2016–17 Newport County A.F.C. season

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Newport County
2016–17 season
OwnerNewport County AFC Supporters Trust
ChairmanMalcolm Temple & Gavin Foxall
ManagerWarren Feeney until 28 September 2016
Sean McCarthy & James Bittner (caretaker managers) from 28 September 2016 to 9 October 2016
Graham Westley from 10 October 2016 to 9 March 2017
Mike Flynn (caretaker manager) from 9 March 2017
StadiumRodney Parade
League Two22nd
FA Cup2nd Round
EFL Cup1st Round
EFL TrophySouthern Group B
Top goalscorerLeague: Rhys Healey (6)
Sean Rigg (6)
Ryan Bird (6)

All: Rhys Healey (7)
Josh Sheehan (7)
Highest home attendance7,326 v Notts County (6 May 2017)
Lowest home attendance368 v AFC Wimbledon (8 November 2016) EFL Trophy Southern Group B
Average home league attendance2,861

The 2016–17 season was Newport County's fourth consecutive season in Football League Two, 64th season in the Football League and 96th season of league football overall. The season saw Newport achieve a second "Great Escape" after that of the 1976–77 season. Having been 11 points adrift in March, they avoided relegation on the final day of the season.

Season review[edit]

League[edit]

The season began in much the same fashion as the previous season had finished, with County securing only a single win from their first nine matches. With the club finding itself bottom of the league, manager Warren Feeney was sacked on 28 September.

Goalkeeper player/coach James Bittner and fellow first-team coach Sean McCarthy were named joint caretaker managers. Their only matches in charge were the 2–1 home defeat against Swansea City Under-23s in the League Trophy fixture on 4 October [1] and the League Two 0–0 draw versus Colchester United on 8 October.

Graham Westley was appointed team manager effective from 10 October with Dino Maamria his assistant manager.[2] Despite losing the first two league games, form improved and Newport went seven games unbeaten in all competitions, including three successive league wins in October and November. County were now just outside the relegation places, but this was to last just the one game. In a disastrous spell, the next eight games were lost, with Newport falling ever further from safety. Following draws with Colchester United and Barnet, a vital win was secured against Hartlepool United, but that was the last of Westley's tenure. Of the next seven games, four were drawn and three lost, including a 4–0 humiliation to fellow strugglers Leyton Orient. Westley was sacked on 9 March with County now 11 points adrift of safety with 12 games left to play. Newport-born Mike Flynn, who had been brought back as a player by Westley, took over as manager, with Lennie Lawrence as assistant.

Flynn's impact was instant, with back-to-back wins against Crewe Alexandra and Morecambe in March, and consecutive 1–0 wins against Crawley Town, Exeter City and Yeovil Town in April, he had accrued more league wins in his eight games in charge than Westley had in 24. With four games left, County were no longer bottom, but still in a relegation place. The next game at promotion-chasing Plymouth Argyle was lost 6–1, confirming the host's place in League One, but with relegation rivals Hartlepool United losing 2–1 at bottom-of-the-table Leyton Orient, County were only one point behind them.

At home to Accrington Stanley, County recorded another vital 1–0 win to climb out of the bottom two for the first time in five months, two points clear of Hartlepool. With two games now remaining, their fate was now in their own hands.

In the penultimate game of the season, a County win combined with a Hartlepool loss would see Newport safe. County took the lead at Carlisle United in the 12th minute, and Hartlepool were losing at Cheltenham Town in the 17th. However, two goals from Carlisle in the second half meant that both Newport and Hartlepool lost, leaving County still two points clear with a single game remaining.

For the final decisive game of the season, Newport were home to mid-table Notts County and Hartlepool were at home to promoted Doncaster Rovers. With County two points clear, anything other than a win for Hartlepool would see Newport safe and them relegated. If United won and County could only draw then County would be relegated on goal difference — a hangover of their 6–1 drubbing in Plymouth. For the first 30 minutes both games were deadlocked at 0–0 — enough to keep county up. On 31 minutes, Andy Williams scored for Doncaster and on 34 minutes Mickey Demetriou scored a penalty for County, who were now five points clear as things stood. In the second half, Jorge Grant scored an equaliser for Notts County in the 62nd minute — Newport were now only three points clear, but still safe. Coming up to the last 15 minutes of each game it looked likely that that was how both games would end, but Devante Rodney scored an equaliser for Pools in the 74th minute. Newport now knew that another Hartlepool goal would win it for them and condemn County to relegation. Eight minutes later Rodney scored his second, putting Hartlepool in front and keeping Pools up on goal difference. With the clock ticking down to full-time, County defender Mark O'Brien pushed forward in the 89th minute and scored the winner for Newport to complete the Great Escape and relegate Pools.

