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PREVIEW | Ipswich Town vs Newport County AFC

9 August 2021

Newport County AFC switch attentions to the Carabao Cup on Tuesday evening as they travel to Portman Road to take on Ipswich Town in the first round.

County got their 2021/22 campaign up and running with a 1-0 win over Oldham Athletic on the opening weekend, while the Tractor Boys began their season with a draw and will be looking to register their first win on the board in mid-week.


Ipswich Town currently reside in Sky Bet League One after finishing last season in ninth place. But the Blues will harbour hopes of returning to the Sky Bet Championship, with this being just their third season in the third tier since 1957.

Town began their league campaign with a 2-2 draw with Morecambe, Macauley Bonne rescuing a point in the 91st minute at Portman Road.


The Carabao Cup presents a real opportunity to both sides for a cup run, something that the Exiles have excelled at since Michael Flynn took the reins at Rodney Parade four years ago.

The Exiles boss gave debuts to a few new signings on Saturday, so may take this chance to bed them into the squad further. Matty Dolan was forced off in the first half against Boundary Park and is the only injury concern for County after the opening weekend.

Ipswich have also had a busy summer with 13 new arrivals, with the arrival of Sone Aluko from Reading being the most high-profile addition to the Tractor Boys' squad. 

Macaulay Bonne - another summer arrival - scored on his league debut from the bench and could be in line to make his first start.


Exciting prospect Louie Barry signed for Town on loan from Aston Villa, with the youngster looking to gain some real experience.

The 18-year-old burst onto the scene in last year’s Emirates FA Cup when he scored the equaliser against Liverpool for a Covid-stricken Aston Villa team. His strike was voted as the ‘Goal of the Round’.

Barry became the first English player to join the Barcelona academy after signing a deal in 2019. He had previously been close to joining French side Paris Saint-Germain.



Paul Cook took the reins at Ipswich in March, having signed a contract until 2023. Under his management, Ipswich mounted a promotion push last season but fell short, finishing five points outside of the Playoff places.

The 54-year-old’s managerial career has seen him enjoy promotions at all three of his most recent clubs, most recently at Wigan, who he guided to the Sky Bet League One title in 2017/18.

Cook also had a long playing career, experiencing the Premier League with Coventry as well as spells at Wolves, Burnley and Wigan amongst others as he clocked up more than 700 first-team appearances.


The last time a County side faced Ipswich Town was all the way back in 1972, when the Blues came to south Wales in the second round of the League Cup, winning 3-0 at Somerton Park.

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Match Reports

REPORT | Ipswich Town 0-1 Newport County AFC

10 August 2021

Newport County AFC booked their place in the Carabao Cup second round with a 1-0 win over Ipswich Town at Portman Road.

Timmy Abraham's early strike ensured County kept up their reputation of overcoming higher division opposition in cup competitions by dumping the Sky Bet League One side out on their own patch.

Abraham, who made his first start for the Exiles after joining on a season-long loan from Fulham last month, flicked home Finn Azaz's delivery with the outside of his boot to seal the victory for Michael Flynn's side.

It was one-way traffic for large parts of the tie, with Ipswich enjoying a plethora of chances, but County withstood the home side's onslaught in the second half to ensure they will be in the hat for the second round.

Flynn made no fewer than 11 changes to the starting line up from the Exiles’ opening day win over Oldham Athletic, with seven Newport County AFC academy products included in the matchday squad. 

Louis Hall, James Clarke, Christopher Missilou, Azaz, Jordan Greenidge and Abraham were all handed their first starts for the club since their arrivals in the summer window.

The Exiles survived an early scare inside the opening three minutes when Armando Dobra found a pocket of space and struck a shot off the outside of the post, but it took less than 60 seconds for County to race down the opposite end and take the lead.

After a quickly-taken free-kick from Ellison found Azaz, the Aston Villa loanee got the better of Sone Aluko and delivered a cross to Abraham, who flicked the ball beyond Tomas Holy.

It was an end-to-end opening 10 minutes in Suffolk as Dobra’s powerful effort stung the plans of Nick Townsend, who replaced Joe Day between the sticks, with a powerful effort inside the County penalty area.

