Sir George with Tom Antrobus, Chairman, and Lynda Richmond, Secretary, of the New Street Youth Football Club. Sir George was opening the Club's Funday at Foxcotte Park, Charlton.
The football club was formed in the late 1890s by the Vicar of St. Mary's the Rev. (later Canon) P.R.P. Braithwaite to keep the young men of New Street occupied and out of trouble. At that time New Street was more of a suburb of Andover rather than an integral part of the town. The poorest people lived there and it had four public houses and several retailers of beer. Team members in those days had to live in New Street.
Presently the club runs five men's teams and one ladies team. The youth section has 19 teams ranging from Under 7 to Under 18 including 2 girls' teams. It is the largest football club in Hampshire with over 300 local people playing for New Street over any one weekend. Players are truly amateurs - in fact they have to pay to play.
The Club has an active social side with men's, ladies' and mixed darts teams, two pool teams, a crib teem and a quiz team - all playing in leagues. It has regular social events throughout the year - discos, quizzes, barbecues, live entertainment, treasure hunts, karaoke and bingo. It has been suggested that F C. stands for Family Club rather than Football Club. In 1997 the Mayor of the Test Valley Cllr. Rod Bailey referred to it as the club that does more for the local community than any other.