No fears of fixture pile-up repeat for Justin Edinburgh

South Wales Argus: WATERLOGGED: Rodney Parade. Argus library picture. WATERLOGGED: Rodney Parade. Argus library picture.

NEWPORT County AFC manager Justin Edinburgh has dismissed concerns that the postponement of Saturday’s clash with AFC Wimbledon could be the first of many at Rodney Parade this season.

The League Two match was postponed by the referee on Saturday lunchtime due to a waterlogged pitch and will be rearranged at a later date.

It was the only fixture in the Football League to be called off on Saturday and all but one Conference game, at Braintree, also went ahead as planned.

Saturday was the first official day of winter and with concerns over the effectiveness of the drainage work done on the pitch over the summer and more heavy rain forecast over the coming weeks it could be a long hard winter for the Exiles.

Last season saw three matches postponed at Rodney Parade and that, along with the numerous rearrangements of the Gateshead away fixture, led to a fixture pile-up that contributed greatly to County’s Conference title challenge hitting the rocks.

Work to improve the drainage system at the ground was carried out in the summer but the £80,000 project was only partially completed and will have to be finished next summer.

But Edinburgh says it is too early to worry about a potential fixture pile-up halting his side’s challenge for promotion to League One this campaign.

“I don’t see us getting into the kind of problems we got into last season. There is no worry there,” said the Exiles boss.

“Obviously we don’t know what the weather has to throw at us but it won’t be a problem to fit in one game as we’ve got plenty of free midweek dates in the New Year.”

And Edinburgh is in no doubt that the correct decision was made on Saturday.

“There were areas that were unplayable,” he said. “It’s a difficult decision for the referee to make but I think he made the right one.

“The safety of players has to be the paramount and the quality of the game for the paying public is important as well.

“We fear nobody; we’ve got the best home record in the league so there’s no reason why we wouldn’t want to play it.

“But I think you’ve got to look at the bigger picture and the ref made the right decision.”

County share the Rodney Parade pitch with the city’s rugby sides Newport Gwent Dragons and Newport RFC and both are due to play at the ground before the Exiles next home game against Oxford United on New Year’s Day.

The Dragons host Cardiff Blues on Boxing Day and Newport take on Cross Keys on Saturday, December 28.

The Black & Ambers’ Swalec Cup tie at home to Bonymaen on Saturday, January 4, will now be played at Newbridge as County are at home to Northampton on the same day.

Football League rules state that round ball fixtures must take priority in a ground-sharing situation.

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5:31pm Sun 22 Dec 13

sooty001 says...

I still say that at 2 30pm that pitch was playable, but what made it look bad was the fact that the rugby posts were still up and the pitch was not marked for football, made it look like they made a decision to early and then all went home leaving fans who had not heard that the match was off wandering around looking for someone in authority to get information.
Not good enough County this must not happen again we deserve better.
I still say that at 2 30pm that pitch was playable, but what made it look bad was the fact that the rugby posts were still up and the pitch was not marked for football, made it look like they made a decision to early and then all went home leaving fans who had not heard that the match was off wandering around looking for someone in authority to get information. Not good enough County this must not happen again we deserve better. sooty001

6:21pm Sun 22 Dec 13

alritebutt says...

sooty001 wrote:
I still say that at 2 30pm that pitch was playable, but what made it look bad was the fact that the rugby posts were still up and the pitch was not marked for football, made it look like they made a decision to early and then all went home leaving fans who had not heard that the match was off wandering around looking for someone in authority to get information.
Not good enough County this must not happen again we deserve better.
The rugby posts went up after the game was called off..the football pitch was marked and football posts were there when the game was abandoned.
[quote][p][bold]sooty001[/bold] wrote: I still say that at 2 30pm that pitch was playable, but what made it look bad was the fact that the rugby posts were still up and the pitch was not marked for football, made it look like they made a decision to early and then all went home leaving fans who had not heard that the match was off wandering around looking for someone in authority to get information. Not good enough County this must not happen again we deserve better.[/p][/quote]The rugby posts went up after the game was called off..the football pitch was marked and football posts were there when the game was abandoned. alritebutt

6:25pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Frankfurt says...

It is not stated whether the photograph which accompanies this story was taken yesterday or whether it is a library photograph. Anyway, whatever, the pitch is marked for football and there are no posts erected for rugby or football. Also the flooded area in the foreground is not part of the football pitch but makes the situation look bad. How bad the real football playing area was you can't see from this photograph.
It is not stated whether the photograph which accompanies this story was taken yesterday or whether it is a library photograph. Anyway, whatever, the pitch is marked for football and there are no posts erected for rugby or football. Also the flooded area in the foreground is not part of the football pitch but makes the situation look bad. How bad the real football playing area was you can't see from this photograph. Frankfurt

6:29pm Sun 22 Dec 13

sooty001 says...

