2014–15 Newport County A.F.C. season

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Newport County
2014–15 season
ChairmanLes Scadding
ManagerJustin Edinburgh
(until 7 February 2015)
Jimmy Dack
(from 7 February 2015)
StadiumRodney Parade
League Two9th
FA Cup1st round
League Cup1st round
League Trophy1st round
Top goalscorerLeague: Aaron O'Connor 11
All: Aaron O'Connor 12
Highest home attendance5,020 vs Plymouth Argyle (26 December 2014)
Lowest home attendance1,882 vs Swindon Town (23 September 2014) Football League Trophy round 1
Average home league attendance3,213

The 2014–15 season was Newport County's second consecutive season in Football League Two, 62nd season in the Football League and 94th season of league football overall. They finished the season in 9th place, narrowly missing out on the play-offs.

Season Review[edit]

League[edit]

The season started with three straight league defeats, including a 3–2 defeat at Morecambe where County were leading 2–0 at half time. However, with Newport lying just outside the relegation places they entered a run of form that saw them lose just two more games in the first half of the season. Highlights included home wins over Northampton Town, AFC Wimbledon, York City, Southend United, Stevenage and Plymouth Argyle; and away wins at Portsmouth, Dagenham & Redbridge, Bury, Carlisle United and Cheltenham Town. At the halfway point in the season County were in the play-off positions in 5th place, just three points from an automatic promotion spot.

In the new year, the good results kept coming: Home wins over Carlisle and Portsmouth put County in third place. However, there was speculation that County's success had led to interest in manager Justin Edinburgh from other clubs.[1] There had been approaches in the previous season: On 2 December 2013, County rejected an approach from Edinburgh's former club Portsmouth to be interviewed as a successor to Guy Whittingham as Portsmouth manager.[2] In January 2014 Edinburgh stated he had rebuffed an unofficial approach directly to himself to be considered as manager of Northampton Town[3] Following the win over Portsmouth, County had now lost three games in a row, as the speculation about Edinburgh's future grew. On 3 February Gillingham made an official approach, and on 7 February he was announced as the new Gills' boss. His departure was confirmed just two hours before kick-off at AFC Wimbledon and, under caretaker manager Jimmy Dack, County slipped to a fourth successive defeat.[4] County halted a run of four straight defeats with a 1-1 draw against Tranmere Rovers in Dack's first home game in charge. Despite the poor run of form Newport were still within the play-off positions, in 6th place.[5] However, with only five more wins in the remaining 16 games, County slipped out of the play-off places, eventually finishing 9th.

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 18 11 17 50 52  −2 65 9 7 7 29 23  +6 9 4 10 21 29  −8

Last updated: 2 May 2015.
Source: [1]

Results by round[edit]

Round12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031323334353637383940414243444546
GroundHAAHAHHAAHAHAHHAHAAHAHAHHAAHAHAHAHAHHAAHAHAHAH
ResultLLLDWDWDDWLWWWDDDWWWLWWWWLLLLDWLWLLDWDWDLLLLWL
Position2321222219191717161518139878987677543566666877998766789999
Updated to match(es) played on 2 May 2015. Source: bbc.co.uk
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Burton Albion (C, P) 46 28 10 8 69 39 +30 94 Promotion to Football League One
2 Shrewsbury Town (P) 46 27 8 11 67 31 +36 89
3 Bury (P) 46 26 7 13 60 40 +20 85
4 Wycombe Wanderers 46 23 15 8 67 45 +22 84 Qualification for League Two play-offs[a]
5 Southend United (O, P) 46 24 12 10 54 38 +16 84
6 Stevenage 46 20 12 14 62 54 +8 72
7 Plymouth Argyle 46 20 11 15 55 37 +18 71
8 Luton Town 46 19 11 16 54 44 +10 68
9 Newport County 46 18 11 17 51 54 −3 65
10 Exeter City 46 17 13 16 61 65 −4 64
11 Morecambe 46 17 12 17 53 52 +1 63
12 Northampton Town 46 18 7 21 67 62 +5 61
13 Oxford United 46 15 16 15 50 49 +1 61
14 Dagenham & Redbridge 46 17 8 21 58 59 −1 59
15 AFC Wimbledon 46 14 16 16 54 60 −6 58
16 Portsmouth 46 14 15 17 52 54 −2 57
17 Accrington Stanley 46 15 11 20 58 77 −19 56
18 York City 46 11 19 16 46 51 −5 52
19 Cambridge United 46 13 12 21 61 66 −5 51
20 Carlisle United 46 14 8 24 56 74 −18 50
21 Mansfield Town 46 13 9 24 38 62 −24 48
22 Hartlepool United 46 12 9 25 39 70 −31 45
23 Cheltenham Town (R) 46 9 14 23 40 67 −27 41 Relegation to the National League
24 Tranmere Rovers (R) 46 9 12 25 45 67 −22 39
Updated to match(es) played on 23 May 2015. Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Four teams play for one spot and promotion to Football League One.

