College duo are playing the generation game

Published: February 20, 2019

The name Gregory will always be associated with Wellington Amateurs football club – and two Telford College students are writing a new family chapter into the proud story.

Club stalwart Dave Gregory passed away last September. But son Paul is now chairman, fulfilling the voluntary role left by his dad, while a third generation of the family, Dave’s grandson Harrison, has now made history.

Harrison, 17, has made his first appearance for Ams’ first-team – following in his father and grandfather’s footsteps.

The under-18s central midfielder inherited the No.9 shirt, worn by Dave and Paul in Amateurs eras gone by.

Harrison Gregory, right, following in family footsteps. Picture - James Baylis

Harrison Gregory, right, following in family footsteps. Picture – James Baylis

His cameo in the 3-1 win at Gornal Athletic may only have been the final 10 minutes, but it meant the world to the family, who hope his 16-year-old brother Todd – who plays for the club’s under-17s – will also soon follow suit.

Both Harrison and Todd attend Telford College. The newest Amateurs senior star will study sports science at university from September.

The region was rocked at the news of Dave’s passing late last year, with tributes pouring in for the local football stalwart.

Dave was, firstly, a player at the club, a centre-forward, at the same time as his brother John Newnes, a goalkeeper. He was connected to the club for six decades.

The family are a bedrock for Wellington Amateurs. Paul, who told the Shropshire Str he was ‘dragged wherever’ by his dad as a youngster in the mid-1970s watching Ams, has taken up the reins to lead the Fortis Stadium club onwards.

“I was very much happy to take it on. It was in dad’s blood, it was his passion,” added Paul, who started a family business, Partnership Publishing Ltd, with Dave in their home town of Wellington.