Harris admits Newport County are at their lowest ebb

New pitch equipment arrived at Rodney Parade to aid ground staff in making the field playable for forthcoming fixtures.  Pictured are portable generators distributing hot air underneath the tarpaulin to dry the pitch out. (3930068)

New pitch equipment arrived at Rodney Parade to aid ground staff in making the field playable for forthcoming fixtures. Pictured are portable generators distributing hot air underneath the tarpaulin to dry the pitch out. (3930068)

First published in Sport

NEWPORT County AFC are at their lowest ebb according to director of football Tim Harris, but he’s urged everyone connected with the Exiles to come out fighting.

Despite around the clock efforts, last night’s game against Wimbledon fell foul of the weather, the sixth time since December 23 that Newport have been forced to call-off a game on a match day.

County hired dome covers, pumps and worked throughout the night in an effort to beat the conditions, but they once again saw the north end of the ground fail to recover sufficiently.

The Exiles have lost well over £200,000 due to postponements throughout the past six weeks and today will see them sitting around the table to assess what the next move is.

The Argus understands that manager Justin Edinburgh, assistant Jimmy Dack, director of football Harris, chief executive Dave Boddy, the board of directors and County’s accountants will all be present as Newport work out how to put their campaign back on track.

The AFC Wimbledon game has been rearranged for Tuesday, February 25, but Newport are running out of free dates if they face many more postponements.

Assessing the current plight of the Exiles, Harris told the Argus: “We are our lowest ebb, there is no point pretending otherwise, guys like Dave Boddy who worked almost 24-hours to get the game on, they are shattered, totally devastated.

“But we can’t chuck in the towel and we have to stand up and be counted.

“We know what people are saying about us and we know we are in a tight spot. But the Newport thing to do in that situation is to fight and not give up and that’s exactly what we intend to do. To battle through this.”

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9:58am Wed 12 Feb 14

andy83 says...

Maybe we need to swallow our pride and ask Cardiff if we can play a few game there it might just help us save our impressive start to life in the football league
Maybe we need to swallow our pride and ask Cardiff if we can play a few game there it might just help us save our impressive start to life in the football league andy83
  • Score: -8

9:59am Wed 12 Feb 14

Jimport says...

We'll end up playing home games in Cheltenham or Bristol if this carries on, the calendar will be impossible to fill otherwise.
We'll end up playing home games in Cheltenham or Bristol if this carries on, the calendar will be impossible to fill otherwise. Jimport
  • Score: -10

10:46am Wed 12 Feb 14

Exiled in Bassaleg says...

To above posters, is it not football league rules that you cannot change grounds midway through the season?
To above posters, is it not football league rules that you cannot change grounds midway through the season? Exiled in Bassaleg
  • Score: 7

10:57am Wed 12 Feb 14

exrisca says...

Cheer up everyone, we are still 8th in the table! More seriously, are the players 'match fit' after all the inactivity?
Cheer up everyone, we are still 8th in the table! More seriously, are the players 'match fit' after all the inactivity? exrisca
  • Score: 14

10:58am Wed 12 Feb 14

llandaff says...

Exiled in Bassaleg wrote:
To above posters, is it not football league rules that you cannot change grounds midway through the season?
Yes in normal times you are right. But these are not normal times and someone needs to start thinking outside the square.
There seems to be an air of the Environment Agency attitude about at the moment. Communication is now key.
County management and the league need to TALK urgently to see what can be done to help our team. It is no good just quoting the rules.
[quote][p][bold]Exiled in Bassaleg[/bold] wrote: To above posters, is it not football league rules that you cannot change grounds midway through the season?[/p][/quote]Yes in normal times you are right. But these are not normal times and someone needs to start thinking outside the square. There seems to be an air of the Environment Agency attitude about at the moment. Communication is now key. County management and the league need to TALK urgently to see what can be done to help our team. It is no good just quoting the rules. llandaff
  • Score: 2

11:42am Wed 12 Feb 14

jiffygeorge says...