alritebutt wrote:
sooty001 wrote:
I still say that at 2 30pm that pitch was playable, but what made it look bad was the fact that the rugby posts were still up and the pitch was not marked for football, made it look like they made a decision to early and then all went home leaving fans who had not heard that the match was off wandering around looking for someone in authority to get information.
Not good enough County this must not happen again we deserve better.
The rugby posts went up after the game was called off..the football pitch was marked and football posts were there when the game was abandoned.
Beg to differ, the pitch was not marked in the clear white lines that we have for a game, yes the lines were just visible the same as the rugby markings,and at 2 15pm they must have worked pretty fast to remove the football posts and replace them with the rugby post because there was nobody to be seen around the area at all.
[quote][p][bold]alritebutt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sooty001[/bold] wrote: I still say that at 2 30pm that pitch was playable, but what made it look bad was the fact that the rugby posts were still up and the pitch was not marked for football, made it look like they made a decision to early and then all went home leaving fans who had not heard that the match was off wandering around looking for someone in authority to get information. Not good enough County this must not happen again we deserve better.[/p][/quote]The rugby posts went up after the game was called off..the football pitch was marked and football posts were there when the game was abandoned.[/p][/quote]Beg to differ, the pitch was not marked in the clear white lines that we have for a game, yes the lines were just visible the same as the rugby markings,and at 2 15pm they must have worked pretty fast to remove the football posts and replace them with the rugby post because there was nobody to be seen around the area at all. sooty001

6:31pm Sun 22 Dec 13

sooty001 says...

Frankfurt wrote:
It is not stated whether the photograph which accompanies this story was taken yesterday or whether it is a library photograph. Anyway, whatever, the pitch is marked for football and there are no posts erected for rugby or football. Also the flooded area in the foreground is not part of the football pitch but makes the situation look bad. How bad the real football playing area was you can't see from this photograph.
That photo was NOT from yesterday, there was no surface water lying there at 2 15pm
[quote][p][bold]Frankfurt[/bold] wrote: It is not stated whether the photograph which accompanies this story was taken yesterday or whether it is a library photograph. Anyway, whatever, the pitch is marked for football and there are no posts erected for rugby or football. Also the flooded area in the foreground is not part of the football pitch but makes the situation look bad. How bad the real football playing area was you can't see from this photograph.[/p][/quote]That photo was NOT from yesterday, there was no surface water lying there at 2 15pm sooty001

6:44pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Frankfurt says...

I did wonder. The Argus has a habit of using library photos without explaining what they are.
I did wonder. The Argus has a habit of using library photos without explaining what they are. Frankfurt

6:55pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Frankfurt says...

A Google photo search shows that an identical photo appeared in the 31st July 2013 edition of the Argus and probably in earlier editions. Very poor journalism again by this newspaper. They must know that readers will assume that it was taken yesterday.
A Google photo search shows that an identical photo appeared in the 31st July 2013 edition of the Argus and probably in earlier editions. Very poor journalism again by this newspaper. They must know that readers will assume that it was taken yesterday. Frankfurt

6:58pm Sun 22 Dec 13

sooty001 says...

Frankfurt wrote:
A Google photo search shows that an identical photo appeared in the 31st July 2013 edition of the Argus and probably in earlier editions. Very poor journalism again by this newspaper. They must know that readers will assume that it was taken yesterday.
Nothing surprises me on this site lol
[quote][p][bold]Frankfurt[/bold] wrote: A Google photo search shows that an identical photo appeared in the 31st July 2013 edition of the Argus and probably in earlier editions. Very poor journalism again by this newspaper. They must know that readers will assume that it was taken yesterday.[/p][/quote]Nothing surprises me on this site lol sooty001

10:09pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Adrian Williams says...

Tell you what really annoys me about the Argus online site - when you're trying to read it on your phone and adverts keep popping up over the text. Also when audible adverts are played. Grrrrrr
Tell you what really annoys me about the Argus online site - when you're trying to read it on your phone and adverts keep popping up over the text. Also when audible adverts are played. Grrrrrr Adrian Williams

9:43am Mon 23 Dec 13

ex-St. Julians boy says...

There is an easy way to avoid the frustration of those annoying advertisements when you're trying to read the online edition of newspapers. Install a program called ADBLOCK, which you can download from the 'net for free. Not sure if you can do it on smart phones but it works well on home computers.
There is an easy way to avoid the frustration of those annoying advertisements when you're trying to read the online edition of newspapers. Install a program called ADBLOCK, which you can download from the 'net for free. Not sure if you can do it on smart phones but it works well on home computers. ex-St. Julians boy

10:13am Mon 23 Dec 13

ssjf89 says...

(Football League rules state that round ball fixtures must take priority in a ground-sharing situation)....this situation with the football league is giving me doubts as to who is actually running this club, they have told the club to change the website ,stop match commentary,and have basically told the WRU where to go,if its a wet Christmas and both rugby games go ahead,i can see countys next home game being called off. RP is a rugby club always has been and always will be,county are guests at RP ,and I feel that Saturdays cancelation was a two fingered salute to the FL ,
(Football League rules state that round ball fixtures must take priority in a ground-sharing situation)....this situation with the football league is giving me doubts as to who is actually running this club, they have told the club to change the website ,stop match commentary,and have basically told the WRU where to go,if its a wet Christmas and both rugby games go ahead,i can see countys next home game being called off. RP is a rugby club always has been and always will be,county are guests at RP ,and I feel that Saturdays cancelation was a two fingered salute to the FL , ssjf89

4:11pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Kevin Ward - Editor says...

Thanks for the comments.
Apologies for not making clear that the picture of Rodney Parade is from our archive. Caption is now edited to make this clear.
Thanks for the comments. Apologies for not making clear that the picture of Rodney Parade is from our archive. Caption is now edited to make this clear. Kevin Ward - Editor

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