NEWPORT COUNTY AFC 2016/17

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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POOL SINK EXILES

Mar 18 - In a frenetic and exciting encounter Newport put in a huge effort only to fall to another home defeat by 3 goals to 1 against improving Blackpool. Bright Osayi-Samuel's fine effort put the visitors ahead after twenty minutes as he capitalised on a defensive error, and Blackpool had chances to extend their lead as Mark Cullen hit the bar and post. Cullen scored with a highly dubious penalty. With sixteen minutes to go Alex Samuel scored. He had a late chance to equalise but his header was tipped over. As County pressed from a corner with keeper Joe Day up Osayi-Samuel broke to score a late third for Blackpool. Despite a first loss of caretaker manager Mike Flynn's reign, Newport stay second from bottom and seven points adrift of safety. Off the field Gary Bowyer, Blackpool manager, claimed to have been hit by an object thrown by a County fan. In the Bisley Stand a large area was cleared as a response team and then NHS paramedics dealt with a possible heart attack situation. 

FLYNN GETS ANOTHER WIN

Mar 15 - Newport County increased their hopes of avoiding League Two relegation by winning a second straight match under new boss Michael Flynn. County dominated the first half with Samuel prominent. The Exiles were 11 points adrift when they sacked boss Graham Westley but followed up a win over Crewe thanks to Ryan Bird's second half penalty. County are now seven points from League Two safety and off the bottom of the table after Bird converted after Alex Whitmore fouled Alex Samuel.

FLYNN MAKES BEST POSSIBLE START

Mar 12 - Newport caretaker boss, Mike Flynn, had the perfect start as the bottom club grabbed three points at Crewe. In the proverbial game of two halves, Callum Cooke fired home on 22 minutes to put the home side ahead in an opening 45 minutes they dominated.

But after the break, the Exiles roared back with Dan Butler volleying an equaliser and skipper Joss Labadie stroking home the winner on 88 minutes. The result leaves Newport still nine points from safety. Newport caretaker boss, Mike Flynn, told BBC Radio Wales: "It's a massive win. It lifts the whole place. You could see the smiles on the boys' faces. The fans were exceptional. I said we had to fight and scrap and in the second-half, the boys were absolutely exceptional. I couldn't be any happier. I told them at half-time what I told them before the game, that I believe in them. We've got to put the pressure on other teams now, we've got to drag them into it."

WESTLEY SACKED

Mar 8 -  Newport County have sacked manager Graham Westley after five months in the post. The club are bottom of League Two, and 11 points from safety, with just 12 matches remaining this season. County have won just one of their last 20 fixtures in all competitions. The 49-year-old Westley is a former manager of Peterborough and Preston, as well as Stevenage on three occasions. His assistant Dino Maamria has also left the club, while first-team coach Michael Flynn has been named caretaker boss until the end of the season. Wayne Hartwell will assist Flynn.

ORIENT HAMMER COUNTY AS RELEGATION BECKONS

Mar 5 - Leyton Orient dealt Newport County's survival hopes a potentially fatal blow with a 4-0 hammering at Rodney Parade. The O's, who have been served with a winding-up order over unpaid tax bills and will appear in court this month, raced into a two-goal lead inside 13 minutes as they stopped a three-match losing run. An expectant home crowd of 3378 saw the Orient take the lead on eight minutes when Steven Alzate tapped home in his first start from Josh Koroma's cross and they never looked back after that. Sam Dalby's pass then split Newport's defence as Koroma scored his maiden O's goal, before the same duo combined for the third just before the interval. Koroma sealed the win, and his hat-trick, with a penalty on 64 minutes. With twelve games to play it will take a miracle for the Exiles to survive, they are 11 points adrift of the team above the relegation zone, Notts County.

ANOTHER PENALTY FOILS COUNTY

Feb 26 - Newport County's relegation ecape plan suffered a further blow as Mansfield came from behind to win. Ryan Bird scored from close range (his fourth in seven games) to give County an early lead but Krystian Pearce levelled. After 75 minutes County's Jaanai Gordon was sent off for a second yellow card before Shaquile Coulthirst's penalty put Mansfield ahead after Craig Reid handled

COUNTY SECURE ANOTHER POINT

Feb 22 - Newport County's hopes of avoiding relegation were dealt another blow as they were held to a draw at home to Morecambe. The Exiles created several first-half chances and led at the break thanks to Aaron Williams' close-range strike. Michael Rose scored from a free-kick to bring Morecambe level. The point keeps the Shrimps 15th in the League Two table, while a sixth draw in eight games means Newport are still six points adrift of safety.

