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 and are now in the Conference South. 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. Against Newport County has been re-born and despite spending most of its life at Somerton Park now plays out of Newport Stadium. For more information http://www.newport-county.co.uk/
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COUNTY SEE OFF STEVENAGE
Aug 1 - Newport County beat Conference champions Stevenage Borough 1-0 in a hard fought encounter at Spytty Park yesterday. The Exiles goal came from a Craig Reid strike early in the second half, his fifth in pre-season matches. The goal followed a fine save from Boro' goalkeeper to keep out a Gary Warren header. Att - 837
From Stevenage FC website report of match "If Stevenage were looking for a fully committed, whole hearted ending to their pre-season campaign they certainly picked the right opponents in Newport County, flaying elbows, in your face aggression and over zealous tackling where there in abundance. And that was only the opening exchanges. There can be no doubt that Newport are an ultra competitive team. Even for a pre-season warm up game almost every refereeing decision involved a full bloodied confrontation, surrounding the referee with copious pushing and shoving."
FANS PAY TRIBUTE TO LEGEND NATHAN DAVIES
COUNTY BEAT WOLVES
July 23 - Newport County rediscovered their 2009-10 form as they beat a Wolverhampton Wanderers X1 2-0 in front of an excellent Spytty Park attendance of 1,250. Craig Reid scored two fine goals to bring victory to the Exiles. July 24 update - County beat Caerleon on Saturday with a Troy Greening goal after 65 minutes.
COUNTY GO FOR KNIGHTS
July 17 - Daryl Knights has signed for Newport County from Kidderminster. County boss Dean Holdsworth believes Knights has been misused and that the 22 year old would be better suited to attacking rather than midfield play. County beat Bishops Cleeve last night 1-0 (Craig Reid) and head to Port Talbot today.
GARNER SIGNS UP
July 15 - Newport County have completed the signing former Wales international goalkeeper Glyn Garner. The 33-year-old Welshman was a free agent after being released by League Two side Shrewsbury Town at the end of last season.
STRIKER SIGNS FOR COUNTY
July 2 - Newport County have recruited experienced striker Robbie Matthews on a two-year contract. "The opportunity to work under [Newport manager Dean Holdsworth] made me jump at the chance, I'm sure that he'll make me a better player," said Matthews. "I am still very ambitious and from my conversations with Dean it is evident that Newport County are too." The 27-year-old left Kidderminster Harriers by mutual consent despite having a year left on his contract. "I always remember Newport as a massive club and it was an easy decision to make to come here," said Matthews.
DARLINGTON FIRST UP FOR COUNTY
June 30 - Promoted Newport County will travel to relegated Darlington when the Blue Square Bet Premier season gets underway on 14 August. The full fixtures are here
TRUNDLE PLAYS DOWN COUNTY LINK
June 17 - Lee Trundle has played down suggestions that he is set for a move to Newport County, according to the BBC. The 33-year-old striker was released by Championship Bristol City last month and is searching for a new club.
Trundle, signed for £1m by the Ashton Gate club from Swansea City in 2007, returned to the Swans for a loan spell back at his 'adopted home' last season. Trundle is now a free agent and County have inquired about his availability but he hopes to remain in the league.
COUNTY DOMINATE AWARDS
June 17 - At the annual Blue Square Conference awards in Southport last weekend Newport County picked up a host of accolades for their performance in the Southern Section of the League. Dean Holdsworth was Manager of the Year, Craig Reid was rewarded for scoring most goals and awarded Player of the Year and the Exiles had six players in the best eleven for 2009/10.
HOLDSWORTH SIGNS NEW DEAL
June 11 - Newport County's new season preparations are complete with the signing of coach Dean Holdsworth on a two year deal. Dean commented tonight " I am very pleased to have signed a new contract with a club that have grown both on the pitch and perhaps even more importantly behind the scenes in my time here.It's going to be a great challenge competing against some big names in this division and we are all looking forward to our pre-season programme. The importance of full time training cannot be underestimated and will be a brilliant chance for us to work with players. Finally, thank you all for your fantastic support both on and off the pitch. You really have been the twelfth man throughout the time I have been at the club whilst we have been on the pitch, whilst all of your support for all of the club's off the field activities such as advertising/ match, ball & player sponsorship / Bar Amber / Club Shop / Cash Club / The Programme etc etc ploughs all profits back in to the playing budget. "
COUNTY TO FACE WOLVERHAMPTON
June 4 - Newport County will host a select XI from Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers as part of their pre-season friendlies. Wolves will visit Spytty Park on Friday, 23 July while Football League newcomers Stevenage are the visitors on Saturday, 31 July. Three days earlier, Newport will play against a side put out by outgoing long-servant Nathan Davies. There are also trips to Aberystwyth and Port Talbot.
Newport have signed left sided defender Lee Baker from Kidderminster Harriers. Manager Dean Holdsworth stated "Lee is a natural left sided player and I see him fitting in very well, he gives us good options and his desire to play at the top of his game is a delight to hear. I hope you join me in welcoming Lee to the club."
SHORT ODDS ON COUNTY
June 2 - Blue Square is quoting short odds on promoted Newport County to repeat the feat by winning the Conference next season. The Exiles are quoted at 12/1 ahead of many previously favoured sides. A selection of the odds.
Luton Town ~ 5/2; Grimsby Town ~ 6/1 ;
Darlington ~ 8/1; Rushden & Diamonds ~ 9/1; York City ~ 10/1 Newport
County ~ 12/1; AFC Wimbledon ~ 14/1; Mansfield Town ~ 14/1; Fleetwood
Town ~ 14/1 Cambridge United ~ 16/1; Kidderminster Harriers ~ 16/1;
Wrexham ~ 20/1
HENRY AND TAGGART SIGN
May 24 - Newport County continued their squad building for the new season with the signature of winger Charlie Henry and midfielder Tony Taggart from Eastleigh. Charlie said " After winning the league last year I really wanted to stay with a club that is going places. The fans have played a massive part in my decision and helped make it the best footballing year of my life. The full time training will make us all sharper and fitter which we will need to be in the Conference next season. Working together will also give us the confidence on the back of our success and confidence plays a massive part. If we get a couple of wins under our belt early, I don't see why we can't go on another unbeaten run like last season."
COUNTY SWOOP FOR NEW PLAYERS
May 21 - Newport County announced a string of impressive signings today. Chris Todd and Jamie Collins have rejoined for the Conference campaign. In addition, they have Woking striker Guiseppe Sole and defender Oliver Thorne, the latter from Forest Green Rovers. Paul Cochlin has joined FAW side Neath. Sole stated " After sitting and talking to Dean he got me really excited - he really sold the club and the club's ambition to me in a big way. Newport have a very strong team and the supporters are absolutely amazing - the numbers that turned up at Woking last season made me realise that this is an ex league club with big ambitions. Everything about the club appealed to me. My target for the coming season is to score goals and lots of them and after considering a number of offers Newport was the best option for me."
HOLDSWORTH PREPARES FOR NEW SEASON
Apr 28 - Newport County boss Dean Holdsworth has revealed details of some of his squad discussions for the new season. A number of players including Nathan Davies and Martyn Giles will be released. Holdsworth stated "The discussions that I have had with Nathan Davies this evening are some of the hardest that I have had in football. Watching Nathan sit out the season as a squad player was difficult and not being able to promise him greater involvement next season seemed unfair on such a talented footballer. Nathan Davies has been a fabulous servant to Newport County and the board and myself are really pleased to be able to offer him a testimonial match with further details to be released. Unfortunately we will not be renewing his contract for next season." Positive news on Jamie Collins and Charlie Henry is expected in the next week. Other players including Kieron Blackburn and Takumi Ake will be given the opportunity to participate in pre-season training.
COUNTY FINISH ON A HIGH NOTE
Apr 24 -Newport County finished their wonder season on a high this afternoon beating Braintree Town 2-1 to end their championship year with 103 points. County scored two early goals both from free kicks. After nine minutes Jamie Collins headed in a pinpoint Danny Rose delivery. Three minutes Kerry Morgan provided the free kick for Paul Cochlin to score. The start of the second half was delayed briefly by a partying County fan in a white boiler suit and orange wig. Midway through the second half Braintree were awarded a penalty. Initially referee Rock did not give then following consultation with his linesman he awarded and sent Cochlin off for the tackle on marks. The penalty was scored by Quinton. The Exiles' ten men defended resolutely to hold on for the victory and Braintree were denied a play off place due to their defeat.
