Newport County A.F.C.
Newport County Association Football Club is a professional association football club based in the city of Newport, South Wales. The team play in League Two, the tier of the English football league system. Most recently reformed in 1989, the club is a continuation of the Newport County club which was founded in 1912 and was a member of the Football Leagues new Third Division in 1920. Newport County were Welsh Cup winners in 1980 and subsequently reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup Winners Cup in 1981, the club was relegated from the Football League in 1988 and went out of business in February 1989. The club reformed shortly afterwards and entered the English football league system at a lower level. In 2013 the club won back to the Football League for the first time since 1988. Newport County, originally nicknamed The Ironsides due to Newport being home to Lysaghts Orb Works steel works, the official name of the club was The Newport & Monmouth County Association Football Club, although the shorter Newport County was soon adopted. The club were reformed in 1919 and were first elected to the Football League in 1920 and they were not re-elected after the 1930–31 season but rejoined for 1932–33. After almost 20 years in the Third Division South, the club clinched promotion to the Second Division as champions in 1939 under manager Billy McCandless. Hopes were high that the side could prosper in the Second Division. Newport County managed a 1–1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur and a 3–1 win over Southampton, the War League operated for the remainder of the 1939–40 season and County finished 10th in the South-West Division. After the war, the reformed and competed in the temporary Football League South for the 1945–46 season. Newcastle player Len Shackleton remarked they were lucky to get nil, despite victories over Coventry City, Sheffield Wednesday and Fulham, the club needed four wins out of the last four games to have any hope of safety. Despite a revenge victory over Newcastle United, defeats to Birmingham City, Luton Town, County finished bottom of the Second Division and were relegated. Newport reached the round of the 1948–49 FA Cup under manager Tom Bromilow. They only narrowly lost the game 3–2 away to Portsmouth, the eventual FA Cup semi-finalists, after 11 further seasons in the Third Division South, the club narrowly avoided another effective relegation with the creation of the Fourth Division for the 1958–59 season. The bottom 12 teams from the Third Division North and South were placed in the new division, County avoided this fate by a mere four points. However, in 1962, with seven wins all season
Somerton Park was a football, greyhound and speedway stadium in Newport, South Wales. In April 1912 Newport County had been accepted to play in the Southern League for the 1912–13 season, shortly afterwards, the site for the ground was obtained by the Clubs chairman Bert Moss. On 17 November 1932, the first greyhound meeting took place at the stadium, the stadium was nearly sold for housing in June 1919, but it was bought and transferred to a committee of employees from the John Lysaghts steel works. It remained the home of Newport County through many reformations until the club went bankrupt on 27 February 1989, County were members of the Football Conference that season but their bankruptcy saw them expelled from that league for being unable to fulfill their fixtures. The club was reformed within four months and began the 1989–90 season as a Hellenic League side. By 1993 Somerton Park had finally been redeveloped as a housing estate, the stadiums record attendance was 24,268 for a Football League Third Division South match between County and arch-rivals Cardiff City on 16 October 1937. The stadium was home to the Newport Wasps speedway team between 1964 and 1977, attracting some the biggest names in the sport, the tight track meant that turf had to be brought on to make the corner flag area for football matches and removed once the match had finished. Rodney Parade Lliswerry Newport County A. F. C Lovells Athletic F. C
The Welsh Cup is a knock-out football competition contested annually by teams in the Welsh football league system. The Football Association of Wales is the body of this competition. The winning team qualifies to play in the following seasons UEFA Europa League, until 1995, Welsh clubs playing in the Welsh or English leagues were invited to play in the Welsh Cup. On occasion some English clubs, mostly those from border areas such as Shrewsbury, Hereford, however, in the event of an English club winning the Welsh Cup, they were not allowed to progress to the European Cup Winners Cup. Instead, the best placed Welsh club in the Welsh Cup competition would take the European place, from 1996 to 2011, only clubs playing in the Welsh football league system were allowed to enter the Welsh Cup. This rule excluded the six Welsh clubs who played in the English football league system, Cardiff City, Colwyn Bay, Merthyr Tydfil Town, Newport County, Swansea City and Wrexham. On 20 April 2011, the Football Association of Wales invited these six clubs to rejoin the Welsh Cup for the 2011–12 season, between the 1961–62 and 1984–85 seasons, the final was played as a two-leg match, originally on a points basis rather than aggregate score. In the 1985–86 season, it reverted to a game, to be decided by extra time. The last English winner of the Welsh Cup was Hereford United in 1990, for a list of Welsh Cup finals including venue and attendance information see List of Welsh Cup finals
Gordon Staniforth is an English football coach and former player. He played in the Football League for Hull City, York City, Carlisle United, Plymouth Argyle and he also played for England at schoolboy international level. From November 2013 to October 2014 Staniforth was head coach of FA WSL2 club Doncaster Rovers Belles, born in Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, Staniforth attended Greatfield High School. He began his career as an apprentice with Hull City and he signed a contract with the club in April 1974. He made his first team debut in a 1–0 defeat to Swindon Town on 15 April and he joined York City on a one-month loan in December 1976, making his debut in a 3–2 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday on 27 December. He signed for York permanently in January 1977 for a fee of £7,500 and he scored 33 times in 128 league games, also becoming Clubman of the Year in consecutive seasons, the first player to ever do so. He moved to Carlisle United in October 1979 for a fee of £120,000 and he joined Plymouth Argyle in March 1983 in a player exchange with Mike McCartney plus £5,000 and was part of the side that reached an FA Cup semi-final. In August 1985 he moved to Newport County in an exchange with Steve Cooper plus £15,000. He returned to York in October 1987 on non-contract terms to end his professional career and he finished his career in non-League football with North Ferriby United, whom he signed for in July 1988 and departed in September 1989. After retiring he worked as Community Officer at York from 1989 to December 1996 and he was appointed youth coach at Leeds United in October 1997 before being sacked in May 1998 after just seven months of a three-year contract. He then worked as co-ordinator of York Colleges Football Development Centre, the centre was awarded FA Charter status in 2005. On 6 November 2013 Staniforth was announced as FA WSL club Doncaster Rovers Belless new head coach and he would work under director of football Julie Chipchase, who said the appointment was made only after a rigorous interview and practical coaching assignment. Staniforth led the team to five wins in his first five league games in charge. On 30 October 2014, he resigned as Head Coach at the club, staniforths son Tom was also a footballer. He was a professional with Sheffield Wednesday, but never played a competitive first team game and he was however a first team substitute on six occasions, including games against Manchester United and Arsenal. He died in York on the night of 20 August 2001, aged 20, on 31 January 2002, a local man—and former York City youth team goalkeeper—was charged with supplying ecstasy to Tom Staniforth. The man was acquitted on this charge after the prosecution failed to offer any evidence against him. Since his sons death, Staniforth has been involved in anti-drug campaigning and his daughter, Lucy Staniforth, plays in the FA WSL for Liverpool and has also represented England at under-17, under-19 and Under–23 level