Getting to know: Newton Stewart FC

Today’s ‘Getting to Know’ is out and we are off to see ‘The Creesiders’ at Newton Stewart AFC.

Based out of Blairmount Park in Newton Stewart, the club has gone through a number of name changes prior to becoming Newton Stewart FC in 1902. The pitch at Blairmount was recently transformed into an all weather surface, meaning the vast majority of games that would have been cancelled just a few years ago will now be played. It also means that the club can host a variety of other clubs and games from their local community and further a field.

Originally founded as Newton Stewart Athletic in 1880, the club went through a further two name changes before becoming what they are in the present day, however just what these names were is hard to come by on records.

The Club’s nickname ‘The Creesiders’ came from the fact that Newton Stewart sits on the banks of the river Cree.

The club currently compete in the South of Scotland Football League, a league which they have competed in since 1946, they have won the league on three separate occasions and finished 2nd in the 2014–15 season. 

In 2014-15 the club won its first silverware in 13 years, the J.Haig Gordon Cup Final, before adding a second cup in the same season also lifting the Potts Cup. Just a few seasons later in 2016-17 the club lifted the south of Scotland League Cup, meaning that in recent years the club has had its best spell since the 1950’s.

The 1950’s was the most successful period in the club’s history, a time that saw ‘The Creesiders’ win the South of Scotland league for the first time quickly followed by the second, along with a host of Cups such as the Southern Counties Challenge Cup, The South Supplementary Cup and the Wigtownshire Cup.

From Everyone here at ‘Climbing The Ladder’ we’d just like to wish all the best to Netwon Stewart FC for next season and the future.

Author: Alex Scott

Currently doing as much freelance journalism work as possible. Avid football fan and player currently at Penrith Academy.

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