COUNTY REACH 100 POINTS
Apr 17 - Newport County thrilled a 3000 plus crowd at Newport Stadium this afternoon with a 3-0 win over second placed Dover Athletic. In doing so the Exiles became the first side to reach 100 points in the Conference South and can lay claim to being the best ever side at this level of English football. They made the perfect start this afternoon against resolute opponents. After 90 seconds diminutive Kerry Morgan had found the Whites' net. Within twelve minutes Chris Todd added a third. Midway through the second half midfielder Danny Rose headed the third. Dover were stunned, having won their eight previous matches. The crowd surged on to the pitch at the end as County were presented with the Blue Square South trophy and winners' medals. They can look forward to next season with a great sense of optimism. The players and officials take to Newport's streets in an open top bus tour tomorrow before a civic reception hosted by the Mayor. Attendance - 3201.
MAGNIFICENT SIX SIGN UP FOR COUNTY
Apr 15 - Manager Dean Holdsworth has confirmed that six of Newport County's key players have signed up for the 2010/11 campaign of two year contracts "I have the greatest of pleasure to inform you that we have agreed new two year contracts with Captain Gary Warren, Craig Reid, Sam Foley, Danny Rose and Glyn Thompson and a one year contract with Wayne Turk. This is fantastic news for the football club and the fans.At present no final figure has been confirmed for the budget for next season but I felt that it was important to start the ball rolling with these players, and I will be talking to the rest of the squad regarding their situation in the next few weeks."
Apr 10 - Newport County were subjected to a second half blitz from Havant and Waterlooville going down astonishingly 4-0 at Westleigh Park. The Exiles were comfortably beaten for the only time this season. The goals came from Tiryaki (50 and 66 minutes), Fogden (77) and Gasson (86). Havant thoroughly outplayed County in a storming second stanza after a stalemate in the first half. The Exiles have two games left in their search for 100 points. Attendance - 1020.
NEWPORT SEND WESTON DOWN
Apr 6 - Another emphatic performance from County consigned neighbours Weston-super-Mare to Southern League football next season. Weston were left reeling from the departure of full back Green after two minutes. Newport never looked back although denied an early Reid goal disallowed for offside Charlie Henry was first on the score sheet after 23 minutes. Dave Gilroy added a second after 32 minutes. With 500-plus County fans baying for more Paul Cochlin poached a third early in the second half. Seagulls central defender Harris stopped the flow temporarily after 54 minutes before fittingly Craig Reid scored Newport's fourth and final goal on 72 minutes, his twenty-fourth of the season in the League. Attendance - 807 (Weston average 258!),County on 97 points. goal difference +67.
COUNTY HEAD FOR CENTURY
Apr 2 - Newport County's inexorable journey towards 100 points continued this afternoon with a 4-1 victory over Maidenhead at Spytty Park. The pitch was only declared playable an hour prior to kick off after incessant rain but County did not spare the Magpies as they strolled to a comfortable victory even managing to miss a first half penalty. Dave Gilroy opened the scoring after 11 minutes, Craig Reid added a second after 17 minutes but failed with a penalty five minutes before half time. Danny Rose made it three after 68 minutes followed by a fourth shortly afterwards from Scott Rogers. Maidenhead grabbed a spectacular consolation from Sam Collins. Attendance - 1339.
GILROY LATE SHOW BRINGS EXILES VICTORY
Mar 27 - Substitute Dave Gilroy brought a happy end to an uneventful game at Newport Stadium this afternoon. Gilroy's injury time goal meant County beat Woking 1-0 to regain some momentum after last week's defeat at Thurrock. His shot came after Woking conceded a late free kick. The match was marked by little incident, Woking had some early opportunities, a Maledon shot was deflected on to County's post but the Exiles had the balance of possession and chances. A Craig Reid shot found the net prior to half time but was given offside by the linesman. In the latter stages a Woking header hit the cross bar and Rose narrowly headed wide after a cross from Henry. But thankfully Gilroy saved the day! Attendance - 1742.
SAM FOLEY OUT FOR REST OF SEASON
Mar 22 - County's Sam Foley, hero of the victory over Havant that sealed the title, will miss the rest of the season with the injury sustained at Thurrock on Saturday. Dean Holdsworth stated "Sam went to hospital after the game where we found out that he has a small hairline fracture. Everyone will do all that we can to help him back to full recovery asap. Sam has been a massive player for us this season and will be missed on the pitch by the squad and I'm sure you the fans. "
COUNTY RUN COMES TO AN END
Mar 20 - Newport County's brilliant run came to an end against Thurrock at Ship Lane this afternoon. The home side were victorious by two goals to one having conceded a goal after 19 minutes to Gary Warren. David Bryant equalised for Thurrock after 28 minutes. Leon McKenzie netted the winning score after 70 minutes. Sam Foley went off with a ligament injury although this is not as serious as first feared. Attendance - 406.
MORE VIEWS ON THE COUNTY REVOLUTION
Jessica Morden MP for Newport East today praised Newport County AFC following their promotion. I have nothing but admiration for all the hard work put into the club by hundreds of people over the last 20 years. This has all borne fruit by their excellent league position; and is a shining example of what can be achieved by people with an idea, passion and sheer determination and hard work.
HOLDSWORTH GUARDED OVER FUTURE
Mar 16 - Dean Holdsworth refused to commit his future to Newport County after guiding them to Blue Square Premier promotion, according to BBC reports. Holdsworth's County romped to the Blue Square South title with seven games remaining to send the Exiles into the division where the old Newport folded.
Asked about his Spytty Park future, the ex-Premier League star said: "The club know if a league club came calling it would be a very difficult decision to make. I'm ambitious as everyone else is and want to manage as high as I can."
Councillor Matthew Evans, leader of Newport City Council, has praised Newport County after they became this season’s Blue Square South champions. “On behalf of the council, I would like to congratulate Newport County AFC on this magnificent achievement. Like many other people across the city, I have followed their fortunes this season – although I’m a fan of the oval ball - and I’m delighted that last night they secured the championship and automatic promotion. This is a very special year for Newport and the success of the Exiles is another reason for us to feel good about the city.
FOLEY DOUBLE STRIKE BRINGS COUNTY THE TITLE!
Mar 15 - Newport County are champions of the Blue Square South and will play Conference football next season against the likes of Luton, Wimbledon and Cambridge. The Exiles beat Havant and Waterlooville at Newport Stadium this evening in front of 4,221 on a thrilling night for the club. Newport were understandably nervous given the weight of expectation on them with television and radio companies in attendance. But they still had the quality and composure to fashion an excellent victory against doughty opponents.
Craig Reid opened the attack for Newport hitting the post after four minutes. Shortly afterwards a Danny Rose free kick from twenty metres out was tipped away by the Havant keeper Aaron Howe. After 25 minutes the vital moment came when after a fine cross from Jamie Collins was greeted by a pin-point Sam Foley header to give Newport the lead after 25 minutes.
Havant and Waterlooville fought hard and created a number of chances particularly via McDonald's long throw. The large crowd watched tensely, eager for Newport to extend their advantage. Midway through the second half they were granted their wish. A header cleared off the Havant line was met by a firm strike from Sam Foley to make it 2-0. Newport pushed on, making a number of opportunities, but were content with another excellent victory.
After 21 years of hurt Dean Holdsworth's Newport County side has brought footballing self respect back to the City. They have played brilliant football with supreme determination and no little skill. Their determination has been matched by the vigour and hard work of the back room staff and management at Spytty Park.
At the end the crowd rushed on to celebrate their success and a victory for our City. The players were presented with the Blue Square South trophy, their new champions' shirts, drenched with champagne as the crowd sang their hearts out in a wonderful, orderly celebration.
David Hando told the BBC "This is stage one......Chris Blight and his directors will move us on to stage two and league football". Chris Blight "I am thrilled for everyone and for all those involved in the city of Newport".
