NEWPORT COUNTY AFC 2018/19

Formed 1906-07. Founder member of Division 3 (South) in 1920. Not elected to Football League in 1931. Rejoined in 1932. 1938-39 Division 3 (South) Champions. 1947 relegated to Division 3 (South). 1979-80 Division 4 champions. 1980-81 European Cup Winners Cup quarter-finalists. 1987 relegated to Division 4. 1988 relegated to the Conference. 1989 expelled from the Conference in mid-March. In 1989 reformed as Newport AFC and joined the Hellenic League working their way through the Southern League. In 1999 were renamed Newport County AFC. As Newport AFC the team were forced to play in England due to legal action by the Welsh FA in an attempt to force them to join the new League of Wales. This was not resolved until a successful court action in 1995. Now Newport County has been re-born and despite spending most of its life at Somerton Park and some happy years at Newport Stadium, they now play in the centre of the City at Rodney Parade, home of Newport rugby and their home venue since 2012/13. They won the Blue Square Conference South in 2009/10 and now sit proudly in the Football League after winning the Conference play off final against Wrexham at Wembley in May 2013.  For more information http://www.newport-county.co.uk/

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EXILES EASE PAST MET POLICE

Nov 10 - Newport County eased past Metropolitan Police, who had Louis Birch sent off, to reach the FA Cup second round with a 2-0 victory. in East Molesey.
Padraig Amond put Newport ahead from a corner, having already hit the post with an early effort and having a header ruled out for offside.
Ethan Chislett should have levelled for Met, but headed straight at Joe Day. Newport doubled their lead when Jamille Matt smashed in from close-range, and Met's hopes went with the departure of Birch for a second yellow card.

COUNTY SLIP UP AGAINST CARLISLE

Nov 3 - Manager Mike Flynn felt his side were "outstanding" after recovering from going 2-0 down inside 12 minutes through two Jamie Devitt goals. Padraig Amond pulled a goal back before the break and Dan Butler levelled four minutes from the end but Danny Grainger won it for the hosts in the third minute of stoppage time.

COUNTY UNDONE BY ELLISON

Oct 28 - Predictably Kevin Ellison rescued a point for Morecambe to ease their League Two relegation worries. Newport had led through Padraig Amond's first-minute strike, the Irish striker heading his sixth goal of the season. Antoine Semenyo's header almost doubled the hosts' lead, only to be denied by Morecambe goalkeeper Barry Roche.
Morecambe pushed for an equaliser and only Robbie Willmott's block denied Rhys Oates, but Jason Oswell then set up substitute Ellison to grab a point.
Newport manager Mike Flynn told BBC Radio Wales: "It's two points dropped today, let's not dress it up. We should have been out of sight but then a little bit of sloppiness allows Kev [Ellison] to get his annual goal against us.

COUNTY PICK UP POINT AT BURY

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COUNTY THRASHED BY RIVALS

Oct 20 - Newport County were thrashed 4-1 at rivals Crawley as their promotion hopes took a dent. Joe Maguire struck for the hosts inside a minute from a Lewis Young cross.
Jamille Matt levelled, but Filipe Morais' penalty restored Crawley's lead after Ollie Palmer was brought down. Palmer's header and Ashley Nathaniel-George's solo goal stretched Crawley's lead, before County's Fraser Franks was shown a straight red card for a bad foul on Nathaniel-George.

ANOTHER LATE WINNER SEALS COUNTY VICTORY

Oct 12 - Another stunning late goal provided fantastic entertainment once again for the Rodney Parade faithful. Antoine Semenyo's goal almost eight minutes into stoppage time made it 2-1 after the match seemed destined for a draw. County made a great start when Matty Dolan volley from the edge of the box within a minute. Newport were the better side for most of the game but failed to capitalise on their advantage. Stevenage equalised when Luther Wildin nodded the ball home. But Semenyo had other ideas when he struck the ball home to give the never say die Exiles another amazing win.

