22nd April 2019
County defender David Pipe has announced he will retire from
football at the end of the season. The former Wales international has made 205
appearances across two spells but will now hang up his boots to pursue ventures
outside of football. On his retirement, Pipe told the South Wales Argus: “It’s
not a physical thing, it’s more a mental thing,
“I’ve been in football for 20 years. I came out of it in difficult circumstances and came back into it thanks to this football club, but I feel like I’ve been in it for 30 years rather than 20. “So I’ll be making a clean cut from football at the end of this season.
“I genuinely feel I could play at this level, fitness-wise, for another two or three years – especially when I’ve been rested as much as I have since Christmas. “But it probably boils down to being in it for so long. I’m proud of what I’ve achieved but I like to have a bigger impact on things.
“It’s not a personal thing against the club and it’s not like I’m looking to go elsewhere for more money,” he added.
“Even if someone offered me treble the money I’m not interested. It’s not about that. I’ve got other things I’m pursuing.
“I’ve set up a gym to train kids over the last year or so and I’m one of those people that if I can’t put everything into something, I struggle a bit.
“So I need to dedicate my passion into that now and take it into the next step of my life, realistically.
“As much as I’ll miss football, you can’t be half a professional footballer and half training kids.
“I need to make that step and that’s what I’ll be doing at the end of the season.”
21st March 2019
County defender Fraser Franks has been forced to retire at just 28 due to heart issue. The centre half began his career with Brentford, before spells at Basingstoke, AFC Wimbledon, Hayes & Yeading, Newport and Welling United and Luton before joinig Stevenage in July 2015. After over 100 matches for Boro, he signed for County again last summer, playing 34 times, scoring three goals this season, including in his final appearances, a 4-1 win at Notts County last month.
Franks said: “Hard to find words at the moment but obviously
devastated to have to announce my retirement from professional football. "After
becoming ill last month and spending a week in hospital, I underwent a number of
scans and tests on my heart. "Cardiologists found an issue with the heart and I
have been forced to retire from football. "I've since had various second
opinions and it's clear that I will have to take the medical advice and
unfortunately call time on my playing career. "I’d be lying if I said it hadn't
been tough so far but as bad as it all seems now I’ve come to realise life goes
on and there is a lot more I can achieve and look forward to. "I've got some
amazing family and friends around me and I'd like to thank them, and in my
particular my wife for their support through this. "We have our first child on
the way in May which is the biggest blessing I could ask for. "I won't be
sitting around feeling sorry for myself, I’ll be working had to figure out
what's next and hopefully remain in football in some capacity. "A special thank
you to everyone at Newport County AFC. Everyone at the club has been brilliant
in supporting me through this process and I’ve loved my time here.
8th March 2019
County have signed winger Will Randall on a permanent deal until
the end of the season. Free agent Randall started his career at Swindon Town
before joining Wolves. The 21-year-old had loan spells at Walsall, Forest Green
Rovers and Spanish side FC Jumilla before leaving Wolves in January.
7th March 2019
County striker Pádraig Amond has been included in Mick
McCarthy’s preliminary squad for the European Championship games against
Gibraltar and Georgia this month.
McCarthy said: "Pádraig Amond has been brought to everybody’s attention because of the goals he has scored in the FA Cup. I tend not to pay too much attention to goals like that but he has been scoring them all season for his club.”
31st January 2019
County have signed three players on the last day of the January transfer window.
Adebayo Azeez, who joined Cambridge from Partick Thistle in the summer of 2017, has made 26 league appearances for the U’s this season, scoring twice. He also netted six times in cup competitions. Newport boss Michael Flynn said on the club’s official website: ‘I’m delighted. He’s got blistering pace. He adds to our attacking line-up and the competition for places shows we are planning for the future as well. ‘I am sure if he fulfills his potential and continues to learn from us, he will be a Championship player before long. I am really excited.’ Azeez said: ‘I am so pleased it is all over the line now. As soon as I heard about Newport’s interest, I was up for coming down and signing straight away. ‘I’d describe myself as an athletic player, I’d like to think I am pretty fast. ‘I always work as hard as I can for the team and try and stick as many chances as I can away in the back of the net.’
County have also brought in midfielder Ben Kennedy on loan from Stevenage until the end of the season. Kennedy has made 25 appearances for Boro this season, scoring six goals. Kennedy told Newport’s website: ‘I am delighted to get it all done. It’s a fresh challenge for me and I can’t wait to get started.’
Aston Villa striker Harry McKirdy will also spend the rest of the season on loan at Rodney Parade. The 20-year-old, who is yet to feature in Villa’s first team, had a spell on loan at Crewe last season.
18th January 2019
County have signed Manchester United defender Regan Poole loan for the remainder of the 2018/19 season. The centre-back started his career at Rodney Parade and featured 12 times in all competitions during the course of the 2014/15 campaign. And he secured a move to Old Trafford in the 2015 summer transfer window, joining the Red Devils for a fee believed to be in the region of £100,000, with further add-ons potentially seeing that figure rise to £400,000.
4th January 2019
County have signed West Ham United youngster Vashon Neufville on
loan until the end of the season. The left-back, 19, will link up the squad
immediately and could feature in Sunday's Emirates FA Cup third-round tie with
Leicester City at Rodney Parade. The defender, who returned to Premier League 2
Division 1 action for the Hammers before Christmas after recovering from a knee
injury, is a former England U17 international who featured regularly for West
Ham's U23s last season.
30th November 2018
County are hosting a Christmas Party to celebrate another year
of progression at the Club. Join the first team at the iconic Neon Venue on
Saturday the 15th December for our 2018 Christmas party sponsored by Rob
Santwris World of Carpets. Mingle with County players, enjoy live music from 80s
band Retro Electro, and take part in a number of Christmas-themed games and
challenges including as a Secret Santa Competition and Silent Auction. There
will also be DJ sets (including one from winger Keanu Marsh-Brown) and much,
Doors for this event open at 7.30pm meaning Bar Amber will act as the perfect pre-event drinking spot where supporters can socialise between the final whistle of our Sky Bet League Two match vs MK Dons and the start of the Newport County AFC Christmas Party.
Location: The Neon
Doors Open: 7:30pm
Date: Saturday 15th December 2018
Buy Tickets here
Tickets are also available from Bar Amber, Newport County AFC Club Shop, The Neon, and Rob Santwris World of Carpets. Tickets to the event are expected to sell quickly and the Club strongly recommends purchasing in advance to avoid disappointment on the night.
Families and children over the age of 14 are welcome.
Corporate and Sponsors tickets and tables are available for this event. For details, please contact email@example.com.
24th October 2018
Joss Labadie has resigned until the end of the season as he
continues his recovery from a knee injury. Labadie’s return is a big plus and he
said: “I’m absolutely buzzing to be back.
“It’s good to finally get this over the line and I’m ready to get back into the swing of things.
“The knee is all good and I can’t wait to get going now. It’s been a long seven months.”
The return of Labadie was made possible by the work of Supporters Trust and individual board members. Former Dagenham and Tranmere midfield player Labadie, 28, made more than 50 appearances for the Exiles during his first spell with the club. He was the captain to led County to safety in their League Two relegation battle and the FA Cup fourth round. An injury sustained in training ended his season early in 2017-18, but now he is back to fitness.
14th October 2018
County striker Momodu Touray who is on loan at Barry Town United, has been called up for Tuesday’s match v Switzerland at Rodney Parade. Forward Mark Harris is hoping to impress while on Wales Under-21 duty. The 19-year-old is on loan from Cardiff City. Harris has been with Wales for the Euro 2019 qualifiers with Romania on 12th October in Cluj-Napoca and Switzerland on 16th October.
26th September 2018
To celebrate the launch of FIFA 19 on Friday 28th September, County will be at Smyths Toy Store from 3.30pm for a meet and greet, photos, signings and a FIFA station set up so you can take on the players
14th August 2018
The 2nd round draw of the EFL League Cup will take place live on
Sky Sports broadcast from the Stadium of Light on Thursday, August 16. The draw
takes place ahead of Sunderland’s first round clash against Sheffield Wednesday.
