County v Fleetwood postponed

South Wales Argus: HARD WORK: Volunteers helped clear water off the covers on Rodney Parade this morning but to no avail HARD WORK: Volunteers helped clear water off the covers on Rodney Parade this morning but to no avail

TONIGHT'S League Two clash between Newport County AFC and Fleetwood Town has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at Rodney Parade.

Referee Steve Dunne declared the pitch is unplayable with no chance of being fit for tonight and the fixture will now be played on Tuesday, March 4.

This is County's fifth home match to be postponed since December 21 and Tuesday's visit of AFC Wimbledon, already called off once, must be in doubt again with more heavy rain forecast over the weekend.

The Exiles have not played a home match since the shock 2-1 loss to Northampton Town on January 4 and they did explore the option of switching Tuesday's clash to Wimbledon's Kingsmeadow ground.

The Dons have now rejected that proposal and the match will be in Newport if it beats the weather.

Newport Gwent Dragons, who share the ground with County and Newport RFC, are also due to host Edinburgh in the RaboDirect Pro 12 at Rodney Parade on Sunday and a pitch inspection for that match is planned for Saturday at 9am.

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10:43am Fri 7 Feb 14

CountyValleyboy says...

Big Problems now !
Big Problems now ! CountyValleyboy
  • Score: 4

11:44am Fri 7 Feb 14

ex-St. Julians boy says...

Would it be possible to borrow or hire one of those blotter machines again? Or is that not a viable proposition.
Would it be possible to borrow or hire one of those blotter machines again? Or is that not a viable proposition. ex-St. Julians boy
  • Score: 0

12:38pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Dafydd y Garreg Wen says...

A cashflow crisis cannot be that far away as the Club has had no income for weeks. If we are to have a chance Tuesday then the Dragons game needs to be off, but we all know that's not going to happen. A switch of fixture seems the only sensible option.
A cashflow crisis cannot be that far away as the Club has had no income for weeks. If we are to have a chance Tuesday then the Dragons game needs to be off, but we all know that's not going to happen. A switch of fixture seems the only sensible option. Dafydd y Garreg Wen
  • Score: 1

1:02pm Fri 7 Feb 14

jetspotter says...

Expectations are getting much lower,
Promotion now seems a no-goer,
The pitch is just mud,
The country's in flood,
Perhaps we should just call up Noah !!
Expectations are getting much lower, Promotion now seems a no-goer, The pitch is just mud, The country's in flood, Perhaps we should just call up Noah !! jetspotter
  • Score: 4

1:30pm Fri 7 Feb 14

jiffygeorge says...

'Expectations are getting much lower,
Promotion now seems a no-goer,
The pitch is just mud,
The country's in flood,
Perhaps we should just call up Noah !!'

Well put Jetspotter. If we didn't laugh we'd certainly weep enough to flood the ground anew. But in reality, no pitch with three teams playing on it, including two rugby sides who can virtually play in any conditions, would have survived the deluge of recent weeks. However, I think I do agree that the backlog will put paid to any remaining chance of promotion.
'Expectations are getting much lower, Promotion now seems a no-goer, The pitch is just mud, The country's in flood, Perhaps we should just call up Noah !!' Well put Jetspotter. If we didn't laugh we'd certainly weep enough to flood the ground anew. But in reality, no pitch with three teams playing on it, including two rugby sides who can virtually play in any conditions, would have survived the deluge of recent weeks. However, I think I do agree that the backlog will put paid to any remaining chance of promotion. jiffygeorge
  • Score: 0

1:43pm Fri 7 Feb 14

RSATaffy says...

Of course the other problem is, who can afford to watch 2 or 3 matches a week from now on!! So gates could get smaller and reduce revenue.
Of course the other problem is, who can afford to watch 2 or 3 matches a week from now on!! So gates could get smaller and reduce revenue. RSATaffy
  • Score: 3

3:30pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Adrian Williams says...

I'm beginning to think we should have stayed out Spytty and developed it
I'm beginning to think we should have stayed out Spytty and developed it Adrian Williams
  • Score: 4

3:58pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Harps62 says...

So now there are talks about playing our home fixtures away.
If that happens forget about promotion.
Directors are telling us its nothing to do with the drainage?
If that's the case the pitch would of been very very heavy tonight but
playable.
Have Torquay, Exeter or Plymouth lost 5 games and they have had far worse weather than us.
Presume if we start playing home games away season ticket holders will have rebates also.
Depressing times
So now there are talks about playing our home fixtures away. If that happens forget about promotion. Directors are telling us its nothing to do with the drainage? If that's the case the pitch would of been very very heavy tonight but playable. Have Torquay, Exeter or Plymouth lost 5 games and they have had far worse weather than us. Presume if we start playing home games away season ticket holders will have rebates also. Depressing times Harps62
  • Score: 1

4:24pm Fri 7 Feb 14

marcus007 says...

