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REPORT | County are going to Wembley for an Emirates FA Cup replay with Tottenham Hotspur

27 January 2018

Newport County AFC are heading for a third visit to Wembley after holding Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur to a 1-1 draw in the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round at Rodney Parade.

And County were only seven minutes away from causing one of the biggest upsets in the history of the competition after Padraig Amond opened the scoring for the Exiles after 38 minutes.

Joss Labadie superbly dispossessed Kyle Walker-Peters out-wide before forcing a throw-in that was only half cleared to Robbie Willmott.

His delivery sat up perfectly for Amond to head home the opener on the night, guiding the chance straight into the bottom corner as Michel Vorm could only watch in the Tottenham goal as the ball flew past him.

The Exiles had done a remarkable job to nullify the obvious presence of Harry Kane, Day making a smart save in the first-half to keep him out, as County were battling resolutely in an attempt to secure a stunning victory against a side 71 places higher than them in the English league pyramid.

But Kane showed his Premier League class to salvage a replay for the away side, calmly passing into an empty net after Heung-Min Son had guided a corner into his path just two yards out.

That means County will have their name in the hat for the Fifth Round draw on Monday Night (live on BBC1) although will have to secure a victory at Wembley to get a spot in the fifth round proper for just the second time in the club’s history.

Mike Flynn elected to make two changes to the side that drew 1-1 with Morecambe on Tuesday night.

That saw captain Joss Labadie make a welcome return to the starting team following a recent injury layoff with the hamstring problem sustained in the win at Grimsby Town.  

Josh Sheehan made his way to the bench in place of his captain, while Ben White was also brought back in after missing Tuesday’s game as a precautionary measure.

Mark O’Brien also found his name amongst the substitutes for the game, as Mike Flynn resisted the temptation to name a defensive line-up and set-up in the familiar 4-3-3 formation when in possession.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino also resisted his own temptation of naming a slightly weaker side and fielded a team full of internationals, although it was still five changes from their last Premier League outing with Southampton last weekend.

That meant Spurs went with a 3-1-4-2 formation from the word go, with formidable duo Fernando Llorente and Harry Kane up-front.

And you would have to say that the Exiles should have been in-front after just three minutes.

David Pipe and Joss Labadie both did well to regain possession after Kyle Walker-Peters was found to be indecisive outside his area, with the returning County captain drilling the ball across the face of goal from Pipe’s clever through ball.

Padraig Amond and Eric Dier both missed it but the ball found its way to an unmarked Frank Nouble lurking ten yards out, who really should have at least hit the target with the attempt as it sailed high and wide out of the stadium.

The first chance for the visitors surprisingly took until the 11th minute.

But there could no surprises that it fell the way of Harry Kane 25-yards out, although the frontman couldn’t quite find the right connection and it flew into the travelling support behind Joe Day’s goal.

The Exiles were certainly showing no fear of their Premier League opposition in the opening quarter-of-an-hour, certainly giving the ball away on far fewer occasions than the visitors in the early exchanges and causing a host of problems in the wide areas.

Kane used his imposing power to muscle his way towards the front post on 28 minutes, getting on the end of Trippier’s cross, only for Day to produce a remarkable save to keep it out with the help of the post.

All the Tottenham chances were falling the way of their talisman at Rodney Parade, who shortly after saw a speculative 35-yard free-kick just graze the crossbar on it’s way over.

The visitors were certainly beginning to assert some sort of authority onto proceedings, although not creating any further clear-cut chances, as they were without question getting more sustained spells in possession.

But the Exiles remained insistent that it wouldn’t last for long and duly took the lead in the 38th minute.

Credit must go to Labadie for his involvement in the build-up, dispossessing Walker-Peters yet again and forcing a throw-in from Victor Wanyama about ten yards in from the corner flag.

That delivery from Tozer was only half cleared into Willmott’s path on the edge-of-the-area, who whipped a perfect delivery towards the far post for Amond to power a header into the bottom corner as Michel Vorm could only watch it give County the lead.

Amond was almost at it again just four minutes later, showing more heart and desire to get on the end of what looked like a hopeful long ball, this time Vorm reacting well to save at his near post.

The indication of the two minutes additional time came and by without any further chances being created by either side as County took a one-goal advantage back with them to the dressing rooms.

And you would have to say that the Exiles deserved it.

Nothing was being left at Rodney Parade by any player - vigour, heart and desire all on show in abundance by the players in Amber and they were certainly not in fear of their opposition.

Labadie was by-far the stand-out player from a County perspective in the opening 45 minutes, working tirelessly to limit the service towards Kane and Llorente, while Mickey Demetriou was there should anything get through.    

And the Exiles would be even more pleased to see that Messrs Kane, Llorente, Wanyama and company were limited to just the one shot on target in the opening 45 minutes.

