1986–87 Newport County A.F.C. season

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Newport County
1986–87 season
Chairman Archie Menzies
Manager Jimmy Mullen
(until 5 March 1987)
John Lewis
(from 5 March 1987)
Stadium Somerton Park
Third Division 24th (relegated)
FA Cup 2nd round
League Cup 2nd round
Welsh Cup Runner-up
Top goalscorer League: P.Gibbins (8)
All: P.Gibbins (12)
Highest home attendance 7,172 vs Everton (FA Cup, 7 Oct 1986)
Lowest home attendance 1,193 vs Bolton Wanderers (4 Apr 1987)
Average home league attendance 2,069
Home colours
Away colours

The 1986–87 season was Newport County's seventh consecutive season in the Third Division, their 40th in the third tier and 59th overall in the Football League. They finished the season in 24th place and were relegated to the Fourth Division for the 1987–88 season.

Caretaker manager John Relish surprisingly wasn't chosen to continue as manager despite saving the club from relegation the previous year, and Jimmy Mullen was instead brought in as player-manager. The club started the season okay, albeit somewhat inconsistently, and occupied mid-table until the start of November. Things went horribly wrong after that however, and the club ensured a second successive season spending three months without a win. A 1–0 win over Doncaster on Valentine's Day saw a temporary improvement in form, but a 5–2 thumping at the hands of Notts County cost Mullen his job, with John Lewis stepping up to the manager's job for the rest of the season. The club picked up enough points here and there to maintain an outside chance of survival until the final weeks of the season, but a dismal return of just one point from the last six games saw them finish rock-bottom.

Season review[edit]

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 8 13 25 49 86  −37 37 4 9 10 26 34  −8 4 4 15 23 52  −29

Last updated: 9 May 1987.
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 A A H A H H H A H A A H A H A H H A A A A H H A A H A H A H H H A H A H A H A H
Result L L D W W W L L D L D D D W L L D L D L L L D L L W D D L D L W L L L L W D L W L L L D L L
Position 19 21 21 18 11 9 10 14 16 23 19 19 19 16 18 18 20 20 19 21 22 23 23 23 24 22 22 22 22 22 23 22 22 22 23 24 22 22 24 22 22 22 23 23 23 24

Last updated: 9 May 1987.
Source: [2]
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Fixtures and results[edit]

Third Division[edit]

Date Opponents Venue Result Scorers Attendance
23 Aug 1986 Gillingham H 1–2 Lewis 2,533
30 Aug 1986 Bournemouth A 1–2 Carter 2,799
6 Sep 1986 Swindon Town H 2–2 Berry, Mardenborough 3,796
13 Sep 1986 Wigan Athletic A 2–1 Lewis, Berry 2,004
16 Sep 1986 Darlington A 3–1 Staniforth, Carter, Berry 1,805
20 Sep 1986 Doncaster Rovers H 3–2 Carter, Lewis, Vinter 2,382
27 Sep 1986 Bury A 3–4 Mardenborough, Carter, Vinter 2,136
4 Oct 1986 Brentford A 0–2 3,231
11 Oct 1986 Chester City H 2–2 Carter, Gibbins 2,119
25 Oct 1986 Chesterfield A 2–3 Carter, Vinter 1,895
28 Oct 1986 Carlisle United H 1–1 Gibbins 1,540
1 Nov 1986 Notts County H 1–1 Mardenborough 1,960
4 Nov 1986 York City H 1–1 Vinter 2,079
8 Nov 1986 Bolton Wanderers A 1–0 Millett 4,530
22 Nov 1986 Middlesbrough H 0–1 2,788
25 Nov 1986 Mansfield Town A 0–1 2,319
29 Nov 1986 Blackpool A 1–1 Mardenborough 3,281
2 Dec 1986 Bristol City H 0–1 3,205
14 Dec 1986 Bristol Rovers A 2–2 Gibbins 2 2,660
20 Dec 1986 Rotherham United H 1–2 OG 1,760
26 Dec 1986 Walsall A 0–2 6,855
27 Dec 1986 Port Vale H 0–2 2,103
1 Jan 1987 Fulham H 0–0 2,388
3 Jan 1987 Middlesbrough A 0–2 9,585
25 Jan 1987 Swindon Town A 0–3 6,620
14 Feb 1987 Doncaster Rovers A 1–0 Gibbins 1,837
17 Feb 1987 Gillingham A 1–1 Gibbins 3,542
21 Feb 1987 Bury H 2–2 Gibbins 2 1,914
24 Feb 1987 Bournemouth H 0–1 2,143
28 Feb 1987 Carlisle United A 2–2 Gilligan, Vinter 2,192
3 Mar 1987 Notts County A 2–5 Staniforth, Vinter 3,814
8 Mar 1987 Chesterfield H 1–0 Carter 1,567
14 Mar 1987 Bristol City A 0–4 9,137
17 Mar 1987 Mansfield Town H 0–3 1,383
21 Mar 1987 Chester City A 0–2 2,561
31 Mar 1987 Wigan Athletic H 1–2 Balley 1,428
4 Apr 1987 Bolton Wanderers H 2–1 Taylor, Thackeray 1,193
7 Apr 1987 Brentford H 2–2 Giles, Staniforth 1,596
11 Apr 1987 York City A 0–3 2,202
14 Apr 1987 Darlington H 3–0 Lewis, Thackeray, Taylor 1,315
18 Apr 1987 Fulham A 0–2 4,234
20 Apr 1987 Walsall H 2–4 Taylor, Thackeray 2,003
25 Apr 1987 Rotherham United A 1–3 Compton 2,555
2 May 1987 Blackpool H 1–1 Staniforth 1,247
4 May 1987 Port Vale A 1–6 Compton 2,733
9 May 1987 Bristol Rovers H 0–1 3,165

