Newport County Club Profile
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Newport County : Club Background
The club that we now know as Newport County AFC is a rather different club to the Newport County club that forms the major part of history in this South Wales city. The current club date only from 1989, and were formed from the ashes of the original team that came into existance during 1912. Whilst the new club is known popularly as the Exiles, the original Newport took on the name of the Ironsides - a reference to a turn of the century steelworks company called Lysaght's Orb Works that was based in both Bristol and Newport, and was ultimately bought up by GKN - the company that owned Westlands in Yeovil between 1994 and 2004.
Newport were originally former Southern League members, although we didn't play them at that stage - the outbreak of World War I meant that their club went to sleep barely a couple of years after formation, and when it restarted in 1919, they were offered a place in the extended Football League, with a Third Division being formed. They briefly lost their Football League status for the 1931-32 season meaning that they met Yeovil Town for the first time, as they played twice in the Southern League Western Section - an odd situation given that Newport's Reserve side had to drop out of that level to avoid the clash.
They were reelected immediately to the Football League at the end of that season and managed to establish themselves well second time around, becoming Third Division South Champions in 1939, allowing them to rise up to the Second Division for the first time in their club's history. Unfortunately for them, World War II got in the way, and after that following season was curtailed, they had to wait six years for their turn. The War had not been kind to them and during the 1946-47 season their reformed side finished bottom of the division, with a record 13-0 defeat against Newcastle United giving rise to Len Shackleton's immortal quote "they were lucky to get nil".
Thus ended Newport's brief experience of second tier football, and with the Football League eventually restructuring itself into four national divisions, they slipped again in 1962, into Division Four. There they languished until in 1980, a brief renaissance gave them promotion back up into Division Three, and an unexpected route into Europe as they won the Welsh Cup. With a young John Aldridge (later of Liverpool) and Tommy Tynan in their side, they unexpectedly reached the Quarter-Finals of the European Cup Winners Cup, losing out to eventual runners up Carl Zeiss Jena of East Germany.
The club's other high point of this era came under the management of Colin Addison - later of Yeovil Town - who gave them their highest finish since the 1946 season, as he took them to fourth place in the Third Division at the end of the 1982-83 campaign. But from that high point in 1983, their plummet that followed was to be rapid and unexpected. In 1986-87 they were relegated to Division Four, and then by 1987-88 they were relegated out of the Football League, then early on during the 1988-89 season, they were liquidated.
Their final twelve months in existence were a shambles, under the ownership of American Jerry Sherman. In fairness to him, the situation he inherited in 1986 was one of a runaway train heading towards a precipice. However, instead of being the one that applied the emergency brake, he was the one that accelerated it over the edge. Players went unpaid and left, Newport ended up pretty much playing their youth team, and they conceded 105 goals in their final full season, losing 33 of their 46 games.
In reality, Newport should never have been allowed to start the 1988-89 season. They had to sell Somerton Park back to the Council to service their debts, and could barely raise a team for the start of the campaign, with crowds down to three figures. However, a Football League rule as part of their agreement with the Conference forced them to admit Newport to the division even though it was obvious they wouldn't survive. We drew 1-1 at Somerton Park, denying them their first league win with a 90th minute equalising goal, and then took part in a farcical 5-4 defeat in the Clubcall Cup at the old Huish ground that saw five players red carded and the yellow card raised 17 times (once sendings off for two bookings were factored in) and saw both the Newport first team manager and Yeovil Town Chairman Gerry Lock up before the FA for the verdict they gave on referee Bunce after that game.
Yet all of that became irrelevant when due to non-payment of rent, Newport City Council locked the gates of Somerton Park, causing a home match against Enfield to be postponed - with the London club only finding out about the problem when they turned up at the ground and found the gates padlocked. After a short delay in which further games were called off, and the Conference didn't quite know what to do, Newport were wound up at the High Court in February 1989 with debts of £330,000. Their 1988-89 league record was officially expunged from the record books.
The Bisley Stand, which houses smaller away followings
Almost immediately, a new club sprang from the ashes, but it was to have its early problems. Newport AFC was formed and they decided to enter the Hellenic League which covers the middle of Southern England. The FA of Wales - trying to beef up their new Welsh Premier League - wanted them to join a Welsh league, and when Newport refused, they wouldn't sanction them as a Welsh club, whilst Newport City Council wouldn't let them back in at Somerton Park. They ended up homeless, and thus the journey of the reformed club began at Moreton-in-Marsh in Gloucestershire - giving them their name as the Exiles.