Lets see how many game survive tomorrow after tonights deluge. The weather is unprecedented in my opinion and there has been no respite between the rain. We should only play our home fixtures away if we have to and that should be at a neutral venue like Cheltenham or Hereford who need the money
Lets see how many game survive tomorrow after tonights deluge. The weather is unprecedented in my opinion and there has been no respite between the rain. We should only play our home fixtures away if we have to and that should be at a neutral venue like Cheltenham or Hereford who need the money marcus007
  • Score: 3

4:39pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Newporttrue says...

Are the f/league going to help on this crisis by extending the season, or do they expect Newport to cram as many fixtures as possible into a small window because is doesn't look like this weather is going to let up,the forecast for the month of February isn't looking very pleasing either....
Are the f/league going to help on this crisis by extending the season, or do they expect Newport to cram as many fixtures as possible into a small window because is doesn't look like this weather is going to let up,the forecast for the month of February isn't looking very pleasing either.... Newporttrue
  • Score: 0

5:07pm Fri 7 Feb 14

ssjf89 says...

oh well not a total surprise maybe we could switch home games to abu Dhabi.in the old county days it was 250 ton of sand and game on .Now in this day and age of underr rated and over paid actors the FA demand perfect summer conditions for a WINTER Sport lets get back to the old days where players were paid 30 quid a game, played in all conditions
oh well not a total surprise maybe we could switch home games to abu Dhabi.in the old county days it was 250 ton of sand and game on .Now in this day and age of underr rated and over paid actors the FA demand perfect summer conditions for a WINTER Sport lets get back to the old days where players were paid 30 quid a game, played in all conditions ssjf89
  • Score: 6

6:18pm Fri 7 Feb 14

COUNTYVOICE says...

the FA wont extend the season if its just county loosing all the matches.

this is a shakespean comedy that is turning into a tragedy.5 games gone and counting. at this rate we will end up playing all our away games and have 13 games left to play by the 3rd may 14

while there is one day dry weather followed by 2 days of rain there is no way the pitch is going to have a chance to recover in time, and with 2 rugby teams playing on it as well that makes it even worse.

its at times like this when only one team playing on the pitch helps as at least the pitch can be prepared with only football in mind.

the weather forecasters reckon this weather will last till the end of february, by that time county could be in the bottom two with 10 games in hand/

after last years similar attempts and postponements at rodney parade why ISNT THERE A PLAN B FOR GAME REARRANGEMENT ?

a sad series of events and slowly the season is descending into a farce .
the FA wont extend the season if its just county loosing all the matches. this is a shakespean comedy that is turning into a tragedy.5 games gone and counting. at this rate we will end up playing all our away games and have 13 games left to play by the 3rd may 14 while there is one day dry weather followed by 2 days of rain there is no way the pitch is going to have a chance to recover in time, and with 2 rugby teams playing on it as well that makes it even worse. its at times like this when only one team playing on the pitch helps as at least the pitch can be prepared with only football in mind. the weather forecasters reckon this weather will last till the end of february, by that time county could be in the bottom two with 10 games in hand/ after last years similar attempts and postponements at rodney parade why ISNT THERE A PLAN B FOR GAME REARRANGEMENT ? a sad series of events and slowly the season is descending into a farce . COUNTYVOICE
  • Score: 1

6:29pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Risca1 says...

Surely the first thing that should happen is for Newport RFC to move their games elsewhere. They are now pretty much irrelevant.
Surely the first thing that should happen is for Newport RFC to move their games elsewhere. They are now pretty much irrelevant. Risca1
  • Score: -4

6:39pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Pianoman42 says...

If we'd put in a Desso pitch during the close season we would have had no postponements. And it should be done this summer. Couldn't we play our games at Cardiff City's' ground for the rest of this season?
If we'd put in a Desso pitch during the close season we would have had no postponements. And it should be done this summer. Couldn't we play our games at Cardiff City's' ground for the rest of this season? Pianoman42
  • Score: 2

6:42pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Cwmsteve says...

Risca1 wrote:
Surely the first thing that should happen is for Newport RFC to move their games elsewhere. They are now pretty much irrelevant.
Would that be the owners of the Rodney Parade your on about, the people who you rent the ground off!!!
[quote][p][bold]Risca1[/bold] wrote: Surely the first thing that should happen is for Newport RFC to move their games elsewhere. They are now pretty much irrelevant.[/p][/quote]Would that be the owners of the Rodney Parade your on about, the people who you rent the ground off!!! Cwmsteve
  • Score: 8

6:54pm Fri 7 Feb 14

fedupjon says...

