NEWPORT COUNTY AFC 2013/14
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 Football League under the management of Justin Edinburgh after winning the Conference play off final against Wrexham at Wembley in May 2013. In 2012/13 they also played their first season At Rodney Parade, home of Newport rugby. For more information http://www.newport-county.co.uk/
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NEWPORT PREPARE FOR CARL ZEISS CLASH WITH UNDY WIN
July 26 - Newport beat Undy 5-0 before they face Carl Zeiss Jena at Spytty Park today. Shaun Jeffers picked up a second half hat trick. Joe Parker and Tom Owen Evans also scored in the second half. Over 1,000 fans from Germany are expected in Newport today according to Gwent Police.
DRAW AT BASINGSTOKE
July 23 - County's latest match at Basingstoke ended in a 1-1 draw with an equalising goal from Aaron O'Connor.
COUNTY BEAT GLOUCESTER AND SHIFT FRIENDLIES
July 20 - Newport County beat Gloucester 2-0 away at Cinderford yesterday in their latest friendly. Two second half goals in a generally mixed performance for County came from front man Rene Howe.
County's two friendlies against Carl Zeiss Jena (Saturday July 26 kick off 2pm) and Coventry (Tuesday July 29 kick off 7.30pm) will take place at Spytty Park rather than Rodney Parade to allow for completion of work on the pitch at Newport RFC's ground.
STRIKERS SCORE AS COUNTY WIN AGAIN
July 15 - Newport County won comfortably at Weston super Mare tonight beating the home team 2-0 with second half goals from Jolley and O'Connor.
Midfielder Mark Byrne has signed for Newport on a short term contract (until January).
COUNTY BEAT CIRENCESTER / OTHER NEWS
July 12 - County beat Cirencester 5-0 away tonight. Aaron O'Connor was amongst the scorers. Other goals came from Rene Howe (2) Joe Parker and Michael Flynn.
Max Porter is out for six weeks following the injury sustained at Evesham. County's match with Exeter has been rescheduled to Sunday November 19, moved from the day before, kick off 3pm.
NEWPORT WIN FRIENDLY
July 9 - As Germany were thrashing Brazil 7-1 in the World Cup semi final last night Newport County were beating Evesham 4-2 away from home. the only negative issue the withdrawal of Max Porter after 25 minutes with an injury. County's goals came from Byrne, Howe, Klukowski and Zebroski.
June 26 - Newport's home fixture with Cambridge United has been moved from Saturday September 6 to Monday September 8 due to the NATO summit, kick off time 7.45pm.
OPENING FIXTURES ANNOUNCED
Jun 18 - Newport County open the new League Two season with a home match against Wycombe on August 9. They face Reading away in the League Cup on the following Tuesday or Wednesday. In terms of Christmas fixtures they have a home match against Plymouth on Boxing Day, play Cheltenham way and December 28 and Carlisle at home on January 3. Easter Saturday sees a home fixture with Hartlepool followed by an Easter Monday clash on April 6 with Exeter. No fixtures are permitted at Rodney Parade between August 27 and September 7.
FEELY BACK WITH TWO-YEAR DEAL
June 1 - Kevin Feely has agreed a two year deal to join Newport County AFC on a permanent basis after a successful loan spell for the last few months of the previous season.
Central defender Feely was a big hit with the County faithful in the 10 games he played from March to May with The Exiles, including scoring the winner in the last game of the season against high flying Rochdale. This has been a great few weeks for Feely after making his debut for the Republic of Ireland U21's against a Qatari Olympic XI last week in Aachen.
BLAKE HOPES FADE
May 23 - Newport's hopes of keeping hold of Darcy Blake at Rodney Parade look set to be dashed. The Wales international made eight appearances at the end of the season having signed for the Exiles on a short-term contract following his departure from Crystal Palace. But boss Justin Edinburgh looks ready to admit defeat in his hopes of keeping Blake"I spoke to Darcy's representatives and unfortunately I don't think we're going to be able to come to a compromise," he told the South Wales Argus."We needed to improve the deal that he came here in March and we understood that but it looks like Darcy is looking at other avenues now." However, Mike Flynn has signed a new contract for the coming season.
TWO SIGN UP
May 20 - Justin Edinburgh has made his first signings in preparation for the 2014/15 season with local boy Darren Jones returning to the County along with midfielder Yan Klukowski joining from Forest Green Rovers FC. The Manager has moved quickly to add to the squad and is delighted with the acquisitions:
'I said I wanted to provide quality and depth to the defence and midfield as we are strong at present with attacking options. It is great to get 2 targets I have been following for a while and the squad is shaping up nicely prior to pre-season.' Central defender Darren Jones re-joins The Exiles after a recent spell with AFC Wimbledon. Prior to joining The Dons the former Wales made over 50 appearances for Shrewsbury Town.
May 20 - Work has started on the pitch "Drainage works to the Rodney Parade pitch have commenced by excavating trial holes, as agreed with the Football League recommended appointed agronomist STRI, to determine the condition of the lateral drains previously installed by Phil Day Sports, at locations where Rodney Parade made temporary connections to during the bad weather last winter. The findings of these trial holes have been forwarded in a report to Rodney Parade and the appointed agronomist and we are awaiting confirmation of the remedial works required to repair the drains prior to commencing works this week. The works will take approximately one week to complete subject to the weather and all works completed will be subject to inspection by an independent agronomist."
MANAGER TO MEET FLYNN AND ANTHONY TO FINALISE CONTRACTS
May 18 - Justin Edinburgh will sit down with Michael Flynn and Byron Anthony on Tuesday May 20th to finalise both players' futures. In what has already been a busy pre-season the Manager has also been in talks with potential recruits for the 2014/15 season. In addition to negotiating possible additions to the squad Justin Edinburgh has also been finalising pre-season with the remaining dates scheduled for fixtures due to be confirmed early next week.
SIX MORE COMMIT TO COUNTY
May 15 - Lenny Pidgeley, Ismail Yakubu, Max Porter, Andy Sandell, Lee Minshull and Danny Crow have confirmed their commitment to Newport County by signing new contracts for 2014-15.
JONES DEPARTS / FLYNN SET TO TAKE ON NEW ROLE
May 12 - Newport County have made the following statement "As part of the on-going development at Newport County AFC, with the Club continuing to establish itself as a Football League club, the Academy and coaching structure is being revamped. A result of these changes will see Academy Director Glyn Jones leaving the Club. As the Club moves forward towards achieving EPPP Category 4 status there will be further changes and, as previously reported, Michael Flynn is to be offered a Development coaching role alongside a new playing contract."
