2017–18 Newport County A.F.C. season

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Newport County
2017–18 season
Owner Newport County AFC Supporters Trust
Chairman Malcolm Temple (until 30 September 2017) & Gavin Foxall
Manager Mike Flynn
Stadium Rodney Parade
League Two 11th
FA Cup 4th Round
EFL Cup 2nd Round
EFL Trophy Southern Group E
Top goalscorer League: Pádraig Amond (13)
All: Pádraig Amond (14)
Highest home attendance 9,836 v Tottenham Hotspur (27 January 2018) FA Cup round 4
Lowest home attendance 540 v Cheltenham Town (7 November 2017) EFL Trophy Southern Group E
Average home league attendance 3,489
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 2017–18 season was Newport County's fifth consecutive season in Football League Two, 65th season in the Football League and 97th season of league football overall. They finished the season in 11th position in the league, and reached the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Season Review[edit]

League[edit]

The season began with three away matches in succession, as the Rodney Parade pitch was being relaid. Following two draws with Stevenage and Crewe Alexandra County found themselves in 16th place in the embryonic league table, the lowest they would ever be. The first visit to Coventry City since August 1961 resulted in a 1–0 win. In the homecoming game against Chesterfield Newport won 4–1 thanks to a 13-minute Frank Nouble hat-trick and County were now in 2nd place. Over the next 11 games, Newport remained in and around the play-off positions, recording five wins and two draws. However, County failed to record a win in the next four games, falling out of the play-off zone and extending the run to six games without a win in total. After this slump, form improved following the away win at Swindon Town, with only one loss in the next nine games. This included a run of three consecutive wins in January, culminating with a 2–1 win over Crawley Town that put County back in the play-offs in 5th place. This was not to last, as Newport then went winless for the next seven league games before recording their second 2–0 win of the season over Yeovil Town. The last ten games of the season saw only three more County victories, resulting in an 11th-place finish, with doubles over Cambridge United and Swindon Town, and victory over promoted Accrington Stanley along the way. During the season Newport managed the double against Grimsby Town, Crawley Town, Yeovil Town, Swindon Town and Cambridge United.

Cup[edit]

In the EFL Cup, County were drawn at home to League One Southend United in the first round. However, the fixture was switched to Roots Hall as the Rodney Parade pitch was still being relaid. County came away with a 2–0 victory as a result of a second-half brace from Shawn McCoulsky and were rewarded with a home draw against Championship side Leeds United. This too had to be switched to the away ground as Rodney Parade was still not ready. Despite taking the lead at Elland Road, County eventually lost 5–1 and were eliminated.

Newport were placed in Southern Group E for the EFL Trophy, alongside Forest Green Rovers, Swansea City U21s and Cheltenham Town. Losing 2–0, 2–1 and 2–1 respectively, County finished bottom of the group and failed to qualify for the knockout stage.

In the FA Cup, County were drawn at home to League One Walsall in the first round. Despite a late Walsall goal, goals from Frank Nouble and Shawn McCoulsky were enough to see Newport into the hat for the second round. County were again drawn at home, this time to fellow League Two side Cambridge United. Goals from captain Joss Labadie in the 2nd and 82nd minute gave Newport a 2–0 victory and passage to the third round. County were drawn at home to Leeds United for the second time this season, and this time the game was played at Rodney Parade. Gaetano Berardi scored in the 9th minute for Leeds, but in the 76th minute, Conor Shaughnessy put the ball into his own net to level the scores. With the clock ticking down to one minute remaining, Shawn McCoulsky leapt highest from a corner to head the winner, putting County into the fourth round for the first time since the 1978–79 season. In the fourth round, County were again drawn at home, this time to Premier League Tottenham Hotspur. In front of a Rodney Parade record crowd, Newport took the lead in the 38th minute courtesy of a Padraig Amond goal. Into the last 10 minutes, County were looking like recording a famous victory, only for Harry Kane to poke home an equaliser from a 82nd-minute corner. In the resulting replay at Wembley, Dan Butler concded an own goal in the 26th minute, with Spurs' Erik Lamela adding a second on 34 minutes. That was the final score, with the 7,200 County fans in the crowd of 38,947 left to applaud the County players back to the dressing room.[1]

Transfers[edit]

Transfers in[edit]

