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SWA ST 03/08/2013

Newport County v Accrington Stanley in league 2 at Rodney Parade - County fans (3112637)

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: If we want Newport County AFC to thrive or even survive, this is a key week

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CONFUSION: Rynard Landman on the charge against Edinburgh for the Catalan Dragons... or was it Newport?

CHRIS KIRWAN: Prudent for supporters to scrutinise board over Newport Gwent Dragons’ direction

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FANS: Exiles supporters deserve honesty and transparency from everyone involved in the takeover

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Last week wasn't ideal, now we need to move on with clarity and honesty at Newport County

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CHRIS KIRWAN: There is no selection headache, free-running Tipuric is a supersub

CHRIS KIRWAN: There is no selection headache, free-running Tipuric is a supersub

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CHRIS KIRWAN: Have a little patience and hold fire with sweeping sporting judgements

CHRIS KIRWAN: Have a little patience and hold fire with sweeping sporting judgements

08.08.15 - Cambridge United v Newport County - League 2 
A tough first match for Newport manager Terry Butcher. (34622805)

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: County need patience and for us to stop comparing them to last season

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FOOTBALL LEAGUE ACTION: Actual football. Which you will intermittently find on Football League Tonight

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Football League tonight? It will give you nightmares

HOT PROSPECT: Even if Dragons centre Jack Dixon doesn't make the cut for the World Cup the 20-year-old will profit from being involved in the build-up

CHRIS KIRWAN: Dragons set to benefit from World Cup bounce

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WISHY-WASHY: England's Jimmy Anderson celebrates another wicket at Edgbaston but the batting of Australia's Adam Voges left a lot to be desired

CHRIS KIRWAN: Don't confuse absorbing entertainment with sporting excellence

QUALITY: Sam Burgess has the tools to be a rapid hit with England

CHRIS KIRWAN: 'Slammin' Sam' will be no weak link for Wales to exploit

BIG CHALLENGE: Ben Parry and Pontypool are chasing promotion to the Premiership

CHRIS KIRWAN: Championship campaign shaping up to be a cracker

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TOUGH TASK: It won't be an easy season for Terry Butcher and his staff

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: We have to be realistic about County expectations

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England celebrate victory in the First Investec Ashes Test at the SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 11, 2015. See PA story CRICKET England. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Ashes criticism aimed at Cardiff was totally wrong

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SUCCESS STORY: Ross Wardle earned a Dragons deal by shining with Bedwas but more A team rugby would help others make the grade

CHRIS KIRWAN: 'A' teams needed to bridge gap to pro ranks

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England head coach Trevor Bayliss (left) addresses the squad before the nets session ahead of the First Investec Ashes Test at the SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday July 6, 2015. See PA story CRICKET England. Photo cre

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Welsh sport fans have never had it so good

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MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Selling players will become the key for Newport County AFC

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SWA ST 08/05/2013

Newport County open top bus parade to show off the Blue Square Bet Premier League play off final trophy, Chairman Les Scadding (29368106)

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Supporter owned club is dream ticket, but far from certain

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Wales' Gareth Bale scores his side's first goal during the UEFA European Championship Qualifying match at Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday June 12, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Wales. Photo credit should read: Davi

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Over confidence of Welsh football fans is concerning

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HOT PROPERTY: Taulupe Faletau

CHRIS KIRWAN: Transfer fees, release clauses and service station deals inevitable as rugby mirrors wise football moves

PLAYING WITH FREEDOM: Wales will hope England's rugby players follow the lead of the cricketers

CHRIS KIRWAN: Gatland will hope Lancaster’s England follow the cricketers’ gung-ho approach in a bid to entertain

NEARLY THERE: Gareth Bale and Wales are closing in on qualification for France 2016

CHRIS KIRWAN: Creating a rugby/football divide unhelpful when a sporting mix is needed

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RIGHT DIRECTION: Wales manager Chris Coleman gives instructions from the touchline in Brussels last November

Michael Pearlman says: Friday is exciting, but it is a bonus game for Wales

FIFA president Sepp Blatter after his election as President at the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland, Friday, May 29, 2015. Blatter has been re-elected as FIFA president for a fifth term, chosen to lead world soccer despite separate U.S. and Swiss crim

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Football, it is hard to love at the moment, isn't it?

