1. Newport County AFC is a professional football club based in Newport, South Wales. The club was founded in 1912 and is nicknamed The Exiles.

2. The team has played most of its history in the lower divisions of English football, but has enjoyed recent success with promotion to League Two in the 2013/14 season. They also finished the 2020-21 season in 5th place and reached the play-off final.

3. Newport County AFC plays its home matches at Rodney Parade, which is a multi-purpose stadium that also hosts rugby and other events. The stadium has a capacity of 7,850 for football matches.

4. Newport County AFC has a rivalry with nearby club Cardiff City, although the two clubs have not played each other regularly in recent years due to being in different divisions.

5. Other rivals include Wrexham, Bristol Rovers, Cheltenham Town and Forest Green Rovers.

Home of Newport County AFC

Opened 1877

Capacity 7,850

Rating: 4.3

(1490) Google Reviews

Great experience at a decent ground. Only 4* as the away ride (and home for that matter) are temporary stands. View was decent asxwad food and beer
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a month ago
Really nice place to go. Went to see Dragons v Sharks. Great game.
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a month ago
Very old school ground, very little cover, toilets miles away... But honestly not the worst ground I've ever been too (get there early though because the lines are massive as there's only 1 way in for away fans! Food is really nice, plenty of drinks on offer... A decent little away day, right next to the River Usk as well, amazing view walking across the bridge!
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in the last week
Compact ground with open stands behind the goals. Decent facilities (bar food, toilets) available to away fans - and friendly stewards. If the new (Bisley) stand is replicated then it will increase capacity and overall look of the place. A short walk over the footbridge to the city centre, where you can find all the normal chain eateries (Las Iguanas, Nandos, Zizzi etc) in the Kingsway Shopping centre as well as plenty of parking.
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3 months ago
Not a bad ground for a league 2 football club. Enjoyed watching a game here end of last season doing a bit of groundhopping. Better than a handful of L2 grounds out there. Good food and bar in the away area. Couple of really nice stands. Was also really impressed with the quality of the pitch. Also very baffled by the choir in the home end!! Was also very impressed with the Thatchers Cider adverts in the ground being in South Wales and not Somerset!
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History (from Wikipedia)

In 1875, the Newport Athletic Club was created, and two years later they secured the use of land at Rodney Parade from Godfrey Morgan, 1st Viscount Tredegar, for their cricket, tennis, rugby and athletics teams. In October 1879, Newport RFC played Cardiff RFC in a floodlit game at Rodney Parade. It was the first ground in Wales to have floodlights installed.

Newport rugby club enjoyed six highly successful seasons, being unbeaten during that time. The team sustained their first defeat in the 1870s, but were again unbeaten in seasons 1891-2 and 1922-3. 
Monmouthshire County Cricket Club played at Rodney Parade from 1901 to 1934. Newport RFC provided internationals for every one of the four home countries at Rodney Parade, as well as South Africa. Newport were once scheduled for a regular fixture, against Bristol – a team drawn from Welsh, English, Irish and Scottish internationals. The powerful All Blacks of 1924, and the strong Springboks of 1960, were considered fortunate to evade defeat at Rodney Parade.

The cricket ground, which was on the south side of the stadium, no longer exists, because the new 
Maindee primary school was built on the site in 1993. Newport Cricket Club relocated to the Newport International Sports Village.

Following the 
introduction of regional rugby union teams in Wales, the Newport Gwent Dragons regional team was formed on 1 April 2003 and shared Rodney Parade with Newport RFC from then onwards.

On 4 September 2007, it was announced that the Rodney Parade site was due to be redeveloped into a 15,000-capacity stadium by the beginning of the 2010–11 rugby union season. The redevelopment was backed by 
Newport City CouncilNewport Unlimited, Newport RFC and Newport Gwent Dragons. The application received planning consent on 11 March 2009. The plan included construction of covered stands at the north and south ends and the provision of cover on the stretch of the west touchline terrace. In August 2010, it was announced that the target finish date for the first phase had been put back to the beginning of the 2011–12 rugby union season with the full redevelopment planned to take several years.[5] The new east stand was opened in October 2011, and named the Bisley Stand for sponsorship purposes.

In May 2012, it was agreed that 
Newport County football club would move from Newport Stadium and play its home fixtures at Rodney Parade as part of an initial three-year deal, meaning that the stadium would host association football matches on a regular basis for the first time. In February 2013, Newport County agreed a further 10-year lease to play at Rodney Parade.[6]
In April 2013, Newport Athletic 
Bowls Club relocated from Rodney Parade to Caerleon.[7]

In the summers of 2013 and 2014, new drainage and irrigation systems were installed under the grass playing surface.
[8] Despite that, serious drainage problems occurred at the end of 2016. Newport County's matches against Barnet on 3 September and Morecambe on 10 December were abandoned at half-time because the pitch was waterlogged and the English Football League stepped in to help identify the problem.[9]

In March 2017, sale of the ground to the 
Welsh Rugby Union was agreed following a vote of Newport RFC shareholders.[10] The takeover was completed on 27 June 2017 and work started to install a hybrid grass pitch for the 2017–18 rugby and football season.[11]

Things to do in Newport.

Ye Olde Murenger House.

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Ye Olde Murenger House is pretty much the epitome of an "old man's pub". Came here for a group of friends for a mid-afternoon drink and although a place... Read More

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Nice looking historical pub as many of their pubs are. The usual Old Brewery Bitter...its OK..at a fair price. Have enjoyed reluctantly my visits here as I... Read More

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The Murenger is an excellent pub. Its not a fancy bar in any way shape or form but a proper old pub. They serve real ales and bitters but carry a selection... Read More

The Pen & Wig.

2 Reviews
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Good service an beer. Thats it to be fair its a bar. Lots of lovely beer. Beer beer did i mention beer. Read More

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Nice olde chatty pub which looks very decent indeed. Went for Crwr Gorslas. There were several other local beers such as Tiny Rebel Fubar Probably the best... Read More