📝 Big Match Preview: Newport County AFC (A)

Exeter City will be looking to make it three away wins in a row as they make the short trip to Rodney Parade to face Newport Count

The Grecians currently sit just outside the play-off places on goal difference and will be looking to take advantage of Newport County's recent run of form to push back up the table.

Ahead of the match, City boss Matt Taylor said:

"They have only lost two games at home all season so will be a serious force. We've got to match their physicality and running ability and direct play at times, but also back ourselves that when it's on to play we have to play our own game.

"We know what to expect, a serious test, but one which we have encountered in the past and hopefully learned from. We are looking forward to it."

Earlier this season

Exeter City 1-1 Newport County (August 18, 2018 – League Two)

The Grecians rued a late equaliser from Mark Harris, but still maintained their position at the top of the table after three games on the board.

In an evenly-contested match, Exeter looked set to secure all three points after familiar hero Jayden Stockley had grabbed the only goal of the game, but Harris rifled home late on to give Newport a much-needed point.

Ticket news

Tickets in block G of the Bisley Stand, which is reserved covered seating of 400 are SOLD OUT. Uncovered, unreserved seating in the area behind the goal with a capacity of 600 hundred people are now on sale.

Advanced prices are as follows: 

Purevans.com away stand (uncovered seating)

  • Adult: £17
  • Concession: £15
  • Young adult/student: £11
  • Under-16s: £7
  • Under-12s: £5
  • Under-6s: Free of charge
  • Family ticket: £40

*Students should have a valid NUS card and/or proof of education to qualify

*A family ticket comprises of two adult tickets (young adult, senior or adult) and two child tickets (under-16, under-12s or under-6s). 

Advanced discounts: Yes, prices above will rise by £2 across the board on the day of the game.  

Disabled supporters: Newport County AFC can accommodate four wheelchair users to be accompanied by a carer. Ambulant disabled supporters receiving middle or higher rate disability allowance pay the applicable price for their age category and receive a free carer’s ticket.

Disabled supporters have to contact Newport County AFC for their tickets on 01633 415376.

To buy tickets online please click here. Click here for further details.

The ground

  • Rodney Parade
  • Capacity: 8,700
  • Year opened: 1877
  • Address: Rodney Parade, Rodney Road, Newport, NP19 0UU

The second-oldest stadium in the Football League after Deepdale, Rodney Parade hosts not only Newport County but also Newport RFC – the rugby union side.

The football team moved into residence at Rodney Parade in 2012 after relocating from their original home, Newport Stadium which housed them for 18 years from 1994.

Their record attendance during those 18 years came in 2006 when they faced bitter rivals Swansea City in the FA Cup with 4,616 people in attendance.

Grecian Travel

Grecian Travel is now SOLD OUT! The supporters’ coach departs Unit 1 nightclub at 11am for a fare of £19

Pick-up Points are as follows: Unit 1 nightclub (Summerland Street), Honiton Road Park & Ride (by Miller and Carter steakhouse), Cullompton Services (junction 28), Tiverton (junction 27), Taunton (junction 25), any other pick-ups en-route by prior arrangement. 

By road...

The quickest route to get to Rodney Parade from Exeter sees you follow the M5 north before joining the M49 near Bristol which will take you onto the M4. You’ll then cross over the River Severn and into Wales where you need to continue along the M4 before taking the exit for the B4596. Continue along this road before turning left onto Rodney Road and you’ll find the stadium further along that road.

By rail...

Newport train station is around a one-mile walk from the stadium therefore taking the train is a relatively easy option for supporters. There are two reasonable options in terms of trains from Exeter on the day, the first of which leaves from Exeter St David’s station at 11:23, and with one change at Bristol Temple Meads, will get you into Newport for 13:24 with plenty of time to get some food or drink prior to the match. However, you can also get the 12:23 train from Exeter St David’s and travel the same route, but that will get you into Newport around 14:30 (half an hour before kick-off.)


Supporters Parking – There is no onsite parking for supporters. For supporters traveling by private Car, the use of Junction 25A from the M4 Motorway will take them to the City Centre Car Parks (which are signposted). From here it is a short walk across the Millennium River Bridge to the ground. This will avoid the building-works. 

The Newport Rail and Bus Stations are just a short walk from the ground for supporters.


Whilst there are no designated away supporter pubs in Newport, the closest pub to the away entrance is Excelsior Institute on Corporation Road and this is where away fans tend to go ahead of games. The Excelsior is approximately a five-minute walk from the away entrance. If you get to Newport early enough then you can visit Friars Walk in Newport city centre. It’s just over the bridge from Rodney Parade and has great places to eat such as Bistro Pierre, Zizzi’s among others. It’s also home to many retail outlets as well as coffee shops.

Total distance

The distance between St James Park and Rodney Parade is 95 miles and takes just over one hour and 30 minutes to drive.

Away Games Guide:

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