Morpeth Town Association Football Club, nicknamed “The Highwaymen,” is a non-league football club based in Morpeth, Northumberland.
Established in 1970, they currently compete in the Pitching In Northern Premier League Premier Division, which is part of the seventh tier of English football. The team calls Craik Park their home ground.
Founded in 1894, Morpeth Town Football Club, distinguished by its Amber and Black colours, emerged from a merger of Morpeth United and Morpeth FC. They experienced success in the 1980s in the Northern Alliance, winning the league and cups. The club moved to the Northern League in 1994, securing the Division Two title in their debut season. The 2000s saw mixed results, including a Northumberland Senior Cup win in 2006/07 but also relegation struggles and near collapse, narrowly avoiding folding thanks to efforts from club officials.
The team’s revival began under Nick Gray from 2011, achieving promotion in the 2012/13 season. A highlight was winning the 2016 FA Vase final at Wembley, defeating Hereford FC 4-1. This victory spurred further progress, including attracting better players. They won the NPL East and Senior Cup in 2018/19 for a historic double. The club navigated managerial changes and pandemic challenges, maintaining competitive performances. Stephen Turnbull’s tenure as manager saw them reach new heights in the FA Trophy, with Craig Lynch succeeding him and solidifying the team’s standing in the league with a strong run as caretaker manager.
Morpeth Town Association Football Club Limited is a registered company in England and Wales under company number 02860410 .