County in turmoil with chairman on verge of quitting after abusive calls

CONSIDERING FUTURE AT CLUB: Chris Blight

CONSIDERING FUTURE AT CLUB: Chris Blight

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

Newport County chairman Chris Blight is on the brink of quitting the club due to personal attacks that culminated in abusive phone calls to his house this weekend.

In an explosive interview the long-standing chairman also revealed that:

  • Talks are ongoing with a group of businessmen keen to provide financial assistance to the club;
  • The proposed cash injection would allow Justin Edinburgh to further strengthen his squad and sign a new contract;
  • He feels potential investors are scared off by the level of criticism aimed at board members by supporters on messageboards;
  • There is no rift between himself and Matt Southall, one of the men believed to be willing to make a financial contribution to the club
  • He is furious over rumours that he would slow down/prohibit any potential cash injection to protect his own position as chairman;
  • Whatever happens now he is likely to walk away from the club for family reasons and to protect his reputation in the local community.

Speaking exclusively to the Argus, an emotional Blight revealed that he feels he’s being unfairly victimised and scrutinised, based on hearsay stemming from inaccurate online speculation.

“This weekend is probably the lowest point I’ve experienced in almost ten years as chairman of the football club,” he said.

“On Sunday I received telephone calls, both to my mobile phone and home phone, with levels of abuse that were very distressing to both myself and my partner.

“I have given everything I have to this club for a decade. I’ve spent a lot of money out of my own pocket that I will never see again, and I did so willingly.

“Just a week ago I paid a painter £150 out of my own pocket to paint the new office at Rodney Parade. Over the years there have been hundreds of similar instances.

“I never, ever asked to be chairman of the club and when it comes to this, with my partner crying hysterically because of abuse on the telephone, you wonder if it isn’t in fact time to walk away.”

Blight’s anger is centred around a messageboard attack alleging that he stalled a move to bring in new financial backers.

In fact, he is eager for the potential investment to still occur and made clear that first contact was made on Thursday, July 5, between himself and Matt Southall, acting on behalf of a group of local business people. He asked the Argus not to name the backers.

Blight took the proposal to a board meeting on Tuesday, July 10, and then it was taken to the Trust committee on Wednesday, July 11.

E-mails were then exchanged between Southall and Blight on Wednesday evening.

After not hearing from Blight for six days, Southall offered to withdraw the offer, something Blight dissuaded him from doing – and discussions are now planned for later this week.

Despite accusations to the contrary, it is understood the group looking to invest in the club are NOT seeking to remove Blight from his position, though his departure is now the most likely scenario.

“One thing I am distressed about is the inference that there is a personal issue between myself and Matt Southall, that is categorically untrue,” he said.

“It is being presented to supporters that Matt wants me out and I’m refusing to budge, but that simply isn’t the case. Furthermore, I can state categorically that my position was that if it is in the best interests of the club, I would happily step aside. Now it is more the case that whatever happens, I think it is likely my time to step aside has come for my own reasons.”

Blight works in Newport and feels the level of criticism and scrutiny coming his way is unfair, and he rejects the accusation that he “answers to no-one”.

“We have two Trust members sitting in at every board level and, as far as I am concerned, the Trust is an authority, a regulator who we answer to, they police our decisions if you like,” he said.

“But by the same token, I can’t have my personal reputation damaged by working for Newport County. “The reason why people looking to come on board don’t want to be named is because they are professional people with business relationships in the city they don’t want to compromise.

“And if misrepresentations and accusations are going to fly around internet forums, that can call into question whether it is worth the bother of getting involved.

“We’ve lost directors that way, including John Bowkett last season. It is not helpful to anyone.”

The Argus understands he will make his decision later this week.

Matt Southall was unavailable for comment.

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8:49am Tue 17 Jul 12

NakedDancer says...

Absolutely disgusting but not surprising in any football club that some dimwits would do such a thing. Credit to Chris that he hasn't complained to the police.

As he says, there are elected supporters directors to present the views of fans - everyone is entitled to an opinion but the club can't be run by hundreds of people.

He hasn't always got it right but its a tough job and he's put a lot of effort into a pretty thankless job on occasions and has been a presentable figurehead. Hopefully he will rise above it and still be involved in some capacity.
Absolutely disgusting but not surprising in any football club that some dimwits would do such a thing. Credit to Chris that he hasn't complained to the police. As he says, there are elected supporters directors to present the views of fans - everyone is entitled to an opinion but the club can't be run by hundreds of people. He hasn't always got it right but its a tough job and he's put a lot of effort into a pretty thankless job on occasions and has been a presentable figurehead. Hopefully he will rise above it and still be involved in some capacity. NakedDancer
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8:58am Tue 17 Jul 12

countyno9 says...

iwould urge Chris Blight to stay on in some capacity and be rewarded for his ten years remember he is a very respected member of the conference board , but what do you do when you get abusive phonecalls to your home , that just isnt on , i hope you stay Chris and in my opinion you should be made honorary chairman for the tireless work you have put in , and carry on under less pressure, dont let the bullies beat you , Chris please stay on in some capacity you deserve it .
iwould urge Chris Blight to stay on in some capacity and be rewarded for his ten years remember he is a very respected member of the conference board , but what do you do when you get abusive phonecalls to your home , that just isnt on , i hope you stay Chris and in my opinion you should be made honorary chairman for the tireless work you have put in , and carry on under less pressure, dont let the bullies beat you , Chris please stay on in some capacity you deserve it . countyno9
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9:11am Tue 17 Jul 12

lowandhardandinthecorner says...

