NEWPORT COUNTY AFC 2014/15

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 AFC. 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. Now Newport County has been re-born and despite spending most of its life at Somerton Park and some happy years at Newport Stadium, they now play in the centre of the City at Rodney Parade, home of Newport rugby and their home venue since 2012/13. They won the Blue Square Conference 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.  For more information http://www.newport-county.co.uk/

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NEWPORT WIN AT TORQUAY

July 19 - New forward Scott Boden scored twice in an excellent debut at Torquay after defender Scott Barrow had given the Exiles an early lead. According to reports Boden was not expected to play. Another player impressing was midfielder Medy Elito. Bulgarian Branimir Kostadinov played up front but did not fire in a disappointing display.

COUNTY STRUGGLING IN OPENING EXCHANGES

July 18 - Newport County's threadbare squad is struggling with only three weeks to go before the start of the season. Their 2-0 defeat at Bath was followed by an acknowledgement from manager Terry Butcher that he was struggling to put together a side for today's clash at Torquay.

Danny Holmes, Scott Barrow and Matt Taylor are all out along with long-term injury victim Andrew Hughes. "Torquay will be a difficult one to select a team for because we haven't got many players available," said Butcher. Butcher has signed 10 players this summer, but the Exiles still only have 15 first-teamers as the club's budget has been reduced to £850,000 from £1.4m last year. He added to his squad earlier this week with 25 year old Halifax Town striker Scott Boden. The striker joined Halifax from Macclesfield last summer and scored 10 goals in 38 league games last season.

COUNTY WIN AT PORT TALBOT BUT MISS OUT ON STRIKER

July 12 - Two late goals gave Newport County a 3-1 victory at Port Talbot in their latest friendly fixture. They have added a friendly away at Torquay to their busy schedule next Saturday. The Exiles have missed out on the services of 27 year old Aldershot striker Brett Williams as, despite talking to Newport, he has opted to join Stevenage.

COUNTY SIGNING, POOLE OFFERED PRO CONTRACT AND UNDY GAME SWITCH

July 7 - Newport County have offered 17-year-old centre-half Regan Poole a professional contract Poole still has another year left to run on his current scholar's contract at the Exiles but is now eligible to sign improved terms. Manager Terry Butcher said it was a "no brainer" that the youngster, who has had trials with Manchester United and Liverpool, should sign the deal. "It's been offered to him straight away," Butcher said. Newport County have also signed defender Matt Taylor from Cheltenham. The 33-year-old has previously had spells with Exeter, Charlton and Bradford. "I was looking at a strong centre half, someone that's a leader, someone that can give the boys some experience and pass that on as well," he said. County's match against Undy has been switched to Spytty Park due to pitch conditions at the Causeway in Undy (July 8 update - County won 5-3 against Undy).

BUTCHER APPOINTS NEW STAFF

July 4 - Newport County boss Terry Butcher has appointed Russell Osman as his assistant at the League Two club. Former Bristol City and Cardiff City manager Osman, 56, most recently worked at Ipswich Town's academy, but left as their under-18 coach in August 2013. Osman played alongside Butcher in the Ipswich defence when they won the 1981 UEFA Cup final against AZ Alkmaar. County have also appointed Steve Marsella as chief scout and goalkeeping coach.

TRUST WORKING WITH SUPPORTERS DIRECT ON BID PROPOSAL

June 30 - Newport County Supporters Trust has confirmed they are working very closely with the UK football trust umbrella organisation Supporters Direct to  develop their takeover proposal. They posted a late update on Twitter yesterday.  Jessica Morden MP has backed the idea too by joining the Trust, annual subscription £10.

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We are working very hard behind the scenes with @SuppDirect to ensure we get everything right with our proposal. #YourClubYourTrust #CTWD

 

SUPPORTERS TRUST SEEK TO TAKEOVER COUNTY

June 27 - Newport County Supporters Trust has confirmed it is in talks with owner Les Scadding about taking over the club. The Trust hopes to be in charge when Newport's new season starts at Cambridge on Saturday, 8 August.

"We greatly appreciate Les' backing for the Trust and hope to work with him to ensure we continue to build upon his already significant contribution to both the Club and City," the Trust said in a statement. Major shareholder Scadding is willing to sell his shares at a reduced price as the 59-year-old wants to move to his holiday home in Barbados on a more permanent basis.

COUNTY IN SIGNINGS SPURT

June 26 - A slight pick up in transfer activity for the Exiles means Newport County have added significantly to their squad. They have signed right-back Danny Holmes from relegated Tranmere Rovers, winger Medy Elito from a Dutch second side (WV Venio), left sided defender or midfielder Nathan Ralph (Yeovil) and right sided defender or midfielder Seth Nana Twumasi (also Yeovil).

Butcher has also recruited former Gateshead winger Alex Rodman, Welsh goalkeeper Rhys Taylor, 25, and defender Scott Barrow, 26 and striker Lenell John-Lewis, 26, has also joined County from Grimsby Town on a two-year deal.

GREENHAF'S OPEN INVITATION TO SOUTHALL

June 21 - Newport County director Howard Greenhaf has issued an open invitation to investors to come forward now that Les Scadding has pulled out including Acorn Recruitment's Matt Southall. .Greenhaf said Newport would have to find other methods of plugging financial shortfalls, insisting County fans had no reason to fear for the future.

"We had great support from Les, and had an increased budget because of him. It's obviously a blow to lose that, but we've just got to cut our cloth accordingly. We would hope to have a slush fund (to cover any shortfalls), or we would go to the bank. There will be clubs in League Two with bigger budgets than us, but there will be clubs with smaller budgets."

Southall was poised to take control of the club in 2012 - the consortium of three businessmen he was involved with were planning to each guarantee a certain amount of money over three seasons and were to work in conjunction with a ‘Friends of Newport County’ scheme that would see a larger group of local businessmen also contributing funds on an annual basis.

SCADDING STEPS DOWN

June 18 - In another blow to Newport County pre-season plans Chairman Les Scadding has announced he is stepping down with immediate effect.

Scadding, who won a £45m EuroMillions jackpot with his ex-wife in 2009, has spent about £1.25m on Newport since becoming chairman in August 2012. But the 58-year-old said in February he would stop bankrolling the club in the long term. "I leave... in the knowledge that I have contributed to [Newport's] promotion and development," he said.

COUNTY FIXTURES OUT

June 17 - Newport County face Cambridge away on August 8 in their first League Two fixture of the season.

The full details are here

COUNTY TO FACE WOLVES

June 16 - Newport County will face Wolverhampton Wanderers in the League Cup (to be played in week commencing August 10) at the Molineux Stadium. Championship side Wolverhampton narrowly missed out on the play-offs last season and will start the fixture as strong favourites against a Newport side still being pieced together by County manager Terry Butcher. The clubs have never met in a cup competition before. The match will have special poignancy for Newport. It was largely due to workers from Wolverhampton that a professional football team was established in Newport in 1912. The club's colours coincided with the famous black and amber of the city's world famous rugby team. For Wolves midfielder Lee Evans (transferred from County over a year ago for £100,000) it will be a great opportunity to be re-united with his former club.

Wolverhampton's Express and Star said today "Kenny Jackett will be looking to win his first-ever league cup game in charge of Wolves, although it's unlikely to set the pulses racing among the Molineux faithful."

County's record v Wolverhampton Wanderers

Games won: 2
Games drawn: 0
Games lost: 2
Date Match Result Score    Crowd Competition
24 Aug 1985 Wolverhampton (A) W 2-1 6073 League Division Three
21 Dec 1985 Wolverhampton (H) W 3-1 2222 League Division Three
31 Oct 1987 Wolverhampton (A) L 1-2 6467 League Division Four
26 Apr 1988 Wolverhampton (H) L 1-3 3409 League Division Four

Read the Wolverhampton Connection here

FLYNN SUPPORTS NEWPORT AFC DISABLED ASSOCIATION

June 16 - Former County star Michael Flynn has agreed to become ambassador for Newport County AFC Disabled Supporters Association 'Its an honour to be asked to be ambassador for such a great cause" he said.

HAS BUTCHER CUT TOO FAR?

