2013–14 Newport County A.F.C. season

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Newport County
2013–14 season
Chairman Les Scadding
Manager Justin Edinburgh
Stadium Rodney Parade
League Two 14th
FA Cup 2nd round
League Cup 2nd round
League Trophy Southern Area Semi-Finals
Top goalscorer League: Chris Zebroski (12)
All: Chris Zebroski (13)
Highest home attendance 5,387 vs Bristol Rovers (17 August 2013)
Lowest home attendance 1,406 vs Braintree Town (19 November 2013), FA Cup 1st round replay.
Average home league attendance 3,398
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 2013–14 season was Newport County's first season in Football League Two, 61st season in the Football League and 93rd season of league football overall. This season marked County's return to the Football League for the first time since the 1987–88 season. The club finished the season in 14th place.

Season review[edit]

League[edit]

2013[edit]

The season started with the visit of Accrington Stanley. This game was selected as one of the Football League's "anniversary fixtures" to mark the 125th anniversary of the first Football League season.[1] With Harry Worley scoring the historic first League goal, a brace from Chris Zebroski and a goal from Christian Jolley 10 minutes into the second half, County won 4–1 and were top of the League Two table. In the next game away to Northampton, Conor Washington scored his first League goal but the club suffered a 3–1 loss. The next home game, the Severnside derby with Bristol Rovers saw County's highest gate of the season; Andy Sandell's first-half penalty being enough to take all three points. The next three games were all drawn 1–1 with County slipping out of the play-off places as a result. The next home game, against Morecambe, will forever be remembered as the "Tom Naylor game": Scoring within three minutes, Billy Jones had made the perfect start to his début game before Naylor scored an own goal to level the match. Robbie Willmott restored Newport's lead before Naylor's second own goal again levelled things. With 20 minutes remaining Naylor conceded a penalty which allowed Morecambe to take the lead and eventually win the game. County's first away win of the season in the next game at Exeter, followed by a home win to Torquay United took County back to the brink of the play-off positions, but following the next two games they were back down to 12th. County then embarked on a successful spell, losing only once at Fleetwood until visiting Burton Albion on the last game of 2013. That last game was lost 1–0, but County finished the year in a play-off position.

2014[edit]

The new year began in a disastrous fashion: The wettest winter on record in Britain combined with drainage problems with the Rodney Parade pitch caused a rash of game postponements. County failed to beat bottom-of-the-table Northampton and were denied even one point when Andy Sandell's 88th-minute penalty was saved. Previous wins against Accrington, Bristol, Southend and Hartlepool were cancelled out with only two draws to show from the four matches. A solitary home win against Oxford United lifted County back to the brink of the play-offs again, but then another terrible run resulted in only three points from the next eight games. With County now lying in 14th position, any hope of the play-offs was gone. County's first double of the season against Torquay in next game briefly lifted them to 12th, but following the second 0–0 draw with Bury of the season, previous wins against Portsmouth and Chesterfield were cancelled out. Following a home loss against Plymouth Argyle County recorded only their third win of 2014 against relegation-threatened Wycombe Wanderers. In the next two games County squandered leads to draw both games, slipping down to their lowest league position of the season in the process. The penultimate game of the season was the trip to promotion-chasing York. County failed to improve on their recent form as the home side guaranteed themselves a play-off place with a 1–0 win. The final game of the season against Rochdale was an eerie reminder of County's last Football League season in 1987–88. That time the visitors has triumphed 1–0 and they would be hoping for another win to seal the League Two title. Despite taking the lead in the 28th minute, Aaron O'Connor cancelled out the advantage just before half time. Rochdale should have won the game after winning a penalty in the 83rd minute, but Matthew Lund's penalty was saved by Ian McLoughlin. Ten-man County made them pay four minutes later as Robbie Willmott's free kick was headed over Josh Lillis by Kevin Feely to seal a 2–1 victory and a happy end to County's 2013–14 campaign.

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
46 14 16 16 56 59 −3 58 10 6 7 37 27 +10 4 10 9 19 32 −13

Last updated: 3 May 2014.
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 43 44 45 46
Ground H A H A A H H A H A A H A H A H A A H A A A H H A A A H H H H H A A H H A H H A H H A H A H
Result W L W D D D L W W D L W D W L W D D W W W L L D L D L W L L D D L L D L W D L D L W D D L W
Position 1 10 7 6 8 9 12 11 8 9 12 10 9 7 10 4 6 8 8 4 5 7 8 8 8 8 10 8 8 9 11 10 11 13 14 14 12 12 15 14 14 13 13 15 15 14

Last updated: 3 May 2014.
Source: [2]
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Lose; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Squad statistics[edit]