These morons should be prosecuted - verbal assaults can be just as harmful as physical ones.
These morons should be prosecuted - verbal assaults can be just as harmful as physical ones. lowandhardandinthecorner
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9:21am Tue 17 Jul 12

spanner100 says...

Idiots!!! "Bite the hand off from he who feeds you" seems to come to mind.
Idiots!!! "Bite the hand off from he who feeds you" seems to come to mind. spanner100
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9:26am Tue 17 Jul 12

LSB Bee says...

I would echo the words of countyno9 and if you read this Mr Blight I would make a plea that you do not walk away from your beloved County. 99% of fans are right behind you and appreciate all you have done for the club. It is on the brink of good things and an eventual return to the football league. You really deserve to be a part of that and not let a couple of mindless morons ruin all your good work.
I would echo the words of countyno9 and if you read this Mr Blight I would make a plea that you do not walk away from your beloved County. 99% of fans are right behind you and appreciate all you have done for the club. It is on the brink of good things and an eventual return to the football league. You really deserve to be a part of that and not let a couple of mindless morons ruin all your good work. LSB Bee
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9:32am Tue 17 Jul 12

adrian simmonds says...

Such shocking news - Chis has put heart and soul - plus a lot of money - into the club and I just hope he takes more notice of the backing he's getting here and no doubt elsewhere than the foul-mouthed tiny minority who know nothing about running a football cub and whose only contribution has been at the gate and over the bar.
Sleep on it, Chris,don't take such a decision based on inanities from such idiots.
Such shocking news - Chis has put heart and soul - plus a lot of money - into the club and I just hope he takes more notice of the backing he's getting here and no doubt elsewhere than the foul-mouthed tiny minority who know nothing about running a football cub and whose only contribution has been at the gate and over the bar. Sleep on it, Chris,don't take such a decision based on inanities from such idiots. adrian simmonds
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9:56am Tue 17 Jul 12

Portugal96 says...

This personal obuse brings into question what type of persons do we have within the Newport County ranks , certainly not what we want or require . Chris Blight is chairman of the club and therefore deserves all the respect that goes with the position . If there are any persons that do not agree to this there is a correct way to change structures in a dignified and orderly way . However for sure at this time this is not required and the action of all the supporters is to get behind Chris Blight and his general and football management team to assist in the oncoming season . If there are offers of further support to the club then this can and should be handled between the parties concerened without and additional comments leading to obuse by persons who are not involved and live of the backs of what the hear in the wind
This personal obuse brings into question what type of persons do we have within the Newport County ranks , certainly not what we want or require . Chris Blight is chairman of the club and therefore deserves all the respect that goes with the position . If there are any persons that do not agree to this there is a correct way to change structures in a dignified and orderly way . However for sure at this time this is not required and the action of all the supporters is to get behind Chris Blight and his general and football management team to assist in the oncoming season . If there are offers of further support to the club then this can and should be handled between the parties concerened without and additional comments leading to obuse by persons who are not involved and live of the backs of what the hear in the wind Portugal96
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10:01am Tue 17 Jul 12

Clever Trevor says...

If i were Chris i'd run a mile,who needs that hasle,and for what.
He can hold his head high in the City no problem.I have visited many fans forums,but the County one is one of the worst,nothing ever positive,just constant complaining,if you were an investor,just visit that forum for 10 minutes,then go and put your money on a horse.
Like someone said on it earlier,the mods say they wont stand for anti Newport comments,but leave a thread "Blight Out" up and running for days spouting nonsense..Shame
If i were Chris i'd run a mile,who needs that hasle,and for what. He can hold his head high in the City no problem.I have visited many fans forums,but the County one is one of the worst,nothing ever positive,just constant complaining,if you were an investor,just visit that forum for 10 minutes,then go and put your money on a horse. Like someone said on it earlier,the mods say they wont stand for anti Newport comments,but leave a thread "Blight Out" up and running for days spouting nonsense..Shame Clever Trevor
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10:37am Tue 17 Jul 12

County Till I Die says...

I endorse most of the other "Chris Blight Supportive" comments. Don't Let The Bast***s Grind You Down! Chris you have been a rock for County and I am most grateful. Please do not give in to these stupid nasty people. After all, by definition, they cannot be County fans, can they? Walk tall, keep your head up high and continue the excellent work that you have done which true County fans really appreciate.
I endorse most of the other "Chris Blight Supportive" comments. Don't Let The Bast***s Grind You Down! Chris you have been a rock for County and I am most grateful. Please do not give in to these stupid nasty people. After all, by definition, they cannot be County fans, can they? Walk tall, keep your head up high and continue the excellent work that you have done which true County fans really appreciate. County Till I Die
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10:41am Tue 17 Jul 12

ohc says...

