TWO SIGNINGS CONFIRMED
We are pleased to advise that Aidan Haughton & Aaron Kirk signed for 1874 Northwich immediately after our friendly game at Skelmersdale on Tuesday evening
“Bag of Chips and a ’99 again anyone”….?
It’s almost time for the games that really mean something to kick in, actual Northwest Counties Premier league points at stake.
As we travel to the seaside tomorrow for our final pre-season friendly at Welsh Alliance league side Conwy Boro FC, I thought I would pen a few lines for the newsletter.
On reflection it’s been a pretty tough few weeks for us, we have all been a bit stop start with our performances and a lot of it has been down to a bad run of luck on the injury front, we have virtually not been able to field our top scorers from last season Mike Brandon and Matty Beadle and its unlikely that they will be fit for the first league game next week at home to Squires Gate FC, fingers crossed that they don’t miss too much more than that.
It seemed that for every game we played we picked up a couple of injuries and that mixed in with the usual holidays has stopped us gaining some much needed momentum, as we all know that’s just sometimes how it goes in football, we probably have a good half dozen players not quite at 100% at the moment but after tomorrow we have a week free of games to recover and just a training session to iron out a thing or two before yet another tough season ahead of us.
But no medals are given out for winning every game in July so it’s looking forward that we need to be doing.
I am not worried at the problem we have because we have assembled quite a strong talented depth of squad and so it will give opportunities for some to maybe step out of the shadow and nail their flag to the 1874 mast.
These are always exciting times at the start of each season, every club is at an even keel with each other and all hoping that this year will be their year, the usual suspects will be favourites but usually an unknown comes out of the pack and makes some good early running.
It is important to start as well as we can and maintain it for as long as possible, after the weekend game I will try to give a more updated squad list, it has been difficult because of the situation but things will settle down and become a lot clearer soon.
We are all looking forward to getting going again on the journey and hoping to see as many of our fantastic supporters as often as possible.
OUR LAST FRIENDLY GAME:
CONWY BOROUGH AWAY SAT 1st AUGUST KICK OFF 2.30PM
1874 Northwich cross the Welsh border to play Conwy Borough at Y Morfa LL32 8HA.
Conwy play in the Huws Gray Alliance and finished last season in 11th place with a record of:
P W D L GF GA PTS
30 12 5 13 52 46 41
Note from Chairman re Stadium Gang w/c 1st August
A slight change this week as everyone is being given a Sunday off. Your help, as always, will be much appreciated on Tuesday from 9am & then next Friday from 9am (but not Thursday)
Our last two pre-season friendly games
1874 BLUNT BLADES CUTTING EDGE BY GARRY CLARKE
1874 NORTHWICH 2-2 SHEFFIELD UNITED FRIENDLY 25TH JULY 2015
Inspired by Aiden Haughton, 1874 came from 2-0 behind to claim a 2-2 draw against Sheffield United in the green’s only Barton Stadium fixture of their pre-season campaign.
Fielding a number of players with Football League experience the youthful Blades opened the scoring in the 3rd minute. Joel Coustrain shooting home from close range after Otis Khan’s shot had been blocked on the line.
1874 responded to the early set back by forcing several corners before Ryan Jackson had two shots saved by United’s keeper Jake Eastwood, who also saw a Matty Ward free kick sail over his crossbar.
Goal scorer turned provider in the 21st minute. The visitors broke down field, Coustrain crossed from the left into the path of Dan Cockerline who applied the finishing touch from six yards.
1874 got on the score sheet when Haughton swept home a cross from Paul Connor in the 28th minute. Haughton struck again in the 41st minute chipping the keeper after Ward had played the ball into the danger area.
After the break both sides contributed to an entertaining afternoon, both playing open and attacking football.
The full timers created more chances with 1874 keeper Andy Jones being called upon to make several fine saves, while 1874’s best chance fell to Jackson whose spectacular overhead kick flashed wide of the target.
In the closing minutes Sheffield’s Kler Heh curled a shot inches wide of the far post as the game ended all square, a result all of the 260 spectators in attendance agreed was a fair result.
1874 – Jones, Connor, Lomas, Mitchell, Thomas, Chappell, Woolley (McNicholl), Jackson (Lunn), Haughton, Ward, James. Subs not used Bayley, Mason, Stadnicki.
SHEFFIELD UNITED – Eastwood, Phillips, Colquhoyn, Whiteman, Banton, Evans, Hamilton, Khan, McDonagh, Cockerline, Coustrain. Subs all used Wright, Heh, Murray, Brooks, Kelly.
GOALS – for 1874 Haughton 28,41 and for UNITED – Coustrain 3, Cockerline 21
ATTENDANCE 260 REFEREE – Ian Hurdle
MEN OF THE MATCH SELECTED BY MATCH SPONSOR MR ALAN ANDREWS WERE:
1874 Aiden Haughton UNITED Julian Banton
Good friends come together to see their teams play and 1874 Northwich supporter Alan Andrews receives a memento from life-long Blades supporter Mike Webb
Mike Webb secretary of Senior Blades presents 1874’s Aiden Haughton with his Man of the Match Award
1874 supporter & match sponsor Alan Andrews presents the Sheffield United Man of the match award to their captain Julian Banton
SKELMERSDALE 4 V 3 1874 NORTHWICH FC – Tuesday 28th July – by Jack Owen
For our fifth pre season friendly game we travelled to Evo Stik Premier League side Skelmersdale United.
