No.151 - 04/09/2015 - 1874 Northwich F.C.

No.151 – 04/09/2015



Saturday sees 1874 Northwich welcome Runcorn Linnets to the Barton Stadium for a Cheshire Derby in the NWCFL Premier Division which will kick off at 2pm.

Currently 7th in the NWCFL Premier Division table, Runcorn Linnets have a record of:

4 3 0 1 6   3 3  9

League results: AFC Blackpool away won 2-0; Ashton Athletic away lost 0-1
Maine Road home won 2-1 & AFC Liverpool home won 2-1

They have also had a game at Congleton Town abandoned due to floodlight failure when they were losing 2-0.

In the FA Cup, Linnets have been in top form defeating Northern Counties East side’s Glasshoughton Welfare 6-1 and Pontefract Collieries 6-0.

Previous NWCFL meetings between 1874 and Linnets: 23/9/14 home drew 0-0
28/2/15 away lost 2-3


On Tuesday 1874 Northwich are scheduled to travel to Ashton Athletics’ Brocstedes Park for a NWCFL Premier Division fixture kick off 7.45pm. This game is subject to Ashton not requiring a replay of their FA Vase tie against Atherton Collieries.

Currently 10th in the NWCFL Premier Division table, Ashton Athletic have a record of;

6 2 2 2 5  5  0  8

League results
AFC Darwen home won 1-0 ; Runcorn Linnets home won 1-0 & Padiham away lost 1-2 AFC Blackpool lost 0-1; Nelson away drew 0-0 and Silsden away drew 2-2

Ashton Athletic were knocked out of the FA Cup in the extra preliminary round by Maltby Main losing 3-2 in a replay at Maltby after drawing 2-2 at home.

Previous NWCFL meetings between 1874 and Linnets: 14/2/15 away drew 1-1
16/4/15 home drew 0-0




A disappointing afternoon at the Barton Stadium ended with 1874 Northwich exiting the Emirates FA Cup at the preliminary round stage having lost 2-1 to Maltby Main.

The Northern Counties East Premier Division side, who had accounted for 1874’s NWCFL rivals Ashton Athletic in the previous round, were deserved winners against an out of sorts 1874. A hard working, well organized outfit they retained possession well against a disjointed home side handicapped by injuries to several key players.

An open game saw both teams going close to opening the scoring in the first twenty minutes. Nicky Darker and Brian Cusworth both had shots on target saved by 1874 goalkeeper Matt Conkie while Danny Thomas was forced to scoop the ball over the cross bar after Ben Thornton propelled header goal wards.

At the other end, Ryan Stewart swung in a corner from the right which scrapped the top of the cross bar in the 6th minute and ten minutes later Mike Brandon also hit the woodwork smashing a shot against the foot of the post.

Danny Thomas was caught in possession trying to bring the ball clear in the 30th minute, the ball was quickly passed to Darker who rifled a shot past Conkie from the edge of the area.

Playing too many long balls 1874 did not cause Maltby any concerns until after half time. Martin Hill fired a shot wide moments after the restart and Neil Chappell was denied by a last ditch tackle by Maltby captain Hayden Bennett, before the visitors doubled their advantage in the 55th minute. Thornton capitalized on some poor play at the back to shoot into the bottom corner from outside the area.

The introduction of substitutes Aiden Houghton and Aaron Kirk injected some life into an otherwise lacklustre 1874. Within minutes of rising from the bench Haughton had a header blocked on the line by Maltby goalkeeper Jamie Bailey.

A few minutes later the lively Haughton raced down the right wing before delivering a dangerous cross into the Maltby area, as the ball was about to drop onto Brandon’s head Bennett nipped in to head clear.

While 1874 were pushing forward in search of a way back into the tie they were leaving gaps at the back into which Maltby could break which they almost exploited. Cusworth blasted the ball over the 1874 bar in the 75th minute with the goal at his mercy following confusion in the 1874 defence and a minute later pulled a shot wide of the target when clean through on goal. Two minutes later another defensive mix up saw Cusworth roll a shot inches wide of the post.

1874 finally breached the previously water tight Maltby Main defence in the 81st minute. Paul Connor played a diagonal ball from deep towards the Maltby area where it was met by Brandon, who powered a header past Bailey from the edge of the area to throw 1874 a slim lifeline.

However, Maltby Main held firm to take their place in the First Qualifying round.

1874 – Conkie, Connor, James, Mitchell, Thomas, Chappell (Kirk 67mins), Hill, Woolley, Brandon, McNicholl (Beadle 80mins), Stewart (Haughton 57mins). Subs not used Edwards, Ward, Tulloch.

