From the middle of May to the end of June is usually the time when Football Clubs take a bit of a rest -some refer to this as the close season but rest assured your 1874 Northwich FC is far from “closed” and certainly not taking a rest! Oh no! For some it is still “all systems go” as last season is reviewed and plans and ideas are discussed and preparations made for our fourth season.
Our secretary Vicki England – like most Football secretaries – gets very little “time off” as her “job” is an ongoing passion and we are most fortunate to have her aboard because not only is she so dedicated but her enthusiasm is endless (and as well as all the 1874 work she undertakes she also has a very important day job and a very important family to take care of).
That said Vicki can’t wait for the 2016/17 season to start! She also keeps an eye on our Manager Ian Street!
But seriously, Ian is another of the 1874 hard workers and again he rarely stops thinking about Football and 1874 and his plans for next season are at an advanced stage already (he will take a well deserved holiday soon but even then he will still be chewing over his ideas for 1874)
Plenty of other members of the 1874 “family” are busy as possible changes, improvements and new ideas are discussed, considered and maybe implemented to benefit the football club and its’ supporters.
Our chairman Paul Stockton and the “stadium gang” never seem to stop and earlier this week they were busy again at the Barton Stadium assisting with the work being undertaken there in readiness for next season.
Paul even had to time to test out his “technical skills” by taking a photograph of the pitch on Wednesday which in his words “currently resembled a beach” -but please don’t worry as it is meant to at this stage of the project
We will try and provide further updates over the next couple of months
Over the last few months your Football Club has received many suggestions from our members and supporters about many things to do with 1874 Northwich FC and we can assure everyone that ALL of these are taken on board, discussed either at Board meetings or if more appropriately within the sub committees that have been established and we are grateful for these ideas and would always welcome others (either be e-mail, letter or simply by talking to any Board member)
Some ideas have been simple easy to implement ideas whilst others are more complex, perhaps expensive to take on board or simply but on the backburner for now BUT we DO take note of what supporters think and suggest
Our Annual Beer Festival will take place at Lostock Social Club on Saturday 4th JUNE
This annual event is one of our biggest fundraisers and at the same time an enjoyable one. Tickets are still 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 don’t miss out.
As #team74 builds and prepares to cycle in the Northwich Pedal Power event on 12 June, we have opened a Justgiving page (http://www.Justgiving.com/1874-Northwich-FC-Community-team) 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.
Now here follows some news from the FA (via the BBC) which we feel sure will help all football supporters (as well as Managers and Players) understand the new laws soon to be introduced
(if anyone is still in doubt then at 1874 we are very fortunate to have a qualified referee as a member of our Board and he is still undertaking the “job” so any question should be directed to John Coats please who will be only too pleased to clarify matters!
Another piece of silverware for 1874!
by Alex Dickinson
1874 Northwich entered two teams into the inaugural North West Counties Football League Golf day at The Worsley Park Marriott in aid of Prostate Cancer on Wednesday with both of our teams being made up of supporters and a first team player.
“Team One” consisted of Alex Dickinson, Rob Ashcroft, Dave Stiles and Paul Connor whilst “Team Two” comprised Dave Edwards, Jack Hanratty, Dave Taylor and Dilan Lomas.
Overall there were 18 teams in attendance with other NWCFL clubs being represented by Bootle FC, Colne, Atherton Colls, Cammell Laird and City of Liverpool FC.
We were treated to an excellent course although the weather was a bit “iffy” but this didn’t seem to deter team 2 for 1874 because they walked away with the overall team prize with a very healthy score of 92, – four points ahead of the second placed team Cammell Laird.
To avoid embarrassment I will not divulge where team 1 finished!
It was great to see both players and supporters enjoying the day and no doubt Dilan and his team will be back next year to defend their title.
Pictured below is the winning team!
Euro 2016: A guide to the new laws in football
Published on the BBC Website May 2016
England’s friendly matches before this summer’s European Championship will be played with new laws in mind.
The 95 changes come into effect on 1 June, and the Football Association wants players to get used to them before the tournament in France.
It has agreed with the Turkish and Australian FAs to adopt the laws when England play them this month.
Changes include the end of an automatic red card for denying a goal scoring opportunity.
Football’s rule makers, the International Football Association Board (Ifab), drew up the list of changes
earlier this year after 18 months of consultation.
Former referee and Ifab technical director David Elleray said the revision would make things clearer for players, officials and fans.
