NEWPORT COUNTY AFC 2015/16
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 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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PRE-SEASON RESULTS MIXED FOR COUNTY
July 31 - Newport County lost 4-3 at Forest Green Rovers in their latest friendly. 165 County fans made the trip. New signing Marlon Jackson, Rigg and Myrie-Williams got the goals. They won 8-1 at Weston super Mare in midweek after going down 2-0 to Coventry in front of 865 fans at Spytty Park.
NEWPORT PRE-SEASON CONTINUES
July 24 - Newport County play Coventry City today at Spytty (kick off 3pm) despite an influx of travellers at the site. County lost 1-0 at Undy on Thursday following mixed results against opposition in Poland. They won their opening fixture 1-0 before going down 2-0 in their second fixture. They have added 34 year old former Cardiff City striker John Parkin to their squad.
NEWPORT DRAW AT CALDICOT
July 8 - Newport County's pre-season fixtures started with a 2-2 draw at Caldicot Town with the main cause of concern a knee injury suffered by Lenell John Lewis. Their match at Ton Pentre was called off due to the clash with Wales' Euro semi final clash with Portugal. It will be played on July 28.
EARLY SEASON SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED
FIXTURES OUT here - County face Mansfield at RP in league opener on August 6
July 3 - Newport County AFC can announce the signing of 21 year old left back Daniel Butler on a 2 year deal with the club. "Daniel is athletic, he can defend and he’ll be a good addition for the club" according to coach Warren Feeney. Daniel, who was born in Newport, Isle of Wight has joined the Exiles after turning down a new contract with National League side Torquay United.
SEREN FACH SPONSORSHIP DEAL
July 3 - Newport County have extended a sponsorship agreement ahead of the new season. Seren Fach Nursery, based in Ponthir, has renewed its sponsorship of the club for the upcoming 2016/2017 season.
The company will be promoted through advertising at the stadium, programme advertising and match sponsorship. Newport County AFC commercial manager James Watt said: "Once again it is great to have Seren Fach involved with the club, they have been outstanding sponsors during my time at the club and we can look towards an exciting season at Rodney Parade."
Nursery owner Peter Board added: "Seren Fach has always promoted that supporting your local team is more than football allegiance; it goes hand in hand with your fellow citizens, your family and even the City of Newport itself. The team puts the City of Newport on the football map." Earlier this month, the club agreed a sponsorship deal with Newport-based Pure Vans, receiving a branded kit-van with the #SupportThePort slogan and crest.
BYRNE OUT BUT NEW SIGNINGS TOO
June 16 - Captain Mark Byrne has left Newport County to join Gillingham reuniting with former coach Justin Edinburgh. Other players to leave were Medy Elito, John Christophe Ayina and Danny Holmes. Midfielder Jennison Myrie Williams has signed up for a year along with back up goalkeeping keeper and keeping coach James Bittner. Alex Rodman has been offered a contract by Notts County.
LABADIE SIGNS BUT BODEN AND HUGHES DEPART
June 10 - Dagenham and Redbridge midfielder Joss Labadie has signed up for Newport County on a two year deal. The twenty five year old has two hundred Football League appearances under his belt including long spells at Tranmere and Dagenham. Unfortunately moving in the other direction are Andrew Hughes (Peterborough) and Scott Boden (Inverness). Goalkeeping coach Ryan Mackerness has left his role. Hughes was County's longest serving player, making 141 appearances.
FEENEY SOLIDIFIES DEFENCE
June 5 - Warren Feeney has acted to solidify Newport County's defence by signing both Darren Jones and former loan player Scot Bennett. The latter impressed in 2015-16 on loan from Notts County and has signed a two year deal. Former Barnet midfielder Mark Randall has also joined on a two year deal.
FIRST SIGNING FOR EXILES
May 22 - Newport County have signed defender Jamie Turley on a two-year deal from National League side Eastleigh. Turley, 26, had spells with non-league Salisbury City and Forest Green before joining Eastleigh in 2014 where he made 49 National League appearances. "I'm delighted to be finally making the step up to the Football League and I want to take full advantage of this opportunity,"
FEENEY BEGINS CLEAR OUT
May 12 - Newport midfielder Yan
Klukowski and defender Matt Partridge are among eight players released,
the club has confirmed. Klukowski and Partridge, both regulars for
Newport this season, Seth Nana-Twumasi, Rhys Taylor, Joe Green, Nathan
Ralph, Scott Barrow and Dean Morgan are all out of contract and will not
be offered new deals.
May 6 - A depleted Wimbledon side still managed to conjure a goal to see off Newport County in Kingston yesterday. A fitting note on which to end a wretched season. County's number one objective was achieved, to stave off relegation, but their end of season form has been truly shocking. Eighteen year old Toyosi Olusanya scored the late goal that separated the two sides. The teenager converted a penalty on 80 minutes after he was brought down by Ben Davies. County had some opportunities but failed to get the goal their 402 travelling fans deserved.
ANOTHER AWAY DAY FOR JOE
Apr 30 - Joe Day's failure to command his area gave Notts County the opportunity that ultimately decided the game yesterday. Newport had enjoyed the better of the possession and opportunities. Snijders netted the goal after 40 minutes. A Newport side without key players such as Jones, Hughes and Rodman still managed to hold their own. The advent of Mark Byrne without twenty five minutes to go gave them renewed impetus. But the Irishman, presumably playing his last game at home for the club, was unable to create the opportunity for a goal and a truly desperate home campaign ended on yet another low note, despite an excellent crowd.
At the end of season awards at Newport Centre last night Byrne swept the board picking up most of the major awards.
FIGHTING DRAW AT LUTON SECURES SAFETY
Apr 23 - Newport County's Football League status was secured at Luton with a fighting 1-1 draw yesterday. With York's 3-0 defeat at Accrington the results ended any uncertainty for the Exiles. Given the extraordinary off the field activity this season survival in the Football League was the only objective and can be considered as mission accomplished. The draw at Kenilworth Road ended Luton's winning run and play off push. An 81st minute goal by Jack Marriott put Luton in front. But sub Souleymane Coulibaly rescued County a point on 88 minutes as the striker headed home Alex Rodman's cross.
