BBC SPORTSDAY PROGRAMME
AT 1874 NORTHWICH FC FA CUP OPENER.
FRIDAY EVENING 6.30PM
Friday 14th August sees the start of this year’s Emirates FA Cup Competition at the Barton Stadium Winsford, kick off at 7.45 pm, with 1874 Northwich FC taking on NWCFL Premier Division rivals West Didsbury and Chorlton FC.
Hopes, with 1874 FC supporters, will be high that 1874 FC can improve on their win one, one draw and one defeat overall record in the competition so far in their three year history.
Last season – 1874 FC’s first season in the FA Cup – resulted in a win against Maine Road in the Extra Preliminary Round, followed by a draw and then defeat in the replay against Prescott Cables in the Preliminary Round proper.
1874 Northwich FC have been contacted by the BBC News Sports News programme who wish to attend the game, preview it and do live interviews at the ground for their 6.30 pm programme which is broadcast on the BBC News Channel ( 130 on Freeview and 503 on Sky). Cameras will be around from 6.00 pm onwards to do interviews with officials of both clubs to link in with their ever popular Road to Wembley theme for this year’s competition.
After initial contact was made made last week, Paul Stockton, Chairman of 1874 Northwich FC spoke with BBC Sports News Producer Andy Dickman to confirm that the BBC were interested in featuring the game. ‘Andy was actually at Trent Bridge and we spoke just as Australia lost their fifth wicket at about 11.30am. I was of course watching the cricket on television but Andy can always say ‘I was there when Stuart Broad took the Aussies apart with 8 for 15′!’.
Paul continues ‘ we are absolutely delighted that the BBC Sports News team have chosen this game to start off their journey to Wembley. The match is one of four in the competition to kick off on Friday evening so we will have to make sure we kick off on time! This game will in fact be our first ever Friday evening game, we are hoping for a good crowd that will watch an entertaining game. Representatives from the NWCFL and Winsford United will be in attendance on Friday evening as, of course, will our friends from West Didsbury and Chorlton!’
Rob Turley, West Didsbury and Chorlton secretary added ‘BBC coverage is great PR for both our clubs and the North West Counties League and, like 1874, we’re recent entrants to the FA Cup and this is only our 3rd season and first away fixture. Previously we’ve got through the first game [with a home win and walkover last season] only to lose out to Evo Stik opposition in the next round. It’s Friday night football for the first time for us too and a big crowd should bring out the best in both teams who play an attractive passing game for spectators to enjoy. 1874 are probably favourites given home advantage but we’ll do our best to cause an upset whilst maintaining the many friendships enjoyed between our two clubs in recent years.’
GOOD START TO SEASON THREE FOR OUR FAMILY CLUB
Skipper Neil Chappell is left “holding baby” Seb Baker before Saturday’s game against Squires gate as Seb and his sister Tarryn were mascots for the game – (photograph by Molly Darlington)
1874 OPEN GATE ON NEW SEASON BY GARRY CLARKE
1874 NORTHWICH 2-0 SQUIRES GATE – NWCFL PREMIER 8TH AUGUST 2015
Two first half goals set 1874 Northwich on their way to 3 points on the opening day of the new season. With four debutants in green shirts 1874 dominated the first half on a lush Barton Stadium pitch but allowed their opponents back into the game in the second half.
The first half hour was one way traffic with Gate keeper Ben Fletcher being called into action to deny Ryan Jackson and pull off a double save to prevent Aiden Houghton from scoring, while from a corner Neil Chappell had a header cleared off the line.
Squires Gate started to come more into the game with Joshua Kay setting up Chris Anderson but he shot from outside the area was comfortably dealt with by Matt Conkie.
1874 hit the front in the 34th minute. Matty Ward swung in a corner from the right, Danny Thomas glided the ball through a packed six yard box into the net with a glancing header.
Houghton opened his 1874 account two minutes before half time. Receiving the ball from a throw in with his back to goal he turned, surged through the defence and slotted the ball past Fletcher.
After the break, 1874 continued to push forward in search of more goals. Several dangerous crosses were played into the Gate area but no 1874 players could get on the end of any of them. Man of the match Jackson was particularly prominent, drawing a fine save from Fletcher, having a shot deflected over the bar and clearing the bar by a matter of inches with a drive from 25 yards.
With Kay and Billy McKenna both having had shot saved by Conkie earlier in the half, as the game became stretched Squires Gate created several goal scoring opportunities in the closing stages of an entertaining game.
Terry Cummings won the race to a through ball lofting his shot over the advancing Conkie he narrowly missed the target, Ashley Rowan also shot wide and Michael Hall blasted the ball over the bar from the edge of the area.
