Blight sets deadline for Parade move

Blight sets deadline for Parade move

COUNTY'S NEW HOME? Rodney Parade

DEADLINE: County chairman Chris Blight

First published in Sport South Wales Argus: Photograph of the Author by

NEWPORT County chairman Chris Blight has warned that time is running out for the club to seal their switch to Rodney Parade for the 2012/13 season.

The Exiles have to inform the Football Conference where they intend to play their fixtures by May 31 but Blight, pictured, says the deal must be done by Friday, May 25, or he will have to pull the plug on the move.

That would mean that Justin Edinburgh’s side would be forced to continue to play at their Spytty Park home, which has been dogged by problems with the playing surface over the past 12 months.

"Newport RFC and the Dragons met with the WRU this week and we are still awaiting a response," said Blight.

"We need something concrete by Friday – that is D-Day.

"At the moment everything is verbal and we need a document that we can act on. If we don’t get that then we will have to act accordingly and call off the move."

Blight says that if the club is to stay at Spytty it will effect the calibre of players that Edinburgh is able to attract this summer as he attempts to rebuild his squad.

"The council have confirmed that they do not have the money to sort out drainage problems at Spytty," said the chairman.

"The pitch is no better than a parks pitch, it’s an embarrassment and players will not want to come to this club if they see the state of it.

"People will turn Justin down because of it and that is why it is vital that the move happens."

Blight and fellow director Howard Greenhaf this week took a delegation of supporters groups to Rodney Parade to talk them through the logistics of a switch.

"We showed a group from Bar Amber and the supporters' trust around the ground and the feedback was positive," he said.

"With a few reservations that need to be ironed out, they were 100% of the opinion that it was the best thing for the club."

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11:01am Sun 20 May 12

poolerboy says...

Being a Dragons season ticket holder apparently there could be problems for the rugby at RP if this goes through. The Conference has strict rules about playing on pitches before football games, like no-one plays on the pitch 24hrs before a game, all games have to be Tuesday's and Saturday's. Where does this leave the Dragons? Our fixtures are a mess already without this being thrown at us. I've no problem with County sharing the facilities, but first and foremost it's a rugby ground/club and we must have first choice on who plays when.
Being a Dragons season ticket holder apparently there could be problems for the rugby at RP if this goes through. The Conference has strict rules about playing on pitches before football games, like no-one plays on the pitch 24hrs before a game, all games have to be Tuesday's and Saturday's. Where does this leave the Dragons? Our fixtures are a mess already without this being thrown at us. I've no problem with County sharing the facilities, but first and foremost it's a rugby ground/club and we must have first choice on who plays when. poolerboy
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4:59pm Sun 20 May 12

exrisca says...

Sale played rugby on Stockport's ground on the Friday evening before we played there. Are we certain about this rule on the 24 hours?
Sale played rugby on Stockport's ground on the Friday evening before we played there. Are we certain about this rule on the 24 hours? exrisca
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1:46pm Mon 21 May 12

ncfcr says...

Can't see it being true. The Celtic Warriors used to play at the Racecourse on Friday nights as well with no objection from the Conference.
Can't see it being true. The Celtic Warriors used to play at the Racecourse on Friday nights as well with no objection from the Conference. ncfcr
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