Part two of our three part interview with Newport County fans. This issue Carl Smith talks all things Exiles and gives us a little insight into the life of a Newport County fan.
First, how long have you followed Newport County?
I attended my first Newport County game on September 30th 2000. It was an FA Cup 2nd qualifying round tie in which we lost 4-0. Regardless of the result, I began to follow the County from that day forward.
Favourite players, past and present?
We have a whole host of players in our history that could be chosen here, John Aldridge, Tommy Tynan, Dave Gwyther, Nigel Vaughan...
But I think my choice would be Mark Tucker, because he was my P. E. teacher at Duffryn High School (now known as John Frost High School). He was also the player to score Newport County's first goal at Spytty Park.
My current favourite player would be too close to call between Robbie Willmott and David Pipe.
Pipey's pride and passion for the club didn't disappear while he was away and has shown nothing but determination since he re-joined.
Willmott is much the same, with the added bonus of him being a fantastic free-kick taker.
Most memorable season?
Alot of people will say the same, 2012/2013 season. The season we were promoted back to the football league after beating Wrexham 2-0 in the play-off final.
Although the 2016/2017 Great Escape will long be etched in the memory of myself and many other County fans, the scenes as the final whistle blew against Notts County on the final day of the season were unbelievable and the feelings were indescribable, where else do you see grown men on a football pitch with tears streaming down their face?
Your hopes for the 2017/18 season?
Minimal hopes are just to avoid relegation and just have a boring mid-table finish, I speak for every other County fan when I say I don't think we can handle another finish such as the past 2 seasons.
Teams to go up from Division Two?
I think Coventry will be a certainty to go back up at the first time of asking, and either Mansfield or Luton to go up via the play-offs.
A couple of players that Leeds fan's might need to keep a eye on?
Shawn McCoulsky, Robbie Willmott, Tom Owen-Evans, Mickey Demetriou, Lamarsh Reynolds, Ben White, I could probably name the whole starting XI here because we have improved so much since last season.
It's very unusual that a team from the South is drawn out in the Northern draw, have the problems with the relaying of your pitch caused more problems?
Fortunately I don't think they have this time around, because of the reputation and history that Leeds have as well as the size of Elland Road, I think alot of our fans would have this down as a "must see" match, it's not often we get a decent cup draw, and you don't get much bigger than Leeds. Obviously the larger stadium means more fans, which in turn means some much needed extra funds for our club, which we are extremely grateful for because Leeds were not obliged to let us have any of the money, but kindly did so anyway.
Cup run or League glory?
My ideal season would consist of a cup run and just staying safe in League Two, I know realistically we won't win the league, but I would like to think we can flirt with the play-offs.
Do you think you will sell out your allocation?
I would like to think so, however with people working in the week, some are unable to attend because finishing work at 5pm and getting to Leeds in time for kick off isn't a doable task, unless you defy all speed limits.
Prediction: Score and Scorers?
I'd love it if we somehow managed to nick a 1-0 win, Frank Nouble to slot home a tap-in.
However after watching Leeds vs Port Vale in the previous round, it will certainly be a tough ask of us to try to keep Samu Saiz quiet.
We'd like to thank Carl for taking the time to answer our questions and wish him the best of luck for the season.
By Keith Ingham