Come on you Highwaymen! Town wishes the team well

Morpeth Mayor Alison Byard
Morpeth Mayor Alison Byard

Well-known faces in Morpeth are wishing the town’s football club well in its Wembley bid.

Morpeth Town will play at the national stadium in the FA Vase final if they beat Bowers and Pitsea at Craik Park on Saturday.

Morpeth Harriers President Jim Alder, who won gold in the marathon at the 1966 Commonwealth Games in Jamaica and ran the Bridge Street to Goosehill leg when the 2012 Olympics Torch Relay came to Morpeth, said: “Ken Beattie has done a fantastic job and the club has done very well in the Northern League and FA Vase.

“Getting to Wembley would be fantastic for the town and Morpeth would get recognition in the national media. I wish them all the best in the world.

“I’ve said before that we’re the best sporting town in Northumberland and Morpeth’s run has added to the success of other clubs, including Morpeth Harriers recently winning the team title at the English National Cross Country Championships.”

The MP for the town, Ian Lavery, said it was absolutely fantastic that Morpeth is flying the flag for Northumberland and North East in the national competition.

He added: “They have been a credit to the town, the wider area and the Northern League for the way they have approached this season.

“Not only have they managed to make it this far, but they have kept alive their trophy hunt on a number of other fronts despite a serious fixture backlog.

“It has been an absolutely fantastic achievement for the club so far and I wish them all the very best for their semi-final second leg game, with Wembley waiting for the victor.

“Chairman Ken Beattie and his team deserve all the success in the world and I hope they are celebrating on Saturday night.”

Morpeth’s Mayor, Alison Byard, said: “Morpeth Town has done extremely well this season and hopefully the team can win on Saturday.

“We are very proud of the club and it would be very exciting to have Morpeth playing at Wembley.”

Meanwhile, the Herald has been told of a link between the two locations.

Rev Arthur Harvey was vicar at St Aidan’s Church in Stobhill for a period in the 1960s. He was vicar at a church in Pitsea before coming to Morpeth.

He was a decent footballer – he was on Chelsea’s books as a youngster – and he was part of the Morpeth Police Boys Club team.