The Fall And Rise Of Newport County AFC


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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12 Responses

  1. Bernard says:

    Another excellent article – but being the pedant that I am,

    “Which senior Englsh football team is the furthest clear at the top of its division at the moment?”

    I think you mean Newport, Gwent, Wales.

    not Newport, Isle of Wight.

  2. admin says:

    Heh. This is what happens when I have a beer when I get in from work! Thanks for pointing that out, Bernard – I have amended it accordingly.

  3. Martin says:

    Well done Newport this season. They will be a most welcome addition to the Conference National.

    I’m still not convinced by Dean Holdsworth though. Newport were the worst side we played last season (we thrashed them 4-1 and 3-0) and were far from having the smallest budget.

  4. Wibbly Wobble says:

    Martin – that myth about their budget last year is just that; a myth. Dean Holdsworth didn’t really even have a proper budget last year, as the way the club was being run meant it changed all the time. Chris Blight, former Chairman, kept talking it up but the figures he was implying they had didn’t stack up in reality, believe me. The reality was that it was many thousands lower than the previous season under their former manager. Even now it’s not spectacular, he just knows what it is and clearly spends it wisely.

    And the reason for this? The Supporters’ Trust, who are part owners, took a grip of affairs and started budgeting properly, and ensured that DH knew what he had to spend without constantly changing it. That was why from when they become integral to the Club towards the end of last season the Club’s form under DH was amongst the best in the league, and he’d say that publicly. Read this from the South Wales Argus from Xmas 2009:

    From the evidence,

  5. Dominic says:

    Another excellent article, thanks for posting.

    I remember a trip to Somerton Park back during the 1983 season when they were going for promotion (they beat Reading 1-0 on the day) and despite it being a bit run down, I liked the place, with the railway lines in the background, the flat terracing behind the goals and the small stands down the sides. Anyway, times moves on, and I am pleased to see them doing well now.

  6. Paul says:

    I remember watching Newport County getting beaten 4-0 by Spurs back in January 1960.

  7. Paul says:

    Correction to the previous post, it was 4-1 in January 1959 in the FA Cup Third Round at the White Hart Lane! Spurs were drawn against Newport County in the Third Round the following year. The match, this time was in Newport, which Spurs duly won 4-0.

  8. Jim says:

    Tynan and Aldridge! Tynan and Aldridge! (holds head in hands).

    Argyle were offered them BOTH in 1983 and BOTH were keen to sign. The Argyle Board, clods that they were, decided we could only afford one – and so we plumped for TT who, although rightly a club legend, never reached the heights that Aldo did. If we’d had him partnering Tynan the following year, not only would we have beaten Watford in the semi-final, but done for Everton at Wembley as well…..

  9. simon says:

    I remember watching Newport AFC in their first season, playing their home games at Moreton Town. Good side, lovely people. Good luck to them. If only Moreton Town were still in buisiness. I actually played at Somerton Park for Moreton Town in a pre season freindly the first season back home,

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