Morpeth bring FA Vase back to North East for seventh time in eight years

Non-league Morpeth Town are the pride of North-East football today after winning the FA Vase at Wembley.

Sunday, 22nd May 2016, 2:05 pm
Updated Sunday, 22nd May 2016, 3:11 pm
The scoreboard tells the story of Morpeth's FA Vase triumph.

The Northern League side were huge underdogs for the final clash against Hereford FC - the 'phoenix' club who arose from the demise of former pro outfit Hereford United.

But they won 4-1 in a game their 4,000 travelling fans will never forget.

They went behind after just two minutes when Rob Purdie put Hereford ahead.

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But veteran defender Chris Swailes equalised after half an hour - and made history by becoming the oldest player to score in a Wembley final at 45.

Luke Carr put the Highwaymen ahead after the break, before Sean Taylor added a third on 59 minutes as the underdogs took the game to their opponents.

Shaun Bell’s deflected effort deep into injury-time wrapped up an emphatic display.