COUNTY ALL BUT SAFE AFTER FINE EFFORT
Apr 19 - Newport County all but secured their Football League survival with a draw at home to promotion challengers Oxford United. The match had more entertainment value than the previous half dozen home games combined with both sides challenging for the lead. Heads dropped after 13 minutes when former Aston Villa striker Jordan Bowery gave Oxford an early lead with a close-range left-foot strike. But in a season saving moment mercurial midfielder Medy Elito equalised within a minute. His looping long-range shot beat Liechtenstein goalkeeper Benjamin Buchel for his first goal this season. Both sides came close with the Yellows thwarted by good saves by Joe Day and Mark Byrne denied by the post.
DECLINE CONTINUES AT STEVENAGE
Apr 17 - The end of the season cannot come soon enough for Newport County. A late goal by Alex Rodman gave them hope at Stevenage but ultimately their worrying descent continued and they now sit 90th in the Football League, fortunate that only two clubs are relegated. The first goal came on ten minutes from the hosts Mulraney heading home Pett's cross. Just after the half hour former Exile Aaron O'Connor netted to make it two. The Exiles have drawn one and lost eight of their last nine matches! Thankfully, it would take a minor miracle for York City to catch. A draw against Oxford United on Tuesday will guarantee survival.
ANOTHER LAME DEFEAT FOR COUNTY
Apr 9 - A defensive lapse paved the way for another Exiles another home defeat for Newport. With Scott Barrow out of position James Dunne scored the winner midway through the second half after smart work from Luke Berry. Cambridge are three points off a play-off spot while Newport's cushion over the bottom two is cut to 11 points. The Us had the better of a low quality contest, with Newport failing to produce a single effort on target. Newport County manager Warren Feeney told BBC Radio Wales: "It was very frustrating. No way did I think we deserved to lose a game - I thought we deserved to win the game."
COUNTY CONTINUE SLIDE
Apr 2 - Newport County their recent slide with another poor performance at Yeovil. The home side were awarded a penalty after 15 minutes as Danny Holmes pushed Campbell in the box. Compton stepped up to score. Despite early promise from the County their progress was checked by the goal and they failed to make any impact in the game.
ACCRINGTON OUTPLAY EXILES
Mar 29 - Newport County were comprehensively outplayed by Accrington Stanley on yet another bumpy Rodney Parade pitch. The visitors, still chasing the play offs, were much the better side. They went ahead 10 minutes before half-time as Pearson’s shot initially saved by oe Day was struck home by Kee. Two minutes later Windass turned in Piero Mingoia’s cross.
FEENEY LAMENTS FAILURE TO GET RESULT AT LEADERS
Mar 26 - Newport County manager Warren Feeney has lamented his side's failure to convert their dominance at Northampton into goals. The League leaders scraped a 1-0 victory. Newport had chances including good efforts from Rodman and Boden and Elito hit the bar but it was a fine move from the Cobblers ending with a Marquis shot that captured the points.
Mar 24 - Newport County have signed
Peterborough United forward Souleymane Coulibaly on loan until the end
of the season. The 21-year-old former Tottenham Hotspur youth player has
scored six goals in 32 appearances in all competitions this season for
ROVERS OVERPOWER EXILES
Mar 19 - A scintillating second half display by Bristol Rovers was enough to secure a 4-1 victory over Newport County today at Rodney Parade, an exact reverse of Newport's victory in Bristol in October. The Exiles were unable to match the clinical finishing of their opponents despite an excellent first half in which they held their own. Alex Rodman's weaving run and shot gave them the best possible start after only two minutes. Rovers hit back with a stunning strike from Ollie Clarke after fifteen minutes. The match veered from end to end with Scott Boden inches away from converting an Ayina shot cum cross. In the second half after a couple of early Newport chances Bristol were in the ascendant and two fine finishes around the hour mark from Montano and Taylor took the game away from Newport. A late error on a back pass from Donacien allowed Ellison in to complete the scoring.
COUNTY IN DULL DRAW
Mar 15 - Newport and Hartlepool cancelled themselves out on a poor pitch in the dullest of draws at Rodney Parade on Tuesday night. Hartlepool extended their unbeaten run to three games and moved eight points clear of the League Two relegation zone after a goalless draw at Newport. The visitors had the better of the first half with striker Billy Paynter testing home keeper Joe Day. Newport were much improved after the break and Medy Elito's long-range shot was saved by Trevor Carson. Newport have moved up to 17th in the table and are 14 points clear of the relegation zone.
COUNTY STRIKE BACK WITH BRILLIANT WIN OVER POMPEY
Mar 12 - Newport made it three wins in three visits to Fratton Park to stun the 15,000 crowd with a 3-0 victory, atoning for their dreadful home defeat in midweek. The Exiles took the lead late in the first half when Darren Jones beat goalkeeper Ryan Fulton to a cross after 34 minutes. Pompey lost Gary Roberts to a red card for a second bookable offence before top scoring Scott Boden made it two with a guided header, his seventh in seven games. Dean Morgan made it three striking home Mark Byrne's cross after 89 minutes. Newport are now eighteenth ahead of Notts County and thirteen off the bottom two.
O'SULLIVAN BACK UNTIL END OF CAMPAIGN
Mar 9 - Newport County have re-signed Cardiff City midfielder Tommy O'Sullivan on loan until the end of the season. The 21-year-old made 13 appearances in all competitions for the Exiles while on loan at the Rodney Parade club earlier this season, scoring one goal. He previously spent three months with Port Vale in 2015, playing five games for the League One side. O'Sullivan is yet to start a Bluebirds first-team match, but has made three substitute appearances for Cardiff.
