Morpeth Town AFC: A Short History
Football was established in the town of Morpeth in 1880 with Morpeth Harriers (1888-90) the most prominent side. Morpeth Town have carried on their tradition of wearing the Amber & Black stripes ever since.
Morpeth Harriers played on a field at Dogger Bank. In 1886 they were joint holders of the Northumberland Senior Cup along with Shankhouse after the final ended in a draw and the decision was made to share the trophy. 1890 saw the amalgamation of Morpeth United and Morpeth FC to form the Harriers, who went on to win the East Northumberland League that season.
In 1894 the club’s name was changed to Morpeth Town. In 1903 Town won the Northumberland Senior Cup and were Northern Alliance League champions. Three seasons’ later the club won the Northumberland FA Senior Benevolent Bowl. During this period the club played their home matches at the rear of the Stobhill Cricket field and had a headquarters at the Phoenix Hotel.
In the 1910’s there is evidence that the club played at the Grange House Field, before moving to Storey Park, behind the Sun Inn, in 1954. During the years 1920 to 1954 the club won further honours including three consecutive Northumberland Aged Miners Cup wins in the 1930s.
The 1980’s were a profitable time for the club. A runner’s up place in the Northern Alliance League was achieved before Morpeth won the league in 1984 and ended up second once again in 1985. In 1986 the club celebrated a cup double, winning both the Alliance Challenge Cup and the Northumberland FA Senior Benevolent Bowl.
Another Northumberland Aged Miners Cup was added in 1988, but the next silverware was not sighted until a Northern Alliance League and Cup double in 1994. That season the club moved to a purpose-built stadium at Morpeth Common. Aptly named Craik Park after father and son W & R Craik, who both served as club secretary between 1920 -1985.
The new ground was the brainchild of club president and Morpeth Town stalwart Ken Beattie. Other names synonymous with the history of the club are JW Kidd, who served as club chairman for 15 years, his son Billy, a club legend who played 22 consecutive seasons for the club without ever being booked or sent off, and former secretary and treasurer Bill Holian, who served the club with distinction.
Promotion to Northern League Division 2 was attained in 1994. Champions the following season, Morpeth Town were promoted to Northern League Division 1. They were to finish a creditable sixth in their first season and finish runners up to Bedlington Terriers in the final of the Northumberland Senior Cup, having defeated Blyth Spartans 6-2 in the semi final. In 2007 Morpeth Town won the Senior Cup for the second time when they defeated Blyth Spartans 3-2 at St James’ Park, home ground of Newcastle United.
MORPETH TOWN AFC PEN PICS 2011-2012
Stephen Mundy (Goalkeeper)
Signed from Seaton Delaval Amateurs. Outstanding young goalkeeper with great potential. Has played in the Northern League for Ashington and West Allotment Celtic.
Phil Hogg (Goalkeeper)
Experienced goalkeeper. Ex-Whitley Bay, Percy Main and Seaton Delaval.
David Hiftle (Defender)
Morpeth Town captain. Ex-North Shields and has plenty of Northern League experience.
Michael Burn (Defender)
Signed from Percy Main, a combative defender who is now in his second spell at Craik Park.
Liam Cairns (Defender)
Signed from Seaton Delaval Amateurs, Liam can play anywhere in the back four. Steady, reliable defender who can weigh in with his share of goals.
Neil Johnstone (Defender)
New signing. A natural defender notable for his bravery and strength. Ex-Seaton Delaval Amateurs, Team Northumbria and New York.
Andrew Johnson (Defender)
A young defender with real potential, signed from Seaton Delaval Amateurs. A natural winner with technical ability who is very comfortable on the ball. Ex-Walker Central, West Allotment Celtic and Gretna.
Tom Wilson (Defender)
Signed from Seaton Delaval Amateurs, a quality player who has previous Northern League experience at Morpeth Town. Quick, strong and skilful he is a great passer of the ball. Ex-Washington.
Marc Walmsley (Defender)
Recent signing from Ashington now in his second spell at Craik Park. A fine full back, Marc was a member of Whitley Bay’s FA Vase winning side of 2002. He has also played for Durham City and West Allotment Celtic.
Geoff Allison (Defender)
Experienced defender with vast non-league experience. Great communicator who still has a great deal to offer any team. Ex Bedlington Terriers, Alnwick Town, West Allotment Celtic and Seaton Delaval Amateurs.
