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NLS restructure statement

The FA Alliance and Leagues Committee have today announced that they have made a recommendation to the FA Council that the planned restructure of the National League System from steps four to six should take place.

This means that 110 clubs between steps five to seven will be upwardly moved through an invitational system using the combined Points Per Game of the 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons to rank teams.

The FA Council will be considering the proposal in the coming days and we will keep our supporters updated once such meetings have taken place.

Based upon the criteria set out following today’s announcement we anticipate that the club will be approached to apply for upwards movement.

The 1874 board would like to place on record that should we be invited by the FA to apply for upwards movement into the Northern Premier League then it is our intention to do so.

We would also like to communicate our appreciation of the management, players, members, and supporters of the club who have stuck resolutely with the club throughout last year.

This opportunity would be testament to all those who work hard to make this club what it is, and we look forward to having the chance to reap the benefits of everyone’s hard work at a higher level

In a statement on behalf of our board by Chairman Steve Richardson, he said that the club is “honoured,” to be considered for the restructure.

He added: “We are pleased that the FA Alliance and Leagues Committee have come to a decision after two years of uncertainty.

“Should 1874 be invited by the FA to apply for a place in the new league at step four then we would be honoured to fill that position and we would represent the league to the best of our ability.

“This decision rewards the efforts that the supporters, players and managers have put into the club since our inception.”

We will make a further statement once we have received more news from the FA in due course.


1874 V NVFC

Following the Government’s announcement yesterday afternoon regarding Covid-19, we heard that Cheshire had been elevated to Tier 3, bringing additional restrictions for us all. The Board then held an emergency meeting last night, which included input from Paul Bowyer and Wayne Goodison, to discuss the impact on the squad, supporters, Club and the effect on match day arrangements. We felt there was no alternative but to ask the North West Counties League to approve a postponement of the game on Monday 28 December. This request was granted, and we thank our League for their very swift response and understanding. We spoke to Northwich Vics at length and they were in total agreement of this action.

Obviously with the Coronavirus reproduction rate dramatically increasing at present, and with the threat of further restrictions to potentially come, we are extremely concerned for the safety and wellbeing of everyone who would be present. We have worked hard to keep everyone as safe as possible at the ground but clearly, the rapid spread of the virus is a big worry and responsibility for us.

We also assessed the financial impact on the Club, with the new restrictions now in place. We are a Members club and have a duty to ensure that we take responsible decisions when the need arises. There are also moral issues around how we would admit spectators, given that the number of season ticket holders and Members far outweighs the permitted attendance. It also does not sit well that we are not able to welcome any away supporters to such an important game on the calendar.

Whilst it is disappointing that we won’t be able to enjoy the traditional Christmas football derby, we are sure that everyone appreciates the significant challenges and the decision that has been taken and we thank you for your understanding.

Updated Covid-19 guidance

The Football Association [The FA] has today issued updated guidance for ‘non-elite’ football in England following confirmation from the UK Government that organised sports can return from Wednesday 2nd December.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport [DCMS] has this evening issued updated guidelines on the return to recreational team sport which permits the return of ‘non-elite’ football in England from Wednesday 2nd December, and includes all fixtures and training for:

  • Steps 3-6 of the National League System [NLS];
  • Tiers 3-6 of the Women’s Football Pyramid [WFP];
  • Regional NLS Feeder Leagues;
  • Barclays FA WSL Academy League;
  • FA Girls Regional Talent Clubs;
  • Outdoor youth and adult grassroots football.

Organised outdoor football activity is permitted at these levels across all three tiers from Wednesday 2nd December but it is extremely important that clubs, players, coaches, match officials, league officials, volunteers, parents, carers, and facility providers continue to strictly follow both the UK Governments’ latest guidance on COVID-19 and respective bespoke guidance documents from The FA.

Organised indoor football and futsal is permitted in Tier 1 areas if the rule of six is followed and in Tier 2 areas if the rule of six is followed and it is possible for people to avoid mixing with others that they do not live or share a support bubble with. Indoor football is not permitted in Tier 3 areas.

In all three tiers there are exceptions for indoor disability football, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s, which can take place with larger groups mixing.

Training for teams in Tier 3 must have minimal contact.


Adults can travel to play grassroots football in between Tier 1 and Tier 2.  However, adults cannot travel in and out of Tier 3 to play grassroots football. There are exemptions for travel in and out of Tier 3 for under-18s, disability teams, volunteers, elite players and for those travelling for work.