June 15 - The slow progress to build a new Newport squad for 15-16 season has led to concern from supporters that manager Terry Butcher's initial cull of last year's side was too deep and too far. Butcher has tried to calm nerves by saying he wants his first team squad in place by the start of pre-season training on June 29. He has said he will add to the squad with Premier League and Championship loan signings after that date. 

WINGER RODMAN SIGNS

June 13 - Newport County have signed former Gateshead winger Alex Rodman on a one-year deal. Rodman, 28, made 42 appearances in 2014-15 scoring 10 goals. The wide-man, who has played for the non-league and futsal England teams, has also played for Tamworth, Aldershot, York City and Grimsby Town.

POOLE SET TO STAY

June 4 - Newport County hope to hold on to promising defender Regan Poole, believing new manager Terry Butcher can help the 16-year-old's development.

The Wales Under-17 international has trained with Liverpool, having come close to joining Fulham in January.  Poole also had a trial at Manchester United, who are understood to still be interested in signing him. "He is definitely with us next season. There are no deals done with any club," said Newport director Howard Greenhaf. "We are reluctant to let him go." Poole became County's youngest player last season when he made his debut against Shrewsbury aged 16 years and 94 days.

NEWPORT SIGN UP THREE

May 30 - A few nerves were settled yesterday when Newport County announced they had signed three new players. Goalkeeper Rhys Taylor and defender Scott Barrow from Macclesfield and striker Lenell John-Lewis from Grimsby. The latter is on a two year contract. Newport County will host QPR in a pre-season friendly at Rodney Parade on Sunday 26th July 2pm kick off. Newport-based Henry Howard Finance Group, which specialises in providing funding and financial support for SMEs throughout the UK, has signed a deal to be shirt sponsor of Newport County AFC for the 2015/16 season. The deal was brokered by group chief operating officer Mark Crook, who is a Newport County fan and is a non-executive director of the club.

JACKO JOINS GILLS

May 26 - Gillingham have signed Newport County defender Ryan Jackson on a free transfer. Despite the offer a new deal Jackson opted to be reunited with their former Newport boss Justin Edinburgh on a two-year contract. Jackson, 24, has made 73 appearances for the Exiles since Edinburgh signed him in 2013 from Macclesfield.

"I am delighted to get Ryan on board," Edinburgh said "He was an excellent performer during my time with Newport and I look forward to working with him once again here at Gillingham."

ACADEMY BOOST FOR COUNTY

May 23 - Newport County are set to receive increased funding from the Football League after their academy was awarded Level 4 status. An audit into the club's youth set-up led to the recommendation that its ranking be upgraded. It means that Football League will help finance the U18 academy and scholars for a further three seasons. The club has said it is now working towards achieving Level 3 status, which would provide funding for funding for 12 to 16 year olds, over the next two years.

Academy manager Kevin Waterhouse said: "It's a phenomenal achievement for a relatively new Football League club to be awarded Level 4 status so swiftly, we're all extremely pleased. There has been a lot of hard work and investment put into achieving this level, and that hard work will continue as we look to push on and progress over the next three years. The top rating is Level 1, which many Premier League clubs enjoy, but comes with a hefty price tag that reaches into the millions."

COUNTY FRIENDLIES ANNOUNCED

May 23 - Newport County are so far scheduled to visit Undy on Tuesday, July 7 (kick-off 7pm), Port Talbot Town on Saturday, July 11 (kick-off 2.30pm), Bath City on Tuesday, July 14 (kick-off 7.45pm) Eastleigh on Tuesday, July 21 (kick-off 7.45pm) and Weston Super Mare on Tuesday July 28 (kick off 7.45 pm). The Football League season starts on August 8 with new season fixtures announced on June 17.

POOLE ON TRIAL WITH LIVERPOOL

May 19 - Newport County teenager Regan Poole is training with Liverpool on trial. But no club has yet made a firm offer for the 16-year-old defender, according to Exiles manager Terry Butcher. "Liverpool were keen to have a look at him so he's gone with some of the younger players to a tournament abroad," said Butcher "He's attracted a lot of interest. A lot of clubs are looking at him... and it's only right you give a young player like that an opportunity."

Poole became County's youngest player last season when he made his debut against Shrewsbury aged 16 years and 94 days, going on to play 12 games as the Exiles just missed out on the League Two play-offs.

MASSIVE BLOW AS JONES LEAVES FOR FOREST GREEN

May 16 - In a massive pre-season blow Newport County AFC have announced captain Darren Jones has joined Vanarama Conference side Forest Green.

The 31-year-old made 45 appearances for the Exiles after joining the club last summer but has rejected the offer of a contract extension and has returned to one of his former clubs. Jones made over 100 appearances for Rovers during a three-year stay between 2006 and 2009. Newport manager Terry Butcher told the club's official website: "We tried our best to keep him, and offered him an increased deal, but sadly despite our best efforts we can't get anywhere near what he has been offered at Forest Green Rovers."

Player of the season Jones used Twitter to send his thanks to County fans "I would like thank everyone associated with Newport County. Had a great season there. Shame I had to leave, wanted to finish off at my home (club)"

NEWPORT COUNTY CLEAR-OUT BEGINS

May 12 - Newport County Manager Terry Butcher has wasted no time in clearing out players from last year's squad in preparation for the new campaign. Amongst the departures are Aaron O'Connor, Lenny Pidgeley, Andy Sandell, Robbie Wilmott, Lee Minshull and Max Porter. Adam Chapman has been strongly linked with Mansfield. Four senior players are under contract - Joe Day, Mark Byrne, Yan Klukowski and Kevin Feely. In addition, another academy player, Aaron Collins, has signed a professional contract for the new season.

ACADEMY STRIKER SIGNED UP

May 9 - Striker Tom Owen-Evans has signed his first professional contract with Newport County. The 18-year-old made 23 appearances for the Under-18s this season, as well as being included in the County first-team squad on nine occasions. He said on the Club's website "I am really pleased to have signed my first professional contract with Newport County".

MR TOM CONTINUE SPONSORSHIP

May 7 - Mr Tom has retained its sponsorship of the Exiles for a second year. The agreement also includes an option to renew past the 2015/16 season. The brand is part of Hosta Meilis which has a site at Langstone Business Park in Newport. Newport County AFC Commercial manager James Watts said: "It's one of the best deals in the league and we're proud to be working with a local company for a further season. We'd like to thank them for their excellent continued support." Richard Williams, UK sales director for Mr Tom, added: "The first season for us as sponsors has been very successful and we want to continue to be associated with the club."

£900K WAGE BILL / OSMAN TO JOIN / PARSELLE

May 6 - Terry Butcher new County manager has been advised that his players wage bill will be cut from £1.4 million to £900,000. He is set to appoint his former England and Ipswich team-mate Russell Osman as his assistant. Former Bristol City and Cardiff City manager Osman, 56, most recently worked at Ipswich Town's academy, but left as their under-18 coach in August 2013. 18-year-old midfielder Kieran Parselle, who has been on the bench twice for the Exiles in 2014-15 has signed his first professional deal with the club after progressing through the club's academy.

SEASON REVIEW 15/16

May 3 - Last year it was a disruptive pitch causing the postponement of a succession of home games when County were in with a shout of the play offs, this season it was the loss of their manager and leader at a key point in the season. The Exiles were in the automatic promotion places when Gillingham began their approach to Justin Edinburgh but then as the matter was under negotiation they lost four on the bounce and any momentum they had built up. In a further blow, as Edinburgh departed, Chairman Les Scadding indicated he would need to start scaling back his investment. On the field to their credit, and with Jimmy Dack at the helm, they fought their way back in to contention for a play off position mainly due to some fine performances away from home with wins at Burton and at Wycombe. But at the last and with the added distraction caused by the Chris Zebroski case. their frailties were exposed. They failed to find a settle side but most of all, their inadequate forwards failed to score goals. In the end they got the finishing position they deserved.

Looking at consistency and good performances through the season a few players emerge with credit. Captain Darren Jones has been a stalwart in defence, Ryan Jackson an exciting if imprecise outlet at wing back and Joe Day, occasionally wayward but generally very solid in the goalkeeping position. There will be many changes in the close season and, hopefully, as well as a strong defence and composed midfield, they will find the way to goal.

