Month: May 2021

Agreement reached to play at Smallbrook

We are pleased to announce that Newport Football Club have reached agreement to play the 2021/22 season at Smallbrook Stadium on the outskirts of Ryde.

As part of the agreement Newport are upgrading the floodlights at the former Wessex League ground and making other improvements that allow the ground to achieve acceptable Football Association Ground Grading .

Announcing the agreement, Newport FC Chairman, Tony Wake  said “We would like to thank Island Speedway and Ryde Saints for their assistance in agreeing this groundshare which will mean more use is made of an excellent local facility.”

“While we are looking forward to the new season at Smallbrook, our long-term future clearly involves a return to our own ground, and we are fully committed to creating a new home for Newport at a community sports facility hopefully to be opened in 2022.

“Our default position remains a move to a site off the Racecourse with work starting in the Autumn.  There has been local support for the idea of an alternative site at Seaclose and while that does indeed have advantages – not least being closer to the town – decisions will have to be made very quickly by the local authority which owns the land if that is to remain an option.

“It the meantime, we are already making preparations for next season and look forward to welcoming our fans to Smallbrook and its facilities.”

Photo from left to right: Sarah Green IW Speedway Smallbrook Stadium Manager, Stewart Shepherd Newport FC, Andy Brown Ryde Saints Manager, Steve Brougham Newport FC.

Arthur Downer

Everyone at Newport Football Club is deeply saddened by the passing this week of long term volunteer, committee member and supporter, Arthur Downer.

Arthur was more than a volunteer for the club, he was friend and companion to everyone.

In volunteering, he never flinched from a task set before him – in fact he would often be the first in line, whether it be heavy lifting, fence work or simply trailing a mower around – whatever the task, Arthur would be off doing the job before anyone else even had time to think about it.

But Arthur’s input to the club was far more than this. At meetings and debates, he would often be at the forefront with ideas and suggestions to promote the club. At no matter what level of importance or otherwise of the debate, Arthur’s views were always taken with the respect that they deserved; especially at his senior status after so many years at the club.

So we have lost a dear friend, one of the central cogs of the workings of Newport (IW) FC;  and to Arthur’s family we offer our most sincere condolences at your sad loss and can only say thank you for allowing us a share of his time.