MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Donaldson's story is straight out of the Disney playbook

6:58am Tuesday 30th September 2014

IF Disney hadn’t already have made The Rookie, a story about a sporting underdog who peaked with a glorious feat that will live in infamy, they’d probably be on the phone to Jamie Donaldson’s agent this morning.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Three years in and Edinburgh is creating a big legacy with Newport

South Wales Argus: FIXTURE FURY: County manager Justin Edinburgh

6:45am Tuesday 30th September 2014

WIN, lose or draw at Oxford on Saturday, it’ll still be a red letter day for Newport County AFC boss Justin Edinburgh.

MIKE FLYNN SAYS: Youngsters prove we're on the right track

South Wales Argus: IN CONTROL: Youth team graduate Aaron Collins in action during his debut for Newport County tonight

THE progress of Regan Poole, Aaron Collins and Tom Owen-Evans is great news for everyone at the club and shows we're safeguarding the future of Newport County AFC

CHRIS KIRWAN: Room for improvement but regional crowds far from a disgrace

South Wales Argus: POWERFUL: Jack Dixon, pictured against Connacht at Rodney Parade last season, will join forces with fellow teenage centre Tyler Morgan in Galway

10:07am Thursday 25th September 2014

AT TIMES it is easy to look out at spare seats at regional rugby grounds and lament the poor crowd figure but such judgements can be harsh.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Early signs are that it's the same old, same old in the Pro12

South Wales Argus: MEN AGAINST BOYS: The Dragons didn't lack effort against Glasgow but were outclassed by the title hopefuls

10:05am Thursday 25th September 2014

THE talk at the Pro12 launch in the plush headquarters of Guinness little over a month ago was that the tussle for European qualification would transform the league. Perhaps it was the drink talking.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Other notes on Newport County and Ryder Cup

6:44am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

IT WAS another great week for Newport County, albeit a little less spectacular than the performances against Cambridge and Northampton.


South Wales Argus: EURO BID: The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff

6:41am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

AS a football, golf and boxing writer for a Welsh newspaper, you could forgive me having a victim complex this week.

MIKE FLYNN SAYS: It's a big week for the County academy

South Wales Argus:

10:00am Saturday 20th September 2014

IT’S been a big few days for all of us involved with the club’s academy system as we’re all being interviewed and assessed to hopefully secure category four status.

MELISSA JONES SAYS: Koliakhova could be one to watch

7:00am Saturday 20th September 2014

WELSH trainer John Flint is raring to unleash his new juvenile hurdler, who he believes has a similar level of potential as a horse purchased out of his stable which went on to win five graded races.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Youth no longer an excuse for Dragons but more middle men needed

South Wales Argus: SEASONED CAMPAIGNER: Ian Gough was one of a number of experienced players in Dragons’ line-up against Ospreys

10:09am Thursday 18th September 2014

WHEN a side features Lee Byrne, Ian Gough, Andy Powell and Boris Stankovich it becomes hard to use youth as a reason for coming up short.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Owners deserve to have their say

10:07am Thursday 18th September 2014

RUGBY referees appear to be having their decisions challenged more vociferously by players.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Coleman isn't going anywhere, like it or not

South Wales Argus: Wales' Manager Chris Coleman during the UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifying, Group B match at the the Camp d'Esports del M.I. Consell General, Andorra le Vella, Andorra. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 9, 2014. See PA story SOCCER A

7:11am Tuesday 16th September 2014

WALES win and get their first opening round three point haul in the Euro Qualifiers for 12-years and we call for the manager to be sacked?

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: County flying on the pitch but Pigott signing was underplayed

South Wales Argus: Newport County v Northampton Town FC
Joe Pigott (10321701)

7:08am Tuesday 16th September 2014

IT is incredibly refreshing to kick-off a Newport County column by lauding what the club are currently doing on the field.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Dragons need to ditch the baggage sharpish if they are to prosper

South Wales Argus: HARD CARRY: Dragons lock Rynard Landman makes the hard yards (Picture: Mike Shaughnessy)

10:04am Thursday 11th September 2014

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons have been keen to stress all summer that this is the start of a new era, that they are starting afresh and determined to establish a new culture.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Lack of depth at 10 a worry for Dragons

South Wales Argus: Richie Rees: In-form Dragons fly-half Jason Tovey is knocking on the door for Wales

10:04am Thursday 11th September 2014

THERE are some big calls for Newport Gwent Dragons director of rugby Lyn Jones to make when he names his line-up for the Ospreys game with places in the back five of his pack particularly well-contested.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Wales can and will qualify for Euro 2016 and here are ten reasons why

South Wales Argus: Real's Gareth Bale celebrates scoring his side's 2nd goal, during the Champions League final soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid, at the Luz stadium, in Lisbon, Portugal, Saturday, May 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez). (6514390

7:21am Tuesday 9th September 2014

NO more excuses, no more nearly runs and no more glorious failure, the time is now for the Welsh national football team.