I and anyone who has any intelligence would not condone personal abuse and Mr B has my sympathy. I have to say however that he is his own worst enemy due to his poor/lack of communication. There has been a series of bad decisions and misjudgements in the last few years and he is both slow to respond and doesnt seem fully on top of things when he does. A fresh start with a new Chairman might be best for all.
I and anyone who has any intelligence would not condone personal abuse and Mr B has my sympathy. I have to say however that he is his own worst enemy due to his poor/lack of communication. There has been a series of bad decisions and misjudgements in the last few years and he is both slow to respond and doesnt seem fully on top of things when he does. A fresh start with a new Chairman might be best for all. ohc
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12:23pm Tue 17 Jul 12

rhinestine says...

This is the difference between Football and Rugby, and that's why County should be allowed to play Football on Rodney Parade.

The vast majority of football fans are trouble makers and every chav and harry will be wanting to "support" the county now they are playing in a central location, which means problems in the City and surrounding areas from the Football supporters.

Not to mention the damage they could cause to the ground and club house if they decide to kick off.

Football has no respect from people outside the game, and their is no respect within the game, either on the pitch or off it, as amply demonstrated in this story.

If I were you Mr Blight, I would walk away now, it will only get worse.

Rugby only on the Parade!
This is the difference between Football and Rugby, and that's why County should be allowed to play Football on Rodney Parade. The vast majority of football fans are trouble makers and every chav and harry will be wanting to "support" the county now they are playing in a central location, which means problems in the City and surrounding areas from the Football supporters. Not to mention the damage they could cause to the ground and club house if they decide to kick off. Football has no respect from people outside the game, and their is no respect within the game, either on the pitch or off it, as amply demonstrated in this story. If I were you Mr Blight, I would walk away now, it will only get worse. Rugby only on the Parade! rhinestine
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12:24pm Tue 17 Jul 12

rhinestine says...

This is the difference between Football and Rugby, and that's why County should not be allowed to play Football on Rodney Parade.

The vast majority of football fans are trouble makers and every chav and harry will be wanting to "support" the county now they are playing in a central location, which means problems in the City and surrounding areas from the Football supporters.

Not to mention the damage they could cause to the ground and club house if they decide to kick off.

Football has no respect from people outside the game, and their is no respect within the game, either on the pitch or off it, as amply demonstrated in this story.

If I were you Mr Blight, I would walk away now, it will only get worse.

Rugby only on the Parade!
This is the difference between Football and Rugby, and that's why County should not be allowed to play Football on Rodney Parade. The vast majority of football fans are trouble makers and every chav and harry will be wanting to "support" the county now they are playing in a central location, which means problems in the City and surrounding areas from the Football supporters. Not to mention the damage they could cause to the ground and club house if they decide to kick off. Football has no respect from people outside the game, and their is no respect within the game, either on the pitch or off it, as amply demonstrated in this story. If I were you Mr Blight, I would walk away now, it will only get worse. Rugby only on the Parade! rhinestine
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12:35pm Tue 17 Jul 12

adrian simmonds says...

Rhinestine, it can't be denied that in general there is some rowdyisim in football but non-league and divisions 1 and 2 are different. There is rarely any trouble and County supporters have a good reputation in that respect. So-called supporters abusing our chairman over the phone is highly reprehensible but it's not like going to an away match at Millwall or what used to be the Old Firm derbies in Glasgow where violence is all too frequent.
If County are to remain at Rodney Parade, our supporters will have to show by their conduct that we are worthy of it.
Let's not judge all supporters by the misconduct of a few.
Rhinestine, it can't be denied that in general there is some rowdyisim in football but non-league and divisions 1 and 2 are different. There is rarely any trouble and County supporters have a good reputation in that respect. So-called supporters abusing our chairman over the phone is highly reprehensible but it's not like going to an away match at Millwall or what used to be the Old Firm derbies in Glasgow where violence is all too frequent. If County are to remain at Rodney Parade, our supporters will have to show by their conduct that we are worthy of it. Let's not judge all supporters by the misconduct of a few. adrian simmonds
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12:35pm Tue 17 Jul 12

adrian simmonds says...

Rhinestine, it can't be denied that in general there is some rowdyisim in football but non-league and divisions 1 and 2 are different. There is rarely any trouble and County supporters have a good reputation in that respect. So-called supporters abusing our chairman over the phone is highly reprehensible but it's not like going to an away match at Millwall or what used to be the Old Firm derbies in Glasgow where violence is all too frequent.
If County are to remain at Rodney Parade, our supporters will have to show by their conduct that we are worthy of it.
Let's not judge all supporters by the misconduct of a few.
Rhinestine, it can't be denied that in general there is some rowdyisim in football but non-league and divisions 1 and 2 are different. There is rarely any trouble and County supporters have a good reputation in that respect. So-called supporters abusing our chairman over the phone is highly reprehensible but it's not like going to an away match at Millwall or what used to be the Old Firm derbies in Glasgow where violence is all too frequent. If County are to remain at Rodney Parade, our supporters will have to show by their conduct that we are worthy of it. Let's not judge all supporters by the misconduct of a few. adrian simmonds
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12:47pm Tue 17 Jul 12

Matty639 says...

rhinestine, what a completely ridiculous comment to make. I suppose rugby fans are perfect, except when they're drunk in the bar having rugby banter etc which results in property damage and abusive behaviour as well.

