NEWPORT COUNTY AFC 2019/20

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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PENALTY GIVES COUNTY DESERVED DRAW

Nov 10 - Newport County fought back to earn a deserved draw at Blundell Park. Grimsby took the lead when Liam Gibson's cross was headed home by Luke Waterfall whose effort deceived Newport goalkeeper Tom King. The Exiles threw everything at Grimsby in the second half and an Amond header struck the base of the post.
on 79 minutes County drew level when Jake Hessenthaler fouled Mark O'Brien in the box and Amond scored the penalty as the two sides settled for a draw.

LEAGUE MATCH POSTPONED

Nov 8 - Newport's League Two game at Grimsby Town on Saturday, 16 November have been postponed due to international call-ups.
County's Tom King, Danny McNamara and Keanu Marsh-Brown will be on international duty. Goalkeeper King is in Wales' squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Azerbaijan and Hungary.
Defender McNamara is in the Republic of Ireland's Under-21 squad while forward Marsh-Brown will be away with Guyana.
No new date has yet been announced for the League Two game between the sides, who also meet in the FA Cup first round this Saturday.

JUSTIN EDINBURGH TO BE HONOURED AT ORIENT FIXTURE

Nov 8 - The late Justin Edinburgh will be inducted into Newport County's Hall of Fame at their League Two match against Leyton Orient on 29 December.
Edinburgh was 49 when he died following a cardiac arrest in June 2019. As manager he guided Newport back into the Football League after a 25-year absence in 2013 and repeated the feat with Orient in 2018-19.

LATE PENALTY MISS DENIES COUNTY A POINT

Nov 3 - Newport County's poor recent run continued with a 2-1 home loss to Salford. Salford City keeper Mark Howard denied Newport County a point with a late penalty save from Tristan Abrahams.
Cameron Burgess put Salford ahead four minutes before the break, heading home Craig Conway's corner. But Newport levelled in stoppage time when Nathan Pond hooked into his own net under pressure from Ryan Inniss. Lois Maynard's header put Salford back in front, but they needed Howard's penalty save after Richard Towell tripped Corey Whitely in the area.

COLCHESTER SETBACK FOR EXILES

Oct 26 - Newport received a setback as they comfortably beaten by Colchester 3-1. They notched up an early goal as Tristan Abrahams put Josh Sheehan's cross into the back of the net
Former County star Ryan Jackson replied with a long-range strike and Ben Stevenson put the hosts ahead before the break. Courtney Senior added the third to seal victory for the hosts.
Newport County manager Mike Flynn said: "I wouldn't say it was tough to take because we didn't deserve anything. Colchester deserved the three points and there's not much more you can say about it, really."

ABRAHAMS GRABS POINT

Oct 22 - Tristan Abrahams came off the bench to earn Newport County a draw against Crawley Town with his first touch. The striker took on the responsibility of a penalty after Crawley's Jordan Tunnicliffe had fouled Robbie Willmott. Crawley had led through their own spot kick, Ashley Nathaniel-George converting after Dan McNamara was penalised for handball.
Abrahams almost grabbed a late winner for the Exiles but saw his stoppage-time effort strike the post.

COUNTY MAINTAIN STRONG START

Oct 19 - Newport County continued their excellent start to the season thanks to Josh Sheehan's winner in a 2-1 victory over Scunthorpe. Sheehan's first of the season, struck from 20-yards out, ensured Newport kept up the pressure on the teams at the top of League Two. Padraig Amond put the Exiles ahead just before the break, but a mistake by Newport defender Mark O'Brien saw him put through his own net to make it 1-1.

STUNNING STRIKE BRINGS ANOTHER LATE EXILES HOME WIN

Oct 6 - Newport scored another late winner to tie up three points and move up to third in League Two. In a tense match shaded by Carlisle substitute George Nurse hit a stunning 25 metre strike to sink the Cumbrians in the 96th minute.  Nurse had only come on in the 87th minute as a replacement for Matty Dolan and his wonder strike flew past a previously untested Adam Collin in the Carlisle goal. It won the game for the Exiles protecting their unbeaten home record and leaving them just a point off the top of the table. Att 3681

Next Saturday's League Two clash between Cheltenham Town and Newport County AFC has been postponed after three Exiles players received international call-ups.
Danny McNamara, Lewis Collins and Keanu Marsh-Brown have been selected to represent their countries over the course of the international weekend so a new date will be found for the game.

FLYNN SIGNS NEW DEAL

Oct 5 - Manager Michael Flynn has signed a new contract to remain at Newport County until at least June 2022. The 38-year-old's previous deal had been due to expire at the end of this season.
Flynn had been wanted by Lincoln City and held talks with them last month, before opting against taking charge of the League One club.
Instead Flynn has committed to the League Two side he took over in March 2017 and helped save from relegation. He took Newport to the League Two play-off final last season and Flynn has also overseen lucrative FA Cup runs. "It's positive. It gives myself and the club a bit of security and it's something - if I'm honest - I thought would have been done after the play-off final," Flynn said.
"But it's the right timing now and hopefully we can just concentrate on continuing our league form."

