Great Manchester Cycle Event
On Sunday 28th June, a team consisting of supporters and players will ride in the Great Manchester cycle event raising funds for the Neuro Muscular Centre, 1874 Northwich FC’s official charity partner for 2015/16.
The link with NMC was initiated by our Football Secretary Vicki, who knew all about the fantastic work that the Centre carried out through her friendship with one of their clients. Based in Winsford, the charity’s aim is to improve the quality of life for adults and young people with Muscular Dystrophy, an inherited genetic condition that gradually causes the muscles to weaken leading to increasing levels of disability.
The NMC provides a range of unique services for people with Muscular Dystrophy ranging from physiotherapy, training, support and advice.
1874 Northwich FC is pleased to be associated with Neuro Muscular Centre during this year, the charity’s 25th anniversary and we are looking forward to working with them and welcoming clients to 1874 Northwich FC games.
Please support #team74 by individual sponsorship of one of our riders, or by donating to www.justgiving.com/1874NorthwichFC
Team74 consists of Matty Ward, Stu Tulloch, Neil Chappell, Paul Connor, Dilan Lomas, Ryan Mitchell, Ryan Stewart, Steve Richardson, Deb Richardson, Adam Richardson, Brian Ashley, Nora Edge, Andy England, John Coats, Maggie Coats, Joe Woolley, Stewart Woolley and Nathan Walton.
Those taking part will be heading towards the large 1874 flag at the Etihad Stadium at approximately 10.45am for a photo opportunity, before starting the event at 11.45am. Good luck and thank you to everyone for their support.
On 11th July, I will be representing 1874 Northwich as a volunteer at the Neuro Muscular Centre’s big summer event at Arley Hall. This is a large open air concert and they are still looking for helpers. If anyone would like details of how they can help out on the day, please get in touch with me and I can give you some information or put you in touch with NMC.
THE 1874 BEER FESTIVAL
Saturday 27th June – Lostock Social Club – 3pm until Late
ADMISSION IS BY TICKET ONLY
The Club is pleased to have been given the opportunity of using a stall at the Northwich Market tomorrow (Saturday). The intention is to use it as a base to help us raise our profile in the town. We are not able to sell anything, as we do not have a trader’s licence, however we will promote our Club, our short history and our hopes for the future. Volunteers will be there from 9am until about 1pm, therefore if you can offer some time to help ‘spread the word’ or just call round for a chat, we would be delighted to see you.
2015/2016 Season Tickets NOW AVAILABLE
They can be purchased on line on the club website via this link:
Tickets are priced at £108 for Adults and £72 for concessions i.e. Under 17’s /Over 65’s. Our younger supporters, aged 12 and under, are admitted free of charge.
These tickets allow admission to all 21 home league games and come with an additional free ticket to bring a guest along to one League match.
Please note that online sales incur an additional charge of £1.50 to cover Paypal charges and postages. (These charges are not applicable to other purchasing methods)
Tickets can be also be purchased in person from Nigel Leather at Level One Computers (in Witton Street, Northwich opposite the Library).
We will also have tickets available at the Beer Festival at Lostock Social Club, as well as at all of our pre-season friendly games (home and away).
Brian can arrange to accept cheques via post or discuss bank transfer arrangements.
The Annual Season Review number 2
Our First Annual Season Review Booklet was extremely well received and although it takes a tremendous amount of work to pull it all together, we have just about managed to get everything to our printers. Hopefully they will be able to do a “print run” today (Friday 26th June) to enable some copies to be on sale at the Beer Festival (fingers crossed).
A small Sponsorship Booklet has been produced and is now available. Various methods of supporting our Football Club are detailed in the brochure such as perimeter ground advertising boards, match and ball sponsorships etc. and if anyone thinks that they may be able to assist the club in “getting these opportunities across” to any interested businesses or individuals, then please contact Brian Edge for a copy or copies of the booklet.
New GREEN HOME shirt for this coming season
As many of our readers will know, it is usually necessary to replace a team’s playing kit every two years and despite the valiant efforts of Chris – our Kitman – who has patched most of the shirts up over the last 24 months or so (showing off his sewing capabilities) the kit desperately needs replacing.
Obviously we are retaining the predominant colour of GREEN but the shirt has changed ever so slightly. The main reason for this is that our Manager prefers the shirts to be long sleeved. Also we will not have a logo on the back of the shirts next season (although we will now have NMC on our new shorts)
We would stress that we have certainly not gone for a new shirt to try and sell a lot more replica shirts, although obviously if anyone does want to purchase one then that can be done!
