2009–10 Newport County A.F.C. season

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Newport County
2009–10 season
Chairman Chris Blight
Manager Dean Holdsworth
Conference South 1st (Promoted as champions)
FA Cup 3rd qualifying round
FA Trophy 2nd round
Top goalscorer League: Reid (24)
All: Reid (27)
Highest home attendance 4,221 vs Havant & Waterlooville (15 March 2010)
Lowest home attendance 1,042 vs Chelmsford City (22 August 2009)
Average home league attendance 1,842
Home colours
Away colours

The 2009–10 season was Newport County's sixth consecutive season in the Conference South and they had been ever-present since the introduction of the Conference North & South in 2004.

Newport County attained promotion to the Conference National for the 2010–11 season on 15 March 2010 with seven league games remaining following a 2–0 victory over Havant & Waterlooville. In doing so County became the first team in the English football pyramid system to be promoted in the 2009–10 season.

Season review[edit]

League[edit]

The season began with optimism that the unbeaten run at the end of the previous season could be maintained. Former manager Tim Harris returned to the club on 7 May as General Manager citing "unfinished business".[1]

The season began with a win and three draws, County finding themselves in 11th position, although with the unbeaten run from the previous season intact. The next five consecutive games were won, with County briefly going top of the table on 5 September although they were knocked off when Dover Athletic won an extra mid-week game. The chance to return to the top on the 16th was surprisingly missed when County could only draw with bottom-placed Weymouth despite taking the lead in the second minute. The next three games were won however, with County going top on 3 October.

The 20-match unbeaten run finally came to an end against mid-table Staines Town on 27 October. Staines won the game 1–0 although County goalkeeper Glyn Thompson spurned the chance to equalise when his last-minute header came back off the post![2] As second-placed Dover had also lost, County maintained their top spot.

Of the next 18 games, 15 were won and only three drawn, with County extending their lead at the top of the table.

The run-in[edit]

Moving into March 2010, with 32 games played and County already 24 points clear of then second-placed Chelmsford City the winning post came into view. With 79 points in the bag, the most any of the chasing pack could achieve was 85. Newport travelled to bottom-placed Weymouth and duly recorded a 3–1 win. With Chelmsford also winning, the target was still 86. This set up the Friday and Monday games of the 12 and 15 March as the potential championship-winning games. A minimum of four points from those two games would have been enough to see County mathematically promoted to the Conference National irrespective of other results.

A then-record Newport Stadium league crowd witnessed a County victory in the Bishop's Stortford game, setting up the Havant & Waterlooville game as the decider. Despite only needing a point to seal the championship, that game was also won in front of new record crowd, sealing promotion in emphatic style.[3]

The following match away to Thurrock, County suffered only their second defeat of the season, despite again taking an early lead. The next three games were won however before Havant & Waterlooville inflicted revenge for their 2–0 defeat in the championship-winning game by thumping County 4–0, their worst defeat since Bath City won by the same scoreline over a year previously!

First half action vs Dover Athletic

The final home game[edit]

The Conference South trophy was to be presented at the final home game against Dover Athletic. Early on in the season this was thought to be the potential championship-deciding match, but instead it turned into a victory parade for County. Another bumper crowd witnessed a 3–0 victory, finishing off the home season unbeaten and taking the team to the 100-point mark.

The following day the team set off on an open-top bus from Newport Stadium to the Civic Centre for a civic reception with the Mayor of Newport.[4]

The final away game[edit]

Although there was nothing for County to play for, the game away at Braintree Town was pivotal to the home side's chances of securing a spot in the play-offs. Going into the game a draw would have been enough to maintain fifth place for the home side, but their play-off hopes were effectively over after just eleven minutes. Two early goals for County seemed to have wrapped the game up, but a controversial penalty decision in the 54th minute saw Braintree back in the game and playing the last half an hour against ten men. County held on for a 2–1 victory though to deny Braintree a play-off spot and become the most successful team in the Football Conference's 31-year history.[5]

Newport County lift the Conference South Trophy

Results 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
42 32 7 3 93 26 +67 103 18 3 0 50 8 +42 14 4 3 43 18 +25

Last updated: 24 Apr 2010.
Source: [1]

Results by round[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42
Ground A H H A H A H A H H A H A A H A H A A H H H H H A H A A A A H A A H H A H H A A H A
Result D W D D W W W W W D W W W L W W W W D W W W W W W D W D W W W W W W W L W W W L W W
Position 12 5 11 11 7 4 3 1 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

Last updated: 24 Apr 2010.
Source: [2]
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Lose; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Squad statistics[edit]