The Club is also hoping to enter a Development Team in the newly formed Football League Development League, which will be a mid-week regional competition, with no age restriction on players
FLYNN SET TO STAY
May 6 - Hometown boy Michael Flynn is set to remain with Newport County as contract talks with the current squad proceed apace. The following players are retained - Hughes, Chapman, Jackson, Jolley, Wilmott, Jeffers, Howe, Joe Parker and Jamie Stephens. The following are released - Pipe, Burge and Worley. Considering offers - Pidgeley, Crow, Yakubu, Minshull, Zebroski, Sandell, Crow. Negotiating terms - Flynn, Blake, Anthony. Tony James joins the coaching team and Aaron Holloway will remain on a non-contract basis.
Tom Naylor, Ian McLoughlin and Kevin Feely have all returned to their former clubs.
EXILES END CAMPAIGN ON HIGH NOTE
May 3 - A game played in an exuberant atmosphere, a big crowd on a warm day with plenty of incident. It is why Newport County need to be in the Football League. Too often this season complacent fans have over-looked that the main objective is to get established in League Two before the club can move on. The manager and players have experienced criticism but at the end they have achieved their objective comfortably. There was evidence of the same complacency at times yesterday. The old farts in the Bisley Stand expended quite a lot of their negative energy on Adam Chapman for some reason. Some Newport fans prefer hard tackling, full throttle midfielders and are not attuned to creativity or risk, shame on them for this and for criticising their own player with such vitriol.
Rochdale brought 1200 fans with them and for most of the match were the better side. They punished Newport down the left and eventually got the break they deserved as George Donnelly resisted keeper McLoughlin's challenge to score on 28 minutes. However, despite the good football played Rochdale's chances were few and far between. Newport surged forward on 41minutes through Ryan Jackson, he crossed, Mike Flynn's half volley was parried away by Dale keeper Lillis Aaron O'Connor was on hand to poach the equaliser.
The second half was an open spectacle with heaps of endeavour. Rochdale still maintained their control of play but County changed their forward formation twice (bringing on Jolley and Jeffers) to add some pace to their play. On 83 minutes Ian Henderson broke through and was tripped by Ryan Jackson who was red-carded. From the resulting penalty Ian McLoughlin pulled off a superb save to his left to deny Matthew Lund. Within two minutes to go from a County free kick central defender Kevin Feely headed the ball over Lillis and it looped in slow motion into the Rochdale goal.
It was a day of mixed emotions for Rochdale. At one stage they were set to be crowned League Two champions only for results at Chesterfield and Scunthorpe to go against them. They finished third but are clearly a fine side and one of the best foot-balling teams to play at Rodney Parade this season. For Newport it was a high note o which to end a solid return to the Football League.
Justin Edinburgh commented "It's fantastic. We've had a brilliant season and accomplished what we set out to do and to round it off with a victory against a promoted side was a fantastic end to the season. And it's a credit to the players because I think they have been absolutely outstanding all year."
Our player of the season - Robbie Wilmott
BURGE TWEET CONFIRMS DEPARTURE
Ryan Burge has confirmed he is leaving Newport County on Twitter
PRE-SEASON FRIENDLIES CONFIRMED
Tuesday 8th July 2014 Evesham United (Away) 7:45pm (KO)
Saturday 12th July 2014 Cirencester Town (Away) 3:00pm (KO)
Tuesday 15th July 2014 Weston Super Mare (Away) 7:30pm (KO)
Saturday 19th July 2014 Gloucester City AFC (Away)* 3:00pm (KO) *at Cinderford Town FC
Saturday 26th July 2014 FC Carl Zeiss Jena (Home) 3:00pm (KO)
COUNTY FOILED BY LATE GOAL
Apr 27 - York City claimed a late victory over Newport County and with it a place in the League Two play-offs. Michael Coulson's second-half free-kick secured the win. Newport's best chance came when Lee Minshull headed Ryan Jackson's throw against the post. County keeper Ian McLoughlin had a fine game denying Adam Reed twice. County face Rochdale in their final fixture next Saturday.
PIPE BIDS FAREWELL
Apr 24 - Newport County AFC and David Pipe have reached a mutual agreement to end the contract between both parties and the player is 'free to explore other opportunities with immediate effect'.
The club website states "This has not been an easy decision and it is credit to all parties involved that an amicable decision has been reached in a professional manner. ‘Pipey’ has been an integral part of the club since joining in September 2011, amassing over a century of appearances, and leading The Exiles to Wembley appearances in successive seasons. This culminated in lifting the Football Conference Play-Off trophy last May and returning the ‘County’ to the Football League. "
EXILES SURRENDER TWO GOAL LEAD TO DONS
Apr 18 - Newport County surrendered a two goal lead to a terrific fight-back from AFC Wimbledon in Kingston this afternoon. The Exiles emerged with a point from a thoroughly entertaining match.
Chris Zebroski's fine volley gave Newport the lead on fifteen minutes in a first half dominated by the Exiles. Early in the second half Mike Flynn doubled the lead from the penalty spot after Christian Jolley was fouled. Within a minute Kwesi Appiah reduced the deficit after Newport failed to clear a free-kick. After 69 minutes George Francomb equalised for the hosts when his long-range effort took a deflection to beat Ian McLoughlin. County striker Aaron O'Connor came on as a second-half substitute to make his first appearance of the season after a lengthy injury lay-off going close with a late effort.
JOLLEY GOOD DAY FOR COUNTY
Apr 12 - A goal just after the hour from Christian Jolley set Newport on the way to a comfortable 2-0 win over struggling Wycombe Wanderers. Jolley tapped in from a couple of metres out after a long Ryan Jackson throw in. The goal eased County's frayed nerves and led to their best half an hour of football in weeks. On 73 minutes Chris Zebroski blasted an emphatic shot past Ingram to make it two. Wycombe offered little although they had one fine effort parried away by McLoughlin in the first half. Howe nearly made it three, his effort bouncing off the cross bar. It was a good win putting the Exiles twelfth and giving the home faithful their first victory since February 18th. The goal for Jolley was only his second of the entire campaign, his coming on the opening day of the season. Hopefully, this will give him the lift he needs to recapture his form of the 2012-13 season.
Apr 9 - Newport County AFC central defender Ismail Yakubu suffered ankle ligament damage in the recent 1-1 draw with Chesterfield last Saturday. As a result of the initial diagnosis the County medical team can confirm that the player will require further treatment that will rule the 29 year old out for the remainder of the season.
A scan taken on Monday revealed the damage but further tests are needed to confirm whether an operation is required. The results of these further tests will be assessed by the medical team on Wednesday when a decision will be made on whether Yakubu will require surgery.
COUNTY SLUMP TO ANOTHER HOME LOSS
Apr 8 - Newport County slumped to another home defeat to a Plymouth Argyll side pushing for the play-offs. The goals all came in a nine minute period. The Green Army took the lead when Harvey's powerful header from Nathan Thomas' cross put them in front after 21 minutes. Within six minutes Chris Zebrovski levelled from an awkward angle following Ryan Jackson's through ball. Conor Hourihane's finish from a counter-attack made it 2-1.
