NEWPORT COUNTY 2010/11

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. They won the Blue Square South in 2009/10 and now sit proudly in the Conference, on the verge of returning to the Football League. For more information http://www.newport-county.co.uk/

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HUDSON SLAMS OFFER FOR WARREN

May 30 - Newport County manager Anthony Hudson says he has secured his first target of the summer by signing Craig McAllister. Striker McAllister, 30, scored 13 goals in 47 games for Crawley Town last term. County have also signed 32-year old goalkeeper Danny Potter from Torquay United. Potter started his career as a youngster with Chelsea and has also played for Cambridge United and Canvey Island.

County boss Anthony Hudson says Cheltenham  will need to make a significantly higher bid to prise Gary Warren away. Cheltenham have thus far made a £10,000 offer for the central defender, who is Newport's club captain. Chris Todd has signed for Forest Green Rovers and Glyn Garner has also moved on. Midfielder Eddie Odhiambo has not been offered a new deal and on loan players Kerry Morgan, Yemi Odubade, Charlie Griffin and Graeme Montgomery will not be returning next season. Hudson states Jamie Collins is likely to sign for another club shortly as he re-shapes his squad.

Pre-season friendlies announced include a July 16 home clash with Stoke City.

COUNTY GO FULL TIME

May 20 - Newport County are to become a professional football club in a bid to return to the Football League. After a solid first season in the Blue Square Bet Premier, County have decided to adopt a full-time approach as they build for the future.

The Welsh club finished ninth in non-league's top-flight and general manager Tim Harris confirmed Newport will go professional in a "bid to progress".

"We feel the best way to go forward is become a full-time club," said Harris.

SEASON TICKETS FOR 11/12 NOW ON SALE

May 8 - The new season ticket is available to purchase here. Generally, prices have increased by £20 with standalone admission prices also set to go up by £1 to £15 for the seated stand and £14 for the terraces. Reserved seats must be booked before June 17th and the first 100 renewals receive a replica Junior Exiles shirt.

County play Croesyceliog at Pen-Y-Pound Stadium, Abergavenny in the Gwent Senior Cup Final, next Saturday, kick off 2pm

EXILES IN SEVENTH HEAVEN

Apr 30 - Newport County finished the season in seventh heaven as they blasted their biggest win since 1998. The Exiles beat Gateshead 7-1 after the home side took an early lead through Gary Mulligan. Gateshead keeper Tim Deasy conceded a penalty and was sent off after pulling down Tom Miller. Jamie Collins scored the spot-kick and then added another just before half time. County were unstoppable thereafter capitalising on their one man advantage with second half goals from Todd, Miller, Rose, Baker and Griffin.

CRAWLEY BATTLE HOME

Apr 25 - Champions Crawley Town maintained their march to the Football League with a battling victory at Newport. Dean Howell was the unlikely match-winner as the defender fired in his first goal of the season from 20-yards that arrowed into the top corner. A crowd of 2026 included 41 visiting fans from Sussex.

ALTRINCHAM HUMBLED

Apr 23 - Newport County continued their run of good form under Anthony Hudson. Centre-back Gary Warren gave County the lead from close range after Charlie Griffin flicked on Danny Rose's corner. Jamie Collins doubled the lead when he latched onto Griffin's slide-rule pass, before Foley wrapped up the points by converting Collins' cross. Dale Johnson headed a late, scrambled consolation for Altrincham.

COUNTY HAMMER BARROW

Apr 16 - Darryl Knights scored twice but missed the chance for a hat-trick as Newport blasted five past Barrow. He missed a penalty. Centre half Gary Warren headed home after eight minutes and Knights added the second five minutes later. Foley scored himself, before Knights headed a fiurth. Unfortunately, he skied  a penalty over the bar. Newport added a fifth after the break when Kerry Morgan found the top corner.

EXILES LOSE AT YORK

Apr 10 - Newport County's recent good run ended with a 2-1 defeat to York yesterday. The 2565 crowd saw York's Michael Rankine score the opener five minutes into the second half when he slotted home a penalty after being brought down by Chris Todd on fifty minutes. Rankine crossed to give strike partner Jamie Reed a simple header at the far post after seventy minutes. Jamie Collins pulled a goal a back in the final minute from six yards after Gary Warren's flick from a long ball.

FIRST WIN FOR HUDSON

Apr 5 - Anthony Hudson began his reign as Newport County manager with a win against Darlington. Charlie Griffin fired in off a Kerry Morgan cross to put the home side ahead, before Darryl Knights slotted in a second to double the lead. Aman Verma drove in a shot from the edge of the area to pull a goal back for the visitors. The Quakers were unable to find an equaliser as County held on to secure all three points.

EXILES COME BACK TO BEAT GRIMSBY

Apr 2 - Newly appointed Newport manager Anthony Hudson watched from the stands as his team battled back from a goal down to beat Grimsby Town at Spytty Park.