HORROR PENALTY KICK DENIES EXILES WIN AT NEW LAWN

Oct 6 - A horrific penalty by Mickey Demetriou, skied over the bar saw Newport County missthe chance to close the gap on leaders Lincoln, after Mickey Demetriou missed a penalty. Forest Green Rovers took the lead when Dayle Grubb's cross deflected into the net off visiting defender Scot Bennett.
Padraig Amond's fifth goal of the season at least rescued a point for Newport, when he picked the ball up in the box before firing into the corner.
But County should have won it in front of 964 travelling fans when Reuben Reid handled in the area, only for Demetriou to blaze over.

DOUBLE COUNTY RECOVERY SECURES POINT

Oct 2 - Jamille Matt's 97th minute equaliser saw Newport County secure justice as they drew 3-3 with bottom of the table Macclesfield Town. Fiacre Kelleher headed the visitors in front, before David Fitzpatrick doubled the lead with his first penalty. It was shades of Cambridge United as Newport's Dan Butler finished a clever corner routine, before Mickey Demetriou's penalty drew them level. Fitzpatrick's second penalty was highly questionable. Newport manager Mike Flynn branded Trevor Kettle's performance "one of the worst refereeing performances I've ever seen in my life. It was never a penalty - either of them - it's hit Mickey's [Demetriou] hand but he's being pulled and funnily enough the player who won the penalty should have been sent off earlier." It's conversion looked to have given Macclesfield a precious win, before Matt's late goal.

COUNTY MOUNT STUNNING FIGHT-BACK IN SIX GOAL THRILLER

Sept 29 - Cambridge shocked Newport with opening brace from Reggie Lambe as many home supporters prepared for a repeat of the Yeovil debacle. A Mickey Demetriou penalty on the stroke of half time got them back into things. Amond scored just after the break before sub Jamille Matt made a massive impact bringing the points home for the Exiles. His header on 63 minutes made it 4-2 and County move into second spot.
Newport County manager Mike Flynn told BBC Radio Wales: "I'll be honest, it's not good for my blood pressure the way we started, it wasn't what we're about. You start fearing the worst and they were poor goals. We made a big decision to put Jamille on, we went brave and it changed the game. It was a definite penalty and goals changed games and we showed an abundance of character.

COUNTY BOUNCE BACK IN FINE STYLE

Sept 22 - Newport County bounced back in fine style from their humiliation against Yeovil last week to win by 1 to nil at Tranmere. Fraser Franks found the net after five minutes as the Exiles dominated the early exchanges. Tranmere bombarded the Newport goal but it was Franks who blocked a goal bound effort in injury time to deny them a point. This was Newport's third away win on the trot. Their best away run since 1983.
Newport County manager Mike Flynn told BBC Radio Wales: "I thought the players were absolutely fantastic, even at the end when we had to hang on a bit they defender excellently. Let's hope last week was a one off blip because the way we defended today was absolutely exceptional. If we took our clear cut chances we could have won the game by three or four."

SHOCKER AS COUNTY CONCEDE SIX TO YEOVIL

Sep 15 - Newport County conceded six goals at home as their recent fine run ended in spectacular and shocking fashion at Rodney Parade. Three first-half goals from Yoann Arquin, Jordan Green and Diallang Jaiyesimi set the tone for the game as the Exiles crumbled at Rodney Parade. A second for Green followed by goals from Olufela Olomola and Carl Dickinson compounded the Exiles' misery. County drop to third. Robbie Willmott's red card with 10 minutes left rounded off what was a dreadful afternoon for County.

Sep 11 - Michael Doughty's chipped penalty was enough to give Swindon a 1-0 win over Newport in the Checkatrade Trophy.

FINE AWAY WIN FOR EXILES

Sep 8 - Newport County won their second away game on the bounce as Tyreeq Bakinson's goal was enough to see off Oldham.
Bakinson, who is on loan with the Exiles from Bristol City, scored his first goal for County on 69 minutes after being teed up by Matty Dolan.
Newport keeper Joe Day made a string of late saves to keep his side ahead as Oldham tried to find an equaliser.

