NEWPORT COUNTY 2012/13

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 Justin Edinburgh. In 2012/13 they play their first season At Rodney Parade, home of Newport rugby. For more information http://www.newport-county.co.uk/

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COUNTY WIN FIRST FRIENDLY, SNAP UP GOALKEEPER AND HEAD TO GERMANY

July 12 - Newport County won their first friendly beating Swindon Supermarine 2-1 with goals from Jolley and Washington on Thursday. County have also completed the signing of teenage goalkeeper Jamie Stephens after he was released by Liverpool. Manager Justin Edinburgh has added the youngster to his squad in League Two as they prepare for life back in the football League. Stephens, 19, was signed by Liverpool in April 2010, having been spotted at Swindon Town. Liverpool loaned him out to Welsh side Airbus UK Broughton in January 2013. He was released by Liverpool this summer.

County now head to Germany this weekend to take on Carl Zeiss Jena in an emotional return to the venue for the Cup Winners Cup Quarter Final.

WORLEY SIGNS

Jun 25 - Newport County have signed added free agent Harry Worley to their squad ahead of next season's League Two campaign. The 24-year-old centre-back becomes manager Justin Edinburgh's third signing of the summer after adding striker Chris Zebroski and midfielder Adam Chapman.

Former Chelsea trainee Worley was released in May by Oxford United after three years at the Kassam Stadium. "Harry is a player we have had on our radar for sometime," said Edinburgh. "I'm thrilled that everything is now complete.

FIXTURES ! FIXTURES !

County's fixtures for the new era are out.

COUNTY PLAYERS MAKE CONFERENCE TEAM OF THE YEAR

Jun 7 - Newport County players Christian Jolley and David Pipe have been named in the Conference Premier team of the season. Former Wales midfielder Pipe captained Newport County during a season in which they secured promotion to the Football League. The announcement was made at the Football Conference end of year event, appropriately enough held at the Celtic Manor Resort.

Conference Premier team of the season:

James McKeown (Grimsby Town), Lee Vaughan (Kidderminster Harriers), Aswad Thomas (Grimsby Town), Josh Gowling (Kidderminster Harriers), David Pipe (Newport County), Jay Harris (Wrexham), Dean Keates (Wrexham), Christian Jolley (Newport County), Anthony Malbon (Kidderminster Harriers), Matt Green (Mansfield Town), Craig Disley (Grimsby Town)

CHAPMAN JOINS UP

Jun 7 - Newport County have made their first signings outside of the main squad since securing promotion to the Football League by recruiting Chris Zebroski and Adam Chapman. Striker Zebroski, 26, joins on a free transfer having scored six goals in 24 appearances for League Two side Cheltenham Town last season. Midfielder Chapman recently helped Mansfield Town to the Conference title while on loan from Oxford United. The 23-year-old played five times for Newport when he impressed on loan in the 2011-12 season. They both have troubled pasts Zebroski was sacked by Plymouth when 19 for fighting with an opponent and Chapman served an extended period in a young offenders institution for causing death by dangerous driving.

FRIENDLIES SET UP

Premiership club Aston Villa will be playing at Rodney Parade in a pre-season friendly. The Premiership club have promised a strong travelling squad on Sunday, July 28th, kick off 3.00pm that will be a stern test for manager Justin Edinburgh and his promotion winning squad. The seven friendlies in July also take in a trip down memory lane with German club Carl Zeiss Jena(Away), who County played in the 1981 quarter-final of the European Cup Winners Cup - County losing out 3-2 on aggregate.

Wednesday 10th July 2013 Swindon Supermarine Away - Kick Off 7.30pm

Saturday 13th July 2013 Carl Zeiss Jena Away - Kick Off 6.30pm

Tuesday 16th July 2013 Taunton Town Away – Kick Off 7.30pm

Saturday 20th July 2013 Havant & Waterlooville Away – Kick Off 3.00pm

Tuesday 23rd July 2013 Reading X1 Venue to be confirmed – Kick Off 7.30pm

Thursday 25th July 2013 Newport County X1 v Pegasus Juniors Away – Kick Off 7.30pm

Sunday 28th July 2013 Aston Villa Home – Kick Off 3.00pm

O'CONNOR SIGNS

May 29 - Newport County AFC completed the signing of striker Aaron O’Connor for the next two seasons as they begin life in the Football League next term. The 29-year old scored 20 times, including the second goal in the play-off final at Wembley where County beat Welsh rivals Wrexham 2-0 to return to the Football League after 25-years.
County boss Justin Edinburgh has kept most of his squad from last season and delighted to have secured O’Connor’s services, he said: “Aaron has proved his worth this season and enjoyed his time here, he brings more to the team then just goals and is a key player to us.
“The moment the final whistle went at Wembley that is when we started to plan for next season and so far we have completed everything we set out to do.”  

EDINBURGH WINS NON-LEAGUE MANAGER AWARD

May 18 - Justin Edinburgh has scooped the Non-League Paper Manager of the Year Award following County's elevation to the Football League

SIGNINGS / CARL ZEISS JENA

May 15 - Newport County will play a friendly against Carl Zeiss Jena on 13 July as part of the German club's 110th anniversary celebrations. The clubs last met in the quarter final of the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1981 when County lost 3-2 on aggregate. Newport return to the Football League after a 25-year absence next season after winning the Conference play-off. "Going to Carl Zeiss Jena will bring back so many memories," said County director of football Tim Harries.

Newport earned a 2-2 draw in the first leg in Jena in 1981, but a 1-0 defeat at Somerton Park in the second leg saw the German team advance to the semi final. They were eventually beaten 2-1 in the final by Dinamo Tbilisi.

County signings - Skipper David Pipe, Tony James, Byron Anthony, Mike Flynn, Lee Minshull, Danny Crow, Ismail Yakubu, Max Porter, Andy Sandell, Andrew Hughes, Robbie Willmott and Lenny Pidgeley have concluded contract talks.

 

NEWPORT COUNTY ARE BACK IN THE FOOTBALL LEAGUE

JOLLEY AND O'CONNOR SEE OFF WREXHAM IN FINE STYLE!

May 6 - Two late goals gave Newport County victory over Wrexham in the Conference play off final at Wembley. The first goal by Christian Jolley after 86 minutes left Wrexham reeling. The former Wimbledon star fought his way through on to a deflected long ball. Controlling the ball with his left fought he lofted the ball with his right foot over Wrexham keeper Maxwell. In the pandemonium of the last eight minutes of play (including four minutes of injury time) Wrexham had several corners but never threatened the County goal. With the last proper move of the game Jolley found Aaron O'Connor. His first shot was parried by Maxwell before he thrashed his second opportunity into the net. Cue delirium amongst County fans and players and the realisation of an impossible dream to those that have re-built the club and brought it back after six promotions into the English Football League.

Wrexham played well and had the better of the chances in the early part of the game. They met an immoveable object in County keeper Pidgeley and made a few uncharacteristic errors when opportunities arose. Gilbey, Pipe and Sandell were outstanding and with the introduction of Scott Donnelly after 75 minutes County were predominantly on the front foot. They were stronger and more energetic than their opponents as the game wore on but there was nothing in it until the Jolley goal.

The end of the game sparked incredible scenes of tears and joy as Newport marked one of their greatest days in recent memory. Supporters and players joined in a rendition of the chorus 'Hey Jude!' after County had gone up to the Royal Box to pick up the play off trophy. Justin Edinburgh was thrown in to the air by his players and with that the party commenced. Outside Wembley was abuzz with black and amber. It may not have been the biggest crowd but the jubilation was heartfelt.

