No. 177 4/3/16 - 1874 Northwich F.C.

No. 177 4/3/16



Mainly due to the rallying and determination of our excellent Treasurer – John Coats -1874 Northwich FC has supported The Rotary Club of Northwich’s Charity Swimathon in recent years and your recent Newsletters have been reminding you of this event and at the same time asking for some support in actually taking part BUT, Sad to Say this year that has not been forthcoming – AT THIS MOMENT IN TIME the 1874 SWIMATHON TEAM stands at just TWO people so CAN YOU PLEASE HELP?

JOHN and MAGGIE NEED YOUR HELP – could you possibly take part or do you know someone who could? Just imagine that as well as helping with the fundraising YOU could also always say that you represented 1874.!!
The event takes place on SUNDAY 13th MARCH (between 6pm and 7pm)
SO can you help? Would you like to be part of the 1874 team?

The event is for swimmers of all ages and abilities and IT IS NOT A RACE.
The emphasis is on a group of people raising money for worthwhile local charities and having fun at the same time. The swimmers take it in turns “relay style” so the event is not too demanding on any one individual.
This year’s chosen charities are: Alzheimers Society, Cheshire West and Chester and Macmillan Cancer Support, Mid Cheshire.
However, for the first time this year, participating teams can elect for half their sponsorship to go to the charity of their choice (and 1874 have decided to nominate NMC as the beneficiaries on this occasion)
Anyone interested can contact John Coats either in person, by mobile 07721 924860, or by e-mail

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE help this worthwhile cause and speak with JOHN COATS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE


Well we did manage to play two games again last week but with mixed fortunes: a disappointing performance at Maine Road last Saturday in losing by 4 goals to 2 but then nicely followed by three points being earned in our local derby against Winsford on Monday night (although the 3-goal margin was certainly not as comfortable as it might appear)
But before we publish the match reports from these two games we would like to remind ALL supporters to try and support ALFIE LUND on Saturday

Alfie Lund

Alfie is our special guest at the Congleton Town game.Eight year old Alfie Lund, who along with his family is raising funds and the awareness of a rare life limiting condition called Mecp2 Duplication syndrome.

They will be taking a collection and also displaying a section of their amazing football memorabilia collection, which at the end of the season will be auctioned/sold off to raise further funds after a new world record attempt has been submitted to the Guinness book of World Records
Alfie unfortunately suffers from Mecp2 Duplication syndrome. The condition means Alfie can’t walk or talk, he has profound and multiple learning difficulties, epilepsy, is on the autistic spectrum and suffers chronic recurrent chest infections and pneumonia which are the main cause of death with almost half succumbing before the age of 25. These are just a few of the symptoms associated with the condition.

The Alfie Lund Fund was set up four years ago with the aim of raising funds for specialist equipment for Alfie and awareness of the condition and helps the newly founded charity Mecp2 Duplication UK which helps support the 30 or so families now living with the disorder here in the UK.
If any supporters have any old shirts, scarves or flags they want to donate please bring them down on the day or contact The Alfie Lund fund via
twitter: @alfielundfund
Thank you

MAINE ROAD 4-2 1874 NORTHWICH – by Jack Owen

1874 slipped to their 7th league defeat of the season with a below par performance against a youthful Maine Road side.
The game began at a good pace, with both sides trying to secure the midfield area and the home side took an early lead when, after just five minutes, Connor Hughes fired home after the 1874 defence failed to clear the danger.
But just five minutes later and the scores were level as 1874’s leading scorer -Matt Beadle -had time to bring a Ben Brooks header down and volley the ball into the bottom right hand corner of the Maine Road net from 20 yards. However, on the quarter hour mark, Maine Road recaptured the lead, and once again mistakes in the 1874 defence helped Hughes to score, but he did so only after Greg Hall had made two good saves, only to once again see that his defence failed to clear the danger.

Shortly afterwards, the 1874 fans and players thought that good work by Beadle had won his side a penalty but the referee thought otherwise and waived play on.
Another lapse in concentration by 1874’s defence nearly resulted in hat-trick for Hughes but his effort from 15 yards went over the bar.
On the stroke of half time, Ryan Jackson, cut inside from the left wing and delivered a great ball into Mike Brandon, but as he was about to shoot he was fouled and the referee had no hesitation in awarding a penalty. Beadle stepped up, but his spot kick was weak and easily saved. This was the third penalty missed by 1874 in two seasons at this venue.

HALF TIME: Maine Road 2-1 1874 Northwich.

