When Joe Day steps on the pitch this evening when the players take on Crawley Town, it will be the 150th time he's done so for Newport County AFC in the League.
Goalkeeper Joe Day first joined the Exiles on loan from Peterborough United on the 24th of August, 2014. During his successful loan spell, Newport County AFC announced on the 29th of December 2014 that they had reached an agreement for the permanent transfer of Joe for an undisclosed fee.
Day made his debut for Newport against Portsmouth on the 30th of August 2014. An encounter that saw Newport defeat Portsmouth 1-0 away from home for their first win of the 14/15 season. The match also proved to be the first of many clean sheets for Day.
In his previous appearance for the Exiles, Day managed yet another stunning performance, this time, against Grimsby Town. Newport came out on top in a 2-1 victory at Blundell Park with Day making multiple astonishing saves.
Day has also played alongside current County manager, Michael Flynn during the gaffer’s playing days. Flynn was an unused substitute for Day’s debut but eventually they played alongside one another on the 11th of October, 2014. This was when the Exiles defeated York City 3-1 in League Two with Michael Flynn coming off the bench.
Joe Day spoke to the Club website yesterday about making his 150th appearance for the Club: “It’s nice to have hit this milestone, it’s a really good feeling. Especially as a goalkeeper you want to be playing all the time. Obviously, it’s been quite a varied time since I’ve been here with all the changes that have been made. Now I feel that the club are moving in the right direction and we finally have that sense of stability.”
When asked about Joe Day reaching this milestone, Manager Michael Flynn said: “For me, he’s the best goalkeeper in this league by a country mile. He’s a great character and a joy to work with. He’s somebody who the boys look up to. There’s no arrogance or cockiness about him, he gets on with his job. He’s a credit to himself, his family and the Football Club.”