PEARLMAN SAYS: Rodney Parade pitch? Have some patience

HAS the righteous indignation about Saturday's postponement with Wimbledon subsided?

I'm speaking strictly tongue in cheek, because I do appreciate that as a fan, nothing is worse than being denied that much needed football fix.

It does amuse how some people do tend to take things so personally, holding the club accountable for not personally apologising to each of the 3000 people left disappointed and worse still, possibly forced to do some Christmas shopping.

But it's naive to not be concerned about the potential for more postponements this season.

The drainage work at Rodney Parade - as revealed by the Argus back in July - is only half finished and we are going to remain in the lap of the Gods when it comes to the potential for flooding.

However, there is further discontent at the Parade, this time from Newport RFC fans who are disgruntled that their Swalec Cup game with Bonymaen on January 4 looks likely to be moved to Newbridge due to County playing a League Two fixture against Northampton Town.

The Exiles, of course, have primacy of tenancy in regard to fixtures, a Football League requirement and a key agreement for County to begin residency at Rodney Parade.

It's an understandable grievance for Newport RFC fans at their home ground, but we must move away from this notion of County being unwelcome tenants.

The match day experience at County is infinitely better than it was at Spytty Park and non-football-hating rugby fans should try to experience that for themselves and might just be pleasantly surprised.

There are fiscal benefits to the unique agreement that sees the three key teams in one city all sharing a facility and given time, there will be clear and identifiable improvements at Rodney Parade as a result, not least a completed pitch with top drainage.

In the meantime, we all have to just be a little bit patient, a little bit understanding of one another and all make the best of the situation.

Because while it might not be perfect, it's the best way to give Newport RFC, Newport Gwent Dragons and Newport County AFC the best possible chance to reach new heights.

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7:47am Tue 24 Dec 13

county mad says...

There are dark conspiracy theories on the message boards that the match was sacrificed for the Dragons Boxing day fixture. Hmmmmmmm……… UP THE COUNTY!!!!!!!!!
There are dark conspiracy theories on the message boards that the match was sacrificed for the Dragons Boxing day fixture. Hmmmmmmm……… UP THE COUNTY!!!!!!!!! county mad

8:12am Tue 24 Dec 13

Adrian Williams says...

On Saturday I was embarrased on behalf of the Wimbledon fans with the game being called off so late and them making the effort to travel down from London a few days before Christmas. They should have had an indication the game might be off hours before.
On Saturday I was embarrased on behalf of the Wimbledon fans with the game being called off so late and them making the effort to travel down from London a few days before Christmas. They should have had an indication the game might be off hours before. Adrian Williams

2:05pm Tue 24 Dec 13

keithbob says...

to be honest im more concerned at the state of the entrance roads into the
ground,i popped over yesterday and the unfinished road going down to the
bisley and ticket shop was flooded in places,there was ample time to
resurface the inner roads when the lovely bowling green was ripped up
for a patch of rough grass?.the cars also park on the left where the best
part is,leaving pedestrians to wade through the mud and water!.
to be honest im more concerned at the state of the entrance roads into the ground,i popped over yesterday and the unfinished road going down to the bisley and ticket shop was flooded in places,there was ample time to resurface the inner roads when the lovely bowling green was ripped up for a patch of rough grass?.the cars also park on the left where the best part is,leaving pedestrians to wade through the mud and water!. keithbob

7:16pm Tue 24 Dec 13

NakedDancer says...

keithbob wrote:
to be honest im more concerned at the state of the entrance roads into the
ground,i popped over yesterday and the unfinished road going down to the
bisley and ticket shop was flooded in places,there was ample time to
resurface the inner roads when the lovely bowling green was ripped up
for a patch of rough grass?.the cars also park on the left where the best
part is,leaving pedestrians to wade through the mud and water!.
And a barrier forcing people into he puddles. I'm surprised the ground got a safety certificate with what is essentially an uneven, sloping, flooded, gravel track with potholes.
[quote][p][bold]keithbob[/bold] wrote: to be honest im more concerned at the state of the entrance roads into the ground,i popped over yesterday and the unfinished road going down to the bisley and ticket shop was flooded in places,there was ample time to resurface the inner roads when the lovely bowling green was ripped up for a patch of rough grass?.the cars also park on the left where the best part is,leaving pedestrians to wade through the mud and water!.[/p][/quote]And a barrier forcing people into he puddles. I'm surprised the ground got a safety certificate with what is essentially an uneven, sloping, flooded, gravel track with potholes. NakedDancer

8:12pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Euwan Usami says...

county mad wrote:
There are dark conspiracy theories on the message boards that the match was sacrificed for the Dragons Boxing day fixture. Hmmmmmmm……… UP THE COUNTY!!!!!!!!!
Rest assured, the North Terrace end of the ground was badly flooded. As it has been many times. The drainage improvements were only half completed and, as luck would have it, they started at the wrong end. We may get away with the boxing day game now but it was in real doubt after the Wimbledon game was called off. I remember the shambles the last time this fixture was cancelled on the night for rain. 10k people stood outside in the dark. Not good.
[quote][p][bold]county mad[/bold] wrote: There are dark conspiracy theories on the message boards that the match was sacrificed for the Dragons Boxing day fixture. Hmmmmmmm……… UP THE COUNTY!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Rest assured, the North Terrace end of the ground was badly flooded. As it has been many times. The drainage improvements were only half completed and, as luck would have it, they started at the wrong end. We may get away with the boxing day game now but it was in real doubt after the Wimbledon game was called off. I remember the shambles the last time this fixture was cancelled on the night for rain. 10k people stood outside in the dark. Not good. Euwan Usami

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