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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COUNTY MAKE NEW SIGNINGS

Jun 13 - Newport County have signed defender Marvel Ekpiteta on a two-year contract. The 23-year-old played for National League South side Hungerford Town last season, winning the end of season Manager's, Players' and Supporters' Player of the Year awards. "I see myself as a leader, I love defending and I try and get on the ball as much as possible," Ekpiteta said. "I'm so happy now that I have been rewarded with a chance to play in the EFL." Newport County have also signed goalkeeper Tom King from Millwall. King, a former England Under-16 and 17 international, has signed a two year deal with the beaten League Two play-off finalists. "I'm absolutely delighted to be joining Newport County, it's a great chance for me to showcase my ability in an already flourishing team," he explained. "I am thrilled to welcome Tom to the club. He has good experience at this level," boss Michael Flynn added. "Tom reminds me of Joe Day when he first came to the club, he is a very talented goalkeeper and I look forward to working with him". In addition, they have signed central defender Lazar Stojsavljevic on a two-year deal after he was released by Championship side Millwall and Kyle Howkins on a two-year deal after the defender was released by West Bromwich Albion. The 23-year-old, who is 6ft 5in tall, has played on loan for Port Vale, Cambridge United, Mansfield and Kidderminster. Regan Poole has joined MK Dons. County midfielder Josh Sheehan and club captain Mark O'Brien have signed new two-year contracts to remain at Rodney Parade until 2021. Midfielder Andrew Crofts has been released.

EXILES MOURN UNTIMELY LOSS OF FORMER BOSS

Jun 7 - Leyton Orient manager Justin Edinburgh has died at the age of 49 - five days after suffering a cardiac arrest. Edinburgh, who guided Orient back into the English Football League in 2018-19, had been taken to hospital on Monday. "We are completely heartbroken by this tragedy," Orient chairman Nigel Travis told the club's website. Edinburgh, who won the FA Cup as a Spurs player, managed Northampton Town, Gillingham and Newport County before moving to Orient in November 2017.

Edinburgh joined County in October 2011 and also guided Newport back into the Football League after a 25 year absence in May 2013 with a play off victory over Wrexham.

Newport County manager Michael Flynn, who played under Edinburgh as part of that promotion winning team, said he would ''go down as one of Newport's best managers.'' He said "Justin was a special man he would light up any room he entered with his charisma and friendliness. Not only was he an excellent manager, he was a loyal friend, and a loving dad and husband.
Justin will go down as one of Newport’s best managers ever and he goes out a champion. RIP my friend."

 

HEARTBREAK FOR COUNTY AS TRANMERE STEAL IT AT THE END

May 25 - Tranmere Rovers earned a spot in League One thanks to Connor Jennings' last-gasp extra-time winner against 10-man Newport County. Jennings headed home Jake Caprice's perfect cross to break the resistance of a Newport side who battled with great spirit despite a numerical disadvantage. An even contest swung decisively in Tranmere's favour when County captain Mark O'Brien was sent off for a second bookable offence in the 89th minute.
It compounded Newport's misery as Michael Flynn's side felt they were denied a clear penalty just moments earlier when Emmanuel Monthe appeared to foul Newport forward Jamille Matt. Rovers' win was their second play-off final success in as many years.

Jess Morden MP said "Commiserations today @NewportCounty - This season’s campaign was one to remember & you did #Newport proud again. Thanks to players, management, staff & supporters. #OneClubOneCounty"