Regarding Chris, I echo ohc in that he has done great work for the club, but in recent times when the club has attempted to move on we have let ourselves down in our lack of professionalism i.e. loan players having to go back, the lack of communication with trust members on the move to RP. If the club has any real ambitions to gain league status again then it needs to act professional on and off the pitch.

I would like to see the trust play a much more active role in the running of the club.
rhinestine, what a completely ridiculous comment to make. I suppose rugby fans are perfect, except when they're drunk in the bar having rugby banter etc which results in property damage and abusive behaviour as well. Regarding Chris, I echo ohc in that he has done great work for the club, but in recent times when the club has attempted to move on we have let ourselves down in our lack of professionalism i.e. loan players having to go back, the lack of communication with trust members on the move to RP. If the club has any real ambitions to gain league status again then it needs to act professional on and off the pitch. I would like to see the trust play a much more active role in the running of the club. Matty639
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12:48pm Tue 17 Jul 12

welshwarrior says...

Most organisations don't communicate with the outside world very well, and at Board level even worse. County may need to review their Governance and Communciations workloads in order to address the concern mentioned above.

Saying that, that certainly doesn't justify the abuse described in the article. I can understand the Chairman's frustration and anger. Those offences need to be dealt with properly by the police.
Most organisations don't communicate with the outside world very well, and at Board level even worse. County may need to review their Governance and Communciations workloads in order to address the concern mentioned above. Saying that, that certainly doesn't justify the abuse described in the article. I can understand the Chairman's frustration and anger. Those offences need to be dealt with properly by the police. welshwarrior
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12:49pm Tue 17 Jul 12

Matty639 says...

Just to be clear as well because I didn't mention it, the phone calls are disgusting and the people responsible facing a knock on the door from the police.
Just to be clear as well because I didn't mention it, the phone calls are disgusting and the people responsible facing a knock on the door from the police. Matty639
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1:17pm Tue 17 Jul 12

adrian simmonds says...

Well, I look forward to hearing that the culprits have been charged. It sounds a bit like an orchestrated campaign, in which case the charges should be more serious, conspiracy etc.
Well, I look forward to hearing that the culprits have been charged. It sounds a bit like an orchestrated campaign, in which case the charges should be more serious, conspiracy etc. adrian simmonds
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2:04pm Tue 17 Jul 12

rhinestine says...

Matty639 wrote:
rhinestine, what a completely ridiculous comment to make. I suppose rugby fans are perfect, except when they're drunk in the bar having rugby banter etc which results in property damage and abusive behaviour as well.

Regarding Chris, I echo ohc in that he has done great work for the club, but in recent times when the club has attempted to move on we have let ourselves down in our lack of professionalism i.e. loan players having to go back, the lack of communication with trust members on the move to RP. If the club has any real ambitions to gain league status again then it needs to act professional on and off the pitch.

I would like to see the trust play a much more active role in the running of the club.
Yes we are in comparison to Football fans, we don't beat people up for having an away shirt on or shout vile abuse at refs and players.

I do hope that it works out that there is no problems in the city or at RP, and I hope that County are successful, but from experience, Football fans cause problems on a large scale, in city pubs etc, I do hope this is not the case.

I wish Mr Blight all the best if he decides to stay funding the club too.
[quote][p][bold]Matty639[/bold] wrote: rhinestine, what a completely ridiculous comment to make. I suppose rugby fans are perfect, except when they're drunk in the bar having rugby banter etc which results in property damage and abusive behaviour as well. Regarding Chris, I echo ohc in that he has done great work for the club, but in recent times when the club has attempted to move on we have let ourselves down in our lack of professionalism i.e. loan players having to go back, the lack of communication with trust members on the move to RP. If the club has any real ambitions to gain league status again then it needs to act professional on and off the pitch. I would like to see the trust play a much more active role in the running of the club.[/p][/quote]Yes we are in comparison to Football fans, we don't beat people up for having an away shirt on or shout vile abuse at refs and players. I do hope that it works out that there is no problems in the city or at RP, and I hope that County are successful, but from experience, Football fans cause problems on a large scale, in city pubs etc, I do hope this is not the case. I wish Mr Blight all the best if he decides to stay funding the club too. rhinestine
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3:01pm Tue 17 Jul 12

Harvist says...

as per editorial comment LEAVE THIS GUY ALONE, he has done more for newport county over a number of years most of which is not seen nor appreciated,maybe the cowards who hide behind some network sites should be named and shamed
as per editorial comment LEAVE THIS GUY ALONE, he has done more for newport county over a number of years most of which is not seen nor appreciated,maybe the cowards who hide behind some network sites should be named and shamed Harvist
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4:05pm Tue 17 Jul 12

Matty639 says...

Here's a thought for CB, don't read a forum if you don't like critism.
Here's a thought for CB, don't read a forum if you don't like critism. Matty639
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4:17pm Tue 17 Jul 12

Matty639 says...

Why remove my comment about not reading the forum if you can't take critism? it was neither false, abusive or malicious.

