NEWPORT COUNTY

Formed 1906-07. Founder member of Division 3 (South) in 1920. Not elected to Football League in 1931. Rejoined in 1932. 1938-39 Division 3 (South) Champions. 1947 relegated to Division 3 (South). 1979-80 Division 4 champions. 1980-81 European Cup Winners Cup quarter-finalists. 1987 relegated to Division 4. 1988 relegated to the Conference. 1989 expelled from the Conference in mid-March. In 1989 reformed as Newport AFC and joined the Hellenic League working their way through the Southern League. In 1999 were renamed Newport County and are now in the Conference South. As Newport AFC the team were forced to play in England due to legal action by the Welsh FA in an attempt to force them to join the new League of Wales. This was not resolved until a successful court action in 1995. Against Newport County has been re-born and despite spending most of its life at Somerton Park now plays out of Newport Stadium. For more information http://www.newport-county.co.uk/

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COUNTY DRAW FINAL RUN-OUT

Aug 1 - County's final run out ahead of a season of high expectations came at Cold Bath Road this afternoon where an inexperienced side fought out a disappointing nil all draw with Caerleon.

LEEDS TOO STRONG FOR COUNTY

July 31 - A young Leeds United side were strong for Newport County this evening. Manager Dean Holdsworth used the match to test the strength of his squad ahead of his first meaningful game on August 8. Leeds' goals in their 2-0 victory came from Somma and Elliott. Attendance - 710.

COUNTY SEND STOKE PACKING

July 29 - Newport County played superb football to send Stoke City packing at Newport Stadium last night. The Stoke squad contained nine players with experience of Premier League football but they were well beaten by a tenacious and hard working Exiles team. Danny Rose put Newport ahead after 64 minutes with a fierce left footed strike, Paul Cochlin sealed it three minutes from time. Attendance - 603.

CARMARTHEN BEATEN BY EXILES

July 25- Newport County beat Carmarthen Town 3-2 at Cwmbran Stadium this afternoon with two goals from Foley and one from Hartrick. Next up Premiership side Stoke City at Spytty on Wednesday, kick off 7.30pm.

COUNTY BEAT CALDICOT

July 21 - County beat Caldicot Town 8-1 in a friendly match on Monday night. Goals came from Kevin Hughes (2), Gilroy, Foley (2), Piotrowski, Maynard, and Takumi Ake.

COUNTY GO DOWN IN LATEST FRIENDLY

July 18 - Newport County went down 2-0 today at Spytty this afternoon against Conference opposition Mansfield Town, managed by Dean Holdworth's twin brother David. Kyle Perry scored both goals for the Stags either side of half time.

NEWPORT COUNTY 11 ABERGAVENNY 1

July 16 - Newport County disposed of local side Abergavenny Thursdays by eleven goals to one tonight. Scott Armitage led the way with four goals. Steve Hollingworth scored for Abergavenny. County goals - S.Armitage 4 : K.Leek 2 : D Maynard 2 : P.Cochlin : J. Barrett : J.Davies

COUNTY OPEN WITH LOCAL FRIENDLY

July 15 - County opened their pre-season campaign with a 1-0 friendly defeat to Southern League Merthyr. The Exiles shared the gate receipts at Cwmbran Stadium with their local rivals. Ten minutes from time Merthyr's Tom Harris got the winner. Attendance - 341. County: Glyn Thompson, Ali Gibb, Martyn Giles (Matt Smith 71), Kris Leek (Josh Hartridge 33), Gary Colborne (Aaron Cook 65), Paul Cochlin, Danny Rose (Ricky Manship 38), Sam Foley, Craig Reid (Tom Piotrowski 71), Dave Gilroy (Dean Maynard 62), Takumi Ake (Scott Armitage 78).

NEWPORT COUNTY FIXTURES 09/10

July 3 - The Blue Square South fixture list was published today. Find County's here.

HENRY SIGNS UP FOR EXILES

June 18 - Newport County has announced the signing today of midfielder Charlie Henry from Havant & Waterlooville. Dean Holdsworth commented "Henry is a quality player who I have admired for a long time and I am thrilled that we have reached a deal. He will be a great addition to our squad."

COUNTY SET OUT BLUEPRINT FOR SUCCESS

May 15 - Newport County's loyal and long suffering fans can look forward to a determined promotion push in the 2009/10 season following the release of their business plan to supporters earlier this week. BarAmber was packed with 300 fans who turned up to see the plans unveiled for the financing and restructuring of the club for next season.  County directors including newly appointed General Manager Tim Harris explained how Newport County AFC plan to maximise its income and commercial opportunities to fund the running of the club and give Team Manager Dean Holdsworth a budget to compete with the best teams in the league. According to the club's website "It was calculated that club expenses were expected to amount to £150,000 for the 2009-10 season which would be met by crowds continuing to average 850 for league matches, plus a small proportion generated from cup matches and pre-season friendlies. A playing budget of £5,000 per week was assessed to be the minimum requirement to fund a squad capable of competing in Blue Square South and the original target was to generate £200,000 over a 40 week season by attracting donations, revenue and sponsorship in chunks (segments) of £5,000.  However, a great response from the Supporters Trust together with contributions from other sources means that 60 segments are already committed, so a weekly playing budget of £8,000 now looks achievable."

County will be playing seven pre-season friendlies including home matches against Mansfield Town (July 18) and Premiership side Stoke City (July 29).

TIM HARRIS RETURNS AS GENERAL MANAGER

May 7 - The Newport County close season revolution continues - in perhaps the most significant move so far the Exiles welcome back former team manager Tim Harris to the post of general manager on May 12. 

Tim Harris joined County first as Team Manager in June 1997 following our relegation from the Premier Division of the Southern League and, after a season of consolidation led us to promotion in 1999 when they finished runners-up in the Midland Division. They  finished comfortably in the top half of the Premier Division in each of the following three seasons and were only minutes away from a famous FA Cup victory at Blackpool in November 2001 before the Football League club forced a replay with a penalty. Tim left the Exiles in the autumn of 2002 and has since had spells in charge at Forest Green Rovers, Merthyr Tydfil and Gloucester City. He moved upstairs to become General Manager at Gloucester and, in the last season, has overseen their promotion to the Blue Square Conference, despite their playing their home games in exile in Cirencester.