FLYNN CONCEDES HE WILL LOSE PLAYERS

May 25 - Newport County manager Michael Flynn concedes some key players will leave after the club missed out on promotion to League One.
Connor Jennings' last-gasp extra-time winner for Tranmere Rovers settled a tight League Two play-off final at Wembley. Flynn concedes the loss will inevitably lead to departures to clubs at a higher level over the summer. "I'm going to lose a couple, that's obvious," Flynn said. "I don't want them to go, they're my best players. But there's nothing I can do about that. They've got to take an opportunity, if it comes, to earn more money or play at a higher level. I've got a big job to do. I'm already planning for next year and I'm close to having a couple done."
Flynn previously stated County would need to be promoted to keep highly-rated goalkeeper Joe Day, whose current deal expires in June.
Mickey Demetriou and Joss Labadie are among other players out of contract, but Robbie Willmott and Padraig Amond signed contract extensions earlier in the season.
Regan Poole is to be released by Manchester United.
May 25 - The Wales under-21 international has been on loan at Newport County since January and is currently preparing for their League Two play-off final with Tranmere Rovers, but will now be on the lookout for a new club this summer. A departure from Old Trafford has been on the cards for some time for Poole, who despite shining for United's reserve side has struggled to break into the first team set-up. Poole joined United from Newport four years ago in a deal believed to be worth around £100,000, after previously becoming the Exiles' youngest ever player when he made his debut aged 16 and 94 days.

COUNTY WIN ON PENALTIES TO MAKE WEMBLEY FINAL

May 12 - Newport will have a chance to play for a place in League One after beating Mansfield on penalties in a thrilling contest. Goalkeeper Joe Day was the hero, saving Tyler Walker's penalty as Newport converted all five of their spot-kicks. Far from a dull stalemate, the result was harsh on Mansfield who contributed to a game full of chances, while Newport hit the woodwork three times. Roared on by over 1,100 away supporters, Newport spurned chance after chance in a lopsided first half that they utterly dominated.
Josh Sheehan twice came close, with a 20-yard effort saved by Conrad Logan before he fired wide from eight yards out after Dan Butler's inviting centre.
County top scorer Padraig Amond also came close but found the angle against him, while Robbie Willmott's goal-bound effort was brilliantly blocked by Ben Turner as Newport laid siege to Mansfield.

EXILES LATE GOAL GIVES THEM HOPE

May 8 - A late goal from Padraig Amond rescued a 1-1 home draw for Newport County to give them hope in their League Two play-off against Mansfield Town.
The Stags seemed destined to win thanks to CJ Hamilton's fine first-half goal, plus goalkeeper Conrad Logan's display. However, Newport improved markedly after the break, having a goal disallowed. In front of 6,000 plus crowd Amond tucked in the rebound after Logan brilliantly saved his penalty, won by sub Adebayo Azeez.
The two sides meet for the second leg at Field Mill on Sunday.

JAMILLE MATT GOAL SEALS PLAY OFF PLACE

May 5 - Newport County grabbed the final League Two play-off spot thanks to a 86 minute equaliser from Jamille Matt. With five minutes to go Newport were tenth in League 2 but Matt's tap-in propelled them into a play off fixture with Mansfield Town. Former Newport academy graduate Aaron Collins had looked set to break hearts at his former club and their 880 travelling fans when he gave the hosts a lead after twenty minutes. Manager Mike Flynn said he felt 'sick' as the the Exiles struggled to produce their best form but did come close through striker Padraig Amond, as Morecambe missed several chances to make it 2-0. With extra players up front the Exiles piled on the pressure bombarding their opponents goal and getting the goal they needed in the nick of time.

EXILES MOVE INTO PLAY OFF SPOTS

May 1 - Newport County moved into a League Two play-off position with a 2-0 victory over Oldham Athletic at Rodney Parade. Almost two years after his late goal kept the Exiles in the football league, defender Mark O'Brien fired home in the bottom corner to put Newport ahead. Robbie Willmott doubled the lead 10 minutes from time.
Newport occupy the final play-off spot ahead of a visit to Morecambe on the last day of the season.

BIG CROWD SEE COUNTY BEAT CHAMPIONS

Apr 28 - In front of a crowd of 4,605 Newport County kept their League Two play-off hopes alive with victory over champions Lincoln City at Rodney Parade. Scot Bennett fired in off the bar for his second goal of the season to give the Exiles the chances to seal an unlikely place in the top seven. If they win their remaining matches at home to Oldham (on Tuesday) and away at Morecambe (next Saturday) their place is assured
On a windy day both sides found conditions difficult although there were a number of half-chances including a Robbie Willmott with a free-kick.

VITAL DRAW AT MACCLESFIELD

Apr 25 - County held their pursuit for the play off places with a goalless draw at Moss Rose as both teams failed to take their chances.