SENSE OF EXPECTANCY LIFTS OUR CITY IN DIFFICULT TIMES
Mar 14 - Newport County's steady rise back to League football will take another step in the right direction, preferably tomorrow night. The Amber Army is likely to swell to four thousand as the City's football team bids for the point it needs for certain promotion against Havant and Waterlooville. The club's management have even taken time out to goad Alun Evans, former head of the FAW, who was directly responsible for the legal action that forced County to play in England for a number of seasons. Evans is invited tomorrow night but unfortunately has other engagements. Despite him the club has gradually achieved its return to prominence gaining promotion from the junior leagues to the Conference in the period since 1989. This has been a far more satisfactory experience for the club than Evans idea of playing in the poverty of the League of Wales.
Throughout this period the club's management (and active supporters) have worked tirelessly to put in place a plan that provides a sound financial future for the Exiles. The next step, the Conference, will be a significant test of all the plans and aspirations for the club. But that's for the future, tomorrow night promises to be a fantastic occasion for the city of Newport despite the troubled economic times - once again we have a football team worthy of celebration!
THREE THOUSAND SEE COUNTY EDGE CLOSER TO PROMOTION
Mar 12 - Over three thousand fans saw Newport County hold off Bishop's Stortford by one goal to nil at Newport Stadium tonight. The game was held up by fifteen minutes due to the crowd congestion at the ground. The Exiles followed the pattern of recent matches taking an early lead via an excellent Kerry Morgan header after one minute. It was Morgan's sixth goal of a very fine season. For the most part, however, County struggled to make inroads in to the Stortford defence and were understandably edgy as they closed in on a glorious moment in the modern history of the club. Sam Foley, outstanding in recent matches, was prominent, forcing a brilliant save from Bishop's Stortford keeper Nicky Morgan. The away side battled hard reducing the large crowd to a nervous silence as the two teams fought a tense battle. Stortford lacked the ability to create chances, their attacks were snuffed out by County's superb central defence. As the path to victory became clear for County the Spytty crowd recovered their voice in the latter stages of the second half, roaring the Exiles on towards their inevitable promotion. Bring on Monday! Attendance - 3084.
EXILES CLOSE IN ON GLORY
Mar 6 - Newport County swept past Weymouth by 3 goals to 1 this afternoon but the bottom placed team offered more some resistance against the runaway Conference South leaders. Kerry Morgan put the Exiles in front after three minutes as he netted after a Stuart Douglas pass. Despite a number of opportunities for County the Terras fought hard and were rewarded with a 75th minute goal who lobbed the ball in to the net after a weak headed by Glyn Thompson. But Danny Rose restored the lead within a minute after good work from Sam Foley. Foley finished matters off after 84 minutes with an emphatic 30 yard shot. Attendance - 1123.
ROSE INSPIRES COUNTY WIN OVER DRAGONS
Mar 2 - A brace of goals from Danny Rose inspired Newport County to an excellent 5-1 win over Basingstoke Town tonight. The appropriately named Dragons were beaten out of sight by another accomplished County performance. The Exiles were two up within 14 minutes with a brace of Danny Rose goals. Rose got the ball in the net after ten minutes and followed with a fine free kick four minutes later. A goalmouth scramble after 39 minutes resulted in a goal for striker Stuart Douglas. Basingstoke were gifted a penalty opportunity by the referee after he adjudged that Gary Warren had handballed inside his penalty area. Robert Rice put the ball past Glyn Thompson to give the Dragons a debatable goal. The County started the second half strongly and within four minutes Sam Foley found the net with a fine shot, scoring his fourteenth goal of the season. With nine minutes to play Foley hit the bar after a superb run and cross from Kerry Morgan. Martin Giles netted the fifth from an 84th minute corner. 250 County fans in a crowd of 686 headed home from the Camrose content with another outstanding win in a wonderful season for Newport.
COUNTY GETTING CLOSER TO SUMMIT
Feb 28 - Newport County fought off a very defensive Braintree side, a heavy pitch and a petty referee to continue their fantastic season at Spytty Park yesterday. The Exiles grabbed the winning goal as Sam Foley scrambled the ball in from a Rose free kick after 62 minutes and were the dominant side throughout. Their commitment was also outstanding typified by the display from loan striker Stuart Douglas, given their present circumstances no one can accuse them of complacency as they run away with the Conference South championship title. Craig Reid bravely played on despite the loss of his mother on Friday. The two teams and their supporters marked the moment with a minute's applause in her honour. Attendance - 2117.
INJURY PROBLEMS FOR COUNTY
Feb 24 - Newport County have been dealt a big injury blow with the news that playmaker Danny Rose is feared to have suffered ligament damage in Monday’s 4-1 win against Worcester. He is almost certainly ruled out of Saturday’s home clash with Braintree and Kerry Morgan and Aaron Morris are also doubtful with heavy bruising. Worcester’s Shab Khan was sent off for a two-footed lunge at Morgan and boss Dean Holdsworth revealed that his opposite number Carl Heeley had apologised for his side’s conduct.
EXILES HUMBLE WORCESTER
Feb 22 - Newport County humbled struggling Worcester with another fine display this evening. All their goals came in the first half. Once again, Craig Reid opened the scoring early on, with a ninth minute effort. Two goals came from defender Chris Todd after 22 and 39 minutes. Sam Foley made it four after 40 minutes.Worcester were reduced to 10 men when Worcester Shabir Khan was sent off. Worcester managed a late consolation through Dinsmore to reduce the margin to 4-1. County are 21 points clear with a game in hand. Attendance - 1017.
COUNTY HAMMER HAMPTON AND RICHMOND
Feb 20 - Another outstanding Newport County performance left Hampton and Richmond trailing in their wake. The Londoners were totally outclassed as the Exiles quickly got in to their stride. Star marksman Craig Reid found the net after seven minutes. Two goals in quick succession, a fine finish from Wayne Turk (33 minutes) and a penalty from Craig Reid (36 minutes) , made it 3-0. The second half was quieter but the Exiles finished with a flourish Sam Foley scoring in injury time from a Danny Rose corner. County remain 18 points ahead of their nearest rivals. Attendance - 742.
WESTON SHIFT COUNTY FIXTURE
Feb 18 - Avon and Somerset Police have advised Weston-super-Mare that due to a number of high profile fixtures in the region on Monday 5th April, and the fact that there is the potential for up to 1500 Newport County supporters travelling to the match, that they may be unable to provide adequate resources on this date. In accordance with their request the game has now been rescheduled for the following day, Tuesday 6 April KO 7.45pm!
COUNTY IN PLAYER SWAP WITH BATH
Feb 16 - Dave Gilroy has today returned to his former club, Bath City on a six-week loan deal. Making the journey in the opposite direction is Romans’ striker Stuart Douglas, who hooks up with the Exiles on identical terms. Dean Holdsworth commented "We wish Dave the very best in his stint back at Twerton Park, and welcome Stuart to Spytty, hoping he can reproduce the form that held our supporters admiration after his fine hat-trick here for Bath last March."
STALEMATE AT CHELMSFORD
Feb 13 - Newport County and second-placed Chelmsford Town fought out a disappointing stalemate at Melbourne Park. The Exiles could be forgiven for dropping the pace slightly given their hectic schedule of away games. They had enough however to stave off a lacklustre Clarets outfit, Warren, Cochlin and Bignot were all prominent in the no-score draw. The Clarets had the better of the match but County made a lively start to each half. Attendance - 931.
SUPER EXILES HAMMER SPITFIRES
Feb 10 - Newport County beat a well organised Eastleigh side 4-1 at a freezing Silverlake Stadium this evening to extend their huge lead at the top of the Blue Square South. The Exiles took their third consecutive 2-0 lead with two first half goals in quick succession. Charlie Henry was fouled in the penalty area by Spitfires' full back Ian Oliver after 20 minutes for Craig Reid to convert to open the scoring. Henry fed Sam Foley after 22 minutes, the County striker brilliantly finding the net. The Spitfires hit back late in the first half with Palmer reducing the deficit.
County were dominant in the second half and showed no sign of the jitters that have marked recent performances. Eastleigh defender Tom Jordan fouled Sam Foley after 79 minutes for a second penalty. With Craig Reid off the field, the outstanding Charlie Henry stepped up to slot the penalty home. Henry marked his goal celebration by lifting his shirt and dropping his shorts but escaped a caution from referee Brakespear. Within two minutes it was Foley again capping a fine performance getting on the end of a free kick to make the game safe for the Exiles. 150 travelling County fans were justifiably euphoric at yet another outstanding performance. Attendance - 745.
