No.150 - 28/08/2015 - 1874 Northwich F.C.

No.150 – 28/08/2015



On Saturday 1874 Northwich FC welcome Maltby Main FC to the Barton Stadium for an Emirates FA Cup Preliminary Round tie.
Based in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, Maltby Main play in the Northern Counties East Premier Division and after last weekend’s fixtures are 9th in the table having won two and lost one of their opening three fixtures.
League results so far this season: 8/8 Tadcaster Albion away lost 3-6
12/8 Retford United home won 2-1 and 22/8 Armthorpe Welfare away won 5-2
In the extra preliminary round Maltby Main overcame Ashton Athletic after a replay. A 2-2 draw was played out at Ashton’s Brocstedes Park home in front of 1874 manager Ian Street who commented “They are a strong side, Maltby Main; physically strong with some big lads who like to get the ball forward quickly. It will be a tough game but of course it is winnable, every cup tie at this stage is a winnable game for us, so hopefully we can progress”.

In the mid-week replay at their Muglet Lane home, Maltby Main came back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 .

In last season’s FA Cup competition they also faced two NWCFL teams winning 2-1 at Wigan Robin Park in the extra preliminary round before losing 7-0 at home in the preliminary round to Glossop North End.

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1874 Northwich FC visit West Didsbury & Chorlton’s Recreation Ground on Monday for a NWCFL Premier Division fixture (if no replay is required against Maltby Main of course).

Ground postcode: M21 8FF.

Having finished last season in 10th place in the Premier Division, Wests have not made the best of starts to this season having lost 4 of their opening 5 league games and currently sit in 17th place in the table.

League results so far this season:
8/8 Atherton Collieries home lost 1-2 attendance 152
11/8 Alsager Town away won 2-1
18/8 AFC Liverpool home lost 0-3 attendance 85
22/8 Barnoldswick Town home lost 0-1 attendance 104
25/8 Nelson away lost 2-4

This will be the second time 1874 have played Wests this season having knocked them out of the FA Cup winning 3-0 in the extra preliminary round at the Barton Stadium on 14th August. Neil Chappell scored twice and Ryan Jackson once.

Prior to this season, 1874 have played West Didsbury & Chorlton on five previous occasions, including friendly games:

 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
 It looks as if Mike Brandon likes playing against them!

Recent results:


After having fallen a goal behind in the first half, 1874 turned in an outstanding second half performance to bag all three points at Alder House.
1874 struggled to find their rhythm in the opening half hour as the home side worked hard harassing their opponents not letting them settle. Both sides relied on shooting from distance and played too many long balls which troubled neither defence.

After an even opening, 1874 started to control the game. Colls goalkeeper Danny Tabener pulled off an excellent save to keep out a Mike Brandon header in the 32nd minute and a minute later Ryan Jackson had a goal bound shot blocked.
Last season’s First Division champions took the lead against the run of play in the 37th minute. Mark Truffas received the ball out wide on the left flank, cutting inside he sent a curling right foot shot over Matt Conkie into the top far corner of the net.Kristian Holt went close to sending the home side into the break 2-0 up but pulled his shot just wide of the target in the closing minutes of the half.
After the break 1874 dominated the opening exchanges of the second half forcing two corners in quick succession before leveling the score in the 52nd minute. Matty Ward floated a free kick into the Colls area; Neil Chappell stole in beyond the far post to head the ball back into the goal mouth where Danny Thomas forced the ball over the line.
1874 went ahead in the 70th minute when Ward drifted across field, his shot was partially blocked and Brandon reacted quickest reaching the ball before Tabener to poke the ball home.
The home side kept on battling to try and get back into the game with Holt firing a couple of long range shots just wide of the goal.Having had a shot well saved by Tabener, Brandon set up Jackson who drove the ball home from the edge of the area in the 83rd minute.
1874 – Conkie, Connor, James (Ledwards 55), Thomas, Lomas, Chappell, Kirk (Hill 66), Woolley, Brandon, Ward (McNicholl 85), Jackson. Subs not used Mitchell, Stewart.
GOALS – COLLS Truffas 37 1874 – Thomas 52, Brandon 70, Jackson 83


Most 1874 supporters will know by now that MATT CONKIE became our first player to have played 100 games for 1874 when he took to the field against Atherton Colleries last Saturday

This wonderful achievement was marked before the start of Tuesday’s home game when Matt was presented with a framed certificate and bottle of champagne by his kit sponsor David Blount

In the 100 games Matt achieved 45 clean sheets and in his 77 League games more than half of them resulted in clean sheets.