CAMBRIDGE RECOVERY AND CONTENTIOUS PENALTY END EXILES' RUN

Feb 18 - Cambridge United fought back from 2-0 down to beat Newport with a contentious injury-time penalty. Mitch Rose was sent off in the incident that saw Joe Day save George Maris' spot kick, but Mark Roberts bundled home the rebound on 93 minutes.

Two goals from Ryan Bird looked to have given Newport only a second win in their last 17 League Two fixtures. But substitute Barry Corr pulled one back for the hosts before skipper Leon Legge equalised.

ANOTHER BORE DRAW FOR EXILES

Feb 14 - Newport County remain bottom of League Two despite extending their unbeaten run to six games with a goalless draw at home to Grimsby Town. The visitors' Danny Andrew hit the post with a free-kick, which was then saved by Joe Day, as the first half produced chances at both ends. The second half was less eventful, with very few scoring opportunities.

COUNTY HOLD ON FOR POINT

Feb 9 - Newport County held on for another valuable point at home to Doncaster Rovers, leaders of League Two. 369 travelling fans from south Yorkshire added to a crackling atmosphere as the two sides fought it out on a sandy pitch. David Pipe nearly snatched a lead but his header was saved after two minutes. The Exiles were clearly not daunted by Donny and had the better of the early exchanges in an even first half. Butler went closest when a goal bound free kick was headed away. The second half saw the away side take command Newport had their moments but it seemed like Doncaster were gaining fluency and a series of corner attacks were repelled by a battling and well organised Exiles defence. Joe Day had a momentary lapse punching the ball towards his own goal but County defiantly kept Doncaster at bay for a deserved point.

COUNTY FIGHT BACK FOR VITAL DRAW

Feb 4 - The new spirit at Newport County was evident from their pulsating fight-back at Cheltenham. Backed back 841 travelling fans the Exiles scored a goal in the second minute of extra time slotted home by Jannai Gordon to gain a vital point and reduce the margin to safety to three points, County are two adrift of Notts County. Kyle Wootton looked to have won it for the hosts, turning home after Dan Holman hit the angle of post and bar just after an hour. Up until then County had been the better side in a low quality game on a poor pitch.

Newport County boss Graham Westley told BBC Radio Wales Sport: "I thought we were the better side and the tale of the tape tells you that. Over the course of the game we deserved to win. To have lost the game would have been a travesty, and I thought the players showed they have developed character."

FIRED-UP COUNTY DISPOSE OF POOLS

Jan 29 - In a heartening and vibrant display Newport put Hartlepool to the sword with a 3-1 victory at Rodney Parade. County deployed veterans Pipe, Reid and Flynn at various points as they fought out a fine victory. Hartlepool found it impossible to contend with the height of Newport at corners and the pinpoint accuracy of Craig Reid's delivery. Ryan Bird scored one and set up another against his former club as Newport County. The 29-year-old headed the hosts ahead from close range early on and had a hand in their second just after the break. Forward partner Aaron Williams doubled the Exiles' advantage when he headed Bird's nodded cross home 10 minutes into the second half. Left back Dan Butler well timed shot from long range added a third while Padraig Amond fired in a late consolation for the visitors. Now all roads lead to Cheltenham as the fight-back continues.

COUNTY CLOSE THE GAP WITH DRAW

Jan 21 - Newport County narrowed the gap with Notts County and Cheltenham with a goalless draw at Barnet. Keeper Joe Day made some outstanding saves to preserve the precious point for the Exiles. David Pipe went close for County in a scoreless first half, but after the break eighth-placed Barnet took control. But Day was their hero saving brilliantly to foil Simeon Akinola and making an outstanding double stop to deny Mauro Vilhete. John Akinde fired wide in the dying minutes as Newport battled to keep the Bees out. Important games against Hartlepool at home and away at strugglers Cheltenham may decide the destiny of the Exiles' season.

ROSE JOINS EXILES

Jan 21 - Newport have signed midfielder Mitch Rose from Sky Bet League Two rivals Mansfield on a short-term deal. The 22-year-old joined the Stags in the summer of 2015 from Ilkeston and made 60 appearances during that time. "I can confirm to all Mansfield Town supporters that Mitchell Rose has left us to join Newport County," Mansfield manager Steve Evans told his club's official website.

WESTLEY HAILS TURNING POINT

Jan 14 - Newport County ended a run of eight straight League Two defeats to hold in-form Colchester United to a 1-1 draw. The hosts got off to an ideal start when Josh Sheehan's deflected shot from just inside the area found its way into the net but could not build on it.