Mike Flynn had inspired a written-off squad to seven wins in twelve matches, which included games against six of those who finished in the League Two top seven, achieved on the worst pitch in the Football League.[3]

Cup[edit]

In the League Cup Round 1, County were drawn at home to Milton Keynes Dons. Despite leading 2–0, goals in the 63rd, 70th and 90th minutes for the visitors secured them the win and progression into the second round.

In the EFL Trophy, County finished bottom of Group B following defeats to Plymouth Argyle and the Swansea City Under-23s, and a sole win against AFC Wimbledon.

In the FA Cup, County were drawn away at National League North qualifiers Alfreton Town. Despite taking the lead in the 65th minute, Town equalised in the 74th minute to force a replay at Rodney Parade. That game was won 4–1 after extra time, as County had again taken the lead in the 68th minute, only for Town to equalise in the 74th. The second-round match away at Plymouth Argyle was drawn 0–0, forcing another replay at Rodney Parade. In the intervening period, the draw for the third round had taken place, with the winners rewarded with a trip to Premier League Liverpool. The game went into extra time as it too finished 0–0. Argyle were awarded a penalty shortly into the first period of extra time, but Paul Garita hit the post. They were awarded a second with 10 minutes of extra time remaining and Graham Carey made no mistake to score the winner and send Plymouth to Anfield.

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 12 12 22 51 73  −22 48 6 8 9 26 35  −9 6 4 13 25 38  −13

Last updated: 6 May 2017.
Source: [1]

Results by round[edit]

Round12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031323334353637383940414243444546
GroundHAAHAHAHAAAHHAHAHAHAHHAAHAHAHHAHAHAAHHAHAHAHAH
ResultLWLDDDLLLDLLDWWWLLLLLLLLDDWDDDLDLLWWLDLWWWLWLW
Position18121817182020232424242424242422242424242424242424242424242424242424242323232323232323222222
Updated to match(es) played on 6 May 2017. Source: [2]
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

Transfers[edit]

Transfers in[edit]

Date from Position Nationality Name From Fee Ref.
1 July 2016 LB England Dan Butler Torquay United Free transfer [4]
1 July 2016 RB England Jazzi Barnum-Bobb Cardiff City Free transfer [5]
1 July 2016 CB England Scot Bennett Notts County Free transfer [6]
1 July 2016 GK England James Bittner Plymouth Argyle Free transfer [7]
1 July 2016 LW Wales Jack Compton Yeovil Town Free transfer [8]
1 July 2016 CM England Joss Labadie Dagenham & Redbridge Free transfer [9]
1 July 2016 LM England Jennison Myrie-Williams Sligo Rovers Free transfer [10]
1 July 2016 CM England Mark Randall Barnet Free transfer [11]
1 July 2016 LW England Sean Rigg AFC Wimbledon Free transfer [12]
1 July 2016 CB England Jamie Turley Eastleigh Free transfer [13]
4 July 2016 CM England Ben Tozer Yeovil Town Free transfer [14]
17 July 2016 CF England Jon Parkin Forest Green Rovers Free transfer [15]
27 July 2016 CF England Marlon Jackson Oxford City Free transfer [16]
30 July 2016 RB England Paul Bignot Solihull Moors Free transfer
25 August 2016 GK England Marcus Beauchamp Norwich City Free transfer [17]
8 November 2016 LM England Jack Jebb Stevenage Free transfer
8 November 2016 CF Republic of Ireland Josh O'Hanlon AFC Bournemouth Free transfer
25 November 2016 CB Ivory Coast Abdoulaye Méïté SJK Free transfer
1 January 2017 CF England Aaron Williams Peterborough United Free transfer [18]
6 January 2017 CB Republic of Ireland Mark O'Brien Luton Town Free transfer
6 January 2017 CF England Craig Reid Gloucester City Free transfer
7 January 2017 CM Wales Mike Flynn Undy Athletic Free transfer
10 January 2017 CB England Mickey Demetriou Shrewsbury Town Free transfer
20 January 2017 CM England Mitchell Rose Mansfield Town Free transfer [19]
23 January 2017 CF England Ryan Bird Eastleigh Free transfer
10 February 2017 CM France Maxime Blanchard Unattached Free transfer

