Newsletter No 182 - 1874 Northwich F.C.

Newsletter No 182


Arrangements have been made to play our Mid Cheshire Cup Semi-Final against Barnton FC.

As supporters will be aware, the draw for the semi-final of the competition was made back in November and this paired us with Barnton FC.  Arrangements were then made to play the match in January however due to the appalling weather, the original game was postponed.

Since then, both Clubs have tried to find a suitable date to play but each time this has not been possible due to issues with the pitch or NWC League games taking precedence.   

Following last week’s postponement, conversations have taken place with the Mid Cheshire FA about the difficulty each Club faces in playing this match due to the number of League games yet to be played.  However, after discussing the limit options, it has been agreed that the match will be played on MONDAY 11 APRIL at TOWNFIELD, BARNTON.  We appreciate Barnton’s co-operation in agreeing to host the game.  

This does mean that it is only 24 hours before our League match against AFC Darwen at home on Tuesday evening and follows quickly after our away game at Nelson on Saturday and therefore will be a huge challenge for our players and management team.  However, 1874 is committed to this competition and has therefore not considered forfeiting the game. 

We are sure that supporters will appreciate the difficulties the club has faced and will show their usual fantastic support to the team for their efforts next week. 

Thank You – Vicki England

After a few weeks with unfortunate periods of postponed games it was good for the Manager, his assistants, the players and the supporters to get back to doing what everyone enjoys doing – playing and watching football!

Back to normal with a BANG scoring TEN GOALS, conceding just one and TWO players scoring FIVE! (not really just another day at the office was it?!!)

PADI WHACKED BY 1874by Garry Clarke


 Seven was too much for Padiham as a rampant 1874 Northwich brought to an end the home side’s six game unbeaten run in spectacular fashion.  Recording their highest score in the NWCFL, 1874 hit seven goals past their host’s goalkeeper, without whom Padiham’s loss would have been much greater. Matt Beadle netted five times, the first player to hit that tally for 1874, and Stuart Wellstead twice in an outstanding all round display with star performers in claret shirt all over the pitch. Having twice gone close to scoring in the opening five minutes, Beadle scored for the fifth game running breaking the deadlock in the 13th minute. Ryan Jackson held off the challenge of a defender to set up Beadle, who steadied himself before shooting into the net off another defender who tried to block his shot. 

 Beadle made it 2-0 in the 20th minute reacting first he headed home after the ball rebounded off the cross bar, Padiham keeper Jamie Bradley having tipped a header from a corner onto the bar. Three minutes later Beadle turned provider, back heeling the ball into the path of Wellstead who fired a firm shot through Bradley’s legs.

With George Riley pulling the strings from midfield, 1874 were dominating proceedings laying siege to the home goal. Riley fired a long range shot just over the bar, while a number of other attempts were also off target and Bradley pulled off several fine saves to keep 1874 out. However, he was unable to prevent Beadle completing his hat-trick in the 39th minute and then notching his 4th in the 45th minute – both beingheaders from close range.Padiham’s only goal scoring opportunity of the first half came in the 25th minute when Aaron Taylor scooped the ball over the bar from six yards out.

After the half time break Padiham came more into the game, Garry Hunter smashed a shot against the bar, while both Kieran Pickup and Jake Townsend sent shots just wide of the target. Apart from these isolated attempts the home side never threatened Greg Hall’s goal as they were kept at bay by a solid display of defending by the 1874 rearguard.

Never in danger of dropping points, Ian Street’s men continued to create chances throughout the second half. Several shots went narrowly wide of the target, while a surging Neil Chappell run into the Padiham area was only halted by a perfectly timed last ditch tackle as the 1874 captain was poised to shoot. Bradley also pulled off several saves in the second period.


Wellstead grabbed his second goal of the afternoon in the 63rdminute when he smashed the ball home from eight yards after Beadle had cushioned a Jackson cross into his path. 

The final word in a memorable game belonged to Beadle, whose diving header in the 86th minute converted a pin point accurate cross from substitute Robbie Simpson, the first player from the club’s under 21 team to appear in a league game.

