NEWPORT COUNTY 2011/12

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 under the management of Anthony Hudson. For more information http://www.newport-county.co.uk/

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BRISTOL ROVERS FRIENDLY

June 16 - County has confirmed a friendly match with Bristol Rovers at Rodney Parade for Friday July 24 at 7.45pm.

SUPPORTERS MEETING PLANNED

June 16 - Following internal consultations including meetings with the Supporters Trust Newport County will be holding a supporters meeting at the Bisley Suite, Rodney Parade on Wednesday June 20 starting at 6.30pm The meeting will also be attended by Rodney Parade Chief Executive Mike Jenkins. The Trust has asked the Board to reconsider the pricing structure of season tickets at the new ground and the introduction of child / family tickets. The Board's financial strategy is based an average attendance of 1358 including 400 season tickets.

DISQUIET OVER SEASON TICKET PRICES

June 9 - Newport County fans have voiced their disapproval of mooted season ticket prices for next season at Rodney Parade. The leaflet right was distributed at this week's supporters meeting at the new venue.

Stand prices go up by £40 (13 per cent) offering 23 games at £340. This is a saving of two matches. No pay on the day prices have been given.

Fans says the club are missing an opportunity to utilise the 4000 available seats at Rodney Parade and the accessibility of its city centre location by freezing or cutting season ticket prices.

Chairman Chris Blight says that the prices are part of a decision making process including the club's supporters trust. Confusingly some tickets appear to have been sold. However, supporters are urging a re-think before an official announcement is made.

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COUNTY START WORK ON NEW SQUAD

June 4 - Stalwart Gary Warren is leaving Newport to join Inverness Caley Thistle and Sam Foley has signed for Yeovil Town as the Exiles set to work on their new squad. On a more positive note the County have re-signed David Pipe and Lee Minshull and picked up free agent goalie Alan Julian (ex-of Stevenage)

COUNTY TO PLAY AT RODNEY PARADE!

Jun 1 - Following several weeks of negotiation, agreement has been reached between Newport County and Newport RFC for the football team to play at Rodney Parade this coming season. The contracts have been sent to the Football Conference for approval.

Talks between Rodney Parade Limited and Newport County have been ongoing since the football side looked to move their final fixtures of the season to the home of the Newport Gwent Dragons and Newport RFC. Newport County supporters will be able to enjoy hospitality packages in the new Bisley Stand, as well as the clubhouse atmosphere at the north end of the ground. Although there will not be a joint football/rugby season ticket for this season, there will be a discount offered for supporters purchasing season tickets for both rugby and football.

The 3 year contract has a break clause. In order to secure the future of our Club, at the same time County have negotiated a safeguard agreement with Newport City Council, so that if anything was not to work out in our first season at Rodney Parade, then they could return to Spytty Park for 2013 - 2014. Chairman Chris Blight stated "It was essential to have this fallback agreement as an insurance policy for the safety of our Club. Let's hope that it is not necessary."

He was effusive in his praise of partners in Newport rugby "we would like to thank Mr Chris Brown - the CEO of Rodney Parade, for his valued assistance in making this groundshare possible. Also, our thanks to Mr Will Godfrey - Chairman of Newport RFC and Mr Martin Hazell - Chairman of Newport Gwent Dragons. Their encouragement and enthusiasm to make this move possible, is groundbreaking in the relationship bond between our Clubs."

 

POSITIVE SIGNS ON GROUND-SHARE DEAL

May 26 - In a potentially momentous deal for sport in Newport there are positive signs of progress in discussions between Rodney Parade Limited and Newport County AFC regarding the ground-share arrangement. It appears most of the previously insurmountable issues with the governing bodies have been resolved but there are still details to agree to allow three sides to share the ground. In particular, a number of concerns have been expressed about Newport RFC, essentially the junior partner in the arrangement. Technically Newport RFC own the Rodney Parade and any deal that threatened to move some of their fixtures away from it would be fiercely opposed by its dwindling band of supporters. However, it appears all interests can be accommodated with negotiations carrying on this weekend with a decision promised early next week.

A statement on the Newport Gwent Dragons website states "Although talks are advanced and most of the challenges associated with the deal have been addressed, there are still some outstanding issues and it was felt by all parties that the additional time was necessary."

“These have been long and complex talks,” said Rodney Parade Limited Chief Executive Chris Brown. “All parties are keen to make this happen and have shown a great deal of cooperation but it is crucial to ensure that the interests of all parties are protected and that this proposal enriches all of those involved.”

If County move to Rodney Parade

Stadium's current capacity is 9097 according to figures provided following the re-development of the ground. It has a large clubhouses comprising two public bars, in the stadium there are a dozen new hospitality boxes in the east stand, a new conference suite as well as established boxes in the south of the ground. Presumably home standing supporters will use the Hazell Terrace and away supporters the north stand. Car parking is limited nearby but five minutes walk away over the footbridge is grade A 1050 space Kingsway Centre car park. Public transport near the ground is excellent, with regular services from all over south east Wales and National Express locations in and out of Newport bus station and bus stops for Caerleon and the east of the City nearby. For supporters (home and away) the ground is less than ten minutes walk from Newport mainline railway station. Not only will the move boost the ground, bars and merchandising it will give a pep up to the city centre with, hopefully, a proportion of the 2000+ new fans using shops, cafes and bars regularly through the season.

