2005–06 Newport County A.F.C. season

Newport County
2005–06 season
Chairman Chris Blight
Manager John Cornforth
(until 13 September)
Peter Beadle
(after 9 October)
Conference South 18th
FA Cup 2nd qualifying round
FA Trophy 3rd qualifying round
FAW Premier Cup 3rd round
Top goalscorer League: Hughes (11)
All: Hughes (11)
Highest home attendance 1,148 vs Thurrock (29 Apr 2006)
Lowest home attendance 504 vs Basingstoke Town (18 Mar 2006)
Average home league attendance 650
Home colours
Away colours

The 2005–06 season was Newport County's second consecutive season in the Conference South and they had been ever-present since the introduction of the Conference North & South in 2004. The club finished in 18th place for the second consecutive season.

County struggled early on in the season in much the same fashion as the previous season's relegation battle. This was to prove the end for manager John Cornforth who was sacked on 13 September after accumulating only four points from the first seven matches.[1] He was replaced by Peter Beadle on 9 October with the team in the middle of a ten-game losing streak.[2]

Results gradually improved and the team eventually climbed out of the relegation zone with five games remaining. A win away at Cambridge City in the penultimate game of the season eventually securing Conference South status with a game to spare.[3]

Season review

Results summary

42 12 8 22 50 67  −17 44 7 3 11 28 34  −6 5 5 11 22 33  −11

Last updated: 29 Apr 2006.

Results by round

Result W D L L L L L L L L L L W L L W D L D L L W D L W D L W L D L L D W W W W D W L W L
Position 2 4 9 14 19 19 20 21 21 21 21 21 20 21 21 20 20 20 20 20 22 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 22 22 22 21 21 21 19 19 18 19 18 18

Last updated: 29 Apr 2006.
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Fixtures and results

Pre-season friendlies

Date Opponents Venue Result Scorers Attendance
Sat 16 Jul 2005Cirencester TownA3–5R.Shuger, J.Bowen, A.Williams
Wed 20 Jul 2005Team BathA1–0M.Draycott (P)
Fri 22 Jul 2005Garden VillageA2–1OG, N.Harrhy
Tue 26 Jul 2005Exmouth TownA5–0P.Bonner, M. Gorden, C.Belle, W. O'Sullivan
Thu 28 Jul 2005ElmoreA5–0R.Shuger, J.Bowen, A.Williams
Sat 30 Jul 2005Bodmin TownA3–1M.Green, A.Corbisiero, N.Harrhy
Tue 2 Aug 2005Port Talbot TownA4–1 S.O'Sullivan, C.Belle, N.Harrhy, A.Thomas
Sat 6 Aug 2005Worcester CityA1–0N.Harrhy

