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.
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 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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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."
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."
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.
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