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7 months 2 weeks ago #1 by WHEELS
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PRESS RELEASE

ISSUED JOINTLY BY WITTON ALBION FC AND 1874 NORTHWICH FC

Witton Albion FC will stage the FA Vase 4th Round tie between 1874 Northwich and Pontefract Collieries at Wincham Park on Sunday 7 January 2018, kick-off at 3.00pm

Commenting on the arrangement - which also provides the opportunity of 1874 staging further games at the same venue later in the season - Witton Chairman Mark Harris said;

“We were delighted to be able to help 1874 by staging this game, which should be a great cup-tie, at our excellent facility. We believe such an arrangement will benefit both clubs in the short term and can also lay foundations for future co-operation.

“We benefit from additional rental and bar income whilst the move also helps reduce the significant impact of two teams playing regularly on the Barton Stadium surface. Both clubs know that ground shares work.”

Reflecting on the news, 1874 Northwich Chairman Paul Stockton commented;

“We’re really pleased that we’ve been able to seal this mutually beneficial deal with Witton and we’d like to thank Mark Harris and the Board of Witton Albion for the professional and business-like manner that they have approached this agreement”

Should 1874 win the tie - which kicks off at 3pm - then they will be just three rounds away from the final that will be staged at Wembley Stadium on 20 May 2018.

All facilities at Wincham Park will be operational and the social club will be open from 1pm.


ENDS

For further information, please contact the following:

Mark Harris, Chairman, Witton Albion FC

Brian Edge, Vice-Chairman 1874 Northwich:

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7 months 2 weeks ago #2 by CHAD
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With Barton Stadium, crazily, down to try and stage matches on FOUR CONSECUTIVE days, 6-9 January, then with this being a prestigious F.A Competition tie then reckon it makes sense to play this one at Mid-Cheshire's Premier Ground!

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7 months 2 weeks ago #3 by C.J.
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I Bet TB and Blackie are well chuffed LOL UTA

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7 months 2 weeks ago #4 by WHS
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I know we need the money but. .....................
WHS.

I have been retired for 8 years now and I can confirm two things; You cannot work out how you found time to go to work and it is wonderful to be TOTALLY in charge of your life, with the wife's permission of course. Read me in the Our Town magazine.
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7 months 2 weeks ago #5 by albion forever
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Good decision, helps both clubs. What more can you say.
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7 months 2 weeks ago - 7 months 2 weeks ago #6 by jonnyamery
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Disgusting decision in my opinion, just hope this is a one off because with Harris' programme notes on Boxing Day, it sounded like we were getting new tenants next season. I would say I cant believe it but nothing surprises me anymore with this chairman!

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7 months 2 weeks ago #7 by CallumBradkeMedia
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If it helps us financially Jon then it's going to be done isn't it. 1874 were going to end up in Northwich some day anyway. We need to focus on ourselves at the minute rather than being obsessed about our noisey neighbours. We need to make the racket and racket not like this.

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7 months 2 weeks ago #8 by jonnyamery
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Yeah no doubt the financial side is a boost, but its just a shame things have gotten that bad we have had to resort to this decision. And I have no obsession with them, I do feel that this decision if not a one off is going to come back to haunt us, we are handing that lot the only thing that is stopping them progressing quicker, a top quality facility in Northwich.

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7 months 2 weeks ago #9 by C.J.
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I can see both points of view TBH , in an ideal world a ground share with another club such as a league clubs reserve side would be better.
From all we heard its a game by game basis deal. Concerning a ground share well as they do not wish to poy a decent rent for our facility ! So I cannot see us lowering our demands so much otherwise all the extra effort by OUR volunteers is just not worth the small increase in income.

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