D-DAY FOR RODNEY PARADE MOVE

May 20 - Newport County's possible move to Rodney Parade is still in abeyance. County Chairman Chris Blight has set a deadline of May 25 for a decision on the move which will involve ground-sharing between three teams - stadium owners, Newport RFC, partners, Newport Gwent Dragons and Newport County. The ball is in the WRU's court, which is always dangerous. The ground-share would mean mean Rodney Parade would need to accommodate 45 League fixtures for the clubs involved plus at least a further 10 assorted Cup fixtures. In order for the deal to go ahead the football club must have primacy of fixtures. Television scheduling of rugby fixtures may however be the ultimate barrier.

COUNTY GO DOWN ON GREAT DAY FOR CLUB

May 12 - In a great day for Newport County over 11,500 fans made the trip to Wembley to cheer on the Exiles at the home of English football. The sense of occasion for supporters did not match the game and the outcome of the match. Although they started more strongly with the brighter football it was evident that York were the better footballing side and it was no surprise when Matty Blair opened the scoring when he raced onto Ashley Chambers' through ball and lifted his effort over Exiles keeper Glyn Thompson. Chambers' low centre was then tapped home at the far post by Lanre Oyebanjo as the Minstermen cruised to victory. Despite the game looking to be beyond them, the Exiles continued to press and Ishmael Yakubu's header beat Ingham only to hit the post and bounce to safety before fellow centre-half Gary Warren struck a half-volley just over.

But for Newport at least the result cannot detract from a wonderful occasion for the city and the fans of its football club.

COUNTY FIGHT FOR DARLOW TO BE AT WEMBLEY

May 5 - Newport County are bidding to have on-loan goalkeeper Karl Darlow available for their FA Trophy Final at Wembley Stadium against York City on 12 May.

The Exiles have been unable to win their case via the Football Association and its Welsh counterpart and have approached Fifa.

Newport claim Darlow, 21, signed from Nottingham Forest before the 9 March international clearance deadline. A club delegation, led by director of football Tim Harris, met with Football Association of Wales chiefs at their headquarters yesterday morning and it is understood the FAW have offered support.

WEMBLEY TICKETS COUNTDOWN

May 5 - As part of the final push to sell remaining tickets for Wembley County staff will be at Newport's biggest supermarkets this morning.


09:00 – 13:00 Sat. 5th May Tesco Newport Spytty Extra

09:00 – 13:00 Sat. 5th May Sainsbury’s Newport

10:30 – 14:00 Sat. 5th May Club Office

COUNTY FALL AWAY AT BARROW

Apr 28 - Newport County fell to a 3-1 defeat at Barrow this afternoon to conclude their league season. An amazing 107 supporters made the trip to Cumbria, a testament to the incredible loyalty of fans, some leaving the Port at 5 this morning.

Andy Cook put the hosts ahead when he converted Jack Mackreth's cross. Newport fought back and levelled when Ismail Yakubu headed home Andrew Hughes' free-kick. Newport dominated the remainder of the first half but were denied by Barrow keeper Hurst.

It was all Barrow after the break and Richie Baker fired in from 20 yards before Adam Boyes took advantage of Cook's pass and converted from the edge of the area.

GROUND SHARING TALKS BEGIN

Apr 26 - Newport Gwent Dragons chairman Martyn Hazell has confirmed that the Welsh rugby regional team are in negotiations to allow football side Newport County to ground-share with NGDs and Newport RFC at Rodney Parade.

County's Spytty Park pitch has been called "not fit for purpose" by their chairman, Chris Blight. It is not yet clear whether County will seek to play all their home games at Rodney Parade or just a select few.

WREXHAM WIN WELSH SHOOT OUT

Apr 25 - A 10th minute goal by Polish midfielder Adrian Cieslewicz gave Wrexham victory in the Welsh derby against Newport County at Spytty Park.

Newport dominated territory in the second-half in what could be their last game at Spytty but Wrexham held on for victory. Watching the game some fans were noticeably distracted by Chelsea's heroics against Barcelona.

ROSE GOAL SEALS VICTORY

Apr 22 - Newport County beat Alfreton with a Ramone Rose goal. Rose latched on to Sam Foley's well-placed cross to calmly slot the ball home after 38 minutes in a better performance by the Exiles. Justin Edinburgh commented ""This team that I took over would have only gone one way, and that was to relegation and I have no doubt about that. We had a tough time but we've done it."

COUNTY SAFE

Apr 18 - It was a dreadful game of football but Newport County secured Blue Square Premier survival with a draw against relegated Darlington. Jake Reid  hit the post, while Sam Foley also went close for the Exiles. It was absolutely freezing with frequent heavy showers.

County state they have sold over 13,000 of their FA Trophy tickets

BACKS TO THE WALL BUT COUNTY DRAW

Apr 14 - Newport County survived a bombardment in the final twenty minutes at York to win a vital point in their fight to stay in the Conference. The Exiles took an early lead on 3 minutes after on-loan Cardiff player Nat Jarvis scored from Sam Foley's free kick. York had the better of possession but were unable to break County down until the hour mark with a goal from Jason Walker assisted by the increasingly effective Ashley Chambers. But County hung on until the end under immense pressure to gain the point. With Hayes and Yeading losing again the Exiles need just a point on Tuesday night for safety. 116 County fans made the trip to Bootham Crescent.

