Newport County: Everything you need to know about Man City’s FA Cup opponents
- Founded 1912, reformed 1989 (renamed in 1999)
- Ground: Rodney Parade
- Manager: Michael Flynn
- League 2 position: 15th
- Clubs beaten on cup run: Met Police, Wrexham, Leicester and Middlesbrough
Founded in 1912 as Newport County, have had a chequered history. The club often experienced financial problems and flirted with relegation.
The South Wales outfit were originally nicknamed “The Ironsides” a reference to the areas steel-making tradition, also adopting “The County” and “The Port”. Despite the best efforts and after years of struggle the club went out of business in February 1989 after failing to fulfill their fixtures with debts of £330,000.
A few months later, after the clubs sad demise, in the summer of 1989 the club was reformed as Newport AFC by 400 ‘Neportonians’ (their name changed again to Newport County AFC in 1999 after a fan poll).
Denied use of Somerton Park by Newport Council in 1989, Newport were forced to move south to play in Gloucestershire for their debut season, earning them the nickname “The Exiles”.
Newport had three High Court visits over the next 25 years, fighting to return to south Wales, where they now reside.
In May 2013, 25 years since they last appeared in the league, Newport beat their rivals Wrexham at Wembley to secure promotion to the Football League via the Conference play-offs. It was the first ever Wembley final between two Welsh teams with Justin Edinburgh’s side winning 2-0.
Newport currently sit 15th in League 2 on 43 points, eight points off a play-off place.
Michael Flynn, born and bred in Newport, took charge of County in January 2017 in a caretaker role after Graham Westley’s departure. The club were on the brink of relegation, 11 points adrift with 12 games left.
The rookie boss achieved the impossible and fought out of the relegation zone, retaining league status. Flynn is a former Newport fan favourite, starting and ending his career in his home town, coming through club ranks to become their permanent boss.
The 38-year-old has led County on another great run in the cup seeing off Championship and Premier League opposition.
Joe Day : The Newport shot-stopper kept a clean sheet in the fourth round replay against Middlesbrough and limited Leicester to a single goal in the third round.
Padraig Amond : The 30-year-old Irishman has four goals in his six FA Cup appearances, including goals against Leicester and Middlesbrough.
Matt Dolan : Newport’s midfield maestro has impressed in FA Cup this season, the 26-year-olds strike earned Newport their replay against Middlesbrough.
Newport, like most clubs, have moved on from their first home.
Newport originally played the games at Somerton Park from 1912-1989.
After their reform ‘The Exiles’ then moved 85 miles away to Gloucestershire to ground share with Moreton Town, after the were denied use of Somerton Park.
In 1994, after permission from the FAW (Wales FA), they returned to South Wales to they returned to an unused Somerton Park briefly for two seasons in 1990-92.
After declining entry into the League of Wales two years later the club once again was denied permission to play in Wales. Returning to Gloucester, this time 50 miles away to Meadow Park while fighting to move back to Wales.
Two years later Newport returned to South Wales, this time to Spytty Park, staying there until their promotion in 2012/13, as Spytty Park was not up to League standards.
They now reside at Rodney Parade, sharing the ground with Newport Rugby Club and Pro12 rugby union side the Dragons.
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