Founded in 1970 the club has gone from humble beginnings to a modern club with first class facilities. The town of Newport has seen a major population explosion during the Celtic Tiger, with it becoming a popular commuter town to Limerick City. Newport soccer club was not left behind during this growth surge and has become one of the most popular clubs in the locality.
Prior to the club’s formation in 1970 soccer had been played in the town where Stonehall Estate now is located. Up until 1971 the GAA had a ban on its members playing or attending so-called “foreign games”, including soccer, rugby and hockey.
The club entered one team in the Clare League and played their first competitive game in August 1970. It was not until 1973 that Newport claimed their first piece of silverware beating Kilrush in the Clare shield final.
In 1975 Newport entered the Limerick District league and this is where they continue to participate today. The first league title was added to the list of honours in 1979 when the Division 2 League was won.
In 1985 there was a growing interest in soccer among school kids and the schoolboys section of the club was formed. Jimmy Ryan and Martin Lenihan were the two people responsible for setting up the schoolboy division of the club. The schoolboys won their first trophies in 1988 when the U.12’s won both the League and Shield competition.
1991 was the most successful year ever for the Club with both the junior team and the schoolboy’s teams winning two trophies each.
The club continued to win a number of leagues and cup’s throughout the 1990’s. In 1997 the schoolboy teams joined their adult teams and competed in the Limerick District Schoolboy League (LDSL). Success was instant with the Under 12’s winning the LDSL Premier title in 1997, they were also awarded the LDSL team of the year.
2002 saw the U13’s reach the last 64 places of the FAI Cup losing out to Newbridge Celtic. 2004 was a historic season for the schoolboy section of the club entering their first teams in the small-sided games competitions. During the 2000’s the club saw its biggest surge in growth, growing by more than 140 members.
All the while a major fundraising plan was in operation and in August 2007 a new chapter was written in the Newport Town AFC history book. After 37 years of using a field provided by the O’Sullivan family to cater for all teams, the club moved to its new home Derryleigh Park. A modern top-class facility was developed which has two sand-based pitches and in 2009 an all-weather astro-turf pitch was added. In September 2010 FAI CEO John Delaney officially opened the ground.
Also in 2007 the club were invited to take part in the Manchester Cup, four teams travelled and competed in the prestigious tournament. Two teams claimed silverware.
Every year the club has seen membership growth and in the 2017/2018 season a record membership of 400 was recorded with 32 teams including 5 junior sides (U17, U18, A, B & C). Fortunately in the past few years we also saw the reformation of girl’s soccer after years of absence and a continued growth in the schoolgirl section has seen great success both on and off the field.
In August 2017, we opened our new clubhouse in Derryleigh Park. This modern facility consists of 4 dressing-rooms, a large meeting/function room upstairs, a club shop, storage facilities & public toilets. The next stage is to develop a balcony overlooking the top pitch.