Squad statistics[edit]

Squad information[edit]

Caps and goals as at 10 May 2015 as per Soccerbase.

No. Name Position Nationality Place of irth Date of birth (Age) Club caps
all competitions
Club goals
all competitions
Previous club Date signed Fee Contract end
Goalkeepers
1 Lenny Pidgeley GK England Twickenham (1984-02-07) 7 February 1984 (age 35) 74 0 Exeter City 1 August 2012 Free 2015
22 Simon Thomas GK Canada Victoria, British Columbia (1990-04-12) 12 April 1990 (age 29) 0 0 Vancouver Whitecaps 8 August 2014 Free 2014
25 Jamie Stephens GK England Wotton-under-Edge (1993-08-24) 24 August 1993 (age 26) 13 0 Liverpool 10 July 2013 Free 2015
30 Joe Day GK England Brighton (1990-08-13) 13 August 1990 (age 29) 38 0 Peterborough United 29 December 2014 Undisclosed 2017
Defenders
2 Ryan Jackson RB England Streatham (1990-07-31) 31 July 1990 (age 29) 73 0 Macclesfield Town 24 July 2013 Compensation 2015
3 Kevin Feely CB Republic of Ireland Kildare (1992-08-30) 30 August 1992 (age 27) 34 1 Charlton Athletic 30 May 2014 Free 2016
5 Darren Jones CB Wales Newport (1983-08-26) 26 August 1983 (age 36) 45 4 AFC Wimbledon 20 May 2014 Free 2016
6 Ismail Yakubu CB England Nigeria Kano (1985-04-08) 8 April 1985 (age 34) 131 16 AFC Wimbledon 1 July 2011 Free 2015
13 Andy Sandell LB England Calne (1983-09-08) 8 September 1983 (age 36) 121 14 Chippenham Town 1 January 2012 Free 2015
15 Scott Tancock CB Wales Swansea (1993-12-29) 29 December 1993 (age 25) 4 0 Swansea City 26 September 2014 Loan 2014
16 Andrew Hughes LB Wales Cardiff (1992-06-05) 5 June 1992 (age 27) 123 4 Youth system 1 July 2009 Trainee 2015
21 Curtis Obeng RB England Stretford (1989-02-14) 14 February 1989 (age 30) 6 0 Swansea City 24 October 2014 Loan 2014
26 Regan Poole CB Wales Cardiff (1998-06-18) 18 June 1998 (age 21) 12 0 Youth system 15 September 2014 Trainee 2015
27 David Tutonda CB Democratic Republic of the Congo (1995-10-11) 11 October 1995 (age 24) 12 2 Cardiff City 13 February 2015 Loan 2015
31 Kieran Parselle DF England England Portishead 0 0 Youth system 21 March 2015 Trainee 2015
Byron Anthony CB Wales Newport (1984-09-20) 20 September 1984 (age 35) 32 3 Hereford United 16 Nov 2012 Free 2014
Midfielders
4 Max Porter CM England Hornchurch (1987-06-29) 29 June 1987 (age 32) 88 4 AFC Wimbledon 1 July 2012 Free 2015
7 Adam Chapman CM Northern Ireland England Doncaster (1989-11-29) 29 November 1989 (age 29) 89 6 Oxford United 1 July 2013 Undisclosed 2015
8 Lee Minshull CM England Chatham (1985-11-11) 11 November 1985 (age 34) 135 14 AFC Wimbledon 1 July 2012 Free 2015
12 Robbie Willmott MF England Harlow (1990-05-16) 16 May 1990 (age 29) 92 13 Cambridge United 10 January 2013 Free 2015
17 Michael Flynn CM Wales Newport (1980-10-12) 12 October 1980 (age 39) 94 5 Bradford City 26 July 2012 Free 2015
18 Yan Klukowski CM England Chippenham (1987-01-01) 1 January 1987 (age 32) 41 6 Forest Green Rovers 20 May 2014 Free 2016
19 Kyle Patten MF Wales (1994-07-21) 21 July 1994 (age 25) 1 0 Youth system 23 August 2014 Trainee 2015
22 Tom Owen-Evans MF Wales (1997-03-18) 18 March 1997 (age 22) 1 0 Youth system 15 September 2014 Trainee 2015
33 Mark Byrne CM Republic of Ireland Dublin (1988-11-09) 9 November 1988 (age 31) 44 4 Barnet 14 July 2014 Free 2015
Forwards
9 Rene Howe CF England Bedford (1986-10-22) 22 October 1986 (age 33) 30 3 Burton Albion 9 January 2014 Free 2015
10 Aaron O'Connor FW England Nottingham (1983-08-09) 9 August 1983 (age 36) 87 31 Luton Town 24 July 2012 Free 2015
11 Chris Zebroski FW England Swindon (1986-10-26) 26 October 1986 (age 33) 77 20 Eastleigh 1 July 2013 Free 2015
14 Shaun Jeffers FW England Bedford (1992-04-14) 14 April 1992 (age 27) 35 3 Peterborough United 28 January 2014 Free 2015
20 James Loveridge FW Wales Llanelli (1994-05-16) 16 May 1994 (age 25) 8 0 Swansea City 3 October 2014 Loan 2014
20 Miles Storey FW England West Bromwich (1994-01-04) 4 January 1994 (age 25) 18 2 Swindon Town 30 January 2015 Loan 2015
23 Christian Jolley FW England Fleet (1988-05-12) 12 May 1988 (age 31) 72 17 AFC Wimbledon 11 January 2013 Undisclosed 2015
24 Joe Parker FW England (1995-03-11) 11 March 1995 (age 24) 4 0 Gloucester City 19 November 2013 Free 2015
28 Danny Crow CF England Great Yarmouth (1986-01-26) 26 January 1986 (age 33) 65 8 Luton Town 1 July 2012 Free 2015
39 Aaron Collins FW Wales Newport (1997-05-27) 27 May 1997 (age 22) 3 0 Youth system 15 September 2014 Trainee 2015
45 Joe Pigott FW England Maidstone (1993-11-24) 24 November 1993 (age 25) 11 3 Charlton Athletic 11 September 2014 Loan 2014