Clearly if your opinion doesn't match the SWA then it goes.
Why remove my comment about not reading the forum if you can't take critism? it was neither false, abusive or malicious. Clearly if your opinion doesn't match the SWA then it goes. Matty639
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4:29pm Tue 17 Jul 12

Adrian Williams says...

"The vast majority of football fans are trouble makers"

What a ridiculous comment
"The vast majority of football fans are trouble makers" What a ridiculous comment Adrian Williams
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4:45pm Tue 17 Jul 12

Kevin Ward - Editor says...

Matty 639
Your comment hasn't been removed. Therefore, not sure why you are complaining?
Matty 639 Your comment hasn't been removed. Therefore, not sure why you are complaining? Kevin Ward - Editor
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6:31pm Tue 17 Jul 12

County Till I Die says...

rhinestine wrote:
This is the difference between Football and Rugby, and that's why County should not be allowed to play Football on Rodney Parade.

The vast majority of football fans are trouble makers and every chav and harry will be wanting to "support" the county now they are playing in a central location, which means problems in the City and surrounding areas from the Football supporters.

Not to mention the damage they could cause to the ground and club house if they decide to kick off.

Football has no respect from people outside the game, and their is no respect within the game, either on the pitch or off it, as amply demonstrated in this story.

If I were you Mr Blight, I would walk away now, it will only get worse.

Rugby only on the Parade!
Rhinestine, try and get some balance in your comments please. It is obvious that you are just waiting for any little opportunity to "have a go" at Newport County AFC and it's supporters. Fine start to the ground share isn't it? Well done!
[quote][p][bold]rhinestine[/bold] wrote: This is the difference between Football and Rugby, and that's why County should not be allowed to play Football on Rodney Parade. The vast majority of football fans are trouble makers and every chav and harry will be wanting to "support" the county now they are playing in a central location, which means problems in the City and surrounding areas from the Football supporters. Not to mention the damage they could cause to the ground and club house if they decide to kick off. Football has no respect from people outside the game, and their is no respect within the game, either on the pitch or off it, as amply demonstrated in this story. If I were you Mr Blight, I would walk away now, it will only get worse. Rugby only on the Parade![/p][/quote]Rhinestine, try and get some balance in your comments please. It is obvious that you are just waiting for any little opportunity to "have a go" at Newport County AFC and it's supporters. Fine start to the ground share isn't it? Well done! County Till I Die
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6:49pm Tue 17 Jul 12

Matty639 says...

Kevin Ward - Editor wrote:
Matty 639
Your comment hasn't been removed. Therefore, not sure why you are complaining?
When I wrote the other comment it had. It was obviously reinstated.
[quote][p][bold]Kevin Ward - Editor[/bold] wrote: Matty 639 Your comment hasn't been removed. Therefore, not sure why you are complaining?[/p][/quote]When I wrote the other comment it had. It was obviously reinstated. Matty639
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7:27pm Tue 17 Jul 12

the dork says...

Change your telephone number and carry on I have to change mine every month
Change your telephone number and carry on I have to change mine every month the dork
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8:24pm Tue 17 Jul 12

LSB Bee says...

the dork wrote:
Change your telephone number and carry on I have to change mine every month
why does that not surprise me
[quote][p][bold]the dork[/bold] wrote: Change your telephone number and carry on I have to change mine every month[/p][/quote]why does that not surprise me LSB Bee
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10:45pm Tue 17 Jul 12

CaptainB says...

Remember it could be worse...you could have Darren Edwards as a coach...this guy is doing what he can for the County, if you want to see what happens when you spend money you dont have, look at Glasgow Rangers...
end of...
Remember it could be worse...you could have Darren Edwards as a coach...this guy is doing what he can for the County, if you want to see what happens when you spend money you dont have, look at Glasgow Rangers... end of... CaptainB
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10:58pm Tue 17 Jul 12

larneman says...

Chris we have an old saying here in Northern Ireland. "Nil illigitimate carborundum"
"Don't let the bastards grind you down".
Chris we have an old saying here in Northern Ireland. "Nil illigitimate carborundum" "Don't let the bastards grind you down". larneman
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9:09am Wed 18 Jul 12

rhinestine says...

County Till I Die wrote:
rhinestine wrote:
This is the difference between Football and Rugby, and that's why County should not be allowed to play Football on Rodney Parade.

The vast majority of football fans are trouble makers and every chav and harry will be wanting to "support" the county now they are playing in a central location, which means problems in the City and surrounding areas from the Football supporters.

Not to mention the damage they could cause to the ground and club house if they decide to kick off.

Football has no respect from people outside the game, and their is no respect within the game, either on the pitch or off it, as amply demonstrated in this story.

If I were you Mr Blight, I would walk away now, it will only get worse.

Rugby only on the Parade!
Rhinestine, try and get some balance in your comments please. It is obvious that you are just waiting for any little opportunity to "have a go" at Newport County AFC and it's supporters. Fine start to the ground share isn't it? Well done!
My comments about county are from experience, the majority of football fans, world wide, and that includes county are trouble makers, fact!

When they are altogether chanting and swearing in public places, they like to antagonize people and try and make people feel frightened.