In other news, full back Steve Jenkins has left County to join Llanelli Town, and manager Dean Holdsworth was awarded the Conference South manager of the month award for April.

COUNTY DELAY NEW SEASON LAUNCH

May 5 - County's new season has been delayed slightly. The new date will be Wednesday 13th May 2009, Kick off at 7.00pm in BarAmber. Manager Dean Holdsworth has confirmed the retention of goalkeeper Glyn Thompson and has invited three of this year's squad back for pre-season training including Kevin Cooper "Kev has been invited back for pre-season training, this will allow both parties the opportunity to look at his recovery from the nasty injury that he sustained. I cannot fault his attitude and desire, he has been a model pro. Matt Smith and Kris Leek will both be coming back pre-season, both have holiday commitments which take place during the pre-season build up, therefore I have invited them back and I will assess their fitness at this stage, all being well they will stay with us for the season."

HOLDSWORTH SIGNS UP UP GILROY BUT HILLIER DEPARTS

Apr 29 - Newport County manager Dean Holdsworth has underlined their ambition for the new season with another signing. In addition to Scott Rogers (see below) Holdsworth has signed Bath City striker Dave Gilroy. Gilroy scored 22 goals in 29 matches this season and could create a potent strike threat for the Exiles with Craig Reid. Holdsworth commented "Dave has been a proven goal scorer in the Blue Square South and I'm looking forward to working with him.  I'm sure that he will be a great addition to our squad." Ian Hillier is departing however following discussions with Holdsworth.

COUNTY FINISH IN STYLE

Apr 25 - Newport County finished the season in fine style with a 2-0 win at Welling United. The goals came from Sam Foley on 61 minutes and 79 minutes. The Exiles have secured 16 out of a possible 18 points in their final six matches of the campaign. More details to follow.

COUNTY PLANNING AHEAD

Apr 24 - Newport County are making big preparations it appears for next season's campaign. In a letter to supporters the club state they are going to restructure their organisation and finances as they make a concerted bid for promotion. Most importantly the statement adds "The budget will be increased for next season and the playing squad will be larger and stronger." Supporters are invited to an event to present the new plans at Newport Stadium on Monday May 11th, start time is 7pm.

REID IS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Apr 20 - Craig Reid was rewarded for his outstanding performances with the Supporters Club Player of the Year trophy at a presentation in Bar Amber on Saturday night. Danny Rose won the trophy for the young player, under 21, making most first team appearances, while Glyn Thompson was named Away Player of the Year from the votes of fans returning on Supporters Club coach travel. Craig Reid also won awards for being top scorer and players player of the year.

COUNTY DRAW AND REID SIGNS UP

Apr 18 - Newport County drew 1-1 with Thurrock today at Spytty Park. Craig Reid scored County's goal after 85 minutes after Lee Flynn had opened the scoring for the Essex team. Attendance - 809.

Off the field County have been buoyed by the decision of Craig Reid to sign a new two year contract with the club. Reid has been in outstanding form providing a steady flow of goals in a difficult season for the club. Manager Dean Holdsworth commented "Both myself and Craig are delighted to be working together for the next 2 years and are as excited as everyone about the prospect of taking this club up to the Conference. Craig knows how ambitious we are and simply wants to be part of it !" In addition, the Exiles have signed Bath City midfielder Scott Rogers, he had a brief spell on loan at Spytty Park in January and February. In addition, it has been confirmed that Nathan Davies and Martyn Giles will be back at Newport for 2009/10.

COUNTY PUT FOUR PAST BATH

Apr 13 - Newport County moved up to tenth after a comfortable 4-2 home victory against Team Bath. The university side, soon to withdraw from the league, were no match for the Exiles. Reid set the goals on the way, followed by a first in Newport colours for the impressive Turk. Cochlin netted the third before the half hour after heading home a Rose corner. Rose made it four on the hour after a well timed volley. He was duly booked for his celebration. Bath got two late goals from Warren and Piotrowski. Attendance - 758

DORCHESTER DOWNED AS EXILES EXTEND UNBEATEN RUN

Apr 11 - Newport County extended their unbeaten run to four matches with a 1-0 win at Dorchester. Craig Reid provided the goal twelve minutes from time volleying in after Giles had flicked on a long throw from Kris Leek. Dorchester have not scored in 600 minutes of football and showed very little creativity or ambition. They did make a bright start with Rose heading O'Briens header off the line after a minute. Shortly afterwards County's Sam Foley had two good opportunities but failed to take either.  Att- 516.

COUNTY HAMMER RELEGATED FISHER

Apr 4 - Newport County comfortably disposed of Fisher Athletic by four goals to nil at Spytty Park this afternoon. County took an early through Giles after five minutes. After 11 minutes a horrendous tackle on Kevin Cooper resulted in a red card for Fisher. Cooper's injury will put him out for the rest of the season but his leg is not thought to be broken as was first feared. Craig Reid, again in fine form, added the Exiles' second one minute in to the second half. Then just after the midway point in the half first Foley, and then, Danny Rose, confirmed Newport's dominance. Attendance - 641.

COUNTY WIN AT BOGNOR

Mar 29 - Substitute Craig Reid again made the vital intervention to give Newport County a 1-0 win away at relegation threatened Bognor Regis Town. Midway through the second half taking a ball that divided the Bognor defence he slid the ball past home keeper Stoner. Despite their dreadful hammering at home to Bath City the Exiles have taken ten pints out of the last fifteen, sitting comfortably in mid-table in the Conference South. A solid finish to the season could lift them in to the top ten in the league, giving their patchy form this would be viewed as an achievement. At Bognor, Newport had chances to score prior to the goal with Cochlin and Foley missing headed opportunities but yet again Reid saved the day. Attendance - 362.

EXILES DRAW AT ST.ALBANS

Mar 22 - A spectacular Sam Foley goal eight minutes from time secured a draw for Newport County at St. Albans yesterday. County had further opportunities to win the game in the dying minutes Rose had a shot saved from pint blank range and a clear handball by St.Albans' defender Cook was missed by the officials. Martin gave St. Albans the lead after 15 minutes but County had the better of possession and territory for much of the game. They were awarded a penalty early in the second half when Foley was tripped in the area. St. Albans keeper Lee Butcher (on loan from Spurs) saved brilliantly to deny Danny Rose. Attendance - 494.