NEWPORT PUT BURY TO THE SWORD

Apr 21 - Newport County moved to within two points of the League Two play-off places with victory over Bury, who dropped out of the automatic promotion spots.A flurry of first-half goals started with Mickey Demetriou heading the hosts in front, only for Nicky Maynard to level for Bury two minutes later.
Jamille Matt then fired Newport into a 2-1 lead after 13 minutes. Demetriou struck his second after the break to seal an important win.

COUNTY KEEP SLIM PLAY OFF HOPES WITH EMPHATIC WIN

Apr 14 - Newport County kept pace with the League Two play-off hopefuls with a 3-0 win at the Abbey Stadium. Amond set Newport on their way. Jamille Matt doubled their advantage by turning home Dan Butler's shot. Sub Harry McKirdy added a third late on after another Willimott cross as Newport produced one of their best away performances to secure a third successive clean sheet in League Two. Second placed Bury are up next.

GOALLESS DRAW

Apr 9 - Newport County held Swindon Town to a goalless draw as both teams failed to create many chances.

GOALLESS DRAW MAY END PLAY OFF PUSH

Apr 6 - County's failure to find the net against Tranmere yesterday effectively ended their play off push. Other results have to go their way and they need to win all their remaining fixtures to have a chance. Joss Labadie did find the net on 89 minutes but his goal was disallowed for offside as fifth placed Tranmere stood firm in the goalless draw.

Newport County boss Michael Flynn told BBC Sport Wales: "Will a point be enough to help us? I don't know, I don't have a crystal ball. But it was a good, solid performance from the boys. Swindon is a massive game, we need the three points but it will be really tough. I am hoping that we keep playing well and we will see where it takes us."

COUNTY BEAT YEOVIL TO STAY IN TOUCH WITH PLAY-OFFS

Mar 30 - Newport beat Yeovil 3-1 to stay in touch with the League 2 play-offs. After a goalless first half, Robbie Willmott broke the deadlock for County after 62 minutes when he headed in Ben Kennedy's cross off the post. Four minutes later Kennedy got a goal of his own, when his long-range effort beat Nathan Baxter in the Yeovil goal.
Welshman Tom James pulled a goal back for Yeovil before Keanu Marsh-Brown's injury-time strike sealed victory.

C
OUNTY EDGE PAST CHELTENHAM

Mar 16 - Newport County closed in their play off opponents as they edged past Cheltenham. The difference between the two sides was a Chris Hussey own goal after Flinders had fended away an Amond shot. After 75 minutes Will Boyle was red carded for a foul on Matt. Newport manager Mike Flynn told the BBC: "That was one of the worst games of football I've ever seen in the first half. It was disgusting.  I don't want to be associated with that. To be fair we got a good response in the second half. I thought we deserved to win and we should have scored a second and third as well."

COUNTY CONCEDE LATE GOAL

Mar 13 - Joe Powell scored a late goal for Northampton Town to deny the Exiles a point. The substitute's long range effort came after 88 minutes.
Jamille Matt had several chances, hitting the cross bar in the first half.

COUNTY OUTPLAYED AT COLCHESTER

Mar 9 - County manager Mike Flynn admitted they were at outplayed at Colchester, going down by 3 goals to nil. Colchester United moved the play-off spots with goals from Sammie Szmodics, Courtney Senior and former Newport striker Frank Nouble.

AMOND CALLED UP BY IRELAND

Mar 5 - Newport County striker Padraig Amond admits he was "surprised," to be called into the Republic of Ireland squad for the first time, but says it is the proudest moment of his career. Amond was named in Mick McCarthy's provisional squad to face Gibraltar away and Georgia at home in Euro 2020 qualifiers on March 23 and 26.
The 30-year-old has scored 21 goals this season including at least one goal in every round of the FA Cup.

WALLACE JOINS SQUAD

Mar 4 - Newport County have signed winger Will Randall on a permanent deal until the end of the season. Free agent Randall started his career at Swindon Town before joining Wolves. The 21-year-old had loan spells at Walsall, Forest Green Rovers and Spanish side FC Jumilla before leaving Wolves in January. "I'm delighted to sign for Newport. I've been training here for a few weeks and I can't wait to get started," Randall said.

