Newport County enjoyed a fairytale Football League return with an emphatic 4-1 win over Accrington Stanley to go top of League Two.
A goal in each half from Chris Zebroski on his Newport debut and further strikes from Harry Worley and Christian Jolley put the Welsh side, promoted via the Conference play-off final last term, four goals to the good after 55 minutes on Saturday.
Former Manchester United trainee Danny Webber pulled one back for Stanley, but Justin Edinburgh's side were not to be denied a memorable home victory on the opening day of the 2013-14 season.
While Newport celebrated a fantastic start to life in the fourth tier of English football, another new addition to League Two in the form of Portsmouth were handed a stark reminder of just how far they have fallen after slipping to a 4-1 defeat at home against Oxford United.
Patrick Agyemang gave the 2008 FA Cup winners a 25th-minute lead before a brace apiece from Deane Smalley and Alfie Potter stunned the majority of the crowd of over 18,000 that packed Fratton Park.
Rochdale were another team to record a comfortable opening-day win thanks to a 3-0 success over Hartlepool United. Scott Hogan, George Donnelly and Ian Henderson all netted at Spotland.
Burton Albion battled back from two goals down to earn a 2-2 at Cheltenham Town, with both sides looking to put the disappointment of losing in the play-offs last term behind them. Jamie Cureton and Byron Harrison were on target for the home side inside the opening 32 minutes, but Burton hit back through Billy Kee and debutant Rory Delap.
Two goals in 17 second-half minutes from James O’Shea and Marc Richards proved the difference as Chesterfield beat Bury 2-0 at Gigg Lane, while last season’s Conference champions Mansfield Town lost 2-0 at Scunthorpe United, for whom Matthew Sparrow and Sam Winnall were on target.
Phil Brown’s Southend United side started the new campaign with a 1-0 win over Plymouth Argyle sealed courtesy of Barry Corr’s 15th-minute goal.
There was late drama at Plainmoor as Aaron Downes rescued a point for home side Torquay United in the 90th minute after Harry Pell had scored for AFC Wimbledon with three minutes remaining.
A last-gasp Ryan Jarvis goal condemned Northampton Town, defeated play-off finalists back in May, to a 1-0 defeat at York City and Wycombe Wanderers triumphed at home against Morecambe by the same scoreline, Paris Cowan-Hill netting seven minutes into his debut.
Mark Roberts, Jeff Hughes and Ryan Cresswell were on the scoresheet in Fleetwood Town’s 3-1 win over Dagenham & Redbridge, who pulled one back through Rhys Murphy.
Sam Parkin marked his Exeter City debut with the winner 11 minutes from time to help his side run out 2-1 victors over Bristol Rovers after Eliot Richards had cancelled out Danny Coles’ opener.
|11||C. Zebroski||28' 42' 65'|
|Coach: J. Edinburgh|
for M. Porter 70'
for C. Jolley 78'
for C. Zebroski 88'
|Liverpool defender Toure targeting trophies|
|Ramsey eyeing title assault|
|Welbeck out of FA Cup final and England matches|
|FIFA the ´injured party´ as Swiss prosecutors open criminal proceedings|
|Prince Ali saddened by FIFA arrests|
|Pellegrini to make City defence a priority|
|Labbadia giving Lasogga, Olic, Jiracek time|
|Ramsey confident on Wembley chances|
|Swiss authorities confirm FIFA arrests|
|El Shaarawy open to Premier League move - agent|
|Reports: FIFA officials set to be arrested|
|Tigres UANL 2 Emelec 0 (2-1 agg): Mexicans through to Libertadores semis|
|Valencia ruled out of Copa America|
|Coleman: Bale being ignored by Real team-mates|
|Ruddy eyes England recall|
|Benteke will strike fear into Arsenal - Westwood|
|Howe named LMA Manager of the Year|
|Casillas reiterates desire to stay in Madrid|
|Dnipro players pay for fans´ tickets, transport|
|Galliani: I want Ancelotti back at Milan|
|Premier League: Manchester City season review - Frustrations as latest title defence falters|
|Injured Benfica star Salvio not for sale|
|AFC Champions League Review: Al Sadd suffer last-16 exit|