I regularly read the comments of County fans with interest and have to say you are a right bunch of whinging so and so's.
The weather is atrocious and there is very little the groundstaff can do without the financial resources.
As far as the league goes they are only a couple of games behind most because they have also suffered cancellations.
Sell your leading scorer and all you read is doom and gloom.
You should try being a supporter of Newport RFC to now how bad things can become. As for Risca 1 you should remember who owns the ground and it is not you or the Dragons. I think you will find that Newport RFC has attempted to foresee this situation by playing nearly all their home games before the new year.
Stop whinging and start supporting in a positive way
I regularly read the comments of County fans with interest and have to say you are a right bunch of whinging so and so's. The weather is atrocious and there is very little the groundstaff can do without the financial resources. As far as the league goes they are only a couple of games behind most because they have also suffered cancellations. Sell your leading scorer and all you read is doom and gloom. You should try being a supporter of Newport RFC to now how bad things can become. As for Risca 1 you should remember who owns the ground and it is not you or the Dragons. I think you will find that Newport RFC has attempted to foresee this situation by playing nearly all their home games before the new year. Stop whinging and start supporting in a positive way fedupjon
  • Score: 6

7:10pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Frankfurt says...

Risca1 wrote:
Surely the first thing that should happen is for Newport RFC to move their games elsewhere. They are now pretty much irrelevant.
Well it's their ground so I don't see why they should. In any case, at least up until now, I don'think that playing games has caused the problem. It's just too much rain for he drainage system to cope with. If Newport RFC stopped playing there it would make no difference. If the surface starts to break down and disintegrate then playing on it will matter I agree. But that hasn't happened yet.
[quote][p][bold]Risca1[/bold] wrote: Surely the first thing that should happen is for Newport RFC to move their games elsewhere. They are now pretty much irrelevant.[/p][/quote]Well it's their ground so I don't see why they should. In any case, at least up until now, I don'think that playing games has caused the problem. It's just too much rain for he drainage system to cope with. If Newport RFC stopped playing there it would make no difference. If the surface starts to break down and disintegrate then playing on it will matter I agree. But that hasn't happened yet. Frankfurt
  • Score: 3

7:17pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Adrian Williams says...

Newport RFC should stop living in the past - the game has moved on and it's now Sunday league level rugby which only a minority of people care about. Spytty would more than be able to cater for their needs. They are happy to take the rent and other income off Dragons and County knowing that the pitch isn't fit for purpose with three teams playing on it.
Newport RFC should stop living in the past - the game has moved on and it's now Sunday league level rugby which only a minority of people care about. Spytty would more than be able to cater for their needs. They are happy to take the rent and other income off Dragons and County knowing that the pitch isn't fit for purpose with three teams playing on it. Adrian Williams
  • Score: 0

7:37pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Cwmsteve says...

Adrian Williams wrote:
Newport RFC should stop living in the past - the game has moved on and it's now Sunday league level rugby which only a minority of people care about. Spytty would more than be able to cater for their needs. They are happy to take the rent and other income off Dragons and County knowing that the pitch isn't fit for purpose with three teams playing on it.
Don't think you quite get it, it's Newport RFC's ground!! they are doing you a favour by having you there!! Why don't you pop back down the road to Spytty to your temp stands and running track!!
[quote][p][bold]Adrian Williams[/bold] wrote: Newport RFC should stop living in the past - the game has moved on and it's now Sunday league level rugby which only a minority of people care about. Spytty would more than be able to cater for their needs. They are happy to take the rent and other income off Dragons and County knowing that the pitch isn't fit for purpose with three teams playing on it.[/p][/quote]Don't think you quite get it, it's Newport RFC's ground!! they are doing you a favour by having you there!! Why don't you pop back down the road to Spytty to your temp stands and running track!! Cwmsteve
  • Score: 2

7:52pm Fri 7 Feb 14

sooty001 says...