Pundits Mick McCarthy and Chris Waddle will pick the balls from 7pm with
presenter David Prutton overseeing proceedings. The second round draw sees the
13 Premier League clubs who are not competing in European competitions alongside
Championship sides Cardiff City and Swansea City entering the draw. The
second-round draw is unseeded but will be split into Northern and Southern
sections. The matches will be played week commencing Monday 27 August 2018.
19th July 2018
County will host Chelsea's U21 side in the group stage of the
Checkatrade Trophy. The draw for the invited teams took place at the Royal
Lancaster Hotel in central London on Wednesday afternoon. County already knew
the two other league opponents that they would face in the group stage.
The 48 EFL League One and Two clubs have been placed into pre-determined groups, with consideration given to ensure travel time is minimised for supporters and recovery time is maximised for players. Swindon Town and Plymouth Argyle are those opponents that complete Southern Group C.
The other under-21 sides that County could have faced were Arsenal, Brighton and Hove Albion, Fulham, Southampton, Swansea City, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United.
18th July 2018
County have signed Antoine Semenyo on loan from Bristol City for
six months as confirmed by the club website. The 18-year-old striker signed for
Bristol City last summer when he moved from South Gloucestershire and Stroud
College. After playing in their developmental team for a while before moving on
loan to non-league side Bath City where he scored three times in seven games, he
finally made his debut for the Robins on the final match of the season against
Following the move, he said: “It’s only been about a year in the academy now so I needed that initial experience and I’m now happy to get this loan at Newport County in League Two”
“I’m sure it’ll be a very good loan for me and I’m ready to impress.”
His new head coach Michael Flynn added: “Very happy to have got Antoine over the line. He is a young, hungry, strong talent who has just signed a new deal with Bristol City which shows how highly they think of him. I would like to thank Bristol City for their help in getting this done and long let the good relationship continue.”
28th June 2018
County have confirmed the signing of former Brighton & Hove
Albion defender Tyler Forbes on a one-year deal after his release from the club
at the end of the 2017-18 season. Forbes spent time on loan with Accrington
Stanley last season, featuring 10 times throughout the campaign.
“I spoke with the manager who has told me what he wants from a player like myself,” said Forbes speaking to iFollow.
“I think Newport County AFC fits the criteria of how I want to play so I’m really looking forward to getting started.
“I just think that Mike Flynn is a down to earth manager and I think he’s like that because he’s played the game before and he knows his stuff. He sold the club to me.”
Newport manager Mike Flynn said: “Tyler is a very exciting prospect. He has already had a six-figure move to a premier league club and he is someone who has ambitions to get back to that level.
“He’s come here with a good pedigree for someone so young and I’m really looking forward to working with him
26th June 2018
County have completed the signing of Welsh international Andrew
Crofts. The centre midfielder arrives at Rodney Parade on a one-year deal
following a short spell in League One with Scunthorpe United.
Speaking to iFollow Newport County, Flynn expressed his delight of signing Crofts. he said: “Andrew coming in is a massive signing for the football club.
“He’s someone I know well from our time playing together at Gillingham and he’s gone on to have a fantastic career making nearly 500 career appearances and playing in the Premier league with Norwich City.
“He’s also represented Wales 29 times and recently on stand by for the squad. He’s the ultimate professional and he’s in fantastic condition.
“He’s shown real enthusiasm to sign for the football Club and also still has ambitions of playing higher and hopefully that will be with Newport County AFC.”
Crofts also had his say after putting pen-to-paper with the Exiles. He added: “I’m really excited to sign for Newport County AFC.
“I’ve been speaking to the gaffer for a couple of weeks now and as soon as we started talking, I was really interested in signing for this Club. I played with Michael Flynn at Gillingham and he was a winner. I loved playing with him and I can’t wait to play for him now with him being my gaffer.”
22nd June 2018
County have completed the signing of former Forest Green Rovers
winger Keanu Marsh-Brown. He will officially arrive at Rodney Parade on July 1st
on a two-year deal, subject to international clearance. The 25-year-old winger
becomes the second player to join Newport County today after Charlie Cooper was
snapped up on a loan deal earlier in the afternoon. Marsh-Brown, like Cooper,
also joins having played for Forest Green Rovers. He played for the Nailsworth
club for three years, which includes their successful promotion campaign in
Speaking after joining Newport County, Marsh-Brown said: “I’m delighted to sign for Newport County AFC. I spoke to the manager quite a lot throughout the summer and he showed a lot of interest in me and I feel like it is the correct decision for me at this point in my career.
“I just want to get my head down and play as many games as I can. I want to do well for this team and hopefully help them push as high up the table as possible.
“The manager gives me a lot of confidence and he knows what he wants from me next season. That was the main reason that I wanted to sign.”
Marsh-Brown becomes Mike Flynn’s second signing of the day following the arrival of Charlie Cooper.
Speaking of the signing, Flynn added: “I’m very excited about Keanu signing. He’s one of those players who gets the fans on the edge of their seats.
“He has a promotion under his belt with Forest Green and we all remember that outstanding goal he scored. He’s at the right age and as long as he gets his head down and works hard I’m sure he’ll kick on and play at a higher level.”
20th June 2018
County have confirmed the signing of former Blackpool striker Jamille Matt on a two-year deal. Matt becomes Mike Flynn’s second signing of the summer window after Fraser Franks made the switch to Rodney Parade on Monday. The 28-year-old joins Newport with a wealth of experience in the Football League having played for Fleetwood, Stevenage, Plymouth, Grimsby and Blackpool.
Matt will link up with the Exiles on 1 July, subject to
international clearance after being released by Blackpool last month.
The striker netted four times in 36 appearances for Grimsby last season, including his goal against Newport in January.
“Newport County AFC have always been a team that stood out to me and it was great to know they were interested in me,” said the striker on the completion of the deal.
“The manager made it clear how much he wanted me at the club and that’s always a nice feeling.
18th June 2018
County have signed former defender Fraser Franks on a two-year
deal from League Two rivals Stevenage. The centre-back, 27, has played for the
club before, on a month's loan in 2012 when he was at AFC Wimbledon. Midfielder
Tom Owen-Evans has joined Scottish Championship side Falkirk on a permanent
"I'm delighted Fraser's agreed to come to Newport County AFC having turned down a new deal at Stevenage," Newport manager Michael Flynn said.
"He's someone I've wanted in since the end of last season. He's a leader and will be important for us both on and off the pitch."
Owen-Evans, 21, has signed a one-year contract with Falkirk.
8th June 2018
Colchester United have snapped up out of contract striker Frank Nouble. The 26-year-old former West Ham United striker has completed a move to the U's and signed a two-year deal, after rejecting the chance to stay at County. Colchester have also made loan signing of forward Aaron Collins on a season-long loan from Wolves and goalkeeper Ethan Ross on a free transfer from West Brom. Nouble hit the net ten times for Michael Flynn’s side during the course of their 2017-18 campaign.
24th May 2018
Ben Tozer has left Newport County to join League Two outfit
Cheltenham Town next season. The 28-year-old midfielder made 45 appearances last
season and was instrumental in the FA Cup run and rise to mid-table
respectability. His trademark long throw and astute passing will be missed.
“I really enjoyed last season at Newport County with a great cup run too. I made some good friends there and enjoyed my time in Wales,” said Tozer.
9th May 2018
County have today announced their retained list which sees five
first-team players released. Among those released is veteran striker Paul Hayes,
who has made 13 appearances for County this season, scoring three times.
The released players are as follows:
Calaum Jahraldo Martin
In a statement, the club thanked those players departing Rodney
Parade this summer.
“The Club would like to take the opportunity to thank all players for their service to the Club during the course of the 2017/18 season and wish all those who are departing in the best with the next stage of their career"
26th February 2018
Season Ticket Holders will also have the opportunity to ‘Bring a
Friend For Free’ on Saturday 7th April when we welcome Stevenage FC to Rodney
Parade. The offer is open to all 2017/18 Season Ticket Holders who can redeem a
free ticket of any age category in the same stand as themselves from the Ticket
Office in person from Thursday 1st March upon presentation of their Season
Ticket. Please note ticket redemption is only available until 1pm on the day of
the match from the Ticket Office in person and is only available to 2017/18
Newport County AFC Season Ticket Holders.