COUNTY PEGGED BACK BY WELLING
Feb 6 - Newport County struggled to put away an enterprising Welling United team at Newport Stadium this afternoon. The seemingly invincible Exiles were pegged back from 2-0 for the second week in a row and had to be content with a draw.
County took an early advantage with defender Jamie Collins getting the vital touch on an excellent free kick from Danny Rose after five minutes. Star striker Craig Reid got the ball in the net after 15 minutes but it was disallowed for offside. Initially, the Wings pressed hard but the Exiles snuffed out their attacks with little difficulty. Welling continued to press however with a number of dangerous crosses and corners as they put County under further pressure. Newport's play in the second half was disjointed and careless as they gave possession away to the visitors. But against the run of play just before the hour a long ball from Bignot found Reid who expertly flicked on to Kerry Morgan. Morgan found the net with a brilliant finish. The 2-0 margin was short-lived as Tommy Whitnell reduced the deficit on 62 minutes after a fine turn and shot in the County area.
Newport switched their combination midway through the second half with sub Charlie Henry replacing Scott Rogers and Dave Gilroy on for Sam Foley. Craig Reid goal bound header was foiled by a Welling defender after 65 minutes. But it was Welling who snatched a thoroughly deserved goal after Whitnell equalised with snap shot from a corner kick. In a lively end to the game both teams had their chances with Welling clearing two County efforts off their line and Thompson brilliantly smothering a goal bound Whitnell shot. Attendance - 1449.
EXILES IN SUPERB AWAY WIN
Jan 30 - Newport County showed marvellous fighting spirit as they beat Bromley 3-2 at Hayes Lane this afternoon. The Exiles were the superior side for much of the highly entertaining match but at 2-0 up they were hit by a Bromley double within four minutes midway through the second half. County recovered their composure though with the outstanding Sam Foley netting the winning goal after 69 minutes.
County opened the scoring with an unmarked Paul Cochlin heading home a corner after 21 minutes. A number of opportunities for Foley and Reid were denied by excellent saves from Bromley keeper Gareth Williams. But after 53 minutes fine build up play involving Foley led to a stunning goal for Charlie Henry. County seemed unstoppable at this point but uncharacteristic defensive errors led to a Bromley fight-back. First Ryan Hall evaded the offside trap to beat Glyn Thompson on 62 minutes and shortly afterwards McBean got his knee to the ball to force it into the County net. However, the Exiles winning mentality got them through in the end. Other results again went their way and they have extended their lead at the top of the table to 17 points, with a game in hand on second placed Woking.
HEARTBREAK FOR COUNTY
Jan 26 - A goal in the third minute of injury time by Richard Pacquette denied Newport County in the FA Trophy giving York City a 1-0 victory. The Exiles took the challenge to Conference high flyers York City at Bootham Crescent. They were thoroughly competitive throughout the match and created a number of opportunities in a match dominated by excellent defensive play. The late goal after a fine rearguard action proved decisive. A Danny Rose free kick at the death deflected off the defensive wall before the referee blew his whistle for time. Attendance - 1378.
COUNTY SURGE TO SUPER VICTORY
Jan 23 - Newport County surged to an immense 5-0 win over St. Albans at Newport Stadium this afternoon. Gary Warren opened the scoring for the Exiles after 22 minutes. Midway through a brilliant second half for County Craig Reid made it two. The star striker added a third after 82 minutes before a blistering conclusion to the match from the Exiles.
On 90 minutes the impressive Kerry Morgan fed Craig Reid who weaved his way past the goalkeeper and crossed for Sam Foley to head it home. Shortly afterwards a thunderous shot by Nicholls was touched away by St. Albans' keeper. The subsequent corner from Rose was directed in by Jamie Collins to make it five in the fourth minute of injury time.
County's defensive effort was also as impressive as ever with Thompson, Collins and Warren outstanding. They have not conceded a home league goal since September 16!
COUNTY DRAW WITH YORK
Jan 20 - Newport County drew their FA Trophy fixture with Conference side York City at Newport Stadium this evening. The Exiles had the better of the game but failed to convert their chances. On a number of occasions Newport were caught offside when they had opportunities. The match was highly competitive and Newport fared very well against opponents currently sitting third in the Conference table, five points adrift of leaders Stevenage. The replay will take place at KitKat Crescent on Tuesday January 26. York are unbeaten at home since April. Attendance - 1040.
NEW DATE FOR YORK TIE / BASINGSTOKE POSTPONED
Jan 15 - York City's second round trip to Newport County in the FA Trophy will now be played on Wednesday, January 20 (7.45pm). County's official website confirmed the date as Wednesday after the two previous attempts to play the tie were frozen out. The winners will play either Stalybridge Celtic or Corby Town in round three. County's match against Basingstoke tomorrow has been postponed due to the recent severe weather.
Jan 11 - York City's trip to Newport County in the second round of the FA Trophy on Wednesday night is subject to a pitch inspection on Tuesday at 4.30pm. According to the latest weather forecast snow will fall in Newport tomorrow evening before clearing in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The winner of the tie will host Stalybridge Celtic or Corby Town in round three. - Jan 12 - Following the inspection the match is off, with a re-arrangement date promised within the next 48 hours.
CHRIS TODD SIGNS FOR EXILES
Jan 9 - In a major coup Newport County has captured defender Chris Todd from Torquay on a loan deal for the rest of this season from Torquay United. But he has also agreed a longer deal to stay for next season at Spytty Park, where the Exiles are intent on bringing League football back to the City after a gap of 21 years. Todd told the South Devon Herald Express "When I came to Torquay, the aim was to get the club back into the League, and I hope I played a part in doing that, it's a similar situation at Newport — it's a new challenge and I'm really looking forward to it. I believe it's the right thing for me to do. I could sit around at Torquay on the subs' bench until the end of my contract, but that's not me. In football sometimes, it's time to move on. I wanted to get myself sorted out sooner rather than later, when there'll be the best part of 800 people out of work at the end of the season. I was chuffed at the amount of interest shown in me." The 28 year old recently announced that he is in remission from leukaemia. He was diagnosed with leukaemia in November 2008 but tests have revealed he is now in remission.
Todd is originally from Swansea and started out as a trainee for the Swans before moving to Drogheda United (in Ireland) before significant spells at Exeter and Torquay. While under contract to the Gulls he has also played on loan for Salisbury, who were eager to capture his signature.
County boss Dean Holdworth stated "I am delighted that Chris, who has had numerous offers, has decided to join Newport County. In Chris we are gaining a league quality defender who in recent years has commanded transfer fees and has led his side at Wembley in a the Conference play off final. During his loan spell at Salisbury he has been spoken of very highly and I know that they will be disappointed to have lost his services."
YORK CUP TIE OFF
Jan York City's trip to Newport County in the FA Trophy on Saturday has been postponed due to the severe weather. Subject to FA approval the match will now be played on Wednesday 13th January - weather permitting.
COUNTY OVERCOME FIGHTING WORCESTER
Jan 1 - Newport County maintained their outstanding form with a hard-earned 1-0 win against battling opponents Worcester City at Spytty Park this afternoon. Having struggled to gain an advantage the Exiles were granted an opportunity following the dismissal of defender Shabir Khan for an off the ball against Kerry Morgan after 68 minutes. Following the intervention of the linesman Khan was sent off for use of the elbow. The Worcester player was incensed by the decision and a melee ensued. But Newport seized their chance, penning the West Midlanders back. With eleven minutes to play Morgan found Foley with a cross and he scored from three yards out. County are fourteen points ahead of second placed Woking with a game in hand. Attendance - 2505.
COUNTY OUTCLASS DORCHESTER
Dec 28 - A bumper holiday crowd of 2,205 braved the frigid cold of Spytty Park and savoured another fine win from the Blue Square South leaders this afternoon. The 3-0 score line was a fair reflection of Newport County's superiority. However, for the first forty five minutes Dorchester proved obdurate and well organised, easily sniffing out County's attacking threat. Foley and Reid struggled to create opportunities with Dorchester player manager and former County favourite Ashley Vickers prominent in defence.
