New home dream for 1874

1874 Northwich manager Ian Street believes victory in The FA Cup Preliminary Round would help the club fulfil a dream of moving to a new purpose-built stadium.

The Cheshire club, who play in the North West Counties League Premier Division, currently ground share with nearby Winsford United.

Street has been with the club since its formation in 2012, and has overseen a successful tenure, with their first ever FA Cup win coming against Maine Road earlier this month – now he has targeted a dream fixture in the next round against FC United of Manchester.

1874 Northwich v Prescot Cable

The FA Cup Preliminary Round
3pm, Saturday 30 August 2014
The Barton Stadium, Kingsway

“That’s the goal – and should we prevail against Prescot Cables, that’s who we’d be in line to face. As a fellow supporter-owned club, I imagine it would be a great tie to attend,” Street told TheFA.com.

“The prize money would go towards trying to secure our own stadium – not to signing more players. The money would go into the pot as the club house money currently lines the pockets of Winsford United – the revenue we make would pale into insignificance were we to go on a good Cup run.”

A potted history of Northwich Victoria – who the club broke away from – recounts the 3,000 fans who travelled to the Stadium of Light for an FA Cup Third Round tie with Sunderland in 2006, and the scalp of League One Charlton Athletic in the First Round in 2009.

Street believes that while the side’s priority is to be ‘strong and competitive’ in the NWCL Premier Division following promotion last season, going some way to replicating the success of their more illustrious neighbours in the Cup would be provide an extra fillip.

“There was a crowd of 360 for the tie against Maine Road, and we’re hoping for a bumper crowd again this time around,” said Street, who described coupling his day job as a plumbing engineer in Warrington and his managerial commitments as akin to spinning plates.

“I can’t praise the supporters enough; for a relatively new club, they’ve been phenomenal. We fancy our chances this weekend – we beat Cammell Laird in the Cheshire Senior Cup last season when we were underdogs, and it’s a role we revel in.

“Prescott Cables are one level above us in the non-League pyramid [level 8] so it’s a good test for the lads, but we’ve proven very difficult to beat since last December, and we’re keen to keep the momentum going.”