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Daily journalist writes book on football club’s ‘great escape’

A regional daily journalist has written a book documenting a football club’s “great escape” from relegation.

Andrew Penman, of the South Wales Argus, has told the story of how Newport County AFC beat the bookies’ odds and confounded their critics to secure their place in the English Football League.

Andrew has been covering County since joining the Newport-based Argus sports desk in 2007.

The book, called The Great Escape: Newport County 2016-17, features “all-new interviews with those at the heart of the story”.

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Andrew, 36, said: “It’s been a decade of ups and downs for the club, but mostly ups with two unforgettable trips to Wembley and two priceless promotions.

“I’ve watched hundreds of matches from the less than luxurious press boxes at Spytty Park and Rodney Parade and at countless stadiums across England – from Braintree to Blackpool and Lewes to Leeds United.”

The book is available online here, or on Amazon, and will be on sale at the Newport County club shop and bookshops around Newport.