In the second half County upped the tempo, after 54 minutes Sam Foley broke clear of the defence and his ball to Reid finished in the back of the net. Shortly afterwards a brilliant move initiated by first Morgan and then Henry set marksman Reid clear again to score, he chipped the Dorchester keeper Coward in fine style. County regained their fluency and created further chances with Morgan prominent. They were also able to demonstrate their strength in depth able to bring on the likes of Rose, Coutts and Holgate from the replacement's bench later in the second half. The outstanding central defender Gary Warren added a third after 84 minutes with an excellent guided header from a Collins free kick. To cap a fine day for the Exiles they are now 13 points clear of the chasing pack with a game in hand.
COUNTY MATCH OFF
Dec 26 - Newport County's Amber Army is waiting on a 9am pitch inspection this morning at Worcester's Saint George's Lane ground before making the journey north. Conditions in Worcester are reported to have improved with temperatures currently 6 degrees centigrade. If it gets the go ahead the match will kick off at 12.30. Updated 9.15 am - Match OFF - Worcester FC state "A pitch inspection was held at 9.00am this morning. The pitch was found to still be frozen in large areas so the decision was made for the match to be called off. A new date is yet to be arranged for the fixture."
DEANO SIGNS UP THREE MORE
Dec 23 - Newport manager Dean Holdsworth has made three signings to add to County's impressive squad. Kerry Morgan, loanee from Swansea, has been signed until the end of the season. He has also signed Aaron Morris, a Wales under 21 defender from Cardiff City and midfielder Ashley Nicholls on loan from Bishops Stortford.
HENRY LATE GOAL SEALS FOR EXILES
Dec 19 - A late strike from substitute Charlie Henry gave Newport County a 1-0 victory over draw specialists Staines Town at a freezing Spytty Park this afternoon. Newport did not create many chances against obdurate and well organised opponents. James King making his debut for Staines had a fine game in their midfield. County found it difficult without the creative threat posed by Rose and Holgate. But Henry stepped up to drill home Morgan's pass to win it. The Exiles are now twelve points ahead of Dover with a game in hand and fifteen points ahead of third placed Woking. The attendance was an excellent 1460.
COUNTY ONE CARDIFF CITY NIL
Dec 19 - Newport County's pitch has been declared fit to play despite a heavy overnight frost. The pitch has been bathed in sunlight lifting the frost out of the ground and temperatures are now just above freezing. Ironically, Cardiff City's game at their new stadium against Leicester City is off. Their pitch is supposed to have undersoil heating!
COUNTY SIGN UP PRIZE ASSETS
Dec 16 - Newport County have stepped up their plans for next season by tying two more key players to new contracts. Skipper Gary Warren and midfield playmaker Danny Rose signed new deals last night which will keep them at Spytty Park until at least April 2012. The news comes just a week after forward Sam Foley agreed to stay for a further two years and, with top scorer Craig Reid also tied up until April 2011, it means the Exiles have protected four of their best assets at a crucial time in the season. With his side 10 points clear at the top of the Blue Square South and promotion a real possibility, manager Dean Holdsworth is already planning for next season with general manager Tim Harris. Holdsworth is delighted that four of his key players are signed up in an attempt to ward off interest from other clubs and also revealed that he is in talks with other members of the squad about new deals. “It’s key to keep the squad together, to keep that continuity going, and protect ourselves as a club,” said Holdsworth. “Along with Sam, who signed last week, Gary and Danny are big players for us and they’ve earned their extensions..
OPPONENTS NAMED IN FA TROPHY
Dec 14 - Newport County will face York City or Hinckley United in the second round of the FA Trophy at Spytty Park on January 9 2010.
COUNTY DISPOSE OF FARNBOROUGH
Dec 12 - Newport County finished off another excellent week with a comfortable disposal of Farnborough Town by three goals to one in the FA Trophy First Round. The Blue Square South leaders opened the scoring after twenty one minutes with Charlie Henry's low shot. Ashan Holgate doubled County's lead early in the second half before Farnborough reduced the margin by virtue of Gary Holloway's header. Craig Reid's sealed victory with a late strike. Disappointingly, County defender Paul Bignot was red carded for a second yellow card offence as was Boro' skipper Steve Robinson. The Exiles net another £5000 from the FA following this victory. The draw for the second round is on Monday. Attendance - 805.
REID HAT-TRICK INSPIRES RAMPANT EXILES
Dec 8 - Newport County stormed to a 5-0 victory over Thurrock tonight inspired by a hat-trick from star striker Craig Reid. The win puts the Exiles ten points ahead of Dover Athletic with a game in hand. The large crowd saw Gary Warren give County the lead after 17 minutes before Craig Reid scored another penalty on 36 minutes. Charlie Henry added a third just before half time. The Exiles had so many opportunities the score could have been doubled. They continued their domination in the second stanza with Reid adding two more - after 57 minutes and three minutes before full time. In a one sided encounter County made promotion hopefuls Thurrock (currently sixth) look like also-rans. Attendance - 1603.
COUNTY IN IMPRESSIVE DOUBLE CAPTURE
Dec 7 - Newport County have won the race to sign midfielder James Coutts and have also snapped up giant defender Anthony Peters.
Coutts started his career at AFC Bournemouth, where he had spent time on loan at Grays Athletic and Weymouth. He signed for Weymouth after being released by the Cherries in 2007, but left theWessex Stadium after the Terras were relegated to the Blue Square South in May 2009. He has been coaching in the United States and had been linked with a move to Dorchester Town until the offer to join the Exiles came. Defender Anthony Peters, 26, who has been with Chicago Fire and Cleveland City Stars in the Major League of Soccer and has recently been on trial with Holdsworth`s brother David`s Blue Square Premier club Mansfield Town. The 6`5” Peters joined Cleveland from DC United in July.
COUNTY HELD TO DRAW
Dec 5 - Newport County fans turned out in force at Twerton Park today but for once the Exiles failed to fire. It says something for expectations that there is disappointment at an away draw at Bath City but County did not find any form at all. The six hundred County fans should content themselves with a difficult away game out of the way. They remain comfortably ahead at the top of Conference South with Dover only managing a score draw at Bromley (County are seven points clear of Dover with two games in hand). Portugese midfielder Sido Jombarti gave Bath the lead after fourteen minutes. Newport hit back and were awarded a penalty after twenty minutes, netted by Craig Reid. The Exiles dominated the remainder of the half but failed to create chances of significance. The second half was an almost complete stalemate until the substitution of Charlie Henry for Kerry Morgan resulted in a couple of late opportunities for Morgan and Reid. Att - 1404.
HOLDSWORTH WINS AWARD AGAIN
Dec 1 - Newport County boss Dean Holdsworth won the Blue Square South Manager of the Month award today repeating his success in September.
650 TICKETS SOLD FOR XMAS CLASH
Dec 28 - Struggling Worcester City state that they have sold 650 tickets for County's Christmas clash at St. George's Lane. The information was released as the club defended its financial position amid pressure relating to an outstanding debt with Royal Bank of Scotland of £1.55 million. In other news Newport central defender Alton Thelwell has joined Kettering Town.
COUNTY STEAMROLLER LEWES
Nov 28 - Newport County maintained their stunning start to the season with an emphatic 3-0 away win at Lewes. The Exiles are still eight points ahead of nearest rivals Dover with a game in hand and have conceded only eight goals in eighteen games, two of those were to Lewes at Spytty in August. The Exiles even managed to miss a penalty on their way to victory at the Dripping Pan. Scott Rogers gave Newport a lead after twenty five minutes. Just before half time Ryan Timms was sent off for a professional foul on Dave Gilroy (the County striker was last man through on goal). Star marksman Craig Reid missed his second penalty of the season, with Lewes keeper Rikki Banks making the save. However, with continued dominance and possession aplenty the League leaders delighted their fans with two further goals in the second half from Kerry Morgan and Charlie Henry. Attendance - 521.
COUNTY TO FACE FARNBOROUGH
Nov 24 - In the next round of the Newport County will be away to Zamaretto Premier division leaders Farnborough Town on December 12.
