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Somerton Park
Newport County

Somerton Park was opened in 1912.
It was closed in 1989 when the club went out of business.

Record attendance: 24,268 v Cardiff City
Divisio
n Three South, October 16th, 1937.

External View

Main Stand
This stand was built in the 1930's and originally had terracing at its front.

Somerton Park

A Closer Look At The Main Stand

Main
                          Stand

Main Stand with Terrace

Main Stand and Terrace

Looking Out From The Players Tunnel

Players Tunnel

Social Club Side
This was originally the Main Stand at Somerton Park. It dates back to the 1920's.

Social Club Side

Cromwell Road End

Cromwell Road End

The stadium was also used for greyhound racing and speedway.
It was redeveloped for housing in 1992.

The photo that was taken by Mark Horler was before the game against Weymouth on November 12th 1988. This was in the final season that the Club played at the ground. It was to be the last home victory to be recorded by Newport County at Somerton Park, winning 4-0 in front of a crowd of 1,238.

Below is a video from YouTube showing the ground in 1979
Thanks to W Gibson for sharing this with us:


Terry Britton an exile in Tasmania sent me an email that I would like to share with you; 'Firstly thanks for your great site. Just looked at Somerton old photos,it brought memories flooding back to when I was a youngster growing up in Newport, which I left in 1967 to come to Australia. Three memories I remember were standing in cold,wet and miserable days,were cup tie against Tottenham 1960, tons of sand were put on ground cause of waterlogged pitch, it was locally known as Somerton beach, but game still went ahead, we lost. Another was cup tie 1957, against Arsenal, we also lost but deserved at least a draw. Finally in 1955, the great Sir Stanley Matthews played in a all star team against County, it was in aid of raising money to fund benefit payments to players, there was a crowd around 16,000 and it ended in a 8-8 draw.
Looking at these photos, I could picture where I was standing for each of those games. So many memories!'

Special thanks to Mark Horler and Dave Couseins for providing the photos for this page.

 
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