Unless specifically requested differently at the time of ordering, ALL orders for replica shirts will come as SHORT SLEEVED (as has been the case with our Claret and Blue away shirts)
1874 Text messaging service
As many of you will be aware, the Club operated a ‘Text messaging service’ during last season. This was set up as another communication aid, to alert supporters about pitch inspections, postponed games etc. We also slowly built up news of signings and fundraising events. This service proved popular with many supporters and at the last count, around 80 people were receiving news in this way.
Following good feedback over the summer, we are pleased to advise that the Club will be operating this service again in 2015/2016. Therefore to use the service, please send a text message saying ‘sign me up’ and also give your name, to 07975 679624. Should new or existing users of the service, only wish to receive texts about inspections and postponements and don’t wish to receive other club news, then this can be arranged. Please drop us a line to that effect, we don’t want to ‘bombard’ you!
Vicki (Football Secretary/roving reporter/terrible photographer)
Last Saturday, I wandered down to the first pre-season training session. Ian and Paul put the lads through their paces and it was really good to see familiar faces, as well as a few new ones, back to the fold. It was also good to hear that the banter had not been lost over the close season!
Most of the lads looked sharp despite the break, Michael ‘Van’ Brandon lead the way in the running event. However one or two (I will not disclose names!) moaned incessantly the whole time. One player in particular looked, shall we say, sluggish but I know that he will miraculously turn into a super athlete, when the first game kicks off!
The Gaffer told the boys that he was starting with a lighter session however after spending an hour there, I came away quite exhausted from watching the action!! If that is Ian’s ‘light session’ then I feel their pain in the coming weeks. I was offered the opportunity to join in at one point, just a shame that I had my flip flops on! Perhaps next time…..
News of signings will follow in the coming weeks.
Pictured on the ball is Stu Tulloch, showing the lads how it’s done…..
A few months ago my daughter Beth came across the ‘Bin for BIN’ and asked me what it was all about. When I explained that a supporter had come up with the idea to collect loose change at each game and that all the money would be saved up and be used to get us ‘Back In Northwich’ in the future, she decided to take action. Without any prompting, she set up her own mini BiN fund at home.
Since then, she has encouraged her Dad and I to throw our loose change into the box and has on a few occasions, conveniently emptied my purse in there! This week, we decided to empty the box as coins were beginning to spill out everywhere and I am really pleased to say that she has collected £35.16. I’m proud of her for doing this and it just shows that everyone can make a difference, however small the amount of money or the amount of effort put in, it really does count. The money has now been paid in to the BiN fund, the box is back in the kitchen and we ‘go again’!
Anyone for cricket?
The Club is looking for players, to join an 1874 cricket team. A match has been organised against Davenham Sunday Cricket team on Sunday 12 July, starting at 1.30pm and whilst a number of people have signed up, we would like a few more players in our ranks.
This will be a social event for both clubs, with the bar open and hopefully a BBQ up and running. It will be an ideal opportunity for 1874 supporters and players to get together before the start of the season and we’re sure it will be an enjoyable and entertaining afternoon with our friends from Davenham CC.
If you are able to take part, then please contact Vicki at the Club on 07975 679624 or email email@example.com and your details will be passed to Alex Dickinson and Gary Halvorsen, our dynamic duo management team.
Barton Stadium work continues
The Club is indebted to supporters for their continued hard work at the Barton Stadium over the last few weeks. The ‘Stadium Gang’ have continued their efforts each week and our rallying call to everyone to come and help with pitch maintenance on a couple of occasions, was superbly met by a good number of supporters.
There are still a number of maintenance jobs that need to be completed, which include further work on the pitch to prepare it for the season ahead, along with painting and other smaller tasks around the ground. Therefore if anyone can spare an hour or two to help anytime over the next four Sunday mornings, the ground will be open from 9am-11am. Thank you for your efforts, it is truly appreciated.
Our Chairman, pitching in with Frank and Dave on Thursday morning.
The June draw took place at the Social & Fundraising Committee meeting held on Wednesday evening. The winning numbers were drawn out as follows:
Prize Number Winner
There were 306 ‘paid for’ numbers and two people this month, were winners for the first time. Congratulations!
****STOP PRESS**** Christmas Party, the date for your diary!
Last year’s Christmas party was a huge success and yes we know it is only June, but we want to ensure that we give everyone plenty of notice of the next one. Following the superb Presentation Evening, which included a fantastic three course meal and entertainment, we have decided to return to the Winnington Rec on Friday 4 December for the 2015 Party. More details will follow, put it in your diaries now!