BARNET AND AKINDE OUTCLASS COUNTY
Mar 8 - Barnet claim their third away win of the season as they inflict Newport's first home league defeat of 2016. The north Londoners completely outclassed the Exiles who lacked heart and could not hold the ball for any period of time. John Akinde was prominent upfront for Barnet and created constant problems for the Exiles. Barnet's Yiadom scored after a fine move involving Alie Sesay after nine minutes. Akinde was felled by Danny Holmes just before half time to give the visitors a penalty, Joe Day saved it superbly but Mark Randall followed in to score. Akinde headed in Gambin's cross after 69 minutes to give the London side a deserved three goal advantage.
BODEN ON TARGET AGAIN
Mar 5 - Scott Boden's twenty fifth minute goal was enough to secure another 1-0 home victory for the Exiles, their third in a row. Playing on a surface strewn with sand both sides struggled with conditions but Ayina's break and cross left Boden with an easy chance to score his 14th of the season. Wycombe hit back strongly in the second half but were foiled by Joe Day and the cross bar as County rode their luck to hold on for another important victory.
CRAWLEY END COUNTY RUN
Mar 1 - Crawley completed a double
over Newport County with a comfortable 2-0 victory. The victory brought
an end to the Exiles' recent unbeaten mini run. County striker Scott
Boden can't stop scoring but this time he opened the scoring at the
wrong end when his header beat Joe Day after 36 minutes.
COUNTY SEAL IMPRESSIVE WIN
Feb 27 - Newport County continued their recent fine run with a 1-0 victory over promotion chasing Mansfield Town. The pitch, covered in several tonnes of sand, did not make for flowing football but nevertheless there were chances for both teams. Newport dominated proceedings early on with Conor Wilkinson producing a fine save from Stags keeper Shearer. Former County player Matt Green nearly grabbed a goal for Mansfield after some sloppy play from Elito, his shot rebounded off the post. The Stags had some early pressure in the second half and a goal (by Tafazolli) ruled out for offside. Newport still had the better of the chances and a goal mouth scramble denied Elito and Klukowski. With seven minutes to play a half blocked Darren Jones found its way through to Scott Boden, who volleyed it home. He seemed to be offside but despite protestations from Mansfield the goal was allowed.
LATE GOAL EARNS VITAL POINT
Feb 20 - Scott Boden has a happy knack of scoring vital goals. His late header gave Newport County a valuable draw away against League Two play-off contenders Exeter. 443 travelling Exiles fans saw Conor Wilkinson hit the post twice in a goalless first half, before Jordan Tillson met Lee Holmes' free-kick to put the hosts in front. Boden equalised with five minutes left as he headed in from close range for his 12th goal of the season. Exeter stay 13th in the table, while Newport are now six points clear of the relegation zone.
DAVIES EXTENDS STAY
Feb 15 - Defender Ben Davies has extended his loan spell at Newport County until the end of the season. The 20 year old has impressed in his six appearances for the club. County have also been linked with St Neots Town striker Tom Meecham. Connor Dymond has returned to Crystal Palace.
Update - Conor Wilkinson has extended his stay by a month from Bolton Wanderers.
COUNTY YOUTH MARCH ON
Feb 10 - Newport County made it into the FAW Youth Cup semi finals with an emphatic 6-3 victory over Bangor.
Feb 10 - Newport County AFC has confirmed the signing of Dean Morgan, who joins the Exiles for the remainder of the Sky Bet League Two season. The striker has extensive experience of the Football League, with spells at Reading, Luton Town, Crewe Alexandra, Southend United, MK Dons, Chesterfield, Oxford United and Wycombe Wanderers. After spending two seasons with the Chairboys, Morgan made the switch to Woking in August 2014 and spent a period of last season on loan at Crawley Town. The forward had a brief spell at Italian side U.S Ancona 1905 this season, before joining the Exiles as a free agent.
EXILES MATCH OFF
Feb 6 - Newport County's match at home to Barnet was called off at 8.45 this morning due to a waterlogged pitch
Feb 5 - County boss Wayne Feeney has received a one match touchline ban for one match and a £500 fine following insulting words towards a match official at end of the game against Leyton Orient on January 26
BODEN DOUBLE SECURES COUNTY WIN
Jan 31 - Top scorer Scott Boden struck in each half at bogey team Morecambe as Newport County earned a vital win to keep their distance from relegation rivals. The Exiles stay stay 20th but moved seven points clear of the relegation zone. Their first goal came in under a minute as Boden tucked away Mark Byrne's cross. County had much of the possession particularly early on but failed to add the second their play deserved. On the hour Shaun Miller's brilliant low shot levelled it for the Shrimps but Newport showed what manager Wayne Feeney described as 'great character' to get the winner. Boden neatly guided Alex Rodman's fine cross home.
Boden is comfortably Newport's top scorer with ten goals (eight in the League, two in the Cup) from his thirty three appearances. Only Mark Byrne has played in more matches (34).
COUNTY FOILED BY DUBIOUS PENALTY
Jan 27 - Newport County fought hard at the Matchroom Stadium against promotion hopefuls Leyton Orient but their resistance was broken with six minutes to play. In the first fixture between the sides since 1987 the first half was even with a good save by Beeney from Orient's Jay Simpson. Exiles' Conor Wilkinson was foiled by O's keeper Cisak just before the break. Darren Jones, on his return to the Amber shirt, was prominent in the centre of the defence. The second half started with Orient on the front foot but County made changes, introducing Ayina, and Wilkinson again had a fine effort just over the bar. The home side's manager Kevin Nolan joined the fray with eleven minutes to play. His header across the box led to a questionable penalty for a push by a defender, converted by Jay Simpson. A late shout for a County penalty on Dean Smalley was ignored by the referee.
EXILES FIGHT BACK FOR THRILLING DRAW
Jan 23 - Newport County fought back against the odds to earn a point at home to Dagenham and Redbridge in a thrilling draw at Rodney Parade. The four goals shared between the teams were scored in the first ten and last ten minutes of the match. County played like strangers at the start of the match and the Daggers exposed their frailties. Newport born Christian Doidge put the Daggers ahead inside the first minute, volleying home from Oliver Muldoon's lofted ball.
