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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.

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.