DACK REIGN ENDS WITH DEFEAT

May 3 - Jimmy Dack's final game as Newport boss ended in a soporific 1-0 loss to Oxford at Rodney Parade. A brilliant strike from Kemar Roofe spoiled the farewell for the Exiles' caretaker-manager. In a generally disappointing display in front of an impressive 4295 crowd Newport midfielder Mike Flynn making his 100th (and final) appearance was sent off after 45 minutes for serious foul play. The result sees Newport end the season ninth in League Two, with Oxford finishing four points back in 13th.

BUTCHER APPOINTED AND IS FULL OF OPTIMISM FOR FUTURE

May 2 - Terry Butcher has taken up a two year contract as Newport County boss. He claims he is excited by the potential at the League Two club. The former England captain said he hopes to "exceed expectations" at Rodney Parade and keep the club moving up the Football League. "Who would've thought years ago clubs like Burnley, Swansea and Bournemouth would've got into the Premier League?" said Butcher. "Who knows, if all the right things are in place, whether Newport County have the potential to do something like that?"

BUTCHER IN FRAME FOR MANAGER'S POST

Apr 26 - Newport County AFC are expected to announce that Terry Butcher will become their manager for the new season and could even be in post for Saturday's clash with Oxford United. Butcher expressed an interest in the post when Justin Edinburgh departed in January. Capped 77 times by England Butcher has had a mixed managerial career, although he has held high profile positions his most successful period was at Inverness Caledonian Thistle where he guided them into the Scottish Premiership in 2010 and they enjoyed a settled period in the top flight of Scottish football.

COUNTY RECOVER FORM AT YORK

Apr 25 - Its too late for this season but Newport County rediscovered better form to beat York City 2-0 at Boothferry Park. Goalkeeper Joe Day was prominent turning away good chances for York and saving a penalty but County played the most expansive football and deserved their result. David Tutonda darted in to the area to finish off a cross from Yan Klukowski on 49 minutes.  Lee Minshull headed home Mark Byrne's free-kick on 75 minutes to delight the 179 travelling fans.

END OF PLAY OFF ROAD FOR EXILES

Apr 18 - Newport County came to the end of the play off road with their third consecutive defeat, going down 3-2 to Dagenham and Redbridge at Rodney Parade. A late flurry of attacks brought two goals, fine individual efforts from O'Connor and Tutonda, but in truth the Daggers were more clinical and deserved their victory. County had the better of the possession in the first half but failed to find the goal, foiled a couple of times by good saves from Daggers' keeper Cousins. But as their attempts became more desperate their opponents broke out to expose the Exiles' defence.  After 78 minutes Andre Boucard's free-kick was headed in by Hemmings. Within two minutes sub Christian Doidge fired in from the right. With two minutes to play Jakubiak slotted in a third.

COUNTY BLOW IT ALL AT ROOTS HALL?

Apr 15 - Newport County's play off hopes were seemingly dashed for good at Roots Hall on Tuesday night as they conceded their third 2-0 defeat in a row, at Southend.

In a sickening blow Cian Bolger's header seconds before the break gave Southend the lead and Stephen McLaughlin's 51st minute strike sealed a play-off place. Both  David Tutonda and Aaron O'Connor were denied by the woodwork for the Exiles. Newport manager Jimmy Dack told BBC Radio Wales: "It's a hard place to come, Southend, but we've got to play better than that. We will keep working hard and we will keep fighting until the end. "

PLAY OFF HOPES BURY-IED?

Apr 12 - Impressive Bury kept up the pressure on the League Two automatic promotion places as they damaged Newport County's play-off hopes, possibly fatally. County were totally out-played for much of the game with the visitors showing greater skill and team-work. After 15 minutes Ryan Lowe opened the scoring as he deflected Hussey's shot into the net. This followed poor defending from a quicklty taken corner. Substitute  Nardiello made it two - nil as he evaded the offside trap to put the ball past Day. County were outgunned by a better team and must now fight hard if they are to have a chance of the play off's.

LUCKLESS COUNTY GO DOWN AT EXETER

Apr 5 - Newport County controlled much of the game away to Exeter but despite creating the better opportunities fell victim to two late goals from the Grecians. Yan Klukowski hit the post and Mark Byrne missed two sitters for County in a fine effort and then as luck would have it Exeter broke out to steal the game. The 599 County fans were stunned as Danny Wheeler came off the bench to score with fifteen minutes to go.

With minutes to play Ismail Yakubu was sent off for bringing down the speedy Wheeler. Ryan Harley fired into the resultant penalty. Newport are now seventh, still in the play off positions with five to play.

Newport County manager Jimmy Dack told BBC Radio Wales: "Up until the goal we completely controlled the game. We've had four or five one on ones. We're going to look back on that one and say we probably let it slip because we came here and controlled the game but we just lost a bit of concentration, lost possession in a stupid area. We're really disappointed."

NEWPORT FIGHT BACK TO DRAW WITH HARTLEPOOL

Apr 3 - Newport County fought back from two down to draw with improving Hartlepool in an exciting encounter at Rodney Parade on Good Friday The Exiles held their place in League Two and face six further games to secure their spot in the play offs, three against close rivals.

The match did not start well for them Lee Minshull's own goal on fifteen minutes and Jordan Hugill's goal after Franks hit the post gave Pools a much needed lift. But County showed huge commitment to battle in to the game. Defender Darren Jones' low shot came at the right time just before the break. Three minutes in to the half O'Connor showed strength and purpose to equalise. With the crowd in full voice County surged forward coming close on a number of occasions and denied a couple of possible penalties but Hartlepool held them off.

ACCRINGTON CONFIRM RACISM INVESTIGATION

Apr 1 - Accrington Stanley are investigating an 'alleged racist incident' following their recent home League Two defeat to Newport County. The incident happened after the final whistle on Friday. A club statement said: "Accrington Stanley can confirm the club has received a complaint about an alleged racist incident after the Skybet League Two Match against Newport County on Friday evening. All evidence is being passed on to the police in order for them to investigate further. The club has a zero-tolerance policy on racism and will always ban anyone found guilty of such behaviour from our stadium. Accrington Stanley would like to thank Newport County for their continued support in this matter." Newport County confirmed they are 'working closely' with Accrington Stanley and the relevant authorities involved in investigating the alleged incident, and have also thanked Accrington for their support.

EXILES UP TO SIXTH

Mar 27 - Newport County confirmed their position in the play offs with a hard-fought win at Accrington Stanley. A mistake by Accrington Stanley goalkeeper Scott Davies helped Newport on their way after an hour. Striker Aaron O'Connor is claiming the goal as it appeared to get a slight touch from him at a corner but the ball also went through the goalie's arms in comic fashion. Stanley provided occasional touches of flair but it was County who looked most decisive. Amazingly in the depths of injury time Ismail Yakubu appeared near the opposition box and composed a nice pass to Shaun Jeffers who passed the ball in to the net. 95 fans made the trip from Newport.

HOWE DEPARTS

Mar 26 - Rene Howe has ended his stay at Newport County by mutual consent due to personal reasons. The striker spent just over a year with the Exiles and made 30 appearances but has featured just once in the last month. He recently revealed his wife is ill in hospital. Howe thanked Newport boss Jimmy Dack for his support.

EXILES BACK IN THE PLAY-OFF POSITIONS

Mar 22 - Newport County doggedly fought out a scoreless draw at Home Park to lift themselves in to the play off positions. A home defeat for Stevenage means Newport are back into seventh place and in control of their destiny.  Plymouth also edge up above Stevenage and on yesterday's performance Newport have little to worry about from them. They were creative and produced one or two pieces of nice build-up play but physically they were intimidated by Newport and ultimately frustrated by them.

Argyle created one or two good chances particularly late in the game but for long periods did not threaten the Newport goal. Newport lacked quality and composure in midfield too but were competitive and closed their opponents down constantly. Sub Chris Zebroski offered the greatest threat, he had a couple of opportunities to put County in front but failed to convert them. Their next game against Accrington (away) is being televised by Sky Sports 1 next Friday. 

