1st Team - 1874 Northwich F.C.

A word with Woolley

Woolley: “If we can beat the league champions in a cup final, then it can give us the confidence and belief that we can to go on and be successful next season”

By Matt Waters

1874 Captain Matt Woolley spoke to Club Media Officer Matt Waters after a convincing win against Runcorn Town to preview the Macron Cup final and also the 2019/20 season.

As the league season has drawn to a close, attention has now turned to the Macron Cup Final against City of Liverpool and as far as 1874 are concerned, it’s business as usual. After the game against Runcorn Town, Captain Matt Woolley said, “Our Preparation starts now. We’ve got 2 training sessions in the week where we’ll go through shape and set pieces, but also looking at how they play. We’ve just come off the back of a 3-0 win over a good side in the league so hopefully that’ll take us into next week on a bit of a high.”

After beating Runcorn last Saturday, 1874 secured 10th place in the league, 3 places below last season’s 7th and Woolley believed this season’s inconsistencies wasn’t down to one specific reason. “It’s difficult to put your finger on it. Obviously last season we gained momentum and you look at games differently with much higher confidence levels, but last year we didn’t get silverware so this is an opportunity to do so.”
With the club playing its best football in various cup competitions over the last 2 years, Captain Woolley felt it’s vital that they use all the experience from last season’s FA Vase and FA Cup runs in order to win on Saturday. “The majority of the squad is still the same as last season and they were big games, which were a one off and yet you’ve got to win those games. It’s that experience and knowledge of these types of games that we’ll carry through to try and win. Whether it be not giving away any silly goals or fouls and if the ball has to go out then ground then so be it. Hopefully we’ll be able to relax on the day and put in a good performance.”

Matt Woolley, the Clubs 3rd top goal scorer this season, felt that beating newly crowned champions City of Liverpool would right the wrongs of this season. He said, “We feel like we’ve let ourselves down with the inconsistencies this season. If we can beat the champions in a cup final it can give us the confidence and the belief that we can go on and be successful next season.”

As Woolley turned attention towards next season, he believed that consistency on and off the pitch is the key too success. He commented, “The main thing which has been disappointing this season is the consistency. Looking back on the amount of games we played towards the back end of last season, meant that when we came back this season it was almost like a hangover period and some players weren’t mentally ready to come back and go again. It also proved difficult with people not being as available or committed as they should be, so really the overhang of last year had a major effect.

He also added, “We’ll get 7 or 8 weeks off before we come back so hopefully everybody will have a good break and be ready to come back for next season where we have around 7 games in preseason.”

The clubs all-time leading appearance maker Matt Woolley revealed that success next season is key. “We want to be as successful as we can. We want to be challenging and have good Vase and FA Cup runs and obviously there’s lots of sides that want to be going up so we have to play our best to achieve this.”

“When we play well, we’re as good as any side in the division”

Goodison: “When we play well, we’re as good as any side in the division”

Club Media officer Matt Waters caught up with 1874 joint manager Wayne Goodison to preview the Macron Cup Final and discuss preparations for the new season.

With it being just over 2 years since they were appointed, Wayne and Paul once again have the opportunity to add more success and silverware to the club, this time in the form of the Macron Cup. After winning the Mid Cheshire Cup at the end of the 2016/17 and getting to the FA Vase semi-final last year, it’s clear that they will want to keep their successes in cup football going especially when a trophy’s on offer.

Speaking after a comprehensive 3-0 win over Runcorn Town Wayne said, “It’s rare as a player or manager that you get a chance for silverware and you have to do your utmost to win it. Obviously, the league programme hasn’t been as we hoped but now, we have a chance to do something about it and win something at the end of it.”

1874 will be without the experienced and versatile Mark Jones through suspension and also Jack Irlam doubtful as he is returning to fitness but manager Wayne Goodison said “We’ll give Jack as long as we can before making a decision. Wayne also revealed that creative winger Taylor Kennerley will return after recovering from his injury sustained against Whitchurch Alport.

After regaining some good form heading into Saturday’s final with back to back wins Wayne commented, “That we’ve played quite well recently and we’ve created plenty of chances but we also recognise that we don’t take enough of them.” When asked whether we would see any extra preparation or alterations to the side to counteract the new Hallmark Security League Champions, Wayne added, “We aren’t interested in what City of Liverpool might or might not do. We should have beaten them away this season so we’ll set up exactly the same and hopefully that’ll be enough on the day.”

As attention turned away from the cup final, Wayne began to look forward to next seasons preparations and was full of praise for the Under 21’s who’ve featured this year. He said, “They’ve been excellent especially Harry Johnstone and Kyle Phipps. They’ve shown me and Paul that they can do it and they will be a full part of the squad next season along with any others who impress during preseason.”