10,000 AND COUNTING

Apr 13 - Newport County confirm that they have sold 10,000 out of their initial allocation of 15,105 tickets for the FA Trophy Final versus York on May 12. Queues formed at the club on Friday morning as the tickets went on general sale. They are back on sale on Sunday morning at 10.30.

COUNTY BEATEN IN DRAMATIC FASHION

Apr 10 - Substitute Nick Wright scored a stunning late hat-trick as Kidderminster staged a dramatic comeback to beat County.  The visitors were ahead inside 30 seconds when Jake Reid scored with a tap-in before Sam Foley doubled the lead for Newport with a fine long range effort.

Kidderminster pulled a goal back on 86 minutes when Wright scored from the spot after Lee Vaughan was fouled. Wright scored on the turn to equalise and then pounced on Karl Darlow's error to tap in the winner in injury time.

DREADFUL DRAW ENOUGH FOR THE PORT

Apr 6 - Three home games in six days and seven points secure by Newport. Last night's match attracted a better crowd (1540) but failed to inspire. Few chances were created by either side as they played out a dull stalemate. County are seventeenth now, five points clear of relegation with a game in hand on most of their rivals.

Tickets for Wembley will be on sale to season ticket holders only initially from Tuesday onwards. They go on general sale from Friday. The club has received an initial allocation of 15,105.

COUNTY INFLICT BLOW ON YORK

Apr 4 - Newport County inflicted a significant psychological blow by beating York City at Spytty on Tuesday night. In freezing conditions Romone Rose's fine shot on the turn secured an excellent 2-1 victory.

Nat Jarvis put the home side ahead when he bundled in Sam Foley's corner from a yard out. The lead lasted six minutes as York's Patrick McLaughlin placed his free-kick into the bottom corner. York complained about the bumpy pitch but County used it to their advantage as they took an important step away from relegation.

SUBDUED BUT VITAL VICTORY FOR EXILES

Apr 1 - Newport earned a low key victory over Gateshead at a subdued Spytty Park yesterday. The 1-0 score line assisted the Exiles in their quest for survival but most of the performance was nervous and listless. County took an early lead after 12 minutes through Ryan Charles but for much of the first half their opponents made a contest of it. The turning point came on 41 minutes when Carl Magnay was harshly sent off for a late challenge of Charles. Thereafter County were dominant but unable to exploit their advantage on a bumpy surface, their best effort a fine curling shot from Sam Foley brilliantly saved by away keeper Paul Farman.

County face two further games this week (on Tuesday and Friday) and will be looking for at least four points in their battle to stave off relegation.

LINCOLN EASE PAST EXILES

Mar 25 - Newport County slipped dangerously close to the relegation zone with a 2-0 defeat at troubled Lincoln.

Mark McCammon scored for Lincoln as the unmarked striker glanced John Nutter's corner past County keeper Glyn Thompson at the near post. Nutter added a second as Thompson could not keep out his 20-yard free-kick. County failed to threaten the home team's goal.

LATE PENALTY SECURES VITAL POINT

Mar 22 - Newport County secured a vital point against Cambridge with a late Andy Sandell penalty. The home side took the lead when Josh Dawkin beat Newport keeper Glyn Thompson after a defensive error. County had a Buchanan goal disallowed but were awarded the penalty following a hand ball by Kevin Roberts.

COUNTY MAKE IT THROUGH TO WEMBLEY!

Mar 17 - Newport County made it to Wembley for the first time in their history as they drew 0-0 against Wealdstone in the second leg of their FA Trophy semi final. The Exiles were roared on by over 700 travelling fans in Ruislip. Despite one or jittery moments the Stones rarely threatened Newport as they comfortably held on to their first leg lead.

Manager Justin Edinburgh told BBC Wales "For me to lead a team out at Wembley would be a real emotional day. It's a sleeping giant this club. Credit to all the players, they were immense today. It was a tough game. Credit to Wealdstone, they took us all the way. This year's been a tough year but what we've got to do now is concentrate solely on the league and make sure we retain our position in the Blue Square Prem for next season and finish the season with a fantastic trip to Wembley which these great fans deserve."

The final is on Saturday May 12 against York City. The Minstermen meet Newport courtesy of a late goal by Matty Blair at Luton.

COUNTY HALFWAY TO WEMBLEY

Mar 11 - Newport County completed part one of their FA Trophy semi final assignment with 3-1 victory over a bright and breezy Wealdstone side. The Isthmian League side performed creditably and put the Exiles under pressure particularly in the second half of a flowing contest before a good crowd at Spytty Park. County nerves were settled early on when Stones keeper parried the ball out to Elliott Buchanan who kicked the ball into an empty net. Then Warren headed the ball against the bar for Nat Jarvis to tap in the second. The second half started with Wealdstone in the ascendant with a goal coming on 49 minutes through Richard Jolly. County did hit back and it was David Pipe who seemed to energise a tiring midfield, showing unstinting commitment. It was Pipe who stormed down the right to cutback a fine ball for sub Darryl Knights to restore a two goal advantage. The Hasco Kymin stand rose to its feet and County can head to Ruislip with a great chance of going on to Wembley.

At time of writing 615 of County's allocation of 675 tickets have been sold for next Saturday's return.