Pianoman42 wrote:
If we'd put in a Desso pitch during the close season we would have had no postponements. And it should be done this summer. Couldn't we play our games at Cardiff City's' ground for the rest of this season?
Could not agree more, the County must be losing money hand over fist and as for playing our home games away from home that idea is a kick in the teeth for the loyal supporters like myself who have supported the county for the last 60 years. I could understand us having to play elsewhere but if one game is changed to our opponents venue then that would be the end of my support. I travelled many miles for home games in the past but at least we classed them as home games, so I don't want to travel to our opponents ground for a HOME game, end of story. Take a note Mr Chairman.
[quote][p][bold]Pianoman42[/bold] wrote: If we'd put in a Desso pitch during the close season we would have had no postponements. And it should be done this summer. Couldn't we play our games at Cardiff City's' ground for the rest of this season?[/p][/quote]Could not agree more, the County must be losing money hand over fist and as for playing our home games away from home that idea is a kick in the teeth for the loyal supporters like myself who have supported the county for the last 60 years. I could understand us having to play elsewhere but if one game is changed to our opponents venue then that would be the end of my support. I travelled many miles for home games in the past but at least we classed them as home games, so I don't want to travel to our opponents ground for a HOME game, end of story. Take a note Mr Chairman. sooty001
  • Score: 0

8:28pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Dafydd y Garreg Wen says...

Cwmsteve wrote:
Adrian Williams wrote:
Newport RFC should stop living in the past - the game has moved on and it's now Sunday league level rugby which only a minority of people care about. Spytty would more than be able to cater for their needs. They are happy to take the rent and other income off Dragons and County knowing that the pitch isn't fit for purpose with three teams playing on it.
Don't think you quite get it, it's Newport RFC's ground!! they are doing you a favour by having you there!! Why don't you pop back down the road to Spytty to your temp stands and running track!!
Not sure that is right. Attendances of a 1000 or less will not pay for the upkeep of that stadium. We need to all work together and that is clearly not happening
[quote][p][bold]Cwmsteve[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Adrian Williams[/bold] wrote: Newport RFC should stop living in the past - the game has moved on and it's now Sunday league level rugby which only a minority of people care about. Spytty would more than be able to cater for their needs. They are happy to take the rent and other income off Dragons and County knowing that the pitch isn't fit for purpose with three teams playing on it.[/p][/quote]Don't think you quite get it, it's Newport RFC's ground!! they are doing you a favour by having you there!! Why don't you pop back down the road to Spytty to your temp stands and running track!![/p][/quote]Not sure that is right. Attendances of a 1000 or less will not pay for the upkeep of that stadium. We need to all work together and that is clearly not happening Dafydd y Garreg Wen
  • Score: 1

12:04am Sat 8 Feb 14

Frankfurt says...

Cwmsteve wrote:
Adrian Williams wrote:
Newport RFC should stop living in the past - the game has moved on and it's now Sunday league level rugby which only a minority of people care about. Spytty would more than be able to cater for their needs. They are happy to take the rent and other income off Dragons and County knowing that the pitch isn't fit for purpose with three teams playing on it.
Don't think you quite get it, it's Newport RFC's ground!! they are doing you a favour by having you there!! Why don't you pop back down the road to Spytty to your temp stands and running track!!
I'd go back tomorrow Mate, but it's not an option any more.
[quote][p][bold]Cwmsteve[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Adrian Williams[/bold] wrote: Newport RFC should stop living in the past - the game has moved on and it's now Sunday league level rugby which only a minority of people care about. Spytty would more than be able to cater for their needs. They are happy to take the rent and other income off Dragons and County knowing that the pitch isn't fit for purpose with three teams playing on it.[/p][/quote]Don't think you quite get it, it's Newport RFC's ground!! they are doing you a favour by having you there!! Why don't you pop back down the road to Spytty to your temp stands and running track!![/p][/quote]I'd go back tomorrow Mate, but it's not an option any more. Frankfurt
  • Score: 3

12:16am Sat 8 Feb 14

Frankfurt says...

Adrian Williams wrote:
Newport RFC should stop living in the past - the game has moved on and it's now Sunday league level rugby which only a minority of people care about. Spytty would more than be able to cater for their needs. They are happy to take the rent and other income off Dragons and County knowing that the pitch isn't fit for purpose with three teams playing on it.
When the rugby regions announce their future plans shortly it is expected that they will say that they are going to join the English Premiership. I believe that it will be the old club sides that will actually join because the regions were set up by the WRU and many clubs such as Pontypool and Pontypridd gave up their senior status to give life to the regions. So the regions don't own themselves, in the emotional sense, and indeed the Dragons are 50% owned by WRU legally. So it will be Newport, Cardiff, Llanelli,and Neath/Swansea that leave Welsh rugby for England. So no Dragons and Newport will return to being the senior rugby club at RP next season. What effect that has on the arrangements with County remains to be seen.
[quote][p][bold]Adrian Williams[/bold] wrote: Newport RFC should stop living in the past - the game has moved on and it's now Sunday league level rugby which only a minority of people care about. Spytty would more than be able to cater for their needs. They are happy to take the rent and other income off Dragons and County knowing that the pitch isn't fit for purpose with three teams playing on it.[/p][/quote]When the rugby regions announce their future plans shortly it is expected that they will say that they are going to join the English Premiership. I believe that it will be the old club sides that will actually join because the regions were set up by the WRU and many clubs such as Pontypool and Pontypridd gave up their senior status to give life to the regions. So the regions don't own themselves, in the emotional sense, and indeed the Dragons are 50% owned by WRU legally. So it will be Newport, Cardiff, Llanelli,and Neath/Swansea that leave Welsh rugby for England. So no Dragons and Newport will return to being the senior rugby club at RP next season. What effect that has on the arrangements with County remains to be seen. Frankfurt
  • Score: 5