COUNTY ROARED ON TO WEMBLEY

April 29 - Newport County pulled off a fine victory over Grimsby Town at a vibrant Rodney Parade on Sunday to guarantee their place in a Wembley play-off final against Wrexham. Christian Jolley's clinical finish after Alex Gilbey's carefully weighted pass sent the 6,615 crowd in to raptures. The goal came after half an hour. Grimsby demonstrated plenty of early promise with Lenny Pidgeley called in to action several times in a fine display by the County keeper. After the goal though County were dominant and the Mariners seemed reluctant to break off their defensive approach to the game. Alex Gilbey was outstanding, demonstrating an impressive engine and commitment to a club he has only been with a few weeks.

Danny Crow had a late goal disallowed and Aaron O'Connor came on off the bench to increase the options available to Justin Edinburgh at Wembley. A memorable day, with little time to prepare for Wembley. But County are in great heart for the challenge ahead. Christian Jolley told the BBC "It's unbelievable, look at the atmosphere. The fans are buzzing, we're buzzing, we've had a great day. We kept a clean sheet against Grimsby in two legs and it's a great achievement."

ONLY NORTH TERRACE TIX LEFT / CLUB APPEAL

Apr 28 - Newport County hope to have a sell out crowd for today's fixture with Grimsby but the club has stated at 1pm that 40 North Terrace are still available for this afternoon's match (kick off 4.30pm).

The club has appealed for supporters to ensure they behave responsibly before, during and after the match. They were concerned that flares were released at Grimsby and as a result supporters will be searched before this afternoon's game.

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FIRST BLOOD TO COUNTY AT GRIMSBY

Apr 25 - Newport County claimed first blood in their play-off battle with Grimsby Town on Wednesday. A late goal from a disputed free kick left Grimsby with little time to respond. Newport dominated much of the first half playing a more precise, less direct style than the Mariners. However, they failed to test the Grimsby. In fact it was the home side that tested Lenny Pidgeley who was equal to the challenge.

Grimsby posed more of a threat in the second half.  They came close when Craig Disley's header hit a post before Tony James cleared it. Sandell had the ball in the net for County but Jolley was adjudged to have fouled in the area. On 89 minutes Ismail Yakubu met substitute Robbie Wilmott's inswinging free-kick and his header took a slight deflection off defender Miller to beat Grimsby keeper McKeown.

Newport County lost 3-0 at Grimsby playing a depleted side in their final match of the normal League season. They are back at Grimsby on Wednesday for the first leg of the play-offs.

EXCITING DRAW AT LUTON

April 18 - Newport County fought back twice in the televised fixture at Kenilworth Road to draw 2-2 with Luton Town in their penultimate match. Newport showed the strength of their bench with Mike Flynn making an important second half contribution. Andre Gray scored a fine brace for the Hatters but Christian Jolley also in a rich vein of form scored twice for Newport. County started tentatively but fought back hard in the second half and looked to be gaining in strength prior to the play-offs. Next up, Grimsby!

NEWPORT MAKE IT THREE WINS IN SIX DAYS

Apr 16 - Newport comfortably disposed of Alfreton Town 2-0 to make it three wins in six days at Rodney Parade.

A timely strike by Christian Jolley just before half time put them deservedly ahead. Substitute Byron Anthony's header on the 67th minute secured the victory for the home side.

The match was played on a quagmire pitch in heavy rain with the ball sticking frequently in the mud. However, the match will be remembered for other reasons.

Kick-off was delayed by 10 minutes after officials discovered goalposts at one end of the Rodney Parade ground were six inches too high. Ground staff had to reset the posts while the players waited in the changing rooms.

Left - The offending goal-posts and below Andy Sandell completes a throw in

 

COUNTY BOUNCE BACK FOR BIG WIN

Apr 14  - Thursday night football at Rodney Parade proved to be a good one for Newport County. Justin Edinburgh confirmed the signing of a two year contract extension before County came back to beat Macclesfield 4-1 before a healthy crowd.

Macclesfield took a third minute lead when Guy Madjo pounced on a defensive error to set up Jay Burgess. Christian Jolley's close-range effort drew Newport level before Andy Sandell converted from the penalty spot. Robbie Willmott's fine finish added a third before the break, he added a fourth after Andy Sandell's effort had been cleared off the line.

WASHINGTON FIRST GOAL BEATS BRAINTREE

Apr 10 - Newport County secured a  play-off place with a 1-0 win over Braintree at Rodney Parade. The goal came after 48 minutes from Conor Washington. Strike partner Aaron O'Connor played in Washington, who struck it through the goalkeeper's legs. After a drab first half Newport sprang to life on a concrete-like playing surface.

AUTOMATIC PROMOTION HOPE IS DUST

Apr 7 - Any slim hope Newport have of automatic promotion was ground to dust in a bleak, scoreless match at Cambridge. In the fixture screened live by Premier Sports there were few moments of threat from either side. A long cross from Donnelly hit the cross bar and a free kick from the home side glanced the outside of the post. County face a daunting end of season schedule and must try and keep players fresh for the play-off battle ahead, a tough ask.

COUNTY FIGHT-BACK FOR CRUCIAL WIN

Apr 1 - Despite playing five games in nine days Newport County boosted their promotion hopes by fighting back from a goal down to beat Nuneaton at Liberty Way, who remain one point above the relegation zone.

With County looking tired and listless Simon Forsdick put the hosts in front after Lenny Pidgeley parried Wesley York's strike. After a committed performance and change to their playing formation half-time substitute Robbie Willmott brought Newport back on level terms when he fired in a stunning 30-yard free-kick. And as Newport piled on the pressure James Armson headed Andy Sandell's cross into his own net for Newport to climb a place up to third. Crowd - 1068

STALEMATE AT RODNEY PARADE

Mar 30 - Newport completed 270 minutes of League football without conceding a goal but failed to score themselves against doughty Dartford. The failure to score probably means the end of their automatic promotion hopes as Kidderminster and Mansfield disappear ij to the distance. Aaron O'Connor tested Dartoord's goal and Andy Sandell had an attempt saved at the other end. Dartford had a late purple patch Lenny Pidgeley did well to keep out Charlie Sheringham's shot while later saving Tom Bonner's header. Crowd - 2111

BORE DRAW AT BOSTON

Mar 28 - Newport's fading promotion hopes were dealt a blow in this bore draw against Gateshead as County continue their near impossible fixture schedule. Striker Aaron O'Connor had the two best chances of the game for County in the second half but failed to convert. Gateshead, who have now won only once in their last six games, had a 368-mile round trip to Boston United's York Street ground for their 'home' fixture against Newport. Weather had forced the postponement of this game on four previous occasions. Crowd - 227

COUNTY COME UP TRUMPS AT SOUTHPORT

Mar 26 - Newport County got back on the road to promotion thanks their dynamic attacking duo at Southport. Goals from Aaron O'Connor and Christian Jolley ended Newport's two-match losing run. They both struck from close range as County killed the game mid way through the first half. Crowd - 606

County went down 1-0 at Stockport, details to follow.

GATESHEAD OFF BUT NEW DATE SET

Mar 22 - Newport's much-postponed Blue Square Conference match with Gateshead will be played on Thursday, 28 March in Boston. It is the fifth attempt to stage the match - at a fourth different venue.

