1874 NORTHWICH have paid tribute to a man they say was “at the forefront” of setting up the club in 2012.

Supporter and volunteer Toddy Barlow passed away after a brave fight against cancer having dedicated much of his life to local football.

Having followed Northwich Victoria, he established himself as one of the driving forces behind attempts to save the Drill Field ground from developers.

For 1874, he was chairman of the social and fundraising committee, which raised thousands of pounds for the club over several years.

“His drive, determination and enthusiasm helped 1874 to progress. If Toddy had an idea, he made it happen,” a club statement read.

“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!

“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.

“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.”