7:14am Sat 8 Feb 14

Adrian Williams says...

Frankfurt wrote:
Adrian Williams wrote:
Newport RFC should stop living in the past - the game has moved on and it's now Sunday league level rugby which only a minority of people care about. Spytty would more than be able to cater for their needs. They are happy to take the rent and other income off Dragons and County knowing that the pitch isn't fit for purpose with three teams playing on it.
When the rugby regions announce their future plans shortly it is expected that they will say that they are going to join the English Premiership. I believe that it will be the old club sides that will actually join because the regions were set up by the WRU and many clubs such as Pontypool and Pontypridd gave up their senior status to give life to the regions. So the regions don't own themselves, in the emotional sense, and indeed the Dragons are 50% owned by WRU legally. So it will be Newport, Cardiff, Llanelli,and Neath/Swansea that leave Welsh rugby for England. So no Dragons and Newport will return to being the senior rugby club at RP next season. What effect that has on the arrangements with County remains to be seen.
For what it's worth, I hope that does happen. I used to go and watch Newport Rfc before the regions came in. I never took to regional rugby, so I would be happy if it was just Newport RFC and the County going forward.
[quote][p][bold]Frankfurt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Adrian Williams[/bold] wrote: Newport RFC should stop living in the past - the game has moved on and it's now Sunday league level rugby which only a minority of people care about. Spytty would more than be able to cater for their needs. They are happy to take the rent and other income off Dragons and County knowing that the pitch isn't fit for purpose with three teams playing on it.[/p][/quote]When the rugby regions announce their future plans shortly it is expected that they will say that they are going to join the English Premiership. I believe that it will be the old club sides that will actually join because the regions were set up by the WRU and many clubs such as Pontypool and Pontypridd gave up their senior status to give life to the regions. So the regions don't own themselves, in the emotional sense, and indeed the Dragons are 50% owned by WRU legally. So it will be Newport, Cardiff, Llanelli,and Neath/Swansea that leave Welsh rugby for England. So no Dragons and Newport will return to being the senior rugby club at RP next season. What effect that has on the arrangements with County remains to be seen.[/p][/quote]For what it's worth, I hope that does happen. I used to go and watch Newport Rfc before the regions came in. I never took to regional rugby, so I would be happy if it was just Newport RFC and the County going forward. Adrian Williams
  • Score: 2

9:44am Sun 9 Feb 14

llandaff says...

I am afraid that all these comments, whilst understandable, are not going to make a scrap of difference.
The fact is the situation is beyond the club's control now.
Who would have thought this would happen when we were all so excited at Wembley back in May.
I feel so sorry for the manager and the players after all their efforts earlier in the season.
Realistically Plan B is to stay in the league now. I would have preferred Plan A but I feel it will be asking too much.
I would love to be proved wrong though!!!
I am afraid that all these comments, whilst understandable, are not going to make a scrap of difference. The fact is the situation is beyond the club's control now. Who would have thought this would happen when we were all so excited at Wembley back in May. I feel so sorry for the manager and the players after all their efforts earlier in the season. Realistically Plan B is to stay in the league now. I would have preferred Plan A but I feel it will be asking too much. I would love to be proved wrong though!!! llandaff
  • Score: 3

3:44pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Newportg says...

Risca1 wrote:
Surely the first thing that should happen is for Newport RFC to move their games elsewhere. They are now pretty much irrelevant.
Newport RFC own the ground. So we will be the last team to move away. Therefore your above comment is irrelevant. I sympathise with Newport County. But we all just have to play our matches when we can!!
[quote][p][bold]Risca1[/bold] wrote: Surely the first thing that should happen is for Newport RFC to move their games elsewhere. They are now pretty much irrelevant.[/p][/quote]Newport RFC own the ground. So we will be the last team to move away. Therefore your above comment is irrelevant. I sympathise with Newport County. But we all just have to play our matches when we can!! Newportg
  • Score: 0

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