Twice the match was arranged for the Gateshead International Stadium, where the pitch is unplayable, once at Hartlepool and once at York City. Justin Edinburgh's team face a testing schedule of 11 matches in 29 days , with the home game against Macclesfield rearranged for Thursday, 11 April

HEARTBREAK FOR COUNTY

Mar 19 - Newport County conceded a goal deep in injury time to suffer heartbreak at Rodney Parade. Cheyenne Dunkley's late goal saw Kidderminster beat Newport 2-1 to go top of the Blue Square Bet Premier in front of a crowd of 2,652 on yet another freezing night in March.

The result was very much against the run of play as Newport outplayed the Harriers throughout the contest. Aaron O'Connor and Lee Minshull went close for the hosts, before Michael Gash gave the Harriers a 27th-minute lead from Anthony Malbon's cross. Newport quickly levelled through Andy Sandell, from the edge of the box. Christian Jolley went close for County when his shot hit the post, but Dunkley snatched victory for the Harriers when he side-footed in from close range.

POSTPONEMENT ADDS TO FIXTURE BACKLOG

Mar 16 - The disappointing late postponement of yesterday's match between County and Macclesfield has added to Newport's fixture backlog. The team face the almost impossible task of four games in eight days (including three long away trips). Justin Edinburgh told the BBC ""It's embarrassing that a club that are chasing the title are being asked to play as many games. And they have no consideration for ourselves, the players' safety and health, and obviously the fans. Everything we ask for seems to get rejected but anything anyone else asks for seems to get passed through. So we have to look at it as a bit of a siege mentality right now."

Mar 10 - Newport County's match at Gateshead tomorrow has been postponed.

COUNTY MISS CRUCIAL CHANCE

Mar 9 - A crucial chance to to take Newport County back on level terms with their promotion rivals was missed at Ebbsfleet yesterday. Andy Sandell failed to convert a penalty with the last kick of the game as County ended the game with a 1-1 draw. They led the match through a goal from Lee Minshull only for the home side to scuff one in early in the second half

WILMOTT STUNNER BEATS BULLS

Mar 6 - A great strike from Robbie Wilmott deep in injury time secured a deserved 3-2 win for Newport County against Hereford at Edgar Street. The 1162 County fans in a crowd of 2519 played a vital role as County laid siege to the Bulls goal throughout the second half.

Matters appeared to be going against County though. They conceded three penalties, two were converted by the home side. Hereford were actually awarded three penalties, all three of them conceded by Exiles defender David Pipe, but the home side only managed to convert two of them.

Pipe was adjudged to have fouled Marlon Jackson in the box for Hereford's first penalty on 41 minutes, only for Newport keeper Lenny Pidgeley to save Marley Watkins' spot-kick. But, barely 60 seconds later, Pipe was adjudged to have handled and, after a change of penalty taker, this time O'Keefe made no mistake.

Newport levelled on 72 minutes when Minshull headed in Andy Sandell's cross but, just three minutes later, the Bulls won another spot-kick when Pipe was again penalised for handball and O'Keefe restored the home side's lead. Minshull headed in his second with nine minutes left from close range before Willmott found the top corner, thumping home Newport's 93rd-minute winner to the jubilation of the Amber Army.

COUNTY MAINTAIN PRESSURE AT THE TOP

Mar 3 - Newport County maintained the pressure at the top of the Conference with a 1-0 win at Hyde. Christian Jolley's 20 metre effort  was lofted his effort over home goalkeeper David Carnell after 10 minutes. County held on without too much anxiety in what Justin Edinburgh described as a 'scrappy game'. It means his side to close the gap on leaders Wrexham to three points (with two games in hand) while Hyde are now one point above the relegation battle.

CROW EXCELS AS COUNTY CONTINUE FINE RUN

Feb 24 - Newport County comfortably saw off bottom-placed AFC Telford United at Rodney Parade yesterday but endured a couple of minutes of jitters as they conceded a late goal. In freezing conditions and with a crowd somewhat depleted by the Wales-Italy international County will be glad to have bagged another three points in the chase for promotion.

They started brightly with Danny Crow prominent. He had the ball in the net within forty five seconds after a neat finish but it was ruled out for offside. Shortly afterwards he tested the keeper with a neat flick. But County's initial burst of activity seemed to peter out in the face of a very tall defensive wall. There was the odd bustling run and shot from Sandell but not much more to report.

County came out of the blocks in the second half with much greater conviction.  Christian Jolley headed home after 55 minutes following a period of attacking pressure. After 74 minutes with the home side dominant a fine ball from David Pipe still left Danny Crow with much to do. He took the ball wide of the keeper and slotted the ball home from an acute angle just ahead of two defenders scrambling efforts. Phil Trainer scored in injury time for Telford after Lenny Pidgeley flapped at a lofted cross.

COUNTY BACK ON FORM AS THEY WIN AT WOKING

Feb 17 - Newport County seem to have rediscovered their winning touch. After disposing of in-form Mansfield they also disposed of in-form Woking with a fine 3-1 win. Lee Minshull's double helped Newport climb to within two points of Blue Square Bet Premier leaders Grimsby. Minshull struck twice in 15 first-half minutes, first with a header from Andy Sandell's cross and then from close range after Byron Anthony hit the post.

Anthony added the third from the edge of the area before Gavin McCallum's half-volley maintained Woking's record of scoring in each home league match. Newport stayed fourth after equalling their best away win of the season. The home side went into the match with six wins from their last seven games, but rarely troubled the visitors, especially after midfielder Billy Knott had hobbled off early on.

NEWPORT IMPRESS IN MANSFIELD VICTORY

Feb 13 - This may be a turning point in County's season. Newport found form and fluency to beat Mansfield Town 2-0. They moved up to fourth spot in the Blue Square Bet Premier after this hard-fought victory. Winger Andy Sandell scored his sixth goal of the season with his 66th-minute penalty to set up County's 16th league win of the season. Forward Christian Jolley was fouled by Mansfield defender Lee Beevers and Sandell converted from the spot. Jolley then scored his sixth goal of the season in the 78th minute to secure victory.

NEWPORT FOILED BY LATE PENALTY

Feb 10 - A late penalty converted by Tamworth for a 2-2 draw caused a mixture of consternation and fury at Rodney Parade yesterday. Referee Kevin Johnson adjudged Ismail Yakubu to have handled the ball, Adam Cunnington slotted the ball past sub keeper Alan Julian. Justin Edinburgh railed against Johnson after the match. He told the BBC ".The [penalty] decision's wrong. It's cost us two points. I spoke with the referee and he changed his description of the incident twice from when I confronted him on the pitch to when I've seen him in his dressing room. That tells me he doesn't know what he's seen and he's guessed".

Newport County's lack of match practice was exposed after a bright start. Within thirty seconds and with his first touch in a County shirt Scott Donnelly shot home the first goal. Thirty minutes later Byron Anthony showed unexpected dynamicism in the opposition box poking home the ball from a County attack. Despite this County quickly ran out of steam and relied upon the commanding presence of Lenny Pidgeley in goal to retain order. It was his substitution for a muscular problem that seemed to act as a turning point. Replacement goalie Alan Julian did nothing wrong but Tamworth upped their performance a gear eventually breaking through from a ricocheted Lee Hendrie effort on 73 minutes before piling on the pressure prior to the controversial penalty.

MATCHES OFF

County's games with Braintree and Kidderminster were postponed due to the waterlogged pitch at Rodney Parade.

WOKING OFF

Jan 24 - Newport County's match at Woking was postponed due to snow. Their match at Luton on Friday February 15 will be shown live by Premier Sports.

