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Preview: Newport County vs Stags

2 August 2019

We start the new Sky Bet League Two season on Saturday with a trip to face Newport County at Rodney Parade (3pm). Here's all you need to know ahead of the clash...

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The Stags will be without long-term absentees Craig Davies (ankle) and Bobby Olejnik (knee) for Saturday’s game. Frontman Jordan Graham will also be absent from the squad.

Defender Hayden White, who suffered a minor hamstring strain during our pre-season victory over Nottingham Forest, will also miss out.

Another injury picked up in pre-season was that of Willem Tomlinson, who suffered minor knee ligament damage in our clash with Blackburn Rovers at One Call Stadium. The midfielder will therefore miss Saturday’s game.

The Exiles will be without striker Ade Azeez, who picked up an Achilles injury in pre-season.

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The Stags have enjoyed a fruitful pre-season, recording victories over Bradford Park Avenue, Alfreton Town, Nottingham Forest under-23s and Rangers under-23s, whilst also battling for a 2-2 draw against Championship side Hull City.

During Newport’s pre-season programme, the Exiles recorded wins over the likes of Undy Athletic, Shrewsbury Town and Hungerford Town, whilst earning a 1-1 draw with Egyptian side Al Ahly in Spain.

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We last faced the Exiles in the Sky Bet League Two semi-finals last season. After two sets of 90 minutes and a period of extra time failed to separate the sides, Newport advanced to the final by way of a penalty shootout at One Call Stadium.


The referee for Saturday’s match will be James Adcock, assisted by Marvyn Amphlett and Ravel Cheosiaua. The fourth official will be Dale Wootton.


The Stags have received an allocation of 422 tickets for the clash at Rodney Parade.

For full ticket information, click here.


There is no parking available at the ground. Most supporters park in side streets near the Stadium (please be aware of any parking restrictions) or use the multi-storey car parks in the town centre and take the short walk over the footbridge to Rodney Parade.

The closest pub to the away entrance is the Excelsior Institute on Corporation Road, which is approximately a five-minute walk from the ground, and this is where away fans tend to go ahead of games.

There is also a burger van situated just outside the away entrance. The clubhouse inside the ground allows away fans to enjoy a drink before and after the game. There are food kiosks and burger stands located in the stadium concourse where you can purchase food and drink.


Can't make it to the game? You can follow the action live via our Twitter match updates, which can be found here.

The match centre on will also contain Opta-populated updates, and can be accessed here.

A report of the match will be published on the club website following the full-time whistle, and post-match reaction will be available to view on and iFollow Stags.

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