Chris Porter equalised from the spot after Darren Jones fouled Kurtis Guthrie and Craig Reid missed a couple of half chances for the hosts after the break. County remain bottom of League Two, six points adrift. Newport manager Graham Westley told BBC Radio Wales: "It was a turning point for us. It was important to stop the rot and it's not easy to do that. Credit to the team, I thought they were excellent and doing the things you have to do to win football matches.

GODDEN HAT-TRICK SEALS COUNTY'S FATE

Jan 7 - Newport County were comfortably beaten by Stevenage 3-1  thanks to a Matty Godden hat-trick. The Stevenage striker slotted a ninth minute opener before an error by Joe Day trying to see the ball out for a throw in allowed him in for his second on 42 minutes. He made it three on the hour with yet another penalty conceded by the Exiles. County had an Aaron Williams goal disallowed on 65 minutes before gaining a consolation with two minutes to go from Dan Butler.

PIPE RETURNS AS WESTLEY SIGNS UP NEW PLAYERS

Jan 6 - Former captain David Pipe has returned to Newport on loan from Eastleigh until the end of the season. The 33 year old full back will provide much needed ballast in defence as County fight for survival.

Newport County AFC have also signed defender Sid Nelson from Millwall on loan until the end of the season. The 21-year-old arrives in time to play in the League Two match against Stevenage on 7 January. They have also signed striker Aaron Williams from Peterborough United on an 18-month deal and forward Jaanai Gordon from West Ham on loan.

EXILES CONCEDE LEAD AT ADAMS PARK

Jan 2 - Wycombe Wanderers had to fight back for to win against League Two's bottom side Newport County. Despite dominating, with County goalkeeper Joe Day producing some fine saves, the hosts fell behind after a defensive error gifted Mark Randall a close-range goal with an hour gone. Wycombe struck back with a scissor-kick goal from Sam Wood to level the scores and Cowan- Hall lobbed home on 80 minutes to give the home side victory and break County hearts.

COUNTY SWAMPED BY EXETER

Dec 31 - Ollie Watkins' hat-trick helped Exeter City seize all three points in a comfortable win for Exeter City, which left Newport County five points adrift at the bottom of League Two. Watkins struck either side of the break and late on while David Wheeler tapped home on 53 minutes for the Grecians. Sean Rigg's late header proved a mere consolation for the struggling Exiles.

WRITING ON THE WALL FOR COUNTY

Dec 26 - Newport County gave up a two goal lead to Portsmouth at Rodney Parade yesterday in a match that may have a significant bearing on their battle against relegation. Josh Sheehan gave Newport the lead on 25 minutes with a brilliant free kick. Portsmouth responded with a spell of pressure which lead to Bennett clearing the ball off his own line. Within six minutes of the restart Sheehan's rebounded strike fell in to the path of the waiting Healey and victory seemed within the Exiles grasp. But Pompey dominated the latter stages of the game former Exile Danny Rose got one back before a questionable penalty was skied over the goal by Kai Naismith. Left back Enda Stevens brilliantly trapped and volleyed Portsmouth's equaliser before an 87th minute free kick from Naismith evaded everyone to find its way in to the net. A fine effort from the Exiles but perhaps the writing is on the wall for them this season?

CRUEL LUCK FOR COUNTY IN CUP REPLAY

Dec 22 - Plymouth Argyle secured an FA Cup third-round tie at Liverpool as Graham Carey's extra-time penalty ensured they won their replay in front of a bumper crowd at Rodney Parade. Newport were the better of the two teams on an impossible pitch but could not find a way through. After a goalless 90 minutes, Plymouth were awarded a penalty in the first half of extra time only for Paul Garita to hit the post. But Carey made no mistake with Argyle's second spot kick after Darren Jones' rash challenge on David Goodwillie. Argyle will be away to Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool on Sunday, 8 January.

COUNTY UNDONE AT CRAWLEY

Dec 17 - Newport County are still the Football League's bottom club after losing at Crawley. The Exiles trailed to James Collins' third minute opener, before Joss Ladabie's leveller gave them hope. However, the hosts took control with two quickfire second half goals, as Josh Yowerth and Jimmy Smith scored twice in four minutes. Newport's Josh Sheehan missed a late penalty in a bad-tempered affair that saw 13 players receive yellow cards.

TIME FOR COUNTY TO MOVE?