As next season there are 3 spots for promotion to the Evo-Stik, Goodison revealed that they have a couple of targets that they want to bring in along whilst maintaining the core of the current squad. He said, “It’s very easy to say the players aren’t good enough and we need to get rid of them, but there’s lots of experience in this squad and that’s important at this level. Me and Paul have a couple of targets in mind that we want to bring in but that all depends on whether they have higher offers elsewhere and how much of our budget we want to spend on them.”

Finally, when reviewing the season as a whole he added, “We’ve got to be more competitive next season. It’s our consistency that’s let us down and at times player availability. Obviously, there’s some that we understand however some have been unacceptable and we’ve spoken to them about that and it cannot and won’t be allowed to happen again. When we play well, we are as good as any side and as long as we get that right and focus, we are as good as anyone.”

1874 play this weekend in the Macron Cup Final against City of Liverpool at Moss Lane, Altrincham with an earlier kick off time of 1pm.

The road to Altrincham

The 2018/19 Macron Challenge Cup has served up some absolute goal fests every round for 1874. The journey started with a trip to Oldham as the Greens faced First Division North side Chadderton.

Macron Cup First Round-20/10/18: Chadderton vs 1874


The away trip to Chadderton saw a game of 7 goals, 2 penalties and a season ending injury to Joe Woolley. This round of the cup also marked the return of creative midfielder Sam Hare who made an instant impact capping off his second debut with a goal. The game as a whole was a less than inspiring performance as the struggling first division side went toe to toe with the green and blacks however a late penalty from captain Matt Woolley proved to be enough to see the 74 into the second round of the cup with a 4-3 away win.

Macron Cup Second Round-10/11/18: 1874 vs AFC Blackpool


The second round of the cup placed 1874 against AFC Blackpool who lie mid table in the First Division North. After a disappointing performance away to Newcastle Benfield in the FA Vase, 1874 needed a response to get back to winning ways. The game saw GoBo making enforced changes to the back 4 due to the absence of Mark Jones, Paul Connor and Jack Pritchard. The game saw a clinical performance from the 74 with club record goal scorer Scott McGowan bagging a hat-trick. Along with Scott’s goals, Sam Hare and Callam Gardner also scored in a comprehensive 5-0 rout over the side from the league below. Naturally Scott, the stand out performer once again, picked up the man of the match award after leading the line superbly, showing his clinical nature which sets us up with an away tie at fellow league counterparts, Abbey Hey.

Macron Cup Third Round-8/12/18: Abbey Hey vs 1874


After an excellent performance in the league gaining a point away to title challengers City of Liverpool, 1874 were on the road again in the Quarter Finals of the Macron Challenge Cup. The team sprung a few surprises as fairly youthful 74 faced up against the struggling Abbey Hey. Once again, the green and blacks put in another clinical performance in front of goal in a convincing 4-1 victory at Abbey Lane. The game saw the 74-midfield dominating the game, creating chance after chance which was spearheaded by Kazim Waite-Jackson. The young playmaker was instrumental to the final score bagging a brace in the process along with goals from Taylor Kennerley and Jack Pritchard to send us into a quarter final tie vs Barnoldswick Town.


Macron Cup Quarter Final-15/2/19: 1874 vs Barnoldswick Town


After almost two weeks without a game due to postponements, the greens returned to action in a must win quarter final tie against Barnoldswick Town. Once again like every round of the competition, goals were the main focus as 1874 booked their place in the semi-final. 1874 started the quicker of the two sides, making the breakthrough after 12 minutes as a move of real quality from Irlam, McGowan and Koral was finished at the back post by Taylor Kennerley. Shortly after however 1874 were pegged back and Barnoldswick drew level as Croken pounced on loose ball to make the tie one a piece. This was the wakeup call that 74 needed as they made possession count as a deflected free kick fell into the path of Jack Irlam who fired home to regain the lead for 1874. The goals didn’t stop here for 74 as just 5 minutes later Scott McGowan’s effort got through a crowded penalty area to give 74 a 3-1 advantage at the break. After being reduced to 10 men late into the second half, Town dug deep and pulled one back to make it 3-2, but that wasn’t going to be enough in the end as 1874 held their lead putting them into the semi-final.

Macron Cup Semi Final-30/3/19 & 6/4/19: Congleton Town vs 1874


74 travelled to Richborough Estates to take on the Bears who 74 had already beaten on two occasions this season. Once again, the team was cheered on by a large away support as 1874 hoped to return to the home leg with an advantage. The game saw records broken and one of the best performances by 1874 as they dismantled Congleton putting the game out of sight with the home leg still to play. Scott, as he has so many times, found the net once again scoring yet another hat-trick. This took Scott to 100 goals for 74 including 14 against his former club Congleton. Along with goals from Scott, Jack Pritchard also scored against his former club, and Taylor Kennerley scored a brilliant solo goal, beating 3 defenders and finishing into the bottom corner, making it 5-0 to 1874 at full time. This was a performance which shows exactly what the greens can do.