EXILES KEEP SLIM PLAY OFF HOPE ALIVE

Mar 2 - Newport kept alive their remote chances of reaching the League Two play-off berths with a 2-0 win over Carlisle. The Exiles went ahead in the first half thanks to Ade Azeez scoring his first goal for Newport from a set-piece. The result was made safe by Padraig Amond's 21st goal of the season as he pounced on Josh Sheehan's clever cross.

MK DONS EDGE PAST COUNTY

Feb 24 - Milton Keynes Dons edged past Newport County 2-0 at Stadium MK. MK Dons had the chance to open the scoring from the spot, but County goalkeeper Joe Day made a superb save from Kieran Agard's effort. However there was nothing Day could do when Ousseynou Cisse's headed home a Dons corner at the back post to the delight of the home crowd. MK Dons got a second late on through Chuks Aneke as Newport pushed forward.

NOTTS COUNTY PUT TO THE SWORD

Feb 20 - An excellent Newport County display saw them win 4-1 and secure a first away victory since September.
The Exiles had no issues against struggling Notts County. Fraser Franks and a Jamille Matt double put Newport 3-1 ahead at the interval despite Kane Hemmings' early equaliser.
Padraig Amond's goal just after half-time gave the Exiles breathing space.

FLYNN WANTS TRAINING GROUND

Feb 20 - Michael Flynn wants Newport County to build a new training ground with the money that they received from their FA Cup run. The manager, estimates that the club have about £2 million from the run, which included matches against Leicester City, Middlesbrough and Manchester City.

COUNTY FA CUP DREAM COMES TO AN END

Feb 17 - Newport County's fantastic FA Cup run predictably came to an end against the superstars of Manchester City after a spirited effort at Rodney Parade. The Exiles were only the fifth team to deny City a goal in the first half of a goal this season. Newport could have gone ahead early in the first half as they bombed the Man City defence with long throw-ins from Demetriou. Tyrene Bakinson's far post header was brilliantly saved by Ederson, the City goalkeeper. As the half wore on German international Leroy Sane was particularly prominent, having a shot hit the cross bar from a narrow angle. A Mahrez shot was also saved well by Day. Unbelievably at half time Newport were holding the Premier League champions. However, after an early burst of activity from the Exiles, it was Sane who repeated his move from the first half, this time it deflected in off the goalkeeper's face. With forty minutes to go it looked as if City were beginning to adapt to the difficult surface and intense surroundings generated by a 9,680 crowd at Rodney Parade. It was not until the 75 minute though that City doubled their advantage. Foden scuttled forward to leave Day struggling to deal with a shot that bounced awkwardly to his left. After 88 minutes Newport broke away a ball threaded over Amond's shoulder by Poole was chested down by the striker and toe-poked over Ederson to give the Irishman a goal in every round of the Cup. Within a minute Foden extinguished the hopes of a Newport recovery with a brilliant solo effort after Butler was dispossessed. In the final minute of the game Mahrez gave City a fourth, flattering goal as County tired.

Newport, with a squad value totalling £70,000, against Manchester City, the world's most richly-assembled squad at around £450m. Newport manager Michael Flynn speaking to BBC Match of the Day said: "I'm very proud of the team they were outstanding. I am disappointed with the two goals conceded in injury time, because at 2-1 you have a grandstand finish, for something to fall your way and you are coming back from 2-0 against one of the best teams in Europe. There is no disgrace in losing they have beat bigger clubs by more. I have got a very good group of players and I can't speak highly enough of them. We need to move on now - we have a tough game on Tuesday in the league. I'll give a tap on the back for them and then we go back to work."
Newport's Padraig Amond has scored five goals in this season's FA Cup, more than any other player. The striker scored in each of the first five rounds of the competition this term.
Newport's Joe Day has made more saves than any other goalkeeper in the FA Cup this season (24).