Date from Position Nationality Name From Fee Ref.
1 July 2017 AM England Matt Dolan Yeovil Town Free [2]
1 July 2017 CF England Frank Nouble Southend United Free [3]
1 July 2017 RB Wales David Pipe Eastleigh Free [4]
1 July 2017 CF England Lamar Reynolds Brentwood Town Free [5]
1 July 2017 AM England Robbie Willmott Chelmsford City Free [4]
23 August 2017 CF Republic of Ireland Pádraig Amond Hartlepool United Undisclosed [6]
17 October 2017 CF England Paul Hayes Hemel Hempstead Town Free [7]
5 January 2018 AM Wales Josh Sheehan Swansea City Free [8]
16 April 2018 CB Wales Jay Foulston Youth system N/A [9]
16 April 2018 CF Wales Momodou Touray Youth system N/A [9]

Transfers out[edit]

Date from Position Nationality Name To Fee Ref.
24 August 2017 FW Wales Rhys Kavanagh Bristol Rovers Compensation [10]
4 September 2017 GK Wales Rhys Davies Leicester City Undisclosed [11]
12 January 2018 CF England Aaron Williams Free agent Released [12]
5 February 2018 FW England Sean Rigg Free agent Released [13]
21 February 2018 DF England Jazzi Barnum-Bobb Free agent Released [14]
18 June 2018 CM England Tom Owen-Evans Falkirk Undisclosed [15]
30 June 2018 GK England James Bittner Free agent Released [16]
30 June 2018 CF England Paul Hayes Free agent Released [16]
30 June 2018 CF England Marlon Jackson Free agent Released [16]
30 June 2018 LW Antigua and Barbuda Calaum Jahraldo-Martin Free agent Released [16]
30 June 2018 CB England Jamie Turley Free agent Released [16]
30 June 2018 MF England Ben Tozer Free agent Released [17]
30 June 2018 CF England Frank Nouble Free agent Released [18]
30 June 2018 MF England Joss Labadie Free agent Released [19]

Loans in[edit]

Date from Position Nationality Name From Date until Ref.
28 July 2017 CF England Shawn McCoulsky Bristol City 1 January 2018 [20]
1 August 2017 CB England Ben White Brighton & Hove Albion 30 June 2018 [21]
10 August 2017 CM England Reece Cole Brentford 29 September 2017 [22][a]
18 August 2017 CF Republic of Ireland Joe Quigley AFC Bournemouth 1 January 2018 [24]
4 January 2018 CF Wales Aaron Collins Wolverhampton Wanderers End of season [25]
6 January 2018 FB England Tyler Reid Swansea City End of season [26]
18 January 2018 CM Republic of Ireland Emmanuel Osadebe Cambridge United 23 March 2018 [27]
  1. ^ On 29 September 2017, Reece Cole's loan was cut short due to injury.[23]

Loans out[edit]

Date from Position Nationality Name To Date until Ref.
2 August 2017 CB England Jamie Turley Boreham Wood 30 June 2018 [28]
15 August 2017 CF England Aaron Williams Brackley Town 2 January 2018 [29]
18 August 2017 FW Wales Momodou Touray Merthyr Town 1 November 2017 [30]
8 November 2017 RB England Jazzi Barnum-Bobb Torquay United 7 January 2018 [31]
4 January 2018 CF England Lamar Reynolds Leyton Orient End of season [32]
4 January 2018 MF Wales Evan Press Undy Athletic End of season [33]
4 January 2018 MF Wales Tom Savigar Port Talbot Town End of season [34]
28 February 2018 MF England Tom Owen-Evans Truro City End of season [35]

Competitions[edit]

Pre-season friendlies[edit]

Newport County announced eight pre-season friendlies.[36][37][38]

League Two[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
9 Swindon Town 46 20 8 18 67 65 +2 68
10 Carlisle United 46 17 16 13 62 54 +8 67
11 Newport County 46 16 16 14 56 58 −2 64
12 Cambridge United 46 17 13 16 56 60 −4 64
13 Colchester United 46 16 14 16 53 52 +1 62
Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored

Result summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
46 16 16 14 56 58  −2 64 9 10 4 32 24  +8 7 6 10 24 34  −10

Last updated: 23 January 2018..
Source: Statto.com

Results by matchday[edit]

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GroundAAAHAHHAHAAHAHHAHAHAHAAAAHAHHAAAHAHAHHHHHAHHAA
ResultDDWWLDWLWWLWWLDLDDLWDWDLDWWWDLLLDDDWDLDLWLWWLD
Position91692712610871086668891091291110111110581011121213131111121213121413111111
Updated to match(es) played on 23 January 2018. Source: Statto.com
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

Fixtures[edit]

EFL Cup[edit]

EFL Trophy[edit]

Pos Lge Team Pld W PW PL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 ACA Swansea City U21s (Q) 3 3 0 0 0 6 2 +4 9 Round 2
2 L2 Forest Green Rovers (Q) 3 2 0 0 1 4 3 +1 6
3 L2 Cheltenham Town (E) 3 1 0 0 2 4 5 −1 3
4 L2 Newport County (E) 3 0 0 0 3 2 6 −4 0
Updated to match(es) played on 7 November 2017. Source: EFL.com
(E) Eliminated; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.