Joe Worrall met a deep Ashley Hemmings corner to nod in a second soon after six minutes. County struggled to find their feet and despite enjoying the majority of possession failed to make any serious impression. As the second half commenced County tried to press home their advantage but despite a plethora of corners could not find their way through. John Christophe Ayina and Tom Owen Evans added pace and vitality as subs for the Exiles and it was Ayina who put them back in the game with his 83rd minute shot. With the crowd baying for more Rodman's well struck shot was parried away by Cummins into the path of Conor Wilkinson to put the ball in the net. There were a few further chances but the strong finish left home fans happy and for once a draw seemed like a win.
Central defender Darren Jones who left Newport before the start of the season is set to rejoin the team until the end of the season.
Newport County CEO Jason Turner has resigned a statement from the club reads: “The club can confirm that chief executive Jason Turner has resigned from his post. Turner, who joined the club from Plymouth Argyle six months ago, has expressed a wish to pursue other career opportunities.”
COUNTY SIGN TRIO
Jan 22 - Newport County have signed three strikers to help them in their League Two relegation battle. Bolton's Conor Wilkinson, 20, has joined on a month's loan and Plymouth's Deane Smalley, 27, will stay for the rest of the season. They have also signed 24-year-old Frenchman John-Christophe Ayina on a free transfer.
But summer signing Lenell John-Lewis has a ruptured hamstring and could miss the remainder of the Exiles' campaign. The striker has scored five goals for County this season. Newport have money available following Conor Washington's transfer from Peterborough United to QPR for an undisclosed fee, with County set to receive almost £1m from a 20% sell-on clause. Newport manager Warren Feeney said: "I just felt the squad needed adding to. I made that clear after the Blackburn game, with the injuries. I needed to bring competition for places..."
COLLINS JOINS WOLVES
Jan 21 - Exciting young forward Aaron Collins has moved to Wolverhampton Wanderers for an undisclosed fee and will join their under 21 squad. The fee is expected to be near £100k and is understood to include a sell on fee. In other financial news County are set to receive 'nearly £1 million' from Peterborough following the sale of Conor Washington to QPR. The 20 per cent sell on fee negotiated by Tim Harris is likely to see in the region of £750, 000 come in to County's coffers.
COUNTY BEATEN IN FEISTY CUP TIE
Jan 18 - Newport County were denied by Blackburn by two goals to one in a feisty FA Cup tie in front of 5,000 plus at Rodney Parade. In the first ever meeting between the two sides Blackburn were gifted a soft penalty after only 7 minutes, duly converted by Marshall. Within three minutes the game turned on its head as Rovers forward Chris Brown was sent off after a shocking foul on Medy Elito who was stretchered off with an apparently serious leg injury. Newport were lifted and had a series of chances including a fine effort from Byrne tipped way by Steele. After 30 minutes Byrne scored a fine goal to even matters with a screaming shot from the edge of the box. Conor Dymond had a speculative effort shortly afterwards that hit the outside of the post.
The second half was less impressive from the Exiles. On a heavy pitch they struggled to gain the same ascendancy and Blackburn found their way through with fifteen minutes to go, Jordan Rhodes flicking in Tom Lawrence's fine cross. Scott Boden had a late chance to equalise, heading Tom Owen-Evans cross wide from in front of the goal. The game ended on a sour note for Newport with a red card for Joe Day as he brought down Marshall cynically on the edge of the box.
VITAL WIN FOR EXILES
Jan 16 - An early goal from Aaron Collins and a backs to the wall defensive display secured Newport County a vital 1-0 victory at Bootham Crescent. Defeats for fellow strugglers Dagenham and Redbridge and Yeovil mean that that the Exiles have restored a seven point gap between them and the chasing pack. The goal for Collins came after 7 minutes as he fired a shot from outside the box into the bottom left hand corner of the net. Medy Elito had a chance to make it two ten minutes later but his shot hit the post. Thereafter, the home side dominated possession but County's defence held out, new keeper Mitchell Beeney (on loan from Chelsea for a month) was forced to make a couple of good saves.
FEENEY TAKES OVER
Jan 15 - Warren Feeney, who was assistant to John Sheridan, will take control of first-time duties with Newport County as expected, starting with this tomorrow's visit to York City. The former Northern Ireland International had previous experience of management before joining the Exiles back in October as assistant manager. He'll be assisted by former Blackburn Rovers player Andy Todd. He said "It's a great honour for me to be appointed as Manager of Newport County AFC. I have a house in the area and my plan has always been to settle here with my family. I have enjoyed my time at the club and I am looking forward to the challenges of being a Football League manager. We have some crucial games coming up, so all of the efforts will be focused on preparation for those games and picking up the points we need to help us move further away from the bottom two."
SHERIDAN IS LEAVING
Jan 14 - John Sheridan has left Newport County following an approach from League One club Oldham Athletic. He will take up the managerial position immediately. County are expected to announce his replacement tomorrow.
BLACKBURN TIE SET FOR TV
Jan 13 - Welsh language broadcaster S4C has stepped in to pick up Newport County's postponed home tie against Blackburn. The tie will be played on Monday at 7.15pm. Newport will face Oxford United in the next round if they beat Blackburn.
WASHINGTON FEE COULD BE 20 PER CENT
Jan 13 - Newport County are set to receive a 20 per cent fee if former striker Conor Washington is sold by his club Peterborough UNited during the transfer window. Posh have already rejected offers believed to be in the region of £3million for the player.
SHERIDAN IS STAYING
Jan 10 - Newport County's fortunes took a turn for the better with news that Notts County have appointed Nottingham Forest development coach Jamie Fullarton as their new manager. Newport boss John Sheridan had been widely tipped to get the job.
GAME POSTPONED AMIDST CONTROVERSY
Jan 10 - Newport County issued an apology to Rodney Parade groundsman Mark Jones and his team after boss John Sheridan claimed the club could have done more to save their FA Cup clash with Blackburn. The match was postponed less than an hour before kick off due to a waterlogged pitch and is expected to take place on Tuesday January 19.
