NEWPORT COUNTY AFC 2020/21

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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DAY REJOINS EXILES

Jun 11 - Goalkeeper Joe Day has rejoined Newport County on a three-year contract. The 30-year-old returns to the League Two club having been released by Championship side Cardiff City, the club he left Rodney Parade for just under two years ago. "It feels great to be back after the time that I spent with the club before," Day said.
Meanwhile, forward Lewis Collins, 20, has signed a new two-year contract with the Exiles and Joss Labadie has joined Walsall.

NEWPORT LOSE CONTROVERSIAL PLAY OFF FINAL

May 29 - Newport suffered play off heartbreak again. Morecambe will play in the Football League's third tier for the first time in their history, after Carlos Mendes Gomes' contentious penalty sent them to League One at Newport County's expense. The Shrimps' magic moment came in the second period of extra time, when referee Bobby Madley judged Ryan Haynes had fouled John O'Sullivan.

Newport saw a first-half penalty appeal of their own controversially not given. The Exiles also saw Joss Labadie blaze over in extra time with the score 0-0.
There is little doubt this contest will be remembered as a tale of two penalties, the one not awarded to Newport when the Shrimps keeper punched Bennett and the one awarded to Morecambe in the second half of extra time that seemed at best questionable, as Haynes' challenge appeared to be outside the area.

COUNTY FAIL TO HOLD CAMBRIDGE

Apr 18 - After a string of poor performances Newport picked up their game against Cambridge but in the end failed to prevent them from scoring.
Centre-back Declan Drysdale's header 11 minutes from the end - his first goal since arriving on loan from Coventry in January - proved the difference at Rodney Parade.
Cambridge are now two points ahead of Cheltenham with four games left. Newport remain in the play-off zone, but dropped a place to seventh, three points behind Forest Green. Their next game at home to Crawley on Tuesday is vital as they seek to secure the points required to make the play-offs.

TOWNSEND'S NEW CONTRACT

Apr 16 - Newport County goalkeeper Nick Townsend has signed a two-year contract extension with the club. The 26-year-old joined the Exiles in 2018 and has since made 64 appearances in all competitions for the club.Townsend has played in all but three of Newport's League Two fixtures this season, keeping 11 clean sheets in the process.

FLYNN CALLS FOR GREAT ESCAPE-STYLE RECOVERY

Mar 26 - Mike Flynn says Newport County need a repeat of their great escape campaign to clinch promotion. Newport avoided relegation to non-league football thanks to an 89th-minute goal on the last day of 2016-17. Flynn says another remarkable finish is required as they look to climb out of League Two. "It's going to be a long eight weeks with all the games and we almost need a finish now like the great escape one," said the Newport manager. "You look at it, if we get 22 points from 12 games, which we had then, that gives us 76.
"That will surely put us somewhere close to it."

LABADIE APOLOGISES AS COUNTY SLIP UP AT OLDHAM

Jan 22 - Newport midfielder Josh Labadie took to Twitter to apologise for the red card that led to his side playing most of their match at Oldham with ten men. The Lattics completed a double over Newport with a 3-2 victory. Mike Flynn criticised his side's lack of discipline. New signing Jack Scrimshaw headed Newport into an early lead, a score cancelled out by Davis Kellor-Dunn's neat finish.
Joss Labadie was sent off after a clash with Marcel Hilssner and Bobby Grant took advantage to put Oldham in front. Luke Gambin levelled before the break, but the Latics clinched victory with Mickey Demetriou's own goal as County dropped to third in League Two.