Day was equal to Kane on that occasion and he would have been mightily pleased with the courage portrayed by his defence to nullify the threat of the stellar Tottenham attackers for the rest of the half.    

That forced Pochettino into making an attacking alteration to begin the second-half at Rodney Parade, Heung-Min Son taking to the field in place of Walker-Peters.

But even that substitution couldn’t inspire Spurs into finding a route towards goal, White sharply making a last-ditch challenge on Kane in their best moment for the first 20 minutes of the second-half, as Pochettino turned to his bench yet again.

Llorente was the man to make way this time as the Argentinian sought after some more creativity in the middle, another international star in Dele Alli coming on.

And Alli was right at the heart of creating an opportunity within 20 seconds of his introduction. His splitting through ball found Son in the area, but Day was equal to it again to save firmly with his leg.

Kane fired into the side netting with 20 minutes to go as County continued to defy the odds at Rodney Parade, with Mike Flynn showing absolutely no fear of a Tottenham comeback by bringing another attacker into proceedings.

Hero from the Third Round Shawn McCoulsky replaced goal scorer Amond to a ferocious standing ovation from a packed Rodney Parade, the Irishman running his heart into the ground for the 74 minutes in which he participated.

And if anything as the game approached the 80th minute mark, Spurs were still no closer to breaking down a stubborn County defence, Pochettino chancing his final throw of the dice by bringing Ben Davies into the game in place of Dembele.  

But they would find their equaliser in the 82nd minute.

It was a well worked corner routine to find the net, Son rising highest to float a header to the back post where Kane showed his predatory instinct to tap home unmarked from two yards.   

Kane almost broke County hearts in the second minute of the four added at the end of the match, Day again alert to deflect it wide, as the Exiles secured themselves a lucrative replay at Wembley Stadium with a more than deserved draw in South Wales.


County: Day, Pipe, White, Demetriou, Bennett, Butler, Willmott, Labadie (C) (Dolan 83’), Tozer, Nouble, Amond (McCoulsky 74’)

Subs not used: Bittner, Reid, O’Brien, Sheehan, Hayes


Tottenham Hotspur: Vorm, Walker-Peters (Son 45’), Vertonghen, Foyth, Trippier, Dier, Dembele (Davies 81’), Wanyama, Sissoko, Llorente (Alli 65’), Kane

Subs not used: Gazzaniga, Sanchez, Amos, Georgiou


Referee: Roger East

Attendance: 9,836 (1649 AWAY)

Next up for County: Lincoln City (30th January 2018) AWAY

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Ticket News

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR| Ticket Prices and Information

15 January 2018

Newport County AFC is pleased to announce ticket details for the forthcoming Fourth Round Emirates FA Cup home tie against Tottenham Hotspur FC which will take place on Saturday 27th January at 5.30pm.

Ticket Prices

Ticket prices have been set in conjunction with Tottenham Hotspur FC and are reflective of the tie and additional resourcing and infrastructure costs which are associated to the match.


Bisley Seating

Hazell Seating

Hazell Terrace Stand Seating

North Terrace

100 Club*















Young Adult 16-21




























*Only available to 100 Club Season Ticket Holders, 1 per Season Ticket Holder.

Please note that the North Terrace will be open for this fixture and Season Ticket Holders will have the opportunity to transfer and purchase in this area of the ground should they wish.


Away Allocation

Tottenham Hotspur will be allocated 1,660 tickets split between the Bisley Stand and Stand.  This increased allocation is thanks to a 600 seat temporary stand.



In addition to the extension of the Stand, the Club is currently exploring the possibility of installing an addition 1,000+ seats behind the North Terrace and hopes to confirm arrangements in the next 48 hours.

The addition of both stands will enable the Club to provide a capacity of around 10,000 for this fixture as it seeks to make the match as accessible as possible for the local community.


TV Cameras

Please note that a selection of seats located in the back three rows of the Bisley Stand in Block B/C will be unavailable for this fixture due to a TV camera platform. Season Ticket Holders who are affected by this will be able to select a seat in an area as close as possible to their original seat.

Camera platforms will also be installed on the Hazell Terrace which will result in a slight reduction in capacity in in this area.


