County fans relishing return of old friends Carl Zeiss Jena

FLASHBACK: Action from County v Jena in Newport in 1981

FLASHBACK: Action from County v Jena in Newport in 1981

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NEWPORT County AFC fans are looking forward to welcoming old rivals Carl Zeiss Jena to Rodney Parade this summer.

The Exiles will take on the German side in a return friendly fixture, following last year’s match in Weimar, and a repeat of the clubs’ famous meeting in the 1981 European Cup Winners’ Cup quarter-finals.

County have confirmed that the sides will meet again at Rodney Parade on Saturday, July 26, at 3pm.

Last year’s match finished 2-2, just as it did when the sides met in East Germany in the first leg in 1981.

But Justin Edinburgh’s men will be hoping that history doesn’t repeat itself this time round as Jena won 1-0 to break County hearts at Somerton Park 33 years ago.

The July 2013 match was fairly feisty at times with the referee having to prevent a brawl after a foul by Jena’s Andis Shala but the occasion was judged to be a success and this year’s friendly is already being eagerly anticipated.

“What a fantastic weekend this will be,” said Exiles fan Dave Went. “Great trip last year.”

“Football, beer and Carl Zeiss Jena fans. July 26 is going to be awesome!” said fellow supporter Robert Sullivan.

County chief Executive Dave Boddy said: “Everybody within the club is really excited by the prospect of welcoming FC Carl Zeiss Jena to Newport in July.

“We are delighted to be able to return the compliment that Jena extended to us last July, when we visited Germany.

“There is without doubt a unique bond between our two clubs and supporters which was so evident when we went to Germany.

“The spirit and camaraderie between the two sets of supporters on that visit is something I will remember for the rest of my life.

“We intend to make a very special weekend of it, with lots of other things going on as well as the game.”

Jena estimate that more than a thousand fans from Germany are likely to travel to Newport.

Chairman Lutz Lindemann said: “When we played in Newport in 1981, not a fan of Jena was allowed to accompany us!

“Now, 33 years after that memorable game, many fans will make the journey safely. This makes us very happy.”

General manager Roy Stapelfeld added: “The atmosphere in the last year in Weimar and Jena remains unforgotten. Many contacts and friendships were made. Now we are looking forward to the reunion.”

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1:23pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Goat Man says...

Just realised i'm away on hols when this game is on . Would have brought back some memories of 33 years ago . I was watching in line with the goal when it went under the keeper - Gary Plumley if i remember ?
Just realised i'm away on hols when this game is on . Would have brought back some memories of 33 years ago . I was watching in line with the goal when it went under the keeper - Gary Plumley if i remember ? Goat Man
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2:12pm Tue 15 Apr 14

sooty001 says...

Yes the pitch should be like a bowling green by then.
Yes the pitch should be like a bowling green by then. sooty001
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8:01pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Tony Soprano says...

Great trip last summer in fairness, the people of Jena made us very welcome, hell of a journey though, 20 hours on a bus but well worth it. UTC
Great trip last summer in fairness, the people of Jena made us very welcome, hell of a journey though, 20 hours on a bus but well worth it. UTC Tony Soprano
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12:30am Thu 17 Apr 14

maz1maz says...

Tony Soprano wrote:
Great trip last summer in fairness, the people of Jena made us very welcome, hell of a journey though, 20 hours on a bus but well worth it. UTC
Glad you enjoyed it Tony! My wife and I ran the little snack bar in the top corner of the railway end for a couple of years! Did people really come to watch footy or just stuff there faces or drink Bovril?
[quote][p][bold]Tony Soprano[/bold] wrote: Great trip last summer in fairness, the people of Jena made us very welcome, hell of a journey though, 20 hours on a bus but well worth it. UTC[/p][/quote]Glad you enjoyed it Tony! My wife and I ran the little snack bar in the top corner of the railway end for a couple of years! Did people really come to watch footy or just stuff there faces or drink Bovril? maz1maz
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