MALTBY MAIN – Bailey, Austin, Fawcus, Nodder (Poole 80mins), Barnett, Hemmingway, Outram, Darker, Cusworth (Lovell 85mins), Thornton, Yousefi. Subs not used Gibson, Stancliffe (Swales 90mins).

GOALS 1874 Brandon 81 MALTBY MAIN Darker 30, Thornton 55

ATTENDANCE 260 REFEREE Andrew Cawtherley

Man of the match selected by match sponsors – “Where’s Simon’s Wallet” – Mike Brandon


West Didsbury & Chorlton 2 V 3 1874 NORTHWICH – NWCFL Premier 31ST August

1874 started this Bank Holiday Monday fixture with goal keeper, Tom Hunt, making his debut in goal for the injured Matt Conkie whilst Danny Shannon came into the team on the right hand side of a strong looking midfield.

1874 started the game in the ascendency and nearly opened the scoring as early as the third minute when, after good play by Kirk and James the final ball into the box aimed for Brandon appeared to be handled by a home defender but 1874’s strong claims for a penalty were waved away by the referee.

However the first goal did arrive soon after and, once again, James was involved in the build up as he combined well with Brandon before seeing his excellent cross result in a corner from which Mitchell won the header that was cleared but only into the path of Brandon who netted with ease in the 14th minute.

1874 continued to look dangerous on both flanks as Connor and James linked up regularly with Hill and Shannon and both wide men showed their ability to deliver good crosses on a frequent basis.

It was certainly not one way traffic though as West’s threatened the 1874 defence on a good few occasions but came up against the strong centre back partnership of Thomas and Mitchell who dealt comfortably with what was thrown at them.

Brandon seemed to be enjoying his afternoon and he was certainly proving a handful for the Wests defence and after 23 minutes the accomplished striker once again showed his ability to get involved with good link up play and this time it was with Hill on the right who delivered a perfect cross into the path of Chappell who advanced a few yards before unleashing an unstoppable shot into the top corner from 12 yards out to increase the lead.

The two-nil score line at this point did not flatter 1874 and indeed they didn’t relax as they went looking for more goals and in the 32nd minute their third goal arrived after Ryan Mitchell (who has been making a nice habit of doing this!) went forward for a corner, won it and headed the ball across the area for Brandon to score his second of the afternoon.

Just before the half-time whistle Brandon almost scored his third when he met a long inch-perfect cross from Thomas but his header went just over the bar. The final action of a good half for 1874 saw Hunt make his second good save of the afternoon to maintain the three goals advantage. H-T 0-3

Most of the healthy attendance of 229 might well have expected to see more goals scored in the second half and so it proved but not many would have thought that the goals would be into the same net as those scored in the opening half!
But the home side started the second half in a more determined mood and in a sense were helped at first by a few defensive errors from 1874 and from one the defenders were indebted to Hunt who came out well to dive at an onrushing forward’s feet to save well.

There was a good period of play for about 15 minutes with possession switching between both sides and the best goal scoring opportunity fell to the home side but Paul Connor, backtracking well, had other ideas and his intervention averted the danger.

But just past the hour mark (62 minutes) West’s were back in the game when Jordan Poole slotted home a penalty which was rightly awarded after a mistimed tackle by an 1874
defender. Two minutes later and Wests missed a golden opportunity to reduce the deficit again but Poizer shot high and wide when well placed.

Wests were enjoying their best period of the game and they missed another chance to score when, after forcing two quick corners Jones somehow managed to hit the ball over the bar from just two yards out!

1874 were still trying to get the ball forward in an attempt to take the game away from their hosts but back Wests came and in the 76th minute they scored a second goal when their full back – Jones – cut in before seemingly toe-poking the ball into the top corner from 12 yards out.

A few minutes later and the game was suddenly “ten-a-side” rather that eleven when 1874’s keeper handled the ball outside the area and was shown a red card whilst a home player lost his composure and was also shown red for his troubles. Captain Chappell took on the “gloves role” for 1874 and showed that he has a good pair of hands as he safely helped to see his side home for the three points.

No doubt some 1874 supporters will have left the ground shaking their heads and wondering “what went wrong” but they would do well to remember that the players are always as disappointing as supporters are when things go awry – but with another three points in the bag to maintain the unbeaten league campaign that sees 1874 climb to second place in the table is surely rich compensation for the slight disappointment of today’s second half performance

1874: Hunt; Connor; Mitchell; Thomas; James; Hill; Chappell, Kirk; Woolley; Brandon and Shannon. Substitutes Ledwards (replaced James 66 minutes); Stewart (replaced Shannon 87 minutes) Unused Substitutes: Beadle; McNichol and Ward

Referee: Mark Brown Attendance 229


Thank you for the encouraging response to this request last week –


But we still have a few available:

Martin Hill; Arron Kirk; Elliott Ledwards; Steve McNichol & Danny Shannon

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.