In addition to the promotion for this fixture, which forms part of the 2017/18 Season Ticket Benefits, the Club will also be drawing 23 Season Ticket Holders to enjoy a VIP Day in hospitality with a guest for this fixture.
The winners of the draw which is also a 2017/18 Season Ticket Benefit will be informed by Thursday 1st March.
22nd February 2018
Newport County would like to inform all supporters and Trust
Members that it will be holding its AGM on Wednesday 7th March in the Bisley
Suite at Rodney Parade between 7.00pm -7.30pm, which will then be followed by an
Open Supporters Meeting between 7.30pm – 9.00pm. Please note that access to the
AGM will be for Trust Members only who registered prior to the 31st January 2018
and they shall be required to present proof of membership and ID upon entry.
Non-Trust Members will be able to attend the Open Supporters Meeting upon the
conclusion of the AGM at 7.30pm.
7th February 2018
County boss Mike Flynn has signed an improved contract with the club to keep him in place until 2020. The former midfielder took over in March last year before guiding the club to the ‘great escape’, securing League Two survival on the final day. Flynn has continued his fine work this season, turning County into play-off contenders and managing to guide them to the FA Cup Fourth Round, beating Leeds United and securing a replay at Wembley with Tottenham Hotspur.
12th January 2018
County striker Aaron Williams has left by mutual consent. The 24-year-old arrived at Rodney Parade from Peterborough United in January 2017 being signed by Graeme Westley and played 16 games last season. He joined National League North side Brackley Town in August on loan and has scored 15 goals and has returned to them on a deal until the end of the season.
5th January 2018
County have announced the loan signing of Swansea City youngster
Tyler Reid, just 24 hours after confirming a permanent deal for former City
midfielder Josh Sheehan.
Commenting on the loan, which will last until the end of the season, County boss Michael Flynn said: "This is a big signing for us and only made possible by our close relationship with Swansea. "Tyler was obviously brought up the Manchester United way so has a very high pedigree and I’m really looking forward to him showing what he’s got in his locker and helping us on our journey."
The move comes just a day after the club announced a permanent deal for 22-year-old Sheehan, who scored seven goals on loan at the club last season, making him one of their joint-top scorers.
Interestingly, his capture has been partially-funded by the Supporters Club, JKM, and another individual who wishes to remain anonymous.
Speaking to iFollowExiles, Sheehan said: "It's great to be back at Newport County. It has been a while since I last kicked a ball for this Club and I really cannot wait to get going again and hopefully help push Newport up the table. "I'd like to thank the Supporters’ Club for their part in me signing. It's great to see the fans come together with the team and management to get this deal over the line. I really am grateful to them."
3rd January 2017
Former County player Aaron Collins has joined on loan from Wolves until the end of the season. He has had a number of loan spells at Tranmere Rovers and Notts County and more recently been at Conference Premier outfit Maidstone.
2nd January 2018
Following the completion of voting in the recent Trust elections
the count was held on 1st January 2018 at Rodney Parade. Provided below are
details of the final vote, including the number of votes received for each
Phil Ashcroft 103, (E) Ryan Courtney 121, (E) Colin Faulkner 140, (E) Bob Herrin 172, (E) Rob Santwris 130, (E) Kevin Ward 193.
(E) Candidates who were successful in being elected
20th December 2017
All Trust Members are now be able to vote for the six candidates
standing for election to the Board. Only Trust members with up-to-date paid
memberships will be permitted to vote and they must vote in person. Under no
circumstance will members be able to vote on behalf of others.
It would also be helpful if members could provide their membership number when voting. There will also be an opportunity to vote at the Exeter game on New Year's Day.
22nd November 2017
Newport County AFC have announced that Paul Molesworth has been appointed as the Club’s Chief Scout. Paul brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience and will be a big asset to the club in the areas of talent identification and opposition scouting.
17th October 2017
County have completed the signing of Paul Hayes after manager
Mike Flynn contacted the forward on LinkedIn. The 34-year-old left Wycombe
Wanderers by mutual consent in August following 3 years at the club and had
since taken to advertising his services on the social media networking site.
Hayes, who has scored 145 goals in nearly 600 league and cup appearances, still
admitted his surprise at the way his move came about.
Flynn added: "I'm delighted to get Paul in. He is an experienced, quality addition to our squad and will help the strikers who are already at the club.
"He is still hungry and I'm really looking forward to working with him."
30th September 2017
Following the announcement on Saturday that Malcolm Temple has resigned as Chair of Newport County AFC Supporters Trust, Shaun Johnson has agreed to become interim Chair. Gavin Foxall remains as Chairman of the Club.
24th August 2017
County have signed Hartlepool United striker Padraig Amond. He joined Pools from Grimsby Town in the summer of 2016 and went on to score 15 goals in all competitions during his forty-five appearances for the club. Pools` boss Craig Harrison did everything he could to convince the 29-year-old to stay at Victoria Park, despite last season’s relegation. The transfer fee paid for the Irishman’s services has been kept undisclosed at the request of the club.
15th August 2017
County have been handed a plum drawn to face Leeds United in the
second round of this season's Carabao Cup. They were handed a home clash with
the Whites, although they have been granted permission by the EFL for the game
to be played at Elland Road due to the ongoing renovation work at Rodney Parade.
Rules state that clubs are entitled to 45% of gate income after costs after
every Carabao Cup fixture they play in, but in the event that clubs request the
venue to be reversed, a level of compensation to be paid to the opposing club is
determined. However, County have confirmed that Leeds have decided to give the
full 45% gate income less costs as per any regular Carabao Cup encounter.
Speaking about the wonderful gesture, Gavin Foxall, Newport's operational chairman of the club, said: "On behalf of everyone at Newport County AFC I would like to thank the Chair of Leeds United Andrea Radrizzani for graciously showing his and Leeds United’s goodwill in allowing us to keep our percentage of the gate. "It is a wonderful gesture and much appreciated."
The clash with Leeds is scheduled to kick-off at 7:45pm on Tuesday, August 22.
11th August 2017
Brentfield midfielder, Reece Cole, has joined County in a six
month loan deal and the promising youngster is expected to be given his debut
against Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road this Saturday. Cole enjoyed a decent
pre-season for Brentford, scoring twice in the friendly at Aldershot, and a
thunderbolt free kick at Oxford United – he was also an unused substitute during
the Bees’ midweek League Cup win against AFC Wimbledon.
Cole began his youth career at Brentford s a part of the Under 15 team which emerged victorious in the Junior category at the 2012 Milk Cup before working his way through the ranks – he made his first team debut as a late substitute for Nico Yennaris in a 3–2 victory over Nottingham Forest in March 2017 ahead of signing a new three-year contract.
3rd August 2017
County have signed left sided Calaum Jahraldo-Martin on a
one-year deal. A former Hull City and Oldham Athletic, the 24-year-old has
impressed as a trialist during pre-season and will offer cover at left-back.
1st August 2017
County have signed Brighton Hove Albion defender Ben White on a season-long loan. The 19-year-old centre-half, who featured regularly for their under 23 side last season. He made his first-team debut in last season’s EFL Cup tie away at Oxford United and also featured in the 4-0 victory over Colchester United in the same competition. He also played against Southend United, Leyton Orient and Coventry City in the Checkatrade Trophy.
11th July 2017
Newport County Supporters Trust will be holding an open meeting
on Thursday, July 27. This is likely to be held in the Bisley Suite at Rodney
Parade from 7pm and will cover a range of issues and provide an opportunity for
supporters to ask questions.
There will be a Meet the Manager event on at The Usk Vale pub in Malpas, Newport, on Thursday, August 3. Tickets cost £10, which including a two course meal
28th June 2017
County have signed former Swansea City striker Frank Nouble on a
one-year deal from Southend United. The 25-year-old started his professional
career with West Ham - making 13 Premier League appearances for the club -
having previously been a part of Chelsea's youth academy. He was loaned out to
several clubs including the likes of West Brom, Swansea City, Gillingham and
Barnsley before joining Wolves on a permanent deal in 2012. After spells with
Ipswich, Coventry and Chinese side Nei Mongol Zhongyou, Nouble scored three
goals in 13 appearances for Gillingham last season before making the move to
Southend during the January transfer window.