EXILES PROGRESS IN FA TROPHY
Nov 21 - Newport County progressed through to the first round proper of the FA Carlsberg Trophy by beating Braintree Town 2-1 at Newport Stadium. The flow of the match was heavily dictated by a strong cross wind favouring Newport in the first half and Braintree in the second. The Exiles goals came in the first half from the in-form Kerry Morgan and resurgent Dave Gilroy. Gilroy was unlucky to be replaced later in the game. The Irons replied with a goal from Purcell after 51 minutes. Despite Braintree having the better of the game late on County held out for another win in difficult conditions. They pocket prize money of £4000. The next round is played on December 12. Attendance - 684.
COUNTY HERO PASSES AWAY
Nov 19 - Richard Walden, who played with such distinction during the Newport County's glory years passed away last night. Walden was diagnosed with myeloid leukaemia. He is described by the club's website as the "best right back ever to appear for the club and the man his team mates called 'Rolls Royce.'" Between 1978 and 1982 Walden made 151 appearances for Newport, scoring 3 goals during the most successful period in the clubs long history. Walden was part of the team that won promotion and the Welsh Cup and in the subsequent season reached the quarter-final of the 1981 European Cup Winners Cup.
COUNTY ON THE CREST OF A WAVE
Nov 15 - Despite the Sunday kick off time (due to yesterday's Wales - Scotland international) a large crowd turned out to see Newport County beat Bromley by two goals to nil this afternoon at Spytty. The attendance of 2026 reflects the growing belief that the Exiles will be promoted following their outstanding start to the current campaign. Today's win puts them eight points clear of nearest rivals Dover with a game in hand. After a first half in which County created the majority of chances Danny Rose struck the significant blow with a goal after 61 minutes, Kerry Morgan made it safe with the second after 89 minutes.
REID IN STUNNING DOUBLE AS COUNTY SEE OFF DOVER
Nov 7 - Craig Reid scored a stunning double for Newport County as they pulled off a terrific win away at nearest challengers Dover. After a early disallowed effort for Dover (for offside) the Exiles took the lead with an excellent strike from Reid after the half hour. Three hundred Amber Army supporters journeyed to the Crabble to roar on the league leaders. However, County came unstuck after 59 minutes when Dover pulled a goal back through Welford. Dover piled on the pressure but Newport defended heroically and after a break out Reid scored again with an outstanding strike after 72 minutes. A breathless finished ensued but County hung on for an outstanding victory. Manager Dean Holdsworth and players celebrated in front of joyous fans at the final whistle. County are five points clear with a game in hand as they continue a wonderful season for the club. Attendance - 1680.
COUNTY STAY ON TOP
Oct 31 - A solid 1-0 victory for Newport County meant the Exiles stay top of the Conference South table this evening. However, they were given a tough test by Basingstoke who kept the pressure on right to the end as Newport nervously held on. The only goal of the match came in the 38th minute from debutante Jamie Collins who headed home a free kick at the near post. Wayne Turk was outstanding and was rewarded with the man of the match. Kerry Morgan was once again a lively attacking threat. Craig Reid hit the bar and was denied by a goal-line clearance in the first half. Late in the second half he got the ball in the Basingstoke net following fine inter-passing with Danny Rose only for the goal to be disallowed for offside. Basingstoke lost first choice goalkeeper Ross Kitteridge before the game, he had to be taken to hospital following an accident on the coach. Craig Atkinson replaced him. Attendance - 1249.
COUNTY LOSE UNBEATEN RUN
Oct 27 - Newport County lost their twenty match unbeaten record in undistinguished fashion at Staines this evening. The Exiles struggled to take a number of opportunities that were created particularly in the second half at Wheatsheaf Park. Staines deserved their victory with man of the match Ali Chaban scoring the winning goal. Keeper Glyn Thompson made three outstanding saves to keep the margin to a single goal. Ten players were booked (six from Staines, four from Newport). Kerry Morgan was badly injured in a high tackle from Marien Ifura at the end of the game, he waited for a stretcher for five minutes before being taken off the field. Amazingly Ifura was not red carded for the tackle. In a bizarre conclusion to the game County packed the Staines box with all their players and keeper Thompson headed the ball on to the base of the post. The only silver lining for the Exiles was that the other four sides in the top five all lost!
COOK LEAVES COUNTY
Oct 24 - Unexpectedly Newport County has announced that skipper Aaron Cook will be leaving the club. He is expected to sign up with his local club, Eastleigh Town. The decision reflects the Exiles strength in depth in the centre of defence. Boss Dean Holdsworth stated "We would like to thank Aaron for his leadership and helping us in our progress on the pitch. I am sure he goes with fondest wishes from all. We will continue with our search to build a squad capable to fulfil our ambitions on and off the pitch."
HENRY GOAL SECURES VITAL WIN
Oct 17 - Newport County secured another vital win on the road as they beat St. Albans 1-0 at Clarence Park and stay top of the Conference South. Substitute Charlie Henry's powerfully struck shot midway through the second half was enough to seal for the Exiles. Once in front they had a number of opportunities to kill off the game with Alton Thelwell and Craig Reid missing chances. Reid hit the woodwork late on and Henry's attempt from the rebound was saved by the St.Albans' keeper, Bastock. An estimated 200 of the Amber Army made the journey east out of a total crowd of 581. The win extends County's unbeaten run in the League to twenty matches.
EXILES STRENGTHEN SQUAD
Oct 14 - Newport County have taken measures to strengthen their squad as they seek to maintain their position at the top of the Conference South. Ashan Holgate has joined the Exiles from Weston-super-Mare, Kerry Morgan has signed up on a three month loan from Swansea City.
22 year old Holgate, is an attacking midfielder who had a brief loan spell with County in 2006. Exiles boss Dean Holdsworth states "Ashan is an exciting young player and is someone that we have tracked for a little while now. Ashan is really up for the challenge and is delighted to be rejoining the club." Morgan is a 20 year-old striker. He made his debut for Swansea on August 11th when he came on as a 73rd minute substitute in the 3-0 League Cup win at home to Brighton & Hove Albion. A week later, he made his full League debut as boss Paulo Sousa started him on the left wing as they drew 0-0 at home to Reading. Holdsworth also confirmed that County have released Kevin Cooper "Kevin has been a good servant to the Club and a good squad player and I would like to take this opportunity to thank him for everything he has done for the Club and to wish him well in the future".
SHOCK CUP EXIT FOR COUNTY
Oct 10 - A truly dreadful performance from Newport County allowed Southern League Paulton Rovers to grab a shock victory in the FA Cup Qualifying Round this afternoon. The Somerset outfit boosted by a large crowd of 709 were deserved victors with Bristol Rovers loanee Neikell Plummer snatching the only goal after five minutes. The defeat brought to an end County's amazing twenty match unbeaten run in Cup and League matches.
EXILES SCRAPE VICTORY TO GO TOP
Oct 3 - Despite being bettered for long periods of the match Newport County secured a priceless 1-nil victory over Bath City at Newport Stadium this afternoon. The victory puts unbeaten County two points clear at the top of the Conference South following Dover Athletic's 1-nil defeat at Worcester. The crowd of 1410 saw the Exiles hang on grimly at the end of the game as Bath dominated territory and possession but failed to create more than a handful of chances. Charlie Henry gave County the lead with a clinical finish after seven minutes as he netted after a Sam Foley cross. Just before the half hour a Danny Rose free kick went narrowly wide. Newport had a strong penalty appeal turned down by referee Huxtable just before half time when it appeared that Richard Evans slid in on Sam Foley in the box. There was a moment of controversy late in the game when Sido Jombati did not return the ball to Newport after their goalkeeper had thrown the ball out to allow a team-mate to receive attention. Bath manager Adie Britton defended his players in an interview with ThisisBath "There were a couple of incidents which were unfortunate," he said "On the face of it to the crowd, it looked as though Sido was being unsporting not giving the ball back, but there were a few things leading up to that which were totally out of order, and he was morally totally right." The Exiles are now unbeaten in twenty matches.
