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?'
FAYRE AS COUNTY FAIL TO FIND FORM
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
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
(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.
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
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."
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.
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
Dec 2 - Wrexham had the best of the chances but
were held to a goalless draw by Newport County in the FA Cup second
Despite the absence of manager Sam Ricketts, Wrexham started well at the
Racecourse with new loan signing Bobby Grant forcing a fine save from
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
PENALTY KICK DENIES EXILES WIN AT
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
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.
MOUNT STUNNING FIGHT-BACK IN SIX
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
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.
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."
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
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
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
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.
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."
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
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.
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
'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.
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.
Jul 19 - NEWPORT County AFC have confirmed that
Wales international Andrew Crofts will captain the side for the
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.
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."
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."