ANY account of the history of Newtown Football Club would not be complete without Elwyn Morgan.

Elwyn recently celebrated his 90th birthday with friends and family at Latham Park, having begun his love affair with the Robins more than seven decades ago.

During that time the popular and familiar figure has served his hometown club in a host of roles both on and off the pitch and his loyalty to the club  was recognised when he was chosen to unveil a special plaque marking Newtown's 1,000th JD Cymru Premier fixture in 2022.

Elwyn was born at Newtown Hospital in 1933 and raised in Mochdre while attending Newtown School where he first began playing football.


In 1956 he was part of the Newtown team which faced Swansea City in front of more than 5,000 fans which remains a club record to this day.

Elwyn was still playing when he decided to become club physiotherapist in 1964 and was a familiar figure to home and opposition fans for the next four decades as the man with a bucket and sponge.

County Times: Elwyn Morgan (left) pictured with the Newtown line up in 1974.Elwyn Morgan (left) pictured with the Newtown line up in 1974.

Elwyn said: "I have always loved the club, it has been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember.

"My wife and family have always been very supportive and helped me a lot over the years."

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Elwyn tactfully sidestepped the question of how the current Newtown team compares to their predecessors but admitted the class of 2023 was a "bit fitter" than the past.

"We have had a lot of good teams and players over the years," said Elwyn. "I am enjoying watching the current team, they play some good football and we are having a great season so far."

Meanwhile club chairman Nick Evans was full of praise for the club's oldest and longest serving supporter.

He said: "Elwyn is an absolute legend and at 90 years of age is most definitely the club’s longest standing supporter.

"He never misses a home game and even attends some of the away matches. His passion for the club is unwavering and I’m honoured to call Elwyn a dear friend as well as a fellow Robins supporter."