The Greens started the second half well and were level on the 49th minute, as Matt Beadle latched on to an over the top ball from Jackson to chip the on rushing Livesey from 20 yards – a great finish that brought the 74 back in to the contest.
Indeed for the next 20 minutes or so, 1874 enjoyed their best period of the game but a goal wasn’t forthcoming.
Then in the final 15 minutes Maine Road took control of the game once again and in the 80th minute Hughes was allowed time and space to advance on the 1874 goal with no real resistance but his shot was saved well by Hall but Tyler Edwards was following up and restored the home sides lead with a simple tap in five yards out.

The three points were confirmed just five minutes later, as Edwards beat Connor and then Mitchell before scoring his second goal of the afternoon.
FULL TIME: Maine Road 4-2 1874 Northwich – ATTENDANCE: 210
1874 TEAM: Hall, Connor, Mitchell, Thomas, James, Chappell (C), Brandon, Ward, Beadle (Riley 89), Brooks (Woolley 81), Jackson (Wellstead 75).
Unused subs: Kirk and Lomas


1874 made it back to back wins against landlords Winsford United this season with a 3-0 away win at the Barton Stadium in difficult conditions.
The game was a even contest for the majority of the first half with most of the game being battled within the midfield. George Riley, making his first start for 1874, was lively and played a great through ball to Ryan Jackson, who’s effort on goal was well defended by former 1874 defender Adam Bayley.
With the game approaching half time and still goal less, Ryan Jackson pinched the ball off the Winsford winger but after being swarmed by Blue shirts, he lost the ball but luckily it fell to Mike Brandon who rifled the ball home from close range to give 1874 the lead going in to the break.

HALF TIME: Winsford 0-1 1874.

1874’s Mike Brandon in action on Monday evening – photo by Molly Darlington

The contest resumed as both sides looked to push on and take the game to each other, both sides had early chances, Ryan Jackson’s cross just evading Mike Brandon and Ben Brooks when 1874 countered and at the opposite end, a slip in the 1874 back line wasn’t fully capitalised on by Winsford and the ball was cleared.
Matt Ward replaced Neil Chappell for 1874 and almost instantly had an impact – his long run up the field saw him beat three Winsford players until his effort was blocked well by Ben Seol.

The game was still in the balance going into the last exchanges, and Matty Ward thought he had the chance to seal it after robbing the Winsford defender of the ball on the edge of his area, he was one-v-one with the Blues keeper, but this time the keeper came out on top making a great save to deny the midfielder.
1874 effectively secured all 3 points in the 90th minute, as Jack Woolley received the ball from a throw in, he held it up well and laid the ball into the path of the onrushing Ryan Jackson who calmly slotted the ball home at the near post to make it 2-0 and relieve all tension.

Stuart Wellstead added gloss to the score line in the 94th minute, as he raced on to a Ryan Mitchell clearance as Winsford threw everything at 1874. Wellstead outpaced the defender and slotted home calmly to make it 3-0 and send the ‘travelling’ 1874 fans home happy.

FULL TIME: Winsford United 0-3 1874 Northwich.
1874 – 1.Hall, 2.Connor, 4.Mitchell, 5.Farnworth, 3.Lomas, 6.Chappell (Ward 55′), 8.Woolley (C), 10.Riley, 7.Brooks (Woolley 75′), 11.Jackson, 9.Brandon (Wellstead 84′)
UNUSED SUBS – Kirk and James.
Attendance – 315 – 1874 Man of the Match: Paul Connor.

Stu Wellstead 3-0
Stuart Wellstead slots the third goal in with ease – photo by Molly Darlington

1874 Player of the Month(s)

At the start of a new month, we normally ask supporters to nominate their favourite player of the previous month. The last presentation was made to Mike Brandon for November 2015.
However as everyone is aware, the weather has played havoc with our fixtures and it has been very stop/start for the team, the management and the Green Army!

We initially decided to roll the December vote into January, as we only played three games before Christmas. January was a terrible month for us too, as we only managed to play in one match, so we rolled the vote on into February. Thankfully last month picked up as we took part in five games.

So now it’s time to cast your minds back to those games and choose the player who you feel has performed consistently since early December.
By way of a reminder, the results and match reports can be found on the website, under the ‘First Team’ tab and then ‘Fixtures & Results’.

Please cast your vote by: Completing a voting slip, which will be available at our home games against Congleton Town & AFC Blackpool or by texting the Club on 07975 679624 – please indicate the player’s name and also your own name.

Alternatively, by emailing your choice to
The presentation will be made at our home game against Cammell Laird on Tuesday 15th March therefore votes will need to be cast by 5pm on Saturday 12 March.