EXILES IN BIG WIN AT SWINDON

Sep 28 - Michael Flynn proclaimed an 'outstanding performance' as his team buoyed by 780 travelling fans won away at fourth-placed Swindon this afternoon. The Exiles controlled the first half and took the lead when Mark O'Brien headed home from a corner seven minutes before the interval. Swindon hit back in the second half and hit the crossbar but Newport secured the victory when Matt got in front of the centre half to strike home an Amond cross. County are two points from the top with Exeter still heading League Two.

COUNTY FIGHT BACK AGAINST LEADERS

Sept 21 - Newport fought back against League Two leaders Exeter to earn a point at Rodney Parade. Lee Martin got goal for Exeter as he tapped home from a corner to give them the lead after 15 minutes. Jamille Matt missed two or three excellent chances before the Exiles equalised when Tristan Abrahams scored from the spot after Josh Sheehan was fouled.

AMOND GOAL BRINGS POINT AT MACCLESFIELD

Sept 17 - Despite a first minute goal by Padraig Amond Newport came away from Macclesfield with a point for their efforts. The Silkmen levelled when Jay Harris' pass over the top picked out Emmanuel Osadebe to clip the ball home.

ACADEMY COACH STEPS DOWN

Sept 21 - Newport County academy manager Jorden Gibson has resigned from his post after only three months in the job following a club investigation over his conduct.
Newport confirmed Gibson's departure in a short statement on their website. "NCAFC can confirm that following an internal investigation, academy manager Jorden Gibson has resigned from his post and has left the club with immediate effect," they wrote. Gibson previously spent over six years working for Stevenage FC.

FLYNN SPECULATION HINDERS COUNTY EFFORT

Sept 14 - Newport's 17 match unbeaten run came to end against Northampton amidst speculation confirming manager Michael Flynn. Andy Williams and Sam Hoskins got the Cobblers goals. Mike Flynn told BBC Sport Wales:"I don't think we were quite at it today. We huffed and puffed at times, but you could see the tone where we had a chance to go 1-0 up, but for an offside, then they score.
"It's a bit frustrating. It was a so-so performance. They did what they did well and deserved the three points." On being linked the vacant role of League One Lincoln City boss, Flynn said: "I'm just here to talk about today's game and be respectful to my players because they deserve it. I'll be in charge on Tuesday (at Macclesfield).

Update - Flynn has committed himself to the Exiles. "There was an approach over the weekend, the club gave me permission to speak to them, I spoke to them and I made the decision that I've got a job to do here and that was that," Flynn said after their 1-1 draw at Macclesfield

LATE WINNER BEATS VALE

Sept 7 - Jamille Matt's first goal of the season helped Newport County to maintain their impressive start in League Two. Matt's introduction proved crucial as he was assisted by Corey Whitely, another second half substitute. The Exiles had come close when Ryan Haynes struck the inside of the post, while Leon Legge headed against the woodwork in stoppage time for Vale.
Padraig Amond saw a penalty saved by Scott Brown moments after Matt tapped home County's 77th minute winner.

LAZAR LEAVES

Sept 3 - Lazar Stojsavljevic has left Newport County by mutual consent, less than three months after joining the League Two side.
The 21-year-old central defender signed a two-year deal at Rodney Parade in June after being released by Championship side Millwall.
Stojsavljevic played just 29 minutes for the Exiles. He started the Carabao Cup first-round tie at Gillingham, won by Newport on penalties, but was substituted early.
The club said it "wishes Lazar well in his future career".

EXILES SEE OFF FOREST GREEN TO GO SECOND

Aug 31 - Mistakes by Forest Green Rovers goalkeeper Joe Wollacott played in a major part in Newport's 2-0 at the New Lawn. Wollacott gifted the visitors a fourth-minute goal when he dawdled with the ball at his feet, allowing Josh Sheehan to feed Padraig Amond for the opener. The keeper compounded his mistake just before the half-hour when he was sent off for bringing down Tristan Abrahams. Backed by 898 travelling fans Ryan Haynes added a late second goal to secure victory for the Exiles.
Newport manager Michael Flynn told BBC Sport Wales: "We were excellent today, very professional out of possession, but in possession I thought we were a little bit sloppy - we were looking for the killer pass too much when we should have been patient."