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


This annual event is to take place at Lostock Social Club on Thursday 10th September Just turn up, bowls will be provided if you wish to play and remember if you don’t want to play you can still turn up on the evening to support the event. Start Time 7.00pm

The Non League Magazine


The September issue of The Non League, the new monthly football magazine for supporters of North West non-league football, is available now from all our clubs at just £3.
The new issue is now a full colour 116 page magazine filled with articles and images from all the North West teams playing their football in The National League through to NWCFL 1st Division, and have again produced a two-page spread on teams playing in Step 7.

There’s plenty of NWCFL interest in this month’s issue, including articles featuring:
1874 Northwich manager Ian Street
Barnton manager Leon Knight Nelson Manager Mark Fell
Steve Yarwood and Kiarno Samms (Abbey Hey)
Paul Coote (AFC Darwen) Ritchie Mottram (Runcorn Linnets)
Dominic Craig (Colne) Elizabeth Alker (Honarary President at Bacup Borough)
Congleton Town Cheadle Town and Widnes
There are also have special features with three times BDO World Darts Finalist Tony O’Shea, and footballer turned full-time model Gareth Seddon as well as in depth coverage of all the clubs in our region.
The cover cost of the magazine is £4.50 per issue but The Non League magazine will continue to deliver special ‘matchday’ versions to the club.
Each issue will have a promotional sticker on the front cover stating that if supporters buy their copy from the club it will only cost £3 (a saving on the cover cost of £1.50)
The additional bonus being that 1874 will also receive £1 from each sale.

NORTHWICH FESTIVAL Moss Farm, Northwich – Monday 31st August

Representatives from 1874 attended the Festival to help spread the word about our Football Club, explain why & how we were formed, what we represent, the good work that we do and charities we help or have helped as well as information on all Footie “matters”
Keen 1874 fan – Jordan Hancock – was also in attendance and he was kept busy in the goalkeeping role as youngsters tried their luck from the penalty spot

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picture taken by Steve Richardson


50:50 Half Time Draw The winning ticket was number 12840 and the prize of £132 was claimed.

Golden Goal The winning time was 30 minutes and again the prize was claimed.

Back in Northwich Fund
The match day collection was raised £42.80 and this brings the total fund value to £8,402.

Thank you for your continued support with the various fundraising activities – it really makes a difference to your football club.

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


West End Boys AFC U21’s v 1874 Northwich FC U21’s – by Alex Dickinson
1874 Northwich U21’s travelled to Denton to take on West End Boys AFC who are based in Denton, Manchester on what can only be best described as a bobbly pitch.
The squad was decimated through a number of players being unavailable and only one sub was named on the bench.

Consequently, the team showed 7 changes from last weekend but this didn’t seem to faze them as we scored after 20 seconds through Elliot Watkins.

Callum McGhee made it 2-0 latching onto a through ball and lifting it over the keeper. 1874 survived a strong claim for a penalty – however West End Boys soon pulled one back with a header from a corner. It was soon 2-2 when a West striker, managed to break through the defence and although he looked suspiciously offside he kept his calm and fired into the net.

Zac Whelan immediately restored 1874’s lead with a lovely finish having come inside from the right. Half time 3-2.

1874 nearly put the game to bed when Callum McGhee hit the post however West pulled level with another header this time going in off the post. West had their tails up at this stage and threatened the 1874 goal but with their best chance Jack Williams tipped a fierce shot over the bar.
With 15 minutes left 1874 restored their lead with Elliot Watkins scoring his second of the day following a through ball from Zac Whelan. A turning point of the match followed soon after, with a West player breaking through following a defensive error and was then “one on one” with Jack Williams but could not get past him as he pulled off two great saves.

The opposition heads dropped and 1874 were able to capitalise on this with the fifth goal that their play deserved with Elliot Watkins getting his hat trick finishing off a through ball from Nathan Heap.
One West player was not happy with the referee’s performance and told him so and deservedly was shown a straight red card.
A great win for the team which puts them second in the league. Next up is our first home game against West Kirkby and Wasps at Moss Farm on Sunday with a 2pm kick off.

Making more history for 1874

Last Saturday, a little more history was made as the first 1874 Under 21 player registered for the first team. Goalkeeper Jack Williams, who had trained with the senior team on the previous Thursday, put pen to paper under the watchful eye of Josh and Alan Hoare, the Under 21s Management Team.
This is good news for the Club as a whole and is hopefully the start of a fruitful plan to progress good, young players through the ranks.

Jack signs on the dotted line

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(and smiles for ace photographer Vicki England)

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