CHAOTIC MATCH AT SPYTTY PARK

Mar 6 - Referee Rob Merchant made an indelible mark on a chaotic encounter at Spytty Park tonight. Lee Minshull was red-carded early on in the game for use of the elbow. His dismissal was greeted with incredulity from County fans. Within minutes Braintree made their advantage tell with an incisive finish from Assambolonga. Newport countered and with a man through on goal he was tripped only for the Braintree defender to be yellow carded rather than receiving a more appropriate red card. County had a little justice when Foley curled the free kick beautifully in to the top left hand corner. Braintree struck back with goals from Marks and Wright before Gary Warren headed home from a corner to make it 3-2 at half time. Braintree scored early on the second half through Assambolonga to extend it to 4-2, although goalkeeper Glyn Thompson appeared to have been fouled just prior to the goal. Newport pressurised their opponents and created a few half chances but tired visibly. They were given faint hope when Ramone Rose scored in injury time but despite a brave effort it was too late.

COUNTY DOWN TO TEN MEN BUT RESCUE POINT

Mar 3 - County's fightback in the Blue Square Bet Premier was underlined as they hit back to rescue a point at Southport yesterday. The home side went ahead on 18 minutes when Gary Warren diverted Shaun Walley's corner into his own net. But the visitors were level soon after when Ismail Yakubu's headed in for his fourth goal of the season. Newport held on for a point despite being reduced to 10 men after Andrew Hughes was sent off for a second yellow early in the second half.

EXILES ON VERGE OF WEMBLEY!

Feb 26 - Newport County are into the FA Trophy semi-finals after fighting back from 2-0 down against Northwich Victoria at Macclesfield  Skipper Ian Kearney put the hosts ahead in the 36th minute and Ryan Wade doubled the lead in the 47th. But substitute Jake Harris hit back in the 59th and 84th minutes to level as the Exiles responded. To complete the end of game carnage Nat Jarvis  with a minute remaining of normal time to take Newport through.

County face Wealdstone over two legs in the semi final, first leg is at Spytty on March 10. They did consider switching the tie to Rodney Parade.

TAMWORTH LATE GOALS STEAL RESULT

Feb 21 - A very late double from Tamworth ended Newport's seven-match unbeaten run. Sam Foley scored an early penalty after Elliott Buchanan but Barrow and Thomas scored late for Tamworth to secure the victory.

COUNTY OUTCLASS MANSFIELD

Feb 18 - County outpassed and outclassed Mansfield on a cold and windy day at Spytty. They created a number of opportunities with Sam Foley eventually converting. Mansfield threatened in the second half but did not trouble the goal at the Hasko Kymin end.

MINSHULL GOAL WINS IT

Feb 15 - Lee Minshull's goal from a Ryan Charles cross saw Newport County move out of the Blue Square Bet Premier relegation zone as they saw off fellow strugglers Bath City 1-0 in front of 1130 fans at Spytty Park.

TEN MAN COUNTY RESCUE A POINT

Feb 11 - Jake Harris struck four minutes from the end to rescue a point for 10-man Newport County at Stockport County. Danny Rowe gave the home side an early lead after a good flick-down from Tom Elliot, only for Andy Sandell to equalise from the edge of the area.

But the Newport midfielder went from hero to villain, after being sent off for foul and abusive language. Rowe's low free-kick seemed set to give Stockport victory, but Harris pounced to punish a poor clearance.

COUNTY INTO FAT QUARTERS

Feb 4 - County eased into the FA Trophy quarter finals with a fine 4-0 win over Carshalton. Foley, Buchanan, Chapman and Rose scored the goals.

COUNTY STORM TO COMEBACK AT GATESHEAD

Jan 29 - Newport County struck twice in the final six minutes to complete a remarkable comeback to beat Gateshead.The home side's goals came either side of half-time, Liam Hatch grabbing the first from a corner before Jon Shaw fired home from the edge of the area.

Elliott Buchanan's fine finish started the County fightback and Sam Foley equalised in the 90th minute. Gateshead's Jamie Chandler was then sent off before Jake Harris's superb 94th-minute strike clinched victory.

COUNTY HOLD ON AGAINST FOREST GREEN

Jan 14 - Ten-man Newport County secured a valuable point at home to Forest Green.

The hosts lost Ismail Yakubu for a second yellow card after only 32 minutes after a foul on James Norwood. Newport's best chances fell to Elliott Buchanan and Nathaniel Jarvis - the latter saw his header saved by Rovers goalkeeper Sam Russell.

Michael Uwezu spurned a half-chance to score a late winner for the visitors, as Newport stay a point clear of the drop zone.

10-MAN EXILES EASILY BEATEN

Jan 7 - Newport County failed to make the mark at Luton. 228 travelling fans saw debutant Ryan Charles given a straight red card for a two-footed challenge on Daniel Gleeson and within two minutes, Luton went in front. Striker Aaron O'Connor headed in his third of the season from Jake Howells' corner before Danny Crow sealed it.Crow finished a Luton counter-attack to make it 2-0 as he converted Greg Taylor's cross.

Newport County have placed three players on the transfer market to address the club's financial position. Strikers Craig McAllister and Tom Miller and goalkeeper Danny Potter have all been put up for sale by the Blue Square Bet Premier strugglers."The budget has to be reduced. Overheads have to be cut... quickly," County chairman Chris Blight admitted.