COUNTY HAMMERED

Mar 18 - Newport County were comprehensively beaten 4-0 by Bath City at Spytty Park this evening. Dean Holdsworth's charges were 2-down inside twenty minutes as Stuart Douglas put Bath ahead converting a penalty at the second opportunity following a Thompson save and then scoring again minutes later after showing good individual skills. Early in the second half Darren Edwards headed home a rebound from another excellent save before Douglas made it a hat-tick and four goals to nil. County hardly had a shot all night. Manager Holdsworth ended the match with an unnecessary altercation with a fan. Attendance - 730.

COUNTY MAINTAIN WINNING RUN

Newport County beat Braintree Town 2-1 at Newport Stadium this afternoon to leap-frog their opponents to go twelfth in the Conference South table. Braintree, with Louis Riddle returning to their squad after a four match ban, took the lead early in the second half through Danny Hockton. But the Irons lead did not last long as the Exiles brought on Reid and Cooper for Stephens and Armitage and changed their approach to a passing game. This ultimately led to 62nd minute penalty converted by Reid. The rejuvenated Paul Cochlin scored the winner eight minutes from time.

EXILES BOUNCE BACK WITH FINE WIN

Mar 4 - Newport County produced a fine display to beat promotion hopefuls Hampton and Richmond 1-0 last night. The away victory capped an impressive double over the Surrey side. The match was played in a gale force wind and rain. Ten minutes before half time Newport scored the only goal of the game when makeshift striker Paul Cochlin received the ball with his back to goal, turned and shot low into Hampton`s net. Attendance - 409

COUNTY MAKE IT THREE DEFEATS IN A WEEK

Feb 28 - Two goals one in each half were enough for Hayes and Yeading United to beat Newport County this afternoon. The 311 fans at Church Road saw a Ram Marwa header take the lead on 11 minutes following an error by Exiles keeper Glyn Thompson. The first half was dominated by United with County's only chance a mis-directed Danny Rose header. After 52 minutes Josh Scott beat Aaron Cook to slide the ball past Thompson for United's second. A brilliant save from Thompson prevented Marwa from adding a second mid-way through the half. County had some late pressure but it was another unconvincing display.

EXILES LOSE OUT TO CAREW GOAL

Feb 25 - County's makeshift side were beaten by Ashley Carew's 52nd minute goal from a curling shot for Eastleigh at Newport Stadium tonight. With Paul Cochlin up front County made a manful effort in the first half and even had a near miss when a Cochlin's header was delected on to an upright but as the game wore on Eastleigh established some control. The Exiles managed a late surge, this time putting Ashley Vickers up front, but it was not enough. Attendance - 540.

COUNTY CONCEDE LATE WINNER

Feb 21 - Newport County went down 2-1 at Bromley this afternoon after conceding a goal with barely a minute to play. Bromley forward Ryan Hall netted with a left foot volley after a weak defensive clearance.The home side took the lead on seven minutes when Captain, Rob Gillman rose high above the Newport defence to head home Hall's corner for his first goal in Bromley colours. In a mostly one sided half Bromley could have had more but for two fine saves from Exiles keeper Glyn Thompson. After the break County took the game to Bromley playing some fine football and were rewarded with a penalty after Sam Foley was felled by Aaron Dalhouse. Danny Rose converted. Bromley came back strongly at the end and were rewarded with the winning goal.

ROGERS RECALLED

Feb 18 - Bath City have evoked  the clause within our agreement to recall Scott Rogers with immediate effect. Newport coach Dean Holdsworth stated "I would like to take this opportunity to thank Scott for his contribution whilst at the club and to wish him well for the rest of the season."

MAIDENHEAD EDGE PAST COUNTY

Feb 14 - Maidenhead pulled off a victory against the run of play at Newport Stadium this afternoon. The crowd of only 672 saw for the most part a poor match with little skill and some very unsophisticated tactics with the ball continually looping up in to the air. However, the Exiles had the best of the play and were unfortunate to come up against an excellent display from Maidenhead goalkeeper Gore. Richard Pacquette scored the scrappy winning goal midway through the second half. The Exiles had a number of opportunities to come back in to the game including possible claims for a penalty but were severely hindered by the loss of full back Steve Jenkins with a straight red card towards the end of the game. Kris Leek appeared to be struggling with an injury. The win will be a welcome boost for the financially troubled Magpies outfit.

COUNTY BREEZE PAST LOWLY BOGNOR

Feb 11 - A small crowd of 618 saw Newport County breeze past bottom placed Bognor Regis Town by two goals to one at Spytty Park. Man of the match Paul Cochlin scored the winning goal in the second half. The Exiles took an early lead through Danny Rose on 15 minutes. Bognor, who played the first half with commitment and spirit, equalised through Cox on 22 minutes. Newport were in total charge in the second half, Cochlin scoring on 57 minutes, and could have won by two or three more goals as Bognor capitulated. The Exiles are up to tenth.

COUNTY GAME IS POSTPONED

Feb 6 - Newport County’s Blue Square Conference South match at Hampton and Richmond, scheduled for 3pm tomorrow, has been postponed due to a frozen pitch.

LAST MINUTE WINNER FOILS COUNTY

Jan 31 - A last minute goal by Chris Holland gave Bath City a dramatic 2-1 win over Newport County at Twerton Park this afternoon. Bath took just six minutes to go ahead, Darren Edwards racing clear from Lewis Hogg's header and slotting the ball past Thompson. County's main threat came from Leek's long throws, although they did have a strong shout for a penalty when Holland appear to climb all over Paul Cochlin on 20 minutes. In the second half, Hogg's tackle on Leek deflected into the path of Craig Reid. He took full advantage, firing past Steve Perrin into the roof of the net on 47 minutes to make it level . Newport were now on top but as the match seemed destined for a draw the visitors failed to clear a Steve Jones free-kick and Holland showed his finishing ability to give Bath the victory. Attendance - 1137

EXILES KEEP UP THE MOMENTUM

Jan 28 - Newport County's surge in form continued with a solid 1-0 win over local rivals Weston super Mare at Newport Stadium tonight. After an indifferent first half County managed to find a way through in the second half with Danny Rose prominent. Paul Cochlin got the goal after 63 minutes and this seemed to spur on the Exiles to a more attacking approach. The crowd of 913 was the best home attendance since August 30th. County are 13th, 10 points adrift of the play off positions.

