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My County, My Shirt: Newport celebrate County’s supporters with portrait exhibit

Newport County are the latest club to recognise the rich diversity of their supporter-base with a My Club, My Shirt-style portrait exhibition.

Newport’s ‘My County, My Shirt‘ exhibition captures portraits of dozens of fans from a variety of backgrounds throughout the Welsh town and has been put together with the help of the Fans for Diversity campaign, the club and the fan group Exiles Together.

Adopting the My Club, My Shirt format for their team, Exiles Together employed the services of photographer Kamila Jarczak who took the portraits at Rodney Parade and landmark sites around the town.

“The portraits are excellent and capture Newport fans from all different types of backgrounds,” said Jalal Goni from Exiles Together.

“Newport is a diverse area and we wanted people to know that the club is there for everyone – and these portraits will help provide that welcome.

“People who’ve had their pictures taken – whether they’re fans with disabilities, LGBT+, black and ethnic minorities – have been talking about what the club means to them and have been proud to represent the town by wearing the shirt.

“We’re so grateful to Anwar from the FSA for helping us pull it together.”

The Newport County portraits are the sixth in a series of exhibitions that have come to clubs across the country since the ‘My Club, My Shirt’ initiative started at Cardiff City back in 2020.

An exhibition of the portraits will be on display at Rodney Parade and in matchday programmes ahead of upcoming fixtures for the remainder of the season.

Anwar Uddin, Fans for Diversity campaign manager, said: “Jalal and Exiles Together have captured some fantastic images of Newport County fans from all walks of life. They deserve great credit.

“It’s an excellent piece of work that celebrates the diversity of the town and shows how everyone is welcome at Rodney Parade.”

The My Club, My Shirt projects are funded by the Fans for Diversity campaign, which is a partnership between the FSA and Kick It Out.

 

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