THE 1874 COLUMN - By Matt Waters

THE 2019/20 campaign was one that created many memories and highlights for everyone involved with 1874 Northwich.

One of them was seeing the return of wingers Ryan Jackson and Joe Woolley.

After both sustained serious long-term injuries, they made their way back and featured in the side towards the back end of the season.

After training on Saturday, I caught up with Ryan to discuss his recovery and what it’s been like to resuming full training.

Ryan, who first joined the club at the start of the 2015/16 season, believes that running has been a key factor to his recovery.

He said: “With gyms being shut during lockdown, strengthening my knee has been difficult, but running is one way I’ve been able to keep on top of it.

“It’s something I’ve always done so even if I have a small break from it, I can pick up quickly again and helps me keep fit.

“For me now, it’s all about getting my touch back and getting that right which will take time but I’m working on it.”

After scoring 15 goals in his first season at the club, Ryan instantly became a fan favourite and he told me that he is ‘extremely grateful’ for co-managers Wayne Goodison and Paul Bowyer standing by him through his injury struggles.

He added: “They’ve been great and I’m extremely grateful for the way they’ve helped me.

“They’re always messaging me seeing how I am and if they can help me during my recovery. Having their support motivates me to get back fit and keep improving.”

Like Ryan, Joe Woolley has also suffered serious injuries which has kept him out of the game for an extended period of time and Ryan believes that with Joe going through a similar situation, they have been able to push each other on.

He continued: “It’s horrible what Joe has been through, but we’ve known each other all our lives, so having Joe there has made the recovery process a lot better.

“We could push each other on and now we are in the same position where we both are focusing on ball work.”

Last Saturday was the fourth week back in training and Ryan was happy to be back involved.

“I love being back around the lads again, it’s great,” he said. “I like to see myself as one of the class clowns.

“I had days when I was recovering when I just wanted to give it all up and stop, but as soon as we are back around everyone again it’s all worth it.

“It’s like a family being at the club and it’s been a nightmare of a time for me suffering injuries but I know 1874 is where I want to be and hopefully I can stay fit throughout the whole of the next season and contribute to the team!”