Left - Zebroski and Jeffers surrounded by defenders

EXILES EDGE OUT HATTERS

Mar 17 - A miss hit from Aaron O'Connor that looped into the Luton net midway through the first half was enough to deny the Hatters in a physical and entertaining encounter at Rodney Parade. Luton had a significant part to play in the nip and tuck of the match being denied on two occasions by the post and on several others by sound defending, Newport were hard working and energetic with Lee Minshull putting in a fine shift in midfield and Ryan Jackson flying down the right flank. Amazingly Chris Zebroski made it on to the field to muted applause with fifteen minutes to go, Newport are only outside the play-offs by virtue of goal difference with Stevenage occupying seventh, Luton are one point ahead in sixth.

POOR GAME FOLLOWING TROUBLED WEEK

Mar 14 - In a week dominated by the Chris Zebroski affair Newport County looked jittery and lacking in confidence against strugglers Cheltenham Town. Cheltenham took the lead after 13 minutes when Darren Jones left the ball for keeper Joe Day seemingly unaware of the proximity of away team striker Wes Burns who  exposed the defence error slotting the ball home. In fact Jones had a poor game but was not alone, County lacked any creativity or drive for long periods of the game. The team seemed unbalance with O'Connor lacklustre up front partnered with a similar player in Storey. Storey though is not lacking in effort or commitment and after a fine Jackson cross conjured a fine header to beat the Cheltenham goalkeeper after 37 minutes to make it 1-1. Thereafter, there was a lot of huff and puff and a worrying hamstring strain for Storey but not much of note on the field. Off the field the scoreboard clock stopped at 40 minutes in the first half, then at 85 minutes in the second half and then reverted to the start again. No one was in control of the clock or seemed to know what was going on, a fitting metaphor for the match! 

COUNTY SUPPORT TROUBLED STRIKER

Mar 13 - Newport County officials have held talks with Chris Zebroski and will provide support for the striker. The striker, 28, has been released on conditional bail after a hearing at Swindon Magistrates Court on Wednesday charged with attempted robbery and assault. Prior to the hearing the club stated they were not aware of the incident. Zebroski has scored seven goals in 33 appearances this season but was sent off in his most recent appearance at Stevenage.

Newport County said in a statement: "The Club have concluded that today is not the time for a decision to be made on the player's future at the club as the priority is the welfare and wellbeing of Chris. "

LATE RALLY NOT ENOUGH FOR COUNTY

Mar 8 - A late rally following an Adam Chapman goal was not enough for Newport County as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Stevenage. Mark Byrne had a chance to equalise on full time but his shot was saved by the Stevenage keeper Day at point blank range. To compound the agony the Exiles lost striker Chris Zebroski, in the seventh minute of injury time, sent off for a second bookable offence.

After thirty minutes Charlie Lee's header from Simon Walton's corner put Stevenage. Although Newport had a better spell following the goal they could not find a way through. Bira Dembele headed home Ben Kennedy's free-kick at the far post to extend the home side's lead before Chapman netted on 88 minutes.
"We had more possession and had more shots on goal but it wasn't our day. We didn't take our chances again. " Jimmy Dack told the BBC "It's a really tough place to come and play and in the second half we took the game to them. We had a go and a final push but it wasn't to be."

COUNTY UNDONE BY LATE GOAL

Mar 3 - Newport County dominated long periods of tonight's match with Mansfield but failed to find a finishing touch. Adam Chapman was foiled by the goalkeeper and the upright with fifteen minutes to go. Mark Byrne hit the outside of the post with a free kick too. But it was the Yellows who found the late goal to sink County in front of a 2481 crowd.

Substitute  Reggie Lambe struck for the second successive game. Callum Elder set up Lambe's late chance and the latter's right-footed, close-range angled shot to the bottom left corner was unstoppable.

EXILES WIN AT LEADERS!

Feb 28 - From the ridiculous to the sublime! County bounced back to form at the Pirelli STadium this afternoon. Miles Storey's 59th minute strike gave them victory at League Two leaders Burton Albion. Storey, now on an extended loan from Swindon Town, scored from a fine volley as the Brewers slumped to defeat. This was a much needed boost for Newport. Jimmy Dack's men move up to seventh and back into the play-off places.

Ryan Jackson lays the ball back to Joe Day with Ellison in attendance

ABJECT COUNTY FAIL AGAINST THEIR BOGEY TEAM

Feb 21 - Newport County's return to form was short-lived as they floundered against their bogey team, the Shrimps of Morecambe at Rodney Parade. County's first half display was abject lacking in pace, passion or commitment.

Jack Renshaw, Morecambe's lively number seven, scored the only goal after eight minutes as Newport's central defenders went absent without leave.

A slight spurt of second half activity as County brought on Wilmott to add a little width and pace saw his cross deflected home by Jeffers only for it to be disallowed for office. But the performance was listless, no control in midfield and a toothless attacking duo. The only bright spots of skill from the home team came from Cardiff Academy prospect David Tutonda. Joe Day made two fine saves from Renshaw and Ellison to keep Newport in the game.

County are now out of the play off positions.

EXETER KICK OFF TIME BROUGHT FORWARD

Feb 18 - Exeter City’s home fixture against Newport County AFC on Easter Monday (6th April) has been brought forward to kick off at 1pm, rather than 3pm as initially arranged.

COUNTY ARE BACK - KLUKOWSKI DOUBLE SEALS WIN AT WYCOMBE

Feb 14 - A Yan Klukowski brace saw Newport County seal a superb win at promotion chasing Wycombe Wanderers. The Exiles ground out a terrific victory with the vital score coming twelve minutes from time.

Klukowski opened the scoring for Newport with a twentieth minute strike after Wycombe had much of the opening play. The home side could not find a way through obdurate defence including a fine debut from Cardiff City academy player David Tutonda. It was another loan signing Fred Onyedinma (Millwall) who put Wycombe back in the game on 55 minute after he slotted home a shot parried by Joe Day. County fought every inch of the way with the backing of 220 travelling fans and it was Klukowski who broke through again to volley the decisive goal. There was even a chorus of 'Jimmy Dack's Amber Army' as the team and fans celebrated victory at the end of a difficult period for the club.

FEISTY SHOW BRINGS EXILES A DRAW

Feb 11 - Despite the sparse crowd and a freezing night Newport County showed plenty of fight to come back to draw 1-1 at home to Tranmere Rovers last night.

In a generally poor first half Newport midfielder Lee Minshull was forced off after 31 minutes on a stretcher following a blow to his head in his own area. Eight minutes of injury time were added. A controversial free kick and quick thinking by Tranmere saw Donnelly finish off  a Myrie Williams cross in the sixth minute of added time.

County fought back strongly in the second half with a succession of attacks and set piece opportunities. Mark Byrne went close but hit the post before he slotted County's first goal in five games with a cultured left footed finish with seven minutes to go.

EDINBURGH JOINS GILLS

Feb 8 - League One Gillingham have appointed Newport County boss Justin Edinburgh as their new manager after agreeing compensation with the Exiles. The 45-year-old led Newport to promotion from the Conference in 2013, leaves County sixth in the League Two table. Jimmy Dack and Wayne Hatswell have been placed in temporary charge of Newport.

DONS TOO HOT FOR COUNTY

Feb 8 - Adebayo Akinfenwa's double ensured Newport County left the Exiles with no goals and four defeats in successive matches. After 11 minutes Akinfenwa drilled home an early header. However, he failed to beat County keeper Joe Day with a penalty. The penalty led Kevin Feely to be sent off. But on 72 minues the burly Akinfenwa made it two. Amazingly despite their bad run County are still in the play off positions, they face Tranmere at home on Tuesday night.

COUNTY COMPROMISE OVER COMPENSATION

Feb 5 - Newport County have offered a compromise to Gillingham in a bid to assist manager Justin Edinburgh's move back to the south east. Originally Gillingham chairman Paul Scally refused to pay the six-figure sum stipulated in Edinburgh's contract. County have now informed the League One team they are willing to accept a lower figure for the 45 year old former Tottenham player.

EDINBURGH ON THE BRINK

Feb 3 - Gillingham have made an approach for Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh. The 45-year-old recently agreed a contract extension until 2017 after he was linked with a move to Gillingham

The Gills sacked Peter Taylor in December. County have refused to comment but it is believed Edinburgh now wants to join the League One side.