LOAN SIGNINGS FOR EXILES
Jan 8 _ Newport County have signed Crystal Palace midfielder Conor Dymond and Preston defender Ben Davies, both on a month's loan. Surprisingly Cardiff duo Tommy O'Sullivan and Jazzy Barnum-Bobb have both returned to Cardiff City, both were expected to be retained by County.
Jan 2 - A waterlogged pitch at Rodney Parade led to the postponement of Newport's crucial fixture with Hartlepool this afternoon. The chasing pack in the relegation zone made ground with Yeovil and Dagenham and Redbridge both winning.
LEADERS HIT BACK TO BEAT COUNTY
Dec 29 - Leaders Plymouth and their 1,000 strong Green Army of supporters came back from a goal deficit to deservedly beat Newport at Rodney Parade. For the first forty minutes County had dominated most of the play but their inability to play for the whole match has been their undoing. County led at half-time after Scott Boden lobbed goalkeeper Luke McCormick following Lenell John-Lewis' flick-on. But Jake Jervis' close-range header turned the tables three minutes after the break as Argyle took control. Newport held out until Ryan Brunt had time to turn and fire in left-footed 20-minutes from time.
Further bad news came as Notts County have recalled defender Scot Bennett from his loan spell at League Two rivals Newport County. But they have extended Aston Villa defender Janoi Donacien's loan until the end of the season. Newport County boss John Sheridan has insisted he is only focused on the Exiles, amid speculation that he could become the next Notts County manager.
'DIABOLICAL' DECISION DENIES EXILES
Dec 27 - A diabolical refereeing decision led to defeat for Newport away in north London according to manager John Sheridan. Barnet beat 10-man Newport County in League Two thanks to a second-half brace from John Akinde at The Hive.The game's crucial moment saw Newport's Medy Elito sent off for a foul on Aaron McLean in the area and Akinde rolled into the bottom corner from the spot. Barnet keeper Ian Lawlor saved a Scott Boden header as the visitors searched for an equaliser. Akinde tapped into an empty net after a defensive mistake from Newport in the closing stages to make the points safe. Referee Tim Robinson was injured after 64 minutes. Sheidan said "I think it (the sending-off) was a diabolical decision. I don't know what he has given it for. "The referee has changed the game with that decision. It's ridiculous. "We had four or five really good chances. Even when we went down to 10 men, we had a go. I can't fault the lads' effort. There was no danger of us losing the game if he (the referee) hadn't given that decision." Swansea City have recalled striker Oliver McBurnie from his loan at Newport County
COUNTY THROW IT AWAY AGAIN
EXILES DENIED AT LAST IN THRILLER
Dec 13 - Liam Noble's goal in their sixth minute of injury time denied Newport County a point away at Notts County. The Exiles made a storming start with Mark Byrne and Alex Rodman both scoring inside the first ten minutes. Noble was pivotal in Notts County's comeback. He pounced on a defensive mix-up to pull a goal back before his free-kick off the post was steered home by Izale McLeod to bring it level. McLeod put the home side ahead before Scott Boden levelled it again with seven minutes to go. John Sheridan stated that if Newport County continue to play as they area they will come away winning similar games and on Twitter captain Mark Byrne said he was gutted not to have got something out of the match and that the Exiles had conceded goals due to their own mistakes.
BLACKBURN TO FACE NEWPORT IN THE CUP
Dec 9 - Championship side Blackburn Rovers will travel to Newport to face the Exiles on the weekend of January 9 and 10 in the next round of the FA Cup. Blackburn's boss is Paul Lambert. The Ewood Park team are currently 13th in the English second tier. They two sides have never met before. Blackburn have won the Cup six times and the First Division (including the Premier League) three times.
COUNTY ARE UP FOR THE CUP
Dec 5 - Newport County's good run continued with a fine FA Cup win against Barnet at the Hive Stadium. The Exiles grabbed victory through a Scott Boden header just before the hour. It is the first time County have been in the third round draw since 1986. They will hoping for an attractive tie and half the takings from a tie away to a major team. The second round victory netted them £27,000 in prize money. A third round victory would bring in £67,500. Barnet put a strong finish to the match together but failed to breach the County defence and their 339 travelling fans went home very happy. The attendance was 1767.
County's best FA Cup run was in 1948-49 when they went out in the fifth round to Portsmouth. Nov 27 1948 Brighton (h) 3-1 Dec 11 Leytonstone (a) 4-3 Jan 8 1949 Leeds United (a) 3-1 Jan 29 Huddersfield (h) 3-3, replay Feb 5 (a) 3-1 Feb 12 Portsmouth (a) 2-3 after extra time . The crowd at Portsmouth was a record for Fratton Park at the time, 48,581.
IMPRESSIVE DRAW FOR COUNTY
Nov 26 - Newport County gained a point with a 1-1 draw at second placed Oxford United. Lenell-Jon Lewis put the Exiles in front with a wonderful strike on 43 minutes.
COUNTY DRAW BUT MAINTAIN DISTANCE OVER RIVALS
Nov 22 - Newport County and Yeovil shared the points in a poor match at Rodney Parade. County had the best of the match and showed plenty of endeavour but could have come unstuck late in the game but for Joe Day's save from a Cornick header. The Exiles are now unbeaten in five but face high flying Oxford United next up on Tuesday.
Newport manager John Sheridan told BBC Radio Wales: "I think we should have won the game. I thought it was a good performance from us, especially in the second half. I'm obviously disappointed that we haven't won the game because it would have given us that little bit of [points] advantage over Yeovil, but I'm pleased by the way we played." The crowd of just over 3,000 was better than of late with a decent following making the journey from Somerset.
EXILES SEE OFF BRACKLEY CHALLENGE
Nov 17 - Newport County eased their way into the second round of the FA Cup with an emphatic win over Brackley Town by four goals to one. On an extremely blustery night with the floodlight pylons wobbling in the high wind County made early headway playing against the elements.