Comment - the shambles of December 10 cannot be allowed by any self respecting Football League club to continue. Newport County need to consider and exit strategy from Rodney Parade. The vast expenditure on the pitch has not produced the desired playing surface. The club needs to look at options and the Council must get involved. A purpose built football stadium in the city centre (on the Sainsbury's site) could be combined with residential accommodation / hotels and provide the solution that's needed.

MORECAMBE ABANDONED

Dec 10 - Newport's fixture was abandoned due to a waterlogged pitch at half time. The County were ahead due to a fine, slightly deflected Tom Owen-Evans' goal.

STEVENAGE HAVE EDGE OVER EXILES

Dec 6 - Stevenage moved to within a point of the League Two play-off places after winning away against Newport County, who remain bottom of the table. The visitors took an early lead when Newport defender Darren Jones turned the ball into his own net. Stevenage doubled their advantage before half-time as Tom Pett headed in from close range.

DEFENCE AND DAY FOIL GREEN ARMY

Dec 3 - Ten-man Newport put in a disciplined defensive performance to earn a deserved FA Cup second round replay against Plymouth. Newport were reduced to 10 men in the first half when Sean Rigg was shown a red card for a challenge on Jake Jervis. Connor Smith should have scored for Plymouth but he was denied by Joe Day. Plymouth found it hard to break down Newport and Day saved from Jervis late in the game.

PENALTY MISS PROVES VITAL FOR COUNTY

Nov 26 - Newport lost at Blackpool after Sean Rigg's penalty miss proved vital. The hosts led after four minutes when Brad Potts fired home from close range after Jack Payne's cross. However, Newport hit back before the break through Rhys Healey. Blackpool then survived when Sean Rigg saw his penalty on the hour mark saved by Sam Slocombe.

Jack Payne then fired the hosts back in front before Vassell made it safe and Kelvin Mellor added a late fourth. Newport County manager Graham Westley told BBC Wales Sport: "Football is a 90-minute game. For the last half-hour, after we missed the penalty, we saw a team that was a bit unbalanced. We were stretched and strained and lacking ingredients against a very experienced Blackpool side which has a lot of quality. They exposed us in that last 30 minutes."

EXILES FINE RUN ENDS

Nov 23 - A late Sido Jombati free-kick ensured Wycombe ended Newport's seven-game unbeaten run. Jombati's wonderful strike from just outside the box pushed the Blues to within a point of the League Two play-off places, while County dropped back into the bottom two. Newport dominated large spells of the game but it was Wycombe who snatched the three points late on.

STUNNING WIN AT NOTTS COUNTY

Nov 20 - Newport County lifted themselves off the bottom of the League Two table with a comfortable win against Notts County. The Exiles won a penalty when Richard Duffy fouled Rhys Healey and Sean Rigg scored on the rebound after Notts keeper Adam Collin saved his spot-kick. Healey drove from long range to double Newport's lead but was disallowed a second goal for a foul after the break.

Swansea loanee Josh Sheehan scored his fifth goal in six games with a 25-yard volley as the visitors sealed a fine win.

COUNTY PUT ALFRETON OUT AFTER EXTRA TIME

Nov 17 - Newport County survived a comeback from non-league Alfreton Town as they won in extra time to seal their place in the FA Cup second-round. Rhys Healey curled home from the edge of the box to give the hosts the lead with just over 20 minutes remaining. Adam Priestley headed an equaliser after 74 minutes to force extra time. In afters Jordan Green bundled home, Josh Sheehan tapped in from close range and then to cap it all Jazzi Barnum-Bobb scored an amazing solo goal as the Exiles went through.

NEWPORT END CARLISLE'S UNBEATEN RUN

Nov 13 - Newport County emphatically ended Carlisle's unbeaten run with a fantastic 2-0 win at Rodney Parade yesterday. They were given the fillip of an early goal after a weak defensive clearance to Josh Sheehan who slotted home beautifully after two minutes. Newport continued to out-play their more exalted opponents for most of the first half but were unable to find a second goal. Carlisle came out strongly in the second half determined to find a way through County's defence but with fifteen minutes to go a break out from Butler led to a clinical finish from Rhys Healey, Carlisle's travelling 333 fans were stunned and as the game concluded the Exiles seemed the stronger team.

NEW PLAYERS SHINE AS COUNTY NET £10K

Nov 9 - Newport County's new players shone as the Exiles beat Wimbledon 2-0 in the Checkatrade Football League Trophy. Midfielder Jack Jebb and forward Josh O'Hanlon featured prominently at a deserted Rodney Parade.