1874 got off to a great start with Aaron Kirk playing a ball over the top to allow Chris Lunn to control and lob the Skelmersdale keeper to open the scoring.
However the lead didn’t last long as the home side levelled the match just a few minutes later after a good piece of hold up play allowed the winger to run on and finish past Conkie.
Just before half time Skelmersdale made it 2-1 after a corner came in from the right and, after it wasn’t dealt with properly, it was scrambled home by the alert forward.
For the second half Skelmersdale started with a completely different eleven whilst 1874 made just two substitutions
Skelmersdale “new eleven” started to move the ball around better and they increased their lead with a powerful long range effort from their centre forward and their fourth goal soon followed as a neat exchange of passes created an easy chance that wasn’t wasted
However, to their credit 1874 continued to battle away and the arrears were reduced as Ryan Jackson was on hand to blast home after the ball rebounded to him following a scramble in the penalty area. This goal was just reward for Jackson as he had worked hard throughout.
Stu Tulloch rolled back the years when, in the 90th minute he found himself through on goal, and he finished well to make it 4-3.
This was a good competitive game played and watched by a healthy crowd and both managers will have been reasonably pleased with their respective sides performance
300 Club – July Results
The draw took place at the first home match of the season, against Sheffield United on 25th July.
The winning numbers were drawn as follows by Mike Webb, the secretary of the Senior Blades Supporters Club, who helped to arrange the match along with 1874’s own Alan Andrews.
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There were 307 ‘paid for’ numbers in the draw and four of the above were winners for the first time, which brings the total number of winners to date to 100 members.
A full list of winners for the last 6 months and information on how to join the 300 Club can be found at 1874northwich.com/1874-news/300-club
Alternatively you could send an e-mail to Guy Jewell at email@example.com or ask for details at an 1874 match or event.
Thank you for your continued support – it really helps to fund your football club.
The matchday fundraising results for the Sheffield United match were as follows:
The winning ticket number was 12007 and the prize value was £95.
The winning time for the first goal was 3 minutes, with the prize being £30.
Both prizes were claimed at the match.
Back in Northwich (BIN) Fund
The season started with a match day collection of £32.78, and with the £192 cheque presented to the Club by Mike Wood on behalf of the Social & Fundraising Committee, this brings the BIN Fund total up to £8,012.
Thanks to everyone who bought a ticket and/or contributed to the BIN.
1874’s SECOND ANNUAL SEASON REVIEW
Now available from LEVEL ONE COMPUTERS in Witton Street, Northwich (opposite the Library) also from Lostock Social Club and of course from our shop at the Barton Stadium at all of our home games
Priced at just £4 or for the cost of £5 it can be posted to you – just contact Brian Edge: firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 07711 505414)
2015/2016 SEASON TICKETS 80 NOW BOUGHT!!
Season Tickets 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
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) – please note Nigel is closed on Wednesday afternoons
Brian can arrange to accept cheques via post or discuss bank transfer arrangements
The Non League Magazine
This brand new monthly football magazine for supporters of North West non-league football has just be launched and was available at our game last Saturday. We decided to have 100 available and are pleased to say that just over half of them were purchased from our shop and what a good buy this is
The Non League is a full colour 100 page magazine filled with articles and images from the region’s non-league clubs including 1874 of course!
The cover cost of the magazine is £4.50 per issue, but going forward we will be receiving some every month and if you buy your copy from the club then the cost will be £3.50 (and £1 of this goes straight to your club:1874)
We have been asked if it would be possible to reserve a copy of this magazine similar to the service we provide for our programmes and the answer is YES
Car Boot Sale
We can now advise that a Car Boot Sale WILL be held at Lostock Club, on the morning of Sunday 16th August, with the cost for a car pitch being £5. There will be an 1874 stall to raise funds for the Club so if you have any saleable goods that you wish to donate then please speak to Guy Jewell or contact the Club. Please spread the word about the event and make the effort to attend to support this venture.
Set up at 7.30am with an 8am start. It will be taken inside if the weather is bad.
1874 AWAY TRAVEL SERVICE – RETURNS
Travel information as follows
Tuesday 11 August to Cammell Laird 1907 – the coach departs from Manchester Road (across from Lostock Club) at 6pm. It will then call at the Memorial Court. Cost is £9
Saturday 15 August to Atherton Colls – the coach departs from the bus stop outside the Police station at 1pm, it will then call at Manchester Road (across from Lostock Club). Cost is £9.
For more details, please see https://1874northwich.com/1874-news/away-travel
Should all the seats on each coach be sold, then the cost of both away days will reduce to £8, Therefore please consider using the Away Travel service and support the Club