I and most fans ATTACH NO BLAME TO COUNTY over all these postponements. The wet weather has been the worst for 250 years. I remember the big freeze in the 60s when NO MATCHES WERE PLAYED ANYWHERE IN THE COUNTRY FOR WEEKS. The Football League have to try to help County find a solution, not harass or punish them. Let's show everyone we have a stronger backbone than them.
I and most fans ATTACH NO BLAME TO COUNTY over all these postponements. The wet weather has been the worst for 250 years. I remember the big freeze in the 60s when NO MATCHES WERE PLAYED ANYWHERE IN THE COUNTRY FOR WEEKS. The Football League have to try to help County find a solution, not harass or punish them. Let's show everyone we have a stronger backbone than them. jiffygeorge
  • Score: 11

2:43pm Wed 12 Feb 14

JimMachen says...

Sadly, our club has become a laughing stock off the pitch under Mr. Boddy's tenure.
Sadly, our club has become a laughing stock off the pitch under Mr. Boddy's tenure. JimMachen
  • Score: -9

3:56pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Jimport says...

Exiled in Bassaleg wrote:
To above posters, is it not football league rules that you cannot change grounds midway through the season?
http://www.football-
league.co.uk/regulat
ions/20130704/sectio
n-4-clubs_2293633_21
25725#13

See section 13.6. Ground can be changed with consent of the League, in particular circumstances.
[quote][p][bold]Exiled in Bassaleg[/bold] wrote: To above posters, is it not football league rules that you cannot change grounds midway through the season?[/p][/quote]http://www.football- league.co.uk/regulat ions/20130704/sectio n-4-clubs_2293633_21 25725#13 See section 13.6. Ground can be changed with consent of the League, in particular circumstances. Jimport
  • Score: 2

5:58pm Wed 12 Feb 14

asrncafc says...

Given the inclement weather hounding Great Britain, I think the Football Association would not harass County for these successive postponements.

I have just seen the news and soldiers are being sent to help out people from flooded areas make it to safer grounds. The River Thames has reached unprecedent levels although there is no imminent danger.

Such cases are labelled Acts of God and as such a solution should be found by the FA. The Association cannot and I am sure, will not pretend a Club that has just made it from Conference to have a first class pitch such as Old Trafford or the Emirates Stadium.

This notwithstanding, County will face a tight programme with successive 3 weekly matches.
Given the inclement weather hounding Great Britain, I think the Football Association would not harass County for these successive postponements. I have just seen the news and soldiers are being sent to help out people from flooded areas make it to safer grounds. The River Thames has reached unprecedent levels although there is no imminent danger. Such cases are labelled Acts of God and as such a solution should be found by the FA. The Association cannot and I am sure, will not pretend a Club that has just made it from Conference to have a first class pitch such as Old Trafford or the Emirates Stadium. This notwithstanding, County will face a tight programme with successive 3 weekly matches. asrncafc
  • Score: 3

5:58pm Wed 12 Feb 14

COUNTYVOICE says...

a glance at the table after last nights games shows the objectives county must now achieve to gain 1 automatic promotion and 2. a play off place.

county have 4 games in hand over the top 3 sides , win those and its automatic

county have 3 games in hand over the teams in the play offs, win those and county are in a play off berths

even after all this inactivity no one team in the top 10 are pulling away , and the bottom teams are taking points off the top teams, only CHESTERFIELD are marginally pulling away and they are vulnerable to the odd shock result.

and with 13 home games still to go ( current record 7 wins 1 draw 2 defeats) and only 7 away, amazingly enough county destiny is still in their hands.

when the home games are played countys fans need to get out in force and making rodney parade a fortress again , at the moment i v heard they are considering offers from ITV to film the 3rd series of SPLASH there next year!
a glance at the table after last nights games shows the objectives county must now achieve to gain 1 automatic promotion and 2. a play off place. county have 4 games in hand over the top 3 sides , win those and its automatic county have 3 games in hand over the teams in the play offs, win those and county are in a play off berths even after all this inactivity no one team in the top 10 are pulling away , and the bottom teams are taking points off the top teams, only CHESTERFIELD are marginally pulling away and they are vulnerable to the odd shock result. and with 13 home games still to go ( current record 7 wins 1 draw 2 defeats) and only 7 away, amazingly enough county destiny is still in their hands. when the home games are played countys fans need to get out in force and making rodney parade a fortress again , at the moment i v heard they are considering offers from ITV to film the 3rd series of SPLASH there next year! COUNTYVOICE
  • Score: 2

10:01pm Wed 12 Feb 14

emlynkide says...