In Tim Harris' final match as County's caretaker manager, the visitors took the lead when Michael Coulson capitalised on an Andrew Hughes slip. Darryl Knights levelled from close range seven minutes later after being set up by James Collins' header. And the home side snatched victory when Chris Todd calmly slotted home after 72 minutes.

HUDSON IN AS MANAGER

Apr 1 - Newport County have named Tottenham Hotspur reserve team coach Anthony Hudson as their new manager. The 30-year-old, son of former England and Chelsea midfielder Alan, succeeds Dean Holdsworth who left for League Two side Aldershot in January. Hudson has come highly recommended to County from Spurs boss Harry Redknapp

COUNTY BEAT GATESHEAD

Mar 29 - Goals from Chris Todd and Andrew Hughes gave Newport victory over Gateshead, who are without a win in six games. Newport were given an early boost when Todd volleyed into the top corner from 12 yards out.

Gateshead's Kris Gate had a shot tipped over by Glyn Thompson, but Hughes doubled the home lead soon after half-time, heading in Darryl Knight's cross. The Tynesiders halved the deficit when Nathan Fisher finished from 12 yards, but Newport held on.

WREXHAM EDGE OUT COUNTY

Mar 26 - Andy Mangan's solo strike was enough to keep Wrexham in fourth and strengthened their play-off hopes in the Welsh derby at the Racecourse. Managan struck 16 minutes from time, reacting first to a quickly-taken throw-in and rattling home his 11th goal of the season in off the bar. Andy Morrell came close for Wrexham in the first half, heading Neil Ashton's free-kick straight at Glyn Thompson. Jamie Collins had Newport's best chance but blasted over from seven yards.

POOR DRAW FOR EXILES

Mar 20 - Forest Green Rovers moved into the Blue Square Bet Premier drop zone despite earning a point against Newport County. Reece Styche went close for the struggling hosts but the Forest Green striker fired over before County's Yemi Odubade tested Rovers keeper James Bittner.

County upped the ante and substitute Charlie Griffin enjoyed three chances, the closest forcing a save from Bittner but Forest Green held on for just their second draw in six matches.

COUNTY SECURE FIRST WIN OF 2011

Mar 13 - Captain Gary Warren inspired Newport County to their first win in 2011 as his second-half header sealed victory over struggling Altrincham. Damian Reeves gave the visitors the lead as he fired past County keeper Glyn Thompson after only 40 seconds.

But County levelled as Carl Piergianni nodded Wayne Hatswell's header across the six-yard box into his own net. And after Chris Todd had an effort cleared off the line, defender Warren headed in Danny Rose's cross.

FLEETWOOD LATE GOALS SINK EXILES

Mar 6 - Two goals from Gareth Seddon and another from George Donnelly helped Fleetwood ease past Newport County at Spytty as the Exiles can't buy a win at the moment. Seddon's first came from a penalty after Sean Clancy's cross struck Danny Rose's hand. Tom Miller was red carded for a late tackle on Jamie McGuire after 70 minutes. Newport levelled with a Gary Warren header after 74 minutes inside the six-yard box, but after 80 minutes a Fleetwood counter attack saw Jamie Mullan set up Seddon for his second. George Donnelly sealed the win in injury time.

COUNTY FIGHT BACK FOR DRAW

Mar 1 - Jamie Collins' second-half penalty earned Newport a point against Cambridge United at Spytty tonight. Newport fought back after a ninth-minute strike from Simon Russell sailed into the left corner. But Collins equalised from the spot after Cambridge goalkeeper Simon Brown pushed Robbie Matthews in the area.

COUNTY CONTINUE RAPID DESCENT

Feb 27 - Newport County are still to record a 2011 win after a 2-0 loss at Kettering Town followed a run of four draws. Striker Jean Paul Marna gave Kettering the lead as he fired Liam McDonald's ball into the bottom corner from close-range after 8 ,imutes. The hosts went further ahead two minutes later as County defender Gary Warren diverted Callum Wilson's low cross into his own net. Kettering ended the game with 10 men as keeper Willy Gueret was sent off.

COUNTY DENIED AT BATH

Feb 23 - Bath City rescued a Blue Square Bet Premier point against Newport as the Exiles slipped to yet another draw. All four goals were scored in a frenetic first 23 minutes. Striker Scott Murray gave Bath a lead, scoring in an empty net after County keeper Glyn Thompson missed his clearing kick. Yemi Odubade levelled in his first start as the County striker fired in from Graeme Montgomery's set-up. Wayne Hatswell's 35-yarder gave County a brief lead before Bath's Lee Phillips responded with his own 20-yard effort.

