No 197 15/07/2016 - 1874 Northwich F.C.

No 197 15/07/2016


The draw for the Extra Preliminary Round of the Emirates FA Cup was made last Friday at Wembley. 1874 will host the Northwich derby game against Barnton AFC on Saturday 6 August. The winners of this tie will play last season’s League Champions Colne, away from home, on Saturday 20 August.


Earlier this morning, the League released the first set of fixtures for the month of August.
We will start our campaign away to Squires Gate on Saturday 13 August and our first home League fixture will take place on Tuesday 16 August against New Mills.

Details of other fixtures can be found on the League website and we will update our own site in due course.


Last Saturday, 1874 started their pre-season campaign against Altrincham Reserves at Egerton FC. Fortunately, the 3G pitch had been booked and the game took place, because a number of other friendly matches were called off due to the very wet weather. And it is only July!
Goals from Danny Thomas, Jack Woolley and a first in the green shirt for Scott McGowan sealed a three nil victory for the ’74. Ian opted to make a number of changes throughout the game to give both new players and existing 1874 squad players a run out. A healthy crowd were clearly pleased to see a decent performance with all the players gelling very quickly.



On Saturday 1874 Northwich visit Sandbach United for a pre-season friendly.
Last season Sandbach United finished 4th in the Hallmark Cheshire Football League and have been elected to the Hallmark Security (NWCFL) First Division for the 2016/17 season.
Their league record last season was
30 16 4 10 69 44 25 52
Sandbach United play at the Community Football Centre, Hind Heath Road, CW1 3LZ
1874 Northwich played a mid-season friendly at Sandbach United on 29th December 2015, Stuart Wellstead scored 1874’s goal in a 3-1 defeat.
Admission is £3 for Adults, £2 Concessions, £1 11-16 year olds and under 11’s are free.


On Tuesday 1874 Northwich travel to Kidsgrove Athletic for a pre-season friendly.
Last season Kidsgrove Athletic finished 15th in the Evostik League First Division South with a record of:
42 12 14 16 81 78 5  50
Kidsgrove Athletic play at the Novus Stadium, Hollinwood Close, ST7 1DH

Admission is £5 Adults, £4 Concessions with all under 16’s free.


We are really pleased to let supporters know that we have invited the squad to a pre-season ‘media’ evening on Thursday 21 July at Lostock Social Club. The idea, which was suggested by our Manager, is to give people behind the scenes the chance to gather information and take images of each player. This will enable us to update their profiles on the Club website and social media and to produce regular articles for the programme. Andy Simpson will also be in attendance and will have his notebook ready to ‘grill’ the players for the Northwich Guardian.
We would be absolutely delighted if supporters want to come along and meet the players. Our Management Team and members of the Board will also be on hand to answer supporters’ questions. The evening will kick off at 7.30pm, there will be a few nibbles, so we hope to see you there!


We are pleased to advise that we now have the 2016/17 Season Tickets available for purchase.
Season tickets prices are priced at £108 for Adults and £72 for Concessions.
The tickets can be obtained from Nigel Leather at Level One Computers, Witton Street, Northwich or they can be ordered on line from our shop and we will send to you or keep for collection later. We had 104 season ticket holders last season so let’s see if we can better that number this next season! We are pleased to say that they are selling well again.


Our third ASR has been printed and is now available to buy. Details of how to purchase an ASR will be published very soon however there will be a number of copies available at the Players evening next Thursday. Once again, it is an excellent account of our season with information and views from a number of people. Make sure you get your copy.


As always, the Stadium Gang continues to put a shift in at the BS, preparing it for the season ahead. Working alongside them are Chemiteq Ltd, who have been very supportive through their work on the pitch. They have very kindly provided us with the following update.
As some of you are aware our company, Chemiteq Limited, have been assisting with preparation of the Barton Stadium pitch this close season. We are just going to summarise what has been happening and a bit of background.

The main problem we found was the compaction of the soil and lack of root growth on the grass especially in the centre strip of the pitch. We took Penetrometer readings across sections of the pitch and this showed readings from a depth of 3” through to more than 2’6”. This proved that the clay nature of the soil in some parts was preventing growth and also we found many parts with a shingle/rock layer close to the surface. This is perfect for drainage but not particularly good for root growth. On both of the wings the Penetrometer went in to quite a depth, in some cases full length which is over 3 feet!
Since the end of May we have been down at the stadium each Sunday using the club’s asset “Speedy Rain”. This is an irrigation machine that over a period of 3 hours can spray half of the pitch from one end to the other. We have 5 IBC’s (1000 litre containers) behind the goal connected to the “Speedy Rain” which supplies the pitch with one of two solutions. The first is Oxyl-Pro® Horticulture, a stabilised chemical which will penetrate into the soil, adding an extra oxygen molecule to the ground to help loosen up the compacted clay and soil. This allows the roots of the grass to grow downwards and not sideways, as was happening on the pitch previously. The second solution is Oxyl-Pro® Plant Protect. This is an enzyme producer/fertiliser for plants and is formulated entirely from natural products. It promotes root growth and healthy grass which is vital to our project. The deeper the root goes into the ground, the longer the grass will stay on the top.