BARROW GET THE BENEFIT

Jan 19 - Barrow gained the benefit of the huge effort made by Newport County to get this game on despite Friday's snow. 120 fans helped clear the snow off the pitch only for their heroes to fail to fire against the bottom of the table side. Barrow ran out deserved 2-0 victors after Matthew Flynn hit in Adam Boyes' cross to give Barrow a half-time lead. County's defensive frailties were exposed once more as Danny Rowe scored after 62 minutes. To add injury to insult (!) Aaron O'Connor was injured and faces a four week break with a thigh injury.

CLINICAL FINISHING BRINGS COUNTY VICTORY

Jan 13 - Newport County stormed to a fine win at Lincoln's Sincil Bank with a performance marked by clinical finishing. Aaron O'Connor opened the scoring on 22 minutes after a fine finish. Fifteen minutes later he made it two after capping a dazzling run with a superb finish. Debutant Robbie Wilmott made it three with a superb chest and volley. Lincoln pulled one back but with time running out for half time Christian Jolley rounded the keeper to feed Wilmott for the fourth goal. Lincoln hit back in the second half but County were largely in control. The Imps got a deserved goal after 78 minutes from another debutant, Chris Bush, but it was Newport's day.

JOLLEY AND WILMOTT SIGNINGS INCREASE COUNTY MORALE

Jan 12 - Newport County achieved two key signings ahead of today's fixture at Lincoln City. Christian Jolley, who made such a fine impression in his brief loan spell at the club, has joined on an 18 month contract from AFC Wimbledon. As has Robbie Wilmott, a highly promising 22 year old winger with Cambridge United.

Jolley scored five goals in five starts in his earlier spell with the County but was recalled by AFC Wimbledon and then courted by other sides including Luton Town.

Manager Justin Edinburgh told the website: "It's a great signing for the club. We all know what he brings to the side and it shows the ambitions of the Board of Directors and the club. We have targeted two players and got them both in the last 24 hours"

COUNTY SETTLE FOR DRAW IN WELSH CLASH

Jan 5 - Newport County bounced back from the defeat on New Year's Day to dominate rivals Wrexham for long periods last night but had to settle for a draw. They created a number of fine opportunities and missed a penalty on the way to a 1-1 draw in front of a big Rodney Parade crowd.

In a pulsating contest Newport had the chance to strike the first blow but Joslain Mayebi saved Andy Sandell's penalty. Wrexham's Danny Wright put the visitors ahead in the 34th minute with his 10th league goal of the season.

Newport fought hard with Aaron O'Connor prominent back and had a number of chances, they came close with Sandell free kick later in the first half. But the pressure told and after 56 minutes they evened up matters as Max Porter's deflected shot looped over Mayebi. County came close time and again with sub Crow failing to connect after a fine move led by O'Connor and Smith and then Mike Flynn hit the underside of the post with a header.

FOREST GREEN PROVIDE FOOTBALL LESSON FOR COUNTY

Jan 2 - Newport County were comprehensively outplayed in front of an expectant holiday crowd at Rodney Parade going down 5-0 to Forest Green on Tuesday. The turnaround, given that County had won at the New Lawn on Boxing Day, could not have been more dramatic. Without skipper David Pipe County's defensive frailties were cruelly exposed. Rovers broke clinically time and again and despite the heavy pitch their finishing was assured.

James Norwood's scored a fine hat-trick to help Forest Green hammer their rivals. He fired into the top corner to open the scoring after 38 minutes, with Yan Klukowski adding a second from close range just before half time in a killer blow. Following a period of fitful pressure from County Norwood slotted in his second after 68 minutes from 12 yards . After Reece Styche had raced clear for 4-0, completed his hat-trick with a low drive from 18 yards. It was the first time County had failed to score in a League fixture since September 29. Justin Edinburgh described it as his worst defeat as manager.

Off the field County have temporarily lost the services of Jake Thomson, on loan to Lincoln. They have appointed Dave Boddy as their new Chief Executive, he was previously chairman and director at Worcester City before joining the Football Conference. With the transfer window open County are likely to be busy in their bid to boost the squad available.

HEREFORD MATCH OFF

Dec 29 - There was disappointment for the estimated 1300 Newport County fans set to travel to Hereford this morning. The match, scheduled to kick off at lunch time, was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, following a 7.30am inspection of the pitch.

COUNTY ROCK THE NEW LAWN

Dec 27 - Newport County rocked the New Lawn on and off the field yesterday, taking a fine 2-1 victory after falling behind early in the second half. A superb turn out of 1,029 Newport fans roared the County on, many of them (like me) soaked through as they watched the game from the West Stand in unrelenting rain.

The first half saw Forest Green hold the balance of play with the wind behind them - there were only patches of promise from Newport. Keeper Alan Julian made three good saves to keep Rovers out. Jamie Turley was fortunate to stay on the field for Rovers as he was cautioned for felling Lee Evans in a two footed challenge.

The half time entertainment involved two County fans entering the Forest Green end in the North Stand. They were met by stewards, one of whom seemed to punch a County supporter. This led to an immediate reaction, a small further invasion of County fans confronted stewards before the police intervened and restored sense. They led the two fans away before they were reunited with their mates part-way through the second half.

Forest Green were out of the traps smartly in the second half. Full back Chris Stokes crossed from the left by-line for Steve Brogan to score. Justin Edinburgh made two substitutions, Ben Swallow and Ryan Charles, and County backed by their raucous support went for all out attack.  Rovers struggled to contain the Newport set-piece and they equalised when home goalkeeper Sam Russell misjudged a corner and Ben Swallow's kick went straight in. With 73 minutes gone Ryan Charles cut in from the right, to thunder the ball past Russell to give County the lead in spectacular fashion. Newport held on defiantly with Rovers' Jamie Turley belatedly sent off after being shown a second yellow card.

BRAINTREE CLASH POSTPONED

Dec 22 - Newport's home fixture with Braintree was postponed earlier today with the Rodney Parade pitch waterlogged after recent torrential rain.

JOLLEY U-TURN?

Dec 15 - County suffered a big setback yesterday as AFC Wimbledon initiated a call back for the excellent Christian Jolley from his loan spell at Newport.

Dec 17 update - According to BBC reports Newport County are locked in negotiations with AFC Wimbledon over the future of recent loan signing Christian Jolley. The striker was recalled by the London club, but BBC Sport Wales understand his future remains under discussion.

NEWPORT STUN LUTON

Dec 13 - Newport County returned to the top of the Blue Square Bet Premier by hammering Luton Town 5-2 at a freeing Rodney Parade. In front of Premier Sport cameras Aaron O'Connor's header from a Sandell corner gave Newport an early lead. A poor mistake by Newport keeper Julian allowed  Andre Gray to equalise. Within minutes a superb Christian Jolley's lifted finish soon restored the lead. He was involved in Newport's third when Ronnie Henry diverted the ball into his own net. A Jon Shaw strike gave Luton hope in the second half but Andy Sandell first after a mazy run and then Jolley  after some nice footwork made the game safe on a brilliant night for County.

MATT FINISHES OFF COUNTY

Dec 10 - County surrendered a commanding position to in-form Kidderminster and lost their position at the top of the table. It was forward Jamille Matt who scored a hat-trick of headers to give the home team an unexpected advantage. Matt headed Harriers in front, only for Michael Smith's close-range finish and Lee Evans's shot into the top corner to make it 2-1 to Newport at half-time. Matt then looped a 58th-minute leveller before heading in again from close range on 78 minutes to seal victory.