BIG CROWD SEE COUNTY GRAB POINT

Feb 19 - Jamie Collins retrieved a point for Newport County  with a stoppage-time penalty as they held Luton Town at Spytty last night. A crowd of 2834 saw debutant Robbie Willmott score for Luton from close range after 18 minutes . County had a penalty appeal turned down as Graeme Montgomery was tackled. Kerry Morgan got the ball in the Hatters net but it was ruled out offside. In injury time Paul Carden fouled Wayne Hatswell and Collins saved a point from the spot to the jubilation of home fans.

COUNTY SURRENDER THREE GOAL LEAD

Feb 13 - Ten-man Newport County surrendered a three goal lead but held on to draw with Blue Square Bet Premier rivals Mansfield Town. In an amazing first half goals from Robbie Matthews, Charlie Griffin and Danny Rose put Newport ahead before Louis Moult pulled one back for Mansfield. Newport captain Chris Todd was sent off for fouling Moult in the box and Louis Briscoe scored from the penalty. Moult then headed home to complete Mansfield's first-half comeback.

COUNTY END POOR RUN BUT SQUANDER CHANCES

Jan 29 - Newport County ended their poor run with a point in a goalless draw at crisis-club Histon yesterday. It could have been so much more as County squandered a number of chances to win the game including a penalty. Histon goalkeeper Joe Welch saved Craig Reid's penalty kick, after Zac Mills brought down Kerry Morgan in the box. Histon are bottom of the Blue Square Bet Premier after receiving a five point deduction for submitting misleading financial information.

EXILES DROP OUT OF PLAY OFF SPOTS

Jan 23 - Tim Harris' first league game in charge of Newport ended in defeat as their winless start to 2011 continued. Michael Gash put Rushden ahead finishing Aaron O'Connor's cross from close range.

Danny Rose levelled from the spot before O'Connor put the visitors back in front with a fine individual run. Rose missed another penalty in the closing stages and Rushden went up the other end with substitute Matt Johnson sealing the win.

MANSFIELD KNOCK COUNTY OUT OF CUP

Jan 16 - Mansfield Town condemned Newport County to their third successive defeat to knock the Exiles out of the FA Trophy. Paul Connor gave Mansfield the lead as he tapped in after the ball rebounded off the post before his second created by strike-partner Keigan Parker. Parker added a third for the Stags but a Gary Silk own goal gave Newport hope after Kerry Morgan's shot. Striker Robbie Matthews scored a second for County but Louis Bricoe's late goal scuppered any Newport comeback hopes.

HOLDSWORTH LEAVES COUNTY

Jan 14 - Former Newport County boss Dean Holdsworth has been appointed manager at Aldershot Town. The 42-year-old has signed a two-and-a-half year deal and is joined by County assistant boss Matthew Bishop. The former Wimbledon and Bolton striker took charge of his last game at Newport when they lost 3-2 at Tamworth on Tuesday night. In a statement Newport County thanked Holdsworth "We thank Dean for his fantastic work at the club and he leaves us in a play off position in the Conference. The work now continues onwards and upwards both on and off the field and to make the correct signings to push for a play off position."

Newport County have appointed Tim Harris as caretaker-manager in the wake of Dean Holdsworth's surprise move to League Two side Aldershot. Harris switches from his role as the Blue Square Bet Premier club's director of football hoping to continue their promotion challenge. Player-coach Wayne Hartswell and Kevin Cooper will assist Harris.

RODMAN HAT-TRICK CONDEMNS EXILES

Jan 13 - Tamworth's Alex Rodman hit a hat-trick to give Newport County boss Dean Holdsworth a losing send off in the Blue Square Bet Premier.

Craig Reid twice put Newport ahead with neat finishes from the edge of the box. But Rodman headed home his first, and crashed in a 20-yarder before firing home an injury-time penalty after Newport's Gary Warren was sent off. County captain Warren caught Kyle Perry with his hand in the penalty area, giving Rodman the chance to seal Tamworth's win.

SOUTHPORT LATE SHOW BEATS COUNTY

Jan 9 - A stoppage-time Tony Gray penalty completed a late turnaround for Southport as they beat Newport County after the Exiles had outplayed the home side for most of the encounter. Newport were rewarded for a dominant first half when Chris Todd converted a Graeme Montgomery cross from six yards. The visitors had chances to stretch their lead and were made to pay on 87 minutes when Southport's Kevin Lee headed home Rob Marsh-Evans' cross. A dramatic Southport win was sealed when Mike Powell was adjudged to have been fouled by Todd in the penalty area and Gray slotted home.

EXILES PULL OUT OF DEAL

Jan 9 - Newport County Manager Dean Holdsworth has pulled out of the deal to sign Ade Akinbiyi. Holdsworth told the BBC "We've made a decision, myself and the board, to not proceed any further. We'll work... we'll look at players and I'm sure there will be [other signings] but right now we've got to make sure we look after the players and stick together and get ready for Tuesday [at Tamworth]."