Captain Scot Bennett opened the scoring for the Exiles after five minutes, netting from close range following a free-kick. The second half was delayed when referee Andy Davies had to be replaced after he sustained an injury, there was a qualified replacement in the crowd fortunately. Defender Jazzi Barnum-Bobb sealed Newport's victory with five minutes remaining. Manager Graham Westley has used the £10k prize money from the fixture to buy much-needed training equipment.

COUNTY SLIP UP AT ALFRETON

Nov 6 - Terry Kennedy's second-half equaliser earned Alfreton Town an FA Cup first-round replay against Newport County. Josh Sheehan's strike had given Graham Westley's side a 65th-minute lead. But former Sheffield United defender Kennedy levelled for Nicky Law's side with his first goal for the club nine minutes later. The sides will replay for a place in the second round at Rodney Parade on Tuesday, 15 November. The winners face a tough away fixture in the next round at Plymouth.
 

HEALEY LEADS COUNTY CHARGE AT ACCRINGTON

Oct 30 - Newport County completed a fantastic 3-1 win away at Accrington Stanley yesterday as they closed the gap on relegation rivals. A fine solo effort from the effervescent Rhys Healey just after the half time interval put them deservedly in front. On 62 minutes  Jazzi Barnum-Bobb seem to have secured the points but former Exile Janoi Donacien pegged Newport back before a late Josh Sheehan goal sealed it for Newport to the delight of the 92 travelling away fans.

Newport County manager Graham Westley told BBC Radio Wales Sport: "It has been about trying to improve. We have been working hard on the basics and I think we are going in the right direction. The players were terrific in their defensive resilience and credit to them for a fantastic win. The team was brilliant and their were individuals within it who were exceptional."

COUNTY FIGHT BACK TO SALVAGE DRAW

Oct 27 - Newport County rescued a point against Barnet thanks to Sean Rigg's late penalty. The Exiles led at half time through Ben Tozer's header as they chased a first win under Graham Westley, but were pegged back in the final exchanges. A nine-minute double from John Akinde looked to have won it for the Bees, before Rigg struck with a minute remaining.Newport remain bottom and six points adrift in League Two. Barnet are 18th. Barnet had led 1-0 when the original clash at Rodney Parade was abandoned on 3 September due to heavy rainfall.

TEN MAN COUNTY BATTLE BRAVELY

Oct 23 - Newport County's plight at the bottom of League Two worsened as they were beaten by leaders Plymouth. The Exiles were reduced to 10 men on 36 minutes when goalkeeper Joe Day was dismissed for bringing down Plymouth forward Jordan Slew.
Argyle's Graham Carey converted the penalty and added another from the spot when he was fouled by Darren Jones. A fabulous 25-yard volley from County's Jon Parkin had levelled matters earlier on, but Slew's late strike sealed it.

COUNTY CONCEDE LATE GOAL AT YEOVIL

Oct 16 - Newport County remain at the bottom of the Football League after conceding an unlucky late goal at Yeovil.

The hosts took the lead with ten minutes remaining when defender Dan Butler deflected a cross into his own net under pressure from Yeovil's Tom Eaves. Newport County boss Graham Westley remained optimistic despite the defeat. He told BBC Radio Wales: "I thought it was a very tight encounter. Both sides played some decent football in patches. We certainly did not look like a bottom of the table side. We were undone by a defensive error. But the lads went about their work in a very positive and constructive way."

FLYNN JOINS COACHING TEAM

Oct 13 - Ex-Newport County midfielder Michael Flynn is joining the club's coaching staff under new manager Graham Westley. Westley has also appointed Dino Maamria as his assistant.

COUNTY EARN PRECIOUS POINT AT COLCHESTER

Oct 8 - Newport claimed a point at Colchester in a game of very poor quality. Newport striker Jon Parkin forced a good save out of Sam Walker before the interval and Jordan Green went close in the second half. Newport caretaker boss Sean McCarthy told BBC Radio Wales: "We'd have liked to have gone out with three points obviously, but a clean sheet never loses you a match. It's a point away from home and it's a good point. "They've defended well today and they've got their reward."

WESTLEY TAKES OVER

Oct 6 - Newport County have confirmed former Peterborough United manager Graham Westley as Warren Feeney's successor. He will assume his duties on Monday with joint caretaker managers Sean McCarthy and James Bittner remaining in charge for Saturday's League Two game at Colchester United. Westley was in charge at Peterborough from September 2015 until April. Hounslow-born Westley managed Stevenage on three separate occasions, leading the club into the Football League and then into League One.He also been manager at Preston North End, Rushden & Diamonds, Farnborough Town, Enfield and Kingstonian.