IMPRESSIVE AWAY WIN FOR COUNTY

Sep 1 - Newport County climbed to second as Dan Butler scored the winner at Port Vale to beat the home-side by 2 to 1. The Exiles led through Scot Bennett when he latched onto a loose ball to score past Vale goalkeeper Scott Brown. Tom Pope equalised with a header from a corner, his 56th goal at Vale Park setting a new record at the ground.
But when Mark Harris' cross was missed by Padraig Amond - who was later forced off with a head injury - Newport left-back Butler was following up to find the bottom corner sending the 223 travelling fans in to raptures. Manager Michael Flynn says he has an outstanding group of players who work their socks off. He also said he’s enjoying being in the promotion spots.

PRING JOINS UP ON LOAN

Sep 1 - Bristol City player Cameron Pring has joined League Two Newport County on loan until January. The 20-year-old defender joins midfielder Tyreeq Bakinson (loan until January) and striker Antoine Semenyo (season-long loan) at Rodney Parade. City loan manager Brian Tinnion said: “We have a good relationship with Newport and, as with Tyreeq and Antoine, this move will further develop Cameron with regular first-team football.”

OXFORD TOO STRONG FOR EXILES

Aug 30 - Oxford United progressed to the Carabao Cup third round as Newport County suffered a poor opening as they conceded an own goal at Rodney Parade.
Mickey Demetriou sliced Luke Garbutt's cross into his own net. They scored two minutes later through Baptiste. The visitors had James Hanson sent off for a lunge on Antoine Semenyo, but still added a late third from Gavin Whyte.

COUNTY GO FIFTH

Aug 26 - Newport County made it six wins in a row at home, their best run since 1969 with a 1-0 victory over Grimsby. Matty Dolan's first-half free kick after 40 minutes gave the Exiles a deserved lead, Mike Flynn's side rarely threatened by the visitors. Cardiff City loanee Mark Harris again impressed and was denied a strong claim for a penalty just before half-time. Grimsby finished with 10 men after Wes Thomas was shown red for a high foot as they suffered a second league defeat. County go up to fifth in the table.

COUNTY GRAB DESERVED VICTORY IN INJURY TIME

Aug 22 - Jamille Matt's injury-time goal gave Newport County a 3-2 victory against Notts County at Rodney Parade. Kristian Dennis had scored for Notts County with three minutes left on the clock. The winless had opened the scoring with Kane Hemmings netting after 12 minutes. But the Exiles hit back when Fraser Franks headed home, before within two minutes Cardiff City loanee Mark Harris scored.
Newport manager Mike Flynn told BBC Sport Wales: "The goals we conceded made the game harder than it should have been - they were two poor goals if I'm honest - but we played some really good football and we deserved the win. We should have been out of sight."

SUPER-SUB HARRIS SEALS VITAL POINT

Aug 18 - Substitute Mark Harris grabbed a vital point for Newport at table topping Exeter. Jayden Stockley put Exeter ahead after 21 minutes, heading in a Jake Taylor cross. The Exiles pushed hard to get a goal back and with 9 minutes remaining the Cardiff City loanee Mark Harris came up trumps. Despite the result Exeter remain top on goal difference.

CLUB MEETING MINUTES SHOW  IMPACT OF FA CUP WINDFALL AND PLAN TO IMPROVE FINANCES

Aug 16 - The most recent minutes from Newport County's Trust show the impact on the club's finances of their FA Cup run. The figures for the year up to June 2018 were significantly boosted by around £740,000 earned from the club’s run to the FA Cup fourth round.
The published minutes state: “The management accounts for the 2017-2018 financial year were received. Prior to audit, these show a £199,700 profit. Without the FA Cup run, the club would have recorded a £541,300 loss.” County made a loss of £351,456 for the financial year ending June 2017. The minutes also give an update on the results of the supporters’ survey on the future ownership model for the club. “Colin Faulkner confirmed around 75 per cent of the 750 respondents were in favour of a ‘hybrid’ ownership model.
“Work is continuing on proposals to be presented at the supporters’ meeting on September 20.