COUNTY SIGN VETERAN STRIKER

Jan 8 - Newport County have produced a stunning coup by signing 36-year old former Nigeria international striker Ade Akinbiyi until the end of the season. Akinbiyi had been training with Premiership side Stoke City and comes to Newport on the recommendation of Stoke's Newport born manager Tony Pulis.

It’s a coup for the Exiles with Akinbiyi having once signed for then Premier League club Leicester City for £5.5m in 2000. Although he was briefly christened the Premier League's worst striker by the Sun and some fans referred to him as Ade Akinbadbuyi. He is now a free agent and has decided to link up with County, though he will not travel to struggling Southport today. Instead he will join Dean Holdsworth’s men for the first time on Monday and then be included in the squad to travel to Tamworth on Tuesday. Holdsworth said: “Ade will be a good signing for the club and will meet the team on Monday at training."

Akinbiyi will wear the number 41 shirt. Previous clubs notably included Wolverhampton (39 games, 16 goals). Hackney born Akinbiyi completed a £2.6 million move to Burnley in February 2005, but marked his debut by getting sent off within two minutes for head butting Sunderland player George McCartney. After netting 16 times for the Clarets, he moved to Sheffield United for a then club record £1.75 million in January 2006.Akinbiyi was soon resold to Burnley in January 2007 for a fee of £650,000 with a further £100,000 to be paid in the summer of 2007. His second debut for the Clarets was more successful, scoring a goal against top flight Reading in the FA Cup. During the rest of the 2006–07 season, Akinbiyi was not as successful as during his first spell at Turf Moor, scoring three goals. This was attributed by Steve Cotterill to Akinbiyi having spent too much time in the weights room at Sheffield United and as a result being too bulky. His hard work and endeavour made him a firm fans' favourite. His ultimate moment for Burnley came when he came on from the the bench in the fifth round of the League Cup against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and in the 69th minute he scored to make it 1–1 and take the match into extra time. Burnley then won 5–4 on penalties.

Latterly, after a brief spell playing for Houston Dynamos he joined Notts County but was released in May 2010 having played ten games and not scoring a goal. You Tube action of Akinbiyi playing and missing for Notts County, excuse language, here and his playing immortalised here

WIMBLEDON FIGHT BACK IN NEW YEAR CLASSIC

Jan 3 - Newport County were held by Wimbledon in a fine New Year holiday match at Newport Stadium. The Exiles were unable to retain a two goal lead as Rashid Yussuff rescued a point for  the leaders with eight minutes to play.

Chris Todd's first goal this term broke the deadlock for County as he converted Danny Rose's cross after a scramble. New signing Graeme Montgomery then teed-up Jamie Collins for his first goal after a brilliant counter attack before James Mulley fired Wimbledon back into it after 28 minutes. Collins headed his second from Darryl Knights' corner after 36 minutes. Wimbledon rallied in the second half as Sam Hatton scored a 25-yard free-kick before sub Yussuff's agonising leveller. County drop to fourth.

AGONY FOR EXILES

Jan 1 - Despite a dominant performance Newport County were left without a point at home to Bath City this afternoon. The Exiles were hit by Gethin Jones deep in injury time as Bath City grabbed the spoils 2-1 in front of a 2,903 crowd.

The Bath captain headed home from close range after the visitors had seen an effort cleared off the line. Kaid Mohamed had given Bath the lead just before the hour mark when he beat the offside trap to fire home a through-ball. Craig Reid levelled for Newport, turning home Darryl Knights' pass but it was not enough to secure a point.

EXILES IN SIGNING SPREE

Jan 1 - Promotion-chasing Newport County have secured three new recruits for when the January transfer window opens.

Midfielder Mike Fowler and left-back or left midfielder Curtis McDonald will join from Blue Square Bet Premier rivals Forest Green Rovers. Holding midfield player Wayne Turk will sign for Rovers after agreeing to make his loan move from County permanent. Veteran defender Wayne Hatswell, 35, will join County from Irish club Dundalk as player-coach.

County have also signed Dagenham & Redbridge winger Graeme Montgomery on loan for the rest of the season. The 22-year-old has made just three league appearances this season. Meanwhile, striker John Challinor, midfielder Christian Smith and winger Kerry Morgan have all left the club.

Today's match against Bath (and Monday's v Wimbledon) are no longer all ticket. Tickets can be purchased at the turnstiles.

BIGNOT SEALS VICTORY

Dec 28 - Full back Paul Bignot scored the vital goal to give Newport County victory over his former club Kidderminster. Striker Craig Reid put the visitors in front from Odhiambo's pass before Tom Shaw put through his own net to give County a 2-0 lead at half time. The Harriers stormed back after the break with County keeper Glyn Thompson's errors contributing to their equalising goals. Matty Blair headed in a Callum Gittings cross and Jamille Matt struck from the edge of the area to level. Bignot though recovered the lead for County after 82 minutes to send Exiles fans in to ecstasy. County go second.