COUNTY GAME OFF

Oct 1 - County's match with Stevenage was called off by the match referee at 1.15 today due to a waterlogged pitch.

GRIMSBY LATE PENALTY WILL SPELL THE END FOR FEENEY

Sept 28 - An 88th minute penalty gave Grimsby a 1-0 victory against Newport and the disappointment is likely to spell the end of manager Warren Feeney.

Omar Bogle's late penalty lifted Grimsby into the play-off spots and condemned Newport County to propping up the League Two table. Dan Butler brought down Tom Bolarinwa in the box and Bogle struck from the spot to become the division's leading scorer this season.

DESPERATE DEFEAT FOR NEWPORT

Sept 24 - Bottom-placed Cambridge struck twice in the second half to clinch their first win of the season in League Two. Rhys Healey's header gave Newport a 10th-minute lead on his full debut. Adam McGurk almost equalised when his free-kick hit the crossbar, and Cambridge were eventually back on terms when Uche Ikpeazu fired in from Newport old boy Medi Elito's long ball. And Cambridge claimed all the points when Luke Berry drove the ball home after a scramble.

DONS TOO GOOD FOR EXILES

Sept 17 - High flying Doncaster Rovers proved too good for Newport County yesterday as a 2-0 defeat put the Exiles three off the bottom.  James Coppinger put Rovers in front after a dominant first half in which they failed to convert several chances. Andy Williams added number two in the early part of the second half. County had a few late chances but it was not to be.

PARKIN DOUBLE CANNOT CONCEAL DEFENSIVE FRAILTIES

Sep 11 - Newport County ultimately showed great character to recover from a goal deficit on two occasions to draw with Cheltenham. However, the two fine finishes from man of the match John Parkin cannot mask their defensive frailties. Unfortunately, given the resources available the Exiles may struggle to stop the goals against column from piling up. In an absorbing contest at Rodney Parade the two sides traded blows with a constant flow of goal scoring opportunities with Newport having 18, 6 on target and Cheltenham 11, with 6 also on target. Both keepers were also called upon to make excellent saves.
Asa Hall scored the opener on 11 minutes from outside the box amid sloppy home defending. Parkin equalised from close range only for Daniel Wright to put the visitors back ahead from the penalty spot after Paul Bignot brought down Harry Pell. Parkin struck again soon after with a close range volley on 37 minutes.
Newport County manager Warren Feeney told BBC Radio Wales: "For the neutral it's a great game but from our point of view I'm disappointed we didn't win that. I said before the game I wanted clean sheets and we didn't do it. We gave them the two goals. It's schoolboy football. You can't question our character and I though there were some good performances from us but I'm just disappointed with the manner of the goals we conceded."
Also of concern will be attendances with just 2676 at Rodney Parade yesterday on a very pleasant day with over 400 making the trip from Cheltenham.
 

GAME ABANDONED AT HALF TIME

Sep 4 - Newport County's match with Barnet at Rodney Parade was abandoned at half time following heavy rain throughout the first half.

Barnet were understandably. The visitors led after just 23 seconds through John Akinde, in what was the fastest goal scored in the English Football League this season. It will not count now. Barnet manager Martin Allen told BBC Radio Wales Sport: "It was a good 45 minutes for our team, 1-0 up, who knows what would have happened? I don't think it was a good decision [to call the game off], surely you give it 20 minutes? There were three puddles, but none of them were bigger than the paddling pool I have got in the garden for my dog. The rain was no big deal. There were three little patches and it is a big football pitch. But we respect the referee's decision."

COUNTY FAIL TO TAKE ADVANTAGE AT POOLS

Aug 28 - Hartlepool rescued a valuable point against Newport County despite playing nearly the whole match with 10 men. Aristote Nsiala was sent off on three minutes for deliberate handball, with Newport's Sean Rigg scoring from the subsequent free-kick. That strike equalised Pools' second minute opener from Nicky Featherstone, before a thunderous volley from Jon Parkin on 27 minutes put Newport ahead. However, Padraig Amond levelled for the hosts before half-time. Neither side could find a winner in a second half.55 County fans made the trip. Warren Feeney expressed frustration with Newport's poor efforts in the second half.