PORTER STRIKE BRINGS HOME A POINT
Apr 5 - Max Porter's fine strike gave Newport County a late equaliser at high flying Chesterfield. Jimmy Ryan had given Chesterfield the lead with a chip over County goalkeeper Ian McLoughlin. The point halts Newport's recent slide.
Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh told BBC Radio Wales: "It was a spirited display, we showed good character... we got a little bit fortunate today but once we got through that spell I thought we could get something out of the game. "
COUNTY PAY THE PENALTY FOR POOR DISCIPLINE
Mar 30 - Newport County paid the penalty for dreadful discipline in their defeat to Portsmouth. The Exiles finished with nine men as they slumped to yet another defeat.
Newport went behind controversially when Kevin Feely was adjudged to have fouled Ryan Taylor in the area and the striker converted the penalty. Midfielder Adam Chapman was then shown a straight red card for a dreadful two-footed lunge. Jed Wallace got a goal from a header after 40 minutes to confirm Pompey's domination. The second half saw a much improved effort by County as they created a number of chances culminating in Yakubu's 74th minute goal. They continued to press but were dealt a further blow as Darcy Blake was also sent off for a second booking after 82 minutes.
BURY BORE-DRAW AT RODNEY PARADE
Mar 26 - Bury flunked four clear cut chances but an away point in a scoreless draw with Newport County at Rodney Parade. In the second half Newport stepped up the pressure with Bury keeper Brian Jensen making a series of saves to deny hard working Chris Zebroski and Mike Flynn. The match was notable for a garden fire on Corporation Road swirling across Rodney Parade throughout the game.
COUNTY MID-TABLE FOR AWAY SUPPORT
Mar 24 - Newport County are comfortably in mid-table in League Two for the number of away supporters. They are joint 11th out of the 24 teams in the division and 52nd out of the 72 teams in the Football League. The Amber Army were much in evidence in the League Cup earlier in the season with huge followings at Brighton and West Brom, they were very much in evidence at Torquay in Saturday's key fixture. http://the72.co.uk/2013/12/01/all-72-average-away-attendances/
For home attendances they are thirteenth in the League with an average crowd of 3,500. Their top crowd was 5387 against Bristol Rovers.
The scorers table on right now updated. Christian Jolley has scored only one goal in 31 games.
COUNTY SEAL VITAL WIN
Mar 23 - 860 Newport County fans roared the Exiles to a significant 1-0 win at Plainmoor, a victory cementing their mid-table position. Chris Zebroski's after eight minutes ended Newport County's poor run with a much needed win at Torquay United. Zebroski hit the ball home from a narrow angle. It was Newport's their first win in nine games. Torquay were reduced to 10 men in the first half when Shamir Goodwin was red carded for an elbow on County captain Michael Flynn. Justin Edinburgh commented ""I was pleased with the general play. We changed the system slightly and I thought we had two very good debutants in Darcy Blake and Kevin Feely."
DAGGERS TOO CLINICAL FOR COUNTY
Mar 19 - Despite a valiant second half display Newport County could not make up for a desperate first half at home to Dagenham and Redbridge. A bizarre first goal saw the County defence transfixed allowing Medi Elito to lob keeper McLoughlin. Elito was on hand again to finish a Daggers move on 43 minutes. Prior to this Chris Zebroski had a penalty hit the crossbar, Just prior to half time Robbie Wilmott made it 2-1 with a free kick off. Daggers manager Wayne Burnett was sent to the stand for verbally abusing referee Charles Breakspear at half-time.
Newport dominated the second half and came close but as the game wore on frustration crept it and it was no surprise when David Pipe was sent off after a second yellow card in the 86th minute.
NAYLOR OFF AS COUNTY SLUMP AGAIN
Mar 11 - A 56th minute red card for Tom Naylor had a dramatic impact on Newport's fortunes at Morecambe. The Exiles were leading comfortably thanks to a Naylor goal when the central defender brought down Kevin Ellison. He was sent off and Jamieon Devitt converted the penalty to even the scores. Morecambe piled on the pressure with the advantage of the extra man and added three further goals, one from Ellison (after 62 minutes) and two from substitute Redshaw (after 72 and 81 minutes) in front of a tiny crowd. The Exiles are now seven off the play offs and seven off the relegation zone!
LATE GOAL DEFEATS COUNTY
Mar 8 - After a second half fightback Newport County were denied by an injury time goal from Anthony Howell at Mansfield, going down 2-1. The second half provided excellent entertainment following an indifferent first 45 minutes. Two goalkeeping errors led to goals with County's Parrish spilling Ryan Tafazolli's header in to the net after 28 minutes. Mansfield goalkeeper Alan Marriott dropped Tom Naylor's free-kick into the path of Rene Howe who put it home.
EDINBURGH BLAMES PITCH
Newport County and Fleetwood Town fought out a 0-0 bore-fest at Rodney Parade on Tuesday night. Antoni Sarcevic could have given Fleetwood the lead but shot wide with only keeper Elliot Parish to beat. Rene Howe should have won it for Newport, only to misread the bobble of the ball from inside the six-yard box. Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh told BBC Radio Wales: "We've done enough to win the game but unfortunately the pitch has cost us the game, it's as simple as that. " Admission was a fiver, no one could complain they did not get value for money!
ZEBROSKI STRIKE STEALS DRAW
Mar 1 - Chris Zebroski struck home an Adam Chapman corner to snatch a draw for County as they seemed destined to go down to a third consecutive defeat to Scunthorpe United. The 2-2 draw was just reward for a gritty performance from Newport. The were dominant in the first half with waves of attacks culminating in a Lee Minshull headed goal after 25 minutes. It should have been more given the pressure and Scunthorpe improved their game considerably after the interval. Paddy Madden struck home to equalise after an hour. David Syers goal seven minutes from time made it 2-1 before Zebroski's late strike.
LATE DONS DOUBLE DENIES COUNTY
Feb 25 - A brace of goals in the last six minutes of time denied Newport County at Rodney Parade tonight. A match played on a near impossible surface sprang into life when the Exiles substituted their two forward players, Jolley and Zebroski after an hour. A free kick aimed at Rene Howe was rabbit punched by Wimbledon keeper Worner in to his own net. The comedy value of the goal was not lost on the crowd. But Wimbledon hit back with a string of attacks and after several misses sub Charlie Sherringham (son of Teddy) equalised at the near post from a corner. They clinched the 2-1 victory with a fine individual effort from another sub Kevin Saint Luce with three minutes to play.
CHELTENHAM HOLD OUT TO BEAT EXILES
Feb 23 - Newport County's had plenty of possession against Cheltenham but could not make it tell. Cheltenham scored the only game mid way through the first half with a shot from Andrew Vincent and despite opportunities the Exiles could find a way through their defence. Ryan Burge hit the target with a free kick but was unable to repeat his superb goal against Oxford United.
COUNTY BATTLE BACK TO WIN AT HOME
Feb 19 - A cracking match saw Newport County battle from one down to beat Oxford United at a sandy Rodney Parade last night. The Exiles dominated the game but could not match Oxford's clinical finishing. They still mustered enough opportunities to emerge victorious and to delight the football-starved home faithful. Oxford were unbeaten away from home prior to this fixture.