Some absolutely amazing statistics – well done Matt and long may it continue

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Matt Conkie receives his awards on reaching 100 games for 1874 from his Kit Sponsor David Blount



The game started at a good pace with both sides keen to get a hold of the proceedings but as early as the 8th minute 1874 suffered a blow when, after stretching for a ball, defender Dilan Lomas was injured and had to leave the field to be replaced by Louis James. Despite having to reshuffle the line up 1874 quickly settled and looked for the opening goal mainly through attacks on the right flank with Connor and Jackson linking up well and from one good move Arron Kirk had a good opportunity but his shot was hurried and it went wide of the target. Mike Brandon was once again leading the line well and just on the quarter hour mark he created a good chance for himself but he also shot wide.

A couple of minutes later and the action was at the other end of the field as the lively centre forward – John Main – had two chances in a few seconds to open the scoring but both chances were wasted as he shot straight at Conkie without troubling him.

The game was flowing nicely from end to end and it looked as though either side could soon take the lead and so it proved when in the 28th minute John Main opened the scoring when he reacted well to a through ball to advance before shooting past Conkie from 12 yards.
This goal lifted the visitors but their lead only lasted ten minutes before 1874 got the equalising goal when Mitchell found Brandon and then the striker played an excellent ball into the path of Jackson who, advanced into the box, before hitting the back of the net with a cool left-footed finish from eight yards – his second goal of the season.

The all-important third goal of the game almost came 1874’s way just before the interval but the excellent corner from Ward was headed straight at the visiting goal keeper by Mitchell.

Early in the second half Conkie had to be alert to make two very quick saves from the alert and troublesome Main and then minutes later, after a poor free kick by 1874, Alsager swiftly moved the ball up field and once again it was Conkie that kept the score at 1-1 – this time saving well with his legs

Neither side wanted to settle for a point, and this helped towards making the game a good spectacle for the near 300 attendance.
Just past the hour mark and 1874 nearly took the lead for the first time in the game but after Kirk played a delightful pass into the path of Jackson the forward saw his effort well saved by the impressive visiting keeper – Krystian Burzynski.

Midway through the second half Matty Ward was replaced by Aidan Houghton and the replacement wasted no time before getting involved when he worked well with Jackson before Jackson was again foiled by the keeper.
Conkie was involved again on two occasions and he showed his ability in fine style by keeping out two notable efforts by Alsager.

Before the final whistle Burzynski also made two more fine saves from James and Chappell, but in fairness it was far from one-way traffic as Conkie was very nearly caught out by Main’s last effort of the game when a shot from 30 yards out needed Conkie arching backwards to palm the ball away to safety.

At the final whistle neither side could complain as they had both missed chances whilst both keepers were kept busy most of the evening and indeed the match sponsors nominated Conkie as the Man of the Match – quite a fitting end of his 101st appearance for the club

Team: Conkie; Connor; Lomas; Woolley: Mitchell; Chappell; Kirk; Jackson; Brandon; Ward and Ledwards. Subs: Hill; James; Stewart; McNichol and Haughton

Referee: Daniel Hitchell Attendance: 282


If so then we probably have something that is affordable for you:

Players kit sponsorship is available from as little as £40 for the training kit, it is £70 for the playing kit or for £100 you can sponsor both.
Your name or company name will then appear in every 1874 programme this season.

Still available for Simon Everall; Aidan Haughton; Martin Hill; Arron Kirk; Elliott Ledwards; Dilan Lomas; Steve McNichol & Josh Stadnicki

Match sponsorship: is £150 for 6 people whilst Ball sponsorship is just £50 for 2 people

Your name (or if required your company name) will then appear in every 1874 programme this season on either the Players Kit sponsorship page or the Match Sponsorship page.

To arrange or for more details please contact Brian Edge
(07711 505414 or


Toddy has booked Lostock Social Club for Thursday 10th September for this event so please put the date in your diaries and remember if you don’t want to play you can still turn up on the evening to support the event. Please note the date is definitely the TENTH of SEPTEMBER 

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 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 rules that apply (and detailed in previous newsletters):
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


As previously advised the retail price of this excellent Football magazine (with something about 1874 in every issue) will be £4.50 BUT you can buy your copy at the ground for just £3.50 and £1 of that goes to OUR CLUB. You can also reserve a copy of further editions by speaking with Pam in the shop.