COUNTY DEFEATED AT BOTTOM CLUB

Jan 4 - Newport County are facing an uphill struggle in the Conference to survive the threat of relegation after defeat by 3-2 at bottom placed Bath. The exiles sit outside of the bottom four on goal difference with a game in hand.

Loan striker Nat Jarvis gave County the lead, firing home after a shot by Adam Hughes had hit the post, before Bath scored twice inside seven minutes. Adam Connolly's close-range strike was followed up by Sean Canham's effort. Canham's solo run helped set up Scott Murray for Bath's third before skipper Gary Warren's header gave County a lifeline. But Bath held on for their second win in successive home games to move to within five points of Newport, who have won just twice in 10 league games, and safety.

ROSE LEAVES COUNTY

Dec 29 - Fleetwood Town have signed midfielder Danny Rose from fellow Blue Square Bet Premier side Newport County for an undisclosed fee. The loss of Rose will be a major blow to the struggling Exiles as they battle relegation.

The 23-year-old has agreed personal terms with the Highbury club and will officially join on 1 January 2012. The former Manchester United reserve team captain joined Newport in 2008 from Oxford United. He has scored 11 goals for the Exiles this season including a penalty in a 4-1 win at Fleetwood in October.

Newport County Chairman Chris Blight has also called on the City Council to act to sort out the Spytty Park playing surface following the postponement of Boxing Day's fixture against Bath City was postponed.

MATCH OFF

Dec 26 - Newport's match was called off due to a waterlogged pitch, the only postponement in the Conference.

CRUNCH PERIOD FOR EXILES

Dec 26 - Newport County go in to today's massive game with bottom placed Bath City (kick off 3pm) knowing the must start to accumulate points to reflect their recent improved performances. The game is the first leg of a double header League clash with the men from Somerset.

Newport County are set to be without strikers Robbie Matthews (groin) and Sam Foley (suspended) for the Blue Square Bet Premier visit of Bath.Forward Jake Harris has returned from a loan spell at Southern League side Frome Town and could solve County's striker selection problems. Bath manager Adie Britton, meanwhile, has a fully-fit squad to choose from as striker Lee Phillips is fully fit. And fellow forward Jamie Cook has fully recovered from bruised ribs.

COUNTY GO DOWN NARROWLY TO FLEETWOOD

Dec 17 - Second-placed Fleetwood Town kept up the pressure on Blue Square Bet Premier leaders Wrexham in a hard-fought win against County. The Exiles had the better of the first half, but when Fleetwood's chance came they took it.

Gareth Seddon and Andy Mangan combined before Peter Cavanagh hit home from inside the box in the 75th minute. However, as Newport pressed for an equaliser, Kieran Charnock tackled Andrew Hughes late and was sent off.

COUNTY STAY IN BOTTOM FOUR

Nov 6 - Back down to earth after last week's cup win County came a cropper against Ebbsfleet despite having the better of play. Ricky Shakes' 20th-minute goal gave United victory at Spytty Park.

Defeat added to Newport's troubles in the relegation zone as the hosts lost at home for the fourth time in five attempts this season. Shakes profited from sloppy defending after following up Callum Willock's shot to hit home from close range. Substitute Robbie Matthews saw his header go wide as Newport sought an equaliser in vain.

Next week - Shrewsbury Town (home) Round 1 FA Cup , 12.30 ko, live on ESPN.

EXILES WIN CUP THRILLER

Oct 29 - A mis-directed Paul Rodgers goal settled an astonishing FA Cup tie as Newport progressed to the first round proper. Rodgers' intended cross from the right touchline flew into the net with just two minutes remaining.

Ben Wright had put Braintree ahead on nine minutes before Sam Foley and Craig McAllister replied for County. Andy Yiadom made it 2-2 and Kenny Davis made it 3-3 after Nat Jarvis had put the home side in front, but Rodgers' slice of luck sent Newport through.

NEWPORT GAIN FINE DRAW AT WREXHAM

Oct 22 - Newport County battled to a hard-earned draw against Welsh rivals and Blue Square Bet Premier leaders Wrexham at the Racecourse. Craig McAllister had Newport's best chance in the first minute but fired straight at keeper Joslain Mayebi.

COUNTY EASE PAST KETTERING

Oct 19 - Danny Rose's hat-trick against nine-man Kettering saw Newport to victory. John Dempster's foul on Sam Foley earned a penalty converted by Rose, before Adam Cunnington's straight red card for a lunge on Tommy Doherty.

A second booking saw Dempster also sent off, but Kettering goalkeeper Laurie Walker saved Rose's resulting penalty. Moses Ashikodi turned in Marcus Kelly's cross to equalise, but Rose pounced from close range to put Newport ahead before lashing home a long-range third.

EXILES SLUMP TO ANOTHER DEFEAT

Oct 15 - Two second-half goals gave Tamworth victory at Newport in the Blue Square Bet Premier. Newport controlled the first half but the visitors went ahead two minutes after the interval with Kieron St Aimie scoring following a defensive mistake.

Iyseden Christie doubled their lead 12 minutes later with a powerful header after being left unmarked. Newport pulled a goal back on 74 minutes through Darryl Knight's volley but Tamworth held on for victory.