Players and essential club staff at steps 3-6 of the NLS, tiers 3-6 of the Women’s Football Pyramid, the Barclays FA WSL Academy and Regional Talent Clubs can travel into and out of tier 3 areas.


Clubs at Steps 3-6 of the NLS and Tiers 3-6 of the WFP remain permitted to accommodate a phased and limited return of spectators in Tier 1 and 2 areas if they follow the UK Governments’ latest guidance on Covid-19 and The FA’s guidelines for the NLS or WFP. There are no spectators permitted in Tier 3, as set out in Government guidance.

Regional NLS Feeder Leagues, Tier 7 of the WFP and outdoor grassroots football also remain permitted to accommodate socially-distanced spectators but must follow the rule of six and Government guidance on restrictions in certain tiers.


Clubhouses can operate in Tier 1 but must do so by table service (ordered and consumed at the table) only and observing the rule of 6.  In Tier 2, Clubhouses must close unless they operate as if they were a restaurant. This means serving substantial meals, like a main lunchtime or evening meal. They may only serve alcohol as part of such a meal and all food and drink to be ordered and consumed at the table. Tables can only be same household and takeaway must be eaten or drunk off the club premises.  Under UK Government guidelines, bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants in Tier 3 areas must be closed except to sell by takeaway or click-and-collect.

All clubs are required to have a designated COVID-19 officer; complete and publish bespoke risk assessments and action plans; and continue to support Test and Trace efforts.  

The 2020/21 FA Youth Cup will continue to be played under the relevant ‘elite’ club protocol and the Buildbase FA Trophy and Buildbase FA Vase are set to resume in December, along with the Vitality Women’s FA Cup.

We implore everyone to strictly follow the UK Government’s national Covid-19 restrictions.  Any incidents of non-compliance will be reported to the local County Football Association.

We would like to thank the football community once again for its hard work, resilience and understanding during such an incredibly challenging period for both the game and wider society.

Supporting Mid Cheshire Foodbank

1874 fans have supported the Mid Cheshire Foodbank with donations over the past 5 years. We would like to continue this during these difficult times. The winter and run up to Christmas puts added strain on the Foodbank together with the problems that the pandemic is creating.

Clearly we are not able to do our usual physical Collection at this time, so this year we are asking supporters for financial donations to show our support. If you are in a position to, please make a donation in one of the following ways:

1. Make a bank transfer to Mid Cheshire Foodbank. Barclays Bank Northwich sort 20 24 09 account 93319415. Please reference 1874 in the transfer.


2. Send a cheque made payable to Mid Cheshire Foodbank. Send this to Maggie Coats, 14 Boundary Lane North, Cuddington, Northwich, CW8 2PL.

Your support really will make a difference and is greatly appreciated.

Thank you

Board Statement – Company Secretary

On behalf of the Board of 1874 Northwich FC, I would like to welcome back Rob Ashworth to the post of Company Secretary. Robs knowledge and administration skills have always been highly appreciated by the club, and his agreement to resume this important post is most welcome.

Stephen Richardson

Chairman 1874Northwich FC 

Macron Cup final


Runcorn Town v 1874 – Saturday 26 September 3pm 

In line with current Government guidance around capacity limits at our level of the game, both clubs will be allocated 150 tickets each for the Macron Cup final, which will be played at the Viridor Community Stadium, Runcorn.  

We appreciate that this is a challenge for our club, and therefore members of the Board have needed to decide on a fair way of allocating our tickets.  We would like to advise that the following has been agreed:

Each person will only be able to purchase one ticket.  An exception to this will be where an adult is also buying for a child, who will accompany them.  The criteria below will apply:   

Silver members – tickets will be available to purchase from 1pm on Sunday 13 September

Bronze members – tickets will be available to purchase from 1pm on Monday 14 September

Tickets will go on open sale from 1pm on Wednesday 16 September

Members will receive another email when their purchasing slot opens, with a link to the store page on our website.   

Should anyone not be in the position to purchase online, then we would ask you to either email the Club – society@1874northwich.com or text on 07975 679624 at the appropriate time slot, based on the above plan. 

Admission prices are £7 adult; £4 concessions and £3 Under 18’s.

We are sure you will appreciate that this is not an easy situation as demand to attend the Cup Final will probably outweigh availability.  We have had to come up with a structured way to manage the allocation and we do hope that you understand our reasoning behind this. 