COUNTY BACK ON TOP AFTER CONVINCING VICTORY

Dec 2 - Newport County's decision to switch their match with Gateshead was vindicated with a fine 3-1 win and, given the circumstances, a reasonable crowd. Not only that, County unexpectedly found themselves back on top of the Conference as once again results went in their favour.

On loan Christian Jolley was the stand out player for Newport posing an attacking threat on the right. He made the breakthrough moments before the break with a controlled, well struck shot from outside the box evading the grasp of goalkeeper Bartlett. Michael Smith doubled the lead when a clearance off the Gateshead goal-line from a corner fell into his path. Two minutes later Jolley made it three. Substitute Yemi Odubade hit back for Gateshead and, briefly, they threatened to control the match before County played themselves out of trouble.

GATESHEAD MATCH SWITCHED TO RP

Nov 29 - Newport County's league match with Gateshead has been switched to Rodney Parade. The clubs have agreed to the switch from Gateshead's International Stadium because of the adverse weather conditions in the North East of England.

The match kicks off at 12.30 in order to finish before the afternoon's rugby international between Wales and Australia. Discounted admission prices are available with stand seats reduced to £13 from £17.

TROPHY CAMPAIGN OVER

Nov 25 - Another poor Cup display saw Newport County sent packing from FA Trophy at Welling. County went down 2-0 conceding to set pieces with the home team scoring headed goals from Joe Healy and Ben Martin. Newport had much of the possession but little to show for their efforts. Last year they made the Trophy final being defeated by York at Wembley by 2 to nil in front of 19,000 fans.

COUNTY'S DEFENCE IS STILL SUSPECT

Nov 18 - Newport County may be investing in their strike force but their defence is severely lacking of late. Although they had the better of the play and created good chances it was goalkeeper Alan Julian and central defender Andrew Hughes who made glaring errors to allow lowly Hyde to grab a 3-1 victory at Rodney Parade on Saturday.

Phil Jevons struck from the penalty spot after being fouled by Julian to open the scoring. New signing Christian Jolley levelled for the hosts to give them hope with a fine 55th minute strike but County were unable to press home the advantage. After lame defence allowed a corner Julian flapped at thin air but Luke Ashworth found the net to put his side back ahead. A string of Hughes errors allowed Scott Spencer through to settle the contest in the 95th minute.

Former Newport County player Kenny Morgans, who survived the Munich air disaster in 1958, has died aged 73. Swansea-born Morgans joined Manchester United on leaving school in 1955 and made his first-team debut as an 18-year-old against Leicester City two years later. He was the youngest of the 'Busby Babes’ and the last of the players pulled from the wreckage of the Munich Air Disaster. He finished his career at Newport County scoring 46 goals in 141 appearances, including famously five against Lincoln City in October 1965.

THREE STRIKERS GET THE BOOT

Nov 12 - In a move underlining their determination to stay ahead of the chasing pack Conference leaders Newport County want to offload forwards Jefferson Louis, Ryan Charles and Jake Harris. All three players have made limited appearances and have lacked game time to make an impression leaving coach Justin Edinburgh ready to cut his losses and also benefit the players. Edinburgh commented "Jefferson started well, but as the club progressed and the boot simply did not fit and it's best for both parties to part. As far as Jake is concerned the squad and the club have moved forward and I feel he is not quite ready to make an impression on the starting 11 and needs game time, therefore it's best for both the club and the player.I know Ryan from our Rushden days and it's the same as the other two he needs to play and it didn't help him being sent off in his first game for the club, but that happens and it's best for the three players and the club to move on"

LACKLUSTRE COUNTY LEAK MORE GOALS

Nov 10 - After Tuesday's super show County failed to capitalise on the opportunity to extend their lead at the top of the Conference. They went down 4-3 to Alfreton in the televised encounter at the Impact Arena. Their performance was lacklustre, with no dynamism or energy. The score line flattered as they were frequently outplayed and out-thought in another goal spree. Their defensive frailties were exposed and they have now conceded 15 goals in their last five games.

For Alfreton it was only their second home game of the season. Nathan Arnold drilled home their opener with a fine fashion in the sixth minute, this was soon followed by a second from Paul Clayton. Michael Smith replied for Newport but crucially Alfreton hit back with a soft penalty converted by Dan Bradley. The impeccable Aaron O'Connor struck twice for Newport either side of the second Clayton goal that ensured Alfreton's win.

STUNNING WIN FOR COUNTY

Nov 7 - Newport County produced a stunning display to beat Cambridge United 6-2 at Rodney Parade. On a cold night with a below average crowd the two teams played a pulsating match dominated by clinical finishing.

Lee Minshull enjoying an extended spell in the side coolly finished off from Aaron O'Connor's pass on 16 minutes. A minute later hometown boy  Michael Flynn powered home a goal from 25 metres to make it two. Cambridge hit back with a fine Tom Elliott strike. But County regained a two goal lead with a deflected free kick from the deadly Andy Sandell. O'Connor extended the lead after 62 minutes with his 13th of the season from close range. Luke Berry pulled one back with another deflected strike. County were not be outdone, making it 5-2 with a lob from O'Connor. Michael Smith, the new signing, making his debut upfront sprang to life with two shots straight at the keeper before keeping his composure to slot home Newport's sixth goal in fine display of goal-scoring.

Justin Edinburgh told the BBC 'From start to finish, I thought we were excellent, played off the front foot, passed the ball well and scored some excellent goals. It was a banana skin for us, after back-to-back defeats here and our first league defeat against Woking, but this was a fantastic response from the players. They really deserved the victory but the only thing that disappoints me is the attendance for the game. I think to be top of the league and only have 1,700 people here takes the gloss off for me a bit because people in the city have to realise we need them to come and support us.'

COUNTY SIGN ANTHONY

Nov 2 - Newport County are continuing to pursue two strikers in their search to strengthen their squad. In the meantime they have brought in Byron Anthony on a trial basis. Anthony, a former Wales Under-21 international, arrives after a loan spell from Bristol Rovers at Hereford. The 27-year-old spent the final three months of last season at Edgar Street. He re-signed for Hereford on a non-contract deal at the start of this season but was released after just a fortnight, straight after his red card in a 4-2 win over Cambridge United. He previously played for Forest Green Rovers, making 191 appearances, scoring 10 goals.

DEFENSIVE ERRORS COST COUNTY

Oct 27 - No Pipe, no Yak, and County struggle. That's the message from today's disappointing first home defeat, to Woking. The Exiles were no match for a composed and clinical Woking side who thoroughly deserved their 3-2 victory. County had prolonged spells of pressure and made chances but ultimately paid for their defensive frailties.

Kevin Betsy punished sloppy Newport defending after Andrew Hughes failed to clear after seven minutes before the Seychelles striker doubled the lead on fifteen minutes after beating two defenders.  Danny Crow hit the bar before a sublime Andy Sandell free-kick dragged the hosts back into the game just before half time. Sub Bradley Bubb restored Woking's two-goal lead on 68 minutes hitting the ball underneath Pidgeley before a Mike Flynn consolation on 89 minutes.

CUP IS A PIPE-DREAM FOR COUNTY NOW

Oct 23 - Newport County's hopes of a cup were dashed as they were deservedly dumped out of the competition by Yate in their first competitive defeat at Rodney Parade. The home side's defensive frailties on the right side were once again rudely exposed. Aaron O'Connor grabbed a half time lead for County tapping home a Louis header. After a largely uneventful first hour the match controversially exploded. David Pipe was sent off for a second bookable offence. Then Pidgeley was adjudged to pushed a Yate player over in the area, Knighton scored the resulting penalty.

