NEWPORT County AFC are top of the League Two table at Christmas and dreaming of promotion.

The Exiles have endured a tough run of games that saw them lose to Leyton Orient and Oldham either side of a draw at Salford, but it has still been a tremendous start to the season.

County have played 19 games and picked up 37 points (1.95 points per game) thanks to 11 wins and four draws.

They have the second best record at home with 22 points from a possible 27 while on their travels they are sixth with 15 points from a possible 30.

Michael Flynn’s side are a point ahead of Forest Green Rovers and have a four-point advantage in the promotion zone.

They are setting the pace, and that bodes well when looking back at the seasons since Justin Edinburgh guided the club back to the Football League.

Here is how the Christmas leaders have fared since 2013...

LAST SEASON

Leaders: Swindon

The Robins had 43 points from 22 games at Christmas last season (1.95 PPG) with a three-point lead over Exeter and a six-point advantage in the promotion zone.

Promoted? Yes – Swindon went up as champions in the Covid-curtailed season.

2018

Leaders: Lincoln City

The Imps had 50 points from 23 games (2.17 PPG) with a four-point lead over MK Done and a nine-point advantage in the promotion zone.

Promoted? Yes – Lincoln went up as champions

South Wales Argus:

2017

Leaders: Luton

The Hatters had 48 points from 23 games (2.09 PPG). They were four points ahead of Notts County and had a nine-point lead in the promotion zone.

Promoted? Yes – Luton finished second behind Accrington

2016

Leaders: Plymouth

Argyle had 44 points from 21 games (2.10 PPG). They were two points ahead of both Carlisle and Doncaster while their lead to fourth-placed Portsmouth was nine points.

Promoted? Yes – pipped to the title by Pompey on goal difference.

2015

Leaders: Plymouth

With 43 points from 22 games (1.95 PPG), Albion were ahead of Northampton on goal difference. Portsmouth and Accrington in fourth and fifth were just three back.

Promoted? No – it was tight at Christmas and Plymouth had to settle for the play-offs, where they suffered Wembley woe against Wimbledon.

South Wales Argus:

2014

Leaders: Wycombe

The Wanderers had 42 points from 21 games (2 PPG) and were two ahead of both Shrewsbury and Luton. Burton Albion were a point further back while the Exiles were in the final play-off spot.

Promoted? No – Wycombe paid the price for a home loss to Morecambe on matchday 45. They had to settle for the play-offs and lost on penalties to Southend at Wembley.

2013

Leaders: Chesterfield

The Spireites had 39 games from 21 games (1.86 PPG) and were a point ahead of Oxford, with a four-point advantage in the promotion zone.

Promoted? Yes – Chesterfield went up as champions.

To complete the previous 10 leaders with the years before County were in League Two...

  • Gillingham were pace-setters in 2012 and finished first
  • Crawley were top in 2011 and went up after finishing third
  • Chesterfield led the way in 2010 and were champions.

Eight of the past 10 leaders have gone up with the other two suffering Wembley despair.