Sale Dates & Priority



Category / Maximum Sales Limit

Thursday 18th Jan 18


Season Ticket Holders – 2, Trust Members – 1, Shareholders - 1

Staff & Volunteers – See detail below

Friday 19th Jan 18


Season Ticket Holders – 2, Trust Members – 1, Shareholders - 1

Staff & Volunteers – See detail below

Saturday 20th Jan 18


Dragons Home Match


Dragons Home Match

Sunday 21st Jan 18


Crawley Town Priority 1 Ticket Holders - 1


Monday 22nd Jan 18




Tuesday 23rd Jan 18


Crawley Town Priority 2 Ticket Holders - 1* Subject to Availability


Wednesday 24th Jan 18


General Sale – Subject to Availability



Purchase Conditions

Season Ticket Holders – Season Ticket Holders will be required to present their Season Ticket Card upon purchase.  All Season Ticket Holder seats will be reserved until the close of sale on Friday 19th January.  Please note that the purchase limit is 2 tickets per holder and all Season Ticket Cards will be marked at the time of purchase to prevent multiple purchases.

Once cards have been marked, no further tickets will be able to be purchased. Should you be unable to attend with your card, a friend or family member will be able to purchase upon your behalf. All players within the Club's Academy who hold a Season Ticket and Half Season Ticket Holders will be included within this category.

Trust Members (Inc Rewards & Benefit Members) & Shareholders– Trust Members (including Rewards & Benefit Members) will be required to show proof of membership or ID which will be cross reference against the latest member database and will be applicable to all members who joined the Trust before 23.59pm on 10/01/18.

Shareholders will be required to show proof of holdings. Please note that if you are a Season Ticket Holder and a combination of a Trust Member / R&B Member / Shareholder you will be entitled to purchase a maximum of 2 tickets.

Crawley Town Ticket Holders – Ticket Holders from the match will be required to present their paper match ticket at the time of purchase, this ticket will be retained by the Club.

Please note that Print at Home Tickets must be exchanged for paper tickets prior to the Crawley Town match and they will not be accepted when purchasing Tottenham Hotspur tickets. Those supporters who hold ‘PR2’ printed on their ticket will be unable to purchase on the first day of Crawley Town Priority ticket sales and hold the right to queue on the second day, but will not be guaranteed a ticket.  Supporters who do not exercise the right to purchase using their Crawley Town Priority Ticket 1 rights will be unable to purchase during the Crawley Town Priority Ticket 2 sales period.

Crawley Town Ticket Holders will be able to purchase 1 ticket of the same age category or a ticket of a lower value subject to availability.

All tickets for the Crawley Town MUST be validated for the game, this means that every ticket purchased must be scanned in for the game; tickets not validated will not be accepted in exchange for a purchase of a Tottenham Hotspur ticket.  This also applies to tickets that have been ordered but not collected by the purchaser.


Disabled Supporters

For those supporters who are registered disabled and require an assistant to attend matches, you will be entitled to claim your allocation as outlined above; however you must have been registered on the Club’s systems’ prior to the announcement of this fixture (Monday 8th January 2018). If you were not registered within this time frame then you will need to purchase all your tickets in line with the information above.

General Sale -  The Club does not foresee tickets being available for General Sale for this fixture and therefore advises supporters to purchase a Crawley Town ticket by clicking here. In the event that tickets do go on general sale, they will be limited to 1 per person.  Please note that it is a criminal offence to resell any ticket for a Newport County AFC match.

The Club will be operating a queuing system for all days of sale and would ask that all fans co-operate with this; the queue will operate inside Rodney Parade in order to ensure that the safety of fans is paramount.


Online / Phone Sales 

Online sales will not be available for this fixture however, Season Ticket Holders and Trust Members who are unable to attend the Ticket Office in person can call during the priority selling period to purchase their tickets.

The Club is expecting an exceptional demand for tickets and will be using all its resources available to carry out the sales. Should you be unable to get through at the first attempt, please try again during the sales period or visit in person.

Ex - Players

All ex-players who have played 40 matches or more for the Club will be entitled to purchase 1 ticket during the first sales period.


Staff & Volunteers

Staff & Volunteers will be contacted directly with ticket details for this fixture in the next 24 hours.



100 Club

The 100 Club will only be available to 100 Club Season Ticket Holders who will be able to purchase 1 ticket each in this area. No upgrades will be available to other Season Ticket Holders, Trust Members, Staff, Volunteers, or other supporters.


The Club has received more than 1,500 hospitality requests for the fixture and will be allocating spaces in the next 24 hours. Please note that no further hospitality requests will be able to be considered for this fixture.

Mascot Packages

Mascot Packages for this fixture have now sold out.


Club Shop

The Club Shop will be open as per the same opening hours as the Ticket Office and will be stocking a range of FA Cup merchandise. The club would like to request the co-operation of fans during this period and ask that you do not purchase merchandise from the numerous unofficial vendors that will be operating in and around the ground and City during the period leading up to the game.


Terms of Sale

Newport County AFC will be implementing the above ticket policy for this match with no exceptions. The Club holds the right to refuse sales to any supporters who do not meet the policy. Please note that with all Newport County AFC games tickets are not exchangeable nor refundable.


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