Pep Guardiola said: “Well, it was a really tough game. They scored a goal – a stupid goal – at the end and Phil’s goal helped the team to not suffer at the end. A big compliment to all the guys who played today. The first 15-20 minutes were difficult. The long throw-ins they were much, much better than us. But the last 50 minutes we were good. Winning here – I realise what English football is today – we are not used to these types of games. That is why the Cup is so difficult.”

EXILES BEATEN BY DONS

Feb 13 - MK Dons substitute Chuks Aneke 88th minute goal was the only goal of a game where Newport County had been the better team at Rodney Parade.
Aneke drove home a rebound after Newport keeper Joe Day had saved a low shot from Jake Hesketh. Newport hit the woodwork more than once after the interval but were unable to break down the visitor's defence.

WILMOTT GOAL SEES OFF STAGS

Feb 9 - A fine goal by Robbie Wilmott was enough to beat League Two promotion hopefuls Mansfield at Rodney Parade. Wilmott's strike after 15 minutes reflected the balance of play although the Stags did have an opportunity in injury time but Pearce headed wide. Newport County manager Mike Flynn told BBC Sport Wales: "That's my most satisfying win of the season, people wont believe that because of the Leicester and Middlesbrough ones, but for me what they have done and how they fought made it the most satisfying. That performance was first class, professional and resilient and I thought the boys were excellent."

WILMOTT SIGNS NEW DEAL

Feb 7 - Newport County AFC have announced that Robbie Willmott has extended his contract with the Club until the end of the 2020/21 season.
Robbie has made over 150 appearances for the Club in two separate spells, scoring sixteen goals in the process with numerous assists to his name.
A certified 'fans favourite', Robbie was part of the squad that achieved promotion when Justin Edinburgh's squad beat Wrexham in the play-off final back in the 2012/13 season, scoring a memorable last gasp winner away at Hereford earlier on in that campaign.

COUNTY STUN MIDDLESBROUGH IN EPIC DISPLAY

Feb 5 - Newport County's fantastic run in the FA Cup continued as they stunned Championship Middlesbrough to set up a fifth-round clash with Manchester City at Rodney Parade. On an epic night before a capacity crowd with rain pouring down on a muddy surface the League Two side dominated their opponents fully deserving their win, secured by second-half goals from Robbie Willmott and Padraig Amond. Newport had numerous half chances in the first half but failed to take advantage. Following the break they maintained their dominance Wilmott broke into their half eluded defenders before his speculative effort from twenty metres curved away from the Boro goalkeeper. It was Wilmott's first goal for the club. With twenty minutes to go, it was Amond's turn. The Irishman who has scored in every round of the Cup met Wilmott's corner perfectly to steer it home at the near post. County were barely threatened after that and typically Tony Pulis was gracious about the 'better team' after the final whistle.The prospect of the Premier League champions and Pep Guardiola visiting Newport is scarcely credible for a club that folded in 1989 and were within 90 seconds of dropping out of the Football League in 2017.
County, who shocked Premier League Leicester in the third round, now stand to earn more than £1m from their FA Cup campaign, a potentially transformative figure for a club in the fourth tier. They have reached the fifth round for only the second time, and the first since 1949 when they were beaten narrowly 3-2 after extra time by mighty Portsmouth.
 

HEAVY DEFEAT FOR EXILES AT LINCOLN

Feb 2 - Newport manager Mike Flynn received unexpected criticism from some fans for resting key players prior to the Exiles match with Grimsby. Jordan Cook scored twice as In the end the suffered a disappointing 3-0 defeat, Grimsby Town moved above them in League Two. Jordan Cook opened the scoring, his effort from the edge of the area beating Nick Townsend in the Newport goal. Newport keeper Townsend saved a Wes Thomas penalty after Keanu Marsh-Brown fouled Cook.
But Cook's deflected shot made it 2-0 before Martyn Woolford's shot ricocheted off Mickey Demetriou to beat his own goalkeeper Townsend.

