The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE PLAY-OFF FINAL -


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.

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