27th June 2017
County have signed 21-year-old striker Lamar Reynolds after he
impressed during a five-day course at Manchester City’s Etihad Complex. He
scored in a 3-2 win over Welsh champions The New Saints during a showcase match.
Reynolds spent last season with Brentwood Town in the Isthmian League Division
One North, the eighth tier of the English game. He scored 28 goals in 36 starts
to scoop the club’s player of the year award.
Reynolds becomes the third player from his V9 Academy to emulate him after Danny Newton and Blair Turgott signed deals with Stevenage.
8th June 2017
County have signed creative midfielder Matty Dolan from Yeovil
Town. He was confirmed to be joining yesterday after rejecting an offer to
remain at Huish Park. Dolan was one of Yeovil’s key players last season and
somebody that fans desperately wanted to remain at the club.
19th May 2017
Former player Robbie Willmott has returned to Newport County for a second spell. Willmott, 27, has signed a two-year deal with County after a terrific season with Chelmsford in Vanarama National League South. He helped the Essex side reach last Saturday’s play-off final and was named in the division’s team of the year. He came through the youth ranks at Cambridge United, was previously with County between 2013 and 2015.
He told the South Wales Argus: “The club wasn’t just good to me
before, it was good to my family, it made them feel very welcome.
“It’s like I’ve come home. I feel like I’m at home when I’m here, and playing at Rodney Parade is such a homely feeling for me.”
17th May 2017
County have announced three players have been released after
their Great Escape. Craig Reid, Ryan Bird and Mitch Rose have been let go after
discussions with manager Michael Flynn, while former Arsenal youngster Mark
Randall has been transfer listed. They have also extended the contracts of
former Cardiff City defender Jazzi Barnum-Bobb, as well as Ben Tozer.
A statement from the club also said more announcements would come later in the week, with Flynn quick to build foundations for next season after being appointed Newport's permanent manager. It also thanked experienced forward Reid, second top-scorer Bird and 22-year-old midfielder Rose for their contributions to the club's survival from League Two.
10th May 2017
County have revealed the names on their retained list. In total,
eight players have been told that their contracts will not be extended and they
depart Rodney Parade for the final time. Following individual meetings earlier
today, these players were shown the door, but talks remain with many others with
the remainder of the squad. Darren Jones is the headline name on that list, and
the 33-year-old has also retired from professional football as well. He made 29
league appearances as the County avoided relegation into the National League on
the final day. He has spent the last three seasons of his career with the club.
The remaining names couldn’t be described as too shocked to see they’re leaving the club considering the limited amount of game time they’ve collectively enjoyed. Jack Compton started just two league games over the past season and the midfield has been told he can depart. Paul Bignot actually started ten league games and the 31-year-old defender ends his second spell with the club. Also, young Finlay Wood played just 19 minutes of league football and he’s the last of those with game time to leave. Completing the released names are Liam Angel, Marcus Beauchamp, Tom Meechan, Kieran Parselle and Finlay Wood.
9th May 2017
Mike Flynn has been appointed permanent manager for next two
years. His appointment has been confirmed by the club and he said: “Nothing
makes me prouder than to take charge of my hometown club.”
Newport-born Flynn, 34, kept Newport in League Two thanks to seven wins in 12 matches under his caretaker command. He starts his job immediately, while coach Wayne Hatswell and consultant Lennie Lawrence are also staying with County.
Flynn has the summer to build towards the 2017-18 season and his task is to build on recent momentum and ensure the club moves forward.
“I’m delighted to be named manager,” said Flynn. “Nothing makes me prouder. “When I took over as caretaker manager in March, I said I felt ready for the challenge and that’s still true. “What we’ve achieved with this group of lads has been unbelievable, but I never want this club to be in that situation again. “I’m ready to push on now and take this team forward.”
9th March 2017
Former Newport County player Wayne Hatswell has joined caretaker
manager Mike Flynn as part of the backroom staff. The 41-year-old, who had
spells at Oxford United, Cambridge United and Newport County during his lengthy
playing career, will work alongside the manager and assistant and coach in his
Holder of a UEFA A licence, Hatswell previously joined Gillingham as the club's U18s coach in July 2015, before joining the Welsh Football Trust and later became first time coach at Gillingham.
8th March 2017
Newport County have sacked manager Graham Westley and placed
first-team coach Michael Flynn in caretaker charge until the end of the season.
A statement on the club's official website confirmed Westley had been 'relieved of his first-team duties with immediate effect', with County looking doomed to relegation. Westley's assistant Dino Maamria has also left the club.
The statement read: 'The board of directors would like to place on record its thanks to Graham and Dino for their hard work in challenging circumstances. 'Graham has worked extremely hard in improving standards throughout the club.
'First-team coach Michael Flynn will become caretaker manager until the end of the season. He is currently forming his team and we will make a further announcement later today.'
20th February 2017
County midfielder Mitch Rose has had his red card from Saturday’s 3-2 defeat to Cambridge United rescinded. Rose was sent off after bringing down Luke Berry inside the box in stoppage time, with Mark Roberts stabbing home the winner after being first to the rebound after County keeper Chris Day saved George Maris’ subsequent penalty. He would have served a one-match ban, but the Exiles have won an appeal against the decision, so he will be eligible for their home clash with Morecambe in Sky Bet League Two tomorrow.
23rd January 2017
County are pleased to announce the signing of Ryan Bird on a
permanent deal. The twenty-nine year old striker joins the Exiles in time for
Saturday's Sky Bet League two encounter with Hartlepool United at Rodney Parade.
Bird was transfer-listed by Eastleigh boss Martin Allen just prior to Christmas.
He made 19 Spitfires appearances and scored three league goals since signing for
former boss Chris Todd during the summer.
20th January 2017
County have signed midfielder Mitchell Rose from Mansfield Town. Steve Evans manager of Mansfield said: “Newport County get themselves a good player who can play in a number of key positions as well as a good professional. It goes without saying that on behalf of everyone at the One Call Stadium, we wish Mitchell every success in the future.” Rose joined Mansfield Town in May 2015 and the 22-year-old went on to make 60 appearances, scoring five goals.
11th January 2017
County have bolstered their defence with the signing of left back Mickey Demetriou on a free transfer. The 26-year-old spent last season with Shrewsbury Town and also boasts spells with Eastbourne Borough, Kidderminster and Cambridge United
10th January 2017
County have completed the loan signing of striker Flo Bojaj from Huddersfield Town for the remainder of the season who has just returned from a stint at Kilmarnock. Former Albania junior international Bojaj has made eight Town appearances, all as a substitute. His first goal came in the 3-1 home Championship win over Reading last season. Born in Kosovo, he was brought up in Boreham Wood in Hertfordshire and joined Town’s junior set-up in 2013.
Meanwhile Jack Jebb and John O'Hanlon have been released after a short spell at the club on non-contract terms
6th January 2017
County have signed Luton Town defender Mark O’Brien after having
his contract with the Hatters terminated. O’Brien, 24, had struggled to make an
impact at Kenilworth Road since joining from Derby County in 2015 and spent most
of this season on loan at Southport. In total he made just six appearances for
the Hatters and will be hoping to fare better in South Wales after signing a
contract until the end of the current campaign.
5th January 2017
Former County captain David Pipe has returned for a second spell
at County after agreeing a loan move from non-league Eastleigh. The 33-year-old
defender, who made more than 100 appearances for the Exiles between 2011 and
2014, will stay until the end of the season.
Newport manager Graham Westley told the club's official website: "David is a seasoned pro, a club stalwart, and an experienced leader with a passion to re-establish Newport County as a respected League Two outfit.
County have also signed Millwall defender Sid Nelson on a loan deal until the end of the 2016/17 season, subject to international clearance. He has featured 38 times for The Lions since making his debut against Bournemouth as an 18-year-old in December 2014. He has made eight starts for Neil Harris' senior side this season.