1874 – Conkie, Connor, James, Thomas, Lomas, Chappell, Hill (Ledwards 82mins), Woolley, Haughton (Brandon 71mins), Ward, Jackson (Everall 73mins). Subs not used McNichol, Tulloch.
SQUIRES GATE – Fletcher, Richards, Anderson, Hall, Westwood, Benjamin, Kay (Cummings 74mins), Penswick, Buchan, McKenna (Trout 86mins), Ferguson (Rowley 56mins).
GOALS – 1874 Thomas 34 Houghton 43
CAMMELL LAIRD 1907 0 V 1 1874 NORTHWICH 2 NWCFL PREMIER 11TH AUGUST 2015
This was never going to be an easy game for 1874 and so it proved as Ian Street’s side had to work very hard to secure their second win of the season.
There was just one change from Saturday’s starting lineup as Arron Kirk stated in midfield with Martin Hill being on the bench.
The home side started well and took the game to their visitors and in the opening five minutes Danny Thomas was called upon to make vital interceptions to avert the danger.
1874 had their first effort on goal after 15 minutes as Ryan Jackson shot wide after good work by Aidan Haughton. Minutes later, Kirk and Jackson combined well on the right hand side but the final cross into the box just evaded Matty Ward.
Cammell Laird were a determined side and they came more and more into the game as the midfield battle for control intensified. After 25 minutes they had their first real chance when an excellent long ball from defence found Foy in space on the right flank but his attempt went well over the crossbar from wide out.
Just two minutes later another good move by the hosts nearly brought some reward but the alert Thomas at the heart of the 1874 defence saved the day with a good header at the expense of a corner.
Then on the half hour Mark matt Woolley sent a great long pass out to the right that nearly produced a goal but Chappell’s effort was well saved at the expense of a corner – from which Matty Ward shot at goal but without the right result.
1874 looked keen to stay on the attack but Cammell Laird were also always looking to score and once again Danny Thomas came to his sides’ rescue with another timely piece of defending and from the resulting corner Murphy headed over the bar when perhaps he should have at least hit the target.
The hosts then had a good spell of possession that enabled them to impress as an attacking team and their football should really have had better results, but Clare and Murphy couldn’t turn their chances into goals.
For the final few minutes of the first half it was then 1874’s turn to look positive and goal hungry. Woolley and Chappell tended to be at the forefront of this spell of play as they both tried to win the ball and get it out to Jackson as soon as possible for him to run at defenders and this he did on three quick occasions and from the last of these the winning goal arrived when Jackson’s turn and cross resulted in captain Chappell being in the right place to guide the ball into the far corner of the net. Half –Time 0-1
After the break the home side came out determined to get back in the game and they created several chances but Thomas and Lomas together with keeper Conkie were up to the challenge of maintaining their clean sheet.
However, ten minutes into the half and 1874 suffered a major blow when Thomas had to leave the field with a leg injury. He was replaced by Steve McNichol.
Sometimes the best style of defence is to attack and certainly in this game that is what happened, because as Cammell Laird pressed for their equaliser they began to leave gaps which 1874 might have capitalized on. Indeed with 15 minutes left a second goals almost arrived but good work and an excellent cross from Jackson evaded all of 1874’s onrushing players including Michael Brandon who minutes earlier had come on as a substitute for Haughton.
On 81 minutes the substitution almost paid dividends when another fine move by 1874 ended with Brandon seeing his header rebound from a post and then Woolley’s forcing of the ball over the line and then his celebrations were curtailed by the raised flag of an assistant Referee. Unfortunately the home keeper sustained a bad finger injury and had to leave the field. His substitute did make two good saves before the final whistle went which allowed the 1874 following to vent their obvious satisfaction to the all-round sterling performance given by the 1874 players.
After the game the Cammell Laird Match sponsor named the Lairds defender Steve Ferrigan as their Man of the Match and 1874’s Ryan Jackson as the 1874 man of the Match (Ryan’s second Man of the Match award in two games
COMING UP THIS WEEK BY GARRY CLARKE
WEST DIDSBURY & CHORLTON FA CUP EXTRA PRELIMINARY ROUND
FRIDAY 14TH AUGUST 2015 KICK OFF 7.45PM
1874 Northwich FC host West Didsbury & Chorlton at the Barton Stadium on Friday, kick off 7.45pm, in the extra preliminary round of the FA Cup.
Wests ended the 2014/15 season in 10th place in the Premier Division table with a record of:
P W D L GF GA PTS
40 13 4 23 57 84 43
Last season in the FA Cup they lost 3-0 at home to Evostik League Brighouse Town in the preliminary round.