MIKE FLYNN SAYS: We're heading in the right direction

South Wales Argus:

11:00am Saturday 6th September 2014

IT’S been a good week for everyone at the club with a great win at Portsmouth and one of our young stars getting a chance to impress at Manchester United.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Time for the Dragons to put their money where their mouth is by backing the academy

South Wales Argus: BRIGHT TALENT: Teenage centre Jack Dixon is one of many exciting young players in the Dragons' ranks

10:05am Thursday 4th September 2014

EVERY team is optimistic and buoyant in early September but there is a real feeling that Newport Gwent Dragons have got the right mix of youth and experience this season.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Games 'on tour' unlikely to boost Rodney Parade backing (or coffers)

South Wales Argus: UP NORTH: Jason Tovey and Newport Gwent Dragons hosted Northampton in Ebbw Vale

10:05am Thursday 4th September 2014

IN the early hours of Saturday morning I was still pondering whether I had been a touch harsh on the Ebbw Vale experiment.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Deadline day is horrible and should come before the season starts

7:49am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

WHAT would you change if you could alter one thing about the beautiful game in the UK?

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Can we find some consensus on County?

South Wales Argus: Newport County's Aaron O'Connor & Robbie Willmott congratulate Andy Sandell on a well deserved win. (9869228)

7:39am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

DOOM and gloom merchants and happy clappers unite, because Newport County have won a game of football.

MIKE FLYNN SAYS: I'm fit and hoping for a double over Pompey

South Wales Argus: GREAT DAY: Me celebrating one of my two goals at Portsmouth last December with David Pipe

8:43am Saturday 30th August 2014

PORTSMOUTH away has got to be the biggest fixture for most clubs in League Two and I’m glad to say I’ll be back with the first team squad at Fratton Park today having finally shaken off a hamstring injury.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Proper plan needed to bring Welsh stars home

South Wales Argus: HE’S BACK: Wales and former Dragons lock Luke Charteris

10:03am Thursday 28th August 2014

ON the opening weekend of the Top 14 season Irish fly-half Jonny Sexton lined up alongside Luke Charteris at the Stade Yves-du-Manoir in Montpellier.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Dragons ace Andrew Coombs could profit from joy of six in World Cup year

South Wales Argus: Injury rules Andrew Coombs out of Dragons' trip to Belfast

10:03am Thursday 28th August 2014

A SUBTLE change may well just reignite Andrew Coombs' hopes of featuring for Wales at next year's Rugby World Cup.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: County can look forward/Mackay will face long hiatus

South Wales Argus: Cardiff City's manager Malky Mackay on the touchline before the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 26, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Norwich. Photo credit should read: Chris Radbu

6:29am Tuesday 26th August 2014

NEWPORT County fans will be forgiven for feeling like the season starts now after their much improved performance and important point earned against Burton Albion at Rodney Parade on Saturday.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Welsh golf is back with a bang

6:22am Tuesday 26th August 2014

IT might have taken half a decade off for reasons unknown, but Welsh golf is back.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Sticking tight with regional rivals is hard but essential

South Wales Argus: TURNED BLUE: Adam Jones has moved to Cardiff from the Ospreys

10:35am Thursday 21st August 2014

THE regions have adopted a phalanx formation this summer, shields tightly together and spears out in their spat with the Welsh Rugby Union.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Dragons must adopt cautious approach with academy talent

South Wales Argus: Joe Davies (5501680)

10:29am Thursday 21st August 2014

THROWING teenagers Tyler Morgan, Jack Dixon, Hallam Amos into action in the Guinness Pro12 doesn't seem quite so risky when compared to the approach of Toro Rosso.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: A mixed week for Argus Sport's movers and shakers

7:33am Tuesday 19th August 2014

It's been a mixed week for some of the key movers in Argus Sport.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Wales dominated opening weekend of the Premier League

South Wales Argus: Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis during the Barclays Premier League match at Selhurst Park, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday December 3, 2013. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 4

7:24am Tuesday 19th August 2014

THE Premier League is back and more than ever before on an opening weekend, it was Wales dominating the headlines.

MIKE FLYNN SAYS: Awesome academy boys make up for opening day defeat

South Wales Argus: GOAL: Ben Brooks scored for Newport County under-18s at Bristol Rovers

9:17am Saturday 16th August 2014

FOR me and the rest of the first team it hasn’t been the start to the season that we were all hoping for but the club’s under-18s have been simply awesome this week.

Saint Are switches stables

4:33pm Friday 15th August 2014

SAINT Are, the horse who gave trainer Tim Vaughan one the finest hours of his training career, has switched stables.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Senior forwards will give captain Byrne a helping hand

South Wales Argus: NEW SKIPPER: Lee Byrne will be given a hand by his Newport Gwent Dragons pack

10:19am Thursday 14th August 2014

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons will hope that they've struck gold by naming Lee Byrne as captain for the coming season.

