We’re sad to announce the departure of our record goal scorer Scott McGowan, who will be joining Northern Premier League side Nantwich Town. After playing for the club over the last five years, Scott showed his prolific nature scoring 132 goals in 192 games.
Whilst suffering an interrupted first spell with the club, Wayne and Paul brought Scott back at the end of the 2016/17 season. From there he went from strength to strength, notably scoring the winning goal in the Mid Cheshire Cup Final against Northwich Victoria helping the club retain the trophy.
The following season Scott continued his prolific form playing an integral role in our FA Vase run which saw us reach the Semi Final. In what was his best season in front of goal for the club, Scott notched up 42 goals across all competitions showing the clear threat he possesses. His own personal successes didn’t end there as he won the Supporters player of the year award in what was a truly remarkable season.
The 2018/2019 season saw the club gain more silverware winning the Macron Cup against City of Liverpool. However, that wasn’t the only award Scott would go on to achieve that season.
At the end of season presentation night, he picked up a hat-trick of awards including The Paul Stockton Supporters Player of the season for another stunning campaign netting 36 goals in 42 games.
Despite last season’s null and voiding, Scott’s form helped us extend our healthy lead over Rylands to eight points. Before the season’s premature conclusion, McGowan managed to score 30 in 37 games in what was to be a potentially historic season for the club.
In a short statement, Scott said he wanted to thank our “unbelievable” supporters.
“It’s been an extremely difficult decision to leave the club. Playing for 1874 has been an experience like no other and I want to thank everybody who has been a part of it. I’d like to thank Paul and Wayne for putting their faith in me to play down the middle and help me perform the way I have the last few seasons.
The opportunity to play for a club at a higher level is something that doesn’t come around very often and I want to test myself to see if I can do it at that level.
Finally, I’d like to thank the club’s unbelievable supporters. Whether it’s the volunteers behind the scenes or those watching us on a matchday singing my name, it has been a pleasure to play for 1874 and an experience I will never forget.”
In addition to this, Co-manager Wayne Goodison told me whilst being “disappointed” Scott has chosen to leave, he wishes him and his family all the best.
“Obviously disappointed that Scott has chosen to leave, though the opportunity to test himself and see if he’s capable of being as successful with a totally different club at a higher level is certainly something he should attempt.
He’s been fantastic as a player and more importantly as a person for me to deal with. He knows my thoughts on him, and I wish him and his family the best of luck for his future, both in and out of football.”
Everybody at 1874 Northwich would like to thank Scott for his dedication and hard work over the past 5 years and we wish him all the best ahead of his move to Nantwich Town.