Oxford took the lead with a fine strike at goal by James Constable in their first attack after Newport had put them under immense pressure. New centre forward Rene Howe equalised just before half-time deflecting a Minshull shot. Man of the match Ryan Burge scored a magnificent free kick in the second half to reward Newport's attacking endeavours. Zebroski added a third. Potter managed a late goal for the visitors in the 88th minute.
HEAVY DEFEAT FOR EXILES
Feb 16 - There is little doubt that recent postponements have left Newport county lacking in match practice and confidence , County have failed to register a victory in six whirl opponents Hartlepool moved close to play-off places with a comprehensive 3-0 win yesterday. Newport were in charge in the first half but Hartlepool took the lead with a Luke James shot. They went two up when Andy Sandell put the ball in his own net following Naylor's deflection of Simon Walton's corner. Luke Williams scored the third in injury time.
DELIGHT AS ZEBROSKI TRAVELS NORTH WITH SQUAD
Feb 13 - Justin Edinburgh says he is delighted to include striker Chris Zebroski in the squad travelling to Hartlepool for this weekend's Sky Bet League 2 match. Just as Byron Anthony recovered in record time from his injury back in August, Zebroski has done the same since he was helped off the pitch at Braintree Town in an FA Cup game last November.
He has worked with the medical team at Newport County AFC and has taken part in training recently so is delighted to be in contention after such a lengthy period on the side-lines. 'It has been frustrating, but I have received great support from family, friends and the club. I can't wait to get back into the action as there are plenty of games left to play!'
COUNTY COUNT COST OF POSTPONEMENTS
Feb 8 - Newport County claim to have lost £180,000 in gate receipts after having five of their last six home fixtures postponed . Friday night's League Two match against Fleetwood was the latest victim of the weather. And there are already doubts about next Tuesday's home game against AFC Wimbledon at Rodney Parade. "It's devastating for everybody at the club, frustration is not the word," said chief executive Dave Boddy.
FLEETWOOD GAME OFF
Feb 7 - After an early pitch inspection by a local referee assessor nominated by the Football League, the pitch at Rodney Parade was deemed unplayable for tonight's game against Fleetwood Town FC. County said on their website "Many thanks go to the volunteers who were at the ground bright and early before 8:00am taking the covers off the pitch. The club appreciate all your efforts and Justin came over to show his appreciation on behalf of the staff and players."
Fleetwood Town's Chief Executive was pitch side while the inspection took place along with Justin, Jimmy Dack, Howard Greenhaf, Tim Harris and Dave Boddy. Despite a monumental amount of work from staff and volunteers the sheer volume of rain has rendered the surface unplayable. The re-arranged date for the fixture will be announced once agreed between Newport County AFC, Fleetwood Town and the Football League.
Newport County AFC is exploring the opportunity of 'dome-style' pitch covers prior to the AFC Wimbledon game next Tuesday subject to availability from suppliers. A request was made to AFC Wimbledon to 'switch' the fixtures between the two clubs with Newport County AFC offering to travel to Kingsmeadow next Tuesday and the return match being played at Rodney Parade over Easter. However, despite AFC Wimbledon expressing sympathy at our plight, the decision was to leave the games on their current dates and venues.
COUNTY THANK VOLUNTEERS
Feb 5 - Around 20 volunteers braved the elements tonight after the Newport RFC v Aberavon RFC match at Rodney Parade by ensuring pitch covers were in place prior to expected further rain overnight. Led by County staff Dave Boddy, James Watts, Jordan Royal and Norman Parselle, the volunteers were onto the pitch at the final whistle to cover the worst affected areas. County's website states "A huge thank you to the County fans who managed to attend at such short notice."
ANTHONY BACK FROM INJURY
Feb 4 - County central defender Byron Anthony has played his first game since suffering a double leg break in August at Brighton. Anthony played 70 minutes for County's development side in a 3-2 win at Bristol Rovers.
WILMOTT PENALTY MISS MARS FINE DISPLAY
Feb 1 - A penalty miss by Robbie Wilmott marred an otherwise fine, fighting display By Newport County at fourth-placed Southend United. The winger hit his spot-kick yards wide of goal after Mark Phillips had brought down Ryan Burge. For Southend Will Atkinson came close heading against the post. Willmott had a late chance too blocked by Southend keeper Daniel Bentley when clean through in injury time.
PITCH SHAMBLES CONTINUES AS ANOTHER FIXTURE CALLED OFF
Jan 28 - Following heavy showers this morning the match referee for tonight's SkyBet League 2 home match against Plymouth Argyle called the fixture off at 12.30.
CONOR SET TO LEAVE
Jan 26 - Peterborough United have agreed a fee with Newport County for the transfer of striker Conor Washington. The 21-year-old, will speak to Peterborough on Monday. Posh striker Shaun Jeffers will head to Rodney Parade in part-exchange. County's website states "The transfer of Washington could net the County in excess of £500,000 and with the potential of a future wind-fall as a sell on clause has also been agreed with Peterborough. Newport County AFC can confirm that we have beaten off stiff competition for 21 year old Shaun Jeffers and we are delighted to welcome this exciting prospect to the club. "
COUNTY GO DOWN IN FIERY DERBY
Jan 25 - The travelling hordes of County fans were left disappointed by a 3-1 defeat to Bristol Rovers. Off the field scuffles could not detract from Rovers victory and although County earned some respect in the latter half of the game they were not clinical in front of goal. Debutant Kaid Mohamed, on loan from Port Vale, gave Rovers the lead in first-half stoppage time. Eliot Richards made it two before Rene Howe pulled one back. Newport bombarded the Rovers goal in a frenetic lat quarter with Minshull going close before John-Joe O'Toole made it 3-1 late on.
POSH BID FOR CONOR
Jan 23 - Conor Washington, Newport County's up and coming striker, is the subject of a transfer bid from League One side Peterborough. Washington has impressed this season despite a recent lack of goals. "We have received an offer from Peterborough United," said Justin Edinburgh. "But as we stand now the deal isn't progressing. Whether or not it happens I think that would be whether it's right for the football club [Newport]." Washington, aged 21, from Chatham, played for St. Ives Town scoring 64 goals in 60 appearances. He has scored 4 goals in 24 matches for Newport including a goal against Brighton in the League Cup.
In addition Justin Edinburgh confirmed that an offer was made directly to himself regarding a managerial position at Northampton which was politely turned down. 'I've got a job to finish here at Newport County AFC, I am happy here. It is flattering to be linked to potential jobs but all I am concentrating on is getting the squad ready for Saturday's important game at Bristol Rovers.'
36 TICKETS LEFT FOR BRISTOL!
Jan 22 - There are 36 tickets left for Newport County's match at Bristol Rovers on Saturday. 1200+ fans are expected to make the trip.