The match went in to extra time and in the second period with County visibly wilting Yate took full advantage. First Scott Thomas seized the lead on 109 minutes and then at the death Matt Groves cut inside to fire past Pidgeley to make it 3-1.

GREAT ESCAPE AT YATE

Oct 20 - Newport County escaped with a draw having been outplayed for large parts of their FA Cup encounter at Yate. The Gloucestershire side exposed Newport's right sided defence throughout the match. County had Minshull at centre half instead of the imperious Yakubu and with Porter out of position at right back were constantly under threat from Matt Groves the Yate left winger. County scored an early goal through Louis (while we were walking the mile from the car park to the pitch!). They held this lead tentatively until half time. The second half was exhilarating cup football. Yate scored early in the second half (missed because I was finishing my pint of cider) but it was a free kick with Tom Knighton scoring after they won a header. Pidgeley made his first bloomer of the season caught in no-mans land he was lobbed superbly by Groves. It was all Yate at this point but in a rare County attack Jefferson Louis appeared to have a perfectly good goal disallowed by referee Bull.

Yate constructed a brilliant third goal with Matt Groves finding the corner after they swept forward on 69 minutes. Out of desperation Newport changed to a more progressive formation and with two minutes of full time to play O'Connor fired the ball superbly beyond the Yate keeper to make it 3-2. The Exiles piled forward and in the fourth of five minutes of injury time Tony James rose like a leaping salmon to head home a Thomson corner and send County's huge travelling support in to raptures.

MACCLESFIELD FIGHT BACK TO DENY COUNTY

Oct 13 - Matthew Barnes-Homer's late equaliser for Macclesfield denied Newport County a win at Moss Rose. Central defender Tony James pounced at the far post to give Newport the lead on 43 minutes following Jake Thomson's free-kick. Newport should have made it two soon after but Aaron O'Connor blazed over the bar. Macclesfield dominated the second half and Barnes-Homer equalised with nine minutes left, heading in from close range after a Keiran Murtagh delivery.

COUNTY PLAY POORLY BUT WIN

Oct 9 - An Ismail Yakubu goal from a corner was enough to secure a Newport victory on a wet night at Rodney Parade. Yakubu scored his fifth goal of the season with a downward header from Andy Sandell corner on 30 minutes. Aaron O'Connor saw an effort cleared off the line during a second half which the visitors controlled. But Newport's defence held firm to maintain their unbeaten record at the Parade. The win was Newport's fifth in six games.

COUNTY FORCE THEIR WAY BACK TO TOP

Oct 6 - Newport County continued their excellent campaign with an excellent 2-1 win in Tamworth.  Ismail Yakubu scored early on for County only for Tamworth to hit back with a goal from Adam Cunnington.  Newport sealed the win with a goal from Aaron O’Connor. The result meant Newport leapfrogged rivals, Forest Green in to top spot with 29 points from 13 games. Top scorer O'Connor went off with an injury but it was later diagnosed as severe cramp and he should be fit for the Ebbsfleet United home clash on Tuesday.

Newport manager Justin Edinburgh told BBC Radio Wales: "That was a fantastic advert for Blue Square Bet Premier football. The two teams went at it for a win and I thought we played some excellent stuff and we were unfortunate to come up against an outstanding goalkeeper on the day. Because I think we could have got a few more goals. We had to defend and be resilient and together and what pleased me is the whole performance… for me it was a complete performance."

400 County fans made the trip out of a total attendance of 1201!

STALEMATE AT RODNEY PARADE

Sep 29 - Unremitting sunshine, two in-form teams, a large expectant crowd could only lead to one thing. Perhaps unsurprisingly Grimsby and Newport played tentatively for a large part and despite some attacking intent, particularly from County, the match finished in a goalless stalemate. Sub Ben Swallow hit the upright and Lenny Pidgeley made a fine save to deny POnd but opportunities were at a premium and it was a fair result for a pretty dull and uninspiring game.

Newport have signed Conor Washington from St Ives Town, who play in the ninth tier of English football. Washington, 20, scored 24 goals in 30 appearances last season as St Ives finished third in the United Counties League Premier Division. County have paid a "nominal fee" to sign him until the end of the season. Goalkeeper Lenny Pidgeley has also signed until the end of the season.

COUNTY FIGHT BACK TO WIN AT TELFORD

Sep 26 - Newport County stay top of the Conference after fighting back to win a mad match at Telford. Telford midfielder Kieron St Aimie slammed the ball into the top corner to give Telford the lead on 27 minutes before Aaron O'Connor fired low past Ryan Young to equalise for County just before half time. Newport began the second half in forceful fashion but were gifted the lead when Dan Preston turned the ball into his own net. St Aimie was sent off for throwing a punch at Crow, who was yellow carded. On 72 minutes Ismail Yakubu slotted home Jake Thomson's free-kick and Preston was dismissed for a second bookable offence. Six minutes later Andy Sandell made it 4-1 from 20 metres out before he headed into his own net on 81 minutes. Telford Manager Andy Sinton stated to the BBC ""We lost our discipline, and I feel let down as we were the best side against probably the best side we've played." Justin Edinburgh commented "I thought we were unfortunate to go behind in the game but once we got that goal just before half-time I thought we would go on and win the game. We showed good discipline, as we have all season, and hopefully that will continue."

COUNTY RETAIN LEAD AFTER SWALLOW STUNNER

Sep 23 - A stunning 92nd minute strike from Ben Swallow rescued Newport and retained their position at the top of the Conference yesterday. The substitute's goal came after County had fought back valiantly to secure an equaliser on 76 minutes through Aaron O'Connor.

A Chris Lever penalty, given for a Shaun Whalley foul by Andy Sandell, had put Southport ahead on 18 minutes. Three good Newport penalty claims were ignored by referee Bromley. County dominated affairs throughout securing 72 per cent of possession and young midfielder Lee Evans again demonstrated his tremendous potential.

COUNTY SURGE BACK TO THE TOP

Sep 16 - Forty nine hardy County fans made the six hour trip to Barrow and must have been truly delighted by Newport's fine 3-0 win. The victory sends County back to the top of the Conference, ahead of Macclesfield on goal difference.

The match was delayed until 16.15 due to the referee being stuck on the M6. County elected to play a 4-4-2 formation with O'Connor and Crow up front, Louis was on the bench. After a quiet opening, dominated by Newport, the fast maturing 18 year old Lee Evans grabbed a goal in the penalty area just before half time, hitting the ball in to the top left hand corner of the net.

Despite early second half pressure from Barrow, Newport found some further fluency in their play. Midway through the half after the breakdown of a Barrow move Danny Crow, spying the Barrow goalkeeper Hurst off his line, lofted the ball over him from thirty five metres. Shortly afterwards it was Crow again who headed in an in-swinging corner from Sandell. Louis, Hughes and Swallow were all on as subs as Newport continued to press. The latter won a penalty following a challenge from Pearson. Unfortunately, Crow could not complete his hat-trick, skying the ball over the bar.

BACK TO NORMALITY

Sep 9 - Newport County found it difficult to break down an obdurate Stockport side at Rodney Parade and after two defeats settled for a 0-0 finish. There was an air of normality for Newport as the lowest home crowd of the season, 2,306, witnessed a less than entertaining spectacle from two sides who did not have the creativity or dash to break down the opposition. There were opportunities mainly created by County. Jefferson Louis played well up front but mainly for others to play off and Hughes, Porter and Sandell were industrious. They also had a valid late claim for penalty for a shove on Crow. The best effort came from Lee Evans with a rasping drive beaten away by Ormson. Stockport had their own chances and hit the post late on but the stalemate was a fair reflection.