LATE GOAL LEADS TO THIRD COUNTY DEFEAT IN A ROW

Feb 1 - A defensive error by Darren Jones let in Shrewbury sub Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro to score and despite a few late rushes County were unable to claw anything back. Shrewsbury go top and Newport are sixth after their third loss in a row.

Shrewsbury had Keith Southern sent off for a two-footed lunge on Kevin Feely deep into injury time at the end of the game. New loan signing Miles Storey came on for County for the final ten minutes.

Newport have failed to score in their last three matches, a period marked by uncertainty over Justin Edinburgh's future. Edinburgh has now extended his contract with the club. He told the BBC

"It was about the performance today and we were back to where we were. They are a top team and we went toe-to-toe with them. But a mistake has cost us a defeat again today and that's three on the spin and we've got another tough away at Wimbledon where we have to start a run going."

Newport County defender Regan Poole was on the sub's bench yesterday. He will complete his move to Fulham before the January transfer window closes. But Poole, 16, will stay on loan at the County for the rest of the 2014-15 campaign.

COUNTY CRASH AGAIN

Jan 25 - Newport County dropped to sixth in League Two after their second heavy defeat in two games as opponents Northampton recorded their third win in a row. Ryan Cresswell hit the crossbar for the Cobblers in the first minute, before heading in Joel Byrom's corner. Midfielder John-Joe O'Toole converted another Byrom set piece on 30 minutes. Defenders Andy Sandell and Kevin Feely both had chances for County, but Lawson D'Ath's low drive completed the scoring for Northampton, who move up to 14th. The Exiles host second placed Shrewsbury Town next week

JOLLEY DEPARTS

Jan 21 - Newport County have paid off the rest of Christian Jolley's contract and let him to leave for free. Jolley, 26, joined from AFC Wimbledon in 2013 and scored the first goal in County's play off win against Wrexham at Wembley as they secured their place in the Football League. He has struggled to adapt to the next level of football and recently spent two months with Forest Green Rovers.

"He was a real catalyst in us gaining promotion," said boss Justin Edinburgh. "I'd personally like to wish Christian all the best for the future and I speak for everyone at the club when I say that." Danny Crow was also recently released after 65 games with Newport.

SHOCKING DEFEAT FOR EXILES

Jan 18 - Newport's fantastic run came down to earth with a bump as they were hammered 4-0 by Cambridge United. Debutant Cameron McGeehan, signed on loan from Norwich this week, had already clipped the crossbar with an effort when he gave the U's a 12th-minute lead. He slotted the ball past goalkeeper Joe Day after Ryan Donaldson's cross was deflected into his path. Then Sulley Kaikai fired wastefully wide after bursting through but he made amends when doubling the lead two minutes before the break, receiving Tom Champion's pass and arrowing a low finish across Day from outside the box.

Newport's best chances came through Ryan Jackson, who fired wide when unmarked, and Mark Byrne, who headed narrowly off target from Jackson's cross on the stroke of half-time. McGeehan made it 3-0 after 64 minutes, stroking home from close range after Donaldson led a quick break away move and crossed from the right.Liam Hughes completed the rout with 11 minutes left when he smashed home the rebound after his own header came back off a post.

Chief Executive Dave Boddy has announced this week he is leaving his post with the club. Danny Crow has been released by the club.

COUNTY UP TO THIRD

Jan 9 - Newport County rode their luck to come out 1-0 victors over Portsmouth at Rodney Parade this afternoon. After a listless first half where the two teams cancelled one another out the second half was full of incident, opportunities and a disputed goal. Mark Byrne's cross come shot on 68 minutes was initially ruled out by the linesman as he felt Aaron O'Connor, who was offside, had touched the ball. The referee (Michael Bull) ruled that he did not and allowed the goal, to the fury of Pompey players.

Portsmouth hit back with a series of attacks but County held on to bring the match to an exciting conclusion. Regan Poole, 16 years of age and headed for Fulham, was outstanding in the Exiles defence. Newport are now in the automatic promotion places.

PLAYER MOVEMENTS LIKELY BEFORE WINDOW CLOSES

Jan 5 - Player movements are very likely prior to the closure of the January transfer window. Danny Crow, Christian Jolley and Lenny Pidgeley have all been listed by the Exiles as surplus to current requirements and it is reported teenage prospect Regan Poole may attract offers from higher up the football pyramid. Justin Edinburgh has indicated that the club are looking to sign a defender during the window after Andrew Hughes sustained a serious knee injury.

Ryan Jackson (left) and Chris Zebroski with Carlisle's Sweeney in attendance.

COUNTY OVERCOME SPIRITED CARLISLE

Jan 3 - Newport County overcame spirited resistance from struggling Carlisle to run out 2-1 victors at Rodney Parade yesterday afternoon. The win puts the Exiles up to fourth in the League Two table, four points behind the leaders Wycombe. County got off to a poor start conceding a goal from a corner. Poor defending left Carlisle's Courtney Meppen-Walker unmarked, he headed home. County keeper Day scrambled a long range shot from Grainger clear as the away team enjoyed the better of the action. The Exiles improved a little in the second part of the first half. O'Connor put a chance wide it would have been easier to score from. He scooped the ball over the bar from six metres out. However, the breakthrough came just before half time as the industrious Jackson fell as he ran between two defenders. The linesman flagged, the referee (Sheldrake) awarded a penalty. Chapman confidently struck the ball home.

In the second half County played with much more commitment and confidence. They laid siege to the Carlisle goal, and on 70 minutes after O'Connor's shot was parried away by Hanford Lee Minshull expertly stroked the ball in to the top corner. County had some opportunities to add to their lead including a fine effort by Byrne. Carlisle had a late rally but could not find the goal they desperately needed. Ultimately, it was County's day again.

COUNTY MARCH IN TO PLAY-OFF PLACES

Dec 31 - Newport County continued their strong recent form by beating Cheltenham Town away. County, backed by 1094 travelling fans, fought hard particularly as they faced significant pressure from the home side towards the end of the game. Chris Zebroski gave County the lead on 11 minutes against one of his former clubs, his seventh of the season. The Exiles had a flurry of opportunities to make it 2-0 with Yakubu's header cleared off the line but they had to launch a rearguard action to keep out Cheltenham towards the game. The coveted three points means County now go fifth ahead of their home fixture on Saturday against lowly Carlisle.

DAY DEAL IS DONE

Dec 31 - Peterborough goalkeeper Joe Day will complete a permanent move to Newport once the January transfer window opens. The 24-year-old spent three months on loan at Rodney Parade earlier this season, playing 16 times for County before returning to Posh.

Day will rejoin the Exiles on a two-and-a-half-year deal for an undisclosed club record fee and will be available for Saturday's League Two clash with Carlisle. "I am delighted to be signing permanently with Newport County," Day told the club's official website. "Having been here earlier this season on loan, I wanted to come back and continue the good progress the team has made. I'm pleased to be working with a great manager, back-room staff and players again - I'm looking forward to getting back into it here. I would like to thank the board for putting in the money to allow me to sign from Peterborough and I look forward to the next two and a half years at Newport County."

COUNTY BEAT OFF PLYMOUTH CHALLENGE

Dec 27 - Newport County pulled off an important victory over fellow play off contenders Plymouth Argyle at a freezing and wet Rodney Parade in front of 5,020 on Boxing Day. Chris Zebroski confirmed Newport's fine start to the game with a headed goal after 9 minutes. Although County were on top for the first half hour Plymouth had a great chance to equalise but Exiles keeper Stephens brilliantly fended away Anthony O'Connor's header. In a fine match both teams played at a high tempo, Plymouth had their fair share of possession but it was County who doubled their advantage as Byrne slipped in to score after 82 minutes. Plymouth's Reuben Reid hit the cross bar late with a fine shot but it was County's day.  

LUTON MORE CLINICAL THAN COUNTY

Dec 23 - Luton ended Newport's nine-match unbeaten run in League Two with a clinical display of finishing. After five minutes Luke Wilkinson's header after five minutes set the standard. A mistake by Jamie Stephens let in Luke Rooney for a second goal and despite several chances for County it was Luton who added a third in injury time through Jake Howells.

