If fans of the club thought that the 2009-10 season would be forever etched in the memories of all concerned with Newton Aycliffe Football Club, they were to have a shock as just one year after their introduction to the Northern League saw them finish a respectable 9th in division two, the Newtonians romped to the Championship amassing a huge 95 points along the way.
Having smashed their way into the Start To Learn Northern League in emphatic fashion – winning back-to-back league titles; Durham Alliance (2007-08) and the Wearside League (2008-09) – Allan Oliver’s side built on their inaugural campaign at Northern League level by topping the table for a huge eight months as they finished seven points clear of their nearest rivals in the 2010-11 title race.
Aycliffe, originally formed in 1965, had previously participated in the Wearside League of old before folding from it more than 20 years ago. And although the current club was re-formed a number of years ago, competing successfully in the Darlington & District League and its re-emergence in the past three seasons has been nothing short of both phenomenal and inspiring.
The club’s development off the field has been as rapid as that on it, as Moore Lane Park gradually transforms into a ground befitting the numbers who pour through its gates every home game – the club averaged 191 in 2009-10, the fifth highest average crowd in the Northern League and 222 last term, again bettered by just four teams!
Of course, the club owes a lot to Sedgefield Council’s Local Improvement Programme and the Football Foundation for providing grants to afford the facilities but the football club are also indebted to the support received from Newton Aycliffe Sports Club who continue to be a massive backer and supporter of the clubs transformation.
Seated accommodation was delivered in the spring of 2010 and after the assistance from local firm Finlay Structures and a team of volunteers dedicated to the club, standing accommodation for over 100 persons was installed in February 2011, ready for the club’s transition into a top-flight outfit.