1st January 2017
The opening of the January transfer window brings a little bit of hope to the Rodney Parade faithful. West Ham have agreed a move that will see striker Jaanai Gordon move on loan to County for the rest of the season. County have also signed striker Aaron Williams from Peterborough United on an 18-month deal who joined Peterborough from Nuneaton Town last term when Exiles boss Graham Westley was at Peterborough.
20th December 2016
The County board have been working with the Football league, Rodney Parade and an expert pitch consultant given recent challenges. The experts have produced a report outlining a number of recommendations covering both the short (until the end of the season) and long term (close season and beyond) which has been shared with all parties. The club has also discussed the findings of the report with the Football League and will be putting a plan together with Rodney Parade to address the recommendations. To ensure Wednesday's game is not in jeopardy a dome will be in place as communicated earlier today.
30th November 2016
County have striker Jon Parkin has returned to Conference football. The 34-year-old has signed a loan deal with relegation threatened York City until January, before penning a permanent contract until the end of the season, with the option of a further year. After signing from Forest Green in the summer, the forward signed a one-year contract with County and in ten league outings this season has netted 4 goals.
9th November 2016
County have announced the double signing of Josh O'Hanlon and Jack Jebb on non-contract terms. Both players featured in the 2-0 Checkatrade Trophy victory over AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday, having joined the club earlier in the day. Striker O'Hanlon, 21, began his career at Irish club Longford Town before moving to Bournemouth on a youth team contract in 2014. During his time on the south coast he had loan moves at York, Chester and Longford, but was released last summer without making a single appearance for the club. Midfielder Jebb, also 21, came through the ranks at Arsenal and had two separate loan spells at Stevenage before joining the club permanently in 2015, where he made 15 appearances in total.
7th October 2016
County have appointed a new manager as the successor to Warren
Feeney, who was dismissed last week. They have opted to take former Stevenage
and Preston North End boss Graham Westley, who was last seen in management in
April 2016, when he left his post at Peterborough United. Westley has attracted
a distinct reputation across the Football League over the years for his rather
idiosyncratic style of management, and some of the quotes he's given to the
press over the years. His most successful period in management came during the
second of three spells he's had with Stevenage, where he took them into the
Football League during the 2009-10 season, followed by a promotion from League
Two via the play-offs a year later. He also had a thirteen month spell with
League One Preston before returning to Stevenage but opted not to renew his
contract at the end of the 2014-15 season.
28th September 2016
County have sacked manager Warren Feeney following the club's disappointing start to the season. Feeney, 35, has departed after just over eight months in charge.
'The club can confirm that manager Warren Feeney has been relieved of his duties as first-team manager,' read a statement on County's official website.
'Following a mixed start to the season the board of directors
feel a change is necessary.
'We would like to thank Warren for his service since joining the club back in October 2015 and wish him all the best for his future career.
'In addition, assistant manager Andy Todd has also left the club with immediate effect.
'First-team coaches Sean McCarthy and James Bittner will remain at the club in their respective positions and assume caretaker responsibilities.
'The club is intending to make an appointment as soon as possible and will make an announcement in due course.'
31st August 2016
On transfer deadline day, County have made a triple signing with
Newcastle United defender Kyle Cameron, Cardiff City forward Rhys Healey and
Queens Park Rangers forward Reece Grego-Cox joining on loan until January.
Cameron, 19, can play at centre-half or full-back and is a current Scotland U19
international. Healey spent time on loan at Dundee United in 2015-16. Grego-Cox,
also 19, had made three Premier League appearances and is a Republic of Ireland
26th August 2016
Former Norwich City academy goalkeeper Marcus Beauchamp has
joined County until the end of the season. The 18-year-old was released by City
this summer following four under-18 appearances last season, having been out
injured for nine months with a serious knee injury until February.
Beauchamp won the 2014-15 Barclays Under-18s Premier League Save of the Season award but was not offered a professional contract by City at the end of his academy scholarship.
Newport boss Warren Feeney told his club’s official website: “I’m delighted that we have been able to sign Marcus. He is a player that comes from a good background in the game and his arrival will help the squad as a whole. Joe Day has been fantastic so far this season and the signing of Marcus will enhance the work they do with (keeper coach) James Bittner.”
8th August 2016
County have made a double loan signing to boost their squad with
midfielders Jordan Green signing from Bournemouth and Josh Sheehan from Swansea
City. Green, who was once on the books at Fulham but released for being too
small, had been working for Waitrose while playing part-time for Banbury United
in the Southern League. He signed a one-year deal with Bournemouth and option
for a further 12 months, which was triggered at the start of July.
Sheehan, 20 has League Two experience with Yeovil, having scored twice in 16
appearances in September 2015. Green and Sheehan could feature in the League Cup
first round clash against MK Dons at Rodney Parade, subject to receiving
31st July 2016
County have arranged meet a meet the manager evening on Thursday 4th August at Tredegar Park Golf Club, Newport. Warren Feeney will be open to questions from 7:30 pm and ticket price is £10 including buffet.
17th July 2016
The Election count was held this afternoon and the outcome is
that the following eight candidates were elected;
The turnout was 36% with over 2100 ballot papers being issued.
18th May 2016
County have clinched their first signing of the summer after
securing a move for Eastleigh defender Jamie Turley. The 26-year-old defender
joins the Exiles on a two-year deal as manager Warren Feeney looks to build his
squad in preparation for the 2016/17 League Two campaign. Turley made more than
40 appearances for Eastleigh in the National League last season, also playing a
part in their run to the third round of the FA Cup, where they were beaten by
Bolton. He began his career at Wycombe, before spells with Salisbury City and
Forest Green Rovers. The defender also captained England C to the semi-finals of
the International Challenge Trophy in 2013.
The defender is looking forward to the challenge of making the progression to the Football League, saying: “I’m delighted to be finally making the step up and I want to take full advantage of this opportunity.
“Speaking to Warren Feeney it is clear that he has big ambitions for the club and he wants to be competitive next season.
“I’m a quick and aggressive player, your typical centre-half really, and I’m sure I can win the fans over.”
Manager Feeney expressed his delight and securing the signing of Turley, as he looks to bolster his options in defence for next season.
“I know there was a lot of interest from other Football League clubs for Jamie’s signature,” he said.
“He is a very good player, who possesses great pace and is very strong. He has a very good football brain and he is a great age for a defender and he wants to play at this level. “I had a lot of respect for Jamie, in the fact that he has chosen to make the move here to prove himself at this level and I think he will be a very good signing for us as we look to build for the future.”
12th May 2016
Newport County Supporters Trust have released Season Ticket details for the 2016/17 season:
Bisley and Hazell Stand: Adults £350; Senior (60+) £280; Young adults (16-21) and students £190; U16s £46; U6s free (with a full paying adult).
Hazell Terrace: Adults £315; Senior (60+) £240; Young adults (16-21) and students £170; U16s £46; U6s free (with a full paying adult).
Supporters will have until the end of June to renew their current seats. Matchday and hospitality prices will be released in the next couple of weeks. Season tickets are now on sale from the Ticket Office and online via the official website
10th May 2016
County have released eight players as manager Warren Feeney
begins his rebuilding job. Captain Mark Byrne and top scorer Scott Boden are
among those offered new terms at Rodney Parade. Scott Barrow, Yan Klukowski and
Rhys Taylor are among eight players not being offered new contracts.
The trio, along with Matt Partridge, Seth Nana-Twumasi, Joe Green, Nathan Ralph and Dean Morgan have been released after the Exiles finished in 22nd place in League Two, one place above the relegation zone. In addition, loan players Janoi Donacien, Ben Davies, Souleymane Coulibaly, Tommy O’Sullivan and Deanne Smalley have all returned to their parent clubs.
A club statement said: “We would like to thank the departing players for their efforts over the past season and wish them all the best for the future.
“We now embark on an exciting close season ahead where we will look to secure new players and further strengthen the squad for the 2016/17 campaign.”
