It is with an enormous amount of sadness that the club learned earlier today that loyal supporter and volunteer Toddy Barlow, had passed away after a very brave fight against cancer.
Toddy was at the forefront of setting 1874 Northwich up. He was the Chairman of the Social & Fundraising Committee, which over the years raised thousands of pounds in support of the club through race nights, social events and sponsorships. He was also very active with other schemes, such as recycling items for the club which increased funds and his last project was to recruit supporters to sponsor goals and clean sheets.
His drive, determination and enthusiasm helped 1874 to progress. If Toddy had an idea, he made it happen. If Toddy asked you to get involved, you would and if he suggested that you ‘part with your money for the club’, you did without question. Indeed, if he approached you with his notebook and a smile, you realised that you would leave with a lighter pocket!
Toddy was a supporter of the green side of football in Northwich for over 70 years and was one of the main driving forces in attempting to save his beloved Drill Field from developers. He had an encyclopaedic knowledge of local football and was extremely well respected by a great many people.
He was passionate that 1874 Northwich was well run, for its members and supporters. He was extremely proud of his club, and everyone involved with it, and was happy when he could follow the team home and away, every game. We are so pleased that he was able to be there last Saturday and see the team secure three valuable points after a great performance, it certainly made him smile.
The Club is in contact with Toddy’s family and will advise of funeral arrangements in due course.
The thoughts of everyone at 1874 go to his lovely family at this most difficult and sad time.
Rest in peace Toddy, you will be hugely missed by your 1874 family