BATTLING DRAW FOR EXILES AT ACCRINGTON
Nov 14 - Newport County were pegged back twice by fourth placed Accrington Stanley to come away with a deserved draw from the trip to the wild and windy north west. After a goalless first half Yan Klukowski gave the Exiles the lead, heading in a Jazzi Barnum-Bobb cross after 51 minutes. Stanley hit back after Bennett cleared a shot off the line Bily Kee was on hand to score within five minutes. Substitute Scott Boden put Newport ahead after striking home a Klukowski ball across the goal mouth. With ten minutes to go Stanley equalised again after a thunderous long range shot beat Day but rebounded off the post in to the path of McConville who tapped the ball home. Mark Byrne summed up the performance on Twitter "Very difficult conditions to play in today. Boys put a great shift in. Win would have been a great result but take the draw.."
BARNET NEXT UP IF COUNTY BEAT BRACKLEY
Nov 11 - Newport County face an away trip to Barnet if they beat Brackley Town in the FA Cup first round replay at Rodney Parade on November 17. The second round tie will take place on December 5 or 6.
NEWPORT DRAW IN CUP
Nov 8 - Newport County drew at Brackley Town after throwing away a two goal lead at St. James's Park this afternoon. The Exiles took the lead when Lennell John-Lewis, who was felled in the area, converted a penalty after 15 minutes. Scot Bennett added a second after winning a tackle on the edge of the Brackley area. However, with the wind at their backs the home side got one back after Graham bundled the ball in on 60 minutes. Curtis Mcdonald smashed in a header deep in injury time to deny Newport victory and delight the home fans. The replay takes place at Rodney Parade on November 17.
BIG BOOST FOR COUNTY AS CARDIFF YOUNGSTERS EXTEND LOAN STAY
Nov 5 - Newport County received a significant boost with the news that Cardiff City youngsters will remain at Rodney Parade until January 2 (including the fixture with Hartlepool United).
A statement from the club reads: "We are pleased to announce the extension of the loan agreements for Cardiff duo Jazzi Barnum-Bobb and Tommy O’Sullivan. Both Tommy and Jazzi joined the club on one-‐month loan deals in October and have started all four games during that period, which included our memorable 4-1 victory in the Severnside derby, where Tommy completed the scoring with his first professional league goal. The extension to the loan deals will see both players eligible to participate in our Emirates FA Cup Tie at Brackley Town on Sunday."
Speaking after his loan extension had been confirmed, O'Sullivan told the club website: “I am happy here, I’m playing games on a regular basis and enjoying it.
SPIRITED FIGHTBACK BY COUNTY GAINS A POINT
Nov 1 - The Exiles fought back from 2-0 down to draw at Rodney Parade yesterday to demonstrate the fighting spirit that John Sheridan has instilled in his new charges. The final score line (2-2) represented something of a moral victory as Newport had the better of the second half and were the side most likely to go on and win. Their opponents, Northampton, played some fluent football and were a constant threat. They are dealing with adversity of their own with players unpaid and a potential winding up order. With 352 fans behind them the Cobblers opened the match very brightly and within ten minutes Sam Hoskins pounced to score after Joe Day had brilliantly parried away a close range shot. After half an hour Newoort hearts sank as a well struck free kick by Marc Richards beat Joe Day's shabby attempts to beat it away. The turning point came within a minute Scott Barrow smacked home a left footed drive at the near post of the Cobblers keeper. Seven minutes later Lenell John-Lewis turned and struck a well placed shot beating the keeper in the same position. Unbelievably County were pushing for the lead as half time approached but could not find a way through. The second half saw Newport full of endeavour but unable to gain a winning touch.
Other results went County's way. They are now four off the bottom and four points ahead of the two teams in the relegation zone. In a break from league action Newport face Brackley Town away next Sunday in the first round of the FA Cup.
DONACIEN EXTENDS LOAN STAY
Oct 30 - Aston Villa youngster Janoi Donacien has extended his stay with Newport County with a further two-month load deal. Donacien has featured in all four games since John Sheridan replaced Terry Butcher as manager at the beginning of October. Goalkeeper Rhys Taylor has joined Wrexham on loan.
STUNNING VICTORY FOR EXILES AS THEY CLIMB OUT OF RELEGATION PLACES
Oct 24 - Newport County's season took a decided turn for the better in their Severnside derby with Bristol Rovers this afternoon. The Exiles hammered Bristol with a stunning second half display carrying them to a 4-1 victory. After Scott Barrow hit the post early on the scoring opened for Newport when Bristol defender Tom Parkes headed the ball into his own net after 15 minutes. The home side immediately struck back with a fine volley from Billy Bodin. Showing organisation and fluency County were more than a match for their hosts. The deadlock was broken after a disastrous error by Rovers keeper Lee Nicholls, he dropped the ball for Zak Ansah to tap the ball home. Ansah doubled his tally with a fine left footed shot from the edge of the area after 54 minutes. Tommy O'Sullivan made it 4-1 snatching on to a ball from Ansah striking the ball into the top right hand corner of the net to the delight of County's 518 travelling fans.
SUPERB WIN FOR COUNTY
Oct 21 - Newport County pulled off a superb win at Adams Park beating promotion hopefuls Wycombe Wanderers 2-0. It was John Sheridan's first victory in four attempts. The Exiles took the lead when Marcus Bean scored an own goal after being hit by an attempted clearance inside the six yard box.
MUCH BRIGHTER PERFORMANCE BUT STILL DEFEAT FOR COUNTY
Oct 17 - Newport County, playing a totally revamped line up, put together a much brighter performance against Portsmouth but it still ended in defeat. Marksman Matt Tubbs calmly put away a strike just before half time after a weaving run by Pompey's best player Kyle Bennett. Earlier in the half Lenell Jones-Lewis had a goal rule out for a foul in the build up but in truth as the game wore on County were often second best. Tommy O'Sullivan had a fine game in midfield but there was a lack of creativity and spark and captain Mark Byrne had a poor game, for once. John Sheridan blamed naivety for the lapses that led to the goal and loss of possession but can take heart from the improved organisation and effort from the team. The turnaround needs to start soon though.