Thank you and please get voting!

Race Night – Saturday 5th March at Lostock Social Club

A final remember about the next 1874 Race Night taking place on Saturday
The first race starts at 8pm and admission is completely free.
The last Race Night in October was great fun, it was well attended and thanks to the generosity of supporters and sponsors, raised significant funds for the Club.
This time, all money raised will go to the BiN (Back in Northwich) fund.


1874 Northwich in association with Supporters Direct have joined the NHS Organ Donation Services #sign for life campaign. During February and March football clubs at all levels are being encouraged to ask supporters to consider joining the Organ Donation Register.
Three people die each day because of a shortage of organ donations and currently 6500 are on the waiting list. We want to do something about it.
If you would consider joining the register it takes 2 minutes,
Steve Richardson and Brian Ashley will be available at 1874 games with application forms or register online at



On Saturday 1874 Northwich are due to host Cheshire neighbours Congleton Town in a NWCFL Premier Division fixture at the Barton Stadium.
Congleton Town are currently 13th in the NWCFL Premier Division table with a record of:

25 10 6 9 48 45 3  36

Congleton Town are unbeaten in their last four league games winning at home against Runcorn Linnets and Padiham while drawing 2-2 at Winsford United and 1-1 at Barnoldswick Town last Saturday. Wednesday night’s scheduled game at AFC Liverpool was postponed due to a water logged pitch.
Congleton Town’s record in away games this season, including cup ties, is

16 5 3 8 34 36

Previous meetings
17/9/13 MCSC away lost 1-4 Wellstead
16/9/14 NWCFL Premier away won 2-1 Ward 2
14/4/15 NWCFL Premier home won 2-0 Chappell 2
13/10/15 NWCFL Premier away drew 4-4 Beadle 2, Brandon, Woolley


On Tuesday 1874 Northwich are scheduled to play AFC Blackpool in a NWCFL Premier Division game at the Barton Stadium.

AFC Blackpool are 20th in the NWCFL Premier Division table with a record of:

24 5 6 13 40 63 -23 21

Managed by former Northwich Victoria player Stuart Parker they are unbeaten in their last three league games having drawn1-1 against Bootle (home) and 3-3 with Winsford United (away) and beating Maine Road 2-0 at home. Their game against Squires Gate scheduled for Tuesday was postponed due to a water logged pitch.
Last Saturday they played at Cammell Laird 1907 in the Men United Cup quarter final, winning 2-0 to set up a semi final date with Colne.
Their record away from the Mechanics Ground this season is much better than their home record, their away record, including cup ties, so far this season is:

19 6 6 7 30 45

Previous meetings:

02/08/14 away NWCFL Premier won 3-0 Beadle 2, Stewart
18/04/15 home NWCFL Premier lost 2-3 Brandon, Mitchell
10/10/15 away NWCFL Premier won 4-3 Beadle, Stewart, Ward, OG
On Saturday they are due to play Winsford United at home.

Tickets on-sale for Non-League Finals Day

FA Vase & Trophy Finals to be played on the same day for the first time Under-16s tickets £1
The FA Non-League Finals Day will be supporting Sport Relief Festival of football which will showcase the best elements of the grassroots game BT
Sport to broadcast both games

Tickets to the first ever Non-League Finals Day at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 22 May are on sale now – with child tickets available from just £1.
The Wembley showpiece will host both The FA Vase and FA Trophy, with tickets priced at £25 for adults, £10 for concessions and just £1 for children under-16s. There is also a group rate, perfect for schools and clubs, of £12.50 for adults, £5 for concessions and £1 for children. Tickets are available from or call 0844 826 2010.

The day will provide an opportunity to showcase the world-leading English non-league system, recognise the 500 teams to have taken part in this season’s Vase and 276 in the Trophy, and celebrate the grassroots game, through activities and fan engagement during the day.
Fans will be allowed to pass in and out of the stadium to see exhibitions, information and examples of The FA’s work in the wider game including, FA Education, Refereeing, Women’s Super League and grassroots women and girl’s football, Skills, Disability and Walking Football, Facility Improvement, Club Development, League Development, Respect, County Associations, Technology and Volunteer Recruitment.
BT Sport will broadcast both fixtures with the FA Vase kicking off at 12.15pm and the FA Trophy at 4.15pm. This year, The FA Non-League Finals Day will also be working closely with Sport Relief as charity partner for the day. For each booking (not ticket), the option will be given to donate £2.50 to Sport Relief.