COUNTY MISS CHANCES BUT WEST HAM SHOW THEIR CLASS

Aug 28 - It was not to be for the Cup giant-killers this time. Despite opportunities to score it was Jack Wilshere who scored his first goal for West Ham to help them avoid an upset in the second round of the Carabao Cup. Padraig Amond missed a great chance midway through the first half after Abrahams made a neat pass. An error by Kyle Howkins just before half time let Wilshere in. Pablo Fornals became the second player of the evening to score his first Hammers goal when he tapped in from Felipe Anderson's low cross. But with Sky cameras in attendance and a 6,000 plus crowd it was still a bumper night for the Exiles. Ironically, Newport face West Ham under 23s next week (on Wednesday) at RP in the EFL Trophy.

LATE GOAL GIVES COUNTY ANOTHER HOME VICTORY

Aug 25 - Despite playing poorly Newport County found the energy to summon up a late goal in blistering temperatures against Crewe. The league leaders had dominated possession but created few chances before the Exiles broke through in injury time. A pass from debutant put Tristan Abrahams through, he shrugged off a challenge before squaring the ball to Padraig Amond to make it 1-0. There was not time for Crewe to recover. Despite a poor game from County with indifferent midfield they defended stoutly before the late, late finish that has put them up to fifth.  

Newport boss Michael Flynn told BBC Sport Wales: "We didn't turn up until the 88th minute so we were poor today. I'm not going to dress it up. We were really poor going forward, but as a team we defended well, limited their chances - I don't think they had one clear-cut chance. And they've gone for the win and it's cost them."

PALACE DEFENDER SIGNED ON LOAN

Aug 23 - Newport County have signed defender Ryan Inniss on loan from Premier League side Crystal Palace for the rest of the 2019-20 season. The 24-year-old rose through the Palace academy and his loan spells have included Dundee United and Luton Town. County centre-back Mickey Demetriou has been ruled out for up to 14 weeks with a broken fibula.
Demetriou was stretchered off during Newport's 1-0 win over Plymouth last Saturday.

FLYNN LAUDS POINT AT WALSALL

Aug 21 - Michael Flynn lauded Newport's performance in adversity at Walsall as they gained another point from an uneventful goalless draw. He told BBC Sport Wales: "I am more pleased with that point than I was with Saturday's win. I have got so many players missing. The way the boys dug in and the work-rate they put in was second to none. t's everything I want from my players. Yes we weren't very good going forward but we limited them."

COUNTY BEAT PLYMOUTH TO MAINTAIN UNBEATEN START

Aug 18 - Newport County maintained their unbeaten start to the Sky Bet League Two season by beating highly fancied Plymouth 1-0 at Rodney Parade.
The game appeared to be heading towards a stalemate but Kyle Howkins' header just nine minutes from time snatched the win for Michael Flynn's side.
Plymouth were the better side in the first half and came close to opening the scoring when a Joe Edwards shot. Newport were then dealt a major blow when Mickey Demetriou was stretchered off the field with a leg injury. A back-heeled shot by Ryan Taylor was cleared off the line by Padraig Amond but both sides failed to open the scoring before the break. Joss Labadie was shown a yellow card for a late challenge on Edwards as the game began to get heated.
Newport gained the upper hand and grabbed the winner in the 81st minute when a powerful header from Howkins found the back of the net from a well-timed cross by Ryan Haynes.

EXILES EDGE OUT GILLS TO EARN PLUM TIE

Aug 15 - Gillingham were awarded three spot-kicks in normal time but managed to lose Tuesday’s Carabao Cup game on a penalty shoot-out.
Brandon Hanlan put the Gills ahead with a penalty in the first half but had another spot-kick in the second half saved. Tristan Abraham got Newport level but both teams scored from the spot at the death, with Padraig Amond cancelling out Mikael Ndjoli’s effort. Newport keeper Nick Townsend saved twice in the penalty contest as the Exiles prevailed 4-3 to earn a plum tie at home to West Ham in the next round.

Newport v West Ham head to head (Ironsides v Irons)

Played 3, won 1, lost 1, drew 1

8 Feb 1947 - lost 3-0 (division 2)

19 Apr 1947 - drew 1-1 (division 2)

9 Jan 1979 - won 2-1 (FA Cup)

COUNTY RETURN FROM CAMBRIDGE WITH A POINT

Aug 11 - Newport County earned their second successive draws after a goalless League Two encounter with Cambridge. According to reports Padraig Amond and Danny McNamara had early Newport chances while Jabo Ibehre and Luke Hannant fired wide for the hosts. County's Joss Labadie flashed a shot wide of the post and went close with a header in the second half.
Robbie Willmott was denied by home keeper Dimitar Mitov but both sides had to settle for a point apiece.

