is non-religious but will celebrate Ian’s life.

If you have any queries relating to this matter can you please contact Rob Ashcroft  via society@1874northwich.com  or 07771168278

Ian Dutton

Ian Dutton

It is with great sadness that 1874Northwich has to announce the sudden passing of a great friend and supporter of the club, Ian Dutton following a short illness.

Ian has been a solid supporter and excellent club photographer for 1874 over recent years.

His work was commendable and he was a good friend to supporters, players, and management staff and always retained a bubbly positive disposition.

Thank you, Ian, for everything you did to support our club, we will miss your friendship and professionalism.

Club Open night, Townfield – Thursday 1 August

We’d like to let supporters know, that we’ve arranged an open night at Townfield on Thursday evening and everyone is invited to come along.  The squad will be training from 6.30pm and then after the session has finished, the Management team will be on hand to offer thoughts and answer questions on the season ahead. 

Members of the Board will also be there, to highlight the work that has taken place on the ground by both clubs over the close season and advise on what the next steps are.  They will be happy to answer any questions and hear ideas that supporters may have. 

The club shop will be open, and people will be able to collect their season tickets ahead of Saturday’s game.  We’ll have a good supply of the new away shirts in stock and we’ll be taking further orders for those and other merchandise.

The bar will be open, so why not come along and catch up with everything 1874!

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