February 03, 2017

What is is about Newport and Pools?

What is is about Newport and Pools?



Back to the 70's with CORNISH POOLIE



What is is about Newport and Pools? Sunk 1-3 at HMS Rodney Parade without a trace in January 2017. Go back to season 1970/71, and "The Exiles" or "The Tangerines" as they were then known were at it again. Circa 2017, and County go three months without a win and along come Pools, predictably. Go back 47 years and a poor Newport County team lose their first 10 league games and then visit... guess where? Yes, The Vic, where they grab their first point in a 2-2 draw on 3 October 1970.
"Go back 47 years and a poor Newport County team lose their first 10 league games and then visit... guess where?"


I was at that game and my most memorable recollection was when a large plank fell from the old Clarence Road wooden stand and almost hit the linesman. I can still see those Newport tangerine shirts and how Pools' generosity was once more on show. The crowd that day was 3,238 and play went on after the said plank was removed. If it had happened today? A risk assessment, match abandoned due to crowd safety and Clarence Road evacuated for three days until accredited plank removers were found. As I said, what is it about Newport County?

Just to rub salt in the wounds Pools lost 1-5 at Newport on 21 October 1972. Having stayed overnight in Newport for the Cardiff final against The Wendies, I've had enough of the place and their team. Don't wish them out of the league again but please stop receiving gifts from Pools.

And before I forget. Newport finished above Pools in that long ago 1970/71 season.