Newport County AFC’s Player Of The Season for last year, Chris Zebroski was today sentenced to 4 years and 4 months in prison after being found guilty to a number of crimes earlier this year. The striker had been enjoying a successful career at The Exiles since joining in 2013 and had become one of the top strikers at Rodney Parade.
Today’s court case in Swindon saw the 28 year-old prosecuted for four separate court cases. In the series of incidents Zebroski was charged with assault on a taxi driver and attack on a group after a night out where he allegedly demanded money. The court heard how the Newport striker was struggling with problems with alcohol and thus led him to cause such radical behaviour.
In 2006, 19 year-old Zebroski was sacked by Plymouth Argyle for gross misconduct. It emerged that Zebroski had caused several cuts on Argyle captain Paul Wotton’s head after a dispute in a restaurant . Later on in his career Zebroski was sacked from Cheltenham Town for withdrawing from the matchday squad in short notice, it appears that this was due to Zebroski’s problem as an alcoholic.
But Zebroski was enjoying a great time at Newport County and helped lead the side into the battle for a play-off spot this season, but the incidents affected the Swindon born striker and his last goal was in 2014 against Cheltenham Town. For a number of games Zebroski appeared off the team sheets for personal issues, and in the games he did play in he wasn’t as effective as he had been over the course of his time in Wales.
As for Newport County fans it’s been a frustrating 2015, and with a pivotal game approaching on the weekend a win is much needed not only for a play-off place but to bring some joy to the Newport faithful.