FA Cup[edit]

Squad statistics[edit]

Source:[39][40]
Numbers in parentheses denote appearances as substitute.
Players with squad numbers struck through and marked Left club during playing season left the club during the playing season.
Players with names in italics and marked * were on loan from another club for the whole of their season with Newport County.
Players listed with no appearances have been in the matchday squad but only as unused substitutes.
Key to positions: GK – Goalkeeper; DF – Defender; MF – Midfielder; FW – Forward
No. Pos. Nat. Name Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Yellow card.svg Red card.svg
League FA Cup EFL Cup EFL Trophy Total Discipline
1 GK  ENG Joe Day 29 0 3 0 2 0 1 0 35 0 0 0
2 DF  WAL David Pipe 25 0 3 0 2 0 1 0 31 0 2 0
3 DF  ENG Dan Butler 23 (4) 0 3 0 1 0 3 0 30 (4) 0 3 1
4 MF  ENG Joss Labadie 19 (1) 3 2 2 1 (1) 1 0 0 22 (2) 6 9 1
6 DF  ENG Ben White * 27 1 3 0 2 0 2 0 34 1 6 0
7 MF  ENG Robbie Willmott 19 (3) 2 2 (1) 0 2 0 1 0 24 (4) 2 4 0
8 MF  ENG Matthew Dolan 23 (1) 3 3 0 2 0 0 (1) 0 28 (2) 3 6 0
9 FW  IRL Pádraig Amond 20 (6) 9 1 (2) 0 0 0 0 (3) 0 21 (11) 9 1 0
10 FW  ENG Frank Nouble 29 7 3 1 0 (2) 0 0 0 32 (2) 8 9 0
11 FW  ENG Lamar Reynolds 1 (9) 0 0 0 2 0 2 1 5 (9) 1 1 0
12 MF  ENG Ben Tozer 18 (5) 2 2 0 0 (1) 0 1 0 21 (6) 2 3 0
13 FW  ENG Marlon Jackson 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 (1) 0 0 0
14 DF  ENG Jazzi Barnum-Bobb 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 1 (1) 0 1 (2) 0 0 0
15 FW  ENG Shawn McCoulsky * 7 (14) 6 2 (1) 2 2 2 1 1 12 (15) 11 2 0
17 DF  ENG Scot Bennett 17 (6) 2 1 (1) 0 1 0 3 0 22 (7) 2 2 0
18 DF  WAL Jay Foulston 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 2 0 2 (1) 0 0 0
19 Left club during playing season FW  ENG Aaron Williams 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
19 DF  ENG Tyler Reid * 0 (2) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (2) 0 0 0
20 MF  ENG Tom Owen-Evans 3 (9) 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 6 (9) 0 2 0
21 MF  WAL Lewis Collins 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 (1) 0 0 0
22 Left club during playing season MF  ENG Reece Cole * 2 (2) 1 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 2 (3) 1 0 0
22 MF  IRL Emmanuel Osadebe * 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 0
23 MF  WAL Michael Flynn 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
24 FW  WAL Momodou Touray 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
25 DF  IRL Mark O'Brien 16 (1) 0 2 (1) 0 1 0 0 0 19 (2) 0 4 1
27 FW  ENG Sean Rigg 9 (7) 0 0 (1) 0 1 0 3 0 13 (8) 0 2 0
28 DF  ENG Mickey Demetriou 29 4 3 0 2 0 0 0 34 4 5 0
29 Left club during playing season FW  IRL Joe Quigley * 1 (1) 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 2 0 3 (2) 0 1 0
30 GK  ENG James Bittner 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0
31 MF  WAL Josh Sheehan 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
32 DF  ATG Calaum Jahraldo-Martin 0 (2) 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 (2) 0 0 0
33 MF  WAL Evan Press 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
34 MF  WAL Tom Hillman 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
36 MF  WAL Owen Taylor 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
39 FW  ENG Paul Hayes 0 (2) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (2) 0 0 0
45 FW  WAL Aaron Collins * 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Players not included in matchday squads
No. Pos. Nat. Name
16 DF  ENG Jamie Turley

