No 187 13/05/2016 - 1874 Northwich F.C.

No 187 13/05/2016

PRESENTATION EVENING FRIDAY 13TH MAY – please note it is 7.00pm for 7.30pm start

1874 Pre-season friendly games

Even though the 2015/2016 season has only just finished, Ian Street and his team have been very busy arranging 1874’s summer friendly games. This is a very important but time consuming task and therefore Ian is pleased to have finalised a challenging programme.

We will start with a visit to Alsager Town, who will be hoping for a successful season in 2016/2017, to enable them to bounce back to the Premier League. We then make a return trip to Sandbach United, our hosts in a friendly during the Christmas break. Our third game will take us into Staffordshire and a first visit to Kidsgrove Athletic, which will provide another stern test for the team.

Following an enjoyable visit to Conwy Borough last summer, which saw many 1874 supporters take advantage of a weekend stay in North Wales, we are delighted to return to our friends at the Y Morfa Stadium. We received a very warm welcome from everyone at the club and we are therefore looking forward to our second visit.
Next in the programme will see us travel to Evostik side Prescot Cables, who we played in our first FA Cup campaign in September 2014. Again, this will be another strong test for our players.

Finally, we are very pleased to be able to welcome the oldest football club in Wales to the Barton Stadium. Our last game before the League season starts will see us play Cefn Druids, newly promoted to the Welsh Premier League. Cefn Druids are a good, footballing side and will therefore will provide a valuable workout before the North West Counties season starts on Saturday 6 August.
Here is our full programme 
































Open Discussion Night for 1874 Membership and Supporters

On behalf of our Board Members and Management can I invite you to join us and share views on how we can continue to develop our Club.

The Board and associated volunteers will offer updates and ideas that cover the following areas:

Update on progress with shorter and longer term options for Ground/Stadium Development for 1874 Northwich FC.
Brief Summary of 1874 Northwich FC Business Plan Objectives.
Ideas for Re marketing and improving our image and identity within our Local Community.
Receive questions from Members and Supporters.
Date and Time
Tuesday 17th May 2016 7.30pm. Start

Lostock Sports and Social Club, Works Lane, Northwich, CW9 7NW

I hope you are able to join us.

Rob Ashcroft Society and Membership Secretary 

BOYLE”ING” POINT TOO HOT FOR 1874 – by Garry Clarke


An 83rd minute strike by Danny Boyle condemned 1874 Northwich to defeat in their last game of the 2015/16 season and ensured Colne returned home as NWCFL Premier Division champions. Shorn of five regular defensive players, due to injury and suspension, 1874 field an unusual looking backline but suffered little in comparison to their title chasing opponents. At times a scrappy game as play became frantic as score updates came through with Colne’s title rivals Runcorn Linnets winning at Padiham and the nerves began to jangle.

Needing a point to finish top, unless second placed Linnets won by six goals, Colne started the game strongly but were constantly denied by committed defending by the makeshift 1874 back four, who led by man of the match Craig Farnworth held firm. Goalkeeper Greg Hall was in commanding form saving well with his feet to stop Boyle from converting in the 11th minute and dealing with everything thrown at him.

For all their attacking Colne, who survived an early scare when Mike Brandon pulled a shot narrowly wide, had to be careful not to be caught out at the back. Brandon headed over the bar from close range on the stroke of half time.

The second half kicked off with 1874 on the attack. Matt Beadle had a goal bound shot blocked and Colne keeper Nosakhare Aghayere held onto a Tyler Edwards shot from the edge of the area after Colne failed to clear a free kick from their area.

Normal service was quickly resumed with Colne starting to dominate, although not creating as many goal scoring opportunities as in the first half. Boyle held off Farnworth to shoot narrowly wide after running onto a through ball.

Wharton and Farnworth clashed 15 minutes later chasing a long ball into the 1874 area. With both players on the ground the referee initially pointed to the penalty spot, but with 1874 fearing a red card for Farnworth the referee was overruled by an assistant who signaled a free kick in 1874’s favour.

The decisive moments arrived seven minutes from time. Joel Melia broke down the right wing cut the ball back to Boyle who drove his shot past Hall, who got a hand to it but could not prevent the goal which sparked wild celebrations on the pitch and amongst the Colne followers in the 539 strong Barton Stadium crowd.

Wharton had the opportunity to settle Colne’s nerves in the 90th minute but blasted high over the bar. Despite 1874’s best efforts Colne survived the closing stages and were presented with the championship trophy on the pitch after an absorbing contest which kept both sets of spectators interested throughout.

