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As with every football club currently playing professional football in England’s top four divisions, Newport County odds have become more popular in betting circles over recent years. Currently playing in League Two, Newport County betting odds can be difficult to judge and win from because of the division’s well deserved reputation for being an unpredictable league. Teams challenging to get promoted one season can be struggling against relegation the next and as such Newport County relegation odds can be just as commonly bet on as odds on Newport County to get promoted.

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There are a huge range of odds available on the possible events during the matches Newport County play, but many bookmakers also offer odds on what happens behind the scenes. Newport County manager odds or Newport County transfer odds for example are particularly popular, increasing the opportunities to make profits when betting on football.

History

Newport County are a professional football club located in the city of Newport in South Wales. The club had played in all but the top division of English football before the club disbanded and reformed in 1989. Newport County are currently members of England’s fourth tier, League Two.

The history of Newport County begins in 1912. The club were first known as The Newport & Monmouth County Association Football Club, though the club soon adopted the shorter name of Newport County. Newport County joined the Southern League in 1912.

After playing in the Southern League First Division and Second Division, Newport County joined the Football League system in 1920. Founder members of the Third Division South, the club were relegated in the 1922/1923 season but their application to be re-elected to the Football League was successful. Newport County slowly began to improve in their league standings, but as the 1930’s approached, the club began to struggle once more.

The 1930/1931 season saw the club relegated once again, but this time the club’s application to be re-elected was refused. Newport County joined the Southern League Western Division for the 1931/1932 season, before returning to the Football League a year later.

The club finished in the relegation places in three of the next four seasons, but each time Newport County were re-elected to the Football League. Following two more lower league finishes, the club dramatically improved in the 1938/1939 campaign and won the Third Division South title.

The club had to wait for their first season in the Second Division due to the outbreak of the Second World War. When the Football League schedule resumed in 1946, Newport County finished bottom of the Second Division table, and returned to the Third Division South.

The club had to be saved from losing their Football League status once again when they were re-elected to the league after finishing in a relegation spot in the 1949/1950 campaign. Newport County became a rather inconsistent side, earning finishes as high as six combined with finishes as low as 19th before the Football League Third Division was reorganised.

In time for the 1958/1959 season, the Third Division North and the Third Division South became a Third and Fourth Division. Newport County were given a place in the Third Division, but after finishing bottom of the table in the 1961/1962 campaign the club were demoted to the Fourth Division.

The club had to apply for re-election in three successive season. Between 1969 and 1971, Newport County finished in the relegation zone each year. The 1970/1971 season was a particularly bad time for the club, with Newport County earning an unwanted record in the Football League by failing to win any of the first 25 games, 21 of which the club lost.

The 1972/1973 season was a rare bright time for Newport County as they finished in fifth place, but the club just missed out on promotion by the narrowest of margins - goal average. 

Following this near miss, Newport County began to struggle once more, and once again had to be saved from losing their Fourth Division spot by being awarded re-election in the 1975/1976 campaign.

The start of the 1980’s provided some success for Newport County. The club finished third in the Fourth Division table, earning promotion to the third tier in the process. Newport County also won the Welsh Cup, earning them qualification to the European Cup Winners’ Cup, the first time the club had appeared in a European competition in Newport County history.

Their European Cup Winners’ Cup adventure was a rather successful time, with the club reaching the quarter finals of the competition. However, despite an excellent performance, the club were beaten by the East German side Carl Zeiss Jena FC.

Newport County remained a Third Division side for the next six seasons before disaster struck the club. Two successive relegations in 1988 and 1989 saw the club demoted to the Football Conference, losing their Football League status for the first time since 1932. 

During the 1989/1990 season, the club went bankrupt. This led to the disbandment of Newport County and they were expelled from the Football Conference.

Later that year, a number of Newport County supporters helped in reforming the club. Newport County joined the Hellenic League, winning the title in its first season. Winning promotion to the Southern League Midland Division, Newport County soon won that division’s title too, and the club were given a spot in the Southern League Premier Division.

However, two seasons later the club suffered relegation. Newport County were soon back in the Southern League Premier Division though, winning promotion in the 1998/1999 campaign.

The club continued in the Southern League Premier Division until 2004. A reorganisation of the non-league system saw the club placed in the Conference South division for the 2004/2005 campaign.

Five years later, Newport County won the Conference South title. In the 2012/2013 season, the club reached the Conference Premier playoff final. Up against Wrexham, the first final held at Wembley to feature two Welsh clubs, Newport County won 2-0 and with it a return to the Football League for the first time in a quarter of a century.

In 2015, the Newport County Supporters’ Trust became owners of the football club. Since the 2013/2014 season, Newport County have remained a League Two side.

Crest

The first Newport County crest was based on the city of Newport coat of arms. This Newport County football crest featured a chevron and a cherub with a shield shape surrounded on either side by an image of a mythical dragon. Underneath this image was a banner featuring the motto Terra Marique, which translates as By Land and Sea.