1874 v Rylands – Tuesday 1st September

Following the successful return of football to Townfield this week, we are pleased to confirm that Tuesdays FA Cup fixture against Warrington Rylands will be played at the maximum capacity of 300. Supporters are reminded that strict FA guidelines are in place for this fixture, so please be aware of the following:

  • Social distancing rules are still in place, so please make every effort to not congregate in groups of no more than 6
  • Temperature checks and the taking of details will remain a feature of admission to the ground for the foreseeable future
  • Supporters should be aware that if a ball goes out of play, they are not to throw it back toward the playing area.  A designated steward will collect the ball and ensure that it is sanitised and returned to the coaching area

Ticketing details

From this evening, MEMBERS will be invited via email to purchase tickets from the club store. As last time, details will be taken (for NHS Test & Trace purposes), and a confirmation email will be sent, which should be presented on arrival at the ground (either printed or via your phone). For those members that are unable to pay through the store, or do not receive a message, please email fanengagement@1874northwich.com providing your full name and contact number (for NHS Test & Trace purposes) and we will confirm your place.

If you are unable to email, then please TEXT your name and best contact number to 07975 679624. Members will have until Saturday evening to purchase or reserve their tickets. After that deadline, places will be opened up for general sale, at which point we will confirm details on our social media channels and on the Fans Forum. Admission will be £6 & £4, payable on the evening for those that have not purchased through the store.

2020 Home kit launched

Earlier today, we proudly released our new home shirt which we will wear for the 2020/21 and the 2021/2022 seasons.  The shirt itself is an evolution on past kits we’ve worn whilst maintaining the club’s progressive values.

The kit features a fusion between an adaption of a kit submitted by designers Mockup FC to our open competition inviting kit ideas, whilst incorporating the clubs brief regarding keeping it ‘1874’. Once again, the shirt has been made by Ian Senior at SK Kits, our long-standing kit supplier. During the last week, I spoke to the man behind the creative process Luke Bushnell-Wye.

Luke started the interview by telling me how “stunned,” he and other board members were to the response of the initial kit competition.

“We were stunned with the response that we got, and when the time came to whittle them down at the start of 2020 it was a tremendously difficult job. In the end, we narrowed it down to two, and then one which we just felt would be more versatile as a design. Having adapted the pattern in the original design to suit us and just as lockdown was starting, I got some templates made up with Ian at SK. I had to present these over virtual board meetings and we picked the application of the pattern that we liked the best – a slightly toned-down version with the fade.”

It is clear that from the outset that he and the rest of the board made a conscious effort not to emulate the bold away kit design.

 “There’s more freedom with an away kit to do something different, whereas the home kit has to represent the club and not stray too far from tradition. I think we’ve produced something that is strikingly different, and yet instantly recognisable as an 1874 Northwich kit, and that was the aim.”

One of the aims that Luke spoke about was making sure that the kit matched the overall ethos and ambition of the club.

 “It is absolutely crucial that the kit matches the ethos of the club. A club’s brand isn’t just what colours you play in and what kind of football you play, it’s also what you stand for off the pitch and what kind of club you want to be. People know the story of 1874; forward thinking is in our DNA.”

The shirt has several subtle details to it, one of which is to pay tribute to our NHS and Social Care workers with the rainbow pattern on the hem of the shirt.

“The NHS and other frontline workers have been crucial and I’m happy to pay tribute to them with the rainbow symbol on the hem. It’s a simple gesture, but the rainbow also represents hope at the end of the storm, and when we see our players on the pitch wearing this kit, it will be thanks in part to the efforts of those vital workers that we will have reached that point.”

Another detail is the Roman Numerals representing the formation of the club and Luke felt it was vital to acknowledge that moment.

“The numbers on the side represent the foundation date of the club, the meeting at which members voted to start their own club. Without the decisive steps taken at that meeting, we wouldn’t be here talking about this kit today, so I’m delighted to have the chance to include a reference to it in this shirt. I think of it like a reminder to strike out, be bold, and take responsibility. I find it inspiring to think of, so I hope the players do too when they wear it. I’m delighted with the overall design. I set out to take the best elements from the winning design and bring them into a kit that is quintessentially ’74’, and I think the result speaks for itself.”

Making a shirt “quintessentially 74,” was something that Co-manager Wayne Goodison also felt was crucial.

“We all really like it. For me, Paul and the players we have been involved in the process and seen how its developed and we feel it captures our identity. The players have been consulted on certain aspects of the kit because they have to be comfortable in the shirt and they’re looking forward to wearing it!”

New Home Kit Sponsorship for 1874

As the launch of our new home kit draws nearer, we are delighted to announce our brand new 2-year shirt sponsorship deal with OXYL-PRO by Chemiteq Ltd. As a company, Chemiteq Ltd have sponsored and supported the club ever since we were formed back in 2012 and we are thrilled they are our new shirt sponsors.