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos. Name From Fee Ref.
20 May 2014 DF Wales Darren Jones England AFC Wimbledon Free [6]
20 May 2014 MF England Yan Klukowski England Forest Green Rovers Free [6]
30 May 2014 DF Republic of Ireland Kevin Feely England Charlton Athletic Free [7]
14 July 2014 MF Republic of Ireland Mark Byrne England Barnet Free [8]
8 August 2014 GK Canada Simon Thomas Canada Vancouver Whitecaps Free
29 December 2014 GK England Joe Day England Peterborough United Undisclosed record [9]

Out[edit]

Date Pos. Name To Fee Ref.
1 September 2014 GK Canada Simon Thomas Released
15 January 2015 FW England Danny Crow Released [10][11]
21 January 2015 FW England Christian Jolley Released [12]
25 March 2015 FW England Rene Howe Released [12]
17 April 2015 FW England Chris Zebroski Released [12]
12 May 2015 MF Wales Mike Flynn Released [12]
12 May 2015 FW England Shaun Jeffers Released [12]
12 May 2015 FW England Aaron O'Connor Released [12]
12 May 2015 MF England Lee Minshull Released [12]
12 May 2015 MF Wales Kyle Patten Released [12]
12 May 2015 GK England Lenny Pidgeley Released [12]
12 May 2015 GK England Jamie Stephens Released [12]
12 May 2015 MF England Max Porter Released [12]
12 May 2015 FW England Joe Parker Released [12]
12 May 2015 DF England Andy Sandell Released [12]
12 May 2015 FW England Robbie Willmott Released [12]
12 May 2015 DF England Ismail Yakubu Released [12]
15 May 2015 MF Northern Ireland Adam Chapman Mansfield Town free [13]
15 May 2015 DF Wales Darren Jones Forest Green free [14]
26 May 2015 DF England Ryan Jackson Gillingham free [15]

Loans in[edit]

Date Pos. Name From Expiry
28 August 2014 GK England Joe Day England Peterborough United 28 November 2014
11 September 2014 FW England Joe Pigott England Charlton Athletic 22 November 2014[16]
26 September 2014 DF Wales Scott Tancock Wales Swansea City 21 November 2014[17][18]
2 October 2014 FW Wales James Loveridge Wales Swansea City 31 November 2014[19]
23 October 2014 DF England Curtis Obeng Wales Swansea City 18 December 2014[18][20]
30 January 2015 FW England Miles Storey England Swindon Town End of season
13 February 2015 DF Democratic Republic of the Congo David Tutonda Wales Cardiff City End of season[21][22]

Loans out[edit]

