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Morpeth Town break attendance record with help of Newcastle United

2 years ago

Morpeth Town are a happy club this week, on and off the pitch.

On Tuesday night the local non-league team beat Newcastle United’s young stars 2-0.

This earned them a place in the final of the Northumberland Senior Cup at St James Park, where they will play North Shields.

The comfortable victory (see below) over the NUFC Under 23s was achieved despite them having to play the final 20 minutes with 10 men after a red card.

However, it is also great news off the pitch for Morpeth Town.

The crowd on Tuesday was 1,456, which is a new club record attendance, beating the previous best by 200.

Good luck to Morpeth Town and all of our other ambitious non-league clubs in the north east.

From the Evostik League official site:

Morpeth Town set a new club record attendance in midweek as they welcomed Newcastle United Under 23s for a county cup clash.

A total of 1,456 fans attended the game in the Techflow Marine Senior Cup, which the EVO-STIK League East Division leaders won 2-0 to progress to the final.

The final will be played at St James’ Park, the home of Newcastle United, against North Shields.

Chairman Ken Beattie said:

“It was fantastic to see such a big crowd backing us.

“We have worked hard to draw attention to the club amongst the local community and they have responded magnificently.

“We’re delighted to have won and delivered a cup final at St James’ Park for our fans.”

The attendance broke the previous club record by 200.

The Mag – 6 March 2019:

Injured or not, Sean Longstaff was out at Craik Park last night, still on crutches.

His brother Matty playing for the Newcastle United Under 23s in the semi-final of the Northumberland Senior Cup.

They were up against Morpeth Town in this annual cup competition where the rising younger NUFC players get to meet hardened top local amateur teams such as Morpeth.

Last season Newcastle won the competition but not this time.

The men most definitely coming out on top against the boys last night.

The better team throughout, Morpeth Town scored in the 47th and 59th minutes to give them a comfortable win, they will face North Shields in a St James Park final.

A crowd of 1,456 saw Jonjo Shelvey in attendance along with Sean Longstaff. The older Longstaff brother was almost joined on the injury list when younger brother Matty was the victim of a bad challenge from Sean Taylor, the Morpeth player sent off with just under 20 minutes to go.

Despite the one man advantage, Newcastle never really threatened to get back into the game in the final stages.

Morpeth Town 2 Newcastle United Under 23s 0

Newcastle United:

Nathan Harker, Ryan Barrett (Mo Sangare 46), Oliver Walters, Kelland Watts, Owen Bailey, Lewis Cass, Tom Allan, Jack Young, Yannick Touré (Tyrique Bartlett 68), Matty Longstaff, Rosaire Longelo (Juanito 63)


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