County move friendly matches away from Rodney Parade

County to move friendly matches away from Rodney Parade

County to move friendly matches away from Rodney Parade

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RODNEY Parade will not host the Newport County AFC pre-season friendly matches against Carl Zeiss Jena and Coventry City, the club have confirmed.

The matches, on July 26 and July 29 respectively, are to be moved to the Exiles’ former home at Spytty Park.

The pitch at Rodney Parade has undergone extensive work this summer to eradicate the drainage problems that caused major headcahes last season.

It is not yet ready for matches to be played on it and the decision has been made to move the friendlies for the long-term benefit of the playing surface.

In a statement released today, County say: "Further to a meeting between Rodney Parade stadium manager Mark Jones and the agronomist (soil management and crop production) on Monday, and following a pitch inspection by Justin/Howard/and Mark Jones on Tuesday, while the pitch is playable, there are areas that are not as well established as others.

"It has therefore been decided, as a precautionary measure, that both the FC Carl Zeiss Jena and Coventry City FC home friendlies will not be played at Rodney Parade.

"The agronomist has stated in his report that the works undertaken on the pitch have been carried out successfully and have now been signed off as complete, it is with the best interests of all parties that the pitch is given more time and extra attention in order to ensure it is in the best possible condition for the season ahead.

"The Rodney Parade staff will be monitoring the pitch in the coming days and yesterday applied additional fertiliser in order to promote further growth.

"The FC Carl Zeiss Jena home game will now be played at Spytty Park on Saturday 26th July as originally scheduled.

"Tickets for both games will be back on sale once we have agreed the Spytty park capacity with the local authority, all tickets that have already been bought will be valid for both games.

"We will update you via the official website, Twitter and Facebook pages once they’re back on sale."

Meanwhile, a County development team featuring a handful of first team squad members was held to a 1-1 draw at Croesyceiliog tonight.

Kyle Patten, playing his first match for 16 months due to injury, marked his return to action with the opening goal before Gareth Willis levelled for Croesy in the first half.

The match was played as a celebration of the Welsh League Division Two side's 50th anniversary.

Development coach Mike Flynn posted on Twitter: "Tough battle for the development team. All the lads held their own in a physical battle. Well done."

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1:15pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Sheffield Exile says...

Sounds like a bit of concern over the pitch and not boding well for the season ahead.
Sounds like a bit of concern over the pitch and not boding well for the season ahead. Sheffield Exile
  • Score: -3

2:23pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Jimport says...

Sheffield Exile wrote:
Sounds like a bit of concern over the pitch and not boding well for the season ahead.
It sounds like common sense.
[quote][p][bold]Sheffield Exile[/bold] wrote: Sounds like a bit of concern over the pitch and not boding well for the season ahead.[/p][/quote]It sounds like common sense. Jimport
  • Score: 12

2:46pm Wed 16 Jul 14

County says...

Sounds like another Boddy **** up.
Sounds like another Boddy **** up. County
  • Score: -9

4:04pm Wed 16 Jul 14

sooty001 says...

If they would have started it straight away then we would not be having this problem,but there was a two week delay because they were at another job when we should have had priority after they did not complete the work last season. I think this company has treated us appalling and now we cannot show our German friends where we really play at,plus the fact some people may not get to see the game if the stadium capacity is reached.( What a shambles ).
If they would have started it straight away then we would not be having this problem,but there was a two week delay because they were at another job when we should have had priority after they did not complete the work last season. I think this company has treated us appalling and now we cannot show our German friends where we really play at,plus the fact some people may not get to see the game if the stadium capacity is reached.( What a shambles ). sooty001
  • Score: 18

5:09pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Harps62 says...