TRIO OF SIGNINGS FOR EXILES

Feb 1 - Newport County have signed striker Adebayo Azeez, Ben Kennedy and forward Harry McKirdy on deadline day. Azeez, 25, joins the Exiles on a permanent deal while Stevenage's 22-year-old midfielder Kennedy joins on loan until the end of the season. Kennedy has already scored six goals in League Two for Stevenage this season. Aston Villa forward McKirdy, 21, has also joined on loan for the rest of the season having scored against Newport while on loan at Crewe last season.

STERILE DRAW WITH PORT VALE

Jan 29 - Newport County failed to reignite their bid to reach the play-offs in a sterile 0-0 draw at Rodney Parade. The Exiles wasted chance, Jamille Matt not making the most of opportunities that came his way. Port Vale's James Gibbons was sent off late on for a foul on County's Dan Butler.

CHAMPIONS ARE THE PRIZE IF COUNTY BEAT BORO

Jan 28 - Premier League champions Manchester City lie in wait for the winners of next week's match between County and Middlesbrough following the FA Cup Draw today. The toe will be played on the weekend of February 15 - 17.

COUNTY BRING 'BORO BACK TO RODNEY PARADE

Jan 26 - A stunning fight-back saw Newport County scored a last-minute equaliser to force a replay with Championship Middlesbrough. The battle of Pill/Transporter Bridges will resume under lights at Rodney Parade. Former Boro academy player Matthew Dolan - who never played a first-team game for the club - poked home in the fourth minute of stoppage time to take the tie back home.
After a bright start Newport held their own against the Teesiders, who are pushing for promotion to the Premiership. In a hammer blow for County's prospects Daniel Ayala put 'Boro into the lead early in the second half. But the Exiles piled on the pressure in the final 10 minutes in front of 1,300 travelling fans and had three chances including an excellent opportunity for Semenyo. But in the third minute of injury time after a scramble in the goalmouth Dolan found a way through. But Dolan's late effort means Newport could claim a £250,000 bonus as the final League Two side in the FA Cup if they can cause a further upset in next week's replay. In addition, they could pick up £180,000 in winning prize money and £150,000 if the match is broadcast on live television.

NEWPORT BACK TO WINNING WAYS

Jan 19 - Newport County secured their first League Two win since November as Jamile Matt's goal proved enough to beat Exeter. Matt broke the deadlock with 19 minutes remaining, scoring from close range to give Mike Flynn's side a boost ahead of next Saturday's FA Cup trip to Middlesbrough. Ryan Bowman had Exeter's best chance with his effort hitting the crossbar. Newport remain 13th in League Two while Exeter stay eighth.

'AMATEURISH' COUNTY LOSE IT LATE AT CREWE

Jan 12 - Two late goals gave Crewe a dramatic victory over Newport. Callum Ainley scrambled home a winner in time added on. Jordan Bowery gave Crewe a first-half lead when he shot under Joe Day. The Exiles levelled when Antoine Semenyo shot into the far corner before Padraig Amond struck from close range.
But in a frenetic ending Chris Porter made it 2-2 with a penalty after Bowery was fouled from a corner, before Ainley got the last touch in a crowded box.
Newport County manager Michael Flynn told BBC Sport Wales: "The wind played a factor, that is why we were the better team in the second half. We could have been more than 1-0 down. I can't make any excuses for the two late goals we conceded, it was amateurish, poor, whatever you want to say, it was terrible."

TRANSPORTER BRIDGE DERBY BECKONS

Jan 6 - Newport's Tony Pulis will face his home-town club in the next round of the FA Cup. The Transporter Bridge derby pits Middlesborough and Newport together at the Riverside on January 26 at 3pm.Pulis was born and raised in the Pillgwenlly area of Newport, and used to watch matches at Newport County and Swansea City as a youngster.
He played youth football with Newport YMCA, but moved out of his hometown when he signed apprentice terms with Bristol Rovers as a teenager. However, his brother, Ray, played professionally for Newport County and the current Boro boss was awarded an honorary degree at Newport University in 2013.

