My South African Blog
This is another blog that I contribute to, though it was established by my wife Hannah back in 2009 to detail something of our life and work in South Africa.  The blog covers a wide range of subjects, including great tourist attractions such as Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre and Blyde River Canyon, cross-cultural living, Christian mission, craftwork and, of course, animals (including great shots from Kruger Park and a couple of articles about the spitting cobras in our washing machine).

Of course, you can also learn a lot more about me and what I do should you wish, as this blog focuses primarily on football and does not in general engage with other issues and activities.   The blog can be found at and has such a diverse range of articles that there should be something of interest for everyone there. 

Tim Bye
My brother in law Tim Bye is an exceptionally gifted artist who specialises in caricatures.  He believes that 'every face has it's own story' and loves to express those stories through his art. 

Tim will be providing caricatures of your club's favourite players on a regular basis for this blog, having caricatured Mathias Pogba of Wrexham for his first The Amber Army illustration
The next player to be caricatured is Sam Foley of Newport County, which will be on this site in the near future. 

Tim has his own website at, where a whole range of caricatures can be found from sport to politics and from the entertainment industry to key figures in the world of science.

Whilst all of the images used on this site are copyrighted and cannot be reused without Tim's permission, my brother-in-law can be commissioned to produce your own player portraits or your own family caricatures.  Please visit his site and take a look at the fabulous pictures there and if you are interested in commissioning him for some work, get in touch with him through this site and he will send you further details.

Newport County Photos
Sam Shingler is the official photographer for Newport County, publishing photographs from all of County's games at His photographs are often found on this site, especially on blogs relating to Newport County.  Sam's work has been published in a number of places, including The Sun, The Western Mail, The Non League Paper and The South Wales Argus. Sam also earned a Highly Commended at the 2010 Maindee Festival for a shot of Paul Bignot soaking himself with water.
Please take the time to visit this site as there are some fantastic live action photographs, especially if you are a Newport County fan.

Non League Football
Under The League will always hold a special place in my heart as they were the first to publish articles from this blog.  The site is run by James Bartaby, a Huddersfield Town supporting Yorkshireman who has developed a fascination for non league football in recent times after taking the brave decision to add Hampton and Richmond Borough to the list of teams he supports.  Articles that have been published on Under The League include the Colwyn Bay preview against Vauxhall Motors from 30 December 2011 and a preview of Wrexham's game against AFC Telford on 31 December 2011. The links to these two blogs on this site are:
The purpose of Under The League is to create a place where fans of all non league clubs can come together and read the stories of other clubs and the trials and tribulations of their supporters, who attend matches week in, week out regardless of the weather.  In that sense, the aim is quite similar to The Amber Army, as this blog seeks to draw together the supporters of all Welsh clubs in the English pyramid.

Under The League can be found at and is well worth the visit.  Where else could you read about teams such as Weston-Super-Mare FC?

Newport City Radio
The guys at Newport City Radio are some of the most friendly and helpful I have come across.  They have given tremendous publicity to this blog, both through Twitter and through publishing every Newport County article on their own website, helping to make this blog a significant and interesting place (hopefully) for fans of the club. 

The great benefit of a local radio station is that it can dedicate time and attention to issues of local importance in a way that the national media cannot.  Consequently, every Saturday afternoon (and on a fair few midweek occasions too) Tim Thraves and Phil Morgan will be commentating on the game, whilst current issues affecting the club are discussed by Ollie Gwyther (@olliegwyther), George McDonagh (@George_NCR) and Steve Williams (@NCFC_iradio) in the studio.

There are also great shows with great music during the course of the week, helping to keep people updated with all things Newport.  Again, if you are a Newport County fan and cannot attend the games, head to and listen to the game on the radio.  This is what I do from South Africa every week, which allows me to listen to the Newport game whilst keeping in touch with all the other Welsh sides too.