LATE GOAL SINKS COUNTY

Sep 6 - A goal deep in injury time foiled Newport County at Dartford. Dartford took the lead when Harry Crawford nodded in after Jacob Erskine's header hit the bar. But Newport after 54 minutes as Aaron O'Connor rounded goalkeeer Marcus Bettinelli to level the score. Newport had the better of the late exchanges but after 95 minutes Rose's 18-yard strike secured a fourth straight win for Dartford.

COUNTY DOWNED BY WREXHAM BUT STILL TOP

Sep 2 - Wrexham's Adrian Cieslewicz and Danny Wright struck the goals to end Newport's five-match unbeaten run in the Blue Square Bet Premier. Justin Edinburgh stated his disappointment with the soft goals conceded by the Exiles. Pole Cieslewicz beat Andy Sandell before sending the ball past Lenny Pidgely in the 24th minute. Wrexham player-manager Andy Morrell combined with Robert Ogleby before Wright hit the top-right hand corner of the goal. Newport started very brightly, Jefferson Louis missed a good opportunity and they continued to press until the final whistle, but Justin Edinburgh's side looked tired and missed the efforts of Danny Crowe. However, despite defeat, County remain top of the table.

HUGE CROWD SIGNALS BETTER DAYS

Aug 29 - The Newport sporting public, desperate for success, turned out in huge numbers to support County's unbeaten run at Rodney Parade tonight. 4365 fans gave full throated support to their teams on a night of great excitement. Hereford making their first proper appearance in Newport since 1988 certainly played their part.

It was the away side who started more brightly but a bizarre incident left County fans thinking perhaps luck was against them. Jefferson Louis burst into the Hereford area, dribbled the ball around the goalkeeper, seemingly forgetting where the goals were before colliding with the post when it was much easier to score. The lumbering centre forward received treatment for concussion, hopefully it will help his sense of direction in future!

As the high intensity continued Hereford broke forward. Sam Clucas went down in the Newport area, clicking his heels. The referee awarded an immediate penalty. This seemed to confirm it was not going to be County's night. But remarkably Len Pidgeley pulled off a superb save to deprive Henry Pell.

The second half saw Newport gradually gain ascendancy. With seventeen minutes to go Sandell struck a speculative shot from twenty metres. It rocketed in to the top left hand corner of the net to put County in front and Rodney Parade at fever pitch. The rest of the match was a blur as referee Horwood booked every Newport player in sight and sent Justin Edinburgh to the stand. But as Hereford pressed, to retain their unbeaten record, Newport broke away with Aaron O'Connor directing the ball into the top corner to finish off a perfect night and a return to better days for Newport County.

FIGHT BACK BEATS BRAINTREE

Aug 25 - A fine fight back by Newport continued their winning run at Braintree. After a rather sterile first half the County conceded an early second half goal after failing to clear a cross. Bradley Quinton heading home. Out of nothing on 69 minutes midfielder Max Porter unleashed a 25 metre strike to put Newport level. Then on 79 minutes the 130 travelling fans were delirious as Ismail Yakubu struck home a Lee Evans free kick.

SCADDING IS NEW CHAIRMAN

Aug 24 - Euro-Millions winner Les Scadding has taken on the role of Chairman of Newport County. A County statement said "We are delighted to announce that Les Scadding has accepted an offer to become Chairman of Newport County AFC. We are sure that you will join us in wishing Les every success in his new role. Everyone at the football club would like to thank David Hando for stepping in as interim chairman over the past month. David will continue in his role as Honorary President of Newport County AFC. We would also like to extend a warm welcome to Tony Pring and Dave Roberts who join the Board of Directors."

Scadding, who won the £45.5m jackpot with his wife in 2009, had recently accepted an offer to join Newport's board. The lifelong fan has now taken the role of chairman as the Blue Square Bet Premier club prepare for fresh investment from local businessmen.

PICTURES FROM COUNTY v LINCOLN - Rodney Parade at its best

COUNTY HOLD OFF IMPS

Aug 20 - In a typical 'game of two halves' Newport County held on to beat Lincoln City 2-1 to retain their 100 per cent record at the top of the Conference. Buoyed by a superb crowd of 3024 County began the game where they left off against Nuneaton. Starting brightly Aaron O'Connor struck a fine goal after seven minutes. Twenty minutes later he added another after a good build up. Following the break the Imps controlled the game with Newport mostly on the defensive. Five minutes in Jamie Taylor grabbed a goal. For the remainder of the match aside from the odd foray forward Newport were held back but Lincoln could not find a way through despite a string of corners and long throw-ins. Mike Flynn came on to steady the ship and the Port held on to cap a fantastic start to the new campaign.

COUNTY SEND NUNEATON PACKING

Aug 14 - Newport County continued their fine start to the season with a thumping 4-0 win at Rodney Parade. Roared on by 2646 fans the County made light work of Nuneaton.

Man of the match Aaron O'Connor scored twice for County. The former Luton striker opened the scoring on 13 minutes when he pounced on a loose ball in the box following a Jake Thomson corner. Jefferson Louis headed a second goal for the home side seven minutes later after a fine cross from captain David Pipe. O'Connor rifled home his second on 52 minutes after fine combination play.  Lee Evans added a fourth from close range after connecting following a sweet Danny Crow chip.

It was a perfect night for County, a big crowd, good venue and a fine win.

NEWPORT STORM TO MANSFIELD WIN

Aug 12 - Newport County started the season with an outstanding win at fancied Mansfield on Saturday. In an extraordinary the County showed a clinical touch in front of goal to take their chances initially against the run of play. Early goals came from Ismail Yakubu and Tony James, the latter a fine 20 metre finish. But the Stags pegged County back early in the second half through Green and Speight. Newport did not settle and extended their lead through former Stag Jefferson Louis and Aaron O'Connor. Speight scored late on again for Mansfield to set up an injury time siege of County's goal. They held out to seal a fantastic start to the season. Att: 2924 (away 357)

COUNTY READY FOR NEW SEASON

Aug 11 - It has been a busy close season for Newport County. The club has moved to the smarter and better equipped surroundings of Rodney Parade but has lost Chairman Chris Blight along the way. Manager Justin Edinburgh has had an opportunity to assemble his own side and to shake off the last vestiges of his predecessor's regime. However, funds have been limited, leading fans to ask what became of the revenue from last year's FA Trophy campaign. There is light at the end of the money tunnel with new investors lined up to support the manager's efforts.

Edinburgh has added winger Ben Swallow, midfielder Kris Fielden and fullback Mark Cooper all on one month deals. an indication that his initial squad is pretty thin. Fielden is a Newport academy product.

Today's opening Blue Square Premier trip to Mansfield will be tough, the home side lost in the play-offs to York last season and are among the favourites for this . County's team will be led by fans favourite David Pipe. Tony James comes in to fill the major void left by Gary Warren. Jefferson Louis, Danny Crow and Aaron O'Connor are likely to feature up front with Mike Flynn a key man in midfield.

A testing season for County again, mid-table at best. Not high expectations but hope springs eternal.

NEWPORT COUNTY SET FOR FRESH INVESTMENT

Aug 4 - Newport County's season is looking up. Its finances are set to be boosted by fresh investment from up to four local businessmen. Former benefactor and director Matt Southall is to lead a consortium to invest in the club. But the new backers must wait until after Newport's Annual General Meeting on 20 August before the boardroom powershift can start. EuroMillions winner Les Scadding will also join the Newport board this week.