(Substitute appearances in brackets)
No. Pos. Name League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
21 DF Wales Byron Anthony 7 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 1 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 8 (0) 0
24 FW England George Barker 0 (2) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (2) 0
GK England James Bittner 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
16 DF Wales Darcy Blake 8 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 8 (0) 0
15 MF England Ryan Burge 12 (5) 2 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 15 (5) 2
7 DF Northern Ireland Adam Chapman 35 (4) 2 3 (0) 0 2 (0) 0 1 (1) 1 41 (5) 3
9 FW England Danny Crow 13 (14) 3 3 (0) 0 1 (1) 2 2 (1) 0 19 (16) 5
20 DF Republic of Ireland Kevin Feely 10 (0) 1 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 10 (0) 1
17 MF Wales Michael Flynn 18 (14) 3 1 (2) 0 0 (1) 0 2 (1) 0 21 (18) 3
24 DF Wales Aaron Holloway 0 (4) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (4) 0
45 FW England Rene Howe 12 (3) 3 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 12 (3) 3
3 DF Wales Andrew Hughes 23 (3) 2 1 (0) 0 1 (1) 0 2 (0) 0 27 (4) 2
18 DF England Ryan Jackson 26 (3) 0 2 (1) 0 2 (0) 0 1 (1) 0 31 (5) 0
5 DF Wales Tony James 5 (1) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (1) 0 1 (0) 0 6 (2) 0
14 FW England Shaun Jeffers 4 (10) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 4 (10) 0
23 FW England Christian Jolley 20 (12) 2 2 (1) 0 1 (0) 0 2 (0) 0 25 (13) 2
16 DF England Billy Jones 6 (1) 1 1 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 7 (1) 1
33 GK Republic of Ireland Ian McLoughlin 12 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 12 (0) 0
8 MF England Lee Minshull 34 (6) 4 1 (1) 0 2 (0) 0 1 (1) 0 38 (8) 4
19 DF England Tom Naylor 24 (9) 1 3 (0) 1 1 (0) 0 3 (0) 0 31 (9) 2
10 FW England Aaron O'Connor 1 (3) 1 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 1 (3) 1
20 DF England Adedeji Oshilaja 8 (0) 0 2 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 2 (0) 1 12 (0) 1
29 GK England Elliot Parish 7 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 7 (0) 0
27 FW England Joe Parker 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
1 GK England Lenny Pidgeley 25 (0) 0 3 (0) 0 1 (0) 0 0 (1) 0 29 (1) 0
2 DF Wales David Pipe 22 (3) 0 1 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 2 (1) 0 25 (4) 0
4 MF England Max Porter 15 (7) 1 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 15 (7) 1
26 DF Wales Ellis Redman 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
13 DF England Andy Sandell 21 (2) 3 0 (1) 0 2 (0) 0 1 (0) 0 24 (3) 3
25 GK England Jamie Stephens 2 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 1 (0) 0 3 (0) 0 6 (0) 0
GK England Conor Thompson 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
14 FW England Conor Washington 16 (8) 4 2 (1) 0 1 (1) 1 2 (1) 2 21 (11) 7
12 FW England Robbie Willmott 40 (6) 3 2 (0) 3 2 (0) 0 3 (0) 0 47 (6) 6
22 DF England Harry Worley 26 (0) 4 3 (0) 0 2 (0) 0 2 (0) 0 33 (0) 4
6 DF England Ismail Yakubu 22 (3) 3 2 (0) 0 1 (0) 0 2 (0) 0 27 (3) 3
11 FW England Chris Zebroski 32 (3) 12 1 (0) 0 1 (1) 0 1 (0) 1 35 (4) 13

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos. Name From Fee
5 June 2013 MF Northern Ireland Adam Chapman Oxford United Undisclosed
5 June 2013 FW England Chris Zebroski Eastleigh Free
20 June 2013 DF England Harry Worley Oxford United Free
9 July 2013 GK England Jamie Stephens Liverpool Free
2 August 2013 DF England Ryan Jackson Macclesfield Town Compensation undisclosed
27 July 2013 GK England James Bittner Unattached Free
30 August 2013 MF England Ryan Burge Unattached Free
12 September 2013 DF England Billy Jones Unattached Free
20 November 2013 FW England Joe Parker Gloucester City Free
9 January 2014 FW England Rene Howe Unattached Free
28 January 2014 FW England Shaun Jeffers Peterborough United Undisclosed
6 February 2014 GK Northern Ireland Conor Thompson Unattached Free
13 February 2014 FW Wales Aaron Holloway Unattached Free
21 March 2014 DF Wales Darcy Blake Unattached Free

Out[edit]

