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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

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 !