Edinburgh says switch to Spytty was his call

First published in Newport County

JUSTIN Edinburgh has revealed who made the decision to move the Carl Zeiss Jena and Coventry City friendlies to Spytty Park, writes Michael Pearlman.

The Exiles switched both clashes from their Rodney Parade home in an effort to give the playing surface as much time as possible to bed-in after further work was undertaken over the summer to improve the drainage.

Rodney Parade is shared by County, the Newport Gwent Dragons and Newport RFC and it is hoped the work over the summer will vastly improve it this season.

However, several fans were extremely angry about the switch, commenting negatively on the Argus website and for the most part, blaming chief executive Dave Boddy.

However, Edinburgh says he’s the man who made the call.

“The pitch at Rodney Parade is looking good, the one at Spytty played excellently and I don’t think Rodney Parade is a million miles away from that,” he said.

“We made the decision to move the games and it was the right decision.

“It was absolutely my call, I felt it was important to give that pitch an extra couple of weeks and it didn’t hurt us one little bit by going to Spytty for a couple of games.”

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6:33pm Wed 30 Jul 14

sooty001 says...

If the contractors had started work when the season finished and not waited two weeks then the problem would not have existed. We have been treated with contempt by them and should this pitch not stand up for the season then they have a lot to answer to.
If the contractors had started work when the season finished and not waited two weeks then the problem would not have existed. We have been treated with contempt by them and should this pitch not stand up for the season then they have a lot to answer to. sooty001
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7:05pm Wed 30 Jul 14

ex-St. Julians boy says...

So how are the drainage works progressing? Will RP be ready to go? Would someone from the club like to comment?
So how are the drainage works progressing? Will RP be ready to go? Would someone from the club like to comment? ex-St. Julians boy
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9:20pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Harps62 says...

It didn't hurt you Justin but what about the Carl Zeiss fans who made the long journey over. Would of been nice to show them where we play now not Spytty thank goodness. On a different point still no sign of my season ticket so guess its a trip down to RP to see what's happened to it?
It didn't hurt you Justin but what about the Carl Zeiss fans who made the long journey over. Would of been nice to show them where we play now not Spytty thank goodness. On a different point still no sign of my season ticket so guess its a trip down to RP to see what's happened to it? Harps62
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3:54pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Good Job No Kids says...

sooty001 wrote:
If the contractors had started work when the season finished and not waited two weeks then the problem would not have existed. We have been treated with contempt by them and should this pitch not stand up for the season then they have a lot to answer to.
That largely depends on the contents of the works package and their contractual obligations, not your opinion.
[quote][p][bold]sooty001[/bold] wrote: If the contractors had started work when the season finished and not waited two weeks then the problem would not have existed. We have been treated with contempt by them and should this pitch not stand up for the season then they have a lot to answer to.[/p][/quote]That largely depends on the contents of the works package and their contractual obligations, not your opinion. Good Job No Kids
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3:56pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Good Job No Kids says...

New drainage or not, if you share a pitch with two rugby sides, the surface will always be poor, especially in periods of poor weather.
New drainage or not, if you share a pitch with two rugby sides, the surface will always be poor, especially in periods of poor weather. Good Job No Kids
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