Newport County President David Hando issues update on Rodney Parade pitch

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NEWPORT County have issued the following statement about Thursday’s meeting with supporters’ groups.

“Twenty representatives of Newport County AFC support groups attended a meeting called by club president David Hando at Rodney Parade .

“They received a report from club director Howard Greenhaf on plans for Rodney Parade during the close season, following the signing of a ten year license. These included upgrading the pitch, erecting 600 seats behind the goal at the Sytner End, opening the Hazell Stand and negotiating with Newport City Council for the release of the shed canopy at Spytty Park funded by the club and the Football Trust. The hope was that this could be erected over the north terrace.

“All these plans involved delicate negotiations with all parties and raising £100,000, including a Football Trust grant. “That’s where the help of the support groups was needed.

“The groups’ efforts were praised but needed co-ordinating. There would be no direct financial appeal to supporters but they were urged to get behind the team by boosting crowds for the rest of the reason, bringing their friends and supporting the fundraising schemes of the support groups.

“The meeting decided to launch a club committee to co-ordinate the work of the support groups. “Two representatives of each group would meet at Baramber at 7pm on Thursday, March 28. “At that meeting a date would be set for a meeting open to all supporters to report progress.

“The following groups attended the meeting: Newport County AFC Trust, the Supporters’ Club, the Vice Presidents, Baramber and the Subscription Draw. The Programme Team send apologies and full support. “The Friends of Newport County declined to attend.

“Concern was expressed that the £7-8,000 raised at the Friends’ function in the Bisley Lounge at the Wrexham game had not been handed to the Player Fund, as promised on the night, especially as releasing the Bisley Lounge that night had deprived the club of at least £5,000.”

  • The Argus contacted the Friends of Newport County group who declined to comment on the matter at this time.

However, the group intend to release a statement themselves within the next 72 hours to clarify their stance and respond to Mr Hando’s comments, specifically about the Wrexham FC match.

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3:24pm Fri 8 Mar 13

Euwan Usami says...

Interesting times, sounds great. Hopefully the ground share will go from strength to strength.
Interesting times, sounds great. Hopefully the ground share will go from strength to strength. Euwan Usami
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4:37pm Fri 8 Mar 13

Goldy_Lookin_Clart says...

Yeah sounds tidy like, nice one county.
Yeah sounds tidy like, nice one county. Goldy_Lookin_Clart
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5:18pm Fri 8 Mar 13

COUNTYVOICE says...

IT IS good for all parties, there has been none of the much vibed crowd trouble , and all parties of both codes benefit from an enhanced stadium

long may the co-operation continue for decades to come
IT IS good for all parties, there has been none of the much vibed crowd trouble , and all parties of both codes benefit from an enhanced stadium long may the co-operation continue for decades to come COUNTYVOICE
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8:46am Sat 9 Mar 13

Ranger12 says...

Let's hope the friends start acting like friends and stop creating conflict and gossip which is not helpful.
They are starting to become an unwelcome distraction
Let's hope the friends start acting like friends and stop creating conflict and gossip which is not helpful. They are starting to become an unwelcome distraction Ranger12
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12:09pm Sat 9 Mar 13

Gooding says...

COUNTYVOICE wrote:
IT IS good for all parties, there has been none of the much vibed crowd trouble , and all parties of both codes benefit from an enhanced stadium

long may the co-operation continue for decades to come
Hereford home game was pretty scary. Bar staff and Rodney Parade staff were petrified that day!
[quote][p][bold]COUNTYVOICE[/bold] wrote: IT IS good for all parties, there has been none of the much vibed crowd trouble , and all parties of both codes benefit from an enhanced stadium long may the co-operation continue for decades to come[/p][/quote]Hereford home game was pretty scary. Bar staff and Rodney Parade staff were petrified that day! Gooding
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11:31am Mon 11 Mar 13

County Till I Die says...

I assume the "Friends of Newport County" are the Matt Southall group? All I can say is that these aren't friends, this group represent what we all hate from the commercial world. Power mad, not invented here, egocentric, our way or no way! Well fine, Put up or Shut up! Either take over the County 100% and get us to the promised land or stop sniping from the dugout. It wasn't helpful when Blighty went, less so now. If you were true County fans power wouldn't be important to you and you would help the cause like everyone else. Why not demonstrate your "friendship" by paying the £100k for the ground improvements. We all await your response with baited breath.
I assume the "Friends of Newport County" are the Matt Southall group? All I can say is that these aren't friends, this group represent what we all hate from the commercial world. Power mad, not invented here, egocentric, our way or no way! Well fine, Put up or Shut up! Either take over the County 100% and get us to the promised land or stop sniping from the dugout. It wasn't helpful when Blighty went, less so now. If you were true County fans power wouldn't be important to you and you would help the cause like everyone else. Why not demonstrate your "friendship" by paying the £100k for the ground improvements. We all await your response with baited breath. County Till I Die
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