Newport County AFC was today presented with the freedom of the City of Newport in recognition of the club’s return to the football league.

Mayor Councillor Cliff Suller presented the club with a scroll marking the honour just before the game against Bristol Rovers at Rodney Parade.

“I was delighted to formally present the scroll awarding the freedom of the City to Newport County AFC.

“They join a special club of 16 individuals and organisations who have received the freedom of Newport since 1909.

“I would like to congratulate everyone associated with Newport County AFC, including their loyal and devoted fans, and wish the team every success for the coming season.”

Councillor Bob Bright, leader of Newport City Council, proposed the freedom of the city was awarded to the club, as well as the surviving members of the 1963 Newport RFC team who beat the powerful New Zealand All Blacks, and this was unanimously supported by the full council.

“Newport County AFC’s return to the football league has created a real buzz in our sporting city, and further afield, and is a well-deserved reward for the loyalty and determination of all those who have worked for the club over the years,” said Councillor Bright.

“The freedom of the city allows us to salute that dedication as well as the talents of the team and coaches who have taken the club back where it belongs.”

Newport RFC’s 1963 team will be presented with the freedom at a special dinner being organised by the club in their honour on October 30 – the anniversary of their famous victory.