COUNTY FIGHT BACK TO DRAW

Aug 21 - There was plenty of character and commitment on show from Newport County at Rodney Parade yesterday as the Exiles fought back to draw 1-1 against Crewe Alexandra. The Cheshire started in accomplished fashion with Chelsea loanee Alex Kiwomya a constant threat. He opened the scoring after 16 minutes as he cut inside after robbing Jordan Green of the ball and lofted a fine shot over Joe Day. Crewe had other opportunities but could not find the second goal. County had a goal ruled out after 36 minutes when Ladadie's finish from a Parkin flick was ruled out for offside. 

The tables were turned in the second half as Newport bombarded the Crewe goal. They accumulated fourteen corners as they pushed for the equalising goal. Veteran striker Joe Parkin headed on to the cross bar after an hour and then his flick was superbly denied by Crewe keeper Garrett. With nine minutes left to play Jazzi Barnum Bobb broke down the right and his well placed cross was guided home by the industrious Sean Rigg.

Picture left - Barnum Bobb bundles over Crewe's Hollands.  

NEW TRAINING BASE FOR COUNTY

Aug 18 - Newport County have agreed a deal with Newport Live, which operates sport, leisure and cultural venues across the city, for improved training facilities. The club will move to new facilities at Spytty Park, gaining access to training pitches and gym facilities as well as the pool at the Newport International Sports Village. The first-team staff and management have begun the process of moving into offices at the stadium. Newport Live commercial director Andrea Hall, said: "Newport Live are thrilled to have finalised the agreement with Newport County AFC which will see the team base their training ground at Newport Stadium, and enable the squad to benefit from the use of the facilities across our sites, including Wales National Velodrome and the Regional Swimming Pool & Tennis Centre"

CONTROVERSIAL LATE PENALTY SINKS EXILES

Aug 17 - Cameron McGeehan scored two penalties as Luton Town maintained their lead at the top of League Two with a late win over Newport. McGeehan scored his first penalty after Jamie Turley's foul on Danny Hylton. Jennison Myrie-Williams levelled for County direct from a corner after substitute Jon Parkin's presence caused problems in the Luton defence. Johnny Mullins was sent-off for the hosts but McGeehan's stoppage time penalty secured victory. Darren Jones was punished for his challenge on Pelly Ruddock, a decision which infuriated Newport players and staff. Newport County manager Warren Feeney told BBC Radio Wales: "You could see by their [Luton] reaction that they got out of jail free tonight. "I think the first [penalty] was a foul but we should have dealt with it. But the last one was an absolute disgraceful decision.

COUNTY SECURE VITAL FIRST WIN IN LONDON

Aug 14 - Newport County secured their first win of the season courtesy of Jamie Turley's first half goal against Leyton Orient. Turley scored his first Newport goal from an acute angle after Marlon Jackson's flick on from a corner. Orient barely threatened apart from a late chance for Ollie Palmer, who headed wide. Andy Hessenthaler's side are still searching for their first win of the season. 306 fans made the trip from Newport.

COUNTY OUT PERFORMED BY STAGS

Aug 7 - Mansfield deservedly secured the spoils with a heartbreaking late goal at Rodney Parade yesterday. Kevan Hurst's stoppage time winner floated out of Joe Day's reach to give the Stags a 3-2 victory. However, there was plenty of potential in the County performance even if after a bright first half effort they fell away badly in the second half. A twelfth minute Matt Green header gave Mansfield the lead but Newport quickly hit back with a free kick and a fine left footed drive from Jack Compton. Danny Rose made it 2-1 in a period of Mansfield dominance in the second half, a superb one handed Joe Day save prevented a 3-1 deficit. Against the run of play Joss Labadie tapped home after a melee following a Randall free kick. Surprisingly, Exiles boss Feeney only made one substitution on a very warm day. Mansfield certainly looked the fitter side and County may have benefitted from some fresh legs. Overall, there was plenty of potential and no little spirit in this performance.

SEASON TICKETS SHAMBLES AT COUNTY

Aug 2 - Season ticket holders at Newport County will not receive their ticket until AFTER the new season has started. The 600 or so season ticket holders will receive Mansfield match tickets for their seats issued by the club office with their season tickets available in time for the second home league game. Striker Tom Meecham has joined Weston super Mare on a six month loan after playing in County's final friendly, a 1-0 defeat to Gloucester City. UPDATE - Season tickets were available at Saturday's game against Mansfield.

PRE-SEASON RESULTS MIXED FOR COUNTY

July 31 - Newport County lost 4-3 at Forest Green Rovers in their latest friendly. 165 County fans made the trip. New signing Marlon Jackson, Rigg and Myrie-Williams got the goals. They won 8-1 at Weston super Mare in midweek after going down 2-0 to Coventry in front of 865 fans at Spytty Park.