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Lee Selby celebrates defeating Evgeny Gradovich in their IBF World featherweight Title fight at the O2 Arena, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 30, 2015. See PA story BOXING London. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wir

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Lee Selby heroic, but don't forget his unsung heroes

GRAND SLAM: Wales have had huge rugby moments at the Millennium Stadium, now it's time for the football boys to do the same

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Going back to the Millennium Stadium would be the right thing to do for Chris Coleman's side

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01.05.15 - Newport County New Manager Appointed - Former England International Terry Butcher is announced as the new manager of Sky Bet League 2 side Newport County AFC (24904888)

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: We have to stay cool on lack of incomings at County... for now

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File photo dated 31/05/2014 of Carl Froch celebrating with his belt after knocking down George Groves during the IBF and WBA World Super Middleweight Title fight at Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday February 3, 2015. Ca

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Froch is the best at moment but lacks class to act like it/Selby will be a world champion

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END OF AN ERA: A whole host of star men from this season have departed Rodney Parade after Terry Butcher opted to axe a dozen players

MICHAEL PEARLMAN: Butcher has gambled big in his first week in charge

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BENEFIT YEAR: Ashley Smith and me will be celebrating ten years at the Dragons next season

LEWIS EVANS: Why I can't wait for pre-season training

TALENT: I'm delighted that Tom Owen-Evans has signed a pro contract with County

MIKE FLYNN SAYS: Club could lose players they want to keep

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NIGHT TO FORGET: The boys suffered a heavy loss in the Challenge Cup loss to Edinburgh last month so will be desperate to put right the wrongs

LEWIS EVANS: The boys owe Edinburgh one and keeping home winning streak is so important

Jimmy Dack says his goodbyes. (24979859)

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Jimmy Dack isn't the only County hero worthy of a big send off

NEW BLOOD: Terry Butcher went through the pain barrier for England in 1989

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Crazy not to at least keep an open mind about Terry Butcher

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EMOTIONAL: It could be farewell for a lot of people today

MIKE FLYNN SAYS: Get ready for a special day on Parade

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RETURN: It was good to see Rynard Landman back against the Scarlets last week

LEWIS EVANS: We're not far off challenging the Pro12 big boys

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Inverness's manager Terry Butcher watches as his team play Motherwell during the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League match at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium, Inverness. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 4, 2013. See PA story SOCCER I

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: We must give new man a chance, whoever takes County hotseat

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MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: My retained and released list for Newport County AFC

DOWN IN THE DUMPS: We suffered after Dagenham loss

MIKE FLYNN SAYS: Good week off the field, bad week on it

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HANGING UP HIS BOOTS: It's sad to see Lee Byrne retire because of injury

LEWIS EVANS: We're determined to end on a high

Darren Jones celebrates his goal with Justin Edinburgh (11363082)

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: County don't need to get promoted, but they do need to improve dramatically to save next season

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JAILED: Chris Zebroski celebrates scoring the winner last time we played Dagenham, in October

MIKE FLYNN SAYS: Bad week but we have to stay positive

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LATE SHOW: The boys have shown great spirit to win games late, like against Ulster when Jonathan Evans scored, but will want to hit the front at Murrayfield

LEWIS EVANS: Comeback kids will be desperate to start with a bang at Murrayfield

PERFECT DAY: Newport Gwent Dragons celebrate their penalty try in the Challenge Cup quarter-final win against Cardiff Blues

CHRIS KIRWAN: Dragons playing with pride and spirit to give reason to believe in a bright future

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CHOPPED DOWN: Jack Dixon lead the way in defence for Newport Gwent Dragons

CHRIS KIRWAN: Centre Jack Dixon at the heart of Dragons' upturn in fortunes

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Lee Selby is in the top 10 of Ray Jones’ Great sporting Barrians (Photo Lawrence Lustig)

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Welsh boxing will be back with a bang on May 30

Newport County v Hartlepool United
County celebrate with manager Jimmy Dack after Aaron O'Connor scores their 2nd (22408535)

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: County don't know how this season will end, but are already making next term tougher

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GREAT FORM: Aaron O'Connor

MIKE FLYNN SAYS: We believe we can do it and are where we want to be

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SLIGHTLY JEALOUS: It was great to see the boys enjoying their quarter-final win against Cardiff Blues but I'd have loved to be out there at Rodney Parade

LEWIS EVANS: Dragons' derby victory against Blues a fantastic occasion but tough viewing

INFLUENTIAL FIGURE: South African prop Brok Harris has been a mainstay of the Dragons' front row since arriving from South Africa

CHRIS KIRWAN: Dragons making strides with foreign accents guiding young Welsh talent

GREAT BACKING: Newport Gwent Dragons held on against Cardiff Blues, aided by their passionate fans

CHRIS KIRWAN: Passionate backing makes Rodney Parade special but 'horrible' tag a worry

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