WORLD RECORD KICK MARKS CHELTENHAM DRAW

Jan 18 - Newport County goalkeeper Tom King scored the first goal of his career as the Exiles drew 1-1 away at Cheltenham Town. The 25-year-old's goal-kick was picked up in the wind before Robins goalkeeper Josh Griffiths was caught out by the bounce as the ball sailed into the net. Stunned by the goal the Cheltenham players appeared to appeal to officials, but after a quick discussion between the referee Peter Wright and the fourth official the goal was given. King was then forced into more familiar action, as he denied Alfie May and Finn Azaz at the other end of the pitch.
But the County goalkeeper could not prevent Matty Blair from levelling the score late in the first half.
Newport goalkeeper Tom King's strike from 96.01m was confirmed by Guinness World Records as longest goal of all time; King beats previous record set by Asmir Begovic in 2013.

EXILES SIGNINGS

Jan 14 - Newport County AFC have completed the signing of striker Jake Scrimshaw on a loan deal from AFC Bournemouth.
Newport County AFC have completed the signing of winger Luke Gambin on a loan deal from Colchester United.
Newport County AFC have completed the signing of striker Owen Windsor on a loan deal from West Bromwich Albion.

GAME OFF DUE TO PITCH

Dec 28 - Tuesday's League Two game between leaders Newport County and Exeter City has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch at Rodney Parade.
Referee John Busby deemed the pitch unplayable after an afternoon inspection following heavy rain.
Newport said a new date for the game would be announced "in due course". "It was a very sensible decision from the referee," Newport manager Michael Flynn told BBC Radio Wales Sport.

COUNTY STAY TOP AFTER DRAW AT CRAWLEY

Dec 24 - Newport County stayed top of League Two despite being held at 10-man Crawley Town. Ryan Haynes gave Newport an early lead with a curling effort after good work by Scott Twine.
But Crawley were level when Mickey Demetriou managed to send a header past his own goalkeeper Nick Townsend. The home side's fortunes dipped when Tarryn Allarakhia was sent off for a reckless challenge on Liam Shephard, but Newport could not find a winner. Newport kept their one-point lead despite what is now a four-match winless run, as Carlisle were also held thanks to a thrilling late Bolton Wanderers fight-back and Forest Green drawing at Exeter City.

FLYNN WORRIES ABOUT RETAINING STAR MAN TWINE

Dec 22 - Newport County manager Michael Flynn is keen to hold on to star man of the season,Scott Twine. The excellent Twine is on a season-long loan at Rodney Parade and has scored six goals in 24 appearances.
Swindon have the option of recalling Twine and their assistant Tommy Wright said there was a "good chance" the 21-year-old would return to the County Ground.
"I'm due to speak to Swindon either tomorrow or the day after," Flynn told the BBC "I'm keeping my fingers and my toes crossed that we do manage to hold onto him.
By contrast Flynn is confident he will retain Swansea City defender Brandon Cooper for the rest of the League Two campaign.

COUNTY HOME FORTRESS STORMED BY OLDHAM

Dec 21 - Newport's home fortress was rocked in a 4-2 defeat to Oldham. Two late goals earned Oldham Athletic victory after they had twice fought back to level against League Two leaders Newport County.
The Exiles twice took the lead through Scott Twine effort and Scot Bennett. But each time Oldham replied, with Davis Keillor-Dunn sliding the ball in before Conor McAleny's 30-yard strike.
Padraig Amond then missed a penalty for Newport before Alfie McCalmont and Zach Dearnley goals gave Oldham victory.
It was Newport's first home defeat of the season.

LATE, LATE WINNER KEEPS COUNTY ON TOP

Nov 21 - Substitute Kevin Ellison scored a late late goal as Newport County beat Port Vale to retain top spot in League Two. Elllison struck from close range after Port Vale failed to clear a corner deep into six minutes of injury time. Port Vale were down to ten men for most of the second half as Leon Legge was sent off. The Exiles are three points clear at the top of the table.
Both sides had numerous chances in an entertaining game. Amond and Cooper both headed wide as County pressed for a goal before veteran Ellison's late winner.
County have scored late winners and goals in numerous games this season (including Tranmere, Cambridge and Carlisle).

COUNTY SLIP UP AT CAMBRIDGE - LITERALLY!

