Newsletter No. 129 - 1874 Northwich F.C.

Newsletter No. 129

Well the weather has certainly been the winner recently hasn’t it? Tuesday’s game against Ashton Athletic was our 12th game postponement this season (8 at home and 4 away) and whilst most postponements have been caused by the rather bad winter last Saturday’s postponement of our game at Glossop North End was for a much different reason of course!

I would think that all 1874 supporters are now well aware that Glossop have made it (again!) to Wembley for the final of the FA Vase and on behalf of everyone at 1874 Northwich FC we would like to congratulate Glossop on their fantastic achievement and wish them well in the final
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In last weeks’ Newsletter we included a long note from our Football Secretary – Vicki England – and this was well received by many of you (indeed a few even took the trouble to write and advise the editor!)

Vicki was also in attendance at the recent Race Night and took the opportunity to demonstrate her newly acquired photographic skills by capturing a smiling Ryan Mitchell as he was about to make the March 300 Club Draw. Our 300 Club promoter – Guy Jewell – was also there but you will have to take our word for that as Vicki’s photo below clearly was all about making sure that a young man was featured rather than, shall we say, a couple of older non-playing gentlemen!

At least she managed to get some of Toddy in the photograph!

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(Picture courtesy of Vicki England!)

COMING UP THIS WEEK BY GARRY CLARKE

BACUP & ROSSENDALE NWCFL PREMIER – HOME – SAT 4TH APR 2015 KO 3PM

1874 kick off a busy week of games by hosting Bacup & Rossendale Borough in a NWCFL Premier Division fixture at the Barton Stadium on Saturday.

1874 will be looking for a repeat of the result from 23rd August 2014 when the two clubs met at the Brian Boys West View Stadium. In front of a crowd of 135, 1874 won 4-0 with goals from Paul Connor, Matt Beadle, Ryan Mitchell and Sakeel Abdullah.

Having won only 4 league games all season, Bacup have been showing an improvement in form recently with 3 of their wins coming in the last 6 weeks. Last Saturday’s home game against Bootle was postponed due to a water logged pitch whilst their 2 previous games( at home to Abbey Hey and away to West Didsbury & Chorlton) both ended in defeat.
Bacup were scheduled to play Alsager Town at home on Wednesday 1st April.

Bacup are currently bottom of the NWCFL Premier Division table with a record of:

P  W D L  GF GA GD  PTS
33 4 5 24 30 79 -42 17

Away from home their record, including cup ties, this season is:
P  W D L  GF GA
21 1 4 16 16 49

One of their away games was a 0-0 draw at the Barton Stadium against Winsford United on 10th March.

WINSFORD UNITED – NWCFL PREMIER – AWAY – MONDAY 6TH APRIL 2015 KO 3PM

Easter Monday sees 1874 travel to Winsford United (directions to the Barton Stadium available on request!) for a NWCFL Premier Division fixture against our landlords.

1874 will be looking to even the score having lost 0-1at home to Winsford on Boxing Day to a Dale Jennings goal in front of a crowd of 500. On the day 1874 missed 2 penalties.

1874 won the first ever meeting between the two sides on 27th July 2013 when they played in a pre season friendly at the Barton Stadium. 1874 won 5-2 with goals from Mike Brandon 2, Lee Hendley, Danny Thomas and Dean McGregor. Lane and Crompton scored for the Blues.

Last Saturday’s home game against Barnoldswick Town was postponed due to a water logged pitch as was their game scheduled for Tuesday night at Colne. Winsford’s last win was 4-2 at home against Runcorn Town on 28th February, since then they have played 7 games drawing 4 and losing 3.

Winsford United are currently 12th in the NWCFL Premier Division table with a record of:

P  W  D  L  GF GA GD PTS
33 12 10 11 53 52 1  46

At home their record, including cup ties, so far this season is:

P  W D L  GF GA
24 7 7 10 34 39

The average attendance for their 24 home games is 118, with a highest of 229 for the visit of Runcorn Linnets and the lowest being 68 for the FA Vase tie against Cheadle Town.