Southall's Acorn recruitment company has a £1bn turnover. Mark Crook, joint managing director of Newport-based Henry Howard Finance, Scott Salter, director of Go Compare financial services comparisons site and Newport stockbroker Dan O'Connell of Kymin financial services are understood to be in talks as they consider investing in Newport. Not all investors will join the Newport board, but will help with its running and are expected to appoint County's first chief executive once their funding is approved. Chris Blight's departure, which has paved the way for the new investment, means that County currently have just two board members including chairman David Hando.

On the field County lost their latest friendly last night 3-1 to a well drilled Yeovil Town side at Rodney Parade. They drew with a young Swansea City outfit 2-2 at Rodney Parade on Tuesday in front of 891 fans.

COUNTY DRAW WITH MERTHYR

July 27 - County shared the spoils 2-all with Merthyr at Rodney Parade last night. A late Jake Harris goal rescued the match in front of a crowd of 700.

HISTORIC WIN FOR NEWPORT

July 24 - Newport County opened their account at Rodney Parade with a 2-0 win over Bristol Rovers in a sweltering evening at Rodney Parade. The County were buoyed by a crowd of 1549. Jefferson Louis created history by scoring Newport County’s first goal at Rodney Parade for over 70 years. Kris Fielden prodded home Ryan Charles's assist at the second half to complete a memorable start at their new ground.

CHRIS BLIGHT EXITS SUDDENLY

July 19 - Newport County Chairman Chris Blight has fulfilled his threat to walk away from the club following recent threatening personal phone calls. Blight announced his decision to resign today.

"Recent events within our club have brought issues into the arena of our local media and fan forums - some favourable, and some to the contrary." Blight has reportedly received abusive telephone calls both on his mobile and at home from individuals, unhappy at suggestions that he had blocked potential new investment in the Blue Square Bet Premier club. He added "At the same time, I will have to stand down from my position as a director on the board of the Football Conference. My departure will offer the opportunity for a new chairman to be found and appointed, in the superb new surroundings of Rodney Parade. Like many other club chairmen up and down the country, I have to accept 'the rough with the smooth', and after nearly 10 years of involvement with this club, I think that I have had a good measure of both ends of that spectrum."

The Football Conference in a strongly worded statement of support criticised the fans responsible "The directors of the competition are astounded, yet sadly not surprised in today's climate, that politics within clubs can be manipulated by certain individuals in the way it has brought the resignation of a principled individual, who has been an integral and important part of the team which runs the Football Conference."

County added a statement of their own "We are sad to confirm that Chris Blight has resigned from his role as Chairman. Chris has made an extraordinary contribution to the development and success of Newport County AFC over the past 10 years. Under his leadership, the club has progressed to the Blue Square Premier League and reached Wembley for the first time in its history. "

The club will now look for a successor, but have said that current Club President, David Hando, will take over the role in the meantime.

EDINBURGH IN TALKS

July 14 - Newport County boss Justin Edinburgh has revealed he is close to signing a new contract extension with Newport County. The ex-Spurs defender has a year of his current deal left but is set to extend his stay with the FA Trophy finalists. "I'm in talks with the football club about extending my contract by a further year or two," he said. "I think that shows my commitment and the club's commitment and shows that we are a work in progress.

County won at Evesham 3-0 on Saturday with goals from Jake Harris, Andy Sandell and substitute Jefferson Louis. They drew 1-1 at Moreton on the Marsh on Friday. Their match on July 31 with Chippenham has been cancelled.

COUNTY COME A CROPPER AT UNDY

July 6 - Newport County slipped to a 3-1 defeat against Undy last night.

EDINBURGH STARTS TO ASSEMBLE SQUAD

July 2 - Justin Edinburgh is continuing to build his squad for the new season with County's first friendly at Undy only a few days away.

To date the following are signed up. Goalkeepers: Alan Julian. Defenders: Tony James, Ismail Yakubu, Andrew Hughes. Midfielders: David Pipe (captain), Andy Sandell, Lee Minshull, Jake Thompson, Lee Evans, Max Porter. Attackers: Jefferson Louis, Jake Harris, Ryan Charles and Danny Crow

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.

 

 

 

 

 

   FIXTURES 2012- 2013         

                   UP THE COUNTY!

             
         F  A  Att
July 6 Undy (F) (a) 1 2 200
  13 Moreton (F) (a) 1 1 200
  14 Evesham (F) (a) 3 1 366
  21 Carmarthen (F) (a) 1 3 200
  24 Bristol Rovers (F) (h) 2 0 1549
  28 Merthyr (h) 2 2 701
  31 Swansea City (F) (h) 2 2 891
Aug 3 Yeovil (F) (h) 1 3  
  11 Mansfield (a)  4  3 2924
  14 Nuneaton (h)  4  0  2646
  18 Lincoln (h)  2 3024 
  25 Braintree (a)  2 611
  28 Hereford (h)  2  0 4365
Sept 1 Wrexham (a)  0  2 3820
  4 Dartford (a)  1  2  1446
  8 Stockport (h)  0  0  2306
  15 Barrow (a)  3  0  802
  22 Southport (h)  2  1  2802
  25 AFC Telford (a)  4  2  
  29 Grimsby (h)  0  0  2968
Oct 6 Tamworth (a)  2 1201 
  9 Ebbsfleet (h)  1  2453
  13 Macclesfield (a)  1  1  1544
  20 Yate FA Cup (a) 3 3 1190
  23 Yate FA Cup (h) 1 3 1463
  27 Woking (h)  2  3 2088
Nov 6 Cambridge (h)  6  2 1787
  10 Alfreton (a)  3  4  663
  17 Hyde (h)  1  3  2096
  24 Welling - FA Trophy (a) 0 2  
Dec 1 Gateshead (h)  3  1  1473 
  4 Luton (h)  P    
  8 Kidderminster (a)  2  3  1951
  11 Luton (h) 5 2 2247
  22 Braintree (h)  P    
  26 Forest Green Rovers (a)  2 2232 
  29 Hereford (a)  P    
Jan 1 Forest Green Rovers (h) 0 2787
  4 Wrexham (h) 1 1 3627
  12 Lincoln (a)  4 1970
  19 BARROW (h) 0 2 2107
  22 Woking (a)  P    
  29 BRAINTREE (h) P    
Feb 2 Kidderminster (h)  P    
  9 Tamworth (h)  2 1712 
  12 Mansfield (h)  2 1902
  16 Woking (a) 3 1 2116
  23 AFC Telford (h)  2 1761 
  26 Gateshead (a)  P    
March 2 Hyde (a)  1  640
  5 Hereford (a)  3 2 2519
  9 Ebbsfleet (a)  1  808
  11 Gateshead (a) P    
  16 Macclesfield (h) P    
  19 Kidderminster (h) 1 2 2652
  21 Gateshead (a) P    
  23 Stockport (a)  0  3154
  26 Southport (a) 2 0 606
  28 Gateshead (a) 0 0 227
  30 Dartford (h)  0 2111 
April 1 Nuneaton (a)  2 1068 
  5 Cambridge (a)  0  2012
  9 Braintree (h)  1 0 1864
  11 Macclesfield (h)  4 1 1606
  13 Alfreton (h)  2 2138 
  16 Luton (a) 2 2 5135
  20 Grimsby (a)  0  4555
  24 Grimsby (a) 1 0 5414
  28 Grimsby (h) 1 0 6615
May 5 WREXHAM (Wembley Stadium)   2 0 16346
    PROMOTED