References[edit]

  1. ^ "County knocked out of the Emirates FA Cup by Tottenham Hotspur". Newport County Official Site. 7 February 2018. 
  2. ^ "Matt Dolan joins Newport County AFC". Newport County Official Site. 7 June 2017. Retrieved 7 June 2017. 
  3. ^ "Frank Nouble signs for The Exiles". Newport County Official Site. 28 June 2017. Retrieved 28 June 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "SIGNINGS | Joe Day, David Pipe, Marlon Jackson, and Robbie Willmott". Newport County Official Site. 18 May 2017. Retrieved 18 May 2017. 
  5. ^ "Lamar Reynolds Joins The Exiles". Newport County Official Site. 27 June 2017. Retrieved 27 June 2017. 
  6. ^ "Newport County AFC are delighted to announce the signing of striker Padraig Amond". Newport County Official Site. 23 August 2017. Retrieved 24 August 2017. 
  7. ^ "DONE DEAL | Striker Paul Hayes signs for the Exiles". Newport County Official Site. 17 October 2017. Retrieved 18 October 2017. 
  8. ^ Sheehan joins Newport
  9. ^ a b "Momodou Touray and Jay Foulston sign professional deals with Newport County AFC". Newport County A.F.C. 16 April 2018. Retrieved 18 June 2018. 
  10. ^ "U18's Academy Player Rhys Kavanagh Joins Bristol Rovers". Newport County Official Site. 24 August 2017. Retrieved 24 August 2017. 
  11. ^ "U18's goalkeeper Rhys Davies has joined Leicester City". Newport County Official Site. 4 September 2017. Retrieved 4 September 2017. 
  12. ^ Williams leaves Newport
  13. ^ Rigg released by Newport County
  14. ^ Barnum-Bobb released by Newport County
  15. ^ [https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/44525211 Owen-Evans joins Falkirk
  16. ^ a b c d e "Newport County: Exiles hope to keep key trio & release five". BBC. 9 May 2018. Retrieved 9 May 2018. 
  17. ^ Tozer declines contract
  18. ^ Nouble declines contract
  19. ^ Labadie out of contract
  20. ^ "Striker Shawn McCoulsky joins Newport County AFC on loan from Bristol City". Newport County Official Site. 28 July 2017. Retrieved 28 July 2017. 
  21. ^ "Ben White Joins The Exiles on Season Long Loan". Newport County Official Site. 1 August 2017. Retrieved 3 August 2017. 
  22. ^ "Exiles sign midfielder Reece Cole on loan from Brentford". Newport County Official Site. 10 August 2017. Retrieved 10 August 2017. 
  23. ^ "Reece Cole Returns to Brentford". Newport County Official Site. 29 September 2017. Retrieved 7 October 2017. 
  24. ^ "Joe Quigley joins the Exiles on loan from AFC Bournemouth until January". Newport County Official Site. 18 August 2017. Retrieved 18 August 2017. 
  25. ^ Collins joins Newport on loan
  26. ^ Reid joins Newport on loan
  27. ^ Osadebe joins Newport on loan
  28. ^ "Jamie Turley has signed a Season Long Loan Deal with Boreham Wood FC". Newport County Official Site. 2 August 2017. Retrieved 3 August 2017. 
  29. ^ "LOAN DEAL| Striker Aaron Williams joins Brackley Town on Loan Until January". Newport County Official Site. 15 August 2017. Retrieved 17 August 2017. 
  30. ^ "Momodou Touray joins Merthyr Town On Loan". Newport County Official Site. 18 August 2017. Retrieved 18 August 2017. 
  31. ^ "LOAN DEAL| Jazzi Barnum-Bobb has joined Torquay United on loan until January". Newport County Official Site. 8 November 2017. Retrieved 8 November 2017. 
  32. ^ Reynolds joins Orient on loan
  33. ^ Press work experience loan
  34. ^ Savigar work experience loan
  35. ^ Owen-Evans Truro City loan
  36. ^ "Pre-Season Friendlies". Newport County Official Site. 10 May 2017. Retrieved 10 May 2017. 
  37. ^ "Pre-Season Friendlies". Newport County Official Site. 19 May 2017. Retrieved 19 May 2017. 
  38. ^ "Newport County AFC to play Justin Edinburgh's Northampton Town FC in Pre-Season Friendly". Newport County Official Site. 26 June 2017. Retrieved 26 June 2017. 
  39. ^ "Newport County". FootballSquads. Retrieved 17 August 2017. 
  40. ^ "Squad stats". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 16 August 2017.