COUNTY STORM TO VICTORY AT FLEETWOOD

Oct 11 - Sam Foley hit a hat-trick as Newport fought back to earn new boss Justin Edinburgh his first win in charge at second placed Fleetwood. Gareth Seddon tapped the home side in front inside a minute, only for Foley to level with a copycat strike.

Danny Rose put Newport ahead from the spot after Rob Atkinson fouled Craig McAllister before Foley scored his second on the half hour. Foley completed his treble from the edge of the box before Seddon was sent off for a second yellow card.

COUNTY OUTCLASSED

Oct 8 - Justin Edinburgh got off to a losing start at Spytty Park with defeat by Southport. The visitors took the lead when Simon Grand headed home from close range after Newport defender Paul Rodgers hooked off his own line.

Southport doubled their lead when Karl Ledsham headed in Tony Gray's pinpoint cross past Glyn Thompson. Gray tapped in the third from Andy Owens' centre as Southport made it three wins in a row.

EDINBURGH APPOINTED

Oct 6 - Newport County have announced the appointment of former Tottenham Hotspur defender Justin Edinburgh as their new manager for this season and next. Edinburgh, who played more than 200 games for the White Hart Lane club,  will replace the departed Anthony Hudson and will take charge of his first game at home this Saturday against Southport.  

Edinburgh has managed at Billericay Town, Fisher Athletic, Grays Town and Rushden & Diamonds and the County board feel that the 41-year-old is the ideal man to lead County out of its present position. Club chairman Chris Blight said: "The board thought that it was important to act quickly after the departure of Anthony Hudson and not let things fester, we feel that Justin is the ideal candidate after looking at more than 40 other interested parties. "It's a new chapter for the club and we hope that the supporters get right behind him on Saturday and kick-start the season and look to the future together."    

Newport County’s newly installed manager has wasted no time whatsoever in appointing his assistant in the form of Jimmy Dack, who he has worked with before.

 

MANAGERLESS COUNTY LOSE AT DARLINGTON

Oct 2 - Two first-half goals eased Darlington to their first Blue Square Bet Premier win in seven games as managerless Newport County extended their poor run.

Marc Bridge-Wilkinson's penalty broke the deadlock after County captain Gary Warren fouled Tadhg Purcell in the box. Purcell turned goal-scorer as he fired Kris Taylor's ball past County keeper Glyn Thompson from eight yards.

Scott Rogers had Newport's best chance but his strike was tipped over by Darlington keeper Ole Soderberg. Caretaker manager Lee Harrison is in charge following the dismissal of Anthony Hudson. County have vowed to decide on a replacement soon.

ANOTHER DRAW FOR COUNTY

Sep 27 - A Jarvis goal after 38 minutes was not enough for Newport County to hold off Forest Green Rovers at the New Lawn. The Exiles could not find the vital second goal and almost inevitably former striker Charlie Griffin grabbed the equaliser to give the home side a deserved point. A fine turnout of 389 County fans out of a crowd of 1203 did everything they could to bring a much needed win back to the Port. It was not to be.

EXILES DRAW CONCERNING ANOTHER LATE GOAL

Sep 24 - Richie Baker's injury-time penalty earned Barrow a draw at struggling Newport County. The visitors went into the lead when Adam Boyes headed in Paul Rutherford's early corner.

Nathaniel Jarvis equalised from inside the six-yard box after good work by Gary Warren. The hosts went ahead when Danny Rose scored from close range but Baker levelled at the death after Ryan Gilligan fouled Andy Cook.

EXILES END BAD RUN BUT CONCEDE LATE GOAL

Sep 20 - Tom Elliot rescued Stockport County a Blue Square Bet Premier point as struggling County extended their winless run to eight games. Danny Rose's close-range strike gave Newport a deserved lead as the unmarked midfielder fired Craig McAllister's ball into the top corner of the net. Sam Foley and McAllister missed great chances for the hosts to extend their lead before Elliot's late leveller. The striker glanced Sean McConville's cross in for Stockport's seventh draw.

COUNTY SLIP UP DESPITE BIG EFFORT

Sep 18 - Ben Wright scored the only goal of the game as Braintree saw off struggling Newport, who stay in the relegation zone having not won in seven games. Wright netted his third goal of the season after 20 minutes when he put a right-footed shot into the bottom-left corner from a Jai Reason free-kick. County put in a big effort but had a goal ruled out for offside.

EXILES DESTROYED

Sep 11 - Newport slipped to their fourth defeat in as many games at Mansfield as they went down by 5-0 at Mansfield. Mansfield moved up to third following their comprehensive victory at Field Mill.Matthew Green gave the home side the lead after 11 minutes before Louis Briscoe added a second on 33 minutes. Ross Dyer, Briscoe and Luke O'Neill completed the scoring for Paul Cox's side in the second half.

COUNTY GO DOWN AGAIN

Sep 3 - Newport County lost their second successive home game, crashing to a 1-0 defeat by Cambridge United. United took a first-half lead when debutant Peter Winn pulled the ball back for summer signing Ryan Charles to slot home. Despite a lot of second half pressure County failed to find a way through.

COUNTY DISCIPLINE WORRIES CONTINUE

Aug 30 - Newport had two players sent off for the second successive match as they crashed to defeat against Kidderminster.

