Morpeth, Northumberland is located in the northeast of England right on the banks of the River Wansbeck. It is a small market town founded back in the 12th century and first ruled by the De Merlay family. The original market charter granted in 1199 is still ran every Wednesday in the town center but has decreased in popularity since the railroad was invented and ran to Newcastle and sea towns easier. Morpeth now has a population just over 14,000 but more importantly, home to Morpeth Town AFC.
Morpeth Town AFC was founded in 1894 after the amalgamation of Morpeth United and Morpeth FC. They didn’t join the Northern Alliance until the 1936-1937 season. Prior to the 1954 season, they moved into their own ground Storey Park.
For Morpeth Town supporters, it was a long 47 year wait until the club won the league for the first time in 1983-1984 season and they did it again exactly ten years later in the 1993-1994 season.
Currently Morpeth Town are the holders of the FA Vase trophy which they won in May of 2016 at Wembley. They play their home fixtures at Craik Park which has a capacity of 1,000 but only 100 seated but it’s a renovated covered stand.
I sat down with club journalist and programme editor Andrew McDonnell(@AndrewSJourno) and asked him what this club means to the town to get a better idea of the supporters and club reputation and he said “Morpeth Town mean a lot to the town of Morpeth, the club has been around for 122 years and I think the recent rise of the club will contribute to more fans coming through the gates. They’ve gone from ground sharing with Bedlington in Division Two to one of the strongest teams (if not THE strongest) and winning the FA Vase at the home of football, Wembley Stadium.”
So next time you’re in the area and it’s a match day, make sure to stop in and support the boys, you won’t be disappointed. Ohh and don’t forget your amber and black.
By Jonathan Molik, TFN Columnist on 13/06/2016 at 10:15
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