COUNTY DOMINATE CAMBRIDGE

Aug 15 - Newport County reached the second round of the Carabao Cup with a 4-1 win at a lacklustre Cambridge United. The Exiles totally dominated the hosts and were full value for their victory. Two first-half goals from Padraig Amond gave Newport a huge advantage, with the second goal coming after a fine move which has been lauded as Barcelona-esque by Sky Sports. They made victory safe in the second period when Jamille Matt headed home and Antoine Semenyo also added a fourth, before Ade Azeez's late penalty gave the hosts some consolation. Exiles face Oxford United at home in the next round.

COUNTY BRING CREWE BACK DOWN TO EARTH

Aug 11 - Last week's results were thankfully no guide to the outcome of this match at Rodney Parade. Crewe, who beat Morecambe 6-0, came crashing down to earth against Newport, beaten 3-0 by Mansfield. The Exiles edged a tight encounter to earn their first win of the season in wet conditions. Crewe goalkeeper Dave Richards had already kept out a fierce drive from Padraig Amond, but could not prevent the striker heading home. Harry Pickering had earlier hit the post with a free-kick for the visitors.
Crewe had another big opportunity but Joe Day saved Paul Green's poorly struck penalty.

MANSFIELD 'TOO STRONG' FOR EXILES

Aug 4 - Mike Flynn said Mansfield were too strong for Newport as the Stags eased to a comfortable win. Tyler Walker gave Mansfield the lead on 12 minutes despite a fine double save by Joe Day as the Stags took control. Craig Davies hit the post before the break and the hosts' supremacy was underlined when Walker's cross was headed home by Otis Khan from close range on 56 minutes.
Khan made matters safe on 64 minutes when he curled home from 25 yards.
The contest featured nine minutes of added on time due to an injury to the assistant referee.

DIRECTORS RESIGN

A statement from the Supporters’ Trust, the club’s owners, reads: “The Trust can confirm that both Simon Sadler and Neil Collier have resigned from the board of directors." In addition, Rob Santwris also departed.

COUNTY CAPTAIN ANNOUNCED

Jul 19 - NEWPORT County AFC have confirmed that Wales international Andrew Crofts will captain the side for the 2018-2019 campaign.
Crofts joined County during the summer from Scunthorpe United. Newport County have signed Antoine Semenyo on a season-long loan from Bristol City. County were beaten 1-0 by Swansea City in a behind-closed-doors friendly at the Championship club's Fairwood training ground. NEWPORT County AFC will open a new club shop in Newport's Kingsway Centre on Saturday July 21.

FORBES SIGNS

Jun 29 - Newport County have signed Brighton full-back Tyler Forbes on a one-year deal. The 22-year-old spent last season on loan at League Two winners Accrington Stanley, making 10 appearances. Forbes began his career at Fleetwood Town where he spent two seasons, scoring on his debut.
"I think Newport County fits the criteria of how I want to play so I'm really looking forward to getting started," said Forbes.

NEWPORT HOPING FOR MATT FINISH

Jun 25 - Newport County have signed striker Jamille Matt on a two-year deal. The 28-year-old has been released by Blackpool after spending last season on loan at Grimsby Town, scoring four goals in 37 appearances. Matt will officially join the Exiles on 1 July, subject to international clearance.
"Newport County have always been a team that stood out to me and it was great to know they were interested in me," Matt said. "The manager [Mike Flynn] made it clear how much he wanted me at the club and that's always a nice feeling. Having played against County a number of times, it's always stood out as the type of club I'd like to play at."