Bottom line is, Rugby supporters don't want football on our ground, and local people don't want all the problems that you lot will bring.

Mark my words, they will be problems from the football lot! lets see how much policing is required for a Cardiff v County game eh?? (if it were to happen)
[quote][p][bold]County Till I Die[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rhinestine[/bold] wrote: This is the difference between Football and Rugby, and that's why County should not be allowed to play Football on Rodney Parade. The vast majority of football fans are trouble makers and every chav and harry will be wanting to "support" the county now they are playing in a central location, which means problems in the City and surrounding areas from the Football supporters. Not to mention the damage they could cause to the ground and club house if they decide to kick off. Football has no respect from people outside the game, and their is no respect within the game, either on the pitch or off it, as amply demonstrated in this story. If I were you Mr Blight, I would walk away now, it will only get worse. Rugby only on the Parade![/p][/quote]Rhinestine, try and get some balance in your comments please. It is obvious that you are just waiting for any little opportunity to "have a go" at Newport County AFC and it's supporters. Fine start to the ground share isn't it? Well done![/p][/quote]My comments about county are from experience, the majority of football fans, world wide, and that includes county are trouble makers, fact! When they are altogether chanting and swearing in public places, they like to antagonize people and try and make people feel frightened. Bottom line is, Rugby supporters don't want football on our ground, and local people don't want all the problems that you lot will bring. Mark my words, they will be problems from the football lot! lets see how much policing is required for a Cardiff v County game eh?? (if it were to happen) rhinestine
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11:04am Wed 18 Jul 12

NakedDancer says...

As someone that attends County, Dragons and Newport RFC matches - quite obviously the MAJORITY of football fans are not badly behaved or troublemakers. True, there is a different culture in football that attracts a minority of troublemakers and I agree the swearing is very unpleasant.

However, the facts are finances dictate Newport rugby and footy need to groundshare and what investment is available can be foucused on one stadium.

Overall the groundshare pros exceed the cons and the decision is made so little point griping. Its exciting times and personally I cant wait.
As someone that attends County, Dragons and Newport RFC matches - quite obviously the MAJORITY of football fans are not badly behaved or troublemakers. True, there is a different culture in football that attracts a minority of troublemakers and I agree the swearing is very unpleasant. However, the facts are finances dictate Newport rugby and footy need to groundshare and what investment is available can be foucused on one stadium. Overall the groundshare pros exceed the cons and the decision is made so little point griping. Its exciting times and personally I cant wait. NakedDancer
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12:24pm Wed 18 Jul 12

Gareth says...

Classic. We start with an article about a few moronic Newport footy fans attacking someone... and end up with rugby and footy fans having a pop at each other instead.

There are passionate sports fans in Newport. The minority are drunken idiots who cause damage ruin it for others. Arguing that supporters of one ball are worse than others... it's pointless and you just look immature.

If you don't like the other sport or fan, then ignore it.

..but don't set yourself up as an unelected spokesperson for all fans of the same shaped all, because we can speak for ourselves.
Classic. We start with an article about a few moronic Newport footy fans attacking someone... and end up with rugby and footy fans having a pop at each other instead. There are passionate sports fans in Newport. The minority are drunken idiots who cause damage ruin it for others. Arguing that supporters of one ball are worse than others... it's pointless and you just look immature. If you don't like the other sport or fan, then ignore it. ..but don't set yourself up as an unelected spokesperson for all fans of the same shaped all, because we can speak for ourselves. Gareth
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12:46pm Wed 18 Jul 12

rhinestine says...

Gareth wrote:
Classic. We start with an article about a few moronic Newport footy fans attacking someone... and end up with rugby and footy fans having a pop at each other instead.

There are passionate sports fans in Newport. The minority are drunken idiots who cause damage ruin it for others. Arguing that supporters of one ball are worse than others... it's pointless and you just look immature.

If you don't like the other sport or fan, then ignore it.

..but don't set yourself up as an unelected spokesperson for all fans of the same shaped all, because we can speak for ourselves.
Fact is football fans are worse than rugby fans, you can speak for yourself, you already have, your obviously some kind of jack of all sports with no allegiance to one or the other.

As a true rugby fan, football and it's fans can learn a lot from rugby, and the abuse Mr blight is suffering is a sad indictment of the wonderful sport of FOOTBALL!!

I hope it all turns out ok at RP, but the fact is it's a rugby ground and football should be played at a football ground.

Why don't county play on Tredeger park.......
[quote][p][bold]Gareth[/bold] wrote: Classic. We start with an article about a few moronic Newport footy fans attacking someone... and end up with rugby and footy fans having a pop at each other instead. There are passionate sports fans in Newport. The minority are drunken idiots who cause damage ruin it for others. Arguing that supporters of one ball are worse than others... it's pointless and you just look immature. If you don't like the other sport or fan, then ignore it. ..but don't set yourself up as an unelected spokesperson for all fans of the same shaped all, because we can speak for ourselves.[/p][/quote]Fact is football fans are worse than rugby fans, you can speak for yourself, you already have, your obviously some kind of jack of all sports with no allegiance to one or the other. As a true rugby fan, football and it's fans can learn a lot from rugby, and the abuse Mr blight is suffering is a sad indictment of the wonderful sport of FOOTBALL!! I hope it all turns out ok at RP, but the fact is it's a rugby ground and football should be played at a football ground. Why don't county play on Tredeger park....... rhinestine
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1:02pm Wed 18 Jul 12

Adrian Williams says...