BATH FIXTURE OFF

Dec 26 - Bath City's bumper Boxing Day fixture against Newport County has been called off due to a frozen Twerton Park pitch. Bath officials had hoped their big Blue Square Premier Bet Conference clash would beat the cold weather so delayed any inspection until Sunday.

But the Bath pitch is frozen so a local referee postponed the match because of temperatures of minus ten overnight. But the only Conference game that was not postponed on Christmas Eve was called off before County fans left Newport for the game. A date for the rearranged fixture has yet to be decided.

COUNTY RECOVER TO DRAW

Dec 18 - Robbie Matthews rescued a point for Newport County at freezing Fleetwood in the Blue Square Bet Premier. Fleetwood had taken the lead when Magno Vieira beat Newport goalkeeper Glyn Thompson from six yards. County should have levelled when Jonathan Worthington fouled Darryl Knights in the area, but Scott Davies saved Craig Reid's resulting penalty. But Reid made amends with 15 minutes remaining when he set up Matthews, who made no mistake from close range.

EXILES HELD IN CUP MATCH

Dec 11 - Newport County were held 0-0 at home in their FA Trophy encounter with Ryman League side Wealdstone yesterday. The Exiles did get the ball in the net through Todd but after referee Huxtable initially awarded the goal he consulted his linesman who stated Todd had handled the ball. There were other chances mostly for County but the match ended without a goal and will now be replayed in Wealdstone on Monday night. Att - 1070. County won the replay 1-0.

CAMBRIDGE GAME - Match postponed

COUNTY BEAT HAYES

Nov 27 - Newport continued their challenge at the top end of the Blue Square Bet Premier League with victory over Hayes & Yeading at Spytty Park.

Darryl Knights put the hosts ahead after four minutes, twisting and turning in the box before sending the ball in to the bottom left-hand corner. Craig Reid hit home from the penalty spot on 67 minutes to double the lead after Adam Bygrave fouled Alan Goodall. Bradley Pritchard's neat 12-yard strike made it 2-1 in injury-time.

EXILES SEE OFF SOUTHPORT

Nov 20 - Second-half goals from Ben Wright and Craig Reid were enough for Newport to see off Southport and end their run of four games without a win.

Wright gave the hosts the lead eight minutes after the break beating Southport keeper Tony McMillan in a one-on-one situation. And 13 minutes later, Reid sealed the win with his 13th goal of the season, finishing in the bottom corner. Steve Daly came closest for Southport, his shot just going wide of the post.

COUNTY END POOR RUN

November 13 - Newport County brought their recent poor run of form to an end with a goalless draw at Eastbourne yesterday. The hosts had Joe Partington sent off after 72 minutes for a second bookable offence, having earlier been booked for unsporting behaviour. Newport striker Craig Reid saw two good chances fail. Home goalkeeper Rikki Banks tipped a Reid header over the bar, before the forward's close range shot was blocked on the line.

COUNTY LOSE AT BARROW

Nov 6 - Nick Chadwick starred as struggling Barrow came from behind to narrowly see off Newport County. The Exiles took the lead when Gary Warren powerfully headed home from a Danny Rose corner. After Robbie Matthews missed a guilt- edged chance to put Newport two up, Chadwick's clever knock-down was despatched expertly by Jason Walker. The comeback was completed by Chadwick with an excellent finish that gave Exiles keeper Glyn Thompson no chance.

END OF HOME RECORD FOR COUNTY

Oct 31 - James Dance scored twice as Kettering came from behind to end Newport's unbeaten home league run, which stretched back to March 2009. Charlie Henry put the Exiles ahead early on with a shot from outside the area before Dance levelled with a close-range header after being left unmarked.

Kettering were reduced to 10 men after the break when Greg Taylor was sent off for a foul on Kerry Morgan. But Dance then headed in a second after again being left free in the area.

REVENGE FOR CRAWLEY

October 24 - Crawley Town exacted revenge for last week's league defeat to Newport County by winning 1-0 in the FA Cup 4th Qualifier at Spytty. In a tightly contested game the balance of decisions went against the home side and any goal was always going to be decisive. The defeat ended County's 18-month unbeaten home record.

It looked like it might be County's day when Glyn Thompson made a brilliant penalty save after six minutes. After that the Blue Square Bet Premier rivals produced few chances between them before Craig McAllister settled the clash with a fine effort. Scott Neilson provided the final pass for striker McAllister to deliver the winner with a single touch. In a crowd of 2247 there were 54 travelling Crawley fans.

