Friendly to re­mem­ber More­ton ground­share

Gloucestershire Echo - - FOOTBALL -

» 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, (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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