CARDIFF DUO JOIN ON LOAN
Oct 14 - Cardiff City under 21 stars Tommy O'Sullivan and Jazzi Barnum-Bobb have joined Newport County on month long loans. O'Sullivan was last year's FAW Player of the Year. They are both available for Saturday's game versus Portsmouth.
COUNTY SLUMP TO HEAVY DEFEAT
Oct 11 - Newport County slumped to a heavy defeat at promotion challengers Mansfield yesterday. Manager John Sheridan said the first half performance bore no resemblance to the effort the previous week against Exeter.
SHERIDAN STRENGTHENS MANAGEMENT TEAM AND BRINGS IN BENNETT
Oct 10 - County boss John Sheridan has moved to bring in Warren Feeney from Linfield FC as Assistant Manager. Feeney has links with the Newport area and was carving out a successful career in Northern Ireland. He will join Michael Flynn in the management team and Byron Anthony will revert to his role as head of Newport's Academy. On the playing front 25 year old defensive midfielder Scot Bennett has joined on loan from Notts County and Zak Ansah has returned from Charlton.
NEW STAND FOR AWAY FANS
Oct 10 - The Supporters Trust have worked with the club to replace the old temporary stand at Rodney Parade with a new 500 seat facility that will be ready for the Portsmouth game. The ground will be able to accommodate over 1000 away fans.
POOLE STILL WAITING FOR DEBUT
Oct 9 - Bizarrely Newport County youngster Regan Poole is still waiting to make his debut for an official Manchester United team as he is still awaiting clearance to move from Wales to England!
FIGHTING DRAW STARTS SHERIDAN ERA
Oct 3 - A much improved display by Newport County saw them fight back to draw against Exeter City in a promising start to the John Sheridan era. The club, buoyed by the supporter takeover on October 1, will now hope that Sheridan will take them away from the foot of the table. The Exiles showed courage to come back after they had dominated the first hour of the game only to concede after 61 minutes to a close range Joel Grant effort. But after 73 minutes a break down the right from sub Alex Rodman led to opportunity for Lenell John-Lewis who fired home. A few opportunities came County's way to win but they could not find the net. All County's relegation rivals lost so it was a point gained. A heartening performance, but they face two of the league's best teams in the upcoming fixtures, Mansfield (away) and Portsmouth (home).
FIRST ACT OF NEW CLUB SEES END OF BUTCHER REIGN
Oct 1 - Newport County have sacked manager Terry Butcher. Assistant manager Russell Osman and chief scout Steve Marsella have also left Rodney Parade. The trio leave a record of played twelve won one with the Exiles two points adrift at the foot of the Football League. The first major decision of the fan owned club is decisive and they say they hope to make an announcement on his successor before this weekend's home league game against Exeter City. Favourite is former Plymouth Argyle boss John Sheridan. Former midfield star Mike Flynn is expected to figure in the new management team. Warren Feeney currently in charge at Linfield in Northern Ireland is also linked with the management team. A press conference now timed at 9.30 tomorrow morning will clear the matter up!
EXILES HOLD ON FOR FIRST WIN!
Sept 26 - Newport County held out to beat Carlisle 1-0 to pick up their first win of the season. A late siege on their goal by the home side nearly brought an equaliser but for much of the match the Exiles played with composure and coped with all that Carlisle could throw at them. It was loan signing Tyler Blackwood who broke the deadlock early in his County career. The 21 year old QPR asset headed home a Nathan Ofori-Twumasi cross after 68 minutes to put his new team in front.
Carlisle star striker Jabo Ibehre's left the field early in the first half with an injury. County's Danny Holmes hurt in a tackle with Patrick Brough. He was replaced by Scott Boden who was an increasing influence in the game linking well with John-Lewis, the latter should have put Newport in front early in the second half but was stopped by the Carlisle keeper Gillespie. A first win is just the fillip County need as they face Crawley on Tuesday, they are on 6 points, one ahead of Newport.
COUNTY SIGN TWO
Sept 25 - Newport County have swooped for two loan signings ahead of tomorrow's clash at Carlisle. Striker Tyler Blackwood and defender Janoi Donacien have joined Newport County on emergency loans. Blackwood, 24, has joined from Queens Park Rangers while Saint Lucia-born Donacien, 21, joins from Aston Villa. Blackwood joined QPR on a one year-deal in July 2015 after impressing on trial and made his Hoops debut against Yeovil Town in the League Cup in August. Donacien, who joined Aston Villa's academy in 2010, can play as both a central defender and as a wing- back. He is yet to make a first-team appearance for Villa and spent loan spells with Tranmere Rovers and Wycombe Wanderers during the 2014-15 season. Boss Terry Butcher believes the signings will relieve pressure on the squad and has indicated a third player is on the way.
TRUST UP TO £140K
Sept 24 - Newport County Supporters Trust is £55,000 short of its self imposed target with a week to go. The Trust has raised £140,000 and remains confident it will take control of the club.
COUNTY FIGHT FOR SECOND POINT
Sept 19 - Boss Terry Butcher hailed a fighting performance but Newport County are still without a win this season following a goalless draw at Dagenham & Redbridge. Centre forward Lenell John-Lewis had the best chance of the first half but shot wide from an acute angle. Veteran Daggers forward Jamie Cureton had an injury-time shot tipped over the bar by Joe Day. The draw sees Newport stay at the foot of League Two with just two points from eight games, while the Daggers drop to second bottom, on six points.
BYRNE - PLAYERS MUST GROW UP
Sept 14 - Newport County captain Mark Byrne has called on his players to grow up after last Saturday's sickening defeat to Morecambe.
LUCK FAILS COUNTY
Sept 12 - Football can be an extremely cruel game. Newport County dominated most of this encounter with Morecambe only to succumb to a dubious penalty in the dying minutes of the game. They played some fine football and despite their desperate plight were creative and attacking. Given their lack of success with this strategy coach Terry Butcher may be tempted to change his tactics to a much more defensive formation as he seeks to bring in new players on loan.