Loans in[edit]

Date from Position Nationality Name From Date until Ref.
8 August 2016 RM England Jordan Green AFC Bournemouth 9 January 2017 [20]
8 August 2016 CM Wales Josh Sheehan Swansea City 9 March 2017 [20]
31 August 2016 LB Scotland Kyle Cameron Newcastle United 9 January 2017 [21]
31 August 2016 RM Republic of Ireland Reece Grego-Cox Queens Park Rangers 9 January 2017 [22]
31 August 2016 CF England Rhys Healey Cardiff City 9 January 2017 [23]
1 January 2017 CF England Jaanai Gordon West Ham United End of season [24]
4 January 2017 CB England Sid Nelson Millwall End of season [25]
5 January 2017 RB Wales David Pipe Eastleigh End of season [26]
10 January 2017 CF Kosovo Florent Bojaj Huddersfield Town 10 April 2017 [27]
13 January 2017 LM Wales Alex Samuel Swansea City End of season [28]

Transfers out[edit]

Date from Position Nationality Name To Fee Ref.
3 January 2017 MF Wales Lewis Bamford Free agent Released
3 January 2017 CB Wales Ben Jones Free agent Released
3 January 2017 MF Wales Dafydd Jones Free agent Released
3 January 2017 CF England Jon Parkin York City Free
9 January 2017 LM England Jack Jebb Free agent Released
9 January 2017 CF Republic of Ireland Josh O'Hanlon Free agent Released
14 January 2017 CB Ivory Coast Abdoulaye Méïté Free agent Released
14 February 2017 CM France Maxime Blanchard Free agent Released
30 June 2017 CB Wales Liam Angel Free agent Released [29]
30 June 2017 GK England Marcus Beauchamp Free agent Released [29]
30 June 2017 RB England Paul Bignot Free agent Released [29]
30 June 2017 LW Wales Jack Compton Free agent Released [29]
30 June 2017 CB Wales Darren Jones Free agent Released [29]
30 June 2017 CF England Tom Meechan Free agent Released [29]
30 June 2017 CB England Kieran Parselle Free agent Released [29]
30 June 2017 MF Wales Finlay Wood Free agent Released [29]
30 June 2017 CF England Craig Reid Free agent Released
30 June 2017 CF England Ryan Bird Free agent Released
30 June 2017 MF England Mitchell Rose Free agent Released
30 June 2017 CF England Lenell John-Lewis Free agent Released
30 June 2017 MF England Mark Randall Free agent Released
30 June 2017 LW England Jennison Myrie-Williams Free agent Released [30]

Loans out[edit]

Date from Position Nationality Name To Date until Ref.
2 August 2016 CF England Tom Meechan Weston-super-Mare 31 January 2017
4 August 2016 CB England Kieran Parselle Salisbury 31 January 2017
31 August 2016 LM Wales Dafydd Jones Monmouth Town 3 January 2017
31 August 2016 CB Wales Ben Jones Abergavenny Town 3 January 2017
23 September 2016 CM England Tom Owen-Evans Gloucester City 7 November 2016
30 November 2016 CF England Jon Parkin York City 3 January 2017
15 February 2017 LM Wales Jack Compton Merthyr Town End of season
22 February 2017 GK England Marcus Beauchamp Slimbridge 22 April 2017
23 February 2017 CF England Tom Meechan Hungerford Town End of season

Managerial statistics[edit]

Only competitive games from the 2016–17 season are included.
Name Nat. From To Record Honours
PLD W D L GF GA GD W%
Warren Feeney Northern Ireland 15 January 2016 28 September 2016 11 1 3 7 13 22 −9 009.1
Sean McCarthy & James Bittner Wales & England 28 September 2016 9 October 2016 2 0 1 1 1 2 −1 000.0
Graham Westley England 10 October 2016 9 March 2017 29 6 9 14 34 45 −11 020.7
Michael Flynn Wales 9 March 2017 12 7 1 4 14 16 −2 058.3

Competitions[edit]

Pre-season friendlies[edit]

On 5 July 2016, Newport County announced a pre-season tour of Poland.[31]

League Two table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
20 Yeovil Town 46 11 17 18 49 64 −15 50
21 Cheltenham Town 46 12 14 20 49 69 −20 50
22 Newport County 46 12 12 22 51 73 −22 48
23 Hartlepool United (R) 46 11 13 22 54 75 −21 46 Relegation to the National League
24 Leyton Orient (R) 46 10 6 30 47 87 −40 36
Updated to match(es) played on 6 May 2017. Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(R) Relegated.

