Return to Newport is County's biggest 'signing'

WE'RE BACK: Posing in Newport County's new facilities in the old Bar Amber area of Spytty Park are, from left, Justin Edinburgh, Howard Greenhaf, Les Scadding and Jimmy Dack, assistant manager (8827576)

WE'RE BACK: Posing in Newport County's new facilities in the old Bar Amber area of Spytty Park are, from left, Justin Edinburgh, Howard Greenhaf, Les Scadding and Jimmy Dack, assistant manager (8827576)

First published in Latest Football

NEWPORT County boss Justin Edinburgh believes the club have made their “most important signing of the season,” after the club returned root and branch to their home city.

As revealed in Argus Sport, County will train this season at Llanwern High School and have now severed all ties with Cardiff University, having converted Bar Amber at Spytty Park into a training base.

The new facility is impressive, featuring a physio room, changing rooms with toilets and showers, an analysis and media room, an office for manager Justin Edinburgh, an office for his staff and a chill out area for the players.

The work was undertaken by Howard Greenhaf’s Aspen Construction company and the club also received plenty of goodwill from supporters who turned up to help decorate the facility, though Edinburgh and the entire County playing staff all pitched in with paint brushes as well.

The project took around six weeks to complete and was the brainchild of County’s assistant manager Jimmy Dack. The Exiles initially wanted to build a facility at the school, but that wasn’t considered cost effective.

Speaking on what he considers a red letter day in County’s history; Edinburgh outlined the importance of the new facility.

“Everyone knows I was passionate about coming back, Newport County AFC have no business whatsoever training in Cardiff,” he said.

“I want us to have an identity and presence here in the city, I always try and sign Welsh players when I can and it’s important to me.

“We’ve had unbelievable goodwill gestures from supporters as well, we’ve had a young lad today down with us painting and it’s fantastic, it brings us all back together.

“Everyone is buying into it, we want to improve our relations with the FAW and the council and get full use of every facility available.

“For me this is the most important signing we’ve made since I’ve been at the football club, it will help us progress again and it’s a proud and important day for us.

Chairman Les Scadding commented: “We are very happy to be sitting here with this project completed, Justin, the players, Jimmy, everyone has pitched in along the way and we are thrilled with how it has turned out.

“We’ve also had a lot of help from supporters, volunteers and it’s at the heart of the club, we have a lot of history in Bar Amber.”

Howard Greenhaf, director, explained: “We wanted to make use of Bar Amber since we moved to Rodney Parade, but it was about finding a way to make that possible. Initially we looked into moving the building to the school which wasn’t cost effective, but Jimmy Dack suggested staying here and we thought it was a great idea.

“I’ve overseen the project because that’s how we operate, Les signs the players and I do the stuff off the pitch, it’s a perfect fit and this has been a real team effort.”

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10:25am Fri 1 Aug 14

beechwoodboy says...

This all sound great!
This all sound great! beechwoodboy
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5:59pm Fri 1 Aug 14

JimMachen says...

To whom does Baramber actually belong? As a founder member, I don't recall any sort of consultation process regarding the future of the building.
To whom does Baramber actually belong? As a founder member, I don't recall any sort of consultation process regarding the future of the building. JimMachen
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6:07pm Fri 1 Aug 14

larneman says...

Glad to see this especially since I bought a brick for 25. It is supposed to have my name on it (mike stevens) but who knows. sorry I can't help with the painting. Good luck County.
Glad to see this especially since I bought a brick for 25. It is supposed to have my name on it (mike stevens) but who knows. sorry I can't help with the painting. Good luck County. larneman
  • Score: 3

10:14am Sat 2 Aug 14

ebbwdragon says...

JimMachen wrote:
To whom does Baramber actually belong? As a founder member, I don't recall any sort of consultation process regarding the future of the building.
Jim, I presume this post is a joke right ? Unless of course you really would want it to sit unoccupied whilst the players have to go to Cardiff to train.
[quote][p][bold]JimMachen[/bold] wrote: To whom does Baramber actually belong? As a founder member, I don't recall any sort of consultation process regarding the future of the building.[/p][/quote]Jim, I presume this post is a joke right ? Unless of course you really would want it to sit unoccupied whilst the players have to go to Cardiff to train. ebbwdragon
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10:37am Sat 2 Aug 14

barrie says...

Great idea and makes total sense. Getting more professional off the field
Great idea and makes total sense. Getting more professional off the field barrie
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2:00pm Sat 2 Aug 14

JimMachen says...

ebbwdragon wrote:
JimMachen wrote:
To whom does Baramber actually belong? As a founder member, I don't recall any sort of consultation process regarding the future of the building.
Jim, I presume this post is a joke right ? Unless of course you really would want it to sit unoccupied whilst the players have to go to Cardiff to train.
No, it's not a joke.

While I am pleased that it is not to be allowed to rot, I am not certain that this is the use I would have liked to have seen it put. I am not necessarily totally against it though.

I shelled out for two life/founder memberships, so my £300 was one percent of the initial £30,000 the 200 Club needed to raise to enable them/us to get the remaining funding to buy and erect the building. My 'share' was given on the understanding that it was to be used to provide a social venue for the supporters of Newport County AFC and not as cheap office space for the Club.

As I said, I am not totally against it being used by the Club, but I wouldn't have minded a consultation to consider other possible uses rather than it being presented as a fait accompli.

My original question still remains unanswered though.

Do Newport County AFC own Baramber or not, and if they do, when was the ownership transferred to the Club?
[quote][p][bold]ebbwdragon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JimMachen[/bold] wrote: To whom does Baramber actually belong? As a founder member, I don't recall any sort of consultation process regarding the future of the building.[/p][/quote]Jim, I presume this post is a joke right ? Unless of course you really would want it to sit unoccupied whilst the players have to go to Cardiff to train.[/p][/quote]No, it's not a joke. While I am pleased that it is not to be allowed to rot, I am not certain that this is the use I would have liked to have seen it put. I am not necessarily totally against it though. I shelled out for two life/founder memberships, so my £300 was one percent of the initial £30,000 the 200 Club needed to raise to enable them/us to get the remaining funding to buy and erect the building. My 'share' was given on the understanding that it was to be used to provide a social venue for the supporters of Newport County AFC and not as cheap office space for the Club. As I said, I am not totally against it being used by the Club, but I wouldn't have minded a consultation to consider other possible uses rather than it being presented as a fait accompli. My original question still remains unanswered though. Do Newport County AFC own Baramber or not, and if they do, when was the ownership transferred to the Club? JimMachen
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