Oct 11 - Newport County went down at Cambridge 2-1 and lost their place at the top of the League. The second half of the game was marred by a downpour that delayed matters for ten minutes. 
Newport's Labadie missed a chance midway through the first half before Cambridge's star striker Mullen came to the fore placing Hoolahan's cross in the net. After the deluge in the second half Mullen capitalised on a defensive error to double the advantage. Scott Twine gave the Exiles hope with an excellent long range effort but Cambridge held on.
Mike Flynn told the BBC “The conditions were terrible, especially in the second half. If it wasn’t for the fact it was such a long journey, then I would have been all over them (the officials) badgering,” Flynn also said. “It was the same for both sides don’t get me wrong and I’m not making excuses, but it stopped us. We’ve been playing and moving the ball quickly and we couldn’t do that. It wasn’t ideal. We had to try and weigh everything up and the cost of the travel. You shouldn’t have to think like that, but it’s the times we’re in. I was still confident we could get something from the game as I didn’t think we could be as bad for 90 minutes as we were for the first 50. We were a lot better in the second half and if you take out the second goal, which was shambolic, then we come away with a draw. We knew we’d keep going. It’s frustrating."

Newport lost 5-0 at home to Norwich under 21s in the EFL Trophy.

COUNTY GO TOP AFTER LATE PENALTY BRINGS ANOTHER WIN

Oct 4 - A late penalty from Matty Dolan saw Newport County beat Mansfield to go the top of League Two after Rollin Menayese was judged to have handled in the area.
Stephen McLaughlin gave Mansfield the lead halfway through the second half but Scott Twine levelled matters with a fine shot.
Newport manager Mike Flynn said: "It's a massive win because the energy they used up on Wednesday evening against Newcastle [losing on penalties in the Carabao Cup], going 1-0 down... the character of the players was second to none. Everything was against them... but they stuck together, Scott Twine has scored a fabulous goal and Matty Dolan's got the winner at the end."

EXILES TAKE NEWCASTLE TO THE WIRE IN DRAMATIC CUP CLASH

Sep 30 - Newcastle were very nearly another cup victim for Newport County in this last 16 League Cup clash. It was another superb effort by the Exiles against Premier League opposition. A late equaliser led to a penalty shoot where the Geordies managed to secure a 5-4 advantage despite missing their first penalty.

Newport started the match strongly. Tristan Abrahams put them ahead in the fifth minute with a bouncing shot which evaded Newcastle goalkeeper Mark Gillespie. There were chances either way with Amond and Bennett missing chances. As the match wore on Newcastle seemed clueless until late substitutions including Calum Wilson gave them the advantage. Jonjo Shelvey appeared in the area, turning and placing a superb goal out of Townsend's reach. With no extra time played, that goal went to penalties, Joe Linton missed to give Newport an early advantage but Ryan Taylor and finally Brandon Cooper missed opportunities to give Newcastle victory.

COUNTY CHARGE INTO TOP THREE WITH COMFORTABLE AWAY WIN

Sept 25 - Newport County's fine run continued with a 2-0 win at Bolton as the Exiles go third in League Two. Once again, Tristran Abrahams led the way. He struck twice in the second half. Striker Abrahams capitalised from close range to give County the lead after Bolton keeper Billy Crellin could only parry Joss Labadie's shot. Bolton thought they had levelled a minute later but Nathan Delfouneso's goal was ruled out for handball. Abrahams netted his fifth goal of the season with another close range finish after Crellin spilled Ryan Haynes' effort.

NEWPORT SHOCK WATFORD TO EARN NEWCASTLE TIE

Sept 22 - Newport County beat Watford 3-1 to reach the EFL Cup fourth round for the first time. The Exiles have earned a home tie in the last sixteen with Newcastle United to be shown live by Sky Sports, earning an additional £125,000 in television reveue. Tristan Abrahams put Newport ahead from the penalty spot after Toby Stevenson fouled Brandon Cooper, before captain Joss Labadie made it 2-0 from 20 yards. Adalberto Penaranda's penalty gave Watford hope but Padraig Amond capitalised on Daniel Phillips' mistake to restore the two-goal cushion.
Watford substitute Stipe Perica was sent off late on for elbowing Cooper.

