So what happens when the “close season” arrives in the world of football? Some may think that everybody takes a rest, goes away for some sun, recharge the batteries? Well the Manager and his players may well do that (some of them might even take to playing golf or even cricket) but for our Chairman Paul Stockton and his band of keen ground volunteers and, of course, his fellow board members the close season can be a case of “more hard work!
Our two secretaries – Rob Ashcroft and Vicki England – remain extremely busy as they are constantly in demand and have to ensure that all that needs to be done “does get done” .Our Treasurer, John Coats is always busy and never more so than when he is counting money! Guy Jewell is of a similar nature because as an important member of the Social & Fundraising committee Guy is always in demand and along with Toddy and Co they ensure that “all is well” in that department.
Everyone else also has various tasks to attend to and certain deadlines to try and reach and over the next few weeks we will hopefully be reporting on their progress.
Some of you will already have noticed that our website has undergone some changes and whilst the improvements are there for all to see and appreciate Mark Riding and Mark Edgeley do advise that this is just the start and there is more to come.
Steve Richardson has also been very busy and is likely to continue to be over the next few weeks but we will let Steve update you himself:
Over the next few weeks 1874 Northwich FC will be announcing details of their new Membership Benefit scheme.
Very shortly shareholders will be issued with a printed key fob and this key fob will become the key to a number of initiatives that the club will be bringing forward as a benefit to Club membership.
Under the banner of “Working Together “, the first of these initiatives will be our Official Partner scheme working in conjunction with local businesses.
Participating businesses will be invited to offer a small discount or incentive to 1874 Northwich shareholders, and in return we hope that shareholders will consider supporting them with their custom.
Details of all participating businesses will be published in our match day programme, on our website and social media platforms. Also each business will be displaying our Working Together vinyl, so everyone can see our commitment to working closely with the local business community.
More details of this and further member benefits will be announced shortly, but for now keep a look out for the “Working Together ” vinyls appearing around the area.
P.S Any businesses wanting more details of this scheme, please contact board members Brian Edge or Stephen Richardson.
This window sticker is actually 10mm x 10mm
Another Board member = Alex Dickinson is responsible for the 1874 Northwich FC Golf Team (well someone has to be!)
But on a much more serious and important note Alex is also responsible for the 1874 Youth Development and he is pleased to confirm that our League application has been accepted, grant funding has been attained and he also has confirmation of where our home games will be played
So the 1874 NORTHWICH FC UNDER 21’S TEAM will take their place in the Cheshire Under 21 County League Grassroots Division from next season
Alex says “One of 1874’s stated objectives within our Business Plan is to develop a long-term strategy regarding the possible creation of both 1874 Northwich Junior and Women’s teams. In developing and creating an U21 team this is the first stage in that strategy. Under 21 football is an area which is currently under-represented both locally and nationally – a fact also recognised by the Cheshire FA who set up the U21’s league structure last season. The creation of an U21 team will provide the opportunity for boys within that age group to continue their football progress and bridge a gap between youth and senior football”
Josh Hoare, who currently manages a local U18’s side will manage the team with his father, Alan, acting as assistant manager. Both are qualified FA coaches. Alex Dickinson will act as secretary and home games will be played at Moss Farm in Hartford, Northwich.
Alex continues: “Sponsorship of the side has been secured with local company – Your Life Your Way – who are an agency based in Northwich that provides support to older people living with disabilities.
Additionally, last week we were delighted to hear that following our application to the Football Foundation’s |Grow the Game scheme we have been awarded grant for £1500.
Any potential players wanting more information should contact Alex Dickinson at the club via email@example.com
1874 NORTHWICH FC V A SHEFFIELD UNITED XI
Now how good a heading is that? Ian Street has arranged a good number of interesting away pre season friendly games for us and then for our ONLY “Home” friendly game:
We find ourselves with an attractive fixture to look forward to on Saturday 25th July
“How come I hear you say?” well that’s an interesting story really. Alan Andrews (pictured below in his best bib and tucker) is a very keen 1874 supporter and he has a friend that he has known for a little while (sixty years we believe!!). That friend is called Mike Webb who just happens to be the secretary of the Senior Blades Supporters Club and Mike has attended a couple of 1874’s home games as Alan’s guest. Mike was impressed by what he saw and heard so he made it his goal to try and arrange a game between his two favourite football teams (Sheffield United and 1874 Northwich FC) and the wheels were in motion and the game has been arranged and two young gentlemen cannot wait. The game is sponsored by the way and no prizes for guessing by whom!
Mike Webb and Alan Andrews
“Bring it on”
A final gentle reminder:
THE 1874 BEER FESTIVAL
Saturday 27th June Lostock Social Club 3pm until Late
ADMISSION IS BY TICKET ONLY – £ 5.00
NOT MANY TICKETS LEFT NOW – JUST A FEW AVAILABLE FROM:
LEVEL ONE COMPUTERS, @brew2bottle or LOSTOCK CLUB
No Ticket? No can go!!