The Original Newport FC

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The Original Newport FC

Postby G Guest » September 10th, 2017, 5:53 pm

Played in the 2nd division of the Western League for one season in 1906/7. Did well finishing 2 nd but disbanded at the end of the season. They played at Corporation Road according to Tony Ambrosen.

The final league table survives :-

Division Two
Three new clubs joined Division Two, which remained at 10 clubs after Salisbury City, Bristol East and Chippenham Town left the league.

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Staple Hill 18 12 2 4 44 28 1.57 26
2 Newport 18 11 3 4 52 38 1.37 25 Disbanded at the end of the season
3 Bristol City Reserves 18 11 2 5 54 19 2.84 24
4 Treharris 18 12 0 6 62 24 2.58 24
5 Bristol Rovers Reserves 18 11 1 6 60 27 2.22 23
6 Radstock Town 18 7 3 8 37 41 0.9 17
7 Welton Rovers 18 7 1 10 33 54 0.61 15
8 Paulton Rovers 18 4 4 10 36 53 0.68 12
9 121st R.F.A. 18 5 2 11 27 53 0.51 12 Left at the end of the season
10 Trowbridge Town 18 1 0 17 18 86 0.21 2 Left to join the Wiltshire County League
1 The system of using goal average to separate two teams tied on points was used up to and including the 1976–77 season.

2 The points system: 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for losing.
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Re: The Original Newport FC

Postby neilcork68 » September 10th, 2017, 6:33 pm

G Guest wrote:Played in the 2nd division of the Western League for one season in 1906/7. Did well finishing 2 nd but disbanded at the end of the season. They played at Corporation Road according to Tony Ambrosen.

The final league table survives :-

Division Two
Three new clubs joined Division Two, which remained at 10 clubs after Salisbury City, Bristol East and Chippenham Town left the league.

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Staple Hill 18 12 2 4 44 28 1.57 26
2 Newport 18 11 3 4 52 38 1.37 25 Disbanded at the end of the season
3 Bristol City Reserves 18 11 2 5 54 19 2.84 24
4 Treharris 18 12 0 6 62 24 2.58 24
5 Bristol Rovers Reserves 18 11 1 6 60 27 2.22 23
6 Radstock Town 18 7 3 8 37 41 0.9 17
7 Welton Rovers 18 7 1 10 33 54 0.61 15
8 Paulton Rovers 18 4 4 10 36 53 0.68 12
9 121st R.F.A. 18 5 2 11 27 53 0.51 12 Left at the end of the season
10 Trowbridge Town 18 1 0 17 18 86 0.21 2 Left to join the Wiltshire County League
1 The system of using goal average to separate two teams tied on points was used up to and including the 1976–77 season.

2 The points system: 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for losing.





Staple Hill.......is that the Staple Hill district of North Bristol ?
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Re: The Original Newport FC

Postby G Guest » September 10th, 2017, 6:39 pm

Almost certainly. The Western League was founded in Bristol in 1892. Another Newport connection to this league is that Lovells athletic were the league champions in 1924 and as a result were promoted to the Southern League.
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Re: The Original Newport FC

Postby UPTHEPORT » September 10th, 2017, 6:41 pm

Was there ever a Newport Derby, County v Lovells
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Re: The Original Newport FC

Postby Taunton Iron Cider » September 10th, 2017, 6:44 pm

UPTHEPORT wrote:Was there ever a Newport Derby, County v Lovells


I certainly remember going to Rexville to watch the County but can't recall the occasion.
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Re: The Original Newport FC

Postby G Guest » September 10th, 2017, 7:09 pm

The clubs met 5 times in the Welsh Cup up to 1940. County won 3 ties and Lovells won 1 (there was 1 replay).

Newport County Reserves would have been regular opponents of Lovells in the Welsh league. The club wound up in 1969.

In 1906/7 the line up in Division 1 of the Western League was astonishing. The clubs were :- QPR, Reading, Brentford, Bristol Rovers, Chelsea!, West Ham, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Tottenham Hotspur, Southampton and Millwall.