SILSDEN – NWCFL PREMIER – HOME – WEDNESDAY 8TH APRIL KO 7.45PM

Next Wednesday 1874 receive a visit from Silsden in a NWCFL Premier Division fixture.

The Yorkshire side will be out for revenge having lost 2-0 at home to 1874 on 8th November 2014. Matt Beadle and Matty Ward scored for 1874 in front of a crowd of 323.

Last Saturday’s home game with West Didsbury & Chorlton was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. Silsden beat AFC Liverpool 1-0 at home in their last game on 21st March ending a run of 5 league games without a win.

Silsden are currently 11th in the NWCFL Premier Division table with a record of:

P  W  D L  GF GA GD PTS
32 15 6 11 46 47 -1 51

On their travels their record, including cup ties, this season is:

P  W D L GF GA
17 6 2 9 27 34

THE 1874 PRESENTATION EVENING on FRIDAY 8TH May

Reservations continue to be made for our second Annual End of Season Presentation Evening and we would thank those of you who have already booked your places.

The event will take place at The Winnington Rec and will consist of a three course meal, some live music, video footage of 1874 action on the large screen and the presentation of the Season’s awards.

The cost will be the same as last year i.e. £20 and we would ask that you reserve your places as soon as possible by contacting Brian Edge (on brian.edge2@btinternet.com or mobile 07711 505414 or in person at any game or meeting) We don’t want you to miss out!

JOB OPPORTUNITY AT SUPPORTERS DIRECT IN THE NORTH

A very good opportunity has become available with the excellent Supporters Direct organisation in the North. As 1874 Northwich has benefitted from Supporters Direct’s vital help and support over the years, we wanted to share the information about this important role. This will enable SD to increase their resources and assist more Supporters Trusts.
Junior Casework Officer Salary £20K – based North West England.
Supporters Direct (SD) is Europe’s leading organisation within sport and community engagement. SD is a small, exciting and vibrant organisation which works with 190 supporters trusts’ and has over 400,000 members.
This opportunity has arisen to join their team, they are looking for a Junior Casework Officer with a keen interest in football and rugby league to provide vital casework support to the Head of Casework and Constitutional Affairs, helping them strengthen and build their network/membership throughout a range of member organisations and sports.
The successful candidate will have excellent people skills and be comfortable managing their own workload. A commitment to the supporters’ trust movement and an understanding of ownership models and knowledge of Co-operative values and principles would also be a benefit. In summary, the successful candidate will:
• Create new Supporters Trusts – Provide Member development and ongoing support
• Enable Trust engagement with their Club -Assist Line Manager with regional networks and events
For more information contact Laura Knewstub 020 7250 8138 or e-mail
(laura.knewstub@supporters direct.org.
To apply please submit a CV and covering letter and send by e-mail to Laura Knewstub by 5.00pm on 13th April 2015.

1874 NORTHWICH FC AND THE COMMUNITY

Since our formation 1874 Northwich FC have worked hard to promote ourselves within the local community.
Our link with Ciarans Cause resulted in the club providing defibrillator equipment (and associated training) to a number of local junior football clubs, whilst Tony Rodgers superb efforts in organising the 26 mile Blindfold Marathon were rewarded by the raising of a phenomenal amount to denote to The Guide Dogs and Blind Veterans Association. Then we had Phil Burgess and his recent idea of the collection for the Food Bank. All of these initiatives have shown that as a group, 1874 supporters can pull together to provide benefits for our local community.

To me, this aspect of our football club is vital to its future development. Clubs of our size can only survive and prosper with the support of the wider community. This community may not watch football on a regular basis, if at all. But they are aware of our presence and it is important that we do all in our power to foster good relationships and advertise the positive aspect of our club at every possible opportunity.

I am eagerly looking forward to developing our relationship with the Neuro Muscular Centre, not only in the sense of fund raising, but I am hopeful that we can help them in practical ways as well. I know that they are always looking for volunteers to assist at events that they organise and maybe we can help in this way.