When the club reformed in 1989, a new Newport County football crest was created. This badge featured an image of the Newport Transporter Bridge, inside an amber circle shape with the club named featured around the outside.

In 2007, a new Newport County badge was designed. This featured a football containing an amber shield with a ‘backwards chevron’, with the club name and dates of formation and reformation printed around the inside of the circle, which also featured the club nickname, Exiles.

Colours

Since the club were reformed in 1989, the Newport County colours have been amber and black. Amber has been used occasionally since then, but in recent years the club have adopted a Newport County kit colour of yellow.

When the club reformed, the Newport County players wore an amber shirt, with black shorts and black socks. This kit remained until 1993, when the club kit featured an amber and yellow kit. Plain amber returned for the following season, before yellow was introduced as a primary Newport County kit colour in 1995.

Between 1995 and 1997, the Newport County kit was yellow shirts, with yellow shorts and socks. Black was introduced to the kits in 1997, prevalent on the Newport County shirts as well as featuring as the shorts colour.

Aside from a spell between 2007 and 2011, the Newport County players have worn yellow and black strips.

The 2018/2019 Newport County kit consists of yellow shirts with a black trim, black shorts and black socks.

Newport County Stadium

The Newport County stadium is Rodney Parade. As well as Newport County matches, this stadium also host the home games for Newport RFC and Newport Gwent Dragons.

The Newport County stadium capacity currently stands at 8,500, though for football matches this is reduced to 7,850.

The Newport County stadium layout features four main stands - the Hazell Stand, or the West Stand; the Bisley Stand, known as the East Stand, the North Terrace and the Sytner Stand.

Supporters

The majority of Newport County supporters hail from the city of Newport and other parts of Monmouthshire and South Wales. There are a number of Newport County supporters clubs up and down the country, including the Newport County AFC Supporters Trust.

Newport County supporters enjoy a rivalry with fellow Welsh side Cardiff City. Other rivals include Swansea City, Bristol Rovers and Bristol City.

The most famous Newport County supporters song is Come on the County. Another favourite is A Hundred Years Of Football, written for the FA Trophy Final.

Ownership

The Newport County ownership belongs to the Newport County AFC Supporters’ Trust. The NCAFC Trust took control of the club in 2015, following on from previous owner and chairman Les Scadding.

Scadding had become owner of Newport County in 2012. Les Scadding rose to fame after winning a huge sum of money on the EuroMillions Lottery, and invested a huge amount of money into the club. Scadding replaced Chris Blight, but resigned from both his roles as chairman and director in 2015.

Stats

The list of Newport County stats begins with the club’s all time leading league appearance maker. This record belongs to Len Weare. Weare made 526 appearances for the club between 1955 and 1970. 

No other Newport County players has played in over 500 matches for the club, but two have made over 400 league appearances. These are Ray Wilcox, who played in 489 matches for Newport County and John Rowland, who made 463 appearances between 1958 and 1969.

The club’s all time leading league goalscorer is Reg Parker. Parker netted 99  league goals for the club in 201 appearances between 1948 and 1954.

Newport County’s record victory is 10-0. This scoreline was achieved in 1930, when the club beat Merthyr Town in the Third Division South.

The club’s all time record defeat is 13-0. Newcastle United inflicted this defeat on the club in the Football League Second Division in 1946.

Newport County’s record attendance at Rodney Parade is 6,615. This crowd figure was achieved in 2013, when Newport County played Grimsby Town in the Conference National playoff semi final.

Newport County Players

The current Newport County players list consists of 27 members of the first team squad, supported by the Newport County Youth Academy.

Notable ex Newport County players include those who have been awarded a place in the PFA Team of the Year. These are Brian Godfrey in 1974, Keith Oakes in 1980 and Terry Boyle in 1986.

Other notable ex Newport County players include those who have earned international caps for Wales whilst playing their club football with Newport County. These are Nigel Vaughan, Jack Nicholls, Fred Cook, Steve Lowndes, Harold Williams, Alf Sherwood, Ron Hugh and Tudor Martin.

A total of 23 players have been inducted into the Newport County Hall of Fame. This list includes Tommy Tynan, Roddy Jones, Gary Plumley and Nathan Davies.

Newport County Manager

The current Newport County manager is Mike Flynn. Flynn took over from Graham Westley, who took on the Newport County manager job in 2016, replacing the caretaker duo of Sean McCarthy and James Bittner.

Honours

The Newport County honours list consists of one Third Division South title (1939); one Conference National playoff win (2013); one Conference South title (2010); one Southern League Midland Division title (1995); one Hellenic League title (1990); one Welsh Cup win (1980); one FAW Premier Cup win 2008) and one Hellenic League Cup win (1990).

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