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    ecstatic41 wrote:
    1874 got great support,players, manager etc etc.if that is the case why did it take default to achieve promotion from the lowest league...
    Yes ultimately they have been promoted due to off field events but I don't think it was any disgrace in finishing 3rd behind Nelson and Formby. All 3 teams had the quality to play at a much higher level and as I stated in a previous post I think that all 3 sides would have been capable of finishing outside a relegation spot in the same league witton played in having seen quite a bit of football in both divisions last season. Nelson's side is quite frankly ridiculous for the level they play at. Their midfield 4 have all played in the football league and one has international caps and their striker Peter Wright, an FA Trophy winner was Burscough, is one of the best strikers in non league football. They also had Richie Allen up front alongside him for the best part of the season! So no disgrace in finishing 5 points adrift of them. They will be confident of achieving back to back promotions this season,

    Formby had walked the division the season before and been denied promotion due to ground grading problems. They maintained the bulk of that side and managed to strengthen in one or two areas as well and had a team full of players who had played a lot of evostik football and been very comfortable at that level. Following their demise I'd expect to see most of their side back playing evostik football next season. So again no disgrace in finishing behind a side like that on goal difference.

    Ultimately it was the start of the season that hurt 1874. As a new team they took time to gel and only took 6 points from the first 15 on offer. They finished the season unbeaten since 7th December and only drew two of those games. I would say that if the team that finished the season had come together sooner than the extra 6 points required to win that league would probably have been picked up in those first 5 games; if not, the extra 1 needed to pip Formby would certainly have been achieved. But then again maybe it wouldn't!

    Interestingly there is also the chance that promotion could ultimately work against 1874 in the short term. I am certain they would have won NWC Div 1 next season and that success could have been used to attract some of the fans talked about in earlier posts during any title run in. I don't think that they will win the Prem at the first attempt and quite often there is a runaway leader in that league (although not in the past couple of years) and that ends everybody else's interest quite early which could mean a lot of meaningless games towards the end of the season in the league which might hurt attempts to attract those fans. It might be that they will need a good run in the vase or the league cup (semi finalists last season) to keep interest up right through the entire season."
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1874 Northwich to be promoted to North West Counties League top flight after rival club resigns

Mike Brandon and 1874 Northwich will line up in the North West Counties League's Premier Division from next season. Picture: ANNIE HILDITCH

Mike Brandon and 1874 Northwich will line up in the North West Counties League's Premier Division from next season. Picture: ANNIE HILDITCH

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Northwich Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Sports Writer

1874 NORTHWICH will play at a higher level next season after Formby, who had beaten them to a promotion place on goal difference, resigned from the North West Counties League.

The fans-run club, who finished third in Division One with the same points tally as the Squirrels behind champions Nelson, were offered a place in the Premier Division during a phone call from league secretary John Deal to chairman Paul Stockton on Saturday.

He accepted.

“We didn’t see it coming,” admitted Brian Edge, vice chairman at 1874 Northwich.

“Paul asked if I was sitting down when I answered the phone, so I immediately thought he was about to deliver bad news. I wasn’t expecting to hear what he said next.”

The league confirmed Formby’s situation in a statement.

But the Merseyside club, Division One champions in 2013, have yet to comment beyond a brief remark on one of their online social media accounts.

“We’re exhausting all our final options before we confirm anything 100 per cent,” it read.

“Expect a statement from us on Monday.”

Bacup and Rossendale Borough, who occupied the first relegation position in the Premier Division, have already been reprieved from the drop by the FA’s Leagues Committee following a reshuffle further up the non-league pyramid.

However league rules prevent a side finishing bottom of the table, in this case Wigan Robin Park, from benefitting in the same way.

As a result, 1874 Northwich will fill the vacancy made by Formby’s exit.

Stockton said: “The league secretary doesn’t call out of season just for a chat, so I knew it was something significant after he left a message asking me to ring him.

“I wasn’t prepared for what he did say, mind!

“We were an own goal away from being promoted on the final day of the season, so had gone as close as we possibly could without going up.

“It’s what [manager] Ian [Street] and the players had worked so hard from the start to achieve.”

He told the Guardian that the club’s board would meet shortly to discuss in detail how being promoted will impact on their preparation for next season.

An open meeting for supporters, scheduled before today’s news, takes place at Lostock Social Club on Tuesday from 8pm.

What do you think? How will the team fare in the Premier Division next season? Add a comment below.

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