1874 – Hall, Connor (Mason 75mins), Lomas, Mitchell (Farnworth 84mins), Thomas, Chappell, Jackson (Simpson 76mins), Riley, Beadle, Edwards, Wellstead. Sub not used J.Woolley.

 GOALS – 1874 Beadle 13, 20,37,45,86   Wellstead 23, 62




1874 Northwich 3-1 Ashton AthleticNWCFL PREMIER2nd APRIL2016

1874 made it three wins in a row and at the same time registered their first ever victory over Ashton Athletic. 1874 started with just one change to the team which won 7-0 at Padiham last Saturday. Mike Brandon replaced Matthew Beadle who was unavailable.

The game started at a fast pace with 1874 attacking the visitors and in the 10th minute Mike Brandon had a stabbed effort cleared off the line after Ryan Jackson had delivered a pin point corner

Martin Pearson in the Ashton Athletic goal was busy throughout and he made a brilliant double save to deny Tyler Edwards and then Ryan Jackson from the rebound.

The deadlock was broken on the 19th minute when Ryan Jackson whipped in a corner to the near post which was expertly flicked  into the top corner by Stuart Wellstead.

The game then became a midfield battle, with both chances created at both ends ensuring that both keepers were kept active. Tyler Edwards had the best chance for 1874 but his effort blocked.

Pearson had his defenders to thank just five minutes before the interval as they cleared two more attempts off the line, first to deny Neil Chappell and then Mike Brandon

HALF TIME: 1874 1-0 Ashton Athletic

On the 53rd minute, Ashton were level courtesy of a fine goal. Their captain – Paul Watson – controlled a rebound from a colleagues’ shot and then powered in a great strike from the edge of the 1874 which gave Greg Hall no chance of saving

But only three minutes later, Stuart Wellstead had his second goal of the evening. Jackson combined with Edwards on the right, before crossing well to enable Wellstead to glance his header past Pearson into the far corner of the goal to restore 1874’s lead


Wellstead had a great chance to complete his hat trick on the 73rd minute, after Edwards crossed from the wing, Wellstead’s first time volley went over the bar

However, he didn’t have to wait long for another chance. In the 80th minute he did complete his hat trick courtesy of an excellent goal. Jackson did well on the left flank and ho looked up to see his colleague in space some fifty yards away across the field and his excellent cross enabled Wellstead to fire an unstoppable shot in to the top left hand corner in off the crossbar

1874 probably should have made it 4-1 in the last few minutes, but Pearson, impressive 

throughout, made a great save to deny Edwards after he was played in by Tulloch.

Attendance: 290 –Man of The Match: Stuart Wellstead

1874: Hall, Connor, Mitchell, Thomas, Lomas, Chappell (C), Riley, Jackson, Edwards, Wellstead & Brandon –Substitutes: Craig Farnworth for Danny Thomas on 75 minutes and Stuart Tulloch for Mike Brandon on 81 minutes Unused Subs: Woods, Simpson and Mason.


It’s time to ask you who your favourite player was in March?

During the month we played four games, recording two very good wins and also a draw at high flyers Colne in what was a very strong performance from the Greens.  

So now it’s time to cast your minds back and choose the player who you feel has performed consistently in those games.  

Please cast your vote by: completing a voting slip, which will be available at our away game at Nelson and our home game against AFC Darwen or by texting the Club on 07975 679624– please indicate the player’s name and also your own name.

Alternatively, you can email your choice to  

The presentation will be made at our home game against AFC Liverpool on Saturday 16th April therefore votes will need to be cast by 5pm on Thursday 14 April.

Thank you and please get voting





On Saturday 1874 Northwich travel to North East Lancashire to play Nelson in a NWCFL Premier Division fixture, kick off 3pm.Nelson play at Little Wembley, Lomeshaye Way, Nelson BB9 7BN.

Nelson are currently 17th in the NWCFL Premier Division with a record of:



 Nelson lost 1-0 at AFC Blackpool on Tuesday, their 3rd defeat in a row since beating AFC Darwen 3-1 on 23rd February. Last Saturday their game at Winsford United was postponed. 