COUNTY PROGRESS AFTER CHAOTIC GAME
Sep 26 - Newport County progressed in the FA Cup qualifying round 3 this afternoon at Clevedon Town after a chaotic match in which three players were sent off as well as the Clevedon manager. The Exiles won the game 3-1 but lost central defender Martyn Giles in the second half after he was sent off for a two footed tackle. Newport were comfortable in the lead at this point having taken a 2-0 lead with two goals from Craig Reid scored on 5 and 14 minutes. The latter was a penalty following the dismissal of Clevedon's Ben Evans. They also lost Brigham in the aftermath of the incident involving Giles. Billing pulled back a goal for Clevedon but a rare goal from Nathan Davies made the game safe for Newport. Attendance - 623. Updated. Sep 30 - County face Paulton Rovers away in the next round on October 10.
NEWPORT WIN SUPERBLY BUT NEED TO CONTROL AMBER ARMY
Sep 19 - The Exiles pulled off a heroic 1-0 win against Woking at Kingsfield this afternoon. With no Aaron Cook in the squad and both Gary Warren and Paul Cochlin injured during the game they played a large part of the second half with an unfamiliar back four of Paul Bignot, Martyn Giles, Gary Colborne and Danny Rose. Following an even start Newport took the lead after 30 minutes through Sam Foley after a deflected clearance. Shortly afterwards, Craig Reid struck the post. In the dying minutes of the first half Woking were awarded a penalty but Sam Sloma blasted the opportunity wide. Manager Dean Holdsworth objected strongly to the decision and was duly sent to the stand by referee Lee Venamore. For much of the second half County defended their lines capably and with great spirit to keep their hosts out. Unfortunately, two of the three hundred travelling County supporters ran on to the field during the game, the second such incident this season. The club warned supporters in advance of this and may unfortunately face repercussions as a result. County remain second, a point adrift of Dover Athletic. Attendance - 1862.
COUNTY FAIL FIRST BIG TEST
Sep 16 - Newport County failed to put away a limited Weymouth side as they drew 1-1 at Spytty Park this evening. The Exiles were dominant for much of the game but found it difficult to break the men of Dorset down. They took an early lead with Craig Reid neatly putting away their first opportunity after three minutes. Content to knock the ball around County had other half-chances until they won a penalty for handball just before half time. The keeper Harrison diving to his left palmed Reid's penalty away. County put the pressure on at the start of the second half but found their opponents obdurate and well organised in defence. Foley, in particular, struggled to make his usual impact on the game. As Newport introduced new blood in to the game (Rose, Henry and Gilroy) so Weymouth capitalised on their evident uncertainty. Sub Jake Reid picked up a long ball and hammered the ball home passed a static Glyn Thompson to make it level. County had further chances, Cochlin's header rebounded off the post from a corner, but they seemed incapable of raising their game. Their hopes of going top were dashed by the final whistle. Attendance - 1509.
COUNTY DISMISS EASTLEIGH IN STUNNING STYLE
Sep 12 - Newport County beat Eastleigh 5-1 at Newport Stadium this afternoon. The result was emphatic but the manner of the performance delighted the 1316 crowd. County deployed an attacking and fluent style of play that offered an offensive threat every time they ventured forward. The quality of their passing and interplay was outstanding. Craig Reid set them on their way after 24 minutes as he slipped the offside trap to deftly chip the Eastleigh keeper Jason Matthews. This was followed by Eastleigh's best spell of the game and a deserved goal for Shaun McAuley on 28 minutes. But County were not be outdone, superb interplay between Reid and Henry brought a clinical finish from the latter on 31 minutes. Six minutes later it was three as Danny Rose curved the ball around Matthews from the edge of the box. County had other chances hitting the post twice as they flooded forward. In the second half County showed commendable patience as they defended their lead. Twice they broke through the Eastleigh defensive line for Foley and Reid to score. Sub Jason Bradley also had an excellent late chance but somehow it was cleared. A stunning display from Newport, they can return to the top of the league if they beat Weymouth on Wednesday night at Spytty.
COUNTY SNAP UP DEERING, BRADLEY ON LOAN DEALS
Sep 10 - Newport County has snapped up the services of Sam Deering from Conference club Oxford. Sam played 22 games for them last season before breaking his leg, he is thought very highly of at Oxford and they feel that a month away with some minutes on the pitch will do him good and he will be ready to go back to them full of confidence. Forward Jason Bradley from Mansfield has agreed to stay with County for another month. Kris Leek will join Merthyr Tydfil on loan.
COUNTY GO TOP!
September 5 - Newport County are top of the Conference South! Rivals Basingstoke and Dover dropped points as the County produced yet another accomplished performance away from home. Two goals from Craig Reid were enough for Newport County to see off Welling United this afternoon. On twenty minutes he pounced on a goalkeeping error to score the first after an indifferent early period for the Exiles. After that County dominated much of the play with Sam Foley at the heart of much of their creative play. He was tripped in the box midway through the second half. Reid converted the penalty for Newport's second. The travelling contingent from Newport (100 plus) gave Reid a hero's reception as he was substituted by Kris Leek late in the game. He has scored five goals in four games. County are now eight games unbeaten this season (it's fifteen league matches if you include last season). Next up, Eastleigh at home in a week's time. Attendance - 552.
SO FAR, SO GOOD - HOLDSWORTH
September 2 - Newport County manager Dean Holdsworth has expressed his pleasure at the Exiles emphatic start to the season. He told the club's website "I really must say thank you to the fans who travelled to Maidenhead and also turned out against Weston yesterday, a great crowd and we are very pleased to have sent you home with all six points and sitting third in the table. After seven games we are really pleased, we will stay focussed on the next game and not get carried away. Looking at the division there are lots of teams making an impact on each other but we will concentrate on us only and Saturdays trip to Welling and we look forward to seeing you there with your singing voices as usual, superb!" Weston manager Andy Gurney has confirmed a Newport approach for defender Craig Rand and midfielder Ashan Holgate.
BIG CROWD SEE COUNTY BEAT WESTON
August 31 - A big crowd at Newport Stadium saw Newport County see off the threat from a determined Weston super Mare side this afternoon. The impressive score (2-0) flattered County a little but once again they finished the game emphatically and took their chances.
The Exiles were the inferior side for much of the first half. Weston with Holgate in charge in midfield hit the bar but it was Newport who got the ball in the Weston net only for Sam Foley's effort to be disallowed for offside. County were a different side in the second half and made a number of half chances without looking like scoring. They were given renewed impetus midway through the second half when Danny Rose was nudged over in the box. Craig Reid converted the penalty. After 75 minutes substitute Dave Gilroy made an immediate contribution to game, winning a header with his first touch and then scoring from the resulting Reid pass with his second. Attendance - 1404.
COUNTY FINISH OFF MAIDENHEAD
STORMING WIN FOR COUNTY
Aug 22 - Newport County were in dominant form against Chelmsford City at Newport Stadium thoroughly deserving their 4-0 victory. The 1042 fans in attendance were exultant as County took their goal opportunities against good standard opposition. Sam Foley gave an early chance to Danny Rose who hit the cross bar after 25 minutes. Shortly afterwards an overlap in the area allowed Foley in to score. Kevin Cooper scored the Exiles second just before half time as he dispossessed City defender Erkan Okay to stroke the ball home. Jason Bradley enjoyed an impressive first outing but was replaced at half time by Craig Reid. Newport put the game beyond doubt by adding a third in the 74th minute. Cochlin netted the rebound after City keeper Holloway had saved a Rose free-kick. Sub Reid finished City off by rounding the keeper to make it four in injury time. County are seventh, unbeaten and only two points adrift of leaders Dover.
COUNTY REMAIN UNBEATEN
Aug 18 - Newport County remain unbeaten after a 0-0 draw at Dorchester. The home side were reduced to ten men when Dorks midfielder Tom Mitchell head-butted Exiles defender Scott Rogers early in the second half. However, despite a number of opportunities County failed to press home their advantage. Attendance - 609.
EXILES SIGN BRADLEY ON LOAN
Aug 17 - Mansfield Town forward Jason Bradley has joined Newport County on a month's loan. County, managed by Town's boss twin brother Dean Holdsworth, have taken Bradley on a month's loan.Manager David Holdsworth told www.mansfieldtown.net: "We feel that we must keep Jason fresh and make sure he maintains match fitness."