Rhinestone - I'm wondering if you're the Newport RFC supporter in the Gaer Inn who goes over and verbally abuses my brother whenever he goes in there wearing his County top saying things like " stay out of our club, you're not welcome"
Rhinestone - I'm wondering if you're the Newport RFC supporter in the Gaer Inn who goes over and verbally abuses my brother whenever he goes in there wearing his County top saying things like " stay out of our club, you're not welcome" Adrian Williams
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1:29pm Wed 18 Jul 12

Gareth says...

rhinestine wrote:
Gareth wrote:
Classic. We start with an article about a few moronic Newport footy fans attacking someone... and end up with rugby and footy fans having a pop at each other instead.

There are passionate sports fans in Newport. The minority are drunken idiots who cause damage ruin it for others. Arguing that supporters of one ball are worse than others... it's pointless and you just look immature.

If you don't like the other sport or fan, then ignore it.

..but don't set yourself up as an unelected spokesperson for all fans of the same shaped all, because we can speak for ourselves.
Fact is football fans are worse than rugby fans, you can speak for yourself, you already have, your obviously some kind of jack of all sports with no allegiance to one or the other.

As a true rugby fan, football and it's fans can learn a lot from rugby, and the abuse Mr blight is suffering is a sad indictment of the wonderful sport of FOOTBALL!!

I hope it all turns out ok at RP, but the fact is it's a rugby ground and football should be played at a football ground.

Why don't county play on Tredeger park.......
I'm actually a rugby fan through and through, and a proud dragons seaon ticket holder, but hey, if you prefer to carry on assuming what others do and believe, then you keep digging fella.
[quote][p][bold]rhinestine[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gareth[/bold] wrote: Classic. We start with an article about a few moronic Newport footy fans attacking someone... and end up with rugby and footy fans having a pop at each other instead. There are passionate sports fans in Newport. The minority are drunken idiots who cause damage ruin it for others. Arguing that supporters of one ball are worse than others... it's pointless and you just look immature. If you don't like the other sport or fan, then ignore it. ..but don't set yourself up as an unelected spokesperson for all fans of the same shaped all, because we can speak for ourselves.[/p][/quote]Fact is football fans are worse than rugby fans, you can speak for yourself, you already have, your obviously some kind of jack of all sports with no allegiance to one or the other. As a true rugby fan, football and it's fans can learn a lot from rugby, and the abuse Mr blight is suffering is a sad indictment of the wonderful sport of FOOTBALL!! I hope it all turns out ok at RP, but the fact is it's a rugby ground and football should be played at a football ground. Why don't county play on Tredeger park.......[/p][/quote]I'm actually a rugby fan through and through, and a proud dragons seaon ticket holder, but hey, if you prefer to carry on assuming what others do and believe, then you keep digging fella. Gareth
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1:59pm Wed 18 Jul 12

rhinestine says...

No, I don't frequent the Gear Inn, and I would never abuse anyone over a sporting issue.

I am a Dragons season ticket holder and I have worn black and amber, so I will never accept football on RP, I was pointing out that the abuse Mr blight is getting is common place in football and it's not on, hence, I don't want to see RP torn up and local people in the city suffering due to some of the fans behavior.

No more digging, my arms are tired.......
No, I don't frequent the Gear Inn, and I would never abuse anyone over a sporting issue. I am a Dragons season ticket holder and I have worn black and amber, so I will never accept football on RP, I was pointing out that the abuse Mr blight is getting is common place in football and it's not on, hence, I don't want to see RP torn up and local people in the city suffering due to some of the fans behavior. No more digging, my arms are tired....... rhinestine
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2:21pm Wed 18 Jul 12

Gareth says...

NakedDancer wrote:
As someone that attends County, Dragons and Newport RFC matches - quite obviously the MAJORITY of football fans are not badly behaved or troublemakers. True, there is a different culture in football that attracts a minority of troublemakers and I agree the swearing is very unpleasant.

However, the facts are finances dictate Newport rugby and footy need to groundshare and what investment is available can be foucused on one stadium.

Overall the groundshare pros exceed the cons and the decision is made so little point griping. Its exciting times and personally I cant wait.
Dear County fans,

Welcome to our ground, Its a fab place, albeit a little worn around the edges... but that's just character.

You'll be closer to the action than ever before, and the players - your players at least - will tell you how much louder and passionate you all sound. ...and will give them that extra energy just when they really need it.

Hope you enjoy Dave Parade, but do us a favour and look after it.