COUNTY THROW AWAY TWO GOAL LEAD

Aug 4 - The Exiles threw away a two goal lead in an exciting opening day contest at Rodney Parade to draw 2-2 with Mansfield. The 4,481 crowd saw  Newport take the  lead aftter seven minutes when Joss Labadie connected with Ryan Haynes' cross to find the back of the net. Padraig Amond put Newport further ahead with a penalty in the 34th minute after Jamille Matt was brought down in the box to give the hosts a 2-0 lead at the interval. Mansfield scored two goals in the space of two minutes in the early stages of the second half. Substitute Kellan Gordon's free-kick was headed into the back of the net by captain Krystian Pearce after 47 minutes. A dire mistake from Newport goalkeeper Tom King then allowed Danny Rose's weak shot to trickle in to level the scores. King made amends when he saved a penalty from Nicky Maynard after Robbie Willmott brought Jacob Mellis down in the box.

ABRAHAMS JOINS

Aug 1 - Striker Tristan Abrahams has signed a two-year deal at Newport County AFC and will join the club immediately, subject to international clearance.
The 6ft 1ins frontman began his career at Leyton Orient in November 2016, moving immediately on loan to Cambridge City, where he made four appearances for the Lilywhites in the Southern League.
Upon his return to Orient, Abrahams was put straight into the first-team and actually made his Football League debut at Rodney Parade against the Exiles in March 2017.
 

In addition to negotiating possible additions to the squad Justin has also been finalising pre-season with the remaining dates scheduled for fixtures due to be confirmed early next week. 

Read more at http://www.newport-county.co.uk/news/article/anthony-and-flynn-1556717.aspx#guKczxUJLJVhAdfp.99
 

 

 

 

 

   FIXTURES 2019-2020       

       UP THE COUNTY!

Date Comp   Home Team   Score Att
21/07/2019 F   Hereford A 0-0  
28/07/2019 F   Stoke City H 0-0  
03/08/2019 L 3pm Mansfield Town H 2-2 4481
10/08/2019 L 3pm Cambridge United A

0-0

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13/08/2019 LCup 7.45pm Gillingham (won on pens) A

2-2

 
17/08/2019 L 3pm Plymouth Argyle H 1-0 5048
20/08/2019 L 7.45pm Walsall A 0-0 4337
24/08/2019 L 3pm Crewe Alexandra H 1-0 3712
27/08/2019 LCup 7.45pm West Ham H 0-2 6382
31/08/2019 L 3pm Forest Green Rovers A 2-0 2897
07/09/2019 L 3pm Port Vale H 1-0 3913
14/09/2019 L 3pm Northampton Town A 0-2 4616
17/09/2019 L 7.45pm Macclesfield Town A 1-1 1435
21/09/2019 L 3pm Exeter City H 1-1 4762
28/09/2019 L 3pm Swindon Town A 2-0 7843
05/10/2019 L 3pm Carlisle United H 1-0 3681
12/10/2019 L 3pm Cheltenham Town A P  
19/10/2019 L 3pm Scunthorpe United H 0-0 3936
22/10/2019 L 7.45pm Crawley Town H 2-2 3119
26/10/2019 L 3pm Colchester United A 1-3 2955
02/11/2019 L 3pm Salford City H 1-2 3947
09/11/2019 FACup 3pm Grimsby Town A 1-1 2086
16/11/2019 L 3pm Grimsby Town A P  
23/11/2019 L 3pm Oldham Athletic H 0  
07/12/2019 L 3pm Bradford City A 0  
14/12/2019 L 3pm Stevenage H 0  
21/12/2019 L 3pm Morecambe A 0  
26/12/2019 L 3pm Exeter City A 0  
29/12/2019 L 3pm Leyton Orient H 0  
01/01/2020 L 3pm Cheltenham Town H 0  
04/01/2020 L 3pm Carlisle United A 0  
11/01/2020 L 3pm Scunthorpe United A 0  
18/01/2020 L 3pm Swindon Town H 0  
25/01/2020 L 3pm Leyton Orient A 0  
28/01/2020 L 7.45pm Macclesfield Town H 0  
01/02/2020 L 3pm Plymouth Argyle A 0  
08/02/2020 L 3pm Cambridge United H 0  
11/02/2020 L 7.45pm Walsall H 0  
15/02/2020 L 3pm Mansfield Town A 0  
22/02/2020 L 3pm Bradford City H 0  
29/02/2020 L 3pm Oldham Athletic A 0  
07/03/2020 L 3pm Morecambe H 0  
14/03/2020 L 3pm Stevenage A 0  
17/03/2020 L 7.45pm Crawley Town A 0  
21/03/2020 L 3pm Colchester United H 0  
28/03/2020 L 3pm Salford City A 0  
04/04/2020 L 3pm Grimsby Town H 0  
10/04/2020 L 3pm Crewe Alexandra A 0  
13/04/2020 L 3pm Forest Green Rovers H 0  
18/04/2020 L 3pm Port Vale A 0  
25/04/2020 L 3pm Northampton Town   0  
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