sooty001 wrote:
If they would have started it straight away then we would not be having this problem,but there was a two week delay because they were at another job when we should have had priority after they did not complete the work last season. I think this company has treated us appalling and now we cannot show our German friends where we really play at,plus the fact some people may not get to see the game if the stadium capacity is reached.( What a shambles ).
Total shambles.
I believe the German game was going to be a party atmosphere for all the family with entertainment going on after wards on the grass in front of the clubhouse.
Fancy coming all the way from Eastern Germany and ending up down Spytty.
Cracking start to the new season.
Well done for accepting a 2 week delay in the resurface work.
[quote][p][bold]sooty001[/bold] wrote: If they would have started it straight away then we would not be having this problem,but there was a two week delay because they were at another job when we should have had priority after they did not complete the work last season. I think this company has treated us appalling and now we cannot show our German friends where we really play at,plus the fact some people may not get to see the game if the stadium capacity is reached.( What a shambles ).[/p][/quote]Total shambles. I believe the German game was going to be a party atmosphere for all the family with entertainment going on after wards on the grass in front of the clubhouse. Fancy coming all the way from Eastern Germany and ending up down Spytty. Cracking start to the new season. Well done for accepting a 2 week delay in the resurface work. Harps62
  • Score: 9

6:34pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Head Honcho says...

Another season of mishaps beckons...
Another season of mishaps beckons... Head Honcho
  • Score: -3

7:50pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Foxyboy3rd says...

It's on at Spytty as long as they get the safety certificate.
It's on at Spytty as long as they get the safety certificate. Foxyboy3rd
  • Score: 1

7:53pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Foxyboy3rd says...

The Coventry game clashed with an athletics event I thought .
The Coventry game clashed with an athletics event I thought . Foxyboy3rd
  • Score: 0

9:20pm Wed 16 Jul 14

keithbob says...

can just see the anti footie brigade saying stay there too.another season another farce.
can just see the anti footie brigade saying stay there too.another season another farce. keithbob
  • Score: 0

9:40pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Tony Soprano says...

Boddy Out!! The guy is a liability who has the absolute opposite of the Midas touch!! Boddy Out!!
Boddy Out!! The guy is a liability who has the absolute opposite of the Midas touch!! Boddy Out!! Tony Soprano
  • Score: 0

10:30pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Pianoman42 says...

I am so disappointed. What is going on?

Totally speechless.
I am so disappointed. What is going on? Totally speechless. Pianoman42
  • Score: 3

11:42pm Wed 16 Jul 14

JimMachen says...

When the delays to the work on the pitch were first acknowledged, I posted a lengthy comment regarding the planning and contractual issues which I felt should have been applied to the work undertaken in the summer of 2013.

Admittedly, hindsight is a wonderful thing, but as I commented then, my opinions were based upon the thick end of twenty years of overseeing groundwork projects (amongst other disciplines) on behalf of British Steel and its follow up companies.

I believe, from memory, that I finished up by suggesting that if the pitch wasn't ready for the CZJ game that I would expect to see a resignation.

I now believe that time has arrived.

BODDY OUT.
When the delays to the work on the pitch were first acknowledged, I posted a lengthy comment regarding the planning and contractual issues which I felt should have been applied to the work undertaken in the summer of 2013. Admittedly, hindsight is a wonderful thing, but as I commented then, my opinions were based upon the thick end of twenty years of overseeing groundwork projects (amongst other disciplines) on behalf of British Steel and its follow up companies. I believe, from memory, that I finished up by suggesting that if the pitch wasn't ready for the CZJ game that I would expect to see a resignation. I now believe that time has arrived. BODDY OUT. JimMachen
  • Score: 2

6:48am Thu 17 Jul 14

Dafydd y Garreg Wen says...

Off the field we are led by a man who is Boddy useless and this latest fiasco is part of a growing list that can be attributed to him. He should be sacked for gross mismanagement before he runs this Club into the ground.
Off the field we are led by a man who is Boddy useless and this latest fiasco is part of a growing list that can be attributed to him. He should be sacked for gross mismanagement before he runs this Club into the ground. Dafydd y Garreg Wen
  • Score: -3

10:21am Thu 17 Jul 14

Pianoman42 says...