(Substitute appearances in brackets)
Pos. Name League FA Cup FA Trophy Other cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
MF Japan Takumi Ake 3 (3) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 (3) 0
DF England Paul Bignot 37 (0) 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 41 (0) 0
GK Wales Keiron Blackburn 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 (1) 0
FW England Jason Bradley 4 (2) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 (2) 1
DF Wales Paul Cochlin 29 (3) 4 1 (1) 0 3 (1) 0 0 0 33 (4) 4
DF Wales Gary Colbourne 0 (1) 0 1 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 2 (1) 0
DF England Jamie Collins 28 (0) 4 0 0 4 0 0 0 32 (0) 4
DF Wales Aaron Cook 10 (1) 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 12 (1) 0
MF England Kevin Cooper 4 (1) 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 6 (1) 1
MF England James Coutts 1 (3) 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 (3) 0
FW Wales Jamie Davies 0 (0) 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 (0) 0
MF Wales Nathan Davies 0 (3) 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 (3) 1
MF England Sam Deering 1 (3) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 (3) 0
FW England Stuart Douglas 2 (5) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 (5) 1
FW Republic of Ireland Sam Foley 32 (6) 17 1 (1) 0 3 (1) 0 0 0 36 (8) 17
DF Wales Martyn Giles 13 (1) 1 1 0 0 (2) 0 0 0 14 (2) 1
FW England Dave Gilroy 7 (15) 5 2 0 1 (1) 1 0 0 10 (16) 6
MF England Josh Hartrick 0 (2) 0 0 0 0 (2) 0 0 0 0 (4) 0
MF England Charlie Henry 27 (8) 9 1 (1) 0 2 (1) 1 0 0 30 (9) 10
FW England Ashan Holgate 5 (5) 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 7 (5) 1
MF Wales Kris Leek 1 (3) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 (3) 0
FW Wales Kerry Morgan 17 (12) 6 0 0 3 1 0 0 20 (12) 7
DF Wales Aaron Morris 2 (3) 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 4 (3) 0
MF England Ashley Nicholls 2 (4) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 (4) 0
DF United States Anthony Peters 0 (2) 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 (3) 0
FW England Craig Reid 37 (3) 24 1 (1) 2 4 1 0 0 42 (4) 27
MF England Scott Rogers 33 (8) 2 1 (1) 0 2 (1) 0 0 0 36 (9) 2
MF England Danny Rose 35 (3) 8 2 0 3 (1) 0 0 0 40 (4) 8
DF England Alton Thelwell 5 (1) 0 0 (1) 0 1 0 0 0 6 (2) 0
GK England Glyn Thompson 42 (0) 0 2 0 4 0 1 0 48 (0) 0
DF Wales Chris Todd 12 (4) 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 (4) 3
MF Wales Wayne Turk 36 (3) 1 1 (1) 0 4 0 0 0 41 (4) 1
DF England Gary Warren 36 (1) 5 0 0 4 0 0 0 40 (1) 5

Loan players[edit]

Loans in[edit]

Date Player From Until Notes
17 August 2009 England Jason Bradley Mansfield Town October 2009
10 September 2009 England Sam Deering Oxford United October 2009
15 February 2010 England Stuart Douglas Bath City March 2010
October 2009 Wales Kerry Morgan Swansea City End of season
December 2009 Wales Aaron Morris Cardiff City 29 February 2010
December 2009 England Ashley Nicholls Bishop's Stortford 29 February 2010
January 2010 Wales Chris Todd Torquay United End of season
25 March 2010 England Ben Hunt Bristol Rovers End of season

Loans out[edit]

Date Player To Until Notes
August 2009 Wales Scott Armitage Merthyr Tydfil End of season
November 2009 Wales Gary Colborne Clevedon Town End of season
11 February 2010 Wales Nathan Davies Weymouth March 2010
January 2010 England Josh Hartrick Haverfordwest County  ??
October 2009 England Dave Gilroy Weston-super-Mare 15 November 2010
15 February 2010 England Dave Gilroy Bath City March 2010
10 September 2009 Wales Kris Leek Merthyr Tydfil End of season
 ?? Wales Matt Smith Cinderford Town  ??

