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Away Days: Newport County

29 October 2021

Stevenage make the 163-mile trip to South Wales for a crucial Sky Bet League Two clash with Newport County this Saturday…

Alex Revell’s side look to build on an improved performance against Leyton Orient last Saturday which saw Boro hold Orient to a 0-0 draw. A win this Saturday would see Stevenage potentially climb a few places up the table which is still yet to really take shape.

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Originally founded in 1912, Newport County were regulars in the Football League after becoming founder members of the Football League Third Division in 1920. In the 1980-81 campaign, The Exiles participated in the UEFA Cup Winner’s Cup, reaching the quarter finals. In 1988 the club went out of business and were reformed a year later. Newport returned to the Football League in 2013 after a 25-year absence, winning the Conference National play-off final.

Currently sat twelfth in Sky Bet League Two, Newport have had varied results so far this campaign, winning five of their fourteen league games, drawing five and losing four. James Rowberry was appointed as Newport Manager only last week, taking over from Michael Flynn who spent four and a half years at the club. In his first game in charge, Rowberry led the Exiles to a 3-1 win against Bristol Rovers last weekend. This Saturday’s fixture will be his second match as Manager. In two of the last three Sky Bet League Two campaigns, Newport have reached the play-offfinal at Wembley but fell short on both occasions. The Exiles will be hoping for a change of fortune this season.

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Stevenage and Newport first met competitively in 2014 and have since been extremely familiar with each other in Sky Bet League Two. The two sides have faced each other thirteen times with Boro winning six, Newport winning three and the remaining four games ending in draws. Last time out, Alex Revell’s men held the Exiles to a 0-0 draw at Rodney Parade. The highest scoring match between the two sides ended in a 3-3 draw at The Lamex Stadium in 2017.

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Newport County have been playing their home games at Rodney Parade since 2012. The stadium first opened in 1877 and has played host to a plethora of sporting events. Currently, the capacity for football fixtures is 7,850 with Away fans being allocated the Bisley Stand which accommodates around 600 supporters.

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The Supporters Association coach departs from The Lamex at 10am for £30 for members and £35 for non-members. Those who wish to drive to the stadium are advised to use city centre car parks as parking at Rodney Parade is extremely limited. Alternatively, there is a train service running from London Paddington to Newport.

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Match tickets for Stevenage vs Cambridge United are now available from www.borotickets.co.uk.

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