I bet after a few games of football and rugby there will also be some more areas that are not "well established". What will happen then? League 2 games moved to Spytty? This decision is a kick In the teeth to all those who were really looking forward to welcoming Carl Zeiss Jena to Rodney Parade, not to mention Coventry.
I bet after a few games of football and rugby there will also be some more areas that are not "well established". What will happen then? League 2 games moved to Spytty? This decision is a kick In the teeth to all those who were really looking forward to welcoming Carl Zeiss Jena to Rodney Parade, not to mention Coventry. Pianoman42
  • Score: -1

1:19pm Thu 17 Jul 14

County says...

Dafydd y Garreg Wen wrote:
Off the field we are led by a man who is Boddy useless and this latest fiasco is part of a growing list that can be attributed to him. He should be sacked for gross mismanagement before he runs this Club into the ground.
The most worrying part was the fact he was employed in the first place; a man totally unqualified gets a position no-one knew was open. All very secret service.
[quote][p][bold]Dafydd y Garreg Wen[/bold] wrote: Off the field we are led by a man who is Boddy useless and this latest fiasco is part of a growing list that can be attributed to him. He should be sacked for gross mismanagement before he runs this Club into the ground.[/p][/quote]The most worrying part was the fact he was employed in the first place; a man totally unqualified gets a position no-one knew was open. All very secret service. County
  • Score: 1

9:51pm Fri 18 Jul 14

larneman says...

If you remember, we were well warned by his ex-club. I have always thought Boddy was a waste of space and money.
If you remember, we were well warned by his ex-club. I have always thought Boddy was a waste of space and money. larneman
  • Score: 0

3:50pm Sun 20 Jul 14

Cwmsteve says...

So last year it was the ground staffs fault, this year it's already committees fault!! the escuses are already stacking up! You don't get supporters of Newport RFC moaning (well not as much) that they haven't had a pre season friendly at home for a number of years. You don't hear the players of Newport RFC moaning that due to the amount of fixtures now being played on Rodney Parade they never get to take part in a team run on the pitch and their fixtures being moved to accomodate both their tennants. Why can't NCFC supporters appreciate the hard work that has gone in so far and the amount of work that will be needed to keep the pitch to a decent condition for all 3, yes all 3 of the teams, that includes the landlords!! A couple of extra weeks could make all the difference. Also i don't imagine ther will be an issue with over subscription for tickets for both CZJ and Coventry. I suppose if it all became too much a return to the Wembley like surface of Spytty, with the temp stand around the running track may always be an option!!
So last year it was the ground staffs fault, this year it's already committees fault!! the escuses are already stacking up! You don't get supporters of Newport RFC moaning (well not as much) that they haven't had a pre season friendly at home for a number of years. You don't hear the players of Newport RFC moaning that due to the amount of fixtures now being played on Rodney Parade they never get to take part in a team run on the pitch and their fixtures being moved to accomodate both their tennants. Why can't NCFC supporters appreciate the hard work that has gone in so far and the amount of work that will be needed to keep the pitch to a decent condition for all 3, yes all 3 of the teams, that includes the landlords!! A couple of extra weeks could make all the difference. Also i don't imagine ther will be an issue with over subscription for tickets for both CZJ and Coventry. I suppose if it all became too much a return to the Wembley like surface of Spytty, with the temp stand around the running track may always be an option!! Cwmsteve
  • Score: -3

10:45am Tue 22 Jul 14

MX47 says...

Just had quick look on the Unofficial message board and I see that they run on a poll to see if Mr Boddy was up to the job or not - guess what they voted that he was.

The clown who requested the poll is now saying that Cardiff City fans were to blame for the result. You couldn't make it up #poorlooser!!!
Just had quick look on the Unofficial message board and I see that they run on a poll to see if Mr Boddy was up to the job or not - guess what they voted that he was. The clown who requested the poll is now saying that Cardiff City fans were to blame for the result. You couldn't make it up #poorlooser!!! MX47
  • Score: 1

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