(Photograph courtesy of Sam Shingler)
Last week’s poll asked the question, ‘During their impressive 1994 scoring sequence, how many consecutive games did the Exiles score in?’. There were four possible options, which are listed below along with the percentage of people that voted for that answer:
1. 17 consecutive games 16%
2. 30 consecutive games 66%
3. 43 consecutive games 16%
4. 58 consecutive games 0%
The longest consecutive run of games in which Newport County scored lasted for an entire year and 43 league games. The goalscoring run started on 29 January 1994 with a Townsend hat-trick in a 3-0 victory over Sutton Coldfield Town as the Exiles continued to recover from a dreadful start to the season in the Southern League Midland Division and included a memorable sequence of 16 goals in a week in the April as an 8-3 demolition of Forest Green Rovers followed 3-1 (Redditch United) and 5-0 (Leicester United) victories earlier in the week.
As the goalscoring run continued into the promotion season of 1994-95, several opponents received heavy thrashings at the hands of the potent Newport strike force. Having conceded eight the previous season, Forest Green received a 6-2 beating on their own territory and Hinckley Town, Sutton Coldfield Town, Ilkeston Town all conceded five. The run came to an end on 28 January 1995 with a 0-0 draw at Bedworth United, with the Exiles having scored at least two goals in all of the ten games prior to that.
Given the incredible nature of that run, it is all the more remarkable that Newport have never even come close to matching the sequence. The nearest they got was a run of 18 consecutive games, a run which started in the April of the same season and continued to the October of their first season in the Southern League Premier Division.