NEWPORT COUNTY POSTPONEMENT
Jan 18 - Newport County's match with Dagenham and Redbridge was called off following a 9am pitch inspection attended by the match referee and the two managers, Justin Edinburgh and Wayne Burnett.
CONTRACT EXTENSION FOR WILMOTT
Jan 13 - Robbie Wilmott has agreed a contract extension until the summer of 2015 following recent good form for Newport County. The Exiles will be playing a behind closed doors development game at Cheltenham to assist injured players return to match fitness.
COUNTY END POOR RUN WITH FIGHTING DRAW
Jan 12 - A very late Lee Minshull strike gave Newport County a fighting 3-3 draw at Accrington Stanley. The draw ended County's recent dip in form but they had to scrap every inch of the way to achieve it. They were minus Adam Chapman (suspended) and Mike Flynn (dropped) but Robbie Wilmott put the Exiles in front after 11 minutes with a free kick. Peter Murphy scored a 23rd minute equaliser and then a header from Kai Naismith put the home team in front. Ryan Burge confirmed County's dominance in the second half with a great run and a fine strike after 71 minutes. But despite having much of the play County failed to find a winner, the referee over-looked a penalty claim as Washington fell after lobbing the goalkeeper. It was Accrington Stanley who went in front on 88 minutes when Murphy nodded beyond Pidgeley. But County showed resilience to seal a point at the death.
EDINBURGH 'DISAPPOINTED' WITH TWITTER OUTBURST
Jan 10 - Justin Edinburgh has expressed his disappointment with injured striker Aaron O'Connor for criticising the club's training methods on Twitter. O'Connor accused the club of forcing injured players to be "in for eight hours-a-day" to make up for two recent defeats. "There's no truth in that," said Edinburgh, "I'm disappointed. I've made Aaron aware that I'm going to be seeing him," he said. "It will be dealt with and dealt with in the correct manner." O'Connor can expect a fine.
NORTHAMPTON BUS TARGETED AFTER GAME
Jan 9 - Northampton Town confirmed that their team bus was targeted after the match with Newport at Rodney Parade. The object broke the glass of one of the coach’s windows.
Gareth Willsher, spokesman for Northampton Town, told the Northampton Chronicle and Echo that none of the players or staff were injured as a result of the incident. He said: “This was a one-off and we just carried on as normal. We had no other problems. It was a good day for the club with the team performing well and winning and we had good hospitality. None of the players or staff were injured. All we heard was a crack after the object hit the side of the bus.”
Jan 1 - The big holiday fixture with Oxford United was called off this morning due to a waterlogged pitch.
BREWERS OUT-PLAY EXILES
Dec 30 - For much of the game it appeared that Burton Albion lacked the killer instinct at the Pirelli Stadium despite having the better of the game. Newport County contributed to a fine match but seemed to run out of energy towards the end of the game. A poor tackle from Adam Chapman led to a free kick, a cross by McGurk and shot by Billy Kee which left Lenny Pidgeley floundering. Interestingly, Pidgeley had moved the defensive wall to the right to allow the free kick to cross in to the box! Burton went on to win 1-0.
Prior to the free kick County had defended stoutly with Pidgeley in good form. Burton hit the post and cross bar too and thoroughly deserved the points. Once again County were backed by the raucous Amber Army who out-sang the home fans on a cold day in Staffordshire.
FLYNN AGAIN AS COUNTY DOMINATE AT WYCOMBE
Dec 26 - Newport County's away goal specialist Mike Flynn gave them a great win at Adams Park. The Exiles began well, Christian Jolley hitting the underside of the bar with a half volley from the corner of the box. But it was Mike Flynn who then flicked home Adam Chapman's long ball first-time with the outside of his right foot for the game's only goal on 31 minutes. Wycombe twice had efforts cleared off the line - from Jo Kuffour and Matt McClure but Newport were in control for most of the game and can look forward to their trip to Burton with confidence.
RODNEY PARADE DRAINAGE PROBLEMS CONTINUE
Dec 22 - Newport County's match at home to AFC Wimbledon was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch following an inspection of the pitch by the match referee. It was the only postponement in the Football League. Work to improve drainage under the Rodney Parade pitch could not be finished before the start of the season and is due to be completed in May.
COUNTY BEAT PORTSMOUTH TO GO FOURTH
Dec 15 - Newport County are in dreamland following a fine 2-0 victory over Portsmouth at Fratton Park. The victory puts Newport in fourth place just three points behind leaders Oxford United. The two goals in three minutes were both scored by hometown boy Mike Flynn as Newport seized the advantage in front of 15,295 fans. Both sides had a number of chances, Christian Jolley missed a couple including a complete sitter and County should have had an early penalty. It was a frenetic and entertaining game.
PETERBOROUGH TOO STRONG FOR EXILES
Dec 12 - Peterborough were just too strong for Newport but the Exiles fought hard and the score-line flattered their opponents. Two very late goals from McCann and Mendez-Laing made it 3-0 after a second half dominated by Newport. Boro keeper Olejnik had a fine game, But County were always playing catch up following Kgosi Ntlhe's 13th minute goal. In a matter of four goals County have been eliminated from both Cups and they have just the League to focus their attention on.
BOGEY TEAM DUMP COUNTY OUT OF CUP
Dec 9 - Newport County's bogey team, Kidderminster Harriers, made it five wins in five against the Exiles by dumping them out of the FA Cup. 500 travelling fans saw County create a number of early chances before Michael Gash fired Harriers ahead from inside the area on 19 minutes. To add insult to injury Callum Gittings made it two after 28 minutes. Harriers went three up through Gittins just before the break. Gash made in four from a fine free kick before a Robbie Wilmott double gave County hope with seven minutes to play. Justin Edinburg told the BBC '"We let ourselves down and we are despondent because of the result, but we had enough chances to win the game."
NEW YEAR'S DAY CLASH ALL-TICKET
Dec 4 - Newport County's New Year's Day clash with Oxford United at Rodney Parade is all-ticket. The Sytner Stand is being extended until the end of the season to accommodate (along with the Bisley) 1,308 away fans.
EDINBURGH APPROACH REBUFFED
Dec 2 - County have confirmed they have turned down an approach from Portsmouth to talk to manager Justin Edinburgh. Portsmouth sacked Guy Whittingham on the weekend. Newport's decision followed a discussion with Edinburgh and the Board.
NEWPORT DEFY THE ODDS IN PULSATING ENCOUNTER
Dec 1 - Newport County beat Chesterfield 3- 2 in a pulsating encounter at Rodney Parade this afternoon. A gliding header from Danny Crow gave Newport an early lead after five minutes. But Chesterfield dominated much of the match, commanding the midfield for long periods. Newport's defence seemed solid until a mistake by Lenny Pidgeley left the way clear for Ryan to strike after an hour. County were galvanised in to action. Some neat interplay involving Chapman and Washington left the striker through on goal. He was hauled down by Liam Cooper. The referee's assistant intervened to make the decision and Cooper received a red card. Chapman slotted the penalty home. Substitute Andy Sandell playing up front made it three before Spirites Mark Richard pulled a late goal back. A flurry of late corners made it a nervous end to a fine spectacle. County go eighth, three off the top.