Last March in The FA Trophy, in front of the BT cameras, North Ferriby United triumphed 5-4 on penalties against Wrexham, following a dramatic 3-3 draw. It was the Villagers’first ever triumph in the competition in their history.
Then in May Glossop North End and North Shields battled out The FA Vase in front of over 10,000 fans, with the side from the north-east being victorious 2-1 after extra time.


In last week’s Newsletter we gave a little insight into the progress made with the updating of our website and this was well received (many thanks to those of you who advised of how helpful this was)
This week we are pleased to “pinch some more good news from the NWCL’ website!
They are always busy trying to find interesting items as well as new formats and we are pleased to advise all 1874 supporters of the League’s website latest offering:
League Website Development guru Martin Fallon has now completed work on enhancing the information available from the site on player appearances.
Detailed analysis of Player Appearances are now live under Match Centre > Players Tables.
By clicking on this drop down menu, a list of player appearances ranked in numeric order can now be viewed. The top 90 players in order of most appearances are shown.
If you click on an individual player’s name in the list, you can view each individual game he played in, goals scored, any yellow or red cards and man of the match nominations.
If the player has moved clubs during the season, all games he played in are displayed, not just those for his current club.
From the list of the games the player played in, clicking the link to the game displays the team line ups, and other match details.
For players not in the top 90, you can still access their appearances during the season from other pages where their name appears, such as the squad tab on the individual club pages.
All of the Player Tables (appearances, goals and MoM) also now work on mobile devices.A good example of what can be seen is reproduced below:

Player Statistics for Michael Brandon

Sat 08/08/151874 Northwich v Squires Gate *2-0    
Tue 11/08/15Cammell Laird 1907 v 1874 Northwich *0-1    
Fri 14/08/151874 Northwich v West Didsbury & Chorlton3-0    
Sat 22/08/15Atherton Collieries v 1874 Northwich1-3  
Tue 25/08/151874 Northwich v Alsager Town1-1   
Sat 29/08/151874 Northwich v Maltby Main1-2   
Mon 31/08/15West Didsbury & Chorlton v 1874 Northwich2-3   
Sat 05/09/151874 Northwich v Runcorn Linnets0-1    
Sat 12/09/15AFC Darwen v 1874 Northwich3-1    
Wed 16/09/15AFC Liverpool v 1874 Northwich3-3    
Sat 19/09/151874 Northwich v Maine Road1-2   
Tue 22/09/151874 Northwich v Rudheath Social *5-0   
Sat 26/09/151874 Northwich v Bootle *3-3    
Tue 29/09/151874 Northwich v Runcorn Town2-1   
Sat 03/10/151874 Northwich v Padiham5-4   
Tue 06/10/15Ashton Athletic v 1874 Northwich4-0    
Sat 10/10/15AFC Blackpool v 1874 Northwich *3-4   
Tue 13/10/15Congleton Town v 1874 Northwich *4-4   
Sat 17/10/151874 Northwich v Barnoldswick Town2-1   
Tue 20/10/15Alsager Town v 1874 Northwich0-5    
Sat 24/10/151874 Northwich v Winsford United4-0   
Sat 31/10/15Rochdale Town v 1874 Northwich2-4   
Tue 03/11/151874 Northwich v West Didsbury & Chorlton1-0   
Sat 14/11/151874 Northwich v Nelson4-2    
Tue 01/12/15Abbey Hey v 1874 Northwich0-1    
Sat 05/12/151874 Northwich v Atherton Collieries1-3   
Sat 19/12/15Bootle v 1874 Northwich2-3    
Sat 23/01/16Barnoldswick Town v 1874 Northwich2-1    
Tue 02/02/161874 Northwich v Abbey Hey2-1   
Sat 13/02/16Ashton Athletic v 1874 Northwich *1-1    
Mon 15/02/16Runcorn Town v 1874 Northwich0-2    
Sat 27/02/16Maine Road v 1874 Northwich4-2    
Mon 29/02/16Winsford United v 1874 Northwich0-3   

 * Indicates appearance as a substitute

1874’s youngest fan Seb Baker celebrates his 1st Birthday
Happy Birthday Seb from everyone at 1874
Our Football Secretary also had birthday celebrations this week – Happy xxth Birthday Vicki

And finally this week

Well it’s all right for some. Whilst most of us are battling against rain, wind, snow and more rain our Chairman decides that we can manage without him and off he flies to Italy for some snow and sunshine and of course copious amounts of Moretti, or Peroni or Spaghetti Western Brewfist at 8.7%

Mr Chairman

But just like Arnie HE WILL BE BACK!!

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