COUNTYVOICE wrote:
a glance at the table after last nights games shows the objectives county must now achieve to gain 1 automatic promotion and 2. a play off place.

county have 4 games in hand over the top 3 sides , win those and its automatic

county have 3 games in hand over the teams in the play offs, win those and county are in a play off berths

even after all this inactivity no one team in the top 10 are pulling away , and the bottom teams are taking points off the top teams, only CHESTERFIELD are marginally pulling away and they are vulnerable to the odd shock result.

and with 13 home games still to go ( current record 7 wins 1 draw 2 defeats) and only 7 away, amazingly enough county destiny is still in their hands.

when the home games are played countys fans need to get out in force and making rodney parade a fortress again , at the moment i v heard they are considering offers from ITV to film the 3rd series of SPLASH there next year!
my veiw entirely (exept the last bit in jest , i hope )
[quote][p][bold]COUNTYVOICE[/bold] wrote: a glance at the table after last nights games shows the objectives county must now achieve to gain 1 automatic promotion and 2. a play off place. county have 4 games in hand over the top 3 sides , win those and its automatic county have 3 games in hand over the teams in the play offs, win those and county are in a play off berths even after all this inactivity no one team in the top 10 are pulling away , and the bottom teams are taking points off the top teams, only CHESTERFIELD are marginally pulling away and they are vulnerable to the odd shock result. and with 13 home games still to go ( current record 7 wins 1 draw 2 defeats) and only 7 away, amazingly enough county destiny is still in their hands. when the home games are played countys fans need to get out in force and making rodney parade a fortress again , at the moment i v heard they are considering offers from ITV to film the 3rd series of SPLASH there next year![/p][/quote]my veiw entirely (exept the last bit in jest , i hope ) emlynkide
  • Score: 2

10:14pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Thomas O'Malley says...

Its not unusual to be playing midweek on most weeks at the end of any season. Ok its a tall order but County have only played 3 games less than playoff rivals who will also have midweek matches. County have depth in the squad and strong characters in the players and manager. All to play for. Support the County !
Its not unusual to be playing midweek on most weeks at the end of any season. Ok its a tall order but County have only played 3 games less than playoff rivals who will also have midweek matches. County have depth in the squad and strong characters in the players and manager. All to play for. Support the County ! Thomas O'Malley
  • Score: 4

10:21am Thu 13 Feb 14

ex-St. Julians boy says...

jiffygeorge wrote:
I and most fans ATTACH NO BLAME TO COUNTY over all these postponements. The wet weather has been the worst for 250 years. I remember the big freeze in the 60s when NO MATCHES WERE PLAYED ANYWHERE IN THE COUNTRY FOR WEEKS. The Football League have to try to help County find a solution, not harass or punish them. Let's show everyone we have a stronger backbone than them.
I honestly don't see how you can say that. In recent days, Exeter, Torquay, and Bristol have managed to get their games on despite being hit hard by rain. Bristol is only just over the bridge so you can't tell me that Newport have had it any worse than Bristol. If they can get their games on ... why not Newport?
[quote][p][bold]jiffygeorge[/bold] wrote: I and most fans ATTACH NO BLAME TO COUNTY over all these postponements. The wet weather has been the worst for 250 years. I remember the big freeze in the 60s when NO MATCHES WERE PLAYED ANYWHERE IN THE COUNTRY FOR WEEKS. The Football League have to try to help County find a solution, not harass or punish them. Let's show everyone we have a stronger backbone than them.[/p][/quote]I honestly don't see how you can say that. In recent days, Exeter, Torquay, and Bristol have managed to get their games on despite being hit hard by rain. Bristol is only just over the bridge so you can't tell me that Newport have had it any worse than Bristol. If they can get their games on ... why not Newport? ex-St. Julians boy
  • Score: 0

10:25am Thu 13 Feb 14

ncfcr says...