COUNTY FIGHT-BACK FOR DRAW WITH LEWES
Aug 15 - Newport County struggled to re-capture their form of Wednesday night as they came up against an obdurate and well organised Lewes side at Newport Stadium this afternoon. In a low quality affair the two sides ended with two goals apiece. The wind had a significant impact upon proceedings. Lewes played with the elements in the first half and had the better of play initially. In particular, County's left side was frequently exposed defensively. Inevitably Lewes attacked County's weakness and scored their first goal with Sam Crabb putting the ball away after 31 minutes. Newport were generally poor in the first stanza but were denied an opportunity when the officials bizarrely overlooked a clear back pass to Lewes keeper Rikki Banks.
The Exiles were sent out early in the second half by manager Holdsworth after their disappointing opening 45 minutes. Following concerted early pressure they scored from a Foley tap in as they slipped the Lewes offside trap. They then created a number of opportunities, Cochlin's header hit the bar and Sam Foley's excellent free kick was tipped way by Banks. However, Lewes enjoyed a brief spell of pressure midway through the half and scored against the run of play from a move once again on the right of Newport's defence. Joe Keehan neatly putting away the winner after 61 minutes.
Newport huffed and puffed thereafter without making much impact and seemed destined to lose. But with four minutes remaining Danny Rose found himself in space and with just the goalkeeper to beat produced a composed finish to net the equaliser. Attendance - 1201.
STORMING WIN FOR EXILES
Aug 12 - Newport County fans turned out in large numbers to see an impressive 3-1 win over Hampton and Richmond at Newport Stadium tonight. They took the lead on 21 minutes when Paul Cochlin appeared to flick in a Danny Rose cross. After 40 minutes hero turned villain as Cochlin handled the ball in the box, from the resulting penalty Glyn Thompson pulled off an excellent save. Substitute Dave Gilroy added County's second after 70 minutes. Wells pulled a goal back from Hampton shortly afterwards. As the tension increased frustration boiled over and the Exiles' Nathan Davies and Dean Wells were sent off for punches thrown. Sam Foley scored in stoppage time to ease the pressure. Attendance - 1185.
PROMISING START TO CAMPAIGN FOR COUNTY
Aug 8 - Newport County started their Blue Square South campaign with a goalless draw away to Bishop's Stortford this afternoon. Cheered on by 300 travelling fans the Exiles had the edge over Bishop’s Stortford throughout the game but failed to convert their chances. The best fell to Sam Foley on 11 minutes, but his shot was well tipped away by Bishop’s Stortford keeper Nicky Eyre.After the break Foley again had a good chance for Dean Holdsworth’s side but fired over the Stortford bar.
COUNTY DRAW FINAL RUN-OUT
Aug 1 - County's final run out ahead of a season of high expectations came at Cold Bath Road this afternoon where an inexperienced side fought out a disappointing nil all draw with Caerleon.
LEEDS TOO STRONG FOR COUNTY
July 31 - A young Leeds United side were strong for Newport County this evening. Manager Dean Holdsworth used the match to test the strength of his squad ahead of his first meaningful game on August 8. Leeds' goals in their 2-0 victory came from Somma and Elliott. Attendance - 710.
COUNTY SEND STOKE PACKING
July 29 - Newport County played superb football to send Stoke City packing at Newport Stadium last night. The Stoke squad contained nine players with experience of Premier League football but they were well beaten by a tenacious and hard working Exiles team. Danny Rose put Newport ahead after 64 minutes with a fierce left footed strike, Paul Cochlin sealed it three minutes from time. Attendance - 603.
CARMARTHEN BEATEN BY EXILES
July 25- Newport County beat Carmarthen Town 3-2 at Cwmbran Stadium this afternoon with two goals from Foley and one from Hartrick. Next up Premiership side Stoke City at Spytty on Wednesday, kick off 7.30pm.
COUNTY BEAT CALDICOT
July 21 - County beat Caldicot Town 8-1 in a friendly match on Monday night. Goals came from Kevin Hughes (2), Gilroy, Foley (2), Piotrowski, Maynard, and Takumi Ake.
COUNTY GO DOWN IN LATEST FRIENDLY
July 18 - Newport County went down 2-0 today at Spytty this afternoon against Conference opposition Mansfield Town, managed by Dean Holdworth's twin brother David. Kyle Perry scored both goals for the Stags either side of half time.
NEWPORT COUNTY 11 ABERGAVENNY 1
July 16 - Newport County disposed of local side Abergavenny Thursdays by eleven goals to one tonight. Scott Armitage led the way with four goals. Steve Hollingworth scored for Abergavenny. County goals - S.Armitage 4 : K.Leek 2 : D Maynard 2 : P.Cochlin : J. Barrett : J.Davies
COUNTY OPEN WITH LOCAL FRIENDLY
July 15 - County opened their pre-season campaign with a 1-0 friendly defeat to Southern League Merthyr. The Exiles shared the gate receipts at Cwmbran Stadium with their local rivals. Ten minutes from time Merthyr's Tom Harris got the winner. Attendance - 341. County: Glyn Thompson, Ali Gibb, Martyn Giles (Matt Smith 71), Kris Leek (Josh Hartridge 33), Gary Colborne (Aaron Cook 65), Paul Cochlin, Danny Rose (Ricky Manship 38), Sam Foley, Craig Reid (Tom Piotrowski 71), Dave Gilroy (Dean Maynard 62), Takumi Ake (Scott Armitage 78).
NEWPORT COUNTY FIXTURES 09/10
July 3 - The Blue Square South fixture list was published today. Find County's here.
HENRY SIGNS UP FOR EXILES
June 18 - Newport County has announced the signing today of midfielder Charlie Henry from Havant & Waterlooville. Dean Holdsworth commented "Henry is a quality player who I have admired for a long time and I am thrilled that we have reached a deal. He will be a great addition to our squad."
COUNTY SET OUT BLUEPRINT FOR SUCCESS
May 15 - Newport County's loyal and long suffering fans can look forward to a determined promotion push in the 2009/10 season following the release of their business plan to supporters earlier this week. BarAmber was packed with 300 fans who turned up to see the plans unveiled for the financing and restructuring of the club for next season. County directors including newly appointed General Manager Tim Harris explained how Newport County AFC plan to maximise its income and commercial opportunities to fund the running of the club and give Team Manager Dean Holdsworth a budget to compete with the best teams in the league. According to the club's website "It was calculated that club expenses were expected to amount to £150,000 for the 2009-10 season which would be met by crowds continuing to average 850 for league matches, plus a small proportion generated from cup matches and pre-season friendlies. A playing budget of £5,000 per week was assessed to be the minimum requirement to fund a squad capable of competing in Blue Square South and the original target was to generate £200,000 over a 40 week season by attracting donations, revenue and sponsorship in chunks (segments) of £5,000. However, a great response from the Supporters Trust together with contributions from other sources means that 60 segments are already committed, so a weekly playing budget of £8,000 now looks achievable."
County will be playing seven pre-season friendlies including home matches against Mansfield Town (July 18) and Premiership side Stoke City (July 29).
TIM HARRIS RETURNS AS GENERAL MANAGER
May 7 - The Newport County close season revolution continues - in perhaps the most significant move so far the Exiles welcome back former team manager Tim Harris to the post of general manager on May 12.
Tim Harris joined County first as Team Manager in June 1997 following our relegation from the Premier Division of the Southern League and, after a season of consolidation led us to promotion in 1999 when they finished runners-up in the Midland Division. They finished comfortably in the top half of the Premier Division in each of the following three seasons and were only minutes away from a famous FA Cup victory at Blackpool in November 2001 before the Football League club forced a replay with a penalty. Tim left the Exiles in the autumn of 2002 and has since had spells in charge at Forest Green Rovers, Merthyr Tydfil and Gloucester City. He moved upstairs to become General Manager at Gloucester and, in the last season, has overseen their promotion to the Blue Square Conference, despite their playing their home games in exile in Cirencester.
In other news, full back Steve Jenkins has left County to join Llanelli Town, and manager Dean Holdsworth was awarded the Conference South manager of the month award for April.
FIXTURES 2009 - 2010
UP THE COUNTY!
LEAGUE TABLE here
Home fixtures in capitals. CS denotes Conference South A - Abandoned FAt- FA Trophy FA - FA Cup