Clearly this wasn't going to give them a long term solution, and Newport took legal action against the FA of Wales, winning a restraint of trade case that forced them to accept Newport under their umbrella, and to allow them to return to Wales. Not that this stopped the 'Exiles' problem - they passed through Somerton Park (1990-1992), Meadow Park, Gloucester (1992-1994) and Spytty Park (1994-2012) before arriving at their current Rodney Parade location. During that time they forced their way upwards through the leagues - into Conference South by 1994, where they stayed for six years before gaining promotion. This time it took them just three seasons to get through the Conference National division before getting back into the Football League, via the play-offs, at the tail end of the 2012-13 season.
Since then, Newport have moved to Rodney Parade, groundsharing with Newport Rugby Football Club, who own the ground, and regional side Newport Gwent Dragons. They've managed a creditable 14th (2013-14) and 9th (2014-15) during that period although of late it's not been an entirely smooth ride. Under the ownership of Euromillions winner Les Scadding, he had been willing to subsidise the club to the tune of £1.25m across three years, which helped them gain their promotion into the Football League, but his decision to step back during the summer of 2015 left a hole. Thankfully Newport County's Supporters Trust have managed to secure enough funds to purchase the club and take over the running, also making their first decision to change their first team manager from Terry Butcher to John Sheridan. They may still have a difficult season, but at least they are over the nasty bump they suffered during the summer months, and will feel that, going into this 2015-16 season, that they are going in the right direction again.
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|Newport County : We've Met Before|
|Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Newport County
|05/10/1988||Home||CCC1||L||4-5||1838||Randall(2), Pearson, Stephens|
|03/08/2012||Away||Frnd||W||3-1||729||Reid 14, Ralph 45, Ugwu 50|
|15/10/2016||Home||EFL2||W||1-0||3353||Own Goal 80|
Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Newport County
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Newport County : Club Statistics
|25/02/2017||Mansfield Town||Away||EFL2||L||1-2||3824||Bird 5|
|11/03/2017||Crewe Alexandra||Away||EFL2||W||2-1||3725||Butler 53, Labadie 89|
|21/03/2017||Luton Town||Home||EFL2||D||1-1||2304||Rigg 28|
Highest League Attendance: 3714, vs Portsmouth, 26/12/2016
Lowest League Attendance: 1868, vs Grimsby Town, 14/02/2017
Average League Attendance: 2518
CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS
|Games Without A Win: ||2
||Games Without A Home Win: ||6
|Games Without An Away Win: ||0
||Games Without Defeat: ||1
|Games Without A Home Defeat: ||1
||Games Without An Away Defeat: ||2
|Games Without A Draw: ||0
||Games Without A Score Draw: ||0
|Games Without A No-Score Draw: ||8
||Games Without Scoring: ||0
|Games Without Conceding: ||0
||Home Results Sequence: ||DDDLLD
|Away Results Sequence: ||DDLLWW
||Overall Results Sequence: ||LLWWLD
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Newport County : Club Information
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Telephone Number : 01633-670690
Chairman : Vacant - club owned by Supporters Trust
Safety Officer :
Web Site / Programme Editor :
Manager : John Sheridan
Capacity : 8,500 (but in practice 7,850 for football)
Covered Terrace : n/a
Record Attendance (Rodney Parade) : 6,615 v Grimsby Town, April 28th 2013 (Conference National, playoff semi-final)
Record Attendance (Somerton Park) : 24,268 v Cardiff City, October 16th 1937 (Football League Third Division South)
Colours : Amber shirts, black shorts
Nickname : The Exiles, The Ironsides, The Port, The County
Ticket Prices :
Advance tickets for the 2015-16 trip are available from the Huish Park Ticket Office. Tickets are for seated accommodation and are priced as follows:
Adults: £19.00; Over-65s and Under-21s: £15.00; Under-16s: £9.00; Under-12s: £7.00; Under-6s: FREE.
For the Adults, Seniors and Young Adults rates, you will pay £2.00 more if you choose to purchase on the day of the game. The offer for the Under-6s is only valid if they are accompanied by a full paying Adult or Senior. If you purchase tickets on the day, they will be available from the mobile ticket unit adjacent to the away turnstiles.