Nelson’s home record, including cup ties, this season is:



 Nelson’s 21 home games have attracted an average crowd of 122 to Little Wembley.The highest attendance so far is 375 for the visit of neighbours Colne, while just 42 attended thegame against Squires Gate.Previous meetings:
11/8/13 NWCFL First Division  home                lost 1-3 Bailey
7/12/13 NWCFL First Division  away                lost 1-3 Ward
15/11/14 NWCFL Premier Division home       drew 0-0
25/4/15 NWCFL Premier Division  away         won 4-1 Lunn2, Brandon, Beadle.

14/11/15 NWCFL Premier Division  home       won 4-2 Brandon 2, Beadle, Wellstead

The Away Travel service will be in operation to Nelson.  Only a few places remain, please contact Vicki (07975 679624) should you wish to travel.  



Next Tuesday, weather permitting, 1874 Northwich will host AFC Darwen in a NWCFL fixture at the Barton Stadium, kick off 8pm.AFC Darwen are currently 20th in the NWCFL Premier Division table, one point behind AFC Blackpool, who have two games in hand on Darwen.  AFC Darwen’s record is:



Occupying the third relegation spot AFC Darwen have been on a poor run of form having lost 7 of their last 8 games, their only “non defeat” was a 2-2 draw at home against Abbey Hey. Last Saturday they lost 2-1 at Congleton Town and on Wednesday their scheduled home game with Runcorn Linnets was postponed.

Away from home their record, including cup ties, is:



Previous meetings: 

19/10/13 NWCFL First Division home    won 4-1 Brandon 2, Jones, Ward
19/3/14 NWCFL First Division away      won 4-1 Wellstead, Abdullah, Ward, Brandon
12/9/15 NWCFL Premier away                lost 1-3 Own Goal

 AFC Darwen have no game on Saturday.




Tickets for the Beer Festival are on sale from Level One Computers and Brew to Bottle as well as from 1874’s Board members. Tickets are £5 each so please get yours as soon as possible

We also still need more barrels sponsoring – CAN YOU HELP or PERHAPS YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO CAN?

Maybe you could do a joint sponsorship i.e. 2, 3 or four of you sharing the cost?


The cost of sponsorship remains the same as last year: £95 & includes tickets for the event & some beer tokens so that the sponsor can really enjoy the beer they sponsor. 


Euro 2016 Championship Sweepstake

1874 will be running a sweepstake for this summer’s Euro’s and tickets will be on sale next week.

The format will be the same as was used for the World Cup in 2014 i.e. based on the various combinations of two competing teams on a ticket – there will be one winning ticket, which will have the two teams that reach the final, and five runners up tickets for the other combinations of the teams that reach the semi-finals.

The runners up will each receive a cash prize of £40, and thanks to a generous gesture, the Club has managed to secure a fantastic first prize of:

Three guest tickets to attend a home match of Manchester United in the 2016/17 season – the tickets also include a pre-match meal.

The competition looks very open this time and there are a number of teams in with a chance of reaching the semi-finals – thus there will be a lot of tickets in with a chance of a prize.

Tickets cost £3 each and will be available at home matches until the end of the season, starting next Tuesday against Ashton Athletic.  There are only 276 tickets available so make sure you don’t miss out.



Just a reminder that arrangements are in hand for this seasons’ Presentation Evening to be held at the Winnington Recreation Club on Friday 13th May.

Please reserve your places by contacting Brian Edge, Guy Jewell or Toddy BarlowASA


Supporters of 1874 Northwich entered a team in the annual Rotary Club of Northwich Swimathon.

A team of six comprising John and Maggie Coates, Steve and Debbie Richardson, Brian Ashley and Rob Ashcroft completed a total of 120 lengths in the allotted hour to raise funds for a range of local charities, including our 2015/16 club charity partner Neuro Muscular Centre.

Congratulations to all involved and thank you to all who contributed to our funds raised.

