1976–77 Newport County A.F.C. season

The 1976–77 season was Newport County's 15th consecutive season in the Football League Fourth Division and their 49th season overall in the Football League. The season became known as the "Great Escape"[1] as County were entrenched in the re-election places until the last game of the season and would almost certainly have been voted out of the league had they finished there.

Newport County
1976–77 season
ChairmanRichard Ford
ManagerJimmy Scoular
(until 18 Jan 1977)
Colin Addison
(after 18 Jan 1977)
StadiumSomerton Park
Fourth Division19th
FA Cup2nd round
League Cup1st round
Welsh Cup4th round
Top goalscorerLeague: Woods (12)
All: Woods (14)
Highest home attendance8,313 vs Workington (17 May 1977)
Lowest home attendance1,428 vs Darlington (14 January 1977)
Average home league attendance2,611

Season reviewEdit

Results summaryEdit

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
46 14 10 22 42 58  −16 38 11 6 6 33 21  +12 3 4 16 9 37  −28

Source: rsssf.com

Results by roundEdit

Round12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031323334353637383940414243444546
GroundHAAHAHAHAAHHAAAHAAAHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAAHHAHHHAH
ResultLLLDLWWDDLLDDLDDLLLLLDLLLLWLWLWDLWLWWLWLDWWWWW
Position19222322232119181919192019202120222222222323232324242324222322222222222222222222222121212119
Updated to match(es) played on 17 May 1977. Source: statto.com
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

Fixtures and resultsEdit

Fourth DivisionEdit

Date Opponents Venue Result Scorers Attendance
21 Aug 1976 Stockport County H 0–1 2,746
23 Aug 1976 Darlington A 0–1 2,684
28 Aug 1976 Barnsley A 0–2 4,166
4 Sep 1976 Huddersfield Town H 1–1 Bell 2,284
10 Sep 1976 Doncaster Rovers A 0–1 3,739
18 Sep 1976 Aldershot H 2–1 Clark 2 2,490
25 Sep 1976 Southport A 1–0 Williams 1,313
2 Oct 1976 Torquay United H 0–0 2,460
9 Oct 1976 Brentford A 1–1 Woods 5,890
16 Oct 1976 Bradford City A 1–3 Jones 5,057
22 Oct 1976 Swansea City H 0–2 3,416
26 Oct 1976 Hartlepool United H 1–1 Woods 2,330
29 Oct 1976 Southend United A 1–1 Villars 4,821
2 Nov 1976 Bournemouth A 0–1 3,570
13 Nov 1976 Rochdale A 0–0 2,482
27 Nov 1976 Halifax Town H 1–1 Woods 2,901
27 Dec 1976 Cambridge United A 1–3 Woods 4,865
1 Jan 1977 Colchester United A 0–5 4,614
11 Jan 1977 Watford A 0–2 4,600
14 Jan 1977 Darlington H 0–1 1,428
21 Jan 1977 Stockport County A 1–2 Bell 3,450
28 Jan 1977 Scunthorpe United H 0–0 1,601
12 Feb 1977 Huddersfield Town A 0–3 5,452
22 Feb 1977 Colchester United H 1–2 Emmanuel 1,575
26 Feb 1977 Aldershot A 0–4 3,285
1 Mar 1977 Doncaster Rovers H 1–2 Parsons 1,714
4 Mar 1977 Southport H 3–1 Parsons 2, Bruton 1,569
12 Mar 1977 Torquay United A 0–1 3,283
18 Mar 1977 Brentford H 3–1 Relish, Clark, White 1,737
23 Mar 1977 Crewe Alexandra A 0–2 2,110
26 Mar 1977 Bradford City H 2–0 Clark, Woods 2,096
28 Mar 1977 Barnsley H 1–1 Walker 2,319
2 Apr 1977 Swansea City A 1–3 Relish 3,577
5 Apr 1977 Cambridge United H 4–2 Clark 3, Relish 2,306
9 Apr 1977 Exeter City A 0–1 5,243
12 Apr 1977 Bournemouth H 1–0 Preece 2,962
16 Apr 1977 Hartlepool United A 1–0 Woods 1,507
19 Apr 1977 Scunthorpe United A 0–1 1,883
23 Apr 1977 Rochdale H 3–0 Woods 3 2,206
26 Apr 1977 Exeter City H 0–3 3,550
30 Apr 1977 Halifax Town A 0–0 1,299
3 May 1977 Watford H 3–0 Clark, Preece, Woods 2,218
7 May 1977 Crewe Alexandra H 2–1 Woods, OG 2,484
10 May 1977 Southend United H 3–0 Preece 2, Relish 3,356
14 May 1977 Workington A 1–0 Preece 1,285
17 May 1977 Workington H 1–0 Woods 8,313

FA CupEdit

Round Date Opponents Venue Result Scorers Attendance
1 20 Nov 1976 Bournemouth A 0–0 4,801
1r 23 Nov 1976 Bournemouth H 3–0 Parsons 2, Woods 3,807
2 11 Dec 1976 Southend United A 0–3 5,724

Football League CupEdit

Round Date Opponents Venue Result Scorers Attendance Notes
1–1 14 Aug 1976 Swansea City A 1–4 Woods 3,281
1–2 17 Aug 1976 Swansea City H 1–0 Bell 2,692 2–4 agg

Welsh CupEdit

Round Date Opponents Venue Result Scorers Attendance
4 18 Jan 1977 Swansea City H 1–4 Parsons 3,755

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L F A GD Pts
1 Cambridge United 46 26 13 7 87 40 +47 65
2 Exeter City 46 25 12 9 70 46 +24 62
3 Colchester United 46 25 9 12 77 43 +34 59
4 Bradford City 46 23 13 10 78 51 +27 59
5 Swansea City 46 25 8 13 92 68 +24 58
6 Barnsley 46 23 9 14 62 39 +23 55
7 Watford 46 18 15 13 67 50 +17 51
8 Doncaster Rovers 46 21 9 16 71 65 +6 51
9 Huddersfield Town 46 19 12 15 60 49 +11 50
10 Southend United 46 15 19 12 52 45 +7 49
11 Darlington 46 18 13 15 59 64 −5 49
12 Crewe Alexandra 46 19 11 16 47 60 −13 49
13 Bournemouth 46 15 18 13 54 44 +10 48
14 Stockport County 46 13 19 14 53 57 −4 45
15 Brentford 46 18 7 21 77 76 +1 43
16 Torquay United 46 17 9 20 59 67 −8 43
17 Aldershot 46 16 11 19 49 59 −10 43
18 Rochdale 46 13 12 21 50 59 −9 38
19 Newport County 46 14 10 22 42 58 −16 38
20 Scunthorpe United 46 13 11 22 49 73 −24 37
21 Halifax Town 46 11 14 21 47 58 −11 36
22 Hartlepool 46 10 12 24 47 73 −26 32
23 Southport 46 3 19 24 33 77 −44 25
24 Workington 46 4 11 31 41 102 −61 19
Key
Division Champions
Promoted
Re-elected
Failed re-election

P = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ambrosen, Tony (1993). Amber in the Blood: A History of Newport County F.C. ISBN 978-1-874427-40-7.

External linksEdit