COUNTY OFFER CORUS WORKERS FREE ENTRY

Jan 27 - Newport County have offered any Corus worker free entry to their game at Spytty against Weston-super-Mare on Wednesday night.

STORMING WIN FOR COUNTY

Jan 24 - Newport County continued their recent good form by beating Basingstoke 3-0 at Newport Stadium this afternoon. The Exiles produced an accomplished performance with an Aaron Cook headed goal setting them on their way just before half time after a goalmouth melee. Danny Rose added a second via a free kick after 65 minutes and Craig Reid scored the third after 84 minutes. County are up to 10th. Attendance - 841.

XILES FIGHT OUT DRAW AT WORCESTER

Jan 19 - Newport County finished strongly against Worcester City but could not find the finishing touch at St. George's Lane this evening. Craig Reid came closest with a strike fifteen minutes from team that beat Worcester keeper Danny McDonnell but hit the upright. The 0-0 score-line was a fair reflection of the play, for much of the match the teams were even. County lost Giles through injury, replaced by Ashley Vickers. Attendance - 759.

COUNTY RESURGENCE CONTINUES

Jan 17 - Newport County continued their recent resurgence with a comfortable 3-1 win over bottom placed Fisher Athletic. The away win lifts the Exiles up to sixteenth spot. County made most of the early running, having the ball in the Fisher net early on only for the ref to disallow it. Cochlin was also narrowly wide with a header before against the run of play Wharton snatched a goal on 25 minutes for Fisher. Steve Butterworth , who made an assured debut, responded with a cracking goal after 32 minutes. Reid slotted a 40th minute penalty before Craig Giles scored his first County goal following a Butterworth assist. This was Fisher's sixth home defeat in a row, they have not won at home since their September 13th win over Basingstoke, it was a fine win for a County side limited to one striker. Attendance - 249

BLIGHT RESIGNS

Jan 17 - Chiris Blight has resigned as County Chairman but will remain on the Board. A statement released last night states "As your Chairman, I feel that it is appropriate to offer a personal statement to everyone involved with the Club, that I have found it necessary to stand down from the position.

You may all be aware that I sold my Estate Agency in February last year, and spent the summer helping the Club with the duties involved with the introduction of the new Manager, and getting the new season underway. Contrary to speculative views of some people, I did not receive any form of remuneration for the 3 months full time hard work at the Club from 1 July - 30 September. I very much enjoyed that experience, as it gave me the opportunity to see the " nuts and bolts " of what goes on, day to day.

In October, I was offered the opportunity of joining a local Investment Company, and commenced my duties as a Non Executive Director later that month. After 3 months in my new position, I have found that I need to offer my new employers my every attention, and subsequently, I have had to make the decision to offer the Board of Directors my decision to stand down. I will be continuing as a Director, and I am excited at the prospect of the the new enthusiasm that seems to be growing with the Supporters Trust. I believe that this may well be the way forward for our Football Club. "

HARRIS ON HIS WAY TO WESTON

Jan 13 - Ade Harris last night signed for Weston-super-Mare for an undisclosed fee following a week of negotiation with Newport County. Manager Dean Holdsworth stated "Ade was very much a part of my plans but following discussions with the Board of Directors it was agreed that this was the right business decision for the club, and in fact for Ade and his family." Holdsworth claimed with another player off the wage bill it meant there is more cash to play with in terms of bringing in new recruits.

DUFFY LEAVES BUT BUTTERWORTH JOINS

Steve Butterworth joined Newport County last night at training and has signed on an initial months loan sponsored by County Chairman Chris Blight. Steve joins the Exiles from Dartford. Manager Dean Holdsworth stated on the County website "Whilst Steve has signed the relevant forms the move is not as yet complete as we await International Clearance. If clearance is approved in time then Steve will go straight into contention for tomorrows game against Bognor Regis Town. I am grateful to the Chairman for agreeing to personally sponsor the first month of Steve's loan. I am also very pleased that both Aaron Cook and Wayne Turk have agreed to join us until the end of the season. I am hoping that we can complete this deal prior to Saturday's game as there are still a few minor details that need to be sorted out with Salisbury City."

Mansfield have signed County forward Rob Duffy their third signing in as many days. The striker started pre-season with the Stags after being released by Oxford United in the summer. But on leaving Field Mill he moved across the border to join Newport where he has scored three goals in 16 appearances this season.

CRAIG HUGHES LEAVES COUNTY

Jan 6 - County striker Craig Hughes has left to join Carmarthen Town citing work and family reasons. Hughes told the Argus "“Lots of my mates are skilled and unemployed at the moment and with the credit crunch, I have to put my family first. Signing for Carmarthen will mean less games and less training and that’s an attractive prospect at the moment.”  Hughes has enjoyed three successful seasons at Newport but could not commit fully to the club from now on. County boss Dean Holdsworth expressed his disappointment at the way the story had leaked out but said on the Exiles website "I am disappointed to lose Craig and was totally taken aback when he rang me to inform me of his decision, however I am unable to stand in the way of his decision and therefore accept it. I know that the majority, if not all of the fans will be very disappointed by this news but I hope that you can respect Craig's decision. I am sure that I speak for everyone connected with the Club when I thank Craig for his contribution, 110% effort and commitment to the Club during his time at Spytty Park.
 

REID SHINES AS EXILES STORM TO IMPRESSIVE WIN

Jan 3 - Craig Reid bagged a hat-trick as Newport County produced their best performance of the season to beat Chelmsford 3-1 at Newport Stadium this afternoon. The Essex side had been running away with the lead at the top of the Conference South before they met a determined County today. The Exiles dominated large parts of the match with Kris Leek effective in midfield and Robert Duffy playing one of his better games in a County shirt. Reid scored after 42, 64 and 77 minutes before Kevin James grabbed a late consolation score for City. Chelmsford midfielder James Minton was sent off in injury time (for a second yellow card offence) following repeated warnings by the referee. Attendance - 902.

COUNTY'S MATCH OFF

Jan 1 - County's match at Worcester has been called off due to a frozen pitch.

