Newport’s Kevin Ellison reveals his celebration plans and plots revenge over Morecambe’s Derek Adams ahead of when they meet again.
42 year old Kevin Ellison believes he is ‘in Morecambe’s heads’ ahead of next Bank Holiday Monday’s League Two playoff final – and the veteran is ready for another in front of Derek Adams.
On Sunday, he became the oldest player to feature in the playoffs and then the oldest player to score in the playoffs with a wonder strike at Forest Green Rovers.
😱 HISTORY IS MADE 😱
WOW! The 42-year-old Kevin Ellison – the oldest outfield player ever to feature in the EFL play-offs – has levelled the tie.
He becomes the oldest scorer ever in the EFL play-offs! 👏
— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) May 23, 2021
That helped the Exiles level a dramatic tie at the New Lawn before they went ahead through Joss Labadie, were pegged back by Jamille Matt and then earned a place at Wembley thanks to Nicky Maynard’s strike with two minutes of extra time left.
County are now set take on the Shrimps for a place in League One – with Morecambe legend Ellison hoping for the last laugh against his former club.
The veteran, who made 391 appearances and scored 88 goals for the club between 2011 and 2020, was left out and dropped by manager Adams.
He was released last summer and then signed a one-year deal with County, a side he used to torment.
Newport’s Kevin Ellison scores against former club and celebrates in the face of the manager that made him train on his own and didn’t ever put him on the team sheet, have that ya tw*t pic.twitter.com/2SfOn4K53N
— Football Shithousery (@FootyRustling) March 13, 2021
“If I could have picked a team to play in the final it would have been them because of my past with them but it’s about Newport County, not about Kevin Ellison,” he said.
“But I know that they are going to fear me a bit like Newport did. That’s not an ego thing, I am in their heads.
“Hopefully that can play a part and take the pressure of our lads; I’ll get a bit of pressure and some stick but if that helps the lads, so be it. I am going there to win for Newport County.”
Ellison scored a goal when the sides met in Lancashire in March and went viral with his celebration, shouting at Adams face.
After being made to train on his own by Adams, he raced to celebrate in front of the Scot in the home dugout.
The Morecambe boss’ decision to move Ellison on has been vindicated by their remarkable season yet it was the manner of the exit, being “disrespected”, that hurt the veteran.
“Maybe people will say it was written in the stars. I was quite happy with it as you could see from my celebration,” said Ellison.
“The way Derek Adams treated me was disrespectful, so why not. I’m glad Newport got the result and I owed them one.
“Newport County put food on the table for me and my kids so that’s where my loyalties lie.”
“I’m just sorry it didn’t happen in the home game as well because it would have been nice to do it in both fixtures against them,” he said.
“I knew something was going to happen. I was more than happy with my celebration, I don’t care what anyone says. He disrespected me, I don’t like him, that’s how it goes.”
Ellison was put in on goal when Nicky Maynard worked the ball to him on the left to leave the midfielder thinking: “Home dugout, that’s all.
“It was the way he went about saying things. If he had been honest enough, and man enough, to tell me ‘I don’t fancy you, you’re 41, go and find a club’, I’d have respected him for that.
“But he didn’t. He did things behind my back, but it came back to bite him on Saturday, didn’t it?”
Three weeks ago, police had to investigate after Newport County reported social media abuse aimed at midfielder Kevin Ellison.
Newport boss Mike Flynn came off social media earlier this season thanks in part to abusive messages received over some of his selection decisions, and was scathing of the latest abuse directed at one of his players.
“It’s disgusting, Kevin Ellison had something the other night that has been dealt with. That’s just the tip of the iceberg,” Flynn said.
“Some of the things that I have seen are disgusting and people need to be made accountable for what they think is acceptable. It’s an absolute disgrace what people get away with.
“It’s fine to criticise a performance or a result but nobody has the right to throw about abuse. Personal abuse is wrong and needs to be stopped.