COUNTY DUMP PREMIER LEAGUE LEICESTER OUT OF THE CUP

Jan 5 - Newport County dumped 2016 Premier League champions Leicester City out of the FA Cup third round at a raucous Rodney Parade thanks to Padraig Amond's late penalty.
Jamille Matt's perfectly placed header after a pulsating run and cross from Robbie Willmott gave the Exiles the advantage against a side 74 places above them in the football leagues.
Marc Albrighton hit the crossbar and Newport goalkeeper Joe Day produced a string of saves before Rachid Ghezzai smashed the Foxes level.
However, Amond's 85th-minute penalty after Albrighton's handball sent the crowd into raptures as Newport produced one of the greatest results in their history.

The game was televised live by the BBC. At its peak it was watched by 5.3 million people. Presenter Gary Lineker was barracked by Newport supporters after the game 'What's the score, Gary, what's the score?'

DESPERATE FAYRE AS COUNTY FAIL TO FIND FORM AGAINST CRAWLEY

Dec 29 - Newport continued their poor recent form with a listless performance against a Crawley team that had previously lost five in a row>
Exiles forward Padraig Amond had the best of the chances but failed to find the net at Rodney Parade.

COUNTY FALL TO BIG HOME DEFEAT TO FOREST GREEN

Dec 27 - George Williams was in great form as Forest Green inflicted a significant defeat upon Newport County in front of a big holiday crowd. Williams put Rovers ahead after three minutes, then Tahvon Campbell added a second but Padraig Amond got one back with a late first-half penalty. Dan Butler's red card early in the second half gave Rovers the numerical advantage. And Williams made sure it was double punishment for Newport when he found the top corner from 30 yards. Williams then curled in a shot into after playing a one-two with Campbell.
(Dec 29 - Newport successfully appealed Butler's red card). In 2013 on January 1 FGR beat Newport in similar fashion by 5 to nil with James Norwood scoring a hat trick on that occasion.

EARLY GOALS DENY COUNTY

Dec 23 - Two early goals set Lincoln City on their way to victory over Newport and extend their lead at the top of League Two.
John Akinde scored after three minutes with Newport failing to clear a corner. Harry Anderson doubled the lead four minutes later but Padraig Amond pulled a goal back for County a minute before half-time. Tom Pett's volley extended Lincoln's lead and they held on for the win despite Amond's second goal.
County drop to eighth. Newport manager Mike Flynn said: "I'm disappointed with the goals we conceded - it's a common theme."

MK DONS CLASH OFF

Dec 15 - Heavy rain forced the postponement at 2.30 of Newport's home clash with MK Dons.

COUNTY HAMMER TEN MAN WREXHAM

Dec 12 - Newport County AFC will face Premier League Leicester City in the third round of the FA Cup after a triumphant win against 10-man Wrexham.
Luke Young was sent off for a dangerous tackle on Mickey Demetriou in the first half leaving the hosts to take advantage after the break.
Goals from Padraig Amond, Jamille Matt, an own-goal from Mark Carrington and Dan Butler secured a 4-0 victory at Rodney Parade. County broke the deadlock at the 49 minute mark after the ball bounced into the back of the net off after an unaware Amond.

LATE WINNER FOILS COUNTY

Dec 9 - Newport's indifferent recent form continued at the County Ground. Kaiyne Woolrey scored a late Swindon Town winner to deny Newport County a point at County Ground.
Michael Doughty opened the scoring after three minutes for the Robins as Richie Wellens' side started strongly.
The hosts took their one-goal advantage into half time but it was soon cancelled out after the break, Padraig Amond levelling for Newport.
However Woolrey had the final say of the match, as Swindon won 2-1

COUNTY DISAPPOINT IN GOALLESS ALL WELSH CUP TIE

Dec 2 - Wrexham had the best of the chances but were held to a goalless draw by Newport County in the FA Cup second round.
Despite the absence of manager Sam Ricketts, Wrexham started well at the Racecourse with new loan signing Bobby Grant forcing a fine save from Joe Day.
Stuart Beavon's lobbed effort was also heading for goal, before a last gasp clearance from Mickey Demetriou. Newport, who will host the replay at Rodney Parade, saw Tyreeq Bakinson head over from their best opportunity. The winners of the second-round replay between Newport County and Wrexham, which is scheduled for 11 December at Rodney Parade, will host Premier League Leicester City in a tv scheduled game.