COUNTY FIGHT HARD AT OXFORD
Nov 26 - Newport County AFC and Oxford United played out a extremely tight match at the Kassam Stadium tonight. 437 County fans roared on Newport but opportunities were few and far between. In the first half the Exiles and the league leaders exchanged blows but there were few chances and little quality. The game opened up slightly more in the second half with Newport edging the match on points. The best chance - a long ball from Chapman squared off by Washington resulted in a good Jolley strike hitting the bar. Robbie Wilmott had a fine match and Washington finished the game superbly as more space became available.
WASHINGTON HITS POST BUT EXILES SETTLE FOR DRAW
Nov 22 - Newport County made it four games without conceding a goal but could not find enough to score at Cheltenham. Conor Washington came closest, hitting the ball just prior to the interval. Cheltenham put in a late flurry, Lenny Pidgeley in fine form in the County goal. 964 fans travelled to support County. Newport stay in the play off places.
FREE KICK ENOUGH TO PUT NEWPORT THROUGH
Nov 21 - Robbie Willmott's first-half free-kick was enough to defeat Braintree Town and take Newport County into the second round of the FA Cup where they face a trip to Conference high flyers Kidderminster Harriers. His goal just before half time proved just enough before a small crowd at Rodney Parade including 13 doughty Braintree fans.
COUNTY DISPOSE OF HARTLEPOOL
Nov 15 - The relentless progress of Newport County continued with a comfortable win on Friday night against Hartlepool. The makeshift Exiles, hit by significant injuries and suspensions played, Robbie Wilmott at left back. It was Wilmott who played the ball in for Harry Worley to score with a header after seven minutes. Throughout the first half County were dominant with Chapman controlling midfield and Washington a constant threat. However Hartlepool did come out briefly in the second half to play some football and had a couple of chances to equalise. But slightly against the run of play Washington prodded home from a metre out to make it two and with the crowd behind them County finished strongly to head for the play off places.
NEWPORT TOO STRONG FOR POMPEY
Nov 11 - Newport County were too strong for disappointing Portsmouth. County easily progressed to the semi final (where they will play Peterborough at home) after a convincing 3-0 win. Super striker Conor Washington scored a goal in each half, opening with his first after five minutes. Defender Adedeji OshilaJa, on loan from Cardiff City, added a second with a header. The only blot on the landscape was Newport captain David Pipe being sent off for a two-footed foul. But Washington made it three with his second in the 83rd minute. Portsmouth offered very little to their 600+ travelling fans.
COUNTY FIGHT-BACK AT BRAINTREE
Nov 10 - Newport County must replay Braintree at Rodney Parade after their first round tie ended in a draw. Chez Isaac gave the home time an early lead. In the second half Newport piled on the pressure and even though both sides had chances County could have won. They had to contend themselves with one goal. Braintree Peters deflected Tom Naylor's shot into the back of the home side's net after 50 minutes. Happily, the game saw the successful return of Christian Jolley. He was replaced after 71 minutes by Conor Washington.
REFEREE MAN OF THE MAN AS FLEETWOOD TAKE THE SPOILS
Nov 4 - County manager Justin Edinburgh said it all in his interview with the BBC after this game "I've got to be careful how I say this, but I think the man in the middle [referee Andy Haines] has stole the show from us really. Where do you want Robbie [Willmott] to put his arms? They're down by his side, he hasn't made an attempt [to lift them], he's just put his body across. We get a player booked and sent off for penalties conceded, they concede a penalty and nothing happens. Work that one out, it's very inconsistent refereeing today. I'm going to go and ask his explanation after this."
Robbie Wilmott was controversially sent off after four minutes for handling a goal bound shot. Schumacher scored from the spot. He also added two further goals, including a further penalty on 49 minutes. Newport battled bravely, holding their own despite the referee's antics, and were rewarded with a penalty themselves. Fleetwood made it conclusive with a late David Ball goal but the damage was done at the start of the game.
November 7 update - Newport appealed the sending off but a Football Association Regulatory Commission ruled it was not a case of wrongful dismissal. "I have watched the game again, watched the incidents, and I stand by what I feel and that we were hard done by," said Edinburgh.
COUNTY YOUTH GO DOWN TO BRAVE DEFEAT
Oct 30 - In appalling conditions at Spytty Park Newport County Academy performed bravely against Cardiff City Academy in the FAW Youth Cup tonight. Having scored a brilliant opening goal Tre Marrett was sent off after 30 minutes for allegedly punching Ash Baker. Eli Phipps grabbed a goal back on 43 minutes, adding a second just after the hour.
FA CUP TIE ANNOUNCED
Oct 30 - Newport County will face Conference side Braintree away on November 9 in the first round of the FA Cup.
COUNTY SEE OFF SOUTHEND WITH BEST YET DISPLAY
Oct 27 - Newport County put up their best display to date following their return to the Football League as they disposed of Southend United 3-1 in an entertaining match. County could have scored six or seven, denied on a couple of occasions by Southend keeper Bentley and also by the post. The effervescent Conor Washington's shot give the Exiles the lead on 23 minutes. On 41 minutes a dubious free kick resulted in a superb Ben Coker goal from just outside their area. Just before half time County struck a killer blow as Andrew Hughes guided in a header across goal from Minshull. In the second half with County dominant another header, this time from Ismail Yakubu gave County a decisive advantage. Washington, Jackson, Zebroski and Chapman all went close as County surged forward. The victory puts them seventh, three points off the lead.
NEWPORT TOUGH OUT DRAW IN PLYMOUTH
Oct 23 - Newport County fought hard to secure a goalless draw in Plymouth backed by 404 travelling fans. The match had little to commend it other than a late floodlight failure that delayed play for over five minutes. Ryan Jackson was the pick of the County players proving an industrious and able replacement for David Pipe. The team were boosted by new contracts for two key men for next season "Newport County AFC are pleased to announce that Andrew Hughes and Conor Washington have signed contract extensions with the club through until 2015.This is great news for all concerned and we hope County fans will be as excited as the club at tying these 2 talented youngsters."
COUNTY BOUNCE BACK WITH COMFORTABLE WIN OVER YORK
Oct 19 - Newport County proved too strong for a listless York side at Rodney Parade today. The makeshift home side, reeling from last week's defeat with Mike Flynn dropped to the subs bench and David Pipe dropped altogether, made easy work of their opponents.
An early opportunity saw Adam Chapman's shot rebound off the bar. Top-scorer Chris Zebroski scored mid-way through the first half after good build up play involving Chapman, Jackson and Washington. The Tank, Lee Minshull, doubled Newport's lead with a fine shot before half-time. Washington hit the post early in the second half. The match degenerated in to a dreadful spectacle as County showed no ambition to pass the ball and York just generally looked a very poor side. Late on though Danny Crow was left unmarked at the far post to score Newport's third goal with with a minute left following Robbie Willmott's deft free-kick.