Managerial statistics[edit]

Only competitive games from the 2009–10 season are included.
Name Nat. From To Record Honours
PLD W D L GF GA GD W%
Dean Holdsworth England 18 May 2008 48 35 8 5 101 31 +70 72.9 Manager of the Month, September, November, February; Conference South champions

Fixtures and results[edit]

Pre-season friendlies[edit]

Date Opponents Venue Result Scorers Attendance
14 Jul 2009 Merthyr Tydfil Cwmbran Stadium 0–1 341
17 Jul 2009 Abergavenny Thursdays Pen-Y-Pound Stadium 11–1 S.Armitage 4, K.Leek 2, D Maynard 2, P.Cochlin, J.Barrett, J.Davies 120
18 Jul 2009 Mansfield Town Newport Stadium 0–2 558
21 Jul 2009 Caldicot Town Jubilee Way 8–1 K.Cooper 2, S.Foley 2 (1P), D Gilroy, T.Ake, T.Piotrowski, D.Maynard 180
25 Jul 2009 Carmarthen Town Cwmbran Stadium 3–2 S.Foley 2 (1P), J Hartrick 231
29 Jul 2009 Stoke City Newport Stadium 2–0 D.Rose, P.Cochlin 603
31 Jul 2009 Leeds United Newport Stadium 0–2 711
1 Aug 2009 Caerleon Cold Bath Road 0–0 120

Conference South[edit]

Date Opponents Venue Result Scorers Attendance
Sat 8 Aug 2009 Bishop's Stortford A 0–0 704
Wed 12 Aug 2009 Hampton & Richmond Borough H 3–1 P.Cochlin, D.Gilroy, S.Foley 1,185
Sat 15 Aug 2009 Lewes H 2–2 S.Foley, D.Rose 1,201
Tue 18 Aug 2009 Dorchester Town A 0–0 609
Sat 22 Aug 2009 Chelmsford City H 4–0 S.Foley, K.Cooper, P.Cochlin, C.Reid 1,042
Sat 29 Aug 2009 Maidenhead United A 3–1 J.Bradley, C.Reid, G.Warren 497
Mon 31 Aug 2009 Weston-super-Mare H 2–0 C.Reid (P), D.Gilroy 1,404
Sat 5 Sep 2009 Welling United A 2–0 C.Reid 2 (1P) 552
Sat 12 Sep 2009 Eastleigh H 5–1 C.Reid 2, C.Henry, D.Rose, S.Foley 1,316
Wed 16 Sep 2009 Weymouth H 1–1 C.Reid 1,509
Sat 19 Sep 2009 Woking A 1–0 S.Foley 1,862
Sat 3 Oct 2009 Bath City H 1–0 C.Henry 1,410
Sat 17 Oct 2009 St Albans City A 1–0 C.Henry 581
Tue 27 Oct 2009 Staines Town A 0–1 621
Sat 31 Oct 2009 Basingstoke Town H 1–0 J.Collins 1,241
Sat 7 Nov 2009 Dover Athletic A 2–1 C.Reid 2 1,680
Sun 15 Nov 2009 Bromley H 2–0 D.Rose, K.Morgan 2,026
Sat 28 Nov 2009 Lewes A 3–0 S.Rogers, K.Morgan, C.Henry 521
Sat 5 Dec 2009 Bath City A 1–1 C.Reid (P) 1,404
Wed 9 Dec 2009 Thurrock H 5–0 C.Reid 3 (1P), G.Warren, C.Henry 1,603
Sat 19 Dec 2009 Staines Town H 1–0 C.Henry 1,460
Mon 28 Dec 2009 Dorchester Town H 3–0 C.Reid 2, G.Warren 2,205
Fri 1 Jan 2010 Worcester City H 1–0 S.Foley 2,525
Sat 23 Jan 2010 St Albans City H 5–0 C.Reid 2, G.Warren, J.Collins, S.Foley 1,412
Sat 30 Jan 2010 Bromley A 3–2 P.Cochlin, C.Henry, S.Foley 817
Sat 6 Feb 2010 Welling United H 2–2 J.Collins, K.Morgan 1,449
Wed 10 Feb Eastleigh A 4–1 S.Foley 2, C.Reid (P), C.Henry (P) 745
Sat 13 Feb 2010 Chelmsford City A 0–0 931
Sat 20 Feb 2010 Hampton & Richmond Borough A 4–0 C.Reid 2 (1P), W.Turk, S.Foley 742
Mon 22 Feb 2010 Worcester City A 4–1 C.Todd 2, C.Reid, S.Foley 1,017
Sat 27 Feb 2010 Braintree Town H 1–0 S.Foley 2,117
Tue 2 Mar 2010 Basingstoke Town A 5–1 D.Rose 2, S.Douglas, S.Foley, M.Giles 686
Sat 6 Mar 2010 Weymouth A 3–1 K.Morgan, D.Rose, S.Foley 1,123
Fri 12 Mar 2010 Bishop's Stortford H 1–0 K.Morgan 3,084
Mon 15 Mar 2010 Havant & Waterlooville H 2–0 S.Foley 2 4,221
Sat 20 Mar 2010 Thurrock A 1–2 G.Warren 406
Sat 27 Mar 2010 Woking H 1–0 D.Gilroy 1,742
Sat 3 Apr 2010 Maidenhead United H 4–1 D.Gilroy, C.Reid, D.Rose, S.Rogers 1,339
Tue 6 Apr 2010 Weston-super-Mare A 4–1 C.Henry, D.Gilroy, P.Cochlin, C.Reid 807
Sat 10 Apr 2010 Havant & Waterlooville A 0–4 1,020
Sat 17 Apr 2010 Dover Athletic H 3–0 K.Morgan, C.Todd, D.Rose 3,201
Sat 24 Apr 2010 Braintree Town A 2–1 J.Collins, P.Cochlin 1,187