SUPER COUNTY STUN LEAGUE LEADERS

October 16 - Crawley Town's championship charge was halted in its tracks by a sensational performance from Newport County on Saturday. The Exiles beat the Red Devils 3-2 in an outstanding match watched by 500 travelling fans from Newport.

Danny Rose's long range stunner after 25 minutes opened the scoring for the visitors. But the lead was short lived as Crawley fought back through Richard Brodie's close range finish and Scott Neilson's strike from distance. Craig Reid equalised from 12 yards on 42 minutes before Darryl Knights converted Reid's cross from close range  at the second attempt after 47 minutes to give Newport the lead. County finished the pulsating match strongly with opportunities to extend their lead.

Around 20 spectators, apparently from Newport, were among the home fans and fighting broke out early on. The Newport fans were led away by police and at least one more was ejected later. Crawley are up against Newport, this time at Spytty in the FA Cup, next Saturday.

BRILLIANT COUNTY SEE OFF YORK

October 9 - Newport County produced a brilliant display to confirm their position as contenders in the Conference. Sam Foley and Craig Reid both scored twice as the Exiles thumped York City to move into third place in the Blue Square Bet Premier table. Foley headed in Robbie Matthews' pass from close-range before adding his third goal this season just before the half-hour from Darryl Knights' set-up. Strike partner Reid's close-range shot into the top corner made it 3-0. But Reid saved the best until last when he turned to chip York keeper Mike Ingham for his 11th goal of the season.

TEN MAN COUNTY IN SIX GOAL THRILLER

October 5 - A controversial refereeing decision after eight minutes led to a chaotic and entertaining match at Newport Stadium last night. Robbie Matthews put the Exiles in front after three minutes but five minutes later the referee failed to give a decision in County's favour for a foul on Danny Rose. The ball spilled in to the box and skipper Gary Warren was sent off for a foul. Simon Weatherstone converted the penalty, but Newport were back in front after nineteen minutes through Jamie Collins. County were asleep after the break with Matt Crabb putting Eastbourne level again. Substitute Scott Rogers made it 3-2 to the Exiles with a fine shot from the edge of the box with ten minutes to go. But the Sports had the final say with Matt Langston snatching a last minute draw.

UNBEATEN RUN ENDS

October 2 - Alan Connell goals either side of the break ended Newport County's 11-match unbeaten run and saw Grimsby climb to seventh in the table. Charlie Henry and Sam Foley had early chances, but the visitors' dominance of the early exchanges faded.

EXILES ON FIRE

September 30 - County stormed in to second place in the Conference with a 3-1 victory over Forest Green Rovers at Spytty. Newport suffered an early reverse as Yan Klukowski put struggling Forest Green ahead with a shot from inside the box that had the hint of a deflection.

Robbie Matthews set up Sam Foley to level with a close-range shot, and was also the provider for Reid's first goal, left-footed from close range. County sealed victory when Foley picked out Reid, who scored his ninth of the season off the inside of the post. Newport are now unbeaten in 11 games, since going down on the opening day of the season at Darlington.

COUNTY MAINTAIN WINNING RUN

Sep 27 - A Jamie Collins goal in the third minute of the match was enough for Newport to secure victory at Cambridge. The Exiles made it four wins in a row with a resolute defensive display, putting them up to fifth in the table, two points behind leaders Mansfield.

Dean Holdsworth told Wales Online " I thought we were exceptional, second half I knew we would come under some pressure, but we soaked it up and I’m disappointed we didn’t get a second goal after carving them open three or four times. But I don’t want to take anything away from the lads, they were magnificent. It was a great ball from Danny Rose for the goal. We got a little bit of luck in front of goal and Jamie Collins has got his head on it. Danny Rose was magnificent."

COUNTY FIGHT BACK FOR VICTORY

Sep 21 - Newport County recovered from a first half deficit to record a 2-1 victory in a fine game at Hayes and Yeading. The Exiles went behind after 39 minutes following a scruffy goal for United by Michael Malcolm after poor defensive work by Newport. Craig Reid was quick off the mark with a header after 47 minutes and Gary Warren made it two with a header after 55 following a fine move from a corner kick. Thereafter, County dominated affairs and played out a comfortable victory in front of a sizeable contingent of Exiles' fans.

STUNNING GOAL SEALS COUNTY WIN

Sep 19 - A stunning Danny Rose goal sealed an excellent victory for Newport County over obdurate and well organised opposition yesterday afternoon. The midfielder steamed in as per the County song from over thirty metres out to meet a corner kick and netted with a stunning drive. Otherwise the two sides were equal and playing a near stalemate tactically. Mansfield's Keigan Parker and the Exiles Paul Bignot were both red-carded.

