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Rob Ashcroft

A statement from the Board of 1874 Northwich Football Club.

Rob Ashcroft.

It is with regret that the Board must announce the resignation of Rob Ashcroft from his position as Vice Chairman and Company Secretary of 1874 Northwich FC.

After serious thought both Rob and Sheila have decided to take a step back from football to concentrate their time and efforts into Family and other interests.

The Board wish to place on record their immense gratitude to both Rob and Sheila for the time and effort that they have both contributed to the club.

Rob’s professionalism has been a major factor in ensuring the progress and smooth running of the club, and he will be sorely missed.

On behalf of the Board, I would like to wish both Rob and Sheila all the best in the future. We look forward to welcoming them to the club as supporters in the future.

Stephen Richardson

Chairman

1874 Northwich FC.

Applications invited for Commercial Manager Role

ROLE PROFILE: 1874 Northwich FC COMMERCIAL MANAGER

BACKGROUND

1874 Northwich Community Football Club is a fan owned and run football club in Northwich, currently playing at Townfield Lane, Barnton, Northwich, competing in the Premier Division of the North West Counties Football League at Step 5. The clubs fundamental objectives are to play attractive football on the field, offering opportunities for our senior teams and juniors of all ages and abilities to play and enjoy football. Alongside this, we endeavour to provide significant support and benefits to our local community.

 Volunteers support a democratically elected board and play a significant role in how the club operates. We actively engage with fans via social networks.

 JOB DESCRIPTION

Job title: Commercial Manager,

Location Barnton, Northwich

 Salary: commission on sales at a rate to be agreed.

 Hours of work: This is a part time role, flexible to suit the commercial manager’s availability. During the football season (August to April)) attendance at Townfield Lane on match days is preferred and attendance at 1874 Board meetings will be expected as and when required.

 Reporting to: Chairman, Steve Richardson

JOB PURPOSE

The commercial manager is expected to maximise commercial income to the club, through:

Advertising/sponsorship: match day programme, pitch side hoardings, club website, team wear, match sponsorship and player sponsorship

Maximising Gate income

Use of facilities: external function/meeting facilities, bar etc.

MAIN DUTIES

Maintain and develop relationships with key local organisations to maximise commercial sponsorship and advertising revenue. 

 Develop and implement innovative community awareness/community involvement strategies to maximise gate income. 

With others, engage with press and media to publicise games and events. 

 Liaise with other club officers (Press Officer, Programme and Website Editors and the leagues commercial officers to ensure the club is adhering to advertising and sponsorship obligations

 Develop online sales channels for tickets and other club merchandise/services

 Other relevant and reasonable activities, as required by the Chairman or the 1874 Board.

PERSON SPECIFICATION 

 EssentialDesirable
Experience      Demonstrable experience of successful face-to-face, telephone or online sales  Experience in planning and implementing sales/marketing campaigns 
KnowledgeKnowledge of successful sales and marketing techniques  Knowledge of the local business communityTechnical knowledge of and experience in popular social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube).  Knowledge of football at non-league level
Skills    Proven negotiating and influencing skills Efficient presentation and communication skillsAdept in the use of MS Office packages  Basic web publishing/editing skills
Attitude  Self-motivated – Organised   Focussed and thorough 

To apply for this role, please send a covering letter with a CV or details of relevant experience to: 1874 Northwich FC Company and Membership Secretary, 450 London Road, Davenham, Northwich, CW98EF or via e-mail to  society@1874northwich.com

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

Chairman
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