Northwich festival, Moss Farm, Northwich – 27th-31st August

1874 Northwich will have a stand on Sunday at the Northwich festival, Moss Farm, Northwich.
Come down and help to spread the word about YOUR FOOTBALL CLUB. Why not see if you can beat our ace goalie Jordon who will be between the sticks trying to emulate his hero Matt Conkie. Anyone available to help out would also be made most welcome.

1874 BEER FESTIVAL 2015 – AND 2016

Andrew Perry and his Beer Festival Committee sponsored the game against Alsager Town this week and at half time they presented our Chairman with a cheque for the magnificent sum of £2800 as a result of another well-run and extremely enjoyable and successful event. (not everyone looks happy at the cheque presentation pictured below but once the real ale was in hand all was well!!)

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And the date for the 2016 1874 Beer Festival was announced as Saturday 4th June
So if YOU can help in any way then please let us know – it would be much appreciated and it would lighten the load for the excellent but small Beer Festival Organisers.


50:50 Half Time Draw The winning ticket was number 12568 and the prize of £127 was claimed.

Golden Goal The winning time was 28 minutes and the prize was claimed.

Back in Northwich Fund

The matchday collection was boosted by a donation from one of our draw winners and totalled £49.41. This brings the total fund value to £8,359.

300 Club – August Results

The draw took place at the home match against Alsager Town on Tuesday 25th August.
The winning numbers were drawn by members of the 1874 Beer Festival Committee, who were sponsoring the match, as follows:

Prize Value

Winning Number




Andy Thomas



Toddy Barlow



John Pinchin



Mrs Bailey



Jayne Lowe

There were a record 312 ‘paid for’ numbers in the draw, which is a great start to the season, and three of the above were winners for the first time.
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 with the various fundraising activities – it really makes a difference to your football club.

More Dates for your Diary

Race Night – Saturday 17th October – at Lostock Social Club

Toddy is already selling horses (£3 each) and getting race sponsors (£25 per race) whilst other contributions would be most appreciated as the event does cost quite a bit to hire so if you can help in any way please let Toddy or Guy know
Two Race Nights were staged last year raising £1,004 and £852, and hopefully your support this year will make for another profitable and enjoyable evening
The event follows are home game on the 17th October v Barnoldswick

Christmas Party

– This will be held at Winnington Rec on Friday 4th December with a set 3-course Christmas meal. Tickets will be sold for £20 (contact Toddy to book) and a raffle will be run on the night. There is a limit on numbers so please reserve your places so as not to be disappointed.

EGERTON Under 21’s 2 v 2 1874 NORTHWICH Under 21’S – Alex Dickinson

The newly formed 1874 Northwich U21’s began their Cheshire U21 league campaign on Sunday with a well-deserved draw against Egerton U21’s. 1874 had the upper hand in the early stages despite going a goal behind when Egerton broke from their own half and took the lead against the run of play. 1874 soon equalised through Elliott Watkins who showed determination to shoot home from a tight angle.
1874 were continuing to dominate Egerton and deservedly took the lead with a well taken goal by Mark Napier-Hemy. Half Time: 2-1.

The second half was a bit cagey and Egerton managed to capitalise on some poor defending from 1874 to equalise at 2-2. There was still time for 1874 to have a goal disallowed for offside as well as test the Egerton goalkeeper but they couldn’t break through.

The team was: 21. Luke Mullock; 2 Callum Hoare; 3. Joe Clare; 4. Jordan Leah (c)
5. Elliot Woodthorpe; 6. Nathan Heap; 8 Mark Napier-Hemy; 9. Elliot Watkins
10. Jamie Pasquill; 11. Callum McGhee and 17. Josh Snelgrove

Substitutes:7. Ben Isherwood and 14. Jacob Williamson Substitute GK was unused: Jack Williams

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Two weeks ago we asked if YOU could do something amazing my giving blood at the Weaverham Centre. Well readers YOU certainly did do good by responding and we are pleased to advise that there is another opportunity – this time on Tuesday 1st September at the BARNTON MEMORIAL HALL so can YOU Do something amazing?

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As most of you reading this Newsletter will know our Chairman puts a fair bit of effort into his role of Chairman and lots of his tasks are not seen by many but one of his qualities is that he just gets on with it whether it is working with the stadium gang at the ground two or three times each week, attending umpteen meetings, collecting pies, laundry duties, trying to retrieve footballs unnecessarily kicked out of the ground at matches, opening up, locking up, liaising with many others at the club or connected with the club, being the important link with our friends at Winsford United FC and of course also finding time to appear on TV! He knows that we don’t take him for granted but it is important that as many people as possible do realise how dedicated he is.

