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THE club was formed in 1875 as Newtown White Star and, on Saturday 13th October 1877, Newtown took part in the first ever-Welsh Cup-tie, losing to Druids of Ruabon (Now Flexsys Cefn Druids). The following season they went on to win the trophy, beating the favourites Wrexham 2-1 at Oswestry. Newtown was the first club to receive this now famous trophy, the cup having been purchased only a few months earlier.
Over the years, the club played on a number of different grounds in the town initially at the Cunnings field, now the Bowling Club site. In the late 1940s, however, the decision was taken to construct new playing headquarters at a site to be called Latham Park. The first competitive game to be staged at the new ground took place on 25th August 1951 when Newtown beat Aberystwyth Town 4-0 in the Central Wales League before over 1,500 spectators. Floodlights were installed and officially unveiled on 24th September 1979 when Second Division Wrexham were the visitors. Again a crowd well in excess of 1,000 was recorded.
Latham Park is so named in honour of a local sporting hero, Captain George Latham, who played soccer for Liverpool, Stoke City and Cardiff City and represented Wales a dozen times at the start of the century. He joined Cardiff City as a player in 1911 and played a major role in the development of the club. He later became Cardiff’s trainer and held this position when Cardiff City took the FA Cup out of England for the first, and only, time beating Arsenal at Wembley Stadium in 1927.
Another outstanding Newtown footballer was Max Woosnam who played in the period before the Great War and went on to captain Manchester City, winning an international cap for England against Wales. He also won an Olympic Gold Medal (for tennis) at the Antwerp games in 1920, was a Wimbledon doubles champion in 1921 and captained the British Davis Cup team in America three years later. At Cambridge he gained a Blue in six different sports!
Over the years Newtown has played many Football League teams and has produced a host of Welsh internationals. In December 1895 as Welsh Cup holders, Newtown travelled to play Manchester City and shocked the City team by winning 3-2. The famous Billy Meredith was prominent for City, but the hero of the day was Newtown’s W. Parry, who scored all three goals.
In 1896/97, Newtown competed in the Welsh League and finished runners-up to Druids. In 1899/1900 they played in The Combination, along with Chirk, Wrexham, Druids, Bangor, Birkenhead, Aberystwyth Town, Oswestry United and Rhyl Athletic, though, thereafter, no further record can be found of the club competing regularly with North Wales teams until recent times.
During the early part of the century, Newtown played in the Shropshire League and also the Montgomeryshire League, which was the base for today’s Central Wales League. The Robins were also playing in the English F.A.Cup as long ago as the 1890s.
The club’s move into the English pyramid system in 1988/89, reflected the progressive spirit at Newtown. The Robins entered the HFS Loans (formerly Northern Premier and now Unibond) League and regular participation in both the F.A.Cup and the F.A.Trophy opened up new challenges.

Picturesque Latham Park regularly stages domestic finals and European ties
The largest crowd to witness a game at Latham Park (5,004) congregated there on 28th January 1956 to see Newtown play a star-studded Swansea Town team in the Welsh Cup. The Football League side won 9-4 with internationals Ivor Allchurch and Cliff Jones playing a starring role.
Winners of the Welsh Amateur Cup in 1955, Newtown were beaten finalists in the same competition (by now titled the Welsh Intermediate Cup) in 1986 and 1988. In addition to the two Welsh Cup wins in 1879 and 1895, Newtown have twice won the Mid Wales League (1976 and 1979) and have taken the Central Wales League championship on three occasions, all in the 1980s.
Founder members of the League of Wales in 1992, having left the English non-league pyramid system, the Latham Park side were runners-up in 1996 and represented Wales in the UEFA Cup, losing on aggregate to Latvian champions, Skonto Riga.
Though missing relegation by just one place in 1992/93, Newtown have steadily become one of the league’s top teams, finishing successively in 6th, 4th, 2nd, 5th, 2nd, 6th, 8th and 4th between 1994 and 2001.
In 1998/99, the club had its second taste of UEFA Cup football and performed superbly in holding Polish side Wisla Krakow to a goalless draw at Latham Park. Despite an eventual defeat in the second leg, the Robins are keen to get back into European competition and are disappointed that their subsequent league form has kept them out of the limelight for longer than anticipated.
The departure of manager Brian Coyne in the summer of 2003 saw the appointment of Roger Preece as manager and while the Robins do not view this as a quick fix, they are looking to make progress again in the longer term.

Season
P
W
D
L
F
A
Pts
Pos
1992/3
38
9
9
20
55
87
36
18
1993/4
38
18
9
11
52
48
63
6
1994/5
38
20
8
10
78
47
68
4
1995/6
40
23
11
6
69
25
80
2
1996/7
40
22
5
13
74
49
71
5
1997/8
38
23
9
6
101
47
78
2
1998/9
32
13
10
9
45
35
49
6
1999/0
34
14
6
14
49
41
48
8
2000/1
34
18
4
12
48
37
58
4
2001/2
34
9
11
14
35
44
38
13
2002/3
34
12
6
16
48
54
42
10
2003/4
32
12
5
15
43
50
41
10
TOTAL
398
111
58
229
515
1065
391
League stats
Biggest Home Wins
11-1 v Cemaes Bay 11/04/98
9-0 v Maesteg Park Athletic 03/12/94
6-2 v Cemaes Bay 26/10/96
Biggest Away Wins
7-1 at Ton Pentre 30/04/97
6-1 at Haverfordwest County 28/02/98
Biggest Home Defeats
1-6 v Welshpool Town 22/01/05
1-5 by Caersws 01/09/92
Biggest Away Defeats
1-6 at Aberystwyth Town 05/09/92
1-6 at Briton Ferry Athletic 19/09/92
Most Goals in One Season
27 by Kevin Morrison 1997/1998
Most Goals in One Match
4 by Mark Williams v Maesteg Park Athletic 03/12/94
4 by Mark Williams v Porthmadog 06/05/96
4 by Kevin Morrison v Ton Pentre 30/04/97
Top Scorers in Aggregate
73 by Mark Williams (1993 2002)
56 by Justin Wickham (1995 2004)
51 by Colin Reynolds (1992 2002)
42 by Kevin Morrison (1996 1999)
Most Appearances
314 (+6 Sub) by Colin Reynolds (1992 2002)
271 (+11 Sub) by Justin Wickham (1995 2004)
214 (+7 Sub) by Gareth Evans (1997 2003)
210 (+13 Sub) by Mark Williams (1993 2003)
209 (+35 Sub) by Mark Roberts (1992 2000)
Brian Coyne (1992 cs 2003)
Roger Preece (cs2003 date)