The visitors soaked up endless early pressure from County and took an unlikely lead from Alan Goodall's near-post header from a corner. But as County's efforts seemed fruitless left back Scott Barrow scored his first Newport goal to level with a very fine effort into the bottom corner from 25 yards. However, it was Newport's bete noire Kevin Ellison who claimed he was felled by Aaron Hayden as the game seemed destined for a drive. Substitute Mullin converted from the spot in the 94th minute after a foul on Kevin Ellison.
TRUST TARGET REDUCED TO £123K
Sept 9 - Newport County AFC Supporters Trust have now raised £72,000 towards their revised target of £195,000 to take control of the club. According to the Trust donations are averaging £7,000 per day. Trust Membership currently stands at 1543. They aim to take control of the club by the end of September.
REGAN POOLE TRANSFER REDUCES TRUST TARGET TO £190k
Sept 3 - The transfer of Regan Poole to Manchester United has reduced the Supporters Trust revenue raising target to £195,000 from £225,000. The £100,000 transfer will be split between the business and the need to raise capital. The Exiles have recruited Dagenham and Redbridge defender Matt Partridge (aged 21) to fill the breach left by Poole. Kevin Feely has left Newport by mutual consent to return to education in Ireland.
COUNTY FOILED BY PENALTY SHOOT-OUT
Sept 2 - Newport County were denied 7-6 on penalties by Swindon Town after a 1-1 draw in the Football League Trophy at Rodney Parade. Aaron Collins missed his penalty but was the player who transformed County's fortunes with fifteen minutes to go after Swindon had been the dominant force for much of the game without creating many opportunities. Randall converted his penalty for Swindon to put them through. County battled back after Anton Rodgers put Swindon into the lead early on.
ROCK BOTTOM FOR EXILES
Aug 29 - Newport County are bottom of the Football League after losing 1-0 at Plymouth. The score-line flattered the Exiles who were comprehensively outplayed and were reliant on a magnificent performance from keeper Joe Day.
ORIENT WIN SEE-SAW SPECTACLE
Aug 23 - Promotion prospects Leyton Orient made it four wins out of four against a spirited Newport County at Rodney Parade yesterday. County were totally outplayed by the Londoners for the first twenty minutes and were fortunate just to be two down. But they showed great conviction to come back into a game that flowed from end to end before a clinical finish put the match back in Orient's favour.
Orient driven on by 525 travelling fans made an emphatic start. Paul McCallum headed the opener from Dean Cox's left-flank cross and Jay Simpson added a second with a left-foot curler with just seven minutes played. McCallum's had two chances to level, he haeded over from in front of goal, then headed on to the bar from a corner. Scott Bowden finished a fine move to pull one back on 41 minutes. Mark Byrne's dipping shot from distance a minute later brought County level and Danny Holmes had a half chance to make it three but the goalkeeper Cisak tipped it away. County were on top in the second half but failed to find a way through. Against the run of play Orient broke out and Cox finished the move clinically. County kept going Boden's looping header flew just over Cisak’s bar. Collins went close and Laurent had a chance at the end but fired over.
LOAN SIGNINGS BOLSTER EXILES SQUAD
Aug 21 - Two loan signings have bolstered Newport County's threadbare, injury hit squad.
CLINICAL FINISH WINS MATCH FOR POOLS
Aug 19 - A clinical finish was the difference between Newport and Hartlepool.
LATE GOAL FOILS IMPRESSIVE COUNTY COMEBACK
Aug 16 - An excellent second half fight back by Newport County was foiled by a late Stevenage goal in front of 2521 at Rodney Parade.
NEW BOARD TAKE INTERIM CONTROL
Aug 14 - Newport County's Supporters Trust has taken interim control of the League Two club in a further step towards being owned by the fans. Their millionaire backer Les Scadding has backed the move in which the club's board has stood down. A club statement said the move followed a "productive" meeting on Tuesday,
Tony Pring is interim chairman, succeeding Howard Greenhaf, with Jason Turner named as chief executive of the club. Fellow trust board members Jon Bowkett, Gavin Foxall and Shaun Johnson have joined Pring on the interim board. Turner was appointed general manager during the off-season.
COUNTY FACE SWINDON
Aug 14 - Newport County face Swindon Town at Rodney Parade in the first round of the Football League Trophy. The match takes on Tuesday September 1 at 7.45pm.
COUNTY IMPRESS IN DEFEAT AT WOLVES
OPENING DAY CALAMITY FOR COUNTY
Aug 9 - Newport County could scarcely have had a worse opening day. A heavy defeat, a missed penalty and three injured players marked a 3-0 loss at Cambridge United. Barry Corr got two goals for the home side in front of 5,022.
BYRNE IS NEW CAPTAIN
Aug 7 - Mark Byrne is County's new captain for the 15/16 season. Former captain midfielder Michael Flynn has joined Welsh League side Undy Athletic as a joint player-coach.
WOLVES YOUNGSTER JOINS ON LOAN
Aug 7 - Newport County have signed Wolves defender Aaron Hayden on loan for a month. The 18-year-old is available for Saturday's trip to Cambridge, subject to international clearance. Hayden spent his youth career at Chelsea and has represented England at youth level in the Victory Shield. "It'll be great for him and will build what's been a good pre-season at 18 years old," said Wolves manager Kenny Jackett.
TRUST MEMBERSHIP BREAKS 600 BARRIER
July 28 - Following Friday's open meeting at the Riverfront, the Supporters Trust has seen an influx of fans showing their support for the planned takeover of the club by joining the Supporters’ Trust. The membership total has now broken through the 500 mark with the current membership currently standing at 517. Those fans that have yet to join the Trust and support the fans’ ownership are urged to show their support by joining up.
July 31 update - it has passed 600
IMPRESSIVE DRAW FOR EXILES
July 26 - A crowd of 1840 saw the Exiles pull off an impressive draw against Queen's Park Rangers. The Londoners encountered a solid and obdurate performance from Newport County as the match ended nil - nil.
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.
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.
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.
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
Read the Wolverhampton Connection here
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
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."
UP THE COUNTY!