The second leg, one week later, confirmed what was widely expected after the first tie. Shortly after kick off, 1874 had already assembled a 2-0 lead within 10 minutes giving them a 7-0 advantage on aggregate. 1874 opened the scoring with a goal of the season contender from Callam Gardener. A long pinpoint ball from Tony Aghayere, found Taylor Kennerley on the left side who rose well to find Jack Irlam on the overlap and his perfectly timed cross was matched with an even better volley from Callam which nestled into the bottom corner to give 1874 the lead. Gardener was again instrumental 6 minutes later as his shot was spilled by the bears keeper Craig Ellison and Mike Koral was on hand to finish the rebound to double the greens advantage on the day. 1874 remained in control for the rest of the match and managed to see out the game to a 2-0 victory and making it 7-0 on aggregate. This result sent us into the final at Moss Lane, Altrincham, against newly crowned HSL champions, City of Liverpool on the 4th of May.

Goal of the Season

We know many people have already voted, but here they are again for you to enjoy!

A – Sam Hare v Chadderton
B – Taylor Kennerley v Charnock Richard
C – Scott McGowan v Charnock Richard
D – Callam Gardner v Congleton Town
E – Scott McGowan v WD&C
F – Taylor Kennerley v Barnoldswick Town
G – Mike Koral v Burscough
H – Callam Gardner v Congleton Town

Pre-season schedule announced

We have now finalised our Pre-season schedule, only a couple of kick off times to confirm. We are delighted to be linking with old friends and new.

Saturday 30 June Lostock Gralam @ Egerton FC

Saturday 7 July  Alsager Town A

Tuesday 10 July  Wythenshawe Town A

Saturday 14 July  Llandudno A

Tuesday 17 July  Knutsford A

Thursday 19 July  Barnton A

Saturday 21 July  Leek Town A

Tuesday 24 July  Mossley A

Saturday 28 July  Glossop NE  H

Our very own Sammy Hind gets kicked all over Wembley.

1874 Northwich Player Sammy Hind is one of 137 players whose name will be featured on the match ball at this years FA Cup final. The “Ball for All” celebrates players that have scored in this years competition.

Details can be found here :


Players from across the football pyramid will have their names at the heart of this season’s Emirates FA Cup Final.

The FA has placed the names of 137 goalscorers from this season’s competition on the Nike Ordem V, Cup Final ball to be used at the 137th edition of the showpiece fixture. The Ball For All celebrates players from Step 6 of the National League system through to the Premier League, who all share the accolade of being a goalscorer in the world’s oldest domestic cup competition.

The names included represent goalscorers from every round, beginning at the Extra Preliminary Round through to the Semi Finals and also include a selection of the season’s most memorable and impactful strikes.

Among the names represented on the Ball For All are:

Liam Pullen of Chipping Sodbury Town, whose strike in the Extra-Preliminary Round was the club’s first ever goal in the competition.
Noah Keats, whose goal in the Fourth Round Qualifying saw Truro City become the first Cornish side to reach the First Round Proper since 1969.
League One Wigan Athletic’s Will Grigg, whose strike against Manchester City sealed a famous Fifth Round victory.
Alexis Sánchez and Willian, who both scored decisive goals for this season’s finalists.

Andy Ambler, The FA’s Director of Professional Game Relations, said: “One of the most special things about The Emirates FA Cup is that a goalscorer in the Extra-Preliminary Round shares the same accolade as some of football’s most famous names. Over three thousand goals have been scored in this season’s competition, from all levels of the football pyramid and the 137 from across the country are representative of all who have contributed to this season’s competition.”

Liam Pullen, Chipping Sodbury Town FC, who will also have the accolade of presenting the match ball ahead of kick-off, said: “To have played and scored in my club’s first ever Emirates FA Cup match back in August was a dream come true and was one of the highlights of my career to date. It’s an honour for my name to feature on the Ball For All and to be asked to carry it out at Wembley Stadium ahead of the Final is going to be extra special. I’m really looking forward to theexperience and will be very proud to be representing all of the players who have scored in this season’s competition.”

At the close of the season, The FA will have distributed a total of £14.6 million in competition prize money to the 737  competing teams.


We started the month with the longer trip to Ossett Town and after a terrific display by the lads, only sudden death penalties could part us from our Evostik opponents.  We then went on to play a further six games during October, enjoying success in the FA Vase and slightly mixed results in the league campaign.  Overall, the month was enjoyable and entertaining thanks to some very good performances by our players.

It’s time for supporters to choose their player of the month for October and there are clearly a number of good candidates once again.

Forms will be available before our FA Vase match against Tow Law on Saturday.   Alternatively, you can vote for your favourite player by texting the Club (please include your own name) on 07975 679624 or by emailing secretary@1874northwich.com.

Voting will close on Thursday 16 November and the presentation will be made before our home game against West Didsbury & Chorlton on Saturday 18 November.