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Season Preview: Newport County

28 July 2019

We continue our 2019/20 season preview by featuring last year's beaten play-off finalists, Newport County

Nickname : The Exiles

Stadium : Rodney Parade

Capacity : 7,850

Round Trip From The Moss Rose : 315.6 miles

Last Season : 7th

It was to be a largely positive season for the Welshmen last term, with a lucrative FA Cup run preceding an inspired run of form in the league which propelled them into the final play-off place.

Michael Flynn's side were desperately unlucky not to finish the last campaign with promotion glory - after the were cruelly denied by Tranmere Rovers in the play-off final.

The Exiles will be looking to take that defiant mood into the new season and they will undoubtedly be an incredibly hard side to beat this time round.


The Gaffer - Michael Flynn

Michael has been in charge of Newport County since May 2017, having moved back to South Wales in a player-coach capacity the previous January.

After being handed the job on a caretaker basis in March 2017, Flynn managed to steer Newport clear of relegation by losing just four of their remaining twelve league fixtures; with a final day victory over Notts County confirming the Exiles' EFL status.

Flynn managed to take this inspired form into the 2017/18 campaign and it ultimately proved to be a much more profitable one, as Newport claimed an eleventh place finish.

Alongside this, the Exiles also enjoyed a memorable FA Cup campaign that season - knocking out Leeds United, before being agonisingly close to overcoming Tottenham Hotspur at Rodney Parade.

A late Harry Kane equaliser saw the tie return to Wembley and although Newport ultimately lost the replay, coming so close to humbling a Premier League giant just a season after almost being relegated goes to show the impact Flynn had in such a short time.

Having started his playing career at Newport, Flynn moved to Welsh outfit Barry Town in 2000, before returning to the English game courtesy of a transfer to Wigan Athletic two years later.

From here, Michael saw himself loaned out to Blackpool, before returning to Wigan for the first half of the 2004/05 campaign.

In January 2005 Flynn was on the move once again, this time to Gillingham where he would spend two and a half years before moving back to Blackpool - this time on a permanent basis.

Spells at Huddersfield, Darlington and Bradford followed, before Flynn made his return to Rodney Parade in the summer of 2012.

He would leave the Exiles in July 2015 for a stint at Welsh outfit Undy Athletic, before making his final move back to Newport in January 2017.

Since claiming the Manager's job on a full-time basis in May 2017, Flynn has averaged a solid 1.45 points per game - which is made all the more impressive when considering the position of the club upon his arrival.


Transfer Dealings.

Out - Andrew Crofts, Tyler Forbes, Will Randall, David Pipe (retired), Dan Butler, Joe Day

In - Kyle Hawkins, Tom King, Daniel Leadbitter, Corey Whitely, Ryan Haynes, George Nurse, Tristan Abrahams


Our Last Meeting.

We last met The Exiles on a blisteringly hot Easter Monday fixture, where both sides had to contend with scorching temperatures as well as each other.

As such, it was understandable that the match did not elicit too many clear cut chances and ended with both side's defences still in tact.

It left Macc two points above the relegation zone and proved to be another crucial point in our ultimate survival.


Our Next Meetings.

Home - Tuesday 17th September

Away - Tuesday 28th January


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