Newton Frank Image 1 Northampton Town 1922

Newton Frank Image 1 Northampton Town 1922


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Horsforth, Leeds, Yorkshire born right half Frank Newton (it is possible he was born in Menston near Bradford and also played for Menston Town) began his football career in Lanarkshire junior football (perhaps having moved north as a child?), with Croy Celtic in 1912 and gained his first experience in senior football with Clydebank in 1913, playing for Kilsyth Rangers in 1914.

In 1915 Newton signed for Hibernian and made his debut against Celtic that October, and although he only started 11 matches in 1915-16, he was a regular in Hibs’ line up the next season, scoring 3 times in 26 appearances before being transferred to Abercorn. In 1917 he joined Clyde and stayed with The Bully Wee for four seasons before moving to England in August 1921, when he signed for First Division Bradford City.

Newton made his Football League debut, and only appearance for The Bantams in what was a relegation season for them, in a defeat at Blackburn Rovers that September. He then joined Third Division (South) club Northampton Town in May 1922, and despite losing his place in the early part of the 1922-23 campaign, he regained it the following February and remained in the team until the season end, making 18 appearances.

During their 1923-24 campaign he was a regular in The Cobblers’ line up until January 1924, when he lost his place after 26 appearances, scoring once in a 3-0 win over Merthyr Town in November 1923, and he played just once more for Northampton Town, in a defeat at Brentford that April, before signing for Halifax Town in May 1924. He made his final two League appearances for The Shaymen in December 1924 before leaving the professional game.

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