HUGHES FACES LONG LAY OFF

Dec 18 - Outstanding Newport County defender Andrew Hughes will be out for between six and 12 months after suffering a serious knee injury in last Saturday's win over Stevenage. Scans confirmed the 22-year-old suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury and he will undergo surgery. "This is a huge blow for Andrew as it is for the football club," manager Justin Edinburgh said. "His performances this season have been first class." Curtis Obeng, the midfielder on loan from Swansea has returned to the club.

O'CONNOR APPEAL REJECTED

Dec 17 - Newport's appeal against Aaron O'Connor's red card has been rejected by the FA. He will now serve a three game ban, missing the Christmas fixtures against Luton, Plymouth and Cheltenham.

STUPID RED CARD SOURS VICTORY

Dec 14 - A red card conceded late in the game by Aaron O-Connor for a petulant trip soured a comfortable 2-0 victory over Stevenage at Rodney Parade. Newport manager Justin Edinburgh has indicated the club will appeal the decision as there was limited contact and it was a first offence. The tackle, at the time, appeared to intentional. stupid and pointless. To this point O'Connor, just announced by the PA as man of the match, had played an outstanding game, back to his sparky and skilful best. His thought patterns were way ahead of most of his colleagues, often crafting opportunities or openings with deft touches. Justifiably he added County's first flicking on Minshull's initial header from a Jackson long throw. County's second came from the rock of central defence, Darren Jones, who found himself unmarked and suspiciously off-side just before half time to poke the ball home for a 2-0 score line. Stevenage did not offer much, Jamie Stephens made one good save early on but they were disappointing and failed to threaten County's goal despite a surfeit of possession in the second half.

COUNTY OPEN NEW SHOP

Dec 2 - Newport County AFC has confirmed that the Club Shop and Ticket Office in the Kingsway Shopping Centre, Newport City Centre will be open for business at 9am on Thursday morning

County have taken a short term let on Unit 15 (next door to the shop that we had on a temporary basis during the NATO summit and opposite B & M bargains) which will be open until Christmas Eve. The exact opening hours will be confirmed later in the week when staff rota’s are complete, but it will be open Saturday’s and Sunday’s as well as 9am-5pm mid week.During this period the Club Shop & Ticket Office will also be open at Rodney Parade normal opening hours, but the Shop at Rodney Parade will have a limited stock of leisurewear, but with all the main items such as replica shirts, shorts & socks, Retro shirt etc. Supporters can buy match tickets for home games at both our Rodney Parade Ticket Office and the Kingsway shop, but away tickets will only be sold from our Rodney Parade Ticket office.

JEFFERS STRIKE SEALS WIN AT CARLISLE

Nov 29 - Newport County's onslaught on the play-offs was given added momentum following their 3-2 victory at Carlisle yesterday. Midfielder Yan Klukowski guided home a Zebroski cross to give the Exiles the lead on ten minutes. They doubled the advantage early in the second half as Ismail Yakubu scored from close range following a corner. Carlisle hit back five minutes later with a Brad Potts goal. Shaun Jeffers goal on time make the match safe before Amoo scored deep in injury time for Carlisle. County are now seventh, 186 fans made the trip north.

O'CONNOR HAT-TRICK SEALS FINE AWAY WIN

Nov 23 - A brilliant hat-trick of individual goals from Aaron O'Connor brought Newport a fine 3-1 at Gigg Lane against high-flying Bury. Its now only one defeat in fifteen games for the Exiles as they challenge for the play-off places. They had the best possible start after O'Connor's crisp finish put them ahead after two minutes. A mix up between the Bury keeper Loach and defender White led to an easy finish on 43 minutes. Bury stormed back with a goal on the hour from a stunning Danny Rose finish but O'Connor make it three as he rounded the keeper to find the net towards the end of playing time.

COUNTY FIGHT BACK IN THRILLING MATCH

Nov 16 - A 4000-plus Sunday afternoon crowd at Rodney Parade were richly entertained by Newport County and Exeter City as they fought out a thrilling 2-2 draw. Exeter had the better of play and were fluent and sharp but Newport enjoyed a purple patch in the middle of the game that brought them back in to it.

After 22 minutes Tom Nichols scored from the penalty spot after he was fouled by Darren Jones. A moved that broke down from Newport saw Exeter fly forward on 40 minutes and a superb effort from Graham Cummins evaded County keeper Day. Chris Zebroski hot the cross bar for County but generally their play was lacklustre with little pace or direction. The substitution of Minshull by Chapman acted as a catalyst in the second half as County surged forward. Yan Klukowski edged in a long throw from the splendid Ryan Jackson and on 51 minutes industrious Max Porter put County level with a fine grass cutting strike. Exeter came back strongly but Newport held on for a point.

COUNTY SUPPORT TICKETS FOR TROOPS

Nov 14 - Newport County FC will be welcoming the nation’s armed forces to Rodney Parade this Sunday, 16th November for their match against Exeter City. The club have signed up to support military charity Tickets For Troops by offering tickets to members of the Armed Forces for all their home games this season.

PIGOTT GOING BACK TO CHARLTON

Nov 14 - Striker Joe Pigott will return to Charlton Athletic when his loan spell with Newport County expires. Pigott has scored three goals in 10 appearances since September. But County boss Justin Edinburgh says the club cannot afford to keep Pigott. "The financial situation we are in as a football club, we are at the top end of it and we couldn't afford to keep him here any longer so he will go back," he said. Pigott's loan deal will come to an end after Newport's League Two game at Bury on 22 November.

READING FAN BANNED FOR THROWING LIGHTER AT COUNTY SUPPORTERS

Nov 14 - A 20-year-old man has been given a football banning order at Reading Football Club following an incident at a match with Newport. Adam Pocock, of Ashburton Road, Whitley pleaded guilty at Reading Magistrates' Court last week to throwing a missile at an area next to the pitch, contrary to the Football Offences Act 1991. He was given a football banning order at Reading Football Club for three years and fined £120. Pocock threw a lighter at the away fans during Reading's League Cup match versus Newport County at the Madejski Stadium on Tuesday, August 12.

WILMOTT MAY BE OUT FOR SEASON

Nov 7 - Newport County midfielder Robbie Wilmott is likely to miss the rest of the season. The injury to his foot he suffered in October is worse than first thought and manager Justin Edinburgh has confirmed he will undergo an operation next week.

Meanwhile, the club are still waiting to hear if striker Joe Pigott will be cleared to play in Saturday's FA Cup tie at Luton Town. Pigott is on loan from Championship club Charlton until 22 November.

TWO LATE GOALS DENY 10 MAN COUNTY

Nov 1 - Two late goals denied Newport County at Hartlepool this afternoon. A red card for Andy Sandell after a rugby scrum with punches thrown in the County box with twenty minutes to go was the turning point in an entertaining match.

The Exiles were leading 1-0 at half time with a goal from Chris Zebroksi. Aaron O'Connor extended their lead and despite not playing well County seemed set for victory. But hosts Hartlepool deservedly hit back with late goals from Brad Walker and Michael Duckworth. County drop down to eighth position in the League,

NEWPORT GET DIFFICULT AWAY DRAW IN CUP

Oct 27 - Luton Town will play League Two rivals Newport County in the first round of the FA Cup. The Hatters, who top the division, will host the Exiles who are currently seventh. The tie will be played between November 7 and November 10.

PIGOTT RESCUES POINT FOR COUNTY

Oct 25 - Newport County rescued a point from their game with Accrington Stanley after a wonderful strike from Joe Pigott helped them shares the spoils at Rodney Parade. Substitute Pigott whipped a fine strike past Accrington keeper Joronen after Newport had conceded a goal from Sean Maguire's deflected strike. The match was generally of very poor quality with limited chances at either end and a heavily populated midfield area. Newport missed Chapman's creative spark in the middle and can thank Pigott for providing much needed inspiration in front of an improved home attendance.

Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh told BBC Radio Wales Sport: "I didn't think we were as fluid as we have been and I thought we started slow but then got a grip of the first half and ended strongly. But again we didn't go out and start how we finished the first half and it seemed like everything was running away and the passing was a little bit loose." County are now in seventh place.