Danguai Vnung (Defender)
Tough tackling full back in his second season at Morpeth Town.
Michael Robinson (Defender)
Experienced full back signed from Seaton Delaval Amateurs.
Eddie Dines (Midfield)
Recent signing from Seaton Delaval Amateurs. A former Monkseaton academy player who was capped at Under 18 level by England schools. Eddie graduated from Loyola College in Baltimore where he received a sports scholarship.
John Fitzpatrick (Midfield)
Experienced midfielder who has played Northern League football for many years with West Allotment Celtic. An extremely fit and versatile player with an eye for goal. Formerly with Seaton Delaval Amateurs.
Steven Grey (Midfield)
Signed from Seaton Delaval Amateurs. Versatile player who can play anywhere in the back four or midfield. A good passer of the ball who can also deliver a great dead ball. Ex-Prudhoe Town and Gosforth Bohemians.
Jordan Fry (Midfield)
Midfield player with a great engine, Jordan makes intelligent runs and is a threat in and around the penalty box. Has a great future ahead of him. Another who was signed from Seaton Delaval Amateurs.
Mark Keenan (Midfield)
Recent signing. A skilful player who has represented the Royal Navy.
Cameron Patrick (Midfield)
Hard working and skilful player in his second season at Morpeth Town.
Michael Hall (Midfield)
Skilful and hard running player signed from Seaton Delaval. Ex-West Allotment Celtic.
Dominic Clauzel (Midfield)
In his second season at Morpeth, an energetic player with an eye for goal.
Ashley McAlpine (Forward)
Signed for Morpeth last season, a skilful wide player who scores his fair share of goals.
Stephen Howes (Forward)
Signed from Seaton Delaval Amateurs. Quick strong and skilful, Howsa was a prolific scorer towards the end of last season. He is always dangerous around the box and is an important member of the squad. Ex-Whitley Bay Reserves and Ashington Colliers
Stephen Anderson (Forward)
Signed from Seaton Delaval Amateurs, Stephen has lots of raw potential. Very strong young player who has the ability to score great goals. Can play up front or on the flank. Previously at Whitley Bay, Walker Central, West Denton and Newcastle East End.
Luke Newton (Forward)
A young, hard working forward who was signed from Seaton Delaval Amateurs.
Craig Cook (Forward)
Signed from Seaton Delaval Amateurs, Craig is a natural goal scorer.
David Dormand (Forward)
Young striker with plenty of pace who has an eye for goal and scored over 40 goals in the Northern Alliance for Shankhouse last season.
Nick Grey (Manager) Bright young manager who has joined Morpeth Town after four seasons at Seaton Delaval Amateurs. He is currently undertaking his UEFA ‘B’ licence. Formerly of Northampton Town, Durham City, Bedlington Terriers, Brandon United, South Shields, West Allotment Celtic and Percy Main Amateurs.
Jon McDonald (Assistant Manager/Coach) Joined Morpeth Town from Seaton Delaval after managing Gosforth Bohemians. Currently undertaking his UEFA ‘B’ licence, he has plenty of Northern League experience. Ex Washington, Ashington, South Shields, North Shields and Gosforth Bohemians.
Steve Anderson (Physio) An excellent club man who is more than happy to help in a variety of roles. His influence and enthusiasm in the dressing room is infectious.
Miles Callum (Physio) Miles is a valuable addition to the backroom staff. He has a Physiotherapy degree from the University of Northumbria and has quickly integrated himself into the squad since his arrival.
Morpeth Town AFC Honours
• Northern Alliance Champions (2): 1983-84, 1993–94
• Northern Alliance Runners-up (5): 1937-38, 1965–66,1973–74, 1981–82, 1984–85
• Northern league Division Two Champions (1): 1995-96
• Northern Alliance Challenge Cup Winners (3): 1938-39, 1985–86, 1993–94
• Northern Alliance Challenge Cup Winners (4): 1936-37, 1962–63, 1973–74
• Northumberland Benevolent Bowl Winners (1): 1978-79, 1985–86
• Northumberland Senior Cup Winners (2): 1886 (shared with Shankhouse), 2006–07
• Northumberland Senior Cup Runners-up (1): 1996-97
• Aged Miners Cup Winners (4): 1935-36, 1936–37, 1937–38, 1987–88