THE history of one of Welsh football's pioneer football clubs will be celebrated in Newtown over the next month.

Newtown Textile Museum on Commercial Street is hosting an exhibition on the the Royal Welsh Warehouse Football Club from August 11 to September 29.

The exhibition has been put together by committee member John Evans after discovering a team photograph of the works team from the early 20th century.

A social media appeal for information on the players led to contributions from the public and an exhibition on the club called the 'Royal Welsh Warehouse - the Eleven that went to War.'

County Times: Museum committee member John Evans at the Newtown Textile Museum exhibition.Museum committee member John Evans at the Newtown Textile Museum exhibition.

The exhibition details the rise of the club which was entirely made up of workers of the town's Royal Welsh Warehouse which employed thousands of people during the latter part of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century.

It was a boom time in the history of Newtown with the town providing two Welsh Cup winning sides in Newtown White Stars and Newtown Football Club.

Meanwhile several prominent town clubs were born, including the Royal Welsh Warehouse, the town's chief employer and provider of organised sports with a cricket and cycling club complimenting its annual sports day which attracted thousands of people from across the UK at its height.

However the football club and its remarkable achievements remain largely forgotten with the exhibition aiming to bring alive the tale of the club to a new generation.

Museum committee member John Evans said: "It all began when we found a photograph of the team and asked people on social media if they recognised any of the players.

"We had a great response and as a result were able to identify all the players and learn a lot about their lives."

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The photograph was taken in 1914 with the club in front of the recently won Montgomeryshire Cup.

Within a few months the entire team had enlisted to serve in the Great War where tragically several did not return.

"We learned a lot about these men," said Mr Evans. "All were enlisted as members of the Territorial Army before the onset of the First World War and each served with one enlisting as a 16 year old."

Following the end of the conflict a majority of the players returned to a town which was unrecognisable to the one which they had left.

The boom era of Newtown and the mid Wales wool trade was over with Yorkshire and Lancashire taking Newtown's place as the centre of the trade which led many townspeople to abandon the town in search of employment.

Due to social distancing measures the exhibition is encouraging people interested in attending to schedule their visit at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/timed-entry-to-newtown-textile-museum-11-august29-september-tickets-115190194974.

Mr Evans said: "It is a remarkable story, the club of workmates who went off to war together and fought for their country.

"We have no record of the club reforming after the war so it seems the club ceased when these players left for war. It is a fascinating story and we encourage people to come along and learn about themselves."