Newark Flowserve Football Club start new chapter as Newark Football Club
Today is the start of a new chapter in the history of the town's highest-ranked football club.
Newark Flowserve Football Club, which plays its football at Lowfields, has changed its name to Newark Football Club.
The change followed an on-going discussion with The Football Association, whose rules and codes states a club cannot include the name of a sponsor in its title at step four.
In an official club statement The Highwaymen said: "Following ratification by the Nottinghamshire FA, the Midland Football League, and The FA, our name will be Newark Football Club.
"Although Flowserve has had no direct involvement in financing or sponsoring the football club in any way in the last few years, and these rules and codes are not enforced until step four of The FA’s National League System, The FA strongly recommend clubs at playing at step five adopt these rules and codes.
"Therefore, to align the football club with them, and to remove future uncertainty or misunderstandings, it was agreed to change our name.
"Throughout its history, the football club has been associated with the foundry, ironworks, and factory since its formation in 1901, and has included the name of the owners in part or in full as part of the football club’s name.
"From J Simpson and Co. Football Club to Worthington Simpson Football Club and more latterly Newark Flowserve Football Club.
"The decision to dissociating the football club from the factory was discussed at length by the board, as for many around the town and the surrounding districts the football club is still known as 'Simmo’s' or 'The Works'.
"Ultimately, it was agreed that becoming Newark Football Club was a positive step in demonstrating that it is part of communities of Newark, Balderton, and surrounding districts; and the pride felt by all at the football club in representing these communities across Nottinghamshire, the East and West Midlands and nationally.
"At a time when to many of being part of a community, and community spirit means more than before, Newark Football Club look are looking forward to carrying this torch during the 2020/21 season, and many seasons to come."
The Sunday League and youth teams will follow the lead of the senior Saturday team.