County in the right over no-brainer fixture switch

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

THE expression ‘damned if you do, damned if you don’t’ might as well have been written for the predicament Newport County find themselves in this week.

They’ve been given a fair amount of stick from their supporters for switching Saturday’s clash with Gateshead and to be honest, I can’t see for the life of me see why they’re being chastised by some for a very shrewd move.

The Exiles will now travel to Gateshead in February instead to keep disruption to a minimum with the pitch in the North East currently unplayable due to the weather.

That’s the key word there, unplayable. As in, the game couldn’t possibly go ahead.

So while it’s highly regrettable that those with non-refundable flights and hotel bookings are now left out of pocket, it’s no different than if the game hadn’t been switched as you’d then be left with non-refundable flights or rooms for a game that was called off.

The Exiles’ acceptance of the switch – at the behest of Gateshead – makes sense because of the Exiles’ complicated ground share situation.

We’ve seen simply over a number of seasons that the weather in Newport WILL lead to games being called off.

It’ll happen at Rodney Parade and it happened at Spytty Park.

What is now different is that rescheduling games is going to be so much harder as County must be mindful of the fixtures of both Newport RFC and the Newport Gwent Dragons.

So when it came to this weekend and with Rodney Parade free from all peanut hugging action, what other sensible call was there to make? The Exiles have seen a fixture pile-up derail a promotion push before – under Peter Beadle in 2006/7 – when they ended the campaign playing 15 games in just short of six weeks.

It killed them in the end and that’s why the Exiles are right to be doing anything they can to ensure they keep their schedule on track.

County have also attempted to sweeten the deal for supporters by offering a reduced rate on ticket prices and again, I don’t see what more they could really be doing in this instance to make things right for supporters.

As the now postponed game with Luton Town next Tuesday shows, there are lots of ways for games between now and next April to end up getting postponed.

Therefore the wise move for a club sharing with two others and in a notoriously rainy part of the world is to play every game as soon as possible.

So well done to County for making a shrewd move.

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6:09pm Wed 28 Nov 12

COUNTYVOICE says...

YES COMMON SENSE decisions.

nice move on admission prices, and the postponement of the luton could be a blessing in disguise with the form the county are in at the moment.

GATESHEAD at home could be a good fixture as county seem to like playing them with a 7-1 win and an exciting 3-2 win at gateshead last year.

so county fans get your scarves out and winter woolies and nip down to RODNEY PARADE to take advantage of the lower admission prices and shou THE COUNTY to VICTORY!!!!!
YES COMMON SENSE decisions. nice move on admission prices, and the postponement of the luton could be a blessing in disguise with the form the county are in at the moment. GATESHEAD at home could be a good fixture as county seem to like playing them with a 7-1 win and an exciting 3-2 win at gateshead last year. so county fans get your scarves out and winter woolies and nip down to RODNEY PARADE to take advantage of the lower admission prices and shou THE COUNTY to VICTORY!!!!! COUNTYVOICE
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6:46pm Wed 28 Nov 12

NakedDancer says...

I didn't think it was a wise move at first with the Luton game next Tuesday and Wales v Australia on Saturday - but now Luton is postponed and County kick off early to avoid the Wales match it could be a master stroke if County can win v Gatehead.

Come on people - get your discounted ticket - SUPPORT THE COUNTY !
I didn't think it was a wise move at first with the Luton game next Tuesday and Wales v Australia on Saturday - but now Luton is postponed and County kick off early to avoid the Wales match it could be a master stroke if County can win v Gatehead. Come on people - get your discounted ticket - SUPPORT THE COUNTY ! NakedDancer
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8:26pm Wed 28 Nov 12

larneman says...

Good thinking Batman.!!!! now go ahead and enjoy a good win to put yourself back on track.
Good thinking Batman.!!!! now go ahead and enjoy a good win to put yourself back on track. larneman
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8:32pm Wed 28 Nov 12

Colinj says...

I applaud the club for moving quickly and decisively. Remember content people ususally stay quiet while unhappy paople make most noise.
I applaud the club for moving quickly and decisively. Remember content people ususally stay quiet while unhappy paople make most noise. Colinj
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8:56pm Wed 28 Nov 12

marchog says...

Michael Pearlman you are a sad little man. Why throw an insult in to your reporting "peanut hugging action"? Why say rugby?
Michael Pearlman you are a sad little man. Why throw an insult in to your reporting "peanut hugging action"? Why say rugby? marchog
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10:11am Thu 29 Nov 12

Missing Somerton says...

Not quite sure how they got Gateshead to agree to the 12.30 kick off.

Perhaps an extra discount for Gateshead fans (or a voucher for a free cup of coffee!) might go down well.
Not quite sure how they got Gateshead to agree to the 12.30 kick off. Perhaps an extra discount for Gateshead fans (or a voucher for a free cup of coffee!) might go down well. Missing Somerton
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10:36am Thu 29 Nov 12

Pianoman42 says...

Excellent, necessary and swift decisions.

A great opportunity to avoid Christmas shopping.

Up the County!
Excellent, necessary and swift decisions. A great opportunity to avoid Christmas shopping. Up the County! Pianoman42
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10:47am Thu 29 Nov 12

cgirl says...

Sensible move by both clubs, but Michael, as much as you're entitled to an pinion stop promoting your own views so strongly and look back at your journalistic oaths you studied all those years ago. Report the news, don't create it.
Sensible move by both clubs, but Michael, as much as you're entitled to an pinion stop promoting your own views so strongly and look back at your journalistic oaths you studied all those years ago. Report the news, don't create it. cgirl
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11:38am Thu 29 Nov 12

county mad says...

Peanut hugging action I like that analogy . Michael you are damned if you do etc you want to brighten your copy and appeal to your readers ( in this case football fans ) and still someone gripes. Re the rearrangements it all makes sense, so UP THE COUNTY
Peanut hugging action I like that analogy . Michael you are damned if you do etc you want to brighten your copy and appeal to your readers ( in this case football fans ) and still someone gripes. Re the rearrangements it all makes sense, so UP THE COUNTY county mad
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2:28pm Thu 29 Nov 12

Phil Tanner says...

Fair commentary. Very sorry for anyone who has wound up out of pocket, but I doubt Gateshead would have suggested a switch if there was any realistic chance the game would be on. It's a great weekend away at the right time of year but many people will have looked at the fixture list and decided not to risk it in December". Last season Bath and their (few) supporters got all the way there before the game was called off.
Fair commentary. Very sorry for anyone who has wound up out of pocket, but I doubt Gateshead would have suggested a switch if there was any realistic chance the game would be on. It's a great weekend away at the right time of year but many people will have looked at the fixture list and decided not to risk it in December". Last season Bath and their (few) supporters got all the way there before the game was called off. Phil Tanner
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3:22pm Thu 29 Nov 12

RSATaffy says...

Everything will be forgotten if we win the game! But my opinion - a very logical decision has been made.
Everything will be forgotten if we win the game! But my opinion - a very logical decision has been made. RSATaffy
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