County Manager Warren Feeney has decided to make contract offers to captain Mark Byrne and top scorer Scott Boden, along with Alex Rodman, Danny Holmes, Darren Jones, John-Christophe Ayina and Medy Elito. Lenell John-Lewis, Joe Day, Tom Meechan and Liam Angel all remain at the club for a further year in accordance with their existing contracts, while County have chosen to take up one-year contract extensions for youngsters Tom Owen-Evans and Kieran Parselle.
Academy graduates Ben Jones, Dafydd Jones and Lewis Bamford have signed up as first-year professionals in the first-team squad as Feeney looks to reshape his squad after a difficult campaign which saw the Northern Irishman become the third manager of the season after Terry Butcher and John Sheridan.
4th May 2016
The clash between AFC Wimbledon and Newport County AFC this
Saturday is now an all-ticket match, meaning no tickets will be for sale on the
The match at the Cherry Red Records Stadium on is the final fixture of the 2015/2016 season for Warren Feeney’s men. County have received an initial allocation of 300 terrace tickets in the Your Golf Travel Terrace and 95 seated tickets in the John Green Stand.
Seated tickets cost £20 for adults, £13 for over-65s and students and £9 for under-18s.
Terrace tickets are £16 for adults, £10 for over-65s and students and £4 for under-18s.
Ambulant disabled fans will pay the appropriate price for their age group and their carer is free of charge.
The Exiles ticket office is open from 10am to 3pm until Friday.
Tickets can also be bought over the phone, by calling 01633 674963, or online via the club website.
15th April 2016
On Thursday 21st April the Directors will be holding a Q&A
session in the Bisley Suite at Rodney Parade regarding the topic of the upcoming
elections. The event will start at 7:30pm and include a chance to put questions
to the Directors about the format of the Supporters Trust elections.
This is an open meeting for Trust Members, due to the fact that being a Trust member is a requirement for anyone putting themselves forward for the elections. The bar in the Bisley Suite will be open for the event.
24th March 2016
County have secured a loan deal until the end of the season for Peterborough United striker Soulemayne Coulibaly. The 21 year old Ivorian forward has made 32 appearances for Peterborough United since joining the club last summer after a successful trial at London Road and has scored six times for the club.
10th March 2016
Cardiff midfielder Tommy O'Sullivan has rejoined County on loan
until the end of the season. O'Sullivan, who spent over two months on loan at
Rodney Parade at the end of last year, will stay with the Exiles until May 7.
The 21-year-old made 13 appearances for County in his first spell, scoring once,
and will be in contention for Saturday's Sky Bet League Two game at Portsmouth.
Newport manager Warren Feeney told his club's website: "Tommy did very well for us when he was here before and I am looking forward to working with him again."
18th February 2016
County manager Warren Feeney has signed prolific non-league
striker Tom Meechan. The 25-year-old striker has made the move after scoring 21
goals for St Neots Town in the Evo-Stik League Southern, Premier Division this
He was with County last Saturday discussing terms and is now looking forward to getting started in the professional ranks.
"I had thought that maybe it was a little bit too late for me to make the step up to the Football League, but I am delighted to have the chance to make the progression here at Newport County AFC," said Meechan.
Meechan shot to prominence last season with 53 goals for Godmanchester.
He has continued in that form and Newport boss Warren Feeney has high hopes for Meechan.
"It is a great chance for Tom, coming into a professional environment and we have all seen his impressive goalscoring record," said Feeney.
"I have been impressed with Tom's desire to play in the Football League and hopefully he can take this great opportunity to make a name for himself."
11th February 2016
FORMER Crawley Town, Reading and Wycombe Wanderers striker Dean
Morgan has signed for County. He was a free agent and has joined County until
the end of the season and has told the official website he is hopeful his
experience will be beneficial.
“I am glad the opportunity has arisen for me to join Newport County AFC,” he told the club website.
25th January 2016
Former County captain, Darren Jones has returned to his hometown club as County manager Warren Feeney revealed he wanted to add an experienced central defender to the squad ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Leyton Orient. Jones was released from his contract with Forest Green over the weekend allowing County to offer terms.
21st January 2016
County striker Lenell John-Lewis could miss the rest of the
season with a ruptured hamstring prompting manager Warren Feeney to bring in
three new strikers. County have signed free agent John-Christophe Ayina, Irish
under-21 hitman Conor Wilkinson on a one-month loan from Bolton and Deane
Smalley on loan for the rest of the season from Plymouth Argyle.
Feeney said: “Conor has great experience of playing in the league above. “He comes from a good football background and he has a great size and ability. “I want players that will bring high energy and a strong work ethic and Conor will add that to the squad.
On Smalley, Feeney added: “Deane is a player that I know very well. “He is a player that wants to get out playing games and I know that there was a couple of clubs that were interested in him. “I am really pleased that we have managed to secure him, as I believe he is a good quality striker.”
15th January 2016
County have appointed Warren Feeney as their permanent new
manager. Feeney has been promoted from the assistant manager role following John
Sheridan’s departure to take charge of his former club Oldham Athletic on
The 34-year-old told the club’s website: “It’s a great honour for me to be appointed as manager of Newport County AFC. I have a house in the area and my plan has always been to settle here with my family. “I have enjoyed my time at the club and I am looking forward to the challenges of being a Football League manager.”
Feeney said: “I believe we have a committed group of players here, that are more than capable of staying clear of the relegation places this season.
“We have showed that we have the quality in this squad to match the best teams in this division and now the focus must be on hitting a consistent level of performance. “We have some crucial games coming up, so all of the efforts will be focused on preparation for those games and picking up the points we need to help us move further away from the bottom two.
Feeney will be assisted by the former Bolton Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers defender Andy Todd, whom he worked alongside at Linfield.
Feeney, a former Northern Ireland international, added: “He is somebody I know very well. His knowledge and experience of the game will be a great help to me and the squad.”
Michael Flynn will remain the first-team coach at the club.
13th January 2016
County manager John Sheridan has left the club to re-join his
former club Oldham Athletic. The Exiles board gave permission for Sheridan to
speak to Oldham last night and this afternoon Oldham have confirmed their former
manager will return after a seven year absence. It is anticipated that assistant
manager Warren Feeney will be promoted to the managerial post with ex-County
player Mike Flynn becoming his assistant
12th January 2016
S4C will show live coverage of the Emirates FA Cup third round
match between County and Blackburn Rovers on Monday 18th January, with kick off
at 7.15pm. The winners of this match will face Oxford United in the
competition's Fourth Round.
7th January 2016
With loans expired for Tommy O'Sullivan and Jazzi Barnum-Bobb and their return to Cardiff confirmed, John Sheridan has swooped with two loan signings. County have signed Crystal Palace youngster Connor Dymond on loan. The move is the midfielder's first loan to a League side - and his physical attributes will certainly help a Newport side at the bottom of League Two. Palace academy director Gary Issott confirmed the news and sung Dymond's praises, saying he's a "dream to work with". He will be available to play in the FA Cup this weekend against Blackburn Rovers.
County have also signed on Preston North End defender Ben Davies
on loan until February 13th. It is Davies' second loan spell of the season,
having spent time with Southport earlier in the season. He has made one
appearance for Preston this term, as a second-half substitute against Crewe in
the Capital One Cup in August.
County manager John Sheridan said: "I have always liked Ben.”
“I remember from back when I was at Plymouth that he did really well at York City and even helped them get into the play-offs.”
“I know that he has a good understanding of this division and I think he is unfortunate not to be playing regularly for Preston.”
“Ben has done well in this division before and this move is an opportunity for him to play some games and I am really glad that we have got him here.”
9th December 2015
TICKETS for the Emirates FA Cup third round home tie against
Blackburn Rovers on Saturday January 9th will go on sale, initially to Season
Ticket holders who can purchase from 10am Thursday 10th December. Trust members
will then join the initial sales period from Tuesday, December 15.
Remaining tickets will then go on general sale from Monday, December 21. Unsold season ticket reservations will also be released at this time.
Season Ticket holders and Trust members wishing to take advantage of their priority booking opportunities will need to buy in person or over the phone.
The quickest and easiest way to buy tickets when they go on general sale is on line at www.newportcountytickets.co.uk
Tickets will go on sale here at 6am on Monday, December 21.
