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  • "Dave, Anthony Rogers is spot on! Having been to one Northwich Vics game at Flixton last season (early on in the season) I can honestly say it did not feel anything like watching our club, Northwich Vics exist in name only sadly....however a few days later I saw for myself where the life,blood,spirit.he
    art,soul and proper fans of Northwich Vics were....watching 1874 at Atherton LR. From that day onwards I have followed 1874, it took a few months for me to become hooked (the many postponements didn't help) but by the end of February i was, along with many others. It really is a throw back to those wonderful Drill Field days of the 70's and 80's, the club already has a hard core 300+ support and next season will be higher in a better standard of football after a deserved promotion albeit under sad circumstances regarding Formby.

    As for Northwich (Flixton) Vics, I think it is only a matter of time before the Northwich connection fizzles out completely, at that point 1874 Northwich (Vics) could well benefit even more although I wouldn't expect all of the 80 or so regulars who go to Flixton to suddenly switch....however if 1874 continue to make big steps forward then those many years watching the Greens at the very top of non league football may not be as distant was people may that is sure to make fans of another club flap!

    Onwards and upwards 1874.....pride of Mid Cheshire"
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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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