AMBITIOUS Newton Aycliffe FC are appealing for more supporters to attend their matches and say a ‘warm welcome’ awaits those who turn up.

Aycliffe were promoted from the Northern League at the end of last season, with manager Brian Atkinson leading them to the title for the first time in their history.

After a tough start to the new campaign, Aycliffe have climbed to mid-table in the East Division of the Northern Premier League, while off the pitch, a new family stand is in line to be built next year.

But the club admit they need more spectators at Moore Lane, where their most recent league fixture – a 4-1 win against Grantham Town – had an attendance of just 128.

A club statement said: “It’s over 50 years since Newton Aycliffe Football Club’s inception in 1965 and, following a number of promotions in recent years, the club has reached their highest position in non-league football status - the Northern Premier League – East Division.

“Chairman Allan Oliver continues to drive the club forward with an unwavering passion towards even higher leagues. Club manager Brian Atkinson and his coaching staff are rapidly coming to terms with life in the Premier League. Results in November have seen the club climb the table, while displaying some real quality, attractive football.

“Life in this league has seen increased challenges, both on and off the field. The management team are working hard to support the football team with the finance required to support their ambitions for continuing success. Support comes in many forms and the club are currently chasing several opportunities, striving to improve both the playing squad and the ground facilities.

“A close working relationship with our ward councillor, Jimmy Atkinson, has resulted in local funding to provide significant ground improvements - a more efficient entrance turnstile, improved washroom facilities, plus new quality equipment for the food cabin.

“In addition, we now have a ‘can bar’ in the stadium. These improvements are aimed at delivering top-quality match-day experiences for the fans. In the pipeline is a project to deliver a new 50-seater family stand, to be in place early next year.

“The club would welcome more support from the local community, in the shape of increased match-day spectators. A warm welcome awaits all those who attend our home games and you won’t be disappointed with the improved facilities and particularly the impressive standard of football from our team.

“We would also welcome financial support from companies or organisations across Newton Aycliffe and the surrounding area. We have streamlined our sponsorship package for the rest of the season. Please join us, and be part of the ambition for continued success, by requesting a copy of the sponsorship package."

Anyone interested can email

Aycliffe are next in action this Saturday when they host Stocksbridge Park Steels.