“It’s so much easier to put negative things out there and people seem to get off on it.”
Gwent Police confirmed it had “received a call reporting concerns about a social media message sent directly to a Newport County AFC player on Wednesday, 28 April”.
Temporary assistant chief constable Roberts added: “Gwent Police is dedicated to tackling all forms of threatening behaviour and abuse that is targeted towards anyone, including those that take place online.
“We’re committed to ensuring our communities are safe places and welcoming for all, and that no-one should have to fear harm or abuse in their personal or professional lives.
“Anyone with any information which could assist the investigation is asked to call us on 101.”
Fans reacted as Newport’s Kevin Ellison reveals his celebration plans and plots revenge over Morecambe’s Derek Adams ahead of when they meet again….
Newport’s 42 year old match winner yesterday Kevin Ellison has had a hell of a career! pic.twitter.com/OIORNZzjG6
— Tom Pearson (@tom7p) May 24, 2021
@ab0ttleandabeat: Still can’t get over that Kevin Ellison goal, absolute scenes.
@HayleyP19L4: I would love Kevin Ellison to score the winner against Morecambe.
@ThatBobbyLad: Praying for an Ellison winner in the 90th minute at Wembley to shithouse Adams again
@CarolBates: Ellison vs. Adams at Wembley. That’s gonna be interesting!
@mfc_aaron: Ellison screaming in Derek Adams face part 2? 👀
@Bluebellewwfc: So it’s Big Kev Ellison v Dour Del Adams the Sequel in the League 2 play off final. Could be quite spicy
@callumrjb: I’m begging for a Kevin Ellison 96th minute winner and then for him to do an adebayor knee slide in front of Adams
@DanielJonKnight: Ellison to bag an added time winner and to two foot Derek Adams 😍 written in the stars
@Stueycufc: Just need Ellison score the winner at Wembley now and celebrate infront of Derek Adams
@threesacrowdpod: Instead of the League 2 Play Off Final, can we just have Derek Adams and Kevin Ellison have a screaming match in the car park for promotion? #EFLPlayOffs
@sbezzzab1871: Kevin Ellison is scoring the winner vs Morecambe in the League 2 playoff final, shithousing the best celebration in front of Derek Adams, and no one can do a thing about it.
@Kirky_8: Derek Adams won’t sleep dreading of a repeat!
@deanorufc1: Million % set up for Ellison to knee slide Derek Adams with a 93rd minute winner next Monday 👀🐸😄
@AndyFord33107: Kevin Ellison gets to meet up with Derek Adams in the play off final. Should be tasty.
@liamfell2010: You just know Kevin Ellison is going to bag the winner against his former club Morecambe in the final. He will be well up for it against Adam’s.
@LloydAstley: Who cares about the Champions League final. The only game of football I’m watching this coming weekend is the Kevin Ellison derby, Morecambe v Newport. Come on the @ShrimpsOfficial
@CDSmith1988: “Morecambe!, I’m coming for you!” – How can you not love this man?! 😁.
@Nineteen862: Kevin Ellison for the winner in the final and one last run past Derek Adams at Wembley … in the script isn’t it?
@JamesL0996: All week it’s gonna be Ellison v Adams
@thehuwdavies: Darren Stevens, Kevin Ellison, Phil Mickelson – it’s been a good sporting weekend for the ‘age is just a number’ crowd
@MarcFre96306279: It’s written in the stars for a week today. Kev Ellison 90th min winner and to celebrate right in front of Adams
@thurstonarnold: Kevin Ellison, a living legend. The best player on the pitch whenever I watched him for Chester. His goals are always a joy to behold!
“MORECAMBE, IM COMING FOR YOU” 👀😎 https://t.co/b8r8gHlG22
— Mac 🔶🔴 (@MacaWilliams_) May 24, 2021
Derek Adams v Kevin Ellison II at Wembley pic.twitter.com/eiaKHMkB8A
— Steve Burr (@SPBurr4) May 23, 2021