Ground Number: 930
Wednesday 23rd September 2020
Newton Abbot Spurs 1-0 Torpoint Athletic
SWP D1 East
NEWTON ABBOT SPURS FC - A BRIEF HISTORY
The club was established in 1938, joining the South Devon Minor League upon formation. The Second World War interrupted proceedings and so for the next five or so years, they played only friendly games. When football returned, they played in the South Devon & Plymouth & District Leagues, winning the latter in 1950. In 1951, they were founder members of the South Western League and stayed for a couple of seasons before drop[ping back to local leagues such as the Plymouth & District and Exeter & District before a second spell in the South Western League from 1959 to 1971. Results were unremarkable and so they dropped back down to the South Devon League. Newton Abbot Spurs were Divison 2 champions in 1977, this earned them promotion to the Premier Division. They won the title on nine occasions, after the last of which in 1996, they joined the Devon County League. Their best finish here was 3rd in 2000 with the league merging with the South Western League to become the South West Peninsula League in 2007. The club was placed in the step 6 Premier Division but was relegated after finishing bottom in 2009. They remained in Division 1 East for ten years, the best finish coming in 2018 when they finished as runners-up to St Martin's. Restructuring at the start of last season saw the club bumped up to step 6 and before the plug was pulled on last season, Newton Abbot Spurs were in 6th place.
The club's best progress in the FA Cup came in 1947 when they beat Wells City before losing to Street. This season, they entered the competition for the first time in 54 years, beating AFC St Austell 3-0 before a 4-0 defeat at Larkhall Athletic. They had their best run in the FA Vase last season, beating Welton Rovers and Wells City before an 8-0 defeat to Herefordshire side Westfields in the 1st Round. Local cup wins include the South Devon Challenge Shield on five occasions, the South Devon League Herald Cup five times, the Devon Senior Cup three times, the Devon Premier Cup twice, the East Devon Senior Cup twice and the Plymouth & District Charity Cup in 1948. The market town of Newton Abbot has a population of just over 25,000 and is situated near the River Lemon, part of the River Teign. It's home to one of only two cider houses in the UK and as well as Newton Abbot Spurs, Buckland Athletic also play in the town.