Rodney Parade's ground has recently been revamped, with the new facilities opened on Saturday 17th October 2015, which relate to seating behind one of the goals and they plan to use that end for larger away followings. However, they have been using the Bisley Stand which is side-facing facilities shared with home fans and that's the facility that we'll be using for our 2015-16 visit. You'll need to access the turnstiles via Corporation Road - access is via a footpath between two residential houses so it's quite easy to miss - the only obvious marker is two blue poles. There's 580 covered seats, with the rest of the stand occupied by home fans - netting separates the two sets.
Ambulant disabled supporters pay the above rates according to their age. Wheelchair disabled supporters must liaise directly with Newport - call them on 01633 674963.
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Newport County : Directions To The Ground
The entrance to the ground from Corporation Road - look for the blue poles!
Newport is in South Wales, just on the other side of the Severn crossing and so is one of Yeovil's shorter trips. The ground is a town centre one that they're sharing with a local rugby club, and so is very accessible if you're coming in via rail.
You'll need to go up the M5 and then change onto the M4 Westbound just north of Portishead and Bristol. Note that the Severn Bridge is a toll bridge and you'll be charged for entering Wales. Prices as of 2015 are £6.50 for cars, £13.10 for minibuses and £19.60 for coaches.
Pretty much 99 percent of Yeovil fans will be coming in from the east. Take Junction 25a of the M4, then choose the first exit off the roundabout onto Heidenhiem Drive (A4042). Through the traffic lights then take the first exit off the flyover. Keep in the left-hand lane and then take the second exit. At the next roundabout take the first exit, crossing the River Usk. At the next lights turn right onto Chepstow Road. Take the first right onto Cedar Road, then right onto Corporation Road, then first left onto Graffton Road.
Note that the last turns after you've left the main road are taking you through a fairly fiddly one-way system that you may not to bother with, unless you've got a designated car parking space at the ground. When you reach that last roundabout you're about as close as you can get before you need to think about parking up.
There is car parking at the Kingsway Centre which is a five minute walk from the ground. Car parking is £2.00 for 2-3 hours, then £3.00 for 3-5 hours. It's on the west side of the river but you can cross via the footbridge that is next to the University of South Wales Newport Campus building.
Around the ground there is residents permit signs up but apparently not on every street - some allow 'guest' parking so if you get there early enough you may get lucky. Otherwise you're heading to one of the local public car parks.
Public car parks are reasonably priced - council owned ones will charge £1.00 for up to three hours, and £3.50 for three to five hours parking. Note that most of the city centre car parks are on the west side of the river, so allow a bit of time to get down to one of the bridges. Queensway Multi-Storey is just off the roundabout that crosses the River Usk on the west side and is another obvious option that means you don't end up getting lost in the side streets. Turn towards the railway station instead of crossing the River Usk in the above directions.
Newport Railway station is just 10 minutes walk from the ground, and is well served by trains from London Paddington, Bristol Temple Meads and Birmingham New Street - however check prices as the GWR line is one of the most expensive in the country.
From the station, turn left and walk along the Queensferry Road. At the large roundabout, take the pedestrian underpass then when you reach the centre of the underpass turn left towards Clarence Place and the River Usk. When you leave the underpass you will be in front of the river bridge. Cross it and then turn right into Rodney Parade.
Check the National Rail Enquiries site for details of services.
The ground is so central, we can't imagine you'll need a bus.
A selection of Newport taxi companies can be found here.
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|Newport County : Web Resources|
Newport County Club Website
Newport County's official website - PTV format. A bit thin on the ground for information but that may be because they had a takeover early on during the 2015-16 season.
|Web Message Boards|
We Are Exiles
Independent fans message board. Register to post on here, but everyone can view.
E-Mail Mailing Lists and Newsletters
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Newport County : Food & Drink
Club Bar :
There is a clubhouse just inside the main entrance to the club (not on the away end side) and they admit away supporters. There is also a bar inside the Bisley Stand that you access by going up the steps at the front of the stand. From there you've got a great view of the pitch, with a roomy concourse bar and Sky Sports facilities. Unfortunately, it's aimed at the rugby folk, and so to comply with Football League regulations they close the bar ten minutes before kick-off to ensure no-one is drinking in sight of the pitch, so they can clear the area, so expect to be asked to leave from 2.50p.m. onwards.