COUNTY IN BIG DEFEAT
Oct 13 - Striker Peter Vincenti scored early on with a long range shot as Rochdale outclassed Newport County 3- 0 at Spotland. Vincenti put Rochdale on their way after five minutes with a long-range effort which gave away goalkeeper Lenny Pidgeley no chance. Graham Cummins added a second with a tap-in seven minutes before the interval. Newport's inconsistent midfielder Adam Chapman had a penalty saved by Josh Lillis before Bastien Hery sealed Rochdale's win following Pipe's error.
COUNTY IN AMAZING COMEBACK AT CRAWLEY
Oct 9 - Newport County came back from two goals down to beat 10-man Crawley Town in the Football League Trophy second round. Emile Sinclair gave Crawley the lead from a rebound, before Michael Jones chipped Newport goalkeeper Jamie Stephens from the halfway line. Chris Zebroski struck for Newport from close in, then Adam Chapman levelled with a penalty after James Hurst was sent-off for pulling back Danny Crow. Connor Essam diverted a cross into his own goal to complete Crawley's misery. The game even saw the referee replaced. County have been drawn at home to Portsmouth in the next round (week commencing November 11).
POINT GAINED AT GIGG LANE
Oct 5 - Newport manager Justin Edinburgh celebrated signing a new contract in the week with a well-earned point at Gigg Lane.In a game of few chances, Bury's Marco Navas should have done better with a clear heading chance from six yards midway through the first half. Newport changed their formation at half time, and were comfortable in the second half. It was Bury's sixth game without a win, while the Exiles are lying ninth.
COUNTY HOLD OFF TORQUAY
Oct 1 - Newport County recorded their fifth win of the season in League Two by overcoming Torquay at Rodney Parade. The Exiles took control of proceedings early on and were never really troubled by their visitors and were 2-0 ahead at half-time after goals by Ismail Yakubu and Danny Crow. Torquay debutant Adebayo Azeez clawed his side back into the game with an effort midway through the second half.
COUNTY BOUNCE BACK TO BEAT EXETER
Sep 21 - Goals from Conor Washington and Harry Worley helped Newport County bounce back from last week's misfortunes with a fine 2-0 win at Exeter, their first away victory. Washington's goal came after he turned to score on 23 minutes against the run of play after a throw in. He also Worley with the chance to hammer the ball into the roof of the net for the score that settled the encounter to the delight of 800 plus travelling fans. Lenny Pidgeley had a fine first half depriving Exeter on several occasions.
NAYLOR HORROR SHOW SEALS HOME DEFEAT
Sep 14 - Defender Tom Naylor produced a horror show to seal County's first home defeat against in form Morecambe. He scored two own goals and conceded a penalty. It all started well as debutant Billy Jones fired in from close range before Naylor nodded into his own net. Robbie Willmott's fierce strike gave County a 2-1 half-time lead before Naylor headed in at the wrong end for the second time to level the score. When Naylor fouled Kevin Ellison in the 70th minute, Padraig Amond stepped up to claim the points from from the spot.
STAGS AND COUNTY SHARE SPOILS
Sep 7 - If last week was labelled 'brutal' by Bryan Laws this fixture was the real thing. Last year's Conference heavyweights kicked several chunks out of one another as they fought for every ball and every inch of possession.
Newport led through Chris Zebroski's first-half headed goal, converting Adam Chapman's in-swinging corner. But Mansfield got back on level terms fifteen minutes after the break as Sam Clucas scored from a similarly well-worked corner. There was rough justice as Newport's Lee Minshull was sent off (straight red card) for leading with his elbow on Martin Riley and Mansfield's Matt Rhead soon followed for a second yellow card. Justin Edinburgh was disappointed with County's play "I'm disappointed, not with the effort and commitment as I never doubt that from my players, but I didn't think we were brave enough or good enough in possession of the ball and that's probably the worst we've played for a long time.Everyone got caught up in the physical side of the game and... we were 100 miles an hour and trying to get in with one pass, but I can't criticise them for the way they competed. "
COUNTY FIGHT BACK AT SCUNTHORPE
Aug 31 - Newport County proved their League Two credentials again with a determined performance against Scunthorpe at Glanford Park. Home coach Bryan Laws described Newport as 'brutal' but County played most of the football and had most of the possession. Newport suffered an early setback when Scunthorpe's Sam Winnall headed in from close range after a minute. After a brief spell of home pressure where they threatened a second Newport took control. However, they did not have due reward until Andrew Hughes scored from an Adam Chapman corner after an hour. Newport manager Justin Edinburgh told BBC Radio Wales: "After a slow and poor start we've got ourselves back in the game. But I think probably on reflection a point's a fair result.
BAGGIES TOO STRONG FOR EXILES
Aug 26 - Despite the presence of an impressive 1,699 away fans at the Hawthorns this game was over in the first thirty five minutes. Saido Berahino's hat-trick sent West Bromwich Albion into the League Cup third round at the expense of Newport County. Newport gained strength and created several excellent chance but the Premiership side proved more clinical in front of goal in the first ever senior encounter between the two teams. “The support from our fans was fantastic” County chairman Les Scadding told the club website “The directors and chairman of West Brom turned around to us and said we get Premiership fans here, and they’re nowhere near as loud and appreciative of their players as your supporters were. That means so much to us and even at 3-0 down they kept singing."
COUNTY DEFIED BY DAGGERS
WEST BROM TICKETS SELLING FAST
Aug 23 - Newport County has confirmed sales of 900 tickets for the clash at the Hawthorns with West Brom on Tuesday. The Exiles will field a strong team in their attempts to achieve another shock following their victory at Brighton.
COUNTY EDGE OUT BRISTOL IN FIERY ENCOUNTER
Aug 16 - Newport County returned to big time derby football with the visit of Bristol Rovers on Saturday. My pre match drink in the Lamb was called off by police as Rovers fans taunted County fans from the Queens Hotel. However, the atmosphere at Rodney Parade passed off without incident, two Bristolians were ejected but on the whole it all stayed on the right side of the lane. On the field of play Newport were the better side against a Rovers outfit that lacked fire-power up front.
Full back Andy Sandell settled the game from the penalty spot. The 42nd-minute winner came after Christian Jolley was fouled in the box by visiting skipper Tom Parkes. The challenge was heavy and mis-timed but he won the ball. Lenny Pidgeley, back in harness in the County goal, was a reassuring presence.
According to the Bristol Post Rovers have promised disciplinary action against any fans who took part in racist chanting at Newport at the weekend. Allegations have been made that some Rovers fans were involved in offensive chanting aimed at Newport County’s Welsh fans and Asians.