HARRIS GOAL SEALS COUNTY WIN

Dec 26 - A goal from County's Adie Harris’ eighth-minute free-kick gave the Exiles a deserved win in their Boxing Day clash with mid-table Worcester City at Newport Stadium this afternoon. The free kick went through a mass of defenders and attackers evading them all to find the net. Newport might have had a second from another Harris set-piece seven minutes later but Paul Cochlin’s effort was ruled out for offside. Worcester City had a late chance to equalise but Barnes' header was cleared off the line by Danny Rose in second-half injury-time. Worcester have other more pressing problems however. The cash-strapped club was handed a reprieve by their bank on Monday and the players have been forced to take a pay cut. Attendance - 822

WIMBLEDON SHOW COUNTY HOW TO FINISH

Dec 20 - AFC Wimbledon gave Newport County an object lesson in how to finish in their Conference South match this afternoon. The South London side were far more incisive than their visitors winning three goals to nil. The goals came from Kedwell (2) and Main. Prior to the match Newport announced the signing of Craig Reid until the end of the season. Ian Hillier has also surprisingly returned to their ranks after his controversial departure following a work injury. Hillier won an unfair dismissal case against the club but prior to a recent appeal hearing County offered him his place in the squad back.

COUNTY GO OUT ON PENALTIES

Dec 17 - Newport County went out to Rushden and Diamonds 5-3 on penalties in the FA Trophy last night having drawn 1-1 after full time and extra time. Sam Smith brought the Nene Park team back from the dead with an equaliser in the third minute of injury time. Craig Reid scored for improving County early in the second half.

SPIRITED DRAW FOR EXILES

Dec 13 - A small crowd at Newport Stadium this afternoon witnessed one of County's best performances under the troubled reign of Dean Holdsworth. The Exiles played with great spirit and endeavour to draw their First Round FA Trophy match with Rushden and Diamonds. The Conference side went ahead through a goal from Rankine after 56 minutes only for Newport to equalise after 73 minutes from a Craig Reid penalty.

GOOD POINT FOR COUNTY

Dec 6 - County battled bravely against one of the form teams of the Conference South, Thurrock, this afternoon and came away with a deserved point. The Exiles are still perilously close to the relegation zone, three points ahead of Fisher Athletic.

DREADFUL RESULT FOR COUNTY

Nov 29 - Newport County lost 1-0 to fellow relegation strugglers Bishop's Stortford at home today. The 654 brave souls who turned up for the game saw a passionless County effort. They had precious few efforts on goal until a spell later in the second half including a Danny Rose free kick and were outplayed by their lowly opponents. Manager Dean Holdsworth has now to place his faith in short term loan signings Aaron Cooke and Wayne Turk from Salisbury City and Josh Klein-Davis from Bristol Rovers.

EXILES IN COMFORTABLE WIN

Nov 22 - Newport County beat Andover by three goals to nil in a comfortable win in the FA Trophy Third Qualifying Round this afternoon. The goals came from Danny Rose, Craig Reid and Craig Hughes.

COUNTY WIN AWAY AT LAST

Nov 18 - Newport County carried on their improved form at Maidenhead as they clinched a richly deserved victory by one goal to nil. The previous fixture in September was abandoned with the game at 3-3 due to a waterlogged playing surface. Tonight's encounter was a much more cautious affair with the Exiles dominated long periods of the match. The winning goal came after only six minutes from Craig Read, his sixth of the season and third in five games. The win moves County two places up the table away from the relegation zone - nearest rivals before tonight Bishop's Stortford lost 3-1 at home to Hampton and Richmond.

LATE EQUALISER DENIES EXILES

Nov 15 - An 86th minute equaliser by Paul Booth denied Newport County a deserved win at Havant and Wealdstone this afternoon. The Exiles had taken a surprise 28th minute lead through Paul Cochlin. The result leaves County tantalisingly placed one point above the relegation zone. Attendance - 601.

COUNTY HUMILIATED - FANS SAY DEANO MUST GO

Nov 8 - Newport County were humiliated at home this afternoon losing 5-1 to Hayes and Yeading. Perkins opened the scoring for the away team and one of the few bright sparks in Newport's team Craig Reid equalised after 26 minutes. After that it was mostly one way traffic and in a game dominated by the away side. Further goals came from Mulley (50), Fitzgerald (62 and 64) and Scott (71).

The result has raised further doubts about the future of County boss Dean Holdsworth. In a poll on the club supporters forum 73 per cent of respondents believe Holdsworth should resign. In addition, there are also reports of boardroom issues at the club and widespread criticism of the club's chaotic transfer policy.

NINE MAN COUNTY HOLD ON FOR POINT

Nov 1 - Newport County held on for a point in a goalless draw at Basingstoke this afternoon, their third draw in consecutive league games. It came despite being reduced to nine men by referee Coggins following red cards for Cooper and Giles. According to reports it was a mediocre game with little incident played out in deteriorating conditions as heavy rain made play diffcult.

Midfielder Kevin Cooper was the first visiting player sent off, referee Anthony Coggins showing him a straight red card 10 minutes before the break after he was adjudged to have fouled Ross Montague as the striker ran through on goal. However, Basingstoke were unable to take advantage in the second half, Rob Watkins failing to make proper contact with their best chance, the ball hitting his shoulder with the goal at his mercy. County defender Martin Giles received his marching orders in the 90th minute, a bad tackle on Mitchell Bryant earning him a second booking.

COUNTY COMFORTABLY BEATEN

Oct 28 - Newport County lost 4-1 at Bath City in the Setanta Shield this evening despite taking an early lead through Craig Read. All four Bath goals were scored by David Gilroy. Attendance - 241

COUNTY SECURE POINT

Oct 25 - Newport County fought out a dull 0-0 draw with Welling United at Spytty Park today. The match was delayed by 25 minutes due to the late arrival of the away team but there was little incident to report from the encounter. The best chance fell to Craig Reid with six minutes to go after some good build up involving Danny Rose but his shot was touched wide by the Welling keeper.

ROSE GOAL BRINGS COUNTY DESERVED DRAW

Oct 20 - A superb goal from Danny Rose in the sixth minute of injury time gave Newport County a deserved 1-1 draw with Weston-super-Mare at Woodspring Stadium this evening. The left foot strike from a free kick followed the dismissal of former County player Andy Gurney. Referee Simon Knapp redeemed himself following the failure to send off Weston's Ashan Holgate for a second offence only minutes before. The teams were goalless at half time but Darren Mullings broke the deadlock after 74 minutes for the Seagulls. County seemed destined to fail even latest signing Leon Osei was only brought on as an after-thought in the final minute of the game. But Rose's excellent strike rescued matters.