PIPE JOINS EXILES' COACHING TEAM

Sept 21 - David Pipe is back at League Two club Newport County as fitness coach. Former Wales international Pipe, 36, rejoined Newport ahead of Tuesday's Carabao Cup third-round home tie against Championship team Watford. Pipe made more than 200 appearances for the Exiles during two spells with the club, leading them to promotion to the Football League in 2013.
"I secretly thinks he has missed it, though he will never admit it," said manager Mike Flynn. "The timing is right and it's good to have him back."

TAYLOR SEALS RESULT AGAINST BARROW

Sept 19 - Ryan Taylor made it two goals from two League Two games to give Newport County victory over Barrow. He scored following a defensive error. Liam Shephard had given Newport an early lead with his first goal for the Exiles, after Barrow failed to deal with a Ryan Haynes cross. Lewis Hardcastle levelled for the League newcomers.
Newport manager Michael Flynn told BBC Sport Wales:
"I thought we were quite sloppy first half if I am honest. We were looking to play good football and we played some really good stuff but I spoke to them at half-time, every single one of the back five made an individual error before half-time. That gives the opposition a chance to get some impetus. The goal we gave them was poor. But I thought second half was a very professional performance. We carried on playing football which was pleasing." 

LATE GOAL KEEPS COUNTY IN CUP

Sept 16 - Scott Twine's late goal took Newport County through to a home third-round Carabao Cup tie against Watford after downing Cambridge United.
The home side dominated possession but a string of chances came and went, including Kyle Howkins crashing a header off the Cambridge crossbar.

FLYNN BEMOANS TWO POINTS LOST

Sept 13 - Newport manager Michael Flynn bemoaned the loss of two points as County gave away a lead in their  first League 2 match at Scunthorpe.  He said "I think it was two points dropped. First half we should have scored a few more, second half we were really slow starting which is frustrating but in the last 20 minutes we looked the better team."
Exiles league debutant Ryan Taylor was credited with Newport's opener, which came after 32 minutes. The striker appeared to touch home a shot from fellow forward Tristan Abrahams.
But the Irons evened the scoring in the second half through Ryan Loft's long-range shot.

15 YEAR OLD BREAKS COUNTY RECORD

Sept 9 - Newport County saw academy prospect 15-year-old Sonny Lewis became their youngest ever player. The Wales Under-15s international made his professional debut when he started the 1-0 EFL Trophy loss to Cheltenham. Manager Mike Flynn had needed permission from the midfielder's parents and headteacher to play him. "I didn't tell him he was playing - I didn't want him thinking too much about it and worrying," said Flynn. "He was a little bit late to the game, so we all thought that he had been in detention!" The previous record was held by Regan Poole; the Wales Under-21s captain was 16 years and 94 days when he made his debut in 2014 before being signed by Manchester United.

EXCELLENT START FOR COUNTY IN LEAGUE CUP

Sept 6 - Newport County comfortably disposed of Swansea City in the League Cup thanks to two Tristran Abrahams goals. County looked the better prepared of the two teams and are the only Welsh team to make it to the second round (Cardiff were defeated at Northampton).  Both goals from Abrahams came in the first half. The Swans upped their game in the second half hitting the woodwork but Newport were deserved winners.

COUNTY PRE-SEASON RESULT / PLAYER NEWS

Aug 29 - Newport County have signed Bristol City striker Saikou Janneh for the season. Janneh spent the last two seasons on loan at Torquay United and scored 16 goals to help them win the National League South title in 2018/19. Janneh scored in County's 4-0 win at Hereford yesterday, other goals from Lewis Collins, Ryan Taylor and Yan Klukowski. Veteran striker Kevin Ellison has been on trial with the Exiles ahead of the start of the season. The 41-year-old was released by Morecambe after nine seasons with the Shrimps.