So far we have used approximately 40,000 litres of solutions on the pitch over the 6 weeks of treatment. We have also re-seeded this week with a quick germinating sports grass seed in areas where the existing grass is thin and the first sowing wasn’t enough. At the start of the project towards the end of May, a company was appointed to verti drain the pitch and lay sand (80 tons). There is lots of evidence of the Oxyl-Pro® Horticulture pushing soil up through the verti drain holes. Instead of holes there are now small patches of soil that have risen through them and the grass is starting to grow in these areas.
We will continue the spraying until late September and continue to work with the infamous Stadium Gang to hopefully have fewer postponements over the winter months. Now that we have the “Speedy Rain” working properly it can be used on match days to moisten the pitch prior to kick off on dry days.
Alan, Angela and Mark Riding – Chemiteq Limited
We would once again like to offer our grateful thanks to Chemiteq Ltd and everyone involved with the Stadium Gang for their hard work and dedication. It is truly appreciated.



(Report from the Southport Visitors Newspaper 1/7/16)
Mark’s son, Alfie, suffers from a rare genetic disorder known as MECP2 Duplication Syndrome. 
Mark Lund’s collection of football shirts, scarves and flags stretches over more than three miles when tied together, so to call that memorabilia haul impressive is probably an understatement.
The reason he collects the items is to raise awareness for the life-limiting condition his eight-year-old son Alfie has been diagnosed with and his efforts have now been recognised with a national award.
Mark was at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge on Wednesday afternoon where he collected the SCL Unsung Hero award at The Non-League Paper’s National Game Awards in association with The NLFA.
Alfie suffers from a rare genetic disorder known as MECP2 Duplication Syndrome which means he cannot walk or talk and he also has profound learning difficulties.
It was only discovered in 2005 and when Alfie was diagnosed, he was only the seventh child in the UK to have it.
Mark takes his son to Skelmersdale United every week but also to watch games from the lower reaches of the Non-League to the Premier League – taking donations from fans of shirts, scarves and flags while displaying a section of their football chain.
And when they started the idea two years ago, Mark acknowledges he had no idea how far it, and the Alfie Lund Fund, would come.

Alfie Lund
“It’s amazing to have won the Unsung Hero award. I started this off two seasons ago – we’ve been to 68 grounds raising awareness for my son who has a life-limiting disorder,” he explained.
“He can’t walk or talk and it has just been amazing going to all these grounds with all the supporters who have supported us by donating shirts, scarves and flags.
“It’s very humbling to see that amount of support. We started off in our local park, so to get to Stamford Bridge and win an award – it doesn’t get much better than that.
“I asked supporters to donate a shirt, a scarf or a flag and we tie them all together to help raise awareness for MECP2 UK.
“It is over three miles long now with donations from the Non-League, Football League and all over the world.
“We have supporters over in the Bundesliga and it has just grown and grown and grown. I never thought it would get to this.”
Mark was nominated for the SCL Unsung Hero award by Kev Panther at Skelmersdale – where Alfie has his own advertising board.
The eventual aim is to auction off the memorabilia with the hope of raising more than £10,000.
“When we stop it will all be sold on at an affordable price at Non-League clubs,” added Mark.
“The majority of the money will go to MECP2 UK but hopefully one pound of every sale will go back into Non-League which has helped us immensely.
“There has been a lot of tears along the way and my son actually developed epilepsy and bouts of pneumonia. We’ve had to fight through that, carry on, pick ourselves up and we go again. This award is for Alfie.”

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Have you got a prize winning ticket?
You have won a prize if you have a ticket with both teams from the four semi-finalists:
France, Germany, Portugal and Wales.
If you have a winning ticket, then please speak to Guy Jewell at one of the pre-season friendlies or contact the club by email at or by calling us on 07975 679624.
More information is on the club website Get checking those tickets!


And finally….

Continuing the story of 1874 supporters showing their colours around the globe, this week loyal fan Tom Smith landed at the famous Camp Nou in Barcelona for a visit, proudly wearing his 74 shirt. Tom didn’t need to try and persuade Messi to join us, because we’ve got Matty Ward!


Tom Barca