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Paul pictured with the BBC Reporting team at their recent visit to the Barton Stadium. Photograph by Molly Darlington


Newsletter – 150 not out! By Vicki England

You’ll notice that this edition of the ’74 Newsletter is number 150 which means we’ve reached another milestone in our short history. As I have plenty of time on my hands (!!) I’ve spent this week reading the previous 149 editions and have really enjoyed looking back through them. There’s been a real mix of news and information, from the serious to the light hearted, since the first edition in 2012.Reading the headlines in each edition has reminded me how proud I am of our great club and the people who are involved with it.
I’ve picked out a few headlines, just to remind supporters of some great moments to date.

Issue 1 (30/11/12) welcomed everyone to our new Newsletter, this first edition was dedicated to the Supporters open meeting that had taken place the evening before where the name “1874 Northwich” was born, thanks to a fans vote.

In Issue 6 (18/1/13) our fantastic new badge was unveiled, which had been designed by a supporter.

Two significant announcements were made in Issue 11 (22/2/13) which advised that the support of our Members had been overwhelming to amalgamate the Trust with the new Football Club. It was also announced that a deal had been made with our friends at Winsford United, to play our matches at the BS.

Further votes took place leading up to Issue 14 (15/3/13)where the club let every know that our club motto “Ever Glorious” and our colours green, black & white had been adopted.

In Issue 16 (29/3/13) it was announced that the club was registered with the Financial Services Authority and that our name would be Northwich Community FC, trading as 1874 Northwich. Pretty momentous, don’t you think?

Issue 19 (15/4/13) told the world that the first Manager of the Club would be a certain Mr Street. Not a bad appointment by the Board I think!
Issue 25 (23/5/13) informed everyone that we had been placed into the North West Counties League Division One. Just what we had hoped for. We then made it to Issue 38 (2/8/13) which was the Newsletter before real history was made and we played our first competitive game. It all became so real on that proud day.
By Issue 44 (13/9/13) we were able to announce our very first award from the League, when Danny Thomas won the Player of the Month for August.
We are always very pleased to highlight community and charity initiatives and Issue 50 (25/10/13) gave a lot of feedback on the Blind Folded walk for the Blind Veterans and Guide Dogs for the Blind Associations. A brilliant event.

We were pleased to celebrate our first birthday in Issue 54 (15/11/13) and the news headlines in Issue 67 (14/2/14) captured our Chairman Paul, on the slopes, with his Birties pie. Not sure how he got it to Italy in one piece though!
Moving on to Issue 80 (9/5/14) which concentrated on our very first Presentation Evening, with Mike Brandon being named as the first ever Player of the Season. Just when you thought that news would be slow during the close season, Issue 84 (31/5/14) announced that we had been offered a place in the Premier League and that we had accepted.
Issue 100(19/9/14) was quite significant, as the headline was that we had reached 100….league points that was. Another milestone.
Fast forward to Issue 122 (19/2/15) and more history was made as we signed our very first player contracts with Matty Ward and Neil Chappell. Issue 135 (15/5/15) was dedicated to our second Presentation Evening, where Paul Connor was crowned Player of the Season for 2014/15.
Issue 142 (3/7/15) was a larger edition covering a busy weekend ‘off the pitch’ for the club. It started with the story of us having a presence in town, then news from the brilliant Beer Festival to the magnificent effort from all our Riders in the Manchester Cycle event on the Sunday. This was to raise money for our new charity partner, the Neuromuscular Centre.

The most recent notable news was one week ago in Issue 149 (21/8/15) which covered Chairman Paul in front of the BBC Cameras. I think the Birties pies looked well on TV too!
In between those Newsletters, there’s been hundreds of items of news, lots of feedback from the Manager and the Board, many charity/community events highlighted and stories and pictures from around the globe. It’s great to see that the 1874 word is spreading to most continents.
There’s been a few dodgy pictures taken by yours truly, in many of the editions. I’m always on hand with my camera!
The Newsletter is a great way to communicate to supporters however I know it’s time consuming to put together (I’ve edited one when Brian was on leave, took me all week!).

Therefore I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has contributed, to Mark Edgeley and Mark Riding for having the technical skills to send them out every Friday (via our website, all above my head!) and especially to Brian Edge for the hard work in pulling them together. Much appreciated!

Keep the stories and pictures coming, here’s to the next 150 Newsletters where we hope to read lots of good news on how our club has progressed.

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