I am also keen to develop links with our local schools and junior sports clubs.

We are also currently working on an exciting link with the local business community.
A link that will hopefully bring benefits to both local business owners and 1874 Northwich Share Holders. A link that will further enhance the connections between our club and the local community.

To me, community is not a standalone aspect of 1874 Northwich, but is intertwined along with our membership and providing an exciting match day experience.

But I need your help.I need your help to point me in the right direction, to provide the ideas and contacts that will allow me to promote 1874 to the wider community.
But I also need volunteers.We are all busy people. But without volunteers, we are very limited to what we can offer.
I’m not looking for a commitment to drop everything every time we organise an event, just an indication that you may be available to help every now and then.
If you think you can help down the line, give me a shout. You can find me on the forum.
You can find me at the games, just ask any board member.
You can normally find me hanging around by a big green drum. Come and say hello and together we can put 1874 Northwich on the map in Mid Cheshire.

Thanks, Steve
1874 NORTHWICH FC – YOUR FOOTBALL CLUB – HAVE ALWAYS BEEN PLEASED TO TELL ANYONE THAT IS WILLING TO LISTEN THAT WE RECEIVED SOME FANTASTIC HELP, WELL BEFORE A BALL WAS EVER KICKED, FROM OTHER FANS RUN CLUBS AND ALSO SUPPORTERS DIRECT AND IN PARTICULAR AT SUPPORTES DIRECT: JACQUI FORSTER

IN TIME WE AT 1874 WILL BE GLADLY HELPING OTHER FOOTBALL CLUBS, WHEN ASKED, ABOUT HOW THEY TOO CAN BECOME SUCCESSFUL FANS RUN FOOTBALL CLUBS TOO.

SO WE MAKE NO APOLOGIES HERE FOR GLADLY USING OUR WEEKLY NEWSLETTER TO SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT SUPPORTERS DIRECT AND SOME OF THE EXCELLENT WORK THAT THEY DO

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Why we are crowd funding?

We are looking to raise £20,000 to convert clubs to supporter ownership, build opportunities and funding for existing supporter-owned clubs and to raise awareness of the model of ownership.
Clubs are important. Whether the ball is round or oval they’re a place to watch; to play; to meet. They bring identity to our communities; make our towns and cities special. They have the power to restore pride to our regions. They are part of our identity. It’s why we all say ‘ours’. We feel it belongs to us.
We’re launching this crowd funding in the lead-up to Supporter Ownership Week, which we’re running between the 11th and 18th April 2015, where we’ll be celebrating Supporter Ownership Week. We’ll be running a series of events, showing you how we make supporter ownership happen at a club, how supporter owned clubs work, and we’ll bring you the stories of the people who make it possible.
We’ll want people like you to help make it possible for others to take the same journey, to make it possible for someone like you to really say: “Ours”.
Every penny that we raise from Supporter Ownership Week will allow us to do the following:

Create

• More supporter owned clubs and provide professional support to assist conversions
• New supporter ownership opportunities by working with (and establishing more) supporters trusts

Build

• Look for funding opportunities to benefit supporter owned clubs
• Develop policy, research and share best practice to benefit supporter owned clubs
• The network of supporters trusts to ensure there is a credible and robust vehicle to own a club via its supporters.

Promote

• Supporter ownership as a concept across the U.K using a number of domestic and European success stories
• Supporter owned clubs to opinion leaders across sport and beyond
• Run events and campaign for supporter owned clubs including networking sessions

Saturday 11th April

Fan Footage – An opportunity for supporters to submit videos of their matchday experience.