CHRIS KIRWAN: The need to save face ensuring stare down continues

10:17am Thursday 14th August 2014

AT the turn of the millennium a cult television comedy series called Big Train featured an animated sketch about the World Stare Out Championships.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Good on Kellie Maloney, but she should apologise for homophobic comments

8:02am Tuesday 12th August 2014

I AWOKE on Sunday morning to four text messages on my phone, all of them saying largely the same thing, "Have you heard about Frank Maloney?"

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Edinburgh must inject pace into his squad

South Wales Argus: Justin Edinburgh (5916170)

7:53am Tuesday 12th August 2014

NEWPORT County might have made a horrible start to the new season, but manager Justin Edinburgh still has enough time to put things right.

MELISSA JONES: Dragon Andy Powell is loving life as racehorse owner

South Wales Argus:

7:00am Saturday 9th August 2014

ANDY Powell may get his kicks from rugby, but off the pitch his racehorse is proving more than a match for his favourite sport.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Kovalev v Hopkins is worrying, like Rocky III

South Wales Argus: Wales' Joe Calzaghe on top as he exchanges punches with USA 's Bernard Hopkins during the Light-Heavyweight Title at Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, USA.  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday April 19, 2008. See PA story BOXING Las

8:40am Tuesday 5th August 2014

ANYONE who is even a little bit passionate about boxing knows that being a world champion is no guarantee that you’re the real deal.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Bookies have it about right in County assessment

South Wales Argus: Adam Chapman tackles Rhys Bennett (5915854)

8:22am Tuesday 5th August 2014

THE new League Two campaign is almost upon us and Newport County AFC fans have plenty of cause for excitement, even if the bookies don’t seem to think so.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Langer could and should make Ryder Cup team

7:38am Tuesday 29th July 2014

COULD it really happen? Could Bernhard Langer make the European Ryder Cup team at the age of 56?

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Incredibly hard to predict anything other than excitement over new campaign for County

South Wales Argus: Justin Edinburgh applaudes the fans as he leaves the pitch (5916344)

7:26am Tuesday 29th July 2014

AFTER turning off and tuning out for a few weeks as my attention went exclusively to Brazil and the World Cup it’s time for us to return to the grind of domestic football.

Melissa Jones says: Al Kazeem dream not over

6:06am Saturday 26th July 2014


CHRIS KIRWAN: Leadership not a problem for Dragons

South Wales Argus: England's Alastair Cook appears dejected after India's victory during day five of the second test at Lord's Cricket Ground, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date Monday July 21, 2014. See PA Story CRICKET England. Photo credit should r

10:04am Thursday 24th July 2014

PERHAPS it is only a chronic lack of alternatives that means Alastair Cook will lead out England in the third Test against India in Southampton on Sunday.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Lack of clarity over Fred Evans KO is scandalous

South Wales Argus: Wales' Fred Evans during the Team GB Media Day at the English Institute of Sport, Sheffield. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 24, 2013. Fred Evans is the first to admit his career has not gone entirely to plan since a series of

9:56am Thursday 24th July 2014

ONE fears that Fred Evans will soon be forgotten about now that the Commonwealth Games has got under way in Glasgow.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: FAW have difficult decisions to come on Ched Evans

South Wales Argus: Sheffield United and Wales footballer Ched Evans Sunday July 31, 2011.  (8431777)

8:16am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

THE Euro 2016 campaign is supposed to be the big one for Wales, the qualifying tournament where for once we enter with genuine belief that this time it could be different.

DAVID HARRISON: It's T20 crunch time with quarter-final spot within Glamorgan's grasp

South Wales Argus: Argus-Mark    15-04-11Glamorgan v GloucestershireJames Harris (8355479)

8:07am Friday 18th July 2014

IT'S CRUNCH time for Glamorgan in the NatWest T20 and tonight we can take a massive step towards earning a spot in the quarter-finals.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Welsh rugby uncertainty isn't just harming the players

South Wales Argus: Adam Jones (4648920)

10:45am Thursday 17th July 2014

ON-FIELD consequences dominate when considering the spat between Regional Rugby Wales and the Welsh Rugby Union.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Trusting partnership is vital if dark clouds over Welsh rugby are to clear

10:31am Thursday 17th July 2014

PERHAPS Newport Gwent Dragons are merely mimicking Prince as their spat with the Welsh Rugby Union rumbles on.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Allow the specialists to make sevens shine at the Olympics

10:03am Thursday 10th July 2014

THE countdown to rugby sevens joining the Olympics party at Rio 2016 begins when the Commonwealth Games gets under way at the end of the month.

MELISSA JONES SAYS: Union Rose is starting to bloom

South Wales Argus: SECOND: Union Rose (second right) finishes runner-up at Chepstow

6:31am Saturday 5th July 2014

NEWPORT car dealership owner Adrian Evans has just about finished celebrating - after his bargain buy racehorse finished second at Royal Ascot at a massive 100-1.

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