1874 – Hall, J Woolley, Mason (Brooks 59mins), M Woolley, Farnworth, Chappell (Simpson 88mins), Jackson, Edwards (Riley 82mins), Beadle, Brandon, Wellstead. Sub not used Lomas.
COLNE – Aghayere, Craig, Pugh, Coleman, Morrison, Nagle, Jordan, Anderson, Wharton, Boyle (Taylor 88mins), Morning (Melia 70mins). Subs not used Stockdale, Hoskin, Burgess.
GOAL Colne Boyle 83 – ATTENDANCE 539 REFEREE Aaron Jackson

COLNE – Danny Boyle
1874 – Craig Farnworth

Craig Farnworth
photograph courtesy of Molly Darlington

We received a very nice e-mail the day after the game from Colne FC:
 Just a quick  note to thank all involved with 1874 for the fantastic day on Saturday.I cannot think of another NWCFL we would have liked to have visited on the last day of the season.
From all the players / officials and supporters of Colne FC thank you for the hospitality, especially for the bubbly bottles after the game as ASDA would not sell us any  on a sale or return basis. We will obviously keep a close eye on the NWCFL next season and fully expect you to be challenging for honours.
It would be nice to meet as Evo Stik clubs. All the very best – Ed Lambert – Colne FC
At Saturday’s game the Colne supporters found time to organise a collection to help Winsford United following the break in that recently occurred at the Barton Stadium and the sum collected of £178.64 will help considerably with the necessary repairs.

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Tonight, Friday 13th (!) more than a 120 1874 people will be enjoying our Annual Presentation Evening and a full list of winners will be featured in next week’s Newsletter


Following the Presentation Evening we don’t have too long to wait until we can enjoy our Annual Beer Festival. This will take place at Lostock Social Club on Saturday 4th JUNE
This annual event is not only a really enjoyable one it is also one of our biggest fundraisers

Tickets are on sale from Level One Computers, Brew to Bottle and Lostock Social Club as well as from 1874’s Board members. They are £5 each so please get yours as soon as possible


1874 U21’s complete a successful first season

1874 Northwich U21’s can be very satisfied with their first season playing in the Championship division of the Cheshire U21 County League. Having completed all their games but with a couple of teams still to finish we will finish either 4th or 5th. Bearing in mind the team was formed less than 12 months ago this is a tremendous achievement by the players and the management team of Josh and Alan Hoare.

With one of the smallest squads in the division and no younger age group teams to call upon (unlike the majority of teams within the division) we managed to win 10 games out of the 20 played with 3 draws and 7 losses. Top goal scorer was Taylor Kennerley with 18 goals from 14 starts closely followed by Robbie Simpson with 12 from 11.

The team was captained by Nathan Heap who only missed 1 game and chipped in with 4 goals, all scored in one game!

Pleasingly out of the 32 players used throughout the season 24 are from the Northwich area which bodes well for the future. The U21’s have also, most importantly, provided 4 players to the first team squad over the season: goalkeeper Jack Williams, defender Jordan Leah, Elliot Watkins who became the first U21 to represent the first team when he came on against Rudheath Social and Robbie Simpson who with his substitute appearance at Padiham became the first U21 to represent the first team at league level.  Also towards the end of the season you may have noticed our other goalkeeper Callum Shuttlewood being involved on match days warming up Greg Hall.

These progressions to the first team are a great boost to the U21 lads and provide a real incentive to perform at U21 level in the hope of breaking through to the first team. With the success of the league Cheshire FA have received 14 new applications for next season and as such the division will be split into two leagues West Cheshire and East Cheshire with 1874 being placed within the West Cheshire set up. Games take place on Sunday afternoons and it would be great to see some 1874 fans on a Sunday to add their support to the U21 team.

The Under 21 Management team and Players will be attendance at 1874’s Presentation Evening when they too will be receiving their various awards

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So what do you do to celebrate your Golden Wedding Anniversary?

Well in the case of Doreen and Tony Ashley they didn’t have a problem as the date fell on Saturday 7th May and 1874 had a home game! Doreen took up her usual role on the turnstile – smiling at all supporters as she took their money whilst Tony ensured that the bottles of champagne were left in the media room as usual (now these were not for the happy couple to enjoy later – oh no these were for the after match presentation to the Sponsors’ Men of the Match (and this is something that the Ashley family have been doing for the past three seasons – you see they are simply a nice family that enjoy helping people and everyone at 1874 send our VERY BEST WISHES to Doreen & Tony


As #team74 builds and prepares to cycle in the Northwich Pedal Power event on 12 June, we have opened a Justgiving page for anyone who would like to donate. Once again we are supporting Neuro Muscular Centre as we near the end of our year long charity partnership.
However we look forward to maintaining the links that we have built over this last year and supporting the NMCENTRE in the future.

Matchday Fundraising – Guy Jewell


50:50 Half Time Draw
The winning ticket number drawn was 17822 for the prize of £169 – this has not yet been claimed so please check your tickets if you didn’t do so on Saturday.

Golden Goal
The time for the first goal was 83 minutes and the prize from one set was claimed – there is potentially another winning ticket out there from the second set so please check if you still have your ticket.

Back in Northwich Fund
The match day collection was £58.02 including the change from a couple of ‘mini BINs’
The running total in the BIN fund is now £10,750.

Thank you for your continued support – it really makes a difference to your football club.

Euro 2016 Sweepstake – Guy Jewell

All 276 tickets have now been sold so we just need to wait until the semi-final teams are decided to see who has won the prizes.
Thanks to all those supporters who bought tickets.

Please remember to support those companies and businesses that support 1874

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