Telephone orders will taken between the hours of 12pm-3pm ONLY until Wednesday,
December 23. The Ticket Office numbers are 01633 674963 and 674979.
All tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis and are subject to availability.
Season Ticket holders only from 10am on Thursday, December 10. One per Season Ticket holder.
Trust members from 10am on Tuesday, December 15. One per Trust member.
General sale from 10am on Monday, December 21.
26th November 2015
County have secured the loan signing of highly-rated teenage
striker, Oliver McBurnie, from Swansea City. The 19-year-old has arrived on a
one month loan and is contention now to play a part in the Luton match on the
weekend. McBurnie joined Swansea this summer, making the switch from Bradford
City, where he made the progression from the Academy to first-team. In 2013 the
striker represented Manchester United in the Milk Cup and scored five times,
during a period of work experience with the Old Trafford outfit. After making
his professional debut for Bradford, Oliver gained regular first-team experience
when he joined Chester City on loan at the start of the year, finding the net
five times in fourteen appearances.
Exiles boss John Sheridan said McBrunie would be a valuable addition to his options up-front. Sheridan said: “With Zak Ansah’s loan coming to an end after our game against Notts County, I need to bring in someone as cover for when he returns to Charlton. I needed to bring someone in, to accompany what I have got already here and to introduce competition for places.”
McBurnie’s loan spell at Newport will run until their league fixture with Hartlepool at Rodney parade on January 2.
11th November 2015
Newport County Supporters Trust have launched their new Benefits
and Rewards scheme for community shareholders.
“This is a great opportunity for us to show the fans how grateful we are for their support, and start to repay their generosity with the benefits and rewards scheme”, said Director Shaun Johnson.
30th October 2015
Wrexham have signed County deputy keeper Rhys Taylor on loan until January. The
25-year-old joined County in the summer after his impressive displays for
Macclesfield Town in the Conference over the last few seasons earned him a move
to League Two.
After letting him go out on loan County boss John Sheridan said Taylor was ‘too good’ to remain on the bench. “Financially it enables me to help build in other areas and I think that Rhys is too good to be a number two.
“He is too good to be sitting on the bench and not playing football. I have had a chat with Rhys and he is all for the move.”
29th October 2015
County have extended their loan deal for Aston Villa defender Janoi Donacien. The 21-year-old has completed a four-week spell at Rodney Parade and made seven appearances. The deal will keep him at County until the end of December
"He is raw, but he has great attributes to his game. He is very quick and he is a young lad who is playing League football. He has flaws in his game but that is just part and parcel of him learning," manager John Sheridan told the official County website.
Donacien added: "To be fair since I come in the boys have always been lively and welcoming and now we are starting to pick up results, you can see people looking to get on the ball more and are much more positive. During the next few months I just want to help the team climb that table."
13th October 2015
County have made two promising loan signings from Cardiff City who have sent Under-21 players Tommy O'Sullivan and Jazzi Barnum-Bobb on month-long loans. The duo have joined up today and could feature at the weekend against Portsmouth. O'Sullivan moves to County after recently winning the Football Association of Wales's Young Player of the Year award. "I have played with Jazz for the last two years now, so it's been good to sign on the same day as him, and that can only help when we get on the pitch," O'Sullivan told the official website. "This last week from winning the award at the FAW ceremony, to joining Newport on loan, feels like a big week in my development and my progression as a footballer."
6th October 2015
Linfield manager Warren Feeney has quit his position in order to become assistant manager to John Sheridan. Feeney will also be able to spend more time with his wife Katy and their four children, who are based in Langstone, Newport. Feeney also played under Sheridan at Plymouth Argyle and was appointed as Linfield’s manager in May 2014 and is at the start of his second season at the helm.
2nd October 2015
Newport County have installed John Sheridan as their new
manager, less than 24 hours after Terry Butcher vacated the position at Rodney
Sheridan, who most recently guided Plymouth Argyle to the Sky Bet League 2 Play-Off semi-finals, joins in time for the Exiles' match with Exeter City on Saturday. The 51-year-old, who also oversaw Chesterfield to the League 2 title in 2011, takes duty of a Newport side who have won just one of their opening 10 matches.
“Following the Supporters Trust taking control of the club in the past 24 hours, I am confident that if the players and fans work together we can help the squad climb the table, away from the relegation zone," Sheridan said .
“From my time with Plymouth, Chesterfield and Oldham, I know what is required to succeed in this division."
1st October 2015
County will begin their new era of fans ownership without
manager Terry Butcher after the England legend was axed just hours after the
club changed ownership. County's Supporters Trust confirmed on Thursday morning
they had smashed past their £195,000 target needed to complete a takeover of the
Rodney Parade outfit. They have confirmed County had “parted company” with
Butcher with immediate effect with the team bottom of the Football League.
A simple statement confirmed his departure, ending six months in charge of the Exiles, as well as the exits of assistant Russell Osman and chief scout Steve Marsella.
The statement read: “It has been a difficult start to the season with the team only managing one win out of ten league games, and as a result we find ourselves bottom of the league.”
The statement said they aimed to make an announcement on a successor ahead of Saturday's home game with Exeter.
30th September 2015
Newport County Supporters' Trust have completed a fund-raising target that was needed in order for them to take over the running of the club. Supporters' Trust have been running the club on a day-to-day basis, with outgoing owner Les Scadding taking a back seat, but needed to come up with £195,000 to raise enough funds to keep the club running, with Scadding gifting his shareholding to the Trust on the condition that they could provide that level of capital investment. The Trust have now reached the sum of £236,000, which was announced this morning
24th September 2015
County have signed Queens Park Rangers striker Tyler Blackwood
on a month's loan. The 24-year-old joins on an emergency loan until October
Since signing a permanent deal with QPR in the summer, Blackwood has made one appearance from the bench, in a Capital One Cup win over Yeovil Town. Also joining on loan from Aston Villa is defender Janoi Donacien who arrives at Rodney Parade on an initial one-month loan and, subject to obtaining international clearance, could also make his debut on Saturday. The St Lucia-born defender, 21, recently returned from a loan spell at fellow Sky Bet League Two side Wycombe, where he made two appearances
2nd September 2015
County have signed central defender Matt Partridge who has been
a free agent after leaving Dagenham & Redbridge earlier in the summer, but he
has secured himself a new one-year deal at Rodney Parade.
The 21-year-old told the official website: "It has been a long day, but to finally get the deal done is obviously worth it in the end.
"I can be a versatile player, I like to think of myself as a pretty big lad, so I am confident in the air and I can play with the ball on the floor as well.
"It is a completely new environment for me, so I will be looking forward to that challenge."
The former Reading trainee made 31 appearances for Dagenham in all competitions last season.
1st September 2015
Manchester United have made a transfer deadline signing of
County defender Regan Poole for an undisclosed fee. The 17-year-old had a
successful trial at Manchester United and attracted attention from a number of
Newport manager Terry Butcher told the Welsh club's official website: "In the past few days a number of clubs have shown an interest in Regan, but as soon as Manchester United came in there was only really going to be one outcome.
"It is every boy's dream to play for Manchester United, and it's a wonderful opportunity for him to progress at such a magnificent club. It doesn't matter which country you are in, or where you are in the world, when Manchester United come calling you have to answer."
27th August 2015
At Newport Riverfront theatre County fans were informed they
need to raise £225,000 by the end of next month if they are to own the football
club. Interim chairman Tony Pring said "Supporters Trust wants to acquire the
club from current owner Les Scadding"
The body advising the trust, Supporters Direct, has set the "very tight" but "necessary" deadline. James Mathie, from Supporters Direct, said: "It is a very tight timescale but actually with the season started, people want clarity, is this going to happen or not. "So, we need to stretch people, we need to push people and that's why we've set a deadline for the end of September."
The six-figure sum will go towards paying off debts and creditors, and providing working capital for the season. There are currently 1,200 members of the trust but Supporters Direct believe the figure could rise to about 4,000.
Mr Mathie added: "We expect and hope some individuals will be able to put in significant amounts, which will make it easier for the community as a whole."