Sunday 12th April SD Supporter Hub: Supporter ownership in non-league football – A chance for non-league supporter owned clubs to discuss and share ideas
11:30 to 16:00 at Enfield Town FC

Monday 13th April – Online Q&A: ‘Youth development’ with Julian Tagg, Chief Executive, Exeter City FC
13:00 to 14:00 Visit our Facebook page to participate

The Pompey Story – Hear the inspiring story of Pompey’s journey to supporter ownership. We will be hearing from club legend Alan Knight amongst other.
18:30 to 21:30
Doggett’s (near Waterloo)

Wednesday 15th April – Visit SD at the National Football Museum
Members of staff, directors and supporters will be there to chat to about the work of SD in helping clubs become supporter owned. Pop along, enjoy the museum, and find out more!
See the National Football Museum website for visitors information

Thursday 16th April – Online Q&A: ‘What’s it like to own and run your club?’ with Spencer Harris, Director, Wrexham FC
13:00 to 14:00
Visit our Facebook page to participate

Friday 17th April -Online Q&A: ‘Supporter ownership in Rugby League’ with Hunslet Hawks
13:00 to 14:00
Visit our Facebook page to participate

Saturday 18th April Fan Footage
An opportunity for supporters to submit videos of their matchday experience.
Further information

Who are Supporters Direct?

Supporters Direct were set up in 2000 with the aim of establishing of 50 supporters’ trusts to improve the relationship that clubs had with their supporters. It soon became clear that demand massively exceeded expectations and today Supporters Direct is the umbrella organization for over 190 trusts from the Premier League to Non-league, in Rugby League and American football.

Supporters Direct trains, educates and maintains this network through a series of training, research and events throughout the year.

The total number of supporters in the trust movement is already in excess of 750,000 members.
Supporters Direct seeks to:
Increase the influence of supporters through ownership and involvement in their clubs
We will strive to ensure that all fans have the opportunity to have maximum involvement in the ownership and running of their clubs to enhance their club’s social and cultural value.
Improve the way our game is run
We will develop policies and campaigns to improve the way that the game is governed for all clubs, all supporters and their local communities.
Increase its work in other countries – and in other sports
We work primarily in football, but we believe that our approach can work in other sports too.

£575 RAISED OF £20,000 TARGET
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Pledge

This project will only be funded if at least £20,000 is pledged by 8th May 2015.

PLEDGE £10 OR MORE 10 backers so farName added to our digital honours board and our eternal gratitude

PLEDGE £25 OR MORE 8 backers so far A custom designed supporter ownership t-shirt and your name added to the digital honours board Estimated delivery: June 2015

PLEDGE £50 OR MORE 1 backer so far 2 x Tickets to the SD Cup Final 2015, Name added to our digital honours board Estimated delivery: July 2015

PLEDGE £100 OR MORE 2 backers so far 23 more available A replica shirt signed by the team of a Supporter Owned Club of your choice and your name added to our digital honours board.

PLEDGE £300 OR MORE 0 backers so far 1 more available Beach Hut Hospitality (For 6 Guests) at supporter owned Lewes FC. Includes food, minibar, free wifi and a match programme for 6 guests with a superb view of the match for a great day out with your mates.

PLEDGE £1,000 OR MORE 0 backers so far 1 more available 2 x VIP Hospitality Tickets to the to the Football League 2 Playoff Final including 3 course sit down meal and complimentary drinks on May 23rd (5.30 K.O) You will also receive 2 tickets to the SD Cup 2015

PLEDGE £2,500 OR MORE 0 backers so far 2 more available 2 x VIP Hospitality tickets to Wembley Stadium for the Football League Championship Playoff Final. VIP hospitality for 6 guests at the SD Cup (August 2015), Pitchside cheque presentation at a club of your choice and your name will be added to our roll of honor board. This will allow us to convert one club to supporter ownership.

PLEDGE £3,000 OR MORE 0 backers so far 1 more available Corporate Partner – SD Shield Sponsor (Annual Invitational Supporter Owned Club pre-season fixture) including Matchday hospitality for 10 guests, right to present the trophy, branding, signage and digital marketing package.

Note: On Tuesday 14th April 1874 Northwich FC will be at home to Congleton Town FC (who are a partly-owned supporter club)

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