The bad weather has come at a good time for us I think. Our form was pretty dismal beforehand, so hopefully this break will have re-energised the squad.
The bad weather has come at a good time for us I think. Our form was pretty dismal beforehand, so hopefully this break will have re-energised the squad. ncfcr
  • Score: 3

4:53pm Thu 13 Feb 14

sooty001 says...

When we are able to play we must all get over RP and lift our boys like never before, with our support they will push themselves to the limit and I believe we can go up in the automatic places .
When we are able to play we must all get over RP and lift our boys like never before, with our support they will push themselves to the limit and I believe we can go up in the automatic places . sooty001
  • Score: 4

4:54pm Thu 13 Feb 14

jetspotter says...

Yes it's a pain but let's keep it in perspective. There are thousands of people having to abandon their homes and whose livelihoods are in peril. This is a temporary setback and one which will be nothing more than a distant memory come the end of the season. County may or may not go up but will almost certainly still be in the football league to fight again next season and will assuredly learn from any mistakes they have currently made. We are on a steep learning curve in so many ways and on the whole the administrators have done an extremely good job. Let's all stay onside and keep the good ship Newport County afloat (literally) until we find ourselves back in calmer waters. UP THE COUNTY !!!!!
Yes it's a pain but let's keep it in perspective. There are thousands of people having to abandon their homes and whose livelihoods are in peril. This is a temporary setback and one which will be nothing more than a distant memory come the end of the season. County may or may not go up but will almost certainly still be in the football league to fight again next season and will assuredly learn from any mistakes they have currently made. We are on a steep learning curve in so many ways and on the whole the administrators have done an extremely good job. Let's all stay onside and keep the good ship Newport County afloat (literally) until we find ourselves back in calmer waters. UP THE COUNTY !!!!! jetspotter
  • Score: 4

7:02pm Thu 13 Feb 14

hazellboy says...

ex-St. Julians boy wrote:
jiffygeorge wrote:
I and most fans ATTACH NO BLAME TO COUNTY over all these postponements. The wet weather has been the worst for 250 years. I remember the big freeze in the 60s when NO MATCHES WERE PLAYED ANYWHERE IN THE COUNTRY FOR WEEKS. The Football League have to try to help County find a solution, not harass or punish them. Let's show everyone we have a stronger backbone than them.
I honestly don't see how you can say that. In recent days, Exeter, Torquay, and Bristol have managed to get their games on despite being hit hard by rain. Bristol is only just over the bridge so you can't tell me that Newport have had it any worse than Bristol. If they can get their games on ... why not Newport?
its not rocket science newports ground is low lying and close to the river and Bristol is on a hill way above sea level ! come on now get a grip!
[quote][p][bold]ex-St. Julians boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jiffygeorge[/bold] wrote: I and most fans ATTACH NO BLAME TO COUNTY over all these postponements. The wet weather has been the worst for 250 years. I remember the big freeze in the 60s when NO MATCHES WERE PLAYED ANYWHERE IN THE COUNTRY FOR WEEKS. The Football League have to try to help County find a solution, not harass or punish them. Let's show everyone we have a stronger backbone than them.[/p][/quote]I honestly don't see how you can say that. In recent days, Exeter, Torquay, and Bristol have managed to get their games on despite being hit hard by rain. Bristol is only just over the bridge so you can't tell me that Newport have had it any worse than Bristol. If they can get their games on ... why not Newport?[/p][/quote]its not rocket science newports ground is low lying and close to the river and Bristol is on a hill way above sea level ! come on now get a grip! hazellboy
  • Score: 3

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