20th August 2015
County have completed the loan signing of striker 21 year old
Zak Ansah from Charlton on a monthly deal. A former Arsenal trainee he has made
10 senior appearances, all of which came during a loan spell at Plymouth last
season. He joined Argyle in March, scoring on his debut at Cheltenham and during
the play-off semi-final first-leg defeat at home to Wycombe. Ansah will wear the
number nine shirt at Rodney Parade and will be available for selection against
Leyton Orient this Saturday.
19th August 2015
County have signed Brentford midfield player Josh Laurent on
loan. The 20-year-old signed an initial 28-day loan today and will be with
County until 16 September. He made his professional debut in the Capital One Cup
defeat to Oxford United. He joined Brentford from Queens Park Rangers in January
and signed until the summer of 2016. He made 12 appearances for The Bees in the
U21 Professional Development League last term, scoring four goals, and made 16
appearances for Conference National side Braintree Town last season.
11th August 2015
Newport County's Supporters Trust has taken interim control of
the club in a further step towards being owned by the fans. Main shareholder,
Les Scadding has backed the move in which the club's board has stood down. Tony
Pring is interim chairman, succeeding Howard Greenhaf, with Jason Turner named
as chief executive of the League Two club. Fellow trust board members Jon
Bowkett, Gavin Foxall and Shaun Johnson have joined Pring on the interim board.
Turner was appointed general manager during the off-season.
5th August 2015
County have signed teenage Wolves defender Aaron Hayden on a youth loan. Hayden, who came through the ranks at Chelsea, has agreed a 28-day move to the Sky Bet League Two club. The 18-year-old will go straight into the County squad for their opening game of the season at Cambridge on Saturday, subject to international clearance. Hayden left Chelsea aged 15 to join Wolves as a scholar and he was recently offered a professional contract and made captain of the Under-21 team at Molineux. He has also represented England at youth level in Victory Shield games against Northern Ireland back in 2011.
24th July 2015
More than 500 County attend the Newport Riverfront as Supporters
Direct representatives James Mathie and Nick Igoe explained the process behind a
Supporters Trust takeover. Trust representatives Lisa Savage, Phil Sergeant, Jon
Bowkett and Shaun Johnson also answered fans' questions as the process of County
becoming fan run and owned club was underlined.
Supporters Trust representative Shaun Johnson also outlined plans for the board composition, which would see five elected board members working alongside general manager Jason Turner.
They would all be the lead executives for various sub-categories, including compliance, commercial/finance, community, fundraising and fan engagement.
In the short-term, Trust member Johnson explained that the key messages to take home from the meeting were that in order to take over the club, the Trust must: Know the extent of debt and liabilities; Raise enough money to have ample capital and pay off debts; And abide by the governance principles.
21st July 2015
Ownership of Newport County AFC is set to
transfer to a supporters trust following the recent decision by owner Les
Scadding to retire. Les has now agreed to hand over his shareholding in the club
to the trust, having stepped down from his role as chairman in June 2015. The
trust is working towards taking over day-to-day control of the club, subject to
approval from the Football League.
The club has said that the current board would "cooperate fully and assist the trust during this period of transition" prior to stepping down.
In a statement on behalf of the board, director and acting chairman Howard Greenhaf said: "Following several weeks of negotiations with Les Scadding, the supporters trust has agreed to take over the running of the football club, giving the fans a fantastic opportunity to take the club forward to the next level.
"Les has retired as chairman and has been looking to secure outside investment to continue the success the club has achieved over recent years.
"Unfortunately without this investment we were forced to set a reduced playing budget for the coming season.
"To enable the club to raise these funds the current board will work alongside the trust during this period of transition, before stepping down. Newport County will then become owned entirely by the fans/supporters."
13th July 2015
County manager Terry Butcher has made his latest signing, with striker Scott Boden joining from Halifax Town. The 25-year-old, who began his career at his hometown club Sheffield United as a trainee, said it was an easy decision to hook up with the League Two Exiles, even if it had taken a while to resolve
3rd July 2015
County boss Terry Butcher has appointed Russell Osman as his assistant. Former Bristol City and Cardiff City manager Osman, 56, most recently worked at Ipswich Town’s academy, but left as their under-18 coach in August 2013. Osman played alongside Butcher in the Ipswich defence when they won the 1981 UEFA Cup final against AZ Alkmaar. County have also appointed Steve Marsella as chief scout and goalkeeping coach. Marsella worked with Butcher at Brentford, Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Hibernian. He joins from National League club Grimsby Town.
26th June 2015
Grant Kalahar has been appointed as County’s new academy manager. Kalahar will join County from Cardiff & Vale College where he is currently academy director. He has also worked in the academies at Cardiff City, Swansea City and was involved with the Newport County academy between 2008 and 2012.
25th June 2015
County manager Terry Butcher has captured Zaire-born winger Medy Elito from Dutch second tier side VVV Venlo. The 25-year-old was born in Kinshasa and has previously played for Colchester United and Dagenham & Redbridge. "I think the fans will be very excited when they see Medy play," said Butcher. le
County have also announced that they are to
sign up two of Yeovil Town's first teamers from last season. They have confirmed
that Nathan Ralph and Seth Nana Twumasi - who also played in the same team at
Peterborough United, will be moving to Rodney Parade as free agents, following
their release by the Glovers at the end of last season.
"I’m very pleased to add another two players to the squad. Nathan and Seth know each other well and they are versatile. They can play in different areas and that is important in the squad we’re trying to build. Throughout the season we will get injuries and suspensions and we need players who can step into different roles and be comfortab
24th June 2015
County have signed a new right back Danny Holmes who has opted to part company with hometown club Tranmere. The 26-year-old right-back turned down a new deal with Rovers, now a Conference National League club, after experiencing back to back relegations at Prenton Park over the past two seasons.
County manager Terry Butcher said: "Danny
has agreed to sign, subject to a medical, and that solves a good problem area
for us. He's got good experience and he's a good age and as soon as he found out
we were interested he was desperate to sign for us."
18th June 2015
County will step up the search for new
investment after EuroMillions winner Les Scadding stepped down from the board
and relinquished his position as Chairmen. County Director Howard Greenhaf
admits the club are in still in progress talking with parties to invest in the
League Two club.
Greenhaf said County would have to find other methods of plugging financial shortfalls, insisting County fans had no reason to fear for the future.
“We had great support from Les, and had an increased budget because of him. “It’s obviously a blow to lose that, but we’ve just got to cut our cloth accordingly.
“We would hope to have a slush fund (to cover any shortfalls), or we would go to the bank. “There will be clubs in League Two with bigger budgets than us, but there will be clubs with smaller budgets.
9th June 2015
County have signed wide-man Alex Rodman after the winger declined to exercise his option of a further year at Gateshead. Rodman becomes new County boss Terry Butcher’s fourth signing of the summer after the arrivals of Lenell John-Lewis from Grimsby Town, and Rhys Taylor and Scott Barrow from Macclesfield. Rodman started his career with midlands giants Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers, before playing at senior level with Tamworth, Aldershot, Grimsby Town and York City. The 28-year-old made 40 appearances for Gateshead last term, netting 10 times in the process. The Sutton Coldfield born wide-man almost signed for the Exiles four years ago when he was at Tamworth, whilst Dean Holdsworth was still at the helm. However, Holdsworth departed before a deal was struck, and instead Rodman signed for Holdsworth’s new club Aldershot.
29th May 2015
County have snapped up three players from the
Vanarama Conference. Goalkeeper Rhys Taylor and defender Scott Barrow joined
from Macclesfield Town, both of Welsh origins. Taylor, who was a key man for the
Silkmen last season, played a huge part in the run to the edge of the play-offs.
Barrow who joined in the summer of 2014 quickly established himself as the first
choice left-back at the club and his performances saw him named the Vanarama
Conference player of the month for November. Striker Lenell John-Lewis, 26,
joins County from Grimsby Town on a two-year deal. John-Lewis scored 18 goals
for Grimsby in 48 appearances in 2014/15, including the Mariners' goal in their
Conference play-off final defeat against Bristol Rovers at Wembley.