Gary Warren was sent-off for a late challenge on Steve Guinan before Ismail Yakubu received a second yellow card. Jack Byrne headed Harriers in front from close range only for Sam Foley to fire past Daniel Lewis to equalise.Tom Miller's own goal restored the visitors' lead before Luke Jones headed a third after Yakubu was dismissed.

EXILES GO DOWN AT TELFORD

Aug 28 - Sean Newton's penalty gave Telford all three points against a visiting Newport side who had two men sent off. Richard Davies put the Bucks ahead from the edge of the area after Dwayne Samuels' cross was only half-cleared.

County equalised through Danny Rose's fine 30-yard free-kick, but Newton restored Telford's lead when Gary Warren fouled Andy Brown in the area. Newport's Scott Rogers was sent off for a lunge on Samuels before Tommy Doherty earned a second yellow for dissent.

COUNTY LET LEAD SLIP

Aug 24 - Michael West's last-minute leveller rescued Ebbsfleet United a Blue Square Bet Premier point as Newport County let their early lead slip. Striker Elliott Buchanan broke the deadlock for County, curling Craig McAllister's knockdown into the net for his third goal of the season.

Ebbsfleet scored an equaliser in added time when West guided in Liam Enver-Marum's free-kick at the near post. West's second goal in successive games earned Ebbsfleet back-to-back draws.

EXILES FAIL AGAINST 10-MAN GRIMSBY

Aug 20 - Newport missed a penalty as they failed to put away 10 man Grimsby Town at Spytty Park this afternoon.

COUNTY BOUNCE BACK

Aug 16 - Newport County bounced back from their opening day Blue Square Bet Premier defeat to thrash Hayes & Yeading at Spytty Park. Three goals in 13 minutes after the break wrapped up victory, after Scott Rogers' fine header from a Lee Baker cross gave the home side an early lead.

Elliott Buchanan profited from Felino Jardim's through-ball to double the lead shortly after the break. Danny Rose then put the result beyond doubt with two well-taken goals.

MYSTERY PENALTY DENIES COUNTY

Aug 14 - A bizarre penalty decision denied Newport County a point at Kettering Town. Aman Verma went down in the penalty area after a miscued shot in the 91st minute. As players prepared for a goal kick referee Davies gave a penalty, later claiming it was due to a Scott Rogers late challenge. The decision was bitterly disputed by County but Jean Paul Marna scored to give the Poppies victory.

The start of the match was delayed due to crowd congestion at Nene Park. For County debutant Elliott Bachanan headed Ismail Yakubu's ball home from close range to give the visitors an early lead after 15 minutes. Marna converted Marcus Kelly's corner to equalise before Adam Cunnington gave Kettering the lead on the hour, firing home after Moses Ashikodi's shot had hit the bar. Danny Rose levelled within a miniute before the controversial end to the game. Att - 2047.

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COUNTY WIN AT NEATH AND UNDY

Aug 7 - Newport County beat off Neath by 5-2 on Friday and Undy by 6-2 this evening. Foley, Buchanan (3) and Miller were the scorers at Neath. Greening (2), Matthews. Rogers, Thomas and Hughes scored at Undy.

REAL BETIS EASE HOME

Aug 3 - A friendly arranged at very short notice brought a La Liga team to Spytty Park for the first time and 855 fans witnessed a fine passing display by the Spaniards, who ran out comfortable 3-0 winners . Segunda Division champions Real Betis are based in Seville playing in the 55,000 capacity Benito Villamarin. Sergio Hurtado and Jorge Vidal scored the goals in the first half, Munoz finished Newport County off with a fine last minute strike. Real Betis play Swansea City on Saturday at the Liberty Stadium.

INJURY MARS BOLTON VISIT

July 31 - An broken leg for Chung Young Lee marred Newport's friendly match with Premiership giants Bolton Wanderers.

He was immediately placed in a leg brace and was taken to hospital where he underwent an operation on a broken right leg. Lee  sustained a double fracture to his lower right leg and he is now likely to miss the majority of the upcoming Premier League season.

As for the match Elliott Buchanan had given Newport the lead after ten minutes completely against the run of play. The near full strength Wanderers side took control thereafter Ivan Klasnic scored twice and a Tom Miller own goal adding to the Trotters' tally.

EXILES PULL OFF FINE WIN OVER CHELTENHAM

July 24 - Newport beat Football League Cheltenham with a Ismail Yakubu goal. The defender headed home Danny Rose's 65th minute cross for County.

STOKE MAKE FRIENDS IN NEWPORT

July 17 - Stoke City had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Newport County in their first pre-season friendly of the summer. Gary Warren gave the Blue Square Premier side the lead with a looping header just before the interval. But Kenwyne Jones equalised 15 minutes from time for the FA Cup runners-up and later had another effort disallowed.

Newport born manager Tony Pulis selected a strong starting line-up, including 10 of the squad that featured in the loss to Manchester City at Wembley in May. Stoke delighted fans at County and at Newport YMCA (the following day) by signing hundreds of autographs and having photographs taken.

Viv Edwards, the football club chairman, said: "This is a huge occasion for us and it is fantastic that youngsters can see these players here. For Tony to bring his squad for the benefit of this community is overwhelming. He's a great example to the youngsters in this area just setting out in their lives; he shows what you can achieve if you are willing to work at it."

MATCH ON

July 16 - Newport County's match with Stoke City (kick off 3pm) at Newport Stadium is definitely on despite heavy overnight rain. Stoke are expected to feature Jonathon Woodgate in their team.