NEW LOAN SIGNING FROM SWANSEA

Oct 24 - Newport County AFC are delighted to announce that Swansea City's Curtis Obeng has signed on a one month loan deal. Obeng will join up with the squad tomorrow ahead of County's home game with Accrington Stanley on Saturday and could feature in four games for the Exiles, including The FA Cup First Round. During his time with County Obeng will wear the number 21 shirt. This follows the news that Scott Tancock has also extended his loan deal with County by an extra month. Tancock joined on loan from Swansea in the last week of September and has now extended his loan with the club through until the middle of November

COUNTY MAKE IT THREE IN A ROW

Oct 22 - Newport County edged closer to the play off positions making it three wins out of three after beating Southend United 1-0 at Rodney Parade. The Exiles rode their luck after conceding a penalty when Kvin Feeley was harshly adjudged to have handled in the area.  Keeper Joe Day responded with a magnificent save. Mark Byrne gave County the advantage after 73 minutes with a right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner after O'Connor had knocked the ball down. County go eighth, one point off the play off positions with Accrington to come at home this weekend.

WILMOTT FACES LENGTHY ABSENCE

Oct 21 - Midfielder Robbie Wilmott faces five months on the sidelines after injuring his foot in the 3-1 win over York City. The 24-year-old's scan revealed the seriousness of an injury which will leave him sidelined until next year. "Injury worse than first thought, out for five months" he said, according to BBC Sport.

ZEBROSKI GOAL GIVES COUNTY FIRST AWAY WIN

Oct 18 - Chris Zebroski's late goal gave Newport County a first away victory as they close in on the play-off positions in League Two. Once again Newport finished the match against ten men as Abu Ogogo was shown the red card for fighting after 79 minutes. After a lifeless first half Newport had the better of the second half chances and finished strongly. The goal came from a header in the centre of the box after cross from skipper Adam Sandell. County go in to Tuesday's home match against Southend in ninth place, just two points off the play offs.

RED CARD PIVOTAL AS COUNTY COME BACK TO WIN

Oct 11 - A red card for Russell Penn of York City proved pivotal as Newport County stormed back to win 3-1. At the point of Penn's dismissal for a second bookable offence County were a goal down having conceded after seven minutes to Diego De Girolamo's strike  They took the initiative with Mike Flynn and Max Porter coming in to the midfield, and Aaron O'Connor joining the attack. Andrew Hughes equalised with a left footed strike after 50 minutes after an assist from Minshull. The tireless Chris Zebroski put Newport in front from a free kick on 64 minutes. Darren Jones made it three with a fine shot from outside the area as the Minstermen attempted to clear a corner. County move up to 13th, three points off the play off places.  

EXILES LOSE UNBEATEN RUN

Oct 5 - Oxford beat Newport 1-0 thanks to Michael Collins' first-half goal which deceived Joe Day in the County goal. The Exiles lost their unbeaten run despite dominating the latter stages of the game. Oxford were reduced after their striker Tyrone Barnett's red card (a second booking) in the second half. County had chances with both Joe Pigott and Chris Zebroski going close.

LOVERIDGE JOINS IN LOAN DEAL

Oct 2 - Newport County have signed Swansea City striker James Loveridge on a month's loan. The Wales Under-19 international, who has yet to make a competitive appearance for the Swans, had a spell at MK Dons last season. Loveridge, 20, will be available for Saturday's game at Oxford United and is the second player to join County on loan from Premier League club Swansea. The Exiles also have Swans defender Scott Tancock in their squad.

PIGOTT STARS AS COUNTY STUN WIMBLEDON

Sep 27 - Newport County looked solid, organised with pace up front as they beat a lively Wimbledon side convincingly by four goals to one at Rodney Parade this afternoon. After a sparky opening with both sides having chances Ishmail Yakubu headed home a corner on 19 minutes to give the Exiles on the run of play. In the second half with Newport's midfield of Byrne, Chapman and Klukowski in charge Joe Pigott, on loan from Charlton, struck home a deflected effort after Chris Zebroski's initial strike was parried by the Dons keeper.  On 65 minutes Pigott (pictured left)was on hand to hit a screamer past Shea. Wimbledon are an accomplished team and in a dominant spell they had a goal disallowed before 17 stone centre forward Akinfenwa headed home with ten minutes to go. Sub Aaron O'Connor showed his class on the stroke of full time with a clinical finish to give County an emphatic win after a fine performance.

Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh told BBC Radio Wales: "It's a continued development of our performances of late. Getting the second goal when we did, 15 seconds into the second half, gave us that foothold in the game. Wimbledon had to come out and we exploited the space in the second half and scored some good goals. I thought we had to stay strong against a very physical side and there was a lot of pressure on our back three. And special praise must go to young Scott Tancock (on loan from Swansea) because he only met his team-mates today and I thought it was an excellent debut and a very mature one."

SWINDON EASE PAST EXILES

Sep 24 - Goals from Swindon Town forwards Jon Obika and Andy Williams put Newport County out of the Football League Trophy in the first round in a crowd of mainly Swindon fans.

The League One club went ahead on the stroke of half-time when Obika headed in from Williams' cross. Williams then lobbed over home goalkeeper Joe Day to extend Swindon's lead in the 62nd minute Yan Klukowski tapped in from Aaron O'Connor's set-up to give Newport hope, but it was in vain.

COUNTY PICK UP ANOTHER SOLID POINT

Sep 21 - Joe Day was prominent again as Newport County ground out another valuable point at Shrewsbury. Unbeaten in six games now the Exiles are proving obdurate opponents and Day's goalkeeping has given them additional resilience. He pulled off to big saves to deny substitute James Vincent and Jermaine Grandison. Newport had to survive the final 10 minutes a man light after Andrew Hughes was shown a straight red card for a high tackle on James Wesolowski.

County's point spoils Shrewsbury's 100% home record. 704 fans made the trip from Newport. County face Swindon in the Football League Trophy on Wednesday at Rodney Parade.

DAY SAVES THE DAY

Sep 17 - No wonder Newport County are seeking to extend on-loan keeper Joe Day's stay at the club. He emerged as the star man as County extended their unbeaten run to five at Tranmere with a 0-0 draw.

The hosts dominated throughout, but Day, on loan from Peterborough, thwarted their attacking efforts. Abdulai Bell-Baggie hit the side-netting with his first chance before Day blocked with his feet. Home keeper Owain Fon Williams denied a rare Newport attack as he tipped Chris Zebroski's 27th-minute shot over the bar.

COUNTY EXTEND UNBEATEN RUN DESPITE NERVOUS FINISH

Sep 13 - Newport County extended their unbeaten run to four matches but they had to endure a nervous finish after they held off Northampton to claim a 3-2 victory at Rodney Parade. Front man Chris Zebroski got the Exiles off to a great start with his goal from the left after 18 minutes. Playing a vibrant and expansive brand of football County dominated the first half. Darren Jones rasping shot found the net via a deflection off Ryan Cresswell to make it 2-0 after 32 minutes. In the second half industrious midfielder Lee Minshull demonstrated his ability in the air after 54 minutes heading home Robbie Wilmott's free kick. The Cobblers pulled two goals back through D'Ath with a fine finish on 76 minutes and Richards on 80 minutes, but despite a nervous finish the Exiles held on for their first home win of the campaign.

PIGOTT IN ON LOAN DEAL

Sep 11 - Newport County have signed Charlton Athletic's Joe Pigott on loan. The 20-year-old striker has agreed a deal at Rodney Parade until mid-November.

EXILES BATTER CAMBRIDGE TO SALVAGE A DRAW

Sep 8 - Despite a domination demonstrated by twenty corners Newport County will consider themselves content to come away from this fixture with a draw. The match was moved to a Monday night due to the NATO summit but the crowd of 2594 were treated to a good game despite the competing TV attraction of Switzerland v England.

Robbie Willmott's injury time equaliser gave Newport a vital point. Cambridge sub Luke Chadwick's 48th-minute shot put the visitors ahead against the run of play. Newport were in charge but a save by Chris Dunn fended off Lee Minshull's header and they hit the bar with a long-range shot.