League Two[edit]

EFL Cup[edit]

EFL Trophy[edit]

Pos Div Team Pld W PW PL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 L1 AFC Wimbledon 3 2 0 0 1 5 3 +2 6 Advance to Round 2
2 ACA Swansea City Academy 3 2 0 0 1 4 4 0 6
3 L2 Plymouth Argyle 3 1 0 0 2 5 5 0 3
4 L2 Newport County 3 1 0 0 2 4 6 −2 3
Source: EFL.com

FA Cup[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Newport County v Swansea City U23
  2. ^ Westley appointed Newport County manager
  3. ^ Newport County: What next for Exiles after their greatest escape?
  4. ^ "Daniel Butler signs for County…". Newport County Official Site. 28 June 2016. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
  5. ^ "Jazzi Barnum-Bobb Signs For County". Newport County Official Site. 23 June 2016. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  6. ^ "Scot Bennett Signs For The Exiles". Newport County Official Site. 2 June 2016. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  7. ^ "James Bittner Signs For The Exiles". Newport County Official Site. 16 June 2016. Retrieved 16 June 2016.
  8. ^ "Jack Compton Joins The Exiles". Newport County Official Site. 20 June 2016. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  9. ^ "Joss Labadie Signs For The Exiles". Newport County Official Site. 7 June 2016. Retrieved 7 June 2016.
  10. ^ "Jennison Myrie-Williams Signs For County". Newport County Official Site. 16 June 2016. Retrieved 16 June 2016.
  11. ^ "Mark Randall Signs For The Exiles". Newport County Official Site. 31 May 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  12. ^ "Sean Rigg Joins The Exiles". Newport County Official Site. 20 June 2016. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  13. ^ "County Sign Defender Jamie Turley". Newport County Official Site. 18 May 2016. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  14. ^ "Ben Tozer Signs For The Exiles". Newport County Official Site. 4 July 2016. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  15. ^ "Striker Jon Parkin Signs For County". Newport County Official Site. 17 July 2016. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
  16. ^ "Striker Marlon Jackson Signs For County". Newport County Official Site. 27 July 2016. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  17. ^ "Goalkeeper Marcus Beauchamp Signs For County". Newport County Official Site. 25 August 2016. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  18. ^ "County Secure Signing Of Aaron Williams". Newport County Official Site. 1 January 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  19. ^ "Mitchell Rose, brother of England and Tottenham defender Danny, joins the Exiles from Mansfield Town". South Wales Argus. 20 January 2017. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  20. ^ a b "Jordan Green & Josh Sheehan Sign On Loan". Newport County Official Site. 8 August 2016. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  21. ^ Cameron loan to Newport
  22. ^ Greco-Cox loan to Newport
  23. ^ Healey loan to Newport
  24. ^ "County Secure Loan Signing Of Jaanai Gordon". Newport County Official Site. 1 January 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  25. ^ "Newport County AFC Secure Loan Signing Of Sid Nelson". Newport County Official Site. 4 January 2017. Retrieved 4 January 2017.
  26. ^ "Newport County AFC Secure Loan Signing Of David Pipe". Newport County Official Site. 5 January 2017. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  27. ^ "County Secure Loan Signing Of Florent Bojaj". Newport County Official Site. 10 January 2017. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  28. ^ "County Secure Loan Signing Of Alex Samuel". Newport County Official Site. 13 January 2017. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  29. ^ a b c d e f g h "RETAIN AND RELEASE | Player Departures". Newport County Official Site. 9 May 2017. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  30. ^ "Jennison Myrie-Williams Leaves The Exiles". Newport County Official Site. 4 July 2017. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  31. ^ "FIXTURES: Friendly Fixtures Announced". Newport County AFC. 5 July 2016.