Local Pubs :
|Dodger: Formerly known as the Artful Dodger. Large spacious pub that includes large TV screens for sporting events. There is also a games area with a pool table and a darts board. Real ales are Everards Hancock's HB and Sharp's Doom Bar. Serves food at lunchtimes and early evenings with a mid-afternoon break. This pub is situated a close walk from Rodney Parade but welcomes away supporters. Opening hours are 11.00a.m. until 11.30p.m. with Sundays seeing those hours shortened by an hour at both ends.|
Dodger, 6-8 Chepstow Road, Newport, Gwent, NP19 8EA. Tel: 01633-212910. Map: Click Here.
|Godfrey Morgan: There are four Wetherspoon outlets in Newport - this is one of the more convenient ones, and is situated on the B4591 Chepstow Road close to where it meets the B4237 Wharf Road, around ten minutes walk east of the ground. Usual Wetherspoon pub and cheap beer. Opening hours are 8.00a.m. until midnight but with the first few hours set aside for breakfasts and coffee.|
Godfrey Morgan, 158 Chepstow Road, Newport, Gwent, NP19 8EG. Tel: 01633-221928. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|John Wallace Linton: Wetherspoon outlet situated just south of the railway station and close to the Queensway road and therefore convenient if you've either come in via rail, or have used the nearby multi-storey car park to park up. Despite the address, it's not in a shopping centre - it's a semi-pedestrianised street of shops. Usual Wetherspoon pub food and beers. Opening hours from 7.00a.m. until midnight with earlier hours set aside for breakfasts and coffee only.|
John Wallace Linton, Units 10–12, The Cambrian Centre, Cambrian Road, Newport, Gwent, NP20 4AD. Tel: 01633-251752. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|Pen and Wig: City centre pub situated at the foot of Stow Hill and south of the railway station and Queensferry. This is a JW Bassett outlet that mixes real ales with a grill-based food offering. They also have Sky Sports and BT Sports when gamws are on, whilst there is a beer garden available. Food options are a variety of burgers and chips at around £7.00 or £8.00 or steak and chops that will set you back between £8.00 up to £15.00 if you want a 'mighty mixed grill'. There's not much for veggies on offer although they do curry and also sausage and mash that are given such options. Beer options are from six handpumps, with Bass, Doombar, Double Dragon and Kite as fixed offerings along with two guests. Opening hours are 10.00a.m. until 11.00p.m. with a midnight extension on Friday and Saturday nights, and a slightly shortened Sunday.|
Pen and Wig, 22-24 Stow Hill, Newport, Gwent, NP20 1JD. Tel: 01633-666818. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|Queen's Hotel: Another city centre Wetherspoon outlet, but a little unusual in that it also does accommodation and from the outside at least doesn't look like one of their typical designs - inside it's pretty huge. It's situated under five minutes walk from the station. The food and drink on offer appears to be the standard Wetherspoon offering. Opening hours aren't stated on their website, perhaps because as a hotel they're a bit more flexible, but it's probably safe to assume the usual hours are in force for non-guests.|
Queen's Hotel, 19 Bridge Street, Newport, Gwent, NP20 4AN. Tel: 01633-844900. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|The Lamb: Another city centre offering in Newport's shopping area, just south of the railway station. This is a bit more characteristic than some of the other pubs on offer - a 150 year old building and a traditional pub feel to it. They offer around half a dozen real ales, including Okells, HPA and Tiny Rebel and are good enough to feature in the 2016 CAMRA Good Beer Guide. Food is a mix of curries, chilli-con-carne, bangers and mash and fish and chips - nothing too adventurous but decent prices at around £6.00 or £7.00 or cheaper if all you're after is a baguette or a jacket potato. Opening hours are 9.00a.m. until 'late' - whatever that means - except for Sundays when it's just noon until 8.00p.m. whilst on Mondays and Tuesdays they close at 9.00p.m. - clearly the Welsh like to be tucked up in bed early on a school night.|
The Lamb, 6 Bridge Street, Newport, Gwent, NP20 4AL. Tel: 01633-255200. Email: email@example.com. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :
Hopefully with Newport being just over the bridge, they'll have enough exposure of them Brizzle types to understand us. But if you dare to venture too far west, you may need to take Jean and Terry Cotton with you as translators!
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Newport County : Local Amenities
Local Guesthouses and Hotels
Go to A1 Tourism's Online Guide
to find Guest Houses/Hotels in the town and surrounding areas.
Other Points Of Interest
[No responsibilty is taken for any inaccuracies. This page is entirely the product of bias and prejudice.]
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