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Newport County Return To Moreton in Marsh

 



sheffgeoff
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Jul 5, 2019, 10:19 PM

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Newport County are to return to Moreton in Marsh.... for one night only!

The following write up courtesy of @JonPalmerSport #groundshare #preseason #newportcounty #MRFC #hellenicleague #league2 gloucestershirelive.co.uk/sport/football…

Newport County AFC return to Gloucestershire to mark 30th anniversary of Moreton groundshare

Newport County AFC will return to Moreton-in-Marsh for a friendly to mark the 30th anniversary of their unlikely groundshare in the Cotswolds.

The match will take place on Friday, July 12 (7pm), on the same pitch the Exiles called home for the 1989/90 campaign.

The Welsh club was reformed in June 1989 as Newport AFC by 400 supporters with now club president David Hando as chairman following Newport County's demise in February of that year.

With John Relish at the helm as manager, they spent their Hellenic League Premier Division title-winning season at Moreton Town's London Road ground in north Gloucestershire, around 80 miles from home.

They played their first competitive match at Moreton on August 19, 1989, with Norman Parselle scoring the only goal in a 1-0 win over Pegasus Juniors, watched by 594 fans.

They later returned to Gloucestershire for the 1992/93 and 1993/94 seasons, sharing Gloucester City's Meadow Park.

Their first landlords in the county, Moreton Town, were also in the Hellenic Premier and at one stage had Liverpool great Mark Lawrenson playing for them.

They folded in 1994/95 and the team based at London Road is now Moreton Rangers, who won promotion to Hellenic League Division One West last term.


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gcnc
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Jul 6, 2019, 10:57 PM

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Lots of gallows humour around here that we are playing them because we might need their help in three years time when the WRU refuse to extend our lease on Rodney Parade.

Our local paper suggesting NCAFC will be sending a youth team.


broodleyhoo
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Jul 8, 2019, 11:43 AM

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I hope this will be a great success.

The rise of the Exiles and the help they had from Moreton is one of the great stories.

Do NCFC still have a 'Moreton Lounge' in honour?


harrierjames
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Aug 25, 2019, 9:20 PM

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Just watched this BBC documentary about Newport County - the history of the demise of the old club, the formation of Newport AFC and their rise from Hellenic League to the football league. It centres around their recent FA Cup exploits and journey to get through to host Manchester City.

There are a few minutes of footage of them and their fans at Moreton.

Available on iPlayer for the next fortnight. Well worth a watch,

https://www.bbc.co.uk/...eam-that-wouldnt-die


oxpete
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Aug 25, 2019, 10:47 PM

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Just watched this BBC documentary about Newport County - the history of the demise of the old club, the formation of Newport AFC and their rise from Hellenic League to the football league. It centres around their recent FA Cup exploits and journey to get through to host Manchester City.

There are a few minutes of footage of them and their fans at Moreton.

Available on iPlayer for the next fortnight. Well worth a watch,

https://www.bbc.co.uk/...eam-that-wouldnt-die


Thanks for posting that, HarrierJames. I really enjoyed watching that.


Ashtree RockBee
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Aug 26, 2019, 12:59 AM

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I vividly remember an old Isthmian League handbook which included the newly formed Newport AFC in their lowest division so it appears, at one stage, the Isthmian were considering admitting a team well past the '100 miles from Park Lane' range (which I think the Isthmian eventually broke to accommodate Yeovil Town), Park Lane being where the League's headquarters were at the time (probably still are).


gcnc
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Aug 26, 2019, 9:10 AM

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It was the old Newport County, that failed to complete the previous season in the Conference, and it's conman chairman Jerry Sherman, that applied to join the Isthmian League, whilst the supporters were forming Newport AFC and applying for the Hellenic League. For a while it seemed possible there would be two clubs, but of course Sherman's promises came to nothing and so no club took part in the Isthmian.

Yes, a really good documentary on the BBC. Followers of the present shenanigans over Bangor City will notice that the dynamic duo of the FAW and Loosemore Solicitors were losing cases against clubs 30 years ago, and continue to do so.


Ashtree RockBee
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Ah, my memory's not so vivid then! Thanks.

I agree that was a well put together documentary, despite the absence of any mention of Spytty Park. For those not into that sort of 'music', the street narrator Eggsy was in Newport rap act Goldie Lookin' Chain, who sponsored special County shirts with a mock chain and stylised crest for their FAW Premier Cup winning run in the mid- 2000's.


Bigaitch
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Aug 27, 2019, 8:42 PM

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Thanks for flagging that documentary up , I have just watched it and although I felt it was a bit patronising, it was otherwise really good viewing with some excellent archived footage.
It is a shame it only lasted just under an hour as such is the story, it could have been double that.
Very poignant to see Justin Edinburgh leading the County team out at Wembley, a really lovely touch would have been a ‘Dedicated to...’ at the end.

 
 


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