SPIRITED COUNTY FAIL AGAIN

Oct 18 - Newport County show plenty of spirit and fight at Braintree this afternoon but ultimately failed to gain any reward from the match. Despite coming back on two occasions from a goal down they lost the game 3-2. Braintree scored through former Bromley player Danny Hockton after 24 minutes. County equalised after 39 minutes from Justyn Roberts after poor defending from Braintree. Braintree went back in front on 45 minutes when Billy Burgess scored their second goal from a set piece. Craig Reid equalised again just before the half time whistle. Braintree were awarded a mystifying penalty which they missed before Hockton got the decisive goal. County showed plenty of life and created a number of chances, forcing an excellent save from Braintree keeper Craig Holloway. The only consolation for the Exiles is a number of the teams below them lost this afternoon too.

COUNTY AND EVANS AGREE TO CONTRACT END

Oct 10 - County's website reports out of favour but with fans popular midfielder Richard Evans is leaving the club "Dean has today reached an amicable agreement with Richard Evans to terminate his contract. The Board understands that Richard is keen to play regular football which the Club could not guarantee, hence a mutual agreement to part. The club thanks Richard for his contribution and wishes him all the best for the future." Oct 16 - Evans has signed for Bath City.

BAR AMBER BREAK-IN

Oct 10 - Newport County's Social Club Bar Amber has been subject to two break ins in the last two weeks. The club describes the burglaries as 'soul destroying'. An incident last week was relatively minor with damage to a window. However  a break in on Tuesday night was significantly worse with damage to windows, grills, shutters and interior fittings. The flatscreen TV and several bottles of spirits were taken.

FINALLY COUNTY COME GOOD

Oct 4 - Newport County played their best football of the season to beat ten-man Bromley 3-0 at Newport Stadium this afternoon. The fans responded to Dean Holdsworth's call for unity by giving the team rousing support. They were rewarded with an excellent team performance. Goals came from defender Phil Bignot after 20minutes, Craig Reid (penalty) after 28 minutes and from Craig Hughes halfway through the second half.

COUNTY OUT OF CUP

Oct 1 - A desperately disappointing second half display by Newport County allowed Dorchester to take the spoils in the FA Cup qualifying round match at Newport Stadium. The culmination of this evening's 2-1 defeat was greeted by a chorus of boos, an fair assessment of Dean Holdsworth's short but disastrous reign as County boss. The Exiles started brightly and took the lead on 40 minutes with a well crafted goal from Craig Reed. But County's inability to find a second goal allowed Dorchester back in, Jake Smeeton got their first on the hour and nine minutes before time Dochester's best player Nick Crittendon scored to seal Newport's fate. Short of a miracle their season is effectively over.

COUNTY YOUTH STORM THROUGH

Sep 28 - Newport County Youth beat Merthyr Tydfil Youth 4-1 at Llanrumney in the first round of the FAW Youth Cup. Evans, Hartland, Armitage and Prosser scored for County.

ALL LEVEL AT DORCHESTER

Sep 27 - Newport County fought back to force an FA Cup replay with Dorchester on Wednesday night after a 2-2 draw this afternoon. Dorchester scored from Ryan Moss after a 17th minute effort. They doubled their advantage after a 53rd minute penalty was converted by Ryan Moss after the initial attempt was saved by Glyn Thompson. After 62 minutes Robert Duffy scored a penalty for County. With ten minutes to go Danny Rose netted the equaliser. The defeat offers a much needed reprieve for troubled Exiles boss Dean Holdsworth. The Exiles side included Richard Evans on the left of midfield, according with a recent campaign by County fans calling for his inclusion in the side to provide an attacking threat from the flanks.

IT GETS WORSE FOR COUNTY

Sep 20 - Newport County slipped in to the relegation zone following a 1-0 home defeat to St. Albans. Manager Dean Holdsworth now faces a huge challenge to retrieve his fortunes. Holdsworth has criticised home supporters for the way they have slammed his team following their dreadful start to the news season. Holdsworth claimed that a player had left the club due to personal criticism on the Newport AFC unofficial messageboard. The player identified (Nicky Church) has denied this and has said Holdworth is the reason why he walked away. Until Holdsworth's side turn matters around the field Deano must expect to face the wrath of County fans. After all they had high hopes for this season and it looks likely that they will struggle.

County were deeply disappointing today making few chances and gaining hardly any attacking opportunities. They were outplayed by St.Albans who scored the only goal through a Hunt penalty after 67 minutes.

HONOURS EVEN AT BISHOP'S STORTFORD

Sep 12 - Newport County drew with Bishops Stortford this afternoon despite the home side being reduced to ten men. The Bishops Stortford goalkeeper Charlie Hasler was sent off after 54 minutes. At that point the home side were one-up due to a Roy Essandoh after 40 minutes. County's Robert Duffy netted the penalty following Hasler's dismissal but County were unable to make their numerical advantage tell.

COUNTY WIN GOAL FEST

Sep 9 - Newport County won their first round Setanta Shield fixture by 5 goals to 4 at Dorchester this evening. The Exiles goals came from Cooper, Duffy and Walsh in normal time. Rose and Hall scored the goals in extra time to seal it for Newport. Their previous fixture against Dorchester on August 23 was a 4-all draw!

Sep 8 - Newport County youth team beating Brislington 10-0 in first round of the FA Youth Cup at Newport Stadium this evening.

COUNTY'S MATCH ABANDONED

Sep 5 - Newport County's match at Maidenhead was abandoned after 60 minutes in atrocious conditions with the two sides level at 3 a-piece. Referee Coggins had the support of both managers as he called a halt to proceedings after torrential rain caused the pitch to become heavily waterlogged. In a see-saw encounter the Magpies took the lead after only two minutes before Craig Hughes levelled matters after 15 minutes. Maidenhead scored through Nicholls just before half time but again six minutes in to the second half Danny Rose equalised after a defensive mix up. The two final goals from Pacquette (52 minutes) and an own goal in County's favour after 55 minutes were caused by the ball getting stuck in surface water. A valiant effort by both sides but ultimately the match could not continue.