NOUBLE DEPARTS / NEW CHIEF EXEC ARRIVES

Jun 9 - Colchester United have signed out-of-contract Newport County striker Frank Nouble on a two-year deal. Newport County AFC has today announced the appointment of Guy Price as its new Chief Operating Officer. Mr Price is currently Head of Sport at the international charity UNICEF and was formerly Chief Executive of Bristol City FC.
The appointment comes after an exhaustive recruitment process following current Chief Executive Alex Tunbridge’s decision to take up a similar role with Stevenage FC. Mr Price’s previous roles include Director of Performance and Planning at the South West of England Regional Development Agency, and Partnership Director at Active Bristol. He has a Masters degree in International Sports Management.
Mr Price will be joining County in mid-July.
He said: “I am really excited to be joining the team at Newport County AFC. It is a proud football club with a loyal and passionate following, and I am looking forward to helping the Board and the Manager give supporters even more to be proud of. I was brought up in Monmouth, so I have always followed the club’s fortunes and results."

 

 

 

 

 

   FIXTURES 2018-2019       

       UP THE COUNTY!

date     Opponent Results Att
04/08/2018 15:00 A Mansfield Town 0:3 (0:1)  4423 
11/08/2018 15:00 H Crewe Alexandra 1:0 (1:0)  3243
15/08/2018 19:45 A Cambridge United Cup 4:1 (2:0) 1618
18/08/2018 15:00 A Exeter City 1:1 (0:1)  4239
21/08/2018 19:45 H Notts County 3:2 (2:1)  2935
25/08/2018 15:00 H Grimsby Town 1:0 (1:0)  3288
28/08/2018 19:45 H Oxford United Cup 0:3 (0:2) 2228
01/09/2018 15:00 A Port Vale FC 2:1 (1:1) 4485
08/09/2018 15:00 A Oldham Athletic 1:0 (0:0) 4293
15/09/2018 15:00 H Yeovil Town 0:6 (0:3) 4167
22/09/2018 15:00 A Tranmere Rovers 1:0 (1:0) 5745
29/09/2018 15:00 H Cambridge United 4:2 (1:2) 3104
02/10/2018 19:45 H Macclesfield Town 3:3 (1:2) 2624
06/10/2018 15:00 A Forest Green Rovers 1:1 (1:1) 3081
13/10/2018 15:00 H Stevenage FC 2:1 (1:1) 3126
20/10/2018 15:00 A Crawley Town 1:4 (1:1) 2157
23/10/2018 19:45 A Bury FC 1:1 (1:0) 3072
27/10/2018 15:00 H Morecambe FC 1:1 (1:0) 3206
03/11/2018 15:00 A Carlisle United 2:3 (2:1) 3541
10/11/2018 15:00 A Met Police (FA Cup) 2:0  
17/11/2018 15:00 H Colchester United -:-   
24/11/2018 15:00 A Cheltenham Town -:-  
27/11/2018 19:45 H Northampton Town -:-  
08/12/2018 15:00 A Swindon Town -:-   
15/12/2018 15:00 H Milton Keynes Dons -:-   
22/12/2018 15:00 A Lincoln City -:-  
26/12/2018 15:00 H Forest Green Rovers -:-  
29/12/2018 15:00 H Crawley Town -:-  
01/01/2019 15:00 A Stevenage FC -:-  
05/01/2019 15:00 H Port Vale FC -:-  
12/01/2019 15:00 A Crewe Alexandra -:-  
19/01/2019 15:00 H Exeter City -:-  
26/01/2019 15:00 A Notts County -:-  
02/02/2019 15:00 A Grimsby Town -:-  
09/02/2019 15:00 H Mansfield Town -:-  
16/02/2019 15:00 H Swindon Town -:-  
23/02/2019 15:00 A Milton Keynes Dons -:-  
02/03/2019 15:00 H Carlisle United -:-  
09/03/2019 15:00 A Colchester United -:-  
12/03/2019 19:45 A Northampton Town -:-  
16/03/2019 15:00 H Cheltenham Town -:-  
23/03/2019 15:00 H Oldham Athletic -:-  
30/03/2019 15:00 A Yeovil Town -:-  
06/04/2019 15:00 H Tranmere Rovers -:-  
13/04/2019 15:00 A Cambridge United -:-  
19/04/2019 15:00 H Bury FC -:-  
22/04/2019 15:00 A Macclesfield Town -:-  
27/04/2019 15:00 H Lincoln City -:-  
04/05/2019 15:00 A Morecambe FC -:-