Category: News

2019/20 season is over for us.

The FA have today released a statement drawing to a conclusion the 2019/20 season for all clubs below the National League.

“FA and NLS steps three to six have reached a consensus that their 2019-20 season will now be brought to an end, and all results will be expunged. This will mean no promotion or relegation of clubs between NLS steps three to six, and no promotion to NLS step two.

These decisions will also apply to the leagues and clubs who play at NLS step seven.

We will continue to assist and support the National League (NLS steps one and two) to determine the outcome of its 2019-20 season as quickly as possible. The planned implementation of the restructure of the NLS will also now be deferred until the start of the 2021-22 season.

Furthermore, we can now confirm that we have decided that all grassroots football is concluded for the 2019-20 season. This will allow the game to move forward and to commence planning for next season. Our County Football Associations (CFAs) will be supporting grassroots leagues over the coming days to determine how they should close out their current competitions.”

http://www.thefa.com/news/2020/mar/26/national-league-system-womens-football-pyramid-grassroots-covid-19-update-260320

We await decisions on individidual cup competitions.

Keep Safe and see you next season.

All fixtures suspended

Following advice from the FA, the Sydenhams Wessex League have suspended all fixtures until further notice.

There is no definite date for resumption and many things remain undecided, but we will update you with any changes when we hear.

Stay safe.

Up the Port

Matchday 05/03/20

Newport return to action on Saturday with a home tie against the team immediately above them in the league, Alton.

The two sides met in January when the Port came away from Anstey Park with a 3-1 win in a match that was a lot closer than the scoreline suggests.

Newport will be missing Mark Taylor who sees out the final match of his suspension but otherwise are at full strength.

The pitch at Beatrice Avenue has dried out in the early spring sunshine and with no rain forecast, there are no concerns about the game going ahead.

Newport reserves are at home to Oakfield, with a 2.00pm kick off at Northwood Rec.

Updates available on Twitter from around 2.15pm

Verwood Match Postponed

The match against Verwood on Saturday has unsurprisingly been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Next up is a 6 pointer at home to Alton on Saturday 7th March.

Matchday 22/02/20 Whitchurch United

Newport return to action on Saturday as they take on Whitchurch United at Beatrice Avenue. Andy Sampson will be keen to get his team back in action and keep the momentum going with their eight game unbeaten run. There are no injury problems for the Port although Mark Taylor starts a suspension following his yellow card at Follands.

Whitchurch returned to form in their last match beating title chasers Downton a fortnight ago following a run of defeats.

The quick draining Beatrice Avenue pitch was firm and playable on Friday morning and providing there is no more rain, no inspection is expected.

Newport Reserves take on Yarmouth & Calbourne in the Memorial Cup at Northwood Rec with a 2.00pm kick off.

Signed Saints Shirts and Level 42 tickets to be won.

It’s a case of rock ‘n’ goal as Level 42’s Mark King and Southampton Football Club team up in support of Beaulieu House.

Mark has donated four tickets to Level 42’s forthcoming gig at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton on November 1 while Southampton FC have given two framed shirts signed by the first team. Both shirts will now be auctioned along with two tickets for the concert to raise funds for Beaulieu House in Newport which provides a home and overnight respite for children and young people with severe and challenging disabilities.

The Saints shirts have been donated by Jonathan Woodhouse who works as a strength and conditioning coach with the club’s under 18 and under 23 teams and his dad Dave, a past captain of the Shanklin and Sandown Golf Club. “Jonathan got the Saints first team to sign the shirts, and both him and Dave agreed that they would like to present them to Beaulieu House so that they can be auctioned to raise some funds for the charity,” said Tony Wake, Beaulieu chairman.

“Added to that. Mark has also given two free tickets for the forthcoming Level 42 gig to go with each shirt. Given the strong ties between the Island and Level 42 and the Saints, I think this is a fantastic lot which I hope will raise lots of money for Beaulieu House.” Jonathan said: “Myself and my dad are delighted to be supporting Beaulieu House – it is a magnificent charity providing a vital service.”

Mark, who is a patron of the charity said: “What a fantastic gesture from Dave and Jonathan for our young ones at Beaulieu House. The least I could do was to donate two pairs of signed tickets for the forthcoming show.” The shirts will be kindly auctioned from Thursday 20th February until the 15th March by Dean Hodges at Starsignings IOW free of charge. Bids will be taken on his Twitter account @ludowhufc in his shop in Newport, and also on the charities Facebook page, Beaulieu Respite Isle of Wight.

The monies raised will go towards day trips on and off island for the children and young people at Beaulieu during school holidays.

The photograph of the home shirt includes back row, Lynn Burford, Mark King, Dave Woodhouse, Lillie Fettes.

Front row Harrison Hutchcraft, cameron Gunton – Bunn, Maggie Feltham.

Away shirt back from left, Jonathan Woodhouse, Cameron Gunton – Bunn, Dave Woodhouse.

Front row, left Chloe Barnaby and Jonathan Thorpe.

 

Developments at St George’s Park and WightFibre Park

Following the media coverage of the McDonald’s planning application for signage at the new retail park due to be built at St George’s Way, Tony Wake, Director of South Coast Leisure and Chairman of Newport FC has issued the following statement :-

”We are firmly committed to building a fantastic new home for Newport Football Club at WightFibre Park and it is our hope that work on this state-of-the art new stadium can begin in the spring or early summer.

As previously stated, this new stadium is dependent on the creation of a new retail park on Newport FC’s former home at St George Park. This retail development is a complex project but I am pleased to say we are making progress in bringing the scheme – which will create around 200 new jobs – to fruition.

We will continue to keep all those associated with Newport FC – and the wider community – informed of progress as we work towards taking up our new home towards the end of the year.”