Wests kicked off the 2015/16 season last Saturday with a 2-0 home defeat against Atherton Collieries, having taken the lead in the 84th minute Wests conceded goals in the 88th and 90th minutes. On Tuesday they travelled to Alsager Town, winning 2-1.
1874 have played West Didsbury & Chorlton on five previous occasions, including friendlies.
4/1/14 Friendly at Middlewich Leisure Centre won 4-0 – McGinley 2, McGregor 2
15/2/14 Friendly at Middlewich Leisure Centre won 3-2 – Brandon, Duckworth, Wellstead
12/7/14 Friendly away drew 2-2 – Brandon Woolley
20/9/14 NWCFL Premier away won 2-0 – Brandon, Thomas
7/2/15 NWCFL Premier home won 4-2 – Brandon 2, Chappell, Ward
OTHER NWCFL CLUBS IN THE EMIRATES FA CUP EXTRA PRELIMINARY ROUND
SATURDAY 15TH AUGUST 2015
Abbey Hey v Worksop Town and AFC Darwen v Washington
Alsager Town v Athersley Recreation and Ashton Athletic v Maltby Main
Barnoldswick Town v Colne and Barton Town Old Boys v Squires Gate
Bootle v Atherton Collieries and Chadderton v AFC Liverpool
Congleton Town v Nostell Miners Welfare and Glasshoughton Welfare v Runcorn Linnets
Hanley Town v Shawbury United and Holker Old Boys v Liversedge
Maine Road v St Helens Town and Nelson v Newton Aycliffe
Runcorn Town v Bacup Borough and Silsden v West Allotment Celtic
Winsford United v AFC Blackpool
SUNDAY 16TH AUGUST 2015
Whickham v Padiham
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: email@example.com or ring 07711 505414)
COPIES ARE SELLING FAST BUT WE STILL HAVE A FEW AVAILABLE FROM OUR SHOP AT THE BARTON STADIUM
2015/2016 SEASON TICKETS
WE HAVE NOW SOLD 99
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
Would you like to go to the Manchester United v Liverpool match?
Then read on to find out how to get a chance of doing so
Man United are playing Liverpool at Old Trafford on Saturday 12th September 2015 (kick off 5.30pm), and thanks to a very generous 1874 supporter, TWO tickets are available for the match and these will be the prize in an 1874 raffle to be run over the next few weeks.
Entries to the raffle will cost £3 each and there is no limit on the number that can be bought per person.
They will be on sale at all the home games and 1874 events up to the date of the draw. Should you be unable to attend any of the above then please contact Guy Jewell, for information about purchasing an entry or entries, via the Club at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07975 679624.
The draw will take place on Saturday 5th September at the match against Runcorn Linnets and the winner will be notified (as well as the result being posted on the 1874 website).
Please note that the following rules apply:
The match tickets must be used by the winner and cannot be sold on (a transfer to family/friends of the winner may be allowed with the approval of the Club).
The names of both attendees must be provided prior to the day of the match.
The tickets are for the International Suite so a dress code will apply.
Tickets cannot be purchased by anyone under the age of 16 (but one can of course attend the match as a guest).
1874 Northwich Football Club is registered with Cheshire West & Chester Council under the Gambling Act 2005, and the Promoter can be contacted c/o the Club at 450 London Road, Davenham, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 8EF.
As a result of this very kind gesture by an 1874 Supporter it is hoped that this unique and likely “one off” raffle will raise a good sum of money for 1874 NORTHWICH FC
The Non League Magazine
COPIES OF THE FIRST ISSUE ARE STILL AVAILABLE AT JUST £1
Car Boot Sale
Don’t forget that our Car Boot Sale WILL be held at the Lostock Social Club post code: CW9 7NW)
on Sunday 16th August, with the cost for a pitch being £5.
If it is raining then the sale will held INSIDE the club
There will be an 1874 stall to raise funds for 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. Any enquiries please contact the club on 07975 679624
1874 AWAY TRAVEL SERVICE
Saturday 22 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 be sold, then the cost will reduce to £8, Therefore please consider using the Away Travel service and support the Club
UPDATE FOLLOWING THE SQUIRES GATE GAME
The Golden Goal time was 34 and the winnings have been paid out as is the case with the 50/50 draw – the lucky ticket number was 12076 and the winner received £120
The BIN collection was £41.98, which gives a total in the account of £8,174.
As always many thanks to everyone who supported these money-raising initiatives
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Avid 1874 supporter Tim Baker managed to persuade his children Tarryn and Seb to bring him to 1874’s first game of the season!