Debutant Greenidge was proving to be a handful for the home side’s defence and showed a good turn of pace to get the better of his marker before firing an effort towards goal which was gathered by Tomas Holy. 

The Tractor Boys were then denied by the upright for the second time of the evening on the half-hour mark when Aluko’s in-swinging corner caused problems for the away defence, but Macauley Bonne’s shot cannoned off the post and went behind for a goal kick. 

Bonne enjoyed another chance to draw the home side level on the stroke of half time when he rose highest to meet Idris El Mizouni’s cross, only to see his header denied kept out by Townsend in the final opening of the 45 minutes.

Louie Barry - another Aston Villa loanee who joined Ipswich in the summer window - had an opportunity to open his account for Paul Cook’s men early as the ball fell kindly to him in the penalty area before he flashed a shot over the crossbar.

The home side continued to apply the pressure and finally had the ball in the net after Bonne diverted Cameron Humphreys’ cross home. But their celebrations were cut short when the linesman raised his flag for offside, leaving Bonne with his hands on his head and wondering if it was going to be his side’s night. 

It took the striker 10 minutes for him to enjoy another opportunity on goal, this time it was Townsend who denied him as the County goalkeeper produced an outstanding save to prevent his curling effort from reaching the top corner.

County had to dig deep to withstand the Tractor Boys’ late pressure and it was Aaron Lewis who came to County’s rescue when he somehow managed to keep out Kayden Jackson’s header with an acrobatic goal-line clearance.

There were five minutes of additional time indicated by the fourth official but, unlike the opening day victory at Boundary Park on Saturday, there was no late drama as County held out to secure their place in the second round.

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Ticket News

TICKET INFORMATION | Ipswich Town vs Newport County AFC

4 August 2021

Newport County AFC is pleased to confirm that ticketing information for our upcoming Carabao Cup first round clash against Ipswich Town has been confirmed.

The fixture takes place at Portman Road on Tuesday 10th August, kick-off at 7:45pm.

Tickets for the fixture will be available to purchase online and in the Kingsway club shop from Friday until Monday.

The club shop is open between the following times:

Monday - 10:00-16:00
Tuesday - 10:00-16:00
Wednesday - 10:00-16:00
Thursday - 10:00-16:00
Friday - 10:00-16:00
Saturday - 10:00-16:00
Sunday - Closed

Please note that tickets will not be available on the day and must be purchased in advance.

All tickets will have an arrival time printed on them, so visiting supporters should look to adhere to these times and arrive when stated. Due to the checks in place at the turnstile, the entry process will be longer than normal so these times are designed to allow access to the stadium in time to watch the game.

Ticket Pricing

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Senior 65+


Under 23


Under 19




Disabled Ticketing

Disabled tickets can be purchased in the Kingsway club shop or by contacting the ticket office on 01633 302012.

Car parking spaces are also available for visiting disabled supporters, and can be purchased by contacting Ipswich Town’s Disability Liaison Officer on the telephone number 01473 400 556.

Lateral Flow Test/Vaccination History

For all supporters visiting Portman Road, proof of a Negative Lateral Flow Test taken or proof of a double vaccination will be required to gain access to the stadium. Supporters will not be granted admission without proof of either.

Negative Lateral Flow Test

A test must have been reported and can be demonstrated via text message or email via NHS Test and Trace. The test needs to be taken within 48 hours of the time the stadium gates open (6.15pm).

Vaccination History

Proof that both doses of received at least 14 days prior to the match. This can be documented by the NHS app or via the Scottish or Welsh vaccination record services. ITFC will also accept the NHS Vaccine card issued at the point of 1st vaccination.

Directions to Portman Road

Ipswich Railway Station is only 500 metres from Portman Road with the stadium floodlights clearly visible from the station exit.

Ipswich is approached from the South by the A12 and from the West and North by the A14. Follow the road signs for Ipswich Central from the Copdock intersection where both of these roads meet.

Follow these directions for approximately two miles and turn right into West End Road immediately after the Sainsbury’s petrol station. Turn left into Sir Alf Ramsey Way after passing a garage and small bridge. Continue along Sir Alf Ramsey Way and the stadium is on the right. The entrance to the Portman Road car park is immediately opposite the junction of Sir Alf Ramsey Way and Portman Road.

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