ARGUS COMMENT: Pontypool RFC needs help to stay

South Wales Argus: ARGUS COMMENT: Pontypool RFC need help to stay ARGUS COMMENT: Pontypool RFC need help to stay

Pontypool RFC has been synonymous with Pontypool Park for as long as we can remember.

So it is a real shame that the club is even considering that it may have to move from the ground it has called home for so long.

But repeated vandal attacks, and more importantly, what the club sees as a lack of support fromTorfaen council in trying to come up with a workable solution to protect the ground, are leaving the club with what it says is little option but to consider a move.

Pontypool RFC has worked hard over the past year to try to transform its performance both on and off field. And things are beginning to happen.

But the suggestion that the rugby club could be fenced off to protect it from arsonists, vandals and others who congregate there at night to take drugs and drink appear to be falling on deaf ears.

And following the latest fire, the club says its future at the site is being put in jeopardy.

We urge all of those involved to work together to come up with a solution.

Losing Pooler from the Park would be a devastating blow not just for the club, but for the town of Pontypool which benefits from its proximity to the ground.

It seems to us that this is a problem which would not be hugely difficult to solve nor would it have to be prohibitively expensive.

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1:05pm Thu 16 Jan 14

no1poolerfan says...

Pontypool Rugby Club has been bringing this matter to the attention of the Council for many, many years but it has always fallen on deaf ears. Perhaps the Club should have moved to Mamhilad years ago when they had the chance? So come on Torfaen Council (and the Parks Estate Company if necessary) help this great Club get back to the top tier of Welsh Rugby, where they belong
Pontypool Rugby Club has been bringing this matter to the attention of the Council for many, many years but it has always fallen on deaf ears. Perhaps the Club should have moved to Mamhilad years ago when they had the chance? So come on Torfaen Council (and the Parks Estate Company if necessary) help this great Club get back to the top tier of Welsh Rugby, where they belong no1poolerfan

2:25pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Mr Bump. says...

Who are they trying to kid? Move somewhere else indeed, they couldn't afford it. poxy village club without a pot to relieve themselves in. And why should Torfaen council provide them with a ground? They are getting grief left right and centre for not providing services in Welsh, and some people want them to waste valuable resources providing this village club with a secure ground.
Who are they trying to kid? Move somewhere else indeed, they couldn't afford it. poxy village club without a pot to relieve themselves in. And why should Torfaen council provide them with a ground? They are getting grief left right and centre for not providing services in Welsh, and some people want them to waste valuable resources providing this village club with a secure ground. Mr Bump.

4:12pm Thu 16 Jan 14

poolerguy says...

mr bump this aint no little village club in it hey day this was a world class rugby club and brought lots of jobs and money to Torfaen all we ask is to return the favour now we need help is that to much to ask for and yes we can afford to move to a new site but has a fan for 42 years i would like the council to help us like we have done them over the years and help us stay where we are.
mr bump this aint no little village club in it hey day this was a world class rugby club and brought lots of jobs and money to Torfaen all we ask is to return the favour now we need help is that to much to ask for and yes we can afford to move to a new site but has a fan for 42 years i would like the council to help us like we have done them over the years and help us stay where we are. poolerguy

5:06pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Oak-Rune says...

I stood on the bank in the autumn watching the rugby and thought 'what a wonderful sight', the ground and park looked fantastic, what a great resource Pontypool has here. What a complete disaster it would be to let a few vandals with drug problems destroy such a magnificent venue with so much history. Some way must be found to secure the site, to build on the work that has been done there in recent years.

As for Mr Troll, er Bump, don't even go there folks, it will be a waste of breath.
I stood on the bank in the autumn watching the rugby and thought 'what a wonderful sight', the ground and park looked fantastic, what a great resource Pontypool has here. What a complete disaster it would be to let a few vandals with drug problems destroy such a magnificent venue with so much history. Some way must be found to secure the site, to build on the work that has been done there in recent years. As for Mr Troll, er Bump, don't even go there folks, it will be a waste of breath. Oak-Rune

6:58pm Thu 16 Jan 14

paddyparry says...

Dear Mr Bump, This village has a proud heritage, both as a club and a town. We have a large and loyal fanbase and have attedences that are the envy of most clubs these days. Yes, the council have helped the club in the past but now we need their help but, more importantly, that of the police.
Dear Mr Bump, This village has a proud heritage, both as a club and a town. We have a large and loyal fanbase and have attedences that are the envy of most clubs these days. Yes, the council have helped the club in the past but now we need their help but, more importantly, that of the police. paddyparry

7:08pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Mr Bump. says...

The council is hard pressed you shouldn't expect peoples council tax wasted on such things.Maybe they should have bought a ground back in their halcyon days, back in the days when players weren't being 'ahem' payed.
The council is hard pressed you shouldn't expect peoples council tax wasted on such things.Maybe they should have bought a ground back in their halcyon days, back in the days when players weren't being 'ahem' payed. Mr Bump.

9:20pm Thu 16 Jan 14

poolerguy says...

mr grump ooops sorry bump (wa a name huh) go back to bed and stop bumping your gums about our club its obvious you know nothing about Pontypool RFC or Pontypool park.
mr grump ooops sorry bump (wa a name huh) go back to bed and stop bumping your gums about our club its obvious you know nothing about Pontypool RFC or Pontypool park. poolerguy

9:51am Fri 17 Jan 14

no1poolerfan says...

Yet more seats were broken in the stand during the day yesterday. Whatever is going on with these kids ? If it is during school time surely the local Head Teachers should be appealing for this continuous attack on the Grandstand to stop
Yet more seats were broken in the stand during the day yesterday. Whatever is going on with these kids ? If it is during school time surely the local Head Teachers should be appealing for this continuous attack on the Grandstand to stop no1poolerfan

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