NAYLOR SIGNS UP
Aug 12 - Derby County defender Tom Naylor has joined Newport County on loan until January. Naylor, 22, who was made available for transfer by Rams boss Nigel Clough this summer, will remain with the County until the beginning of January 2014. He comes in for Byron Anthony, who suffered a broken leg last week during their surprise Capital One Cup win at Brighton.
HAZELL TERRACE OPEN
Aug 12 - Following a safety meeting at Rodney Parade this afternoon, it has been decided that the Hazell Terrace will be open for Saturday’s Skybet League Two derby with Bristol Rovers with a reduced capacity. The works are on going and a section of the new barrier installation has been completed. The capacity on the Hazell Terrace for Saturday’s game will be 660 and these tickets will be on sale from the Rodney Parade ticket office tomorrow morning. The total capacity for the stadium on the day will be 6,489.
COBBLERS SHOW NEWPORT HOW TO FINISH
Aug 11 - Despite considerable periods of pressure Northampton showed Newport County how to finish at Sixfields. The home side fended off Newport's attacks and converted their opportunities to score. Goalkeeper Matt Duke pulled off a number of fine saves, from Chris Zebroski.
The Cobblers went ahead following Jacob Blyth's 30th minute header. Shortly afterwards Roy O'Donovan added a second. Despite further pressure in the second half Gary Deegan got a late goal and then in the dying moments Washington grabbed a consolation for County.
Justin Edinburgh reflected on the result to the BBC "I think the score line was very harsh on us. Anyone who was here today will know we gave a very good account of ourselves and the score line perhaps doesn't reflect the game really. We've not been ruthless enough in their box and we're disappointed with the goals we've conceded. But listen, it's a learning curve. If you don't take your chances then you've got to make sure you don't give easy chances away."
COUNTY ROCK BRIGHTON
Aug 8 - Newport County's first foray into League Cup action for 25 years ended with a historic win at Championship club Brighton. Goals from Danny Crow and Conor Washington in extra time gave County and their 500 travelling fans a famous 3-1 victory.
Ashley Barnes gave the Seagulls the lead as rolled the ball in from close range after 17 minutes following an assist from Will Buckley. Despite early county pressure Brighton were comfortably on top but the game changed halfway through the second half when Calderon and Anthony clashed in a tackle. The referee red carded the Spaniard and Anthony was carried off with a double leg fracture.
Newport came to life and drew level in the 81st minute when Danny Crow met Chapman's cross with a header. In extra time it was Crow again. He curled a superb shot into the top-left corner before Washington raced clear and rounded the goalkeeper before sliding the ball into the empty net. Aug 9 - County have been drawn away in the next round to West Brom, being played at the Hawthorns on August 29.
STORMING WIN FOR COUNTY ON SPECIAL DAY
Aug 4 - Newport County returned to the Football League in emphatic fashion by beating Accrington Stanley 4-1 in front of 4,631 at Rodney Parade.
Debutant central defender Harry Worley gave Newport the lead on 24 minutes with a shot from close range following Lee Minshull's deflection from a cross. Forwards Chris Zebroski and Christian Jolley taunted the Accrington defence. Zebroski scored his first after a flowing counter attack just before half time. Christian Jolley sealed it with a fine curling left shoot on 55 minutes. Zebroski volleyed home the fourth with twenty five minutes to play. Webber got one back for the away side but despite a better finish to the game they were completely outplayed.
HAZELL TERRACE CLOSED / JACKSON SIGNS
Aug 2 - It is not going to be possible to open any part of the Hazell Terrace on Saturday for the first League game at home to Accrington Stanley. It was hoped that some of the works would be completed in time to allow Hazell Terrace Season Ticket holders access. However during the works over the last week some of the existing steps have collapsed around the area that the foundations are being dug which has made it impossible to complete the work in time.
Newport County have signed defender Ryan Jackson after agreeing to to pay compensation to his previous club. The 22-year-old was out of contract with Macclesfield Town, but compensation is paid when a player under the age of 24 moves club. Jackson had been offered a deal by the Silkmen but the former AFC Wimbledon player did not take up that option. "Everything is agreed between ourselves and Ryan," said Newport manager Justin Edinburgh.
To celebrate Newport County AFC’s return to the Football League County's Under 12 Academy Players will be walking from Somerton Park to Rodney Parade prior to our first home match against Accrington Stanley. Saturday’s match ball and the match ball from our last home Football League match at Somerton Park will be carried en route by the Academy Players. On arrival at the ground they will parade around the pitch and the match ball will be presented to the referee prior to kick-off. The Under 12 Academy Players’ will meet 13:15 Saturday 3rd August at St Patrick’s RC Church Somerton, leaving at 13:30.
COUNTY CRUSH YOUNG VILLA SIDE
July 28 - Newport County easily disposed of a young Aston Villa side 5-2 at Rodney Parade. Villa's Daniel Johnson's opened the scoring, Jolley equalised for Countybefore Danny O'Brien restored Villa's lead. Sub Andrew Hughes equalised for the home side early in the second half before Lee Minshull's header put County ahead. Goals from Jolley and Minshull sealed the victory.
SPYTTY RETURN SEES COUNTY DRAW WITH READING
July 25 - A crowd of 765 saw Newport County return to Spytty in aid of Tony Gilbert's testimonial. The match ended Newport 3 Reading XI 3 Chris Zebroski scored two for County and Lee Minshull rescued the draw with a late goal.
Triallist defender Ryan Jackson looks set to be signed by County following the game. Normally compensation is paid to a club losing a player under the age of 24. But Newport believe that Macclesfield will not seek any money, as the 22-year-old was out of contract with them. County have also signed goalkeeper James Bittner on a short-term deal to provide goalkeeping cover. First-choice keeper Lenny Pidgeley has missed pre-season because of personal reasons.
Two thousand fans attended the Newport County music festival on Sunday.
Brilliant Sky Sports ad for new season, County fans prominent here
COUNTY CONTINUE UNBEATEN PRE-SEASON
July 21 - Newport County's unbeaten pre-season continued with a 3-0 victory over Havant and Waterlooville. The victory included a rare goal from David Pipe, other scorers were Minshull and Sandell. The victory followed a conclusive 6-0 win at Taunton where Aaron O'Connor scored a hat-trick, Jolley, Sandell and Crow were the other scorers, watching by over 100 travelling Exiles supporters. Over 250 fans made the trip to the east of Germany to watch County replicate and Carl Zeiss Jena replicate the score from their legendary Cup Winners Cup clash in 1981. Anthony and last minute goal by O'Connor made it 2-2 in the Weimar Stadium. The German team will be invited to Newport for a return fixture next summer.
In other news, Aaron O'Connor is set to undergo surgery and will miss the first few weeks of the League season. Tickets for the Accrington Stanley match (August 3) are now on sale. Some work is ongoing to the Hazell Terrace but capacity will be at least 5,886 for the first match despite the safety restrictions.
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.
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.
UP THE COUNTY!
Scorers (up to May 3)