EXILES IN FINE WIN AT POMPEY

Aug 30 - An Andy Sandell goal six minutes from time gave Newport County a deserved 1-0 win over previously unbeaten Portsmouth at Fratton Park. Over 16000 fans including 641 from Newport saw a tight game eventually dominated by fussy officiating from referee Lee Collins who booked ten players, six from the Exiles. County's victory was built on solid defence with the home side restricted to a few opportunities. New keeper Joe Day foiled Pompey striker Taylor in the first half. Newport posed a threat from set pieces and Feeley came close heading on to the bar. With the County midfield player higher up the field in the second half more chances came their way, Christian Jolley went close before fellow sub Sandell's free kick went through a crowded defence in to the net.

COUNTY SIGN GOALKEEPER

Aug 28 - Newport County have signed Peterborough United goalkeeper Joe Day on loan. The 24-year-old joins on a four-week deal and Newport boss Justin Edinburgh says he will be the club's first choice keeper. The Exiles also have the option of extending Day's stay at Rodney Parade.

"There's always an opportunity to make it longer if Joe feels it's right for him and if it's right for the football club," said Edinburgh. Day will start Saturday's match away to Portsmouth, subject to clearance

TENTATIVE COUNTY SLIP UP AGAIN

Aug 24 - Newport County got off the mark but slipped up again to draw 1-1 at home to Burton Albion. Despite holding the lead with a goal just prior to half time they were not convincing or comfortable and it was inevitable when the equalising goal came for Burton. Newport went ahead after 37 minutes in comic fashion when Burton skipper Sharpe headed a Ryan Jackson long throw into his own net. A rasping drive from Lee Minshull after 44 minutes could have put the game out of the Brewers reach but the ball rebounded off the cross bar. On 51 minutes Burton drew level as John Mousinho slotted the ball home after County failed to clear their lines. After that both sides failed to create chances, Wilmott and Jackson were industrious for County and Jeffers a much more active replacement for O'Connor but the match petered out in disappointing fashion. 

COUNTY - PLAYED THREE, LOST THREE

Aug 19 - Newport County went down 1-0 at Mansfield tonight. They conceded the lead on two minutes after Chris Clements' strike left from close range.

EXILES SURRENDER LEAD AT MORECAMBE

Aug 17 - Newport County surrendered a two goal lead to eventually lose 3-2 to bogey team Morecambe. The Exiles'  Adam Chapman scored from the edge of the box after 27 minutes and a close-range finish from Aaron O'Connor two minutes later gave County a 2-0 half-time lead. Evergreen Kevin Ellison brought the match level with a fine free kick and a header after a defensive error. An unmarked Paul Mullin scored on 84 minutes to put Morecambe top of the table.

Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh told BBC Radio Wales: "After a very good start and a very good opening 45 minutes, it was a typical case of shooting yourself in the foot. We've just got to see the game out there; it's a free header in the box, it's criminal."

COUNTY GO DOWN AT READING

Aug 13 - Newport County's poor start to the season was underlined by a 3-1 defeat at Reading in the League Cup. Shaun Jeffers got the goal.

BAD START FOR EXILES

Aug 9 - Newport County made the worst possible start to the new season going down 2-0 to Wycombe Wanderers at Rodney Parade. County failed to take their chances and were undone by Wycombe's more clinical touch in front of goal scoring either side of half time through Murphy and Cowan-Hall.

COUNTY WIN AT WEST HAM

Aug 2 - Newport County were too strong for a West Ham development side including £5 million striker Modigo Maiga winning comfortably 3-0. The Exiles fielded two separate XI's in each half. The second half XI proved the stronger but they went ahead in the first half on 28 minutes through Yan Klukowski. Zebroski and Howe teamed up in the second half to add to the scoring in a superb pre-season performance.

SANDELL IS NEW CAPTAIN

July 31 - Andy Sandell has been selected as club captain for the new season.

COUNTY DOMINATE SKY BLUES

July 29 - A fine performance at Spytty saw Newport County beat Coventry City by a goal to nil. A Yakubu goal after twenty minutes saw them home but the Exiles had numerous chances to extend their lead.

COUNTY BEAT GERMAN FRIENDS 1-0

July 27 - In blistering heat Newport County beat Carl Zeiss Jena 1-0 at Spytty Park in a festival game that did not match the occasion. 2630 fans stood in harmony, reliving the nostalgia of their previous meeting at Somerton Park. It was Newport who took the spoils this time with a goal from Jones after 63 minutes. 

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.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF CARL ZEISS JENA

The club was founded in May 1903 by workers at the Carl Zeiss AG optics factory as the company-sponsored Fussball-Club der Firma Carl Zeiss. The club's first major honour was the East German national title in 1963. They were a dominant team in East German football prior to re-unification and reached the 1981 Cup Winner's Cup Final losing to Dinamo Tbilisi 2-1. Famously, they played Newport County in the quarter final, after a 2-2 draw in Germany, they won 1-0 very much against the run of play at Somerton Park. Following reunification they played in Bundesliga 2 before being relegated to Liga 3. They slipped further to the fourth tier Regionalliga Nordost where they finished third in 2013-14.

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.

FIXTURE MOVE

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.

PITCH UPDATE

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

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 as The Exiles look to build on a solid first season back in the Football League for 25 years. 

 
In addition to negotiating possible additions to the squad Justin has also been finalising pre-season with the remaining dates scheduled for fixtures due to be confirmed early next week. 

Read more at http://www.newport-county.co.uk/news/article/anthony-and-flynn-1556717.aspx#guKczxUJLJVhAdfp.99

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.

 

 

 

 

 

   FIXTURES 2014-2015       

       UP THE COUNTY!

          
August     F A Att
9 Wycombe (h) 0 2 3634
13 Reading (Cup) (a) 1 3 6459
16 Morecambe (a) 2 3 1506
19 Mansfield (a) 0 1 2448
23 Burton (h) 1 1 2872
30 Portsmouth (a) 1 0 16191
September          
Mon 8 Cambridge (h) 1 1 2594
13 Northampton (h) 3 2 2875
16 Tranmere (a) 0 0 3948
20 Shrewsbury (a) 0 0 4904
23 Swindon (Cup) (h) 1 2 1822
27 Wimbledon (h) 4 1 2804
October          
4 Oxford (a) 0 1 5072
11 York (h) 3 1 2822
18 Dagenham (a) 1 0 1654
21 Southend (h) 1 0 2558
25 Accrington (h) 1 1 3254
November          
1 Hartlepool (a) 2 2 3172
8 Luton Town (FAC) (a) 2 4 3656
16 Exeter (h) 2 2 4070
22 Bury (a) 3 1 3166
29 Carlisle (a) 3 2 3642
December          
13 Stevenage (h) 2 0 2976
20 Luton (a) 0 3 8383
26 Plymouth (h) 2 0 5020
28 Cheltenham (a) 1 0 3104
January          
3 Carlisle (h) 2 1 3273
10 Portsmouth (h) 1 0 4575
17 Cambridge (a) 0 4 6076
24 Northampton (a) 0 3 4226
31 Shrewsbury (h) 0 1 3706
February          
7 Wimbledon (a) 0 2 3817
10 Tranmere (h) 1 1 2327
14 Wycombe (a) 2 1 3196
21 Morecambe (h) 0 1 2883
28 Burton (a) 1 0 2974
March          
3 Mansfield (h) 0 1 2481
7 Stevenage (a) 1 2 2941
13 Cheltenham (h) 1 1 2951
17 Luton (h) 1 0 2561
21 Plymouth (a) 0 0 6874
F27 Accrington (a) 2 0 1111
April          
3 Hartlepool (h) 2 2 3531
6 Exeter (a) 0 2 4478
11 Bury (h) 0 2 3123
14 Southend (a) 0 2 5480
18 Dagenham (h) 2 3 2737
25 York (a) 2 0 3459
May          
2 Oxford (h) 0 1 4295

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Zebroski      
Wilmott      
Crow      
Minshull      
       
Flynn      
Howe      
Yakubu      
Hughes      
Chapman      
Sandell      
       
Naylor      
Jolley      
Porter      
O'Connor      
Feeley