County beat Merthyr 4-1 on July 13 as their build up continues to the new season.

COUNTY OPEN WITH WIN AT CHEPSTOW

July 7 - Newport County got their friendly programme off to a winning start with a  3-1 victory over Chepstow Town. at Larkfield. Newport had nine of trialists in the starting lineup with player-coach Wayne Hatswell and defender Andrew Hughes the only senior players on view.

More of the squad will be given a run out when they travel to Merthyr Town next Wednesday as they build up their pre-season approach.

Newport has accepted an offer from the Welsh FA to play in next season's Welsh Cup. Wrexham and Newport have received a bye to the Third Round along with the Welsh Premier League clubs. Newport haven't played in the competition since the 1991/1992 season before they were forced into exile following refusal to join the newly formed League of Wales. The club's solitary win in the competition came in 1980, when they beat Shrewsbury Town over two legs in the final.

County have made their fourth signing of the summer in the shape of former AFC Wimbledon central defender Ismail Yakubu. The Nigerian played 27 times for the Londoners in their Conference promotion-winning campaign last season.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

   FIXTURES 2011- 2012               

                       UP THE COUNTY!

July 13th Merthyr Away Friendly 4-1 491
July 16th   STOKE CITY  Home Friendly  1-1 2120
July 20th   Mangotsfield Town    Away Friendly  2-1 144
July 23rd   Cheltenham Town  Home  Friendly  1-0  
July 30th   BOLTON WANDERERS  Home  Friendly  1-3 2007
August 3rd REAL BETIS Home Friendly 0-3 855
August 5th   Neath Athletic    Away  Friendly  5-2 380
August 7th   Undy    Away  Friendly  6-2 220
August 13th   Kettering Town     Away  BSP  2-3 2047
August 16th   Hayes & Yeading United   Home  BSP  4-0 1519
August 20th   Grimsby Town   Home  BSP  0-0 1675
August 23rd   Ebbsfleet United     Away  BSP  1-1 992
August 27th   Telford     Away  BSP  1-2 2147
August 29th   Kidderminster Harriers   Home  BSP  1-3 1672
September 3rd   Cambridge United Home  BSP  0-1 1515
September 10th   Mansfield Town     Away  BSP  0-5 2324
September 17th   Braintree Town     Away  BSP  0-1 786
September 20th   Stockport County   Home  BSP  1-1 1205
September 24th   Barrow   Home  BSP  2-2 1315
September 27th   Forest Green Rovers     Away  BSP  1-1 1203
October 1st   Darlington            Away  BSP  0-2 1785
October 8th   Southport   Home  BSP  0-3 1576
October 11th   Fleetwood Town     Away  BSP  4-1 1277
October 15th   Tamworth   Home  BSP  1-2 1310
October 18th   Kettering Town   Home  BSP  3-1 1249
October 22nd   Wrexham     Away  BSP  0-0 4232
Oct 29 Braintree Home FAT 4-3  
November 5th   Ebbsfleet United   Home  BSP  0-1 1412
November 19th   Grimsby Town     Away  BSP  2-2 2701
November 26th   Luton Town   Home  BSP  0-1 1511
November 29th   Hayes & Yeading United  Away BSP  4-0 303
December 3rd   Lincoln City               Home  BSP  1-0 1270
December 6th   Alfreton Town       Away  BSP  2-3 579
Dec 10 Forest Green R Home FAT 0-0 724
Dec 13 Forest Green R Away FAT 2-0 368
December 17th   Fleetwood Town   Home  BSP  0-1 101
December 26th   Bath City     Home BSP  P  
January 1st   Bath City   Away BSP  2-3 1147
January 7th   Luton Town         Away  BSP  0-2 6108
January 21st   Forest Green Rovers   Home  BSP  0-0 1325
Jan 24 Worksop Away FAT 3-1  
January 28th   Gateshead     Away  BSP  3-2 704
February 4th   Carshalton Home  FAT 4-0 975
February 11th   Stockport County     Away  BSP  2-2 3565
Feb 15th Bath City Home BSP 1-0 1130
February 18th   Mansfield Town   Home  BSP  1-0 1285
February 21st   Tamworth     Away  BSP  1-2 815
February 25th   Northwich Victoria Away FAT 3-2 601
March 3rd   Southport     Away  BSP  1-1 1105
March 6th Braintree Home BSP 3-4 1101
March 10th   Wealdstone Home  FAT 3-1 2209
March 17th   Wealdstone Away FAT 0-0 2092
Mar 20th Cambridge City Away BSP 1-1 1815
March 24th   Lincoln City     Away  BSP  0-2 1951
March 31st   Gateshead   Home  BSP  1-0 1261
Apr 3 York City Home BSP 2-1 1241
April 6th   Telford                         Home  BSP  0-0 1540
April 9th Kidderminster Harriers    Away  BSP  2-3 2275
April 14th   York City     Away  BSP  1-1 2824
Apr 17 Darlington Home BSP 0-0 1249
April 21st   Alfreton Town   Home  BSP  1-0 1239
Apr 24th Wrexham Home BSP 0-1 1431
April 28th   Barrow     Away  BSP  1-3 900
MAY 12 YORK CITY WEMBLEY FAT 0-2 19,844