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2009–10 FA Cup
Round Date Opponents Venue Result Scorers Attendance
2Q 26 Sep 2009 Clevedon Town Hand Stadium 3–1 Reid 2 (1P), Davies 623
3Q 10 Oct 2009 Paulton Rovers Winterfield Road 0–1 709

FA Trophy[edit]

Main article: 2009–10 FA Trophy
Round Date Opponents Venue Result Scorers Attendance
3Q 21 Nov 2009 Braintree Town Newport Stadium 2–1 K.Morgan, D.Gilroy 684
1 12 Dec 2009 Farnborough Cherrywood Road 3–1 C.Henry, A.Holgate, C.Reid 805
2 20 Jan 2010 York City Newport Stadium 0–0 1,040
2r 26 Jan 2010 York City Bootham Crescent 0–1 1,469

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L F A GD Pts Notes
1 Newport County 42 32 7 3 93 26 +67 103 Champions, promoted
2 Dover Athletic 42 22 9 11 66 47 +19 75 Play-offs
3 Chelmsford City 42 22 9 11 62 48 +14 75 Play-offs
4 Bath City 42 20 12 10 66 46 +20 72 Play-off winners, promoted
5 Woking 42 21 9 12 57 44 +13 72 Play-offs
6 Havant & Waterlooville 42 19 14 9 65 44 +21 71
7 Braintree Town 42 18 17 7 56 41 +15 71
8 Staines Town 42 18 13 11 59 40 +19 67
9 Welling United 42 18 9 15 66 51 +15 63
10 Thurrock 42 16 13 13 66 60 +6 61
11 Eastleigh 42 17 9 16 71 66 +5 60
12 Bromley 42 15 10 17 68 64 +4 55
13 St Albans City 42 15 10 17 45 55 −10 55
14 Hampton & Richmond Borough 42 14 9 19 56 66 −10 51
15 Basingstoke Town 42 13 10 19 49 68 −19 49
16 Maidenhead United 42 12 12 18 52 59 −7 48
17 Dorchester Town 42 13 9 20 56 74 −18 48
18 Bishop's Stortford 42 12 11 19 48 59 −11 47
19 Lewes 42 9 15 18 49 63 −14 42
20 Worcester City 42 10 10 22 48 60 −12 40 Reprieved from relegation, moved to Conference North
21 Weston-super-Mare 42 5 8 29 48 93 −45 23 Reprieved from relegation
22 Weymouth 42 5 7 30 31 103 −72 22 Relegated
Key
Division Champions
Promoted
Into play-offs
Relegated

Awards[edit]

  • September manager of the month: Dean Holdsworth
  • September player of the month: Craig Reid
  • November manager of the month: Dean Holdsworth
  • December player of the month: Charlie Henry
  • January player of the month: Sam Foley
  • February manager of the month: Dean Holdsworth

Records[edit]

This season the club set new Conference South records:

  • Most clean sheets in a season: 23
  • Consecutive games unbeaten: 21
  • Consecutive home games unbeaten: 24
  • Most points in a season: 103
  • Most wins in a season: 32
  • Fewest goals conceded: 26
  • Fewest defeats: 3
  • Newport Stadium league attendance: 4,221

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Newport County A.F.C. "News Page 2009/2010". Retrieved 20 June 2010. 
  2. ^ Newport County A.F.C. "Staines Town away match report". Retrieved 20 June 2010. 
  3. ^ BBC Sport (15 March 2010). "Newport County 2–0 Havant & W". BBC News. Archived from the original on 23 March 2010. Retrieved 17 March 2010. 
  4. ^ BBC News (18 April 2010). "Newport County's bus parade for promotion trophy". Archived from the original on 20 April 2010. Retrieved 19 April 2010. 
  5. ^ Newport County A.F.C. "Braintree Town away match report". Retrieved 20 June 2010.