NEWPORT HAMMER NORTHAMPTON

Nov 28 - Newport saw off Northampton with a brilliant burst of goals in the first half of the match at Rodney Parade. John Sheehan opened the scoring before Buchanan hit back for the Cobblers. Jamille Matt deflected in the second before Padraig Amond clinched it with a blistering shot to keep the Exiles in the promotion hunt.

MISSED PENALTY PROVES COSTLY AT CHELTENHAM

Nov 24 - A missed proved costly as Newport went down to lowly Cheltenham Town. After 18 minutes Will Boyle headed in Ryan Broom's cross to give them the lead.
When Newport goalkeeper Joe Day spilled Chris Hussey's shot, Tyrone Barnett poked home to double their lead. Exiles' Mickey Demetriou missed a penalty, which proved extra costly when Antoine Semenyo scored a late goal. Newport manager Mike Flynn told BBC Sport Wales: "It's my fault we lost the game today. I picked the wrong team first half.

NEWPORT BEAT PROMOTION RIVALS

Nov 18 - Two second half goals were enough for Newport to see off promotion rivals Colchester United at Rodney Parade. They moved up to third.
Jamille Matt's 11th goal of the season put Newport ahead on 54 minutes before youngster Cameron Pring's first senior goal made the result safe.

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

Note to follow.

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 1031
17/11/2018 15:00 H Colchester United 2:0  3512
24/11/2018 15:00 A Cheltenham Town 1:2 3672
27/11/2018 19:45 H Northampton Town 1:1 2730
1/12/2018 20:00 A Wrexham (FAC) 0:0 5295
08/12/2018 15:00 A Swindon Town 1:2  6204
11/12/2018 19:45 H Wrexham (FAC) 4:0 4143
15/12/2018 15:00 H Milton Keynes Dons -:- P  
22/12/2018 15:00 A Lincoln City 2:3 8632
26/12/2018 15:00 H Forest Green Rovers 1:4 4203
29/12/2018 15:00 H Crawley Town 0:0 3166
01/01/2019 15:00 A Stevenage FC 0:1 2299
06/01/2019 16:30 H Leicester City (FAC) 2:1 6705
12/01/2019 15:00 A Crewe Alexandra 2:3 3104
19/01/2019 15:00 H Exeter City 1:0 3791
26/01/2019 15:00 A Middlesbrough (FAC) 1:1 15794
29/01/2019 19.45 H Port Vale 0:0 2534
02/02/2019 15:00 A Grimsby Town 0:3 3712
05/02/2019 19:45 H Middlesbrough (FAC) 2:0 6552
09/02/2019 15:00 H Mansfield Town 1:0 3133
12/02/2019 19:45 H Milton Keynes Dons 0:1 2860
16/02/2019 15:00 H Manchester City(FAC) 1:4 9680
19/02/2019 19:45 A Notts County 4:1 6253
23/02/2019 15:00 A Milton Keynes Dons 0:2 2860
02/03/2019 15:00 H Carlisle United 2:0 3432
09/03/2019 15:00 A Colchester United 3:0 3213
12/03/2019 19:45 A Northampton Town 0:1 4064
16/03/2019 15:00 H Cheltenham Town 1:0 3192
30/03/2019 15:00 A Yeovil Town 3:1 3983
06/04/2019 15:00 H Tranmere Rovers 0:0 3170
09/04/2019 19:45 H Swindon 0:0 3314
13/04/2019 15:00 A Cambridge United 3:0 4294
19/04/2019 15:00 H Bury FC 3:1 4433
22/04/2019 15:00 A Macclesfield Town 0:0 2269
27/04/2019 15:00 H Lincoln City 1:0 4605
30/04/2019 19:45 H Oldham 2:0 4642
04/05/2019 15:00 A Morecambe FC 1:1 2776
09/05/2019 19:45 H Mansfield 1:1 6035
12/05/2019 15:00 A Mansfield (won pens) 0:0 7361
25/05/2019 15:00   Tranmere (AET) 0:1 25217