25 years ago Newport County fans faced up to the idea of not having a football club, just 10 years after the glory of promotion and competing in europe. After 400 loyal and passionate fans gathered in the Lysaght institute one June evening in 1989, the old Newport County was reincarnated into Newport AFC. More struggles were to come, the football association of Wales denied the club the chance to play at the spiritual home of Somerton park if playing in the English football system and so the club was forced to play miles away at a small Cotswold market town called Moreton-in-Marsh and so the nickname ‘The Exiles’ was created. 25 years on 4 promotions, 2 ground changes and a name change later Newport County AFC are back where they belong playing in the football league and building up a successful and sustainable business under the ownership of EuroMillions winner Les Scadding and a new home at the historic Rodney Parade. The dreams of those who never gave in have been realised and for many fans the start of the return season to the football league has been an unforgettable experience, climbing the league and lurking just below the play off positions along with cup trips to Brighton and West Brom, the old cliche ‘dreams come true’ really has become an ongoing theme at the South Wales club.
A final word echoing what all connected with the club will be saying… County are back.