However, if you were not asked, it is not too late – just see one of the team members at a forthcoming match.Not only is it fun to participate, it is very important that we do contribute to the local community. Our legal name is Northwich Community Football Club. Important though the first team is, we are far more than just running a team in the North West Counties Football League and we should never lose sight of that fact. (By Steve Richardson)






Our Official Partner Businesses support the ideals of 1874 Northwich. In return we support theirbusiness, all of whom are local traders. To find about more about this new Club Initiative, please getin touch with us. We want to work together with as many businesses as possible with the aim ofcreating mutually beneficial relationships.

Northwich Foot & Physio / 01606 45077 /

Podiatry,Physiotherapy,Clinical Reflexology & Acupuncture £5 discount off Initial Assessment for Physio & Acupuncture

Northwich Art Shop / 01606 42770 / Artist materials and supplies. 10% Discount Available

Artwork Studios and Gallery / 07848008145 / Art Gallery, Exhibitions, Classes, Art for

sale. 10% discount off first Class booking

Farrall Cleaners / 01606 833466 /

Dry Cleaning & Laundry services. 10% discount off Dry Cleaning

A.J Parkes Jewellers Ltd / 01606 45265 /

Independent Retail Jewellery and Repairs. Specialists in fine handmade jewellery

Wincham Vehicle Services / 07518 970727 /

Quality Used Car and Valeting services

Ink Doctor Associates Ltd / 01606 49289 / Ink Cartridges, computer supplies

HD Travel / 01606 333999 / Independent travel agency. Discounts available

Kane & Able / 01606 331090 / Furniture & decorative gifts 10% discount on orders over £20

Burton Menswear (Northwich branch) 01606 42049 /

Men’s wear – Formal & Casual clothing 10% discount to club members

Laundry Boutique / 01606 215218 /

Ladies clothing boutique 10% discount to club members

Crafty Stitches / 01606 43187 / Wool, craft and haberdashery 5% discount

The Wow Shop / 01606 212313 /

Balloons, fancy dress and accessories 10% discount on orders over

Ashton Athletic – Matchday Fundraising

The £1 entry price attracted a larger attendance and with many supporters using the money saved to buy extra tickets or make donations to the BIN fund, the fundraising figures were very healthy.

50:50 Half Time Draw
The winning ticket number drawn was 16384 and the prize of £139 was claimed.

Golden Goal
The time for the first goal was 19 minutes and the prize was claimed.

Back in Northwich Fund
With the extra donations from supporters and the proceeds from two mini bins, the matchday collection was a fantastic £157.30, which brings the running total in the fund to £10,379.

A special thank you from the Club to everyone who contributed to make it a successful night – on and off the field – Guy Jewell

300 Club Draw – March 2016

Following the postponement of matches last week, the Marchdraw was completed at the Ashton Athletic match on 5th April.   The winning numbers were drawn out by members of the match sponsor’s party as follows:








Gary Bunby



Peter Hollinshead



Robert Edgeley



Andrew Lowe (Jnr)



Vicki England



Andrew Lowe (Snr)

There were 309 ‘paid for’ numbers in the drawand there were five first time winners this month, including a father and son both being successful in the same draw, and also our esteemed football secretary bagging a prize.

A full list of winners for the last 6 months and information on how to join the 300 Club can be found at

Alternatively, you could send an e-mail to Guy Jewell or ask for details at an 1874 match or event.

Thank you for your continued support – it really makes a difference to your football club

And finally some “Toddy 1874 Facts” – from our esteemed historian – Toddy Barlow:

Matty Beadle scored five goals last Saturday

The first friendly game hat trick was by Mike Brandon on the 20th July 2013 at Prestatyn

Also at Prestatyn Mike Brandon increased his tally to four goals – the first to do this for 1874

It was Mike Brandon again as our first player to score a hat trick in a home friendly v FC United 29th July 2013

As for the first league hat trick that pleasure went to Chris Lunn on the 4th April last year at home to Bacup & Rossendale

The first FA Vase hat trick was scored by Matt Beadle against Wigan Robin Park in July 2014

That game also saw Matt Beadle become the first to score four goals in a cup game

Finally, earlier this week against Ashton Athletic Stuart Wellstead became our first player to score a hat trick for 1874 in a home league game (and co-incidentally Stuart also scored another hat trick at home – this one being in November 2014 against Rudheath Social in the Mid Cheshire Senior Cup

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