While Newport FC were finishing 2nd in the 2nd division the league title was being won by West Ham. Amazing.
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Re: The Original Newport FC

Postby G Guest » September 10th, 2017, 7:23 pm

Just to explain the strange div. 1 line-up. Chelsea also fielded a team in the FL div 2. All the other teams listed also played in the Southern League.
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Re: The Original Newport FC

Postby mike wilks » September 11th, 2017, 7:52 am

As I recall, there used to be a framed photograph of the earliest Newport line up, on the wall at baramber, possibly belonging to David Hando?
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Re: The Original Newport FC

Postby Stan A. Einstein » September 11th, 2017, 8:49 am

I only ever once went to Rexville. Mid to late 60's and then only to watch one of those celebrity X1's which were popular at the time. Other than seeing a teacher of mine from Malpas Church I have no other memory of the day.

I do seem to recall though once reading that in the season that Yeovil knocked Sunderland out of the Cup, they had equalised in injury time in the fourth qualifying round at Lovell's Athletic. Bit like us at Worcester.
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Re: The Original Newport FC

Postby Willthiswork » September 11th, 2017, 9:14 am

mike wilks wrote:As I recall, there used to be a framed photograph of the earliest Newport line up, on the wall at baramber, possibly belonging to David Hando?
Did it feature him? :wink:
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Re: The Original Newport FC

Postby G Guest » September 11th, 2017, 1:31 pm

Lovells were a significant club at one time. They reached the 3rd round of the F A Cup in 1945/6. Losing 12-3 to Wolverhampton Wanderers over 2 legs.

In 1948 they applied to replace either Norwich or Brighton in the Football League but, of course, were unsuccessful.
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Re: The Original Newport FC

Postby IMB » September 11th, 2017, 3:01 pm

The Southern League in the early 1920's had such a number of clubs based in Wales that a division was informally known as the Welsh Division. Clubs like Mardy (English spelling), Porth, Abertillery and Mid Rhondda played alongside Kettering and other familiar names. Aberdare Athletic were in there and went on to be one of the clubs that joined the Football League - in its way one of the events that led to the demise of other local clubs. Interesting book called 'The Mid and the Mush' tells the story of the clubs in the Rhondda at that time. Tells of 20,000 people at Treorchy when Tottenham played an FA Cup tie.
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Re: The Original Newport FC

Postby lowandhardandinthecorner » September 11th, 2017, 7:01 pm

G Guest wrote:Lovells were a significant club at one time. They reached the 3rd round of the F A Cup in 1945/6. Losing 12-3 to Wolverhampton Wanderers over 2 legs.

In 1948 they applied to replace either Norwich or Brighton in the Football League but, of course, were unsuccessful.


I went there a number of times, while poor obviously by modern standards , it was a tight atmospheric little ground and you were close to the pitch. Shame it didn't survive.
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Re: The Original Newport FC

Postby Cornish Exile » September 11th, 2017, 7:33 pm

Lovells played in the War-time League West. Their players included County stars Alec Ferguson,W.M. Owen, Norman Low as well as a youthful Billy Lucas.

Bath City were the top team in the league, who were able to call on a number of international players serving in various bases in the Salisbury area.
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Re: The Original Newport FC

Postby G Guest » September 11th, 2017, 9:01 pm

Rexville was briefly County's home.The first season of war-time football, 1939-40 was strange even by the standards of Newport County's extraordinary history. The club had three different home grounds during the season. Somerton Park which had to be vacated because the greyhound racing company who owned the ground needed the track in daylight because floodlit racing wasn't allowed in the blackout. Then Rodney Parade (oh yes we have been there before) which was vacated because the cricket season had started and finally Rexville, the home of Lovells. Five games were played there and all were won by County.These included a 4-1 defeat of Cardiff City. But few people were interested in football under the stress of war and gates were very poor and not enough to pay the players properly. So the decision was made to stop operations for the duration of the war. As someone noted above Lovells Athletic continued to play throughout the war.
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