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The team was set up by an Edward Gittins - a blacksmith from Coedyffridd and the name seems to derive from the fact that the team was made up of mostly working class men who simply couldn't afford a football strip. Thus it came as no surprise to many who know the real position that the committee intimated that the club would not run a team this season, but would concentrate their efforts on reducing the debt of the club still further. Bryan Orritt (Reserve) Standing by today as the Welsh Reserve is Bryan Orritt who hails from a small quarry village named Cwmyglo, Near Caernarvon.
They needed to differentiate themselves from Newtown FC so got their mums to sew material in the shape of a white star on their different colour jerseys and the Newtown White Stars were born!! In the 1907 Montgomeryshire Cup semi final, RWW complained that Llanfyllin arrived late and the bad rain had made the pitch difficult. The committee are not altogether blameless for the present state of affairs, but they do deserve praise for the way they have stuck to the task many would have thrown up as hopeless long ago, especially in view of the lack of support from some of the players and from many of the townspeople.
Supporters Trust Chairman Peter Jones said: "The information came to light following the local newspaper of its time, the 'Wrexham Advertiser' being put on line, and thus allowing 'one word' searches, thus eliminating the needle in the haystack process of looking through the newspaper's microfilm reels at the local studies centre.
Yet in two articles in the local newspapers, mention is made of the formation dates of both clubs - the 'Druids' being formed some four years ago in a speech after a game in 1877 and in an after dinner speech in 1879 after 'The White Stars' Welsh Cup victory, Mr Evan Morris, President of Wrexham Football Club, in the above address in Newtown, following Wrexham's defeat to Newtown White Stars in the 1878/79 Welsh Cup Final, states that Wrexham had existed for 15 years - ie since 1864.
A great number assembled at the station at 7.25 to see the Stars return to Newtown. This decision was a far sighted one and the present Officers, Committee, supporters and players owe so much to their counterparts for their vision, all those years ago. Jones recalls using George's liniment which consisted of a concoction of mixed oils and grit, which was applied to a player's calf and thigh muscles. Also it gives us much pleasure to see two Newtown players;- The Supporters' Club was formed in the early part of the 1952/53 Season and up to the end of the 1954/55 Season, as a result of its activities, has been able to hand over £2,750 to the Newtown F. for ground improvements and the wages of the Player-Coach. Hughes are also players of no mean ability and coupled with our regulars, our team should generally be much strengthened."I missed an empty net from one or two yards out, after 'Cutter' had forced his way down the right wing with a mazy run and put in a fine cross.
On their arrival at 9.30, bells were peeled, the approaches to the station were crowded as the Newtown Brass Band played a variety of tunes, which included 'See the Conquering Hero comes'. There was a feeling in Newtown that the clubs ought to be united, because if they were divided, inevitably some time or other they would be defeated, although the White Star had shown great pluck hitherto, as had also the Newtown Club. Brian went through both his scrapbooks containing nostalgic press cuttings and photos, described many of the action shots in over 50 photographs, and reminisced many a match from the programmes he has also kept. It gave a tingling sensation and was very welcome in wet and cold conditions, having its own particular smell. The Football Club have also been assured that the expenses of the Isle of Man Amateur Soccer Competition, June 1956, will be met from Club funds. Owen, the Welsh Amateur International and his inclusion should do much to consolidate the middle line. Edgar patted me on the head and said it could have happened to anyone. as a Clerk, Graham was honoured by Welsh Association of Boy's Clubs recently at Hull against the English Boy's Clubs.
Harding, his daughter Nicky and the family for permitting their use. Owners of the copyright of photos are being sought for their permission."In the Welsh 'Soccer' scene, the earliest Clubs to emerge were exclusively in the North of Wales where the gentlemen farmers and University graduates had the leisure time to take up the sport. Keen tackler who commands respect from opposing forwards.
My thanks to the many people who have assisted with supplying names and other information relating to Newtown F. The Wrexham Club have the reputation of being the first organised Club to emerge in the Principality in 1873.