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Newport, 1979

Post by Up the Junction » Wed Aug 14, 2019 5:16 pm

I'd like to heard from anyone who was at Newport on that fateful January night in 1979 when we were knocked out of the FA Cup.

If you were and would like to be part of a piece for KUMB, please drop me a PM and I'll come right back to you.

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Newport, 1979

Post by BondsoBob » Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:26 pm

I wasn't there, but I remember hearing the result on the radio and thinking yet again we've gone out of a cup to a lower league side, even all those years ago. :(

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Re: Newport, 1979

Post by Samba » Thu Aug 15, 2019 3:04 am

Some on here, definitely went.
I only saw a clip of their winning goal, on the news that night. Iirc, poor Merve completely flummoxed by a corner that went over his head & was then knocked in. Following the painful relegation of the season before, I felt so gutted that night. God knows how people that went, felt.
Day, who had only a few years before, been one of the best young keepers in the country but then owing to a catastrophic loss of confidence & form & who had sadly become a major target for the booboys, would only go on to play another 2 games for us, as we were about to pay a then world record fee (for a goalkeeper), to QPR for Phil Parkes. Day, who had once been predicted to be our no.1 for the next ten years (he was that good) ending up being replaced by Parkes, who actually did.
My pain that night however, ended up being greatly eased, the following season..

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Re: Newport, 1979

Post by Up the Junction » Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:44 am

Samba, my father always maintained that Merv fell to pieces after getting married...

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Re: Newport, 1979

Post by The Old Man of Storr » Thu Aug 15, 2019 9:13 am

Six of the players that lost 2-1 to Newport that day would go on to lift the FA Cup a few months later ....

I did go to a few games that season but not that game , I was a student at Hatfield Poly at the time -

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Re: Newport, 1979

Post by brownout » Thu Aug 15, 2019 9:29 am

I was there.
Don't remember much of the game.
Rubbish view.
It was a good goal from Pop Robson. Shot from some way out - I think.
It was the first of many defeats to lower league teams that I'd seen.

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Re: Newport, 1979

Post by Sliema1990 » Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:05 am

I was there. Game had been postponed on the Sat due to bad weather.Horrible night under the floodlights of the now housing estate,once called Somerton Park. Can't remember if County then had John Aldridge and,Tommy Tynan up front for them.

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Re: Newport, 1979

Post by Up the Junction » Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:38 am

The Newport team that night:

Plumley, Walden, Byrne,Thompson, Davies, Bruton, Oakes, Lowndes, Goddard, Woods, Vaughan.

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Re: Newport, 1979

Post by Sliema1990 » Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:19 am

Up the Junction wrote:The Newport team that night:

Plumley, Walden, Byrne,Thompson, Davies, Bruton, Oakes, Lowndes, Goddard, Woods, Vaughan.
Now i know Aldridge and Tynan didn't play. Thanks UTJ

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Re: Newport, 1979

Post by Up the Junction » Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:44 am

Sliema1990 wrote:Now i know Aldridge and Tynan didn't play. Thanks UTJ
It seems Aldridge joined a little later, Sliema - according to Wiki
he signed for Newport County on 2 May 1979 for £3,500
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Aldridge

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Re: Newport, 1979

Post by Up the Junction » Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:49 am

As for Tynan, he was definitely at Newport at the time - again from Wiki:
After just nine appearances for Lincoln City in 1978, Tynan moved on to Newport County where he formed a dynamic striking partnership with John Aldridge as the Newport team gained promotion from Division 4, won the Welsh Cup and reached the quarter finals of the European Cup Winners Cup.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tommy_Tynan

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Re: Newport, 1979

Post by BrownFatwa » Thu Aug 15, 2019 12:08 pm

fateful night for me.
went but never made it to the ground, in fact 50 yards from the station I took a half-brick to the back of the head and was straight to A&E for stitches. one mate went with me and our other 2 in the party went to the game. Not sure who got the best end of the bargain.
Missed the last train home so spent all night in the hospital until they moved us on around 4am!
The joys of the old school away day.

Hope we absolutely pummel them 6-0 (one for each stitch).

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Re: Newport, 1979

Post by BondsoBob » Thu Aug 15, 2019 12:26 pm

BrownFatwa wrote:fateful night for me.
went but never made it to the ground, in fact 50 yards from the station I took a half-brick to the back of the head and was straight to A&E for stitches. one mate went with me and our other 2 in the party went to the game. Not sure who got the best end of the bargain.
Missed the last train home so spent all night in the hospital until they moved us on around 4am!
The joys of the old school away day.

Hope we absolutely pummel them 6-0 (one for each stitch).
Bloody hell mate! That was a bit drastic to get out of watching it!
In all seriousness that must have been a crap night. Glad you weren't too badly hurt.

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Re: Newport, 1979

Post by Chicken Run Supreme » Thu Aug 15, 2019 12:36 pm

Up the Junction wrote:Samba, my father always maintained that Merv fell to pieces after getting married...
A girl in my class at school was related to Mervyn Day's wife and got me his autograph!

Such a shame the way his form fell off a cliff. One minute Greenwood was touting him as England's keeper for the next ten years, the next minute he couldn't catch a cold.

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Re: Newport, 1979

Post by steviechaz » Thu Aug 15, 2019 1:21 pm

I'll never forget the Ronnie Goodlass chip

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Re: Newport, 1979

Post by brownout » Thu Aug 15, 2019 1:37 pm

steviechaz wrote:I'll never forget the Ronnie Goodlass chip
I don't think he ever recovered from that.

'Mervyn, Mervyn, on your line'.

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Re: Newport, 1979

Post by The Old Mile End » Thu Aug 15, 2019 1:58 pm

steviechaz wrote:I'll never forget the Ronnie Goodlass chip
That was the one. Conceding that goal changed Merv's career. He always had a habit of leaving his line. We used to shout things like "Get us a hamburger while you're there Merv". But he was pretty athletic and never really got caught out until that fatefull lob in that Everton game. He was never the same again.

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Re: Newport, 1979

Post by Sliema1990 » Thu Aug 15, 2019 2:26 pm

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m ... ouldnt-die" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Well worth a watch. Story of Newport County.Pop Robson's goal included I have sent UTJ some items. Hopefully on return of my holiday i will sort out my account and post under my old name.

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Re: Newport, 1979

Post by Up the Junction » Thu Aug 15, 2019 2:29 pm

Sliema1990 wrote:I have sent UTJ some items.
Which I'll be sharing with everyone later today. Fantastic stuff, Sliema. :thup:

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Re: Newport, 1979

Post by Watford Hammer » Thu Aug 15, 2019 3:05 pm

I remember the Goodlass lob and if I recall Merv responded to the Mervyn, Mervyn stay on your line chant from the North Bank with a two fingered salute

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