Date Pos. Name To Fee
9 July 2013 FW Wales Rhys Griffiths Released
30 August 2013 GK England James Bittner Released
10 January 2014 DF England Billy Jones Released
28 January 2014 DF England Conor Washington Peterborough United Undisclosed
6 March 2014 GK Northern Ireland Conor Thompson Released
24 April 2014 DF Wales David Pipe Released
5 May 2014 DF Wales Tony James Retired
5 May 2014 FW Wales Aaron Holloway Released
5 May 2014 DF England Harry Worley Released
5 May 2014 MF England Ryan Burge Released
5 May 2014 DF Wales Darcy Blake Released

Loans in[edit]

Date Pos. Name From Expiry
12 August 2013 DF England Tom Naylor Derby County End of season
31 October 2013 DF England Adedeji Oshilaja Cardiff City January 2014
22 November 2013 FW England George Barker Brighton & Hove Albion January 2014
10 February 2014 GK England Elliot Parish Bristol City March 2014
11 March 2014 GK Republic of Ireland Ian McLoughlin Milton Keynes Dons End of season
21 March 2014 DF Republic of Ireland Kevin Feely Charlton Athletic End of season

Loans out[edit]

Date Pos. Name To Expiry
20 November 2013 FW England Joe Parker Gloucester City June 2014

Managerial statistics[edit]

Only competitive games from the 2013–14 season are included.
Name Nat. From To Record Honours
PLD W D L GF GA GD W%
Justin Edinburgh England 4 October 2011 54 18 17 19 69 73 -4 33.3

Fixtures and results[edit]

Pre-season friendlies[edit]

[2][3]

Date Opponents Venue Result Scorers Attendance Notes
Wed 10 Jul 2013 Swindon Supermarine Webb's Wood Stadium 2–1 Washington Goal 33' Jolley Goal 63' c. 250
Sat 13 Jul 2013 Carl Zeiss Jena Wimaria-Stadion, Weimar 2–2 Anthony Goal 31' O'Connor Goal 90' c. 2,800 110th anniversary match
Tue 16 Jul 2013 Taunton Town Wordsworth Drive 6–0 O'Connor Goal 1'17'39' Jolley Goal 31' Sandell Goal 80' (pen.) Crow Goal 86' 279
Sat 20 Jul 2013 Havant & Waterlooville West Leigh Park 3–0 Minshull Goal 34' Sandell Goal 61' Pipe Goal 83' 312
Tue 23 Jul 2013 Reading XI Newport Stadium 3–3 Zebroski Goal 7'26' Minshull Goal 90' 765 Tony Gilbert testimonial
Thu 25 Jul 2013 Pegasus Juniors Old School Lane 2–0 Washington Goal 46'70' (pen.) Newport County XI
Sun 28 Jul 2013 Aston Villa XI Rodney Parade 5–2 Jolley Goal 30' Goal 68' Hughes Goal 54' Minshull Goal 59' Goal 80' 2,984

League Two[edit]

Football League Cup[edit]

Football League Trophy[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2013–14 FA Cup

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L F A GD Pts Notes
1 Chesterfield 46 23 15 8 71 40 +31 84 Champions, promoted
2 Scunthorpe United 46 20 21 5 68 44 +24 81 Promoted
3 Rochdale 46 24 9 13 69 48 +21 81 Promoted
4 Fleetwood Town 46 22 10 14 66 52 +14 76 Play-off winners, promoted
5 Southend United 46 19 15 12 56 39 +17 72 Play-offs
6 Burton Albion 46 19 15 12 47 42 +5 72 Play-offs
7 York City 46 18 17 11 52 41 +11 71 Play-offs
8 Oxford United 46 16 14 16 53 50 +3 62
9 Dagenham & Redbridge 46 15 15 16 53 59 −6 60
10 Plymouth Argyle 46 16 12 18 51 58 −7 60
11 Mansfield Town 46 15 15 16 49 58 −9 60
12 Bury 46 13 20 13 59 51 +8 59
13 Portsmouth 46 14 17 15 56 66 −10 59
14 Newport County 46 14 16 16 56 59 −3 58
15 Accrington Stanley 46 14 15 17 54 56 −2 57
16 Exeter City 46 14 13 19 54 57 −3 55
17 Cheltenham Town 46 13 16 17 53 63 −10 55
18 Morecambe 46 13 15 18 52 64 −12 54
19 Hartlepool United 46 14 11 21 50 56 −6 53
20 AFC Wimbledon 46 14 14 18 49 57 −8 53
21 Northampton Town 46 13 14 19 42 57 −15 53
22 Wycombe Wanderers 46 12 14 20 46 54 −8 50
23 Bristol Rovers 46 12 14 20 43 54 −11 50 Relegated
24 Torquay United 46 12 9 25 42 66 −24 45 Relegated
Key
Division Champions
Promoted
Into play-offs
Relegated

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "League announces anniversary fixtures". The Football League. 18 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Newport County to play friendly against Germany's Carl Zeiss Jena". BBC Sport. 13 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Newport to face Aston Villa in pre-season friendly". Newport County A.F.C. 31 May 2013.