THE FALL AND RISE OF NEWPORT COUNTY...
THE Newport & Monmouth County Association Football Club are formed to play in the Souther n League at Somerton Park, but the shorter name of Newport County is soon adopted.
THE Ironsides, as they are known due to Newport being home to Lysaght’s Orb Works steel works, are elected to the Football League.
MANAGED by Len Ashurst, County win promotion from the Fourth Division and the Welsh Cup, with John Aldridge and Tommy Tynan in the team, before going on to reach the quarter-finals of the European Cup Winners’ Cup.
COLIN ADDISON steers the club to their highest-ever League position, fourth in the Third Division.
A YEAR after being relegated back to the basement division, Newport finish 92nd and drop out of the Football League.
NEWPORT fail to finish the 1988-89 Conference season and go out of business in the February with debts of over £300,000. Fans reform the club, but, unable to play in Wales due to a dispute with the FAW over their desire to stay in the English Pyramid, Newport AFC become known as the Exiles, playing their home games in the north Gloucestershire town of Moreton-in-Marsh. They win the Hellenic League at the first attempt to return to the Southern League.
A HIGH Court ruling sees the Exiles return to Newport at the newly-built Newport Stadium, also known as Spytty Park. They mark their first season back home by winning the 199495 Southern League Midland Division title.
THE club reverts to the name Newport County AFC, and two years later – under current director of football Tim Harris – they reach the FA Cup first round for the first time since r eformation.
HAVING been placed in the newlyformed Conference South during FA restructuring six years earlier, County win the title under Dean Holdsworth to return to the top-flight of NonLeague – the level at which the old club died.
STARING relegation in the face in October, County appoint exTottenham defender Justin Edinburgh as manager. He leads them to safety and their first-ever trip to Wembley for the 2012 FA Trophy final, losing to York City, in the centenary year for football in Newport.
A QUARTER of a century after losing their League staus, Newport County are back among the top 92 clubs after beating Welsh rivals Wrexham in the Conference play-off final.