REID SEALS AWAY WIN FOR COUNTY

Sep 12 - A sixth goal for Craig Reid sealed a vital away from Newport County at Rushden and Diamonds yesterday. Winger Charlie Henry twice went close and Sam Foley also missed a great chance but County came away with three points to move up into ninth place. Rushden were unbeaten at home since last December but Reid ended that run after 33 minutes.

KNIGHTS TO THE RESCUE

Sept 6 - Darryl Knights, a late substitution, scored the equaliser for Newport two minutes from time in this poor quality Welsh derby against Wrexham. The North Walians dominated the first forty five minutes and thoroughly deserved their slender lead albeit from an Andy Morrell shot that had taken a huge deflection to veer past Glyn Thompson. County offered little attacking threat in the first half but significantly upped their game in the second. A mazy Charlie Henry run in to the penalty area ended with the winger being pulled down by Neil Ashton, who was shown a straight red card, but Craig Reid slipped as he took his spot-kick, sending it against the bar to the dismay of most of the 3,206 crowd. Newport pressed hard for their goal, a Foley volley was palmed away as was an attempt by Odihambo. But it was Knights who came to the rescue as he struck a deflected shot home from close range, maintaining County's ground record and their good recent run.

COUNTY SUPERB FIGHT BACK FOR DRAW

August 31 - County's 429 travelling fans received just reward for their support with another outstanding result in the Conference for the Exiles. A Craig Reid double inspired Newport to a well-earned point in a 2-2 draw at top-of-the-table AFC Wimbledon.

Danny Kedwell's early penalty gave the Dons the lead after Eddie Odhiambo had fouled Sammy Moore in the box. Striker Reid levelled with a 25th-minute penalty after Ismail Yakubu had brought down Robbie Matthews. Kedwell turned provider as Christian Jolley put the hosts ahead but Reid's late strike, his fifth this term but his first in open play, means County are now unbeaten in five games.

SUPER COUNTY BLOW HARRIERS AWAY

August 30 - A highly accomplished display by Newport County at Newport Stadium swept Kidderminster Harriers aside as the Exiles stormed to a 3-0 victory in front of 2,026 fans.

Robbie Matthews opened the scoring on 34 minutes with a superbly struck free kick to the top-right corner of the Kidderminster goal. With half-time looming, a Keith Briggs hand ball gave Reid a spot kick, the striker netting his 50th Newport goal. Jack Byrne's foul on ex-Harriers man Matthews gave Reid his second spot kick after the break, leaving the visitors without a win since the opening day. Dean Holdsworth told the BBC ""We haven't been beaten [at home] for a long time, we're a force here and there's a lot of pride in that dressing room to make sure we carry on that record."

COUNTY EARN FINE POINT AT LEAGUE LEADERS

August 24 - Newport County earned an excellent away point at league leaders Luton Town tonight. County's Charlie Henry opened the scoring with a low shot against the run of play in the 26th minute. Zdenek Kroca levelled from a corner five minutes later. Matthew Barnes-Homer saw a penalty saved by Thompson after Danny Crow was tripped and Town midfielder Keith Keane was sent off on 90minutes for a bad tackle. Att -6945.

CARELESS COUNTY THROW AWAY LEAD

August 22 - Newport County carelessly threw away a two goal advantage against Histon at Spytty Park yesterday. The Exiles took the lead with a brilliant strike from Danny Rose, a sweetly timed shot after Histon failed to clear. Robbie Matthews doubled the lead on 18 minutes after Craig Reid worked space to put in a near-post cross.

However, a defensive mix up allowed Romone McCrae to pull a goal back before half time. Thereafter, County seemed to lose confidence and on 64 minutes Erkan Okay's long-range strike saved Histon. Foley and Morgan added thrust to County's attacking game but they could not find the winner, a harsh lesson in a tough league. Att -1927.

COUNTY MATCH TO BE TELEVISED

Aug 20 - The Welsh derby between Newport County and Wrexham is to be on televised and has been put back to Sunday, 5 September with a 1300 BST kick off.

The two sides were due to meet for the first time at Spytty Park on Saturday 4 September, but a new pay-per-view television deal has been struck and the game moved. The services of Kerry Morgan have been secured at least until the January transfer window. The Swansea player was a key part of Newport's squad last season.

COUNTY FIGHT BACK FOR DRAW

Aug 17 - Newport County fought back to draw 1-1 against a well organised Tamworth side at Newport Stadium this evening.  I was barely in my place in the terrace before Tamworth had taken the lead. Sloppy defensive work left Michael Wylde clear to glance in a header from close range after three minutes. County struggled to break down the Tamworth defence often opting for the high ball but showed much more spark in the second half. Their most creative player Sam Foley sped in to the box only to be pulled down by Richard Tait. Craig Reid struck the penalty home after 71 minutes to level the scores. Attendance - 2217

DEANO CALLS FOR FANS TO ROAR COUNTY ON

Aug 16 - Dean Holdsworth believes County's fans will have a vital role to play in their second Conference game against Tamworth at Newport Stadium tomorrow (7.45 kick off). The Exiles went down 1-0 at Darlington despite dominating the second half.