“We should have a much more consistent interpretation across the world because we’ve made it much clearer what should happen in certain situations.
“That should reduce controversy and confusion.”
Many of the alterations are designed to make the language used much clearer – for example, a clumsy explanation of the number of players needed for a match to take place has been replaced by a simple sentence: “A match may not start or continue if either team has fewer than seven players.”
Changes in language aside, here are the other things that will be different about football from 1 June:
Law 1 – the field of play
Logos permitted on corner flags (previously banned).
Mix of artificial and natural surfaces allowed on field of play (previously banned).
Law 3 – the players
If a substitute, sent-off player or match official interferes with play, causing the game to be stopped, it will result in a direct free-kick or penalty (previously indirect free-kick or drop-ball).
If a substitute, team official or outside agent stops a ball going into the goal, the referee can apply the advantage rule and award a goal.
Law 4 – the players’ equipment
Players wearing undershorts or tights have to make sure they are the same colour as those worn by any team-mates – and they must also match their shorts.
A player leaving the field of play to change their boots can only be allowed back on by the referee.
Law 5 – the referee
Referees have the authority to take action from when they enter the field of play for the pre-match inspection, not from the start of the game – which means players could be sent off for an offence committed while warming up. But yellow cards can only be issued from the start of the match.
Players injured by opponents who are then sent off do not need to leave the pitch for treatment.
Law 7 – duration of the match
Time taken for drinks breaks can now officially be added on at the end of a game.
Law 8 – the start and restart of play
The ball no longer has to move forward at a kick-off – it just has to move for the game to start.
Referees should not ‘manufacture’ dropped ball situations, in terms of who takes them, or the outcome.
Law 10 – Determining the outcome of a match
Deciding which end a penalty shootout should take place is to be done by a coin-toss, subject to condition of the pitch, or safety concerns. It is no longer the referee’s choice.
A team with more players than the other when the shootout starts must reduce the number of takers so they have the same number of eligible players – this will stop teams who have had a player sent off having their better penalty takers available sooner.
Law 11 – offside
Hands and arms are not included when judging offside.
Free-kicks for offside can be taken from where the offside player received the ball.
Law 12 – fouls and misconduct
A free-kick or penalty can only be awarded while the ball is in play.
Denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity in the penalty area is no longer a straight red card – unless the offence is holding, pulling or pushing; there’s no attempt to play or no possibility of making a challenge; or it’s an offence which is punishable by a red card, no matter where on the pitch it happens – violent conduct, for example.
Violent conduct is punishable by a red card even if no contact is made.
An offence against a match official will result in a direct free-kick or penalty.
Law 13 – free-kicks
When fouls are committed off the pitch when the ball is in play, the match is restarted with a free-kick on the touchline nearest where the incident occurred. A direct free-kick will be awarded for direct free-kick offences – and a penalty could be awarded if it happens parallel to the penalty area.
Law 14 – the penalty kick
Players who feint to kick the ball once they have taken a run-up when taking a penalty will get booked for unsporting behaviour. Feinting in the run-up is allowed. And goalkeepers who come off their line too early will also be booked.
Law 15 – the throw-in
Opposing players who try to impede a throw-in will be cautioned if they are standing under two metres away.
Law 17 – the corner kick
The wording has been changed in the laws to say: “The ball is in play when it is kicked and clearly moves.” This is to stop players “unsportingly” touching the ball and pretending the corner has not been taken, to gain an advantage.
Players who commit a foul to deny a goal scoring opportunity will no longer automatically be sent off, football’s rule-making body has confirmed.
The previous ‘triple-punishment’ rule required a red card – and therefore a suspension – as well as the award of a penalty under those circumstances.
However, players committing accidental fouls that deny a goal scoring chance will now be cautioned instead.
But deliberate fouls will still incur a red card.
Those include holding, pulling or pushing, not playing the ball, serious foul play, violent conduct or deliberate handball in order to deny a goal scoring opportunity.
The change has been ratified by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) – a body made up of the four British football associations and Fifa – which decides on changes to the Laws of the Game.
It follows a comprehensive, 18-month review, led by former Premier League referee David Elleray.
So there you have it: very easy to understand amendments to the laws of the game we all love – for any clarification 1874 Supporters should speak to Fred or James (or in all seriousness for a serious, well thought out answer we suggest that John Coats – our very own official referee – would be the man to ask.