NEWPORT PRE-SEASON CONTINUES

July 24 - Newport County play Coventry City today at Spytty (kick off 3pm) despite an influx of travellers at the site. County lost 1-0 at Undy on Thursday following mixed results against opposition in Poland. They won their opening fixture 1-0 before going down 2-0 in their second fixture. They have added 34 year old former Cardiff City striker John Parkin to their squad.

NEWPORT DRAW AT CALDICOT

July 8 - Newport County's pre-season fixtures started with a 2-2 draw at Caldicot Town with the main cause of concern a knee injury suffered by Lenell John Lewis. Their match at Ton Pentre was called off due to the clash with Wales' Euro semi final clash with Portugal. It will be played on July 28.

EARLY SEASON SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

  • Thursday 30th June - Squad reports back for pre-season training
  • Wednesday 6th July - Ton Pentre (Away) - Kick-off 7.15pm (Brian Lomax Cup)
  • Friday 8th July - Caldicot Town (Away) - Kick-off 7pm
  • Sunday 10th July - Sunday 17th - Pre-season tour (Poland)
  • Thursday 21st July - Undy Athletic (Away) - Kick-off 6:45pm
  • Saturday 23rd July - Coventry City (Home, Spytty Park) - Kick-off 3pm
  • Saturday 30th July - Forest Green Rovers (Away) - Kick-off 3pm
  • Monday 1st August - Gloucester City (Away) - Kick-off 7pm

FIXTURES OUT here - County face Mansfield at RP in league opener on August 6

BUTLER JOINS

July 3 - Newport County AFC can announce the signing of 21 year old left back Daniel Butler on a 2 year deal with the club. "Daniel is athletic, he can defend and he’ll be a good addition for the club" according to coach Warren Feeney. Daniel, who was born in Newport, Isle of Wight has joined the Exiles after turning down a new contract with National League side Torquay United.

 

 

 

 

 

   FIXTURES 2016-2017       

       UP THE COUNTY!

          
August     F A Att
6 Mansfield (h) 2 3 2790
9 MK Dons(Cup) (a) 2 3 1402
13 Leyton Orient (a) 1 0 4184
16 Luton (a) 1 2 7058
20 Crewe (h) 1 1 2268
27 Hartlepool (a) 2 2 3261
September          
3 Barnet (h) A    
10 Cheltenham (h) 2 2 2676
17 Doncaster (a) 0 2 5254
24 Cambridge (h) 1 2 2225
27 Grimsby (a) 0 1 4296
October          
1 Stevenage (h) P    
8 Colchester (a) 0 0 3088
15 Yeovil (a) 0 1 3353
22 Plymouth (h) 1 3 3470
25 Barnet (h) 2 2 2381
29 Accrington S (a) 3 1 1251
November          
FA Cup    5 Alfreton (a) 1 1 1109
12 1pm KO Carlisle (h) 2 0 2521
FA Cup  15 Alfreton Town (h) 4 1 1189
19 Notts County (a) 3 0 3883
22 Wycombe (h) 0 1 2010
26 Blackpool (a) 1 4 3062
December          
FA Cup 3 Plymouth (a) 0 0 5071
6 Stevenage (h) 0 2 1877
10 Morecambe (h) A    
17 Crawley (a) 1 3 2022
FA Cup 21 Plymouth (h) 0 1 5121
26 Portsmouth (h) 2 3 3740
28 Exeter (h) 1 4 2663
January          
2 Wycombe (a) 1 2 4288
    7 Stevenage (a) 0 3 2185
14 Colchester (h) 1 1 2379
21 Barnet (a) 0 0 2623
28 Hartlepool (h) 3 1 2271
February          
4 Cheltenham (a) 1 1 3763
F10 Doncaster (h) 0 0 2653
14 Grimsby (h) 0 0 1868
18 Cambridge (a) 2 3 4175
21 Morecambe (h) 1 1 1988
25 Mansfield (a) 1 2 3824
28 Luton (h) P    
March          
4 Leyton Orient (h) 0 4 3378
11 Crewe (a) 2 1  
14 Morecambe (a) 1 0  
18 Blackpool (h) 1 3 2422
21 Luton (h)      
25 Portsmouth (a)      
April          
1 Crawley (h)      
8 Exeter (a)      
14 Yeovil (h)      
17 Plymouth (a)      
22 Accrington (h)      
29 Carlisle (a)      
May          
6 Notts County (h)      

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