ANOTHER DEFEAT FOR COUNTY

Sep 4 - Newport County's winning run was short lived as they went down 2-0 at home to Havant and Waterlooville last night. A highly respectable crowd of 859 turned out on a night of heavy rain to see the Exiles concede a goal following a defensive error by Kevin Stephens allowing Sam Gargan to score. The Hawks made it two on 82 minutes after a fine finish from Charlie Henry. To compound County's misfortune prior to the game news came that Ian Hillier had suffered a serious accident at work requiring hospital treatment.

FIRST WIN FOR EXILES

Aug 30 - Newport County celebrated their first win under Dean Holdsworth with a solid 1-0 victory over Hampton and Richmond at Newport Stadium this afternoon. The Exiles new centre back partnership of Kevin Stephens and Ashley Vickers (signed on loan from Eastleigh) provided greater stability after some disappointing defensive displays in earlier matches. The only goal came from Craig Hughes on 64 minutes.

COUNTY CONTINUE POOR START

Aug 25 - Newport County continued their poor start to the season by losing 2-0 at Team Bath this afternoon. The goals came from Josh Llewellyn (10 minutes) and Steve Abbott (72 minutes).

COUNTY IN HIGH SCORING DRAW

Aug 23 - In a total reversal of last week's effort Newport County drew 4-all with Dorchester at Newport Stadium today. Other than last week's no score draw County's defensive performances have been dreadful. The transfer window in the Conference South closes on September 1, the Exiles need to take urgent action to strengthen this part of their squad if they are serious about promotion. Danny Rose put County in front after six minutes before Hill pegged them back for Dorchester after 16 minutes. Adie Harris put the Exiles in front on 36 minutes. The second half was a see-saw affair with Dorchester taking a 3-2 lead before County seemed to sew up the game with two late goals from Jamal Easter and Craig Hughes before Dorchester's Hill levelled things up in injury time.

EXILES GAIN FIRST POINT

Aug 16 - Newport County gained their first point of the season by drawing 0-0 with Chelmsford City at Chelmsford Sports and Athletics Centre. The Clarets had won both of their opening games but were frustrated by County's stubborn defence. The best opportunity for the Exiles was six minutes into the second half, burly striker Phil Walsh got his head to a right-wing cross only to touch it wide of the near post. Chelmsford generally had the better of the game and scoring opportunities. Clarets head coach Glenn Pennyfather stated after the game “They were a frustrating team to play against today and remained unhurried as often as they could. But that’s no slight on them as they had lost their first two games and were trying to earn something to get them back on the road.”

COUNTY BEATEN AGAIN

Aug 12 - Newport County were beaten again this evening as they went down 3-2 away at Eastleigh. Eastleigh were comfortable winners for the most part although a fine 80th minute goal from substitute Danny Rose made for an exciting close to the game. Kevin Stevens nearly scored the equaliser with the last County attack of the game. Earlier Eastleigh took a 2-0 lead through a Walsh own goal (21 minutes) and Riviere (41 minutes) Kevin Cooper grabbed a goal for County prior to half time. Eastleigh extended their lead through Groves after 64 minutes before the Exiles late challenge. Attendance - 787.

COUNTY OUTPLAYED IN OPENER

Aug 11 - AFC Wimbledon hammered Newport County 4-1 in front of 2546 fans at Newport Stadium on Saturday. The home fans were left thoroughly disappointed after a bright opening. Star of the show Dons striker Jon Main put the South Londoners in to a 39th minute lead, adding a spectacular second near the hour mark and completing his hat trick after 71 minutes. Tony Finn make it four after 74 minutes, Dave Collins added a late consolation for the Exiles.

LATE GOAL WINS IT FOR LEEDS

Aug 2 - A late goal from Leeds spoilt an otherwise impressive day for Newport County. The inexperienced Yorkshire side sprinkled with senior squad members gave County a good test prior to next week's start to the League campaign.

NEWPORT COUNTY 2 EXETER CITY 1

July 31 - Newport County beat a youthful Exeter City side 2-1 in the first foray of the season at Newport Stadium. Dave Collins netted from the penalty spot in the 58th minute to give the Exiles the lead. Striker Paul Walsh outpaced the Exeter defence to give Paul Hall an easy assist. Exeter scored a late penalty from Paul Basham two minutes from time. Att - 605

260 SEASON TICKETS SOLD

July 28 - Newport County chairman Chris Blight has confirmed that so far 260 season tickets have been sold for the new season. By contrast first opponents AFC Wimbledon have sold 1700 season tickets and are likely to be the best supported team in the league.

COUNTY DRAW AT MERTHYR

July 25 - Newport County put on an encouraging show but still only managed a 1-1 draw at Merthyr Tydfil. Their goal came from a Danny Rose header.

UNCERTAIN FORM CONTINUES

July 22 - Newport County's new line up is still struggling to find its feet. They slipped to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Carmarthen Town in a match played in Chepstow. July 24 - County beat Caldicot Town 4-1.

FRIENDLY DRAW

July 18 - Newport County drew 1-1 at Leamington Spa in their second friendly of the close season. Goal scored by Ian Hillier. Attendance - 415. The Exiles also drew their first friendly 0-0 at Cinderford.

COOPER JOINS UP

July 16 - Newport County received another pre-season boost with the signing of 33 year old winger Kevin Cooper from Cardiff City. Cooper has also played for Wolverhampton, Wimbledon, Stockport and Derby in a 14 year professional career. Manager Dean Holdsworth stated " Kevin brings a wealth of experience and quality to this football club. I am looking for him to lead from the front and I'm sure that after 2/ 3 weeks of speaking to him he still has the fire in his belly to be the best player in the league. He is great lad and he will fit in with the squad really well."

ROSE SIGNS FOR COUNTY

July 4 - Newport County boss Dean Holdsworth has announced the signing of 20 year old midfielder Danny Rose from Oxford United. Rose  is a skilful midfielder with a great engine who was spotted as a youngster by Manchester United. During five years at Old Trafford Danny progressed through to captain the Reserve side. Holdsworth commented "It really shows the ambition of both myself and the board that we are bringing young players of Danny's calibre to the club".