Conference South

Date Opponents Venue Result Scorers Attendance
Sat 13 Aug 2005Carshalton AthleticH4–1A.Corbisiero, N.Harrhy, J.Bowen, M.Draycott886
Tue 16 Aug 2005Maidenhead UnitedA1–1OG434
Sat 20 Aug 2005EastleighA0–2578
Sat 27 Aug 2005Havant & WaterloovilleH2–3W.O'Sullivan, A.Corbisiero720
Mon 29 Aug 2005Farnborough TownA1–2A.Thomas610
Sun 4 Sep 2005HistonH0–1604
Sat 10 Sep 2005LewesA0–1485
Sat 17 Sep 2005WeymouthH0–3724
Sat 1 Oct 2005Eastbourne BoroughA0–2580
Sat 15 Oct 2005YeadingH1–3A.Thomas703
Wed 19 Oct 2005Dorchester TownH0–2587
Sat 22 Oct 2005St Albans CityA0–1531
Sat 29 Oct 2005Bognor Regis TownH1–0M.Draycott604
Sat 5 Nov 2005Basingstoke TownA0–1471
Tue 8 Nov 2005HayesA2–3C.Hughes, J.Bowen (P)264
Sat 12 Nov 2005Bishop's StortfordH1–0J.Bowen (P)649
Sat 19 Nov 2005Sutton UnitedA1–1C.Belle581
Sat 10 Dec 2005ThurrockA2–4S.O'Sullivan, C.Belle231
Mon 26 Dec 2005Weston-super-MareH2–2L.Jenkins, C.Hughes754
Mon 2 Jan 2006Weston-super-MareA1–2T.Toppar680
Sat 7 Jan 2006Carshalton AthleticA0–1431
Sat 14 Jan 2006Maidenhead UnitedH3–0J.Bowen, C.Hughes, N.Davies625
Wed 18 Jan 2006Welling UnitedH2–2M.Green, OG602
Sat 21 Jan 2006EastleighH0–2675
Sat 28 Jan 2006Havant & WaterloovilleA2–1C.Hughes, G.Fisken524
Sat 4 Feb 2006Eastbourne BoroughH1–1M.Green548
Wed 8 Feb 2006Cambridge CityH0–2522
Sat 11 Feb 2006YeadingA2–1G.Fisken, C.Hughes201
Sat 18 Feb 2006St Albans CityH1–3M.Green665
Tue 21 Feb 2006Dorchester TownA2–2C.Hughes, M.Green452
Sat 25 Feb 2006LewesH2–3S.O'Sullivan, C.Hughes534
Sat 4 Mar 2006WeymouthA0–42,110
Sat 11 Mar 2006Bognor Regis TownA1–1I.Hillier (P)425
Sat 18 Mar 2006Basingstoke TownH2–0J.Bowen, C.Hughes504
Sat 25 Mar 2006Bishop's StortfordA1–0C.Hughes370
Sat 1 Apr 2006Sutton UnitedH1–0J.Bowen632
Wed 5 Apr 2006HayesH1–0P.Cochlin702
Sat 8 Apr 2006Welling UnitedA1–1J.Bowen629
Sat 15 Apr 2006HistonA3–2P.Cochlin, G.Fisken, A.Thomas1,092
Mon 17 Apr 2006Farnborough TownH1–2J.Bowen (P)1,059
Sat 22 Apr 2006Cambridge CityA2–0C.Hughes, G.Fisken507
Sat 29 Apr 2006ThurrockH3–4C.Hughes, M.Prosser, N.Davies1,148

FA Cup

Main article: 2005–06 FA Cup
Round Date Opponents Venue Result Scorers Attendance
2Q24 Sep 2005Chippenham TownA0–4949

FA Trophy

Main article: 2005–06 FA Trophy
Round Date Opponents Venue Result Scorers Attendance
3Q28 Nov 2005Salisbury CityA0–3806

FAW Premier Cup

Round Date Opponents Venue Result Scorers Attendance
229 Nov 2005CaerswsH1–0I.Hillier258
QF25 Jan 2006WrexhamH0–2442

League table

1Weymouth4230488034+46904 points deducted, promoted
2St Albans City42275109447+4786Play-off winners, promoted
3Farnborough Town42239106541+2478Play-offs
4Lewes422110117857+2173Could not participate in the play-offs due to ground issues
6Havant & Waterlooville422110116448+16703 points deducted
7Cambridge City422010127846+32673 points deducted
9Welling United42161795844+1465
11Dorchester Town42167196072−1255
12Bognor Regis Town421213175455−149
13Sutton United421310194861−1349
15Bishop's Stortford421115165563−848
17Eastbourne Borough421016165161−1046
18Newport County42128225067−1744
19Basingstoke Town42128224772−2544
21Carshalton Athletic42816184268−2640Relegated
22Maidenhead United4289254999−50312 points deducted, relegated
Division Champions
Into play-offs


  1. "Cornforth is sacked". South Wales Argus. 13 Sep 2005.
  2. "Newport unveil Beadle as new boss". BBC Sport. 10 Oct 2005.
  3. "County on fire". South Wales Argus. 24 Apr 2006.

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