Date Pos. Name To Expiry
12 September 2014 MF Wales Kyle Patten England Bath City 12 October 2014
18 September 2014 FW England Joe Parker England Gloucester City 18 November 2014
19 September 2014 FW England Shaun Jeffers England Brackley Town 19 November 2014
25 September 2014 FW England Christian Jolley England Forest Green Rovers 25 November 2014
17 October 2014 GK England Jamie Stephens England Gloucester City 17 November 2014
10 December 2014 FW England Joe Parker England Gloucester City 10 January 2015
8 January 2015 MF Wales Kyle Patten Wales Merthyr Town 12 April 2015
8 January 2015 FW Wales Aaron Collins Wales Merthyr Town 8 March 2015
2 February 2015 GK England Lenny Pidgeley England Mansfield Town End of Season

Managerial statistics[edit]

Only competitive games from the 2014–15 season are included.
Name Nat. From To Record Honours
PLD W D L GF GA GD W%
Justin Edinburgh England 7 February 2015 31 13 7 11 40 40 +0 041.9
Jimmy Dack England 7 February 2015 18 5 4 9 15 21 −6 027.8

Match details[edit]

Pre-season friendlies[edit]

[23][24]

Date Opponents Venue Result Scorers Attendance Reports
Tuesday 8 July 2014 Evesham United Spiers and Hartwell Jubilee Stadium 4–2 Byrne Goal 32', Howe Goal 40', Klukowski Goal 61', Zebroski Goal 81' Report
Saturday 12 July 2014 Cirencester Town Corinium Stadium 5–0 O'Connor Goal 37', Howe Goal 50'58', Parker Goal 69', Flynn Goal 82' Report
Tuesday 15 July 2014 Weston-super-Mare Woodspring Stadium 2–0 O'Connor Goal 46', Jolley Goal 81' Report
Saturday 19 July 2014 Gloucester City Causeway Ground 2–0 Howe Goal 73'86' Report
Tuesday 22 July 2014 Basingstoke Town The Camrose 1–1 O'Connor Goal 30' Report
Saturday 26 July 2014 Germany Carl Zeiss Jena Newport Stadium 1–0 Jones Goal 63' 2,630 Report
Tuesday 29 July 2014 Coventry City Newport Stadium 1–0 Yakubu Goal 20' 828 Report
Saturday 2 August 2014 West Ham United U-21 Little Heath Sports Ground 3–0 Klukowski Goal 28', Zebroski Goal 64', Howe Goal 67' Report

League Two[edit]

Football League Cup[edit]

Football League Trophy[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gillingham make approach for County manager Justin Edinburgh". South Wales Argus. 3 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Justin Edinburgh explains why he rejected Portsmouth approach – BBC Sport". Bbc.co.uk. 5 December 2013. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Justin Edinburgh 'approached to be Northampton boss' – BBC Sport". Bbc.co.uk. 23 January 2014. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Jimmy Dack remains positive despite defeat". South Wales Argus. 7 February 2015.
  5. ^ "We won't give up on promotion dream, says Jimmy Dack". South Wales Argus. 11 February 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Double delight at New Signings for County". Newport County. 20 May 2014.
  7. ^ "Welcome Back For New Signing". Newport County AFC. 30 May 2014.
  8. ^ "Byrne signs for County!". Newport County. 14 July 2014.
  9. ^ "County to sign Day". Newport County. 29 December 2014.
  10. ^ "Danny Crow leaves County". Newport County. 15 January 2015.
  11. ^ "Crow flies into the meadow". Lowestoft Town F.C. 15 January 2015.[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Newport county released players
  13. ^ Chapman joins Mansfield
  14. ^ Jones joins Forest Green players
  15. ^ Gills sign Jackson
  16. ^ "Joe Pigott signs for County". Newport County A.F.C. 11 September 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  17. ^ "County swoop for Swans youngster on loan". South Wales Argus. 26 September 2014.
  18. ^ a b "Curtis Obeng signs on loan". Newport County A.F.C. 23 October 2014.
  19. ^ "James Loveridge signs on loan". Newport County A.F.C. 2 October 2014.
  20. ^ "Obeng makes Swansea return". TEAMtalk. 18 December 2014.
  21. ^ "Cardiff City youngster joins County on loan". South Wales Argus. 13 February 2015.
  22. ^ "David Tutonda extends stay with County". Newport County A.F.C. 17 March 2015.
  23. ^ "Pre Season Friendlies Announced". Newport County A.F.C. 2 May 2014.
  24. ^ "It's Jena in July". Newport County A.F.C. 2 May 2014.