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponents Venue Result Scorers Attendance
1 15 Nov 1986 Bromsgrove Rovers A 1–0 Vinter 3,440
2 6 Dec 1986 Fulham A 0–2 4,052

Football League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponents Venue Result Scorers Attendance Aggregate
1–1 27 Aug 1986 Exeter City A 0–0 1,545
1–2 2 Sep 1986 Exeter City H 1–0 Gibbins 1,620 1–0
2–1 24 Sep 1986 Everton A 0–4 11,959
2–2 7 Oct 1986 Everton H 1–5 Carter 7,172 1–9

Welsh Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponents Venue Result Scorers Attendance Notes
3 11 Nov 1986 Swansea City A 3–1 P.Jones, Millett, OG 4,756
4 10 Feb 1987 Shrewsbury Town A 1–0 Vintner 634
5 11 Mar 1987 Aberystwyth Town A 3–3 Gibbins, Vintner, Millett 3,000
5r 24 Mar 1987 Aberystwyth Town H 3–0 Gibbins, Vintner, Compton 1,420
SF-1 16 Apr 1987 Wrexham H 2–1 Thackeray, Taylor 2,109
SF-2 22 Apr 1987 Wrexham A 2–2 Thackeray, Gibbins 1,989 4–3 aggregate
F 17 May 1987 Merthyr Tydfil N 2–2 Thackeray 2 7,150 At Ninian Park
Fr 21 May 1987 Merthyr Tydfil N 0–1 6,010 At Ninian Park

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L F A GD Pts Notes
1 Bournemouth 46 29 10 7 76 40 +36 97 Champions, promoted
2 Middlesbrough 46 28 10 8 67 30 +37 94 Promoted
3 Swindon Town 46 25 12 9 77 47 +30 87 Play-off winners, promoted
4 Wigan Athletic 46 25 10 11 83 60 +23 85 Play-offs
5 Gillingham 46 23 9 14 65 48 +17 78 Play-offs
6 Bristol City 46 21 14 11 63 36 +27 77
7 Notts County 46 21 13 12 77 56 +21 76
8 Walsall 46 22 9 15 80 67 +13 75
9 Blackpool 46 16 16 14 74 59 +15 64
10 Mansfield Town 46 15 16 15 52 55 –3 61
11 Brentford 46 15 15 16 64 66 –2 60
12 Port Vale 46 15 12 19 76 70 +6 57
13 Doncaster Rovers 46 14 15 17 56 62 –6 57
14 Rotherham United 46 15 12 19 48 57 –9 57
15 Chester City 46 13 17 16 61 59 +2 56
16 Bury 46 14 13 19 54 60 –6 55
17 Chesterfield 46 13 15 18 56 69 –13 54
18 Fulham 46 12 17 17 59 77 –18 53
19 Bristol Rovers 46 13 12 21 49 75 –26 51
20 York City 46 12 13 21 55 79 –24 49
21 Bolton Wanderers 46 10 15 21 46 58 –12 45 Lost play-offs, relegated
22 Carlisle United 46 10 8 28 39 78 –39 38 Relegated
23 Darlington 46 7 16 23 45 77 –32 37 Relegated
24 Newport County 46 8 13 25 49 86 –37 37 Relegated
Key
Division Champions
Promoted
Into play-offs
Relegated

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