Cheers boys.
[quote][p][bold]NakedDancer[/bold] wrote: As someone that attends County, Dragons and Newport RFC matches - quite obviously the MAJORITY of football fans are not badly behaved or troublemakers. True, there is a different culture in football that attracts a minority of troublemakers and I agree the swearing is very unpleasant. However, the facts are finances dictate Newport rugby and footy need to groundshare and what investment is available can be foucused on one stadium. Overall the groundshare pros exceed the cons and the decision is made so little point griping. Its exciting times and personally I cant wait.[/p][/quote]Dear County fans, Welcome to our ground, Its a fab place, albeit a little worn around the edges... but that's just character. You'll be closer to the action than ever before, and the players - your players at least - will tell you how much louder and passionate you all sound. ...and will give them that extra energy just when they really need it. Hope you enjoy Dave Parade, but do us a favour and look after it. Cheers boys. Gareth
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2:47pm Wed 18 Jul 12

LSB Bee says...

rhinestine wrote:
Gareth wrote:
Classic. We start with an article about a few moronic Newport footy fans attacking someone... and end up with rugby and footy fans having a pop at each other instead.

There are passionate sports fans in Newport. The minority are drunken idiots who cause damage ruin it for others. Arguing that supporters of one ball are worse than others... it's pointless and you just look immature.

If you don't like the other sport or fan, then ignore it.

..but don't set yourself up as an unelected spokesperson for all fans of the same shaped all, because we can speak for ourselves.
Fact is football fans are worse than rugby fans, you can speak for yourself, you already have, your obviously some kind of jack of all sports with no allegiance to one or the other.

As a true rugby fan, football and it's fans can learn a lot from rugby, and the abuse Mr blight is suffering is a sad indictment of the wonderful sport of FOOTBALL!!

I hope it all turns out ok at RP, but the fact is it's a rugby ground and football should be played at a football ground.

Why don't county play on Tredeger park.......
It might be a good idea if the Dragons played there and Newport RFC and Newport County shared Rodney Parade...
[quote][p][bold]rhinestine[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gareth[/bold] wrote: Classic. We start with an article about a few moronic Newport footy fans attacking someone... and end up with rugby and footy fans having a pop at each other instead. There are passionate sports fans in Newport. The minority are drunken idiots who cause damage ruin it for others. Arguing that supporters of one ball are worse than others... it's pointless and you just look immature. If you don't like the other sport or fan, then ignore it. ..but don't set yourself up as an unelected spokesperson for all fans of the same shaped all, because we can speak for ourselves.[/p][/quote]Fact is football fans are worse than rugby fans, you can speak for yourself, you already have, your obviously some kind of jack of all sports with no allegiance to one or the other. As a true rugby fan, football and it's fans can learn a lot from rugby, and the abuse Mr blight is suffering is a sad indictment of the wonderful sport of FOOTBALL!! I hope it all turns out ok at RP, but the fact is it's a rugby ground and football should be played at a football ground. Why don't county play on Tredeger park.......[/p][/quote]It might be a good idea if the Dragons played there and Newport RFC and Newport County shared Rodney Parade... LSB Bee
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3:21pm Wed 18 Jul 12

ncfcr says...

As a county fan who has attended a few Dragons games, I'm not sure how any rugby supporter can take the moral high ground when it comes to abusing officials and swearing.

Some of the homophobic abuse I heard coming from the Hazell Terrace at Nigel Owens a few years back was an absolute disgrace, and the language of some regulars in the Argus terrace also left a lot to be desired.
As a county fan who has attended a few Dragons games, I'm not sure how any rugby supporter can take the moral high ground when it comes to abusing officials and swearing. Some of the homophobic abuse I heard coming from the Hazell Terrace at Nigel Owens a few years back was an absolute disgrace, and the language of some regulars in the Argus terrace also left a lot to be desired. ncfcr
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3:48pm Wed 18 Jul 12

adrian simmonds says...

Could suggest a halt to all the abuse and negative comments. Whether Rhinestone an some others agree with the ground-share deal or not - and it's Clear that Dragons/RFC do need THE extra income - the fact is that a contract was signed and all this negative bak-biTing helps no-one, least of all Dragons/RFC.
Let's have a truce, support all 3 teams and see how this first season goes.
personally, i'd like nothing better than to see County get to the F.A. Cup third Round and be drawn home to Cardiff. Yes, all police leave would have to be cancelled and we'd obviously have a high - profile match with TV coverage but let's cross that bridge if and when we get to it.
The most important issue is getting 2000 through the gates every match and the prospects of that are not improved by negative comments here and on other sites.
My team is basically County but I follow the Dragons whenever they're televised and am lookng forward to moving to Usk in 2014, by which time there'll hopefully be a combined season tcket in operation whichh I'll take up.
Could suggest a halt to all the abuse and negative comments. Whether Rhinestone an some others agree with the ground-share deal or not - and it's Clear that Dragons/RFC do need THE extra income - the fact is that a contract was signed and all this negative bak-biTing helps no-one, least of all Dragons/RFC. Let's have a truce, support all 3 teams and see how this first season goes. personally, i'd like nothing better than to see County get to the F.A. Cup third Round and be drawn home to Cardiff. Yes, all police leave would have to be cancelled and we'd obviously have a high - profile match with TV coverage but let's cross that bridge if and when we get to it. The most important issue is getting 2000 through the gates every match and the prospects of that are not improved by negative comments here and on other sites. My team is basically County but I follow the Dragons whenever they're televised and am lookng forward to moving to Usk in 2014, by which time there'll hopefully be a combined season tcket in operation whichh I'll take up. adrian simmonds
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