SEASON TICKETS OFFER LIVE STREAMING DURING PANDEMIC RESTRICTIONS

Aug 28 -  Newport County season tickets will offer fans the opportunity to live stream for EFL home fixtures and priority to attend when the green light is given to head through the turnstiles. Season ticket prices have been frozen at last season's renewal prices, costing adults £315 for a seated option and £263 for the terrace, over-60s £263 for either seated or terrace, young adults (16 to 21) £158 seated and £105 terrace, £53 for under-16s, £26 for under-12s and under-6s are free.

SALARY CAP WELCOMED

Aug 11 - Newport County chairman Gavin Foxall welcomed the introduction of a salary cap after clubs in League One and League Two voted in favour.
Clubs in Newport's division - League Two - will operate within a £1.5m per season budget, while £2.5m is the limit for League One sides.
"We think this is a positive decision for football at our level," Foxall told BBC Sport Wales. "We have always tried to run the club in a sustainable way."

COUNTY BID FAREWELL TO STALWARTS

July 17 - Newport AFC favourites Scot Bennett and Jamille Matt have not been offered new contracts following a review of Newport County finances due to the coronavirus crisis.
According to reports the club fear a 40 per cent hit to their income because of the prospect of starting the League Two campaign behind closed doors, manager Michael Flynn will have to work with a reduced squad. County's squad are currently furloughed but it will be those that were on long-term deals and academy prospects that return for pre-season training to prepare for a September or October kick-off.

Update - Scot Bennett has now been retained.

LEAGUE TWO SEASON CANCELLED

May 15 - League Two's season has been brought to an early conclusion following discussions between clubs and the English Football League on Friday.
The EFL said clubs "unanimously indicated" they wished to end the season via a "framework" that included tables being decided on points per game and the play-offs remaining as planned.
Any move still needs to be ratified by the EFL and Football Association.

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

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

 

 

 

 

   FIXTURES 2020-21       

       UP THE COUNTY!

Date Opp Comp H/A Score ATT
Sept 5 Swansea CC H 2-0 -
Sept 8 Cheltenham EFL H 0-1  
Sept 12 Scunthorpe L2 A 1-1  
Sept 16 CAMBRIDGE CC H 1-0  
Sept 19 BARROW L2 H 2-1  
Sept 22 WATFORD CC H 3-1  
Sept 26 Bolton L2 A 2-0  
Sept 30 NEWCASTLE CC H 1-1 lost on pens
Oct 3 MANSFIELD L2 H 2-1  
Oct 6 NORWICH EFL H 0-5  
Oct 10 Cambridge L2 A 1-2  
Oct 17 TRANMERE L2 H 1-0  
Oct 20 Stevenage L2 A 1-0  
Oct 24 Bradford L2 A 3-0  
Oct 27 COLCHESTER L2 H 2-1  
Oct 31 HARROGATE L2 H 2-1  
Nov 3 Carlisle L2 A 2-3  
Nov 7 Leyton O FA A 2-1  
Nov 10 Plymouth FAT A 1-3  
Nov 21 Port Vale L2 H 1-0  
Nov 24 Walsall L2 H 1-1  
Nov 28 Salford FA H 3-0  
Dec 1 Forest Green L2 A 1-1  
Dec 5 Morecambe L2 H 2-1  
Dec 8 Grimsby L2 A 2-0  
Dec 12 Leyton O L2 A 1-2  
Dec 15 Salford L2 A 1-1  
Dec 19 Oldham A L2 H 2-4  
Dec 26 Crawley L2 A 1-1  
Jan 2 Southend L2 H off  
Jan 10 Brighton FA H 1-1 lost on pens
Jan 16 Salford L2 H 0-0  
Jan 19 Cheltenham L2 A 1-1  
Jan 23 Oldham A L2 A 2-3