Newport will be without Wayne Turk (knee ligament) and Lee Barker (foot) for the visit of Tamworth, but striker Sam Foley returns to the side. Foley has recovered from a thigh injury and managed to play 22 minutes in their 1-0 defeat by Darlington on Saturday. Seb Lake-Gaskin faces a late fitness test for Tamworth and may not travel to Newport. Fellow midfielder and new recruit Stefan Oakes may have to settle for a place on the bench.

COUNTY GO DOWN FIGHTING

Aug 14 - Newport County first game in the Conference ending in a 1-0 defeat to Darlington. Liam Hatch's fourth minute strike secured victory for the team relegated from League Two last season. The England semi-pro striker's header from Paul Arnison's deep free-kick was the difference. County keeper Glyn Thompson was AWOL as the ball bounced several times before ending in the Exiles net. County dominated in the second-half and home keeper Sam Russell made a string of top-class saves to deny Charlie Henry, Jamie Collins and Craig Reid. Att - 2597.

EXILES DRAW AT GLOUCESTER

Aug 8 - Newport County drew 1-1 at Gloucester in their final pre-season friendly. The hosts' Darren Mullings scored after 16 minutes, but Giuseppe Sole levelled 10 minutes later at Whaddon Road.

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

July 29 - 700 plus Exiles fans paid tribute to Newport County legend Nathan Davies in a testimonial match at Spytty Park last night. A Nathan Davies XI was beaten by a strong County side four goals to nil. But the result was an irrelevance. The crowd and County officials recognised one of their most loyal and enduring stars during a difficult period for the club.

Nathan Davies made his debut on 2 December 1998 in the Gwent Senior Cup, a 2-0 victory over Fields Park, Pontllanfraith. He made a total of 383 appearances scoring 16 goals. His last appearance for County was on 3 April 2010, a 4-1 League win over Maidenhead.

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.

 

 

 

 

  FIXTURES 2010 - 2011

 UP THE COUNTY!

LEAGUE TABLE here

Aug14 Darlington C 0 1 2597
Aug17

TAMWORTH

C 1 1 2217
Aug21

HISTON

C 2 2 1927
Aug24

Luton

C 1 1 6945
Aug28

KIDDERMINSTER

C 3 0 2026
Aug30

AFC Wimbledon

C 2 2 3828
Sep5 WREXHAM C 1 1 3206
Sep11

Rushden

C 1 0 1335
Sep18 MANSFIELD C 1 0 2713
Sep21 Hayes C 2 1 478
Sep25

Cambridge

C 1 0 2648
Sep28 FOREST GREEN C 3 1 2677
Oct 2 Grimsby C 0 2 3246
Oct5 EASTBOURNE C 3 3 2403
Oct9

YORK

C 4 0 2802
Oct16

Crawley

C 3 2 2566
Oct23 CRAWLEY FA 0 1 2247
Oct30 KETTERING C 1 2 2230
Nov 9

Barrow

C 1 2 1089
Nov13 Eastbourne C 0 0 1065
Nov20

SOUTHPORT

C 2 0 1867
Nov27 HAYES C 2 1 1601
Nov30 Tamworth C     P
Dec4 CAMBRIDGE C     P
Dec18 Fleetwood C 1 1 1142
Dec26 Bath City C     P
Dec28 Kidderminster C 3 2 1757
Jan 1

BATH CITY

C 1 2 2903
Jan 3 WIMBLEDON C 3 3 3462
Jan 8 Southport C 1 2 1030
Jan11 Tamworth C 2 3 803
Jan15 Mansfield FT 2 4  
Jan22 RUSHDEN C 1 3 1743
Jan29 Histon C 0 0 452
Feb12 Mansfield C 3 3 1986
Feb18

LUTON

C 1 1 2834
Feb22 Bath City C 2 2 1551
Feb26 Kettering C 0 2 1056
Mar1 CAMBRIDGE C 1 1 1360
Mar5 FLEETWOOD C 1 3 1716
Mar12 ALTRINCHAM C 2 1 1201
Mar19 Forest Green C 0 0 1362
Mar26 Wrexham C 1 2 3685
Mar29 GATESHEAD C 2 1 1027
Apr 2 GRIMSBY C 2 1 1506
Apr5 DARLINGTON C 2 1 1300
Apr 9 York C 1 2 2565
Apr16 BARROW C 5 0 1331
Apr23 Altrincham C 3 1 963
Apr25 CRAWLEY C 0 1 2026
Apr30 Gateshead C 7 1 824

Home fixtures in capitals. C denotes Conference  A - Abandoned FT- FA Trophy FA - FA Cup