|Emery targeting historic victory|
|Toure and Wisdom pen new Liverpool deals|
|Stadium facilities drive Van Gaal potty|
|Blatter brushes off Figo´s ´dictatorship´ claims|
|Mavuba to end career at Lille after extending contract|
|Ipswich´s Bishop charged over betting breaches|
|Markevych admits to Dnipro nerves|
|Relegated Almeria to be deducted three points|
|Reims retain Guegan on one-year deal|
|Di Matteo departure could hinder Schalke swoop for Khedira|
|Bale planning Real Madrid stay|
|Del Bosque not prepared to risk Costa|
|West Ham earn Europa League berth|
|Pellegrini sure City will win title back|
|Low calls Herrmann into Germany squad|
|Gerrard will win trophies with Galaxy - Carragher|
|Frankfurt agree to let Schaaf leave|
|Hernandez hit with violent conduct charge|
|Bale set for 50th Wales cap against Belgium|
|Baines hoping for pre-season return|
|Bournemouth sign Boruc|
|Sevilla duo Rico and Vidal handed Spain calls|
|Premier League: Chelsea season review - Mourinho´s men canter to title|
|Speroni hints at possible Palace exit|
|Kane states Tottenham commitment|
|Boruc, Hooiveld leave Southampton|
|Oxlade-Chamberlain desperate to make FA Cup final|
|Roar turn to Aloisi|
|Di Matteo resigns as Schalke coach|
|Hughes hints at Moses return|
|Wenger hits out at scheduling|
|Terry backs Chelsea to dominate|
|Jets part ways with coach Stubbins|
|Kewell would love to manage Liverpool|
|Janmaat: Newcastle players failed Carver|
|Adelaide step up interest in Toni|
|Chelsea´s Drogba interested in MLS move|
|Otamendi wants to leave Valencia - agent|
|Benitez almost certain for Real job|
|Schneiderlin will leave for Champions League club|
|Kane planning to come back bigger and better|
|Moyes staying at Sociedad|
|Neil revels in Norwich promotion|
|Drogba interested in MLS move|
|Russian Premier League Review: Torpedo keep survival hopes alive|
|Turkish Super Lig Review: Galatasaray crowned champions as Fener have four sent off|
|Ghana 1 Madagascar 2: Simouri nets late winner|
|Galatasaray reclaim title as Fener implode|
|Ancelotti bears no grudge after Real sacking|
|Porto complete Bueno capture|
|Lazio 1 Roma 2: Yanga-Mbiwa settles Rome derby|
|Real sack Ancelotti|
|Route to the UEFA Europa League final: Sevilla|
|Derby sack McClaren|
|Eredivisie play-offs Review: Eagles relegated, NAC Breda earn reprieve|
|Inzaghi eager for Van Ginkel stay|
|Route to the UEFA Europa League final: Dnipro|
|Dani Alves plays down Champions League favourites tag|
|Middlesbrough 0 Norwich City 2: Jerome and Redmond send Neil´s men up|
|Renard takes over at Lille|
|Cancelo completes permanent Valencia move|
|Dnipro v Sevilla: Emery embracing chance at history|
|Kuchuk leaves Kuban Krasnodar|
|Desailly hails Terry and urges calm over Zouma|
|Guardiola has built on Heynckes´ Bayern legacy - Muller|
|Falcao thanks United fans|
|Zorniger takes Stuttgart role|
|Dani Alves to clarify Barca future after Champions League final|
|Pazzini in the dark over Milan future|
|Barzagli a doubt for Champions League final|
|Clough sacked by Sheffield United|
|Pardew eyeing ´quality´ signings|
|Carver encouraged by Ashley´s Newcastle promises|
|Gutierrez revels in Newcastle ´fairytale´|
|Relegation will haunt Hull - Chester|
|El Shaarawy eyes Italy call-up|
|Crouch delighted by headed goals record|
|Ancelotti all but confirms Real exit|
|Platini: FIFA will lack credibility if Blatter remains president|
|Bilbao duo pen new deals|
|Rooney: United can win title next season|
|Argentine football rocked by second death|
|Leicester must aim higher next season - Pearson|
|Monk negotiating new Swansea contract|
|Ox can play in cup final, says Wenger|
|Century of MLS goals ´surreal´ for Wondolowski|
|Copa Libertadores Preview: River not giving up hope|
|Cahill returns for Australia´s World Cup qualifier in Kyrgyzstan|
|MLS Review: Wondolowski joins 100-goal club|
|Toni on track for Hellas Verona´s maiden golden boot|
|Amid Ancelotti speculation, Galliani confirms Madrid trip|
|Berlusconi targets Ancelotti, Inzaghi remains committed to Milan|