From FA Cup fifth-round home tie against Premier League champions Manchester City to an entertaining brand of football, 2018-19 was a season to remember for most Newport County fans.
If it weren’t for the 119th-minute goal from Tranmere Rovers in Playoffs final, they could be playing in League One this season.
But FA Cup run in which they played three Premier League clubs Leicester City, Man City and Championship side Middlesbrough twice meant they are in a better financial situation than they were at the start of last season.
To go into more detail condition of their finances. The club reported a loss of 351,456 pounds in 2017. In 2018 however they reported a profit of 82,680, this was because of their FA Cup run in the 2017-18 season which saw them play against Leeds United and twice against Tottenham Hotspur.
In 2018-19 however their matches against Wrexham(Reply), Leicester City, Man City, and Middlesbrough were all televised Nationally and Leicester City, Man City matches were televised Internationally. Which meant more T.V. Money.
We also have to add £180,000 prize money that comes with winning the Fourth Round tie.
When your team has an amazing season it is very important that key players are retained by the club. But they weren’t able to retain Joe Day, and Dan Butler as they got offers from Cardiff City, and Peterborough United respectively.
But they were able to retain their most important asset, their manager Michael Flynn.
Newport County Manager
Michael Flynn is the current manager of Newport County. He started his playing career at Newport County and ended it there. But his relationship with the club has not been always a pleasant one as he was sacked from two different jobs in the space of a few weeks in 2015.
Flynn was a player as well as Academy Coach in 2015 but the Manager at the time Terry Butcher deemed him surplus for both the roles and sacked him as a player first and then as Coach.
But that didn’t last long as poor performances that season meant Terry Butcher was sacked and Michael Flynn who played a key role in Newport County Supporters’ Trust takeover. Which led to him joining the club back as a coach.
In 2016–17 when The Exiles were bottom of the League with just 12 games to go. The Newport born Flynn was appointed as a caretaker manager and guided them to a 22nd place safety.
He guided them to 11th position the following season and to playoffs final last season along with their FA Cup dream runs.
He is also a UEFA Professional Licence holder and has done it from FAW(Wales).
Newport County 2019-20 New Signings
Apart from Joe Day, and Dan Butler they will miss Antoine Semenyo, Tyreeq Bakinson, and Regan Poole who have all played their part arriving on loan last season.
The signed the following players for 2019-20 campaign.
Kyle Howkins is a 6 ft 5, 23-Year-Old defender who is a product of West Bromwich Albion academy. He spent most of his career at West Brom Academy and with their Senior team without any playing time.
He made only 39 appearances in senior football with 31 of them coming from loan spells at Mansfield Town, Cambridge United, and Port Vale.
He is a highly rated player but is very injury prone. When he is not injured he is a Strong defender with good areal presence.
Tom King is a 24-Year-Old goalkeeper who is a product of Crystal Palace and Millwall Academy.
He has made close to 100 appearances across National League, League One and League Two.
He will undoubtedly give Nick Townsend competition for No.1 Jersey.
Daniel Leadbitter 28-year-old full back who is a product of Newcastle United Academy but spent most of his playing career at Bristol Rovers.
He has spent five-year with The Pirates but was released at the end of last season because of his injuries. He has been in the physio room constantly for the last two seasons.
He was able to make only 18 appearances for Bristol Rovers last season. but, if he is fit then he is a quality League One Caliber player.
He has made close to 200 appearances in his professional career and his experience will be invaluable for The Exiles Dressing Room.
Marvel Ekpiteta is a 23-Year-old defensive player who had an amazing season in defense for National League South side Hungerford Town in 2018-19
He is a versatile defensive player who can Play in the center as well as on both sides of the defense.
He has a twin brother named Marvin Ekpiteta who plays for newly promoted League Two side Leyton Orient.
Lazer Stojsavljevic is a 21-year-Old Serbian Defender who is a product of Millwall academy and spent most of his Time at Millwall Academy.
The only senior experience he has under his belt is with Working FC where he spent 7 months and made 6 appearances in National League.
Corey Whitely is a 27-Year-Old versatile attacking Forward who can place in Center as well as in flanks. He uses his pace to full advantage.
He has spent the last three seasons in National League with Ebbsfleet United, Dagenham & Redbridge and scored 35 times in 129 appearances.
Newport County 2019-20 Away journey
Total Away miles Newport County fans have to travel this season is 3701 which means they have to travel an average of 160.9 miles per game.
The Longest away game for them this season will be Carlisle United. For that game alone they have to cover 282 miles.
Newport County 2019-20 Odds
Bookmakers are predicting a Playoff finish for Newport County this season.
Newport County 2019-20 Fixtures
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