Their main product OXYL-PRO, offers a complete range of ecological disinfectants which leave no harmful residues.  It is odourless, biodegradable and is proven effective against viruses and bacteria including coronavirus.  It has been instrumental to the way our players have returned to training over the past 8 weeks and will be even more critical once friendlies are allowed to take place.

This deal will see closure on our excellent partnership with Britannia Carpets who have been our First Team Shirt sponsors since the club’s inception and we would like to thank them for their support over the years. We are delighted that Britannia Carpets will continue to be our Away Shirt Sponsor for the coming season.

Ourselves and Chemiteq Ltd share both progressive and community values. Their product ensures our players can return in a safe environment and it’s fantastic they chose to become our new shirt sponsors for the next two seasons. As time progresses, they will also be fundamental in the return of all our football community once we have the green light to welcome our supporters back.

When speaking to Chairman Steve Richardson, he told me he was “extremely excited,” for the new partnership with OXYL-PRO. He said, “Chemiteq and OXYL-PRO have always supported the club right from the beginning. It’s a product that is owned by supporters of the club and they will be crucial now football can return. We should also add our thanks to our friends at Britannia Carpets, they have been with us since the beginning and we are grateful for everything they have done for the club. For now, it’s about how can we keep the club evolving and we believe our partnership with OXYL-PRO can do exactly that.

Director of Chemiteq Alan Riding added “When the chance of sponsoring the new 1874 home shirt came up, we jumped at the opportunity. We have sponsored the club ever since 2012, we have an advertising board and we are excited to see the logo of our main product OXYL-PRO on the shirt. Hopefully over the coming years we will continue to develop our relationship with the club further and keep us both progressing.”

“In addition to the sponsorship of 1874, last week Chemiteq offered OXYL-PRO Hand and Surface disinfectant to all clubs in the North West Counties and Cheshire leagues free of charge. To date more than 30 clubs have taken up the offer and we are happy to assist in helping local teams get back onto the pitch.”

Make sure to keep your eyes peeled on social media for news of our forthcoming home kit launch!

1874 Company Secretary

As everyone knows, Rob Ashcroft decided to step down a few weeks ago, to spend time with family and on his other interests.  We would now like to advertise for a new Company Secretary, to help the Club and Board to keep progressing in the right direction.  They are big shoes to fill, but Rob has been very kind in offering his guidance and of course, Board members will be on hand to support the new person too. 

The Company Secretary plays a key role within the organisation of the Football Club and Society, ensuring that high standards of governance are maintained. As the principal administrator for the Club, the Secretary ensures that the Club functions effectively and will act as the main point of contact between the Board and its Members.

Role Profile

Job Title: Company Secretary
Reports To: 1874 Northwich Board

Role Purpose:

The Company Secretary plays a key role within theorganisation of the Football Cluband Society to ensure that high standards of governance are maintained.As the principal administrator for the Club, the Secretary ensures that the Club functions effectively and will act as the main point of contact between the Board and its Members.

Key Accountabilities:

•Ensure the Club and Society operate in a transparent and open wayand that the Club Model Rules are followed in how the club/society operates.
•Oversee Board members conduct and operation of the Board. -Issue declaration of understanding and board members conduct policy post AGM.
•Produce Board meeting Agendas, record and circulate all minutes from meetings.
•Oversee AGM preparations and operation of meeting. Prepare or AGM literature, forms and reports circulated to membership 7 weeks prior to the AGM giving notice etc. Support the Chair during the AGM meeting, ensure that minutes are produced to all the membership.
•Maintain Club policies, agreements and documents retaining written and electronic records.
•Ensure the Board produce a business plan and published to members.
•FA Charter Standard Award Co-ordinator

Person specification:

Qualifications Valid full (UK) driver’s licence (desirable)
Advanced DBS Disclosure (will be completed by Club)
Emergency First Aid certificate (will be completed with Club)

Knowledge & experience

Competent ICT skills –use of Microsoft Office
Experience of meeting administration would be helpful
Ability to interpret guidance and adviseChairman & Board


Strong organisational and administrative skills
Excellent communicator–written and verbal, formally and informally
Accuracy and very good attention to detail
Well organised approach to the role

Personal qualities

Takes responsibility for ensuring a high quality of work
Team player
Adaptive –able to cope through challenges
Ability to multi task Hardworking and enthusiasticIntegrity and discretion when handling confidential information.
Commitment to aims and objectives of a community, fan owned and democratic, football club

To apply for this role, please email Community@1874Northwich comproviding supporting information on your suitability