W.F.D.A. Keith Harding Collection
Scores with Former Newtown F.C. Players.
A remarkable reunion took place at Latham Park on the 19th July 2008 following the amazing success of the collection of photographs held in memory of Keith Harding, former Chairman of Newtown F.C.. Players came together from the 1940s, 50's and 60's to celebrate Keith's memory and a minute's applause was held in respect of Keith and all the sadly departed players.
The Reunion was arranged by Welsh Football Data Archive member Ken Davies, Keith's daughter Nicky and former players Edgar P. Williams and Brian F. Jones.
Keith's collection, which was also kindly put on display in Newtown by Age Concern, Montgomeryshire, captured the town's football community's imagination.
Former players of the club came forward with their amazing private collections and press cuttings relating to Newtown's football past, to enhance the collection being compiled at http://www.wfda.co.uk/ with the full support of the Club.
These additional collections are being prepared for inclusion on the site, and it is envisaged that a collection relating to Mid-Wales clubs will soon be commenced.
Age Concern and Newtown White Stars Junior Football Clubs have benefited by sharing £350 following a Football Fun Quiz based on the window display.
W.F.D.A. member Ken Davies has been amazed by the response." I have had complete strangers entrusting me with their precious photos which were all scanned and returned to their owners, to add to Keith's collection. Surviving wives have called at Age Concern to make donations in memory of their late husbands featured in the window.
"We have created a fantastic opportunity for other clubs in Wales to follow suit and also benefit local charities. Each club has someone similar to a Keith Harding, whose memory could be kept for posterity through photos relating to their club at www.wfda.co.uk. The success has been such that I now have three pages on my www.penmon.org site, not only relating to Keith's photos but, to a History of Newtown A.F.C., football in Newtown generally and the Reunion.
"I can't thank everyone enough. Each person feels that they have contributed to something truly worthwhile.
"In addition to Mrs May Harding, daughter Nicky, her son Cai, many former players, surviving wives, friends and officers of the Club attended. We were honoured to have the presence of Mr Tegwyn Evans M.B.E., Vice president of the F.A.W. and Mr Edward William Griffiths, Patron of the Central Wales League with us.
"Former Newtown hero Brian F. Jones reminisced about the halcyon days of the 1950s.
"It was an honour for me to attend and to have played a part, on behalf of the W.F.D.A., in arranging the Keith Harding Collection, and to witness the sheer enjoyment of those who attended the reunion. I just hope that other clubs will follow this lead - it can only benefit communities and bring pleasure to so many people who played football because they loved doing so."