GRIFFIN REJECTS DEAL

Jun 27 - In the latest squad building twist Charlie Griffin has rejected a deal for next season and will now leave the County. Steve Jenkins has signed up as a player-coach for next season. James Simpson has also left the club as the cull continues.
 

NOW FOWLER GOES

Jun 21 - Lee Fowler has left the County for Forest Green Rovers having been offered the opportunity of full time football. His departure will result in a loss of quality in the Newport midfield. According to new boss Dean Holdsworth this was a chance Fowler could not turn down. Stalwart defensive midfielder Nathan Davies has been retained by Holdsworth.
 

BOWEN LEAVES COUNTY

Jun 16 - Mercurial talent Jason Bowen has decided to call a day on his Newport career and has joined up with Welsh League team Llanelli. Dean Holdsworth comments on the club website "I have had long conversations with Bows about my plans and desires for Newport County, but Jason decided that the better financial package that Llanelli had put on the table encouraged him to play in the Welsh Premier next season. I wish him all the best for the future and I'm sure that everyone at the club will have some great memories of him playing for the club."
 

DEANO REVOLUTION GATHERS PACE

Jun 11 - The Dean Holdsworth revolution is gathering pace as Newport County's new manager builds a side for the new season.  Yesterday, Holdsworth added Bath centre forward Paul Walsh to the  new season line up.  Exile favourites Craig Hughes, Ian Hillier, Scott James and Richard Evans have all been signed up for 2008-9. Today, Deano has signed up Redbridge trio Kevin Stephens, Nick Skelton and David Collins and Carmarthen's Paul Keddle.

 

HARRIS SIGNS

Jun 5 - Adie Harris, 26 year old Welsh semi pro international has signed for County from Bath City in Dean Holdsworth's first signing. Harris said "I had made up my mind to stay with Bath, but after meeting with Dean and the chairman yesterday I was really impressed with what they had to say not only about the footballing plans but their ambition for the club in general. I'm sure that we can be a force to be reckoned with in the league this year."
 

HOLDSWORTH IS NEW MANAGER

May 18 - Dean Holdsworth is the new manager of Newport County following an announcement by the Board of Directors today. The statement is as follows "The Board of Directors are pleased to announce that Dean Holdsworth has accepted terms to be the new Manager of our Football Club. This appointment now completes several weeks of hard work by the Board, who are delighted that the vacancy attracted such a high level of interest, and calibre of applicant. Dean respects, and shares the Boards ambitions, and we welcome him back into our midst. On Tuesday lunchtime, Dean will be attending the Club to formally present himself to the Players, and to the Press."

Earlier he had resigned his position as manager of Redbridge FC and according to their club website he planned to relocate to Worcester and become Newport's manager next season. Their website originally said the following "Unfortunately manager Dean Holdsworth has left the club, Dean is to move to Worcester and obviously the travelling would be too much. For next season Dean will become manager of Conference South side Newport County , it's a move up the pyramid and I have no doubt he will manage at the top level at some stage. Myself and everyone connected with Redbridge FC would like to thank Dean for the work he has done here over the past season and would like to wish him well for the future." Although later the reference to the Newport position was removed. Holdsworth steered Redbridge to third place in the Ryman League Division One North in his first season as a coach. He had a brief stint as a player for Newport County in 2006/7 scoring three goals and making five starts. Holdsworth, aged 39, enjoyed a successful playing career playing  for  Wimbledon,Watford, Brentford, Bolton, Coventry, Rushden, Havant & Waterlooville, Derby County, Weymouth and Cambridge United.
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  FIXTURES 2008 - 2009  

 UP THE COUNTY!

LEAGUE TABLE here

Aug 9

WIMBLEDON

CS

1 4 2546
Aug12

Eastleigh

CS

2 3 787
Aug16

Chelmsford      

CS

0 0 1093
Aug23

DORCHESTER

CS 

4 4 852
Aug25

Team Bath

CS

0 2 563
Aug30

HAMPTON / RICHMOND

CS

1 0 931
Sep 3

HAVANT

CS

0 2 859
Sep 6

Maidenhead

CS

3 3 A
Sep 9 Dorchester SS 5 4 178
Sep13 Bishops Stortford CS 1 1 414
Sep20

ST ALBANS

CS

0 1 886
Sep27 Dorchester FA 2 2 396
Oct 1 DORCHESTER FA 1 2 653
Oct 4

BROMLEY

CS

3 0 746
Oct18

Braintree

CS

2 3 626
Oct20 Weston CS 1 1 528
Oct25

WELLING

CS

0 0 772
Oct28 Bath City SS 1 4 241
Nov 1

Basingstoke

CS 

0 0 418
Nov 8 HAYES / YEADING CS 1 5 679
Nov15

Havant

CS

1 1 601
Nov18 Maidenhead CS 1 0 315
Nov22 Andover FAt 3 0 264
Nov29 BISHOPS STORTFORD CS 0 1 654
Dec 6 Thurrock CS 0 0 309
Dec20 Wimbledon CS 0 3 2945
Dec26 WORCESTER CS 1 0 822
Jan 1

Worcester

CS

P    
Jan 3 CHELMSFORD CS 3 1 902
Jan10 BOGNOR CS P    
Jan17

Fisher

CS

3 1 249
Jan19 Worcester CS 0 0 759
Jan24 BASINGSTOKE CS 3 0 841
Jan28

WESTON

CS

1 0 913
Jan31 Bath City CS 1 2 1137
Feb 7 Hampton CS P    
Feb11 BOGNOR CS 2 1 618
Feb14 MAIDENHEAD CS 0 1 672
Feb21 Bromley CS 1 2 561
Feb25 EASTLEIGH CS 0 1 540
Feb28 Hayes CS 0 2 311
Mar 2 Hampton CS 1 0 409
Mar 7 BRAINTREE CS 2 1 712
Mar18 BATH CITY CS 0 4 730
Mar21 ST Albans CS 1 1 494
Mar28 Bognor CS 1 0 362
Apr 4 FISHER CS 4 0 641
Apr11 Dorchester CS 1 0 516
Apr13 TEAM BATH CS 4 2 758
Apr18 THURROCK CS 1 1  
Apr25 Welling CS 2 0  

Home fixtures in capitals. CS denotes Conference South SS - Setanta Shield A - Abandoned FAt- FA Trophy FA - FA Cup

 

 

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