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Free Seats on the Team Bus to Verwood

As most people are aware we will not be playing at Smallbrook, home to Verwood this Saturday as the match has been switched to Potterne Park in Verwood. There are a number of reasons for this, primarily the Smallbrook pitch still had standing water on before last Saturday night’s rain and it was even worse this Monday. With East Cowes Vics at home this coming Saturday a call had to be made on Saturday and we opted to travel to Verwood.

In light of this we have decided that we will offer 20 free seats to supporters who want to make the journey with us and get behind the team. The offer will cover coach travel and ferry travel to Verwood. You will be liable for any other expenses you incur including ground entrance unless you are a Newport season ticket holder in which case that will be covered for you ( we only have 5 Season Ticket holders anyway).

The coach will leave St.Georges Park at 11.10am and get back about 8.45pm travelling with Kardan Coaches and Red Funnel via East Cowes.

To book a seat you will need to make a phone call to 07734581648. It will be strictly limited to 20 places. We are giving people a bit of time to think about it and make their mind up as we only want people to call if they are definitely travelling

We will take your calls from 9am tomorrow and the first 20 will be guaranteed seats.

Downton match switched to East Cowes Vics ground

Saturdays match against Downton has been switched to East Cowes Vics Beatrice Avenue ground.
Anybody who lives in the Ryde area will know how wet the ground has become since Christmas and the Smallbrook area is particularly so.
Our players have not had a match for nearly a month and it is vital they resume playing. In order to ensure that happens we have arranged to play at East Cowes where there is a much smaller risk of the game being postponed.
Kick off will still be at 2.00pm as that fits the travel arrangements of both Downton and the match officials who have already made their plans.

Press Release

Newport FC have called for independent mediation to settle a dispute that could see them have to play all their remaining games away from home this season.
The club has been hit with an eviction notice by Ryde Saints FC with whom it has been sharing Smallbrook Stadium this season.
After taking expert legal advice, Newport says the eviction notice is invalid and has called for fresh negotiations between the two clubs to reach a compromise. If that fails then they have said they would welcome the chance for mediation.
The dispute has arisen because, as part of the original ground-share arrangement, Newport FC agreed to undertake a £4,700 upgrade of the floodlights at Smallbrook.
But the quote on which that agreement was struck has since been found to be flawed with the true cost closer to £40,000. While the cost is far higher than originally envisaged by all the parties, the problem is that the only way to supply Wessex League compliant lighting would require new stanchions at the arena which Island Speedway – the principal leaseholders at Smallbrook – will not allow for safety reasons.
Newport currently pays a match fee to both Ryde Saints and Island Speedway and has agreed to purchase the club a container for storage use.
Newport has also offered a financial compensation package but this has been rejected by Ryde Saints who have issued Newport a notice to quit leaving them homeless and facing the prospect of having to fulfil remaining fixtures by travelling to the mainland as the ‘away’ team.
Pete Westhorpe, secretary, Newport (IW) FC Supporters Trust said he was shocked to read about the notice to quit on social media before receiving an official letter.
He said: “I do not believe Ryde Saints have the right to do this. We are in this position because the plan to upgrade the floodlights to the required standard – which was agreed with Ryde Saints and Island Speedway – has sadly proven to have been flawed.
“This is not something we envisaged or intended as an outcome, and as we have told Ryde Saints and Island Speedway, we certainly would not have entered the groundshare agreement if this was known at that time.
“The simple fact is the original proposal is unworkable as it won’t meet Sydenhams Wessex League requirements and an alternative solution we have explored is not possible because Island Speedway would not allow it – quite rightly – on safety grounds as it would make the track dangerous for speedway.
“This leaves us in a situation where we are contractually obliged to do something that cannot be done.
“The best solution for all parties is to sit down and negotiate a new arrangement to the benefit of all using goodwill. Newport leaving Smallbrook will mean lost revenue for Ryde Saints and also Island Speedway. That’s not productive for anyone.”

Ringwood this Saturday

On Saturday the Port travel to Ringwood Town for their next league encounter.
Richard Morse , the Ringwood Town Manager is a former Port player and always makes sure his team puts up a strong performance against his old club.
There are seats available on the team coach leaving St. George’s Park at 11.15am and returning approx 9.00pm. Cost f travel is just £15.00.

Saturday Round Up

Newport return to league action today (Saturday) as the first team travel to Petersfield Town.

Always a competitive match at Petersfield the Port squad will be very keen to repeat last weeks performance and result achieved against Romsey Town. There are no known injuries and the full squad is expected to be at Steve Brougham’s disposal. Stew Shepherd misses the match today as he is away.

Newport Reserves start their Harwoods Island League Division 2 match with an away trip to Wroxall. This time last year the young squad were venturing out on their first season in men’s football so with that season’s experience behind them they should know what is ahead. Kick off at Wroxall is 2pm.

League Season Countdown

The Wessex League Division 1 season kicks off on Saturday7th August and we will be at home to Romsey Town.

This is where the action starts for real following successful results in pre-season friendlies.

Kick off at Smallbrook is 3pm, bar will be open from 2pm and snack bar open from kick off. Printed Programmes for sale courtesy of our friends at Beardsalls Newport .

We are now opening up for player sponsorship. The proposal is the same as last season, £30 for one player or £50 for two. Ask about player sponsorship on Saturday or email info@niowfc.com and pur Player Sponsorship in the subject.

This season we will be trialling a coach service direct from St. George’s Park Newport  to Smallbrook and return after the game. This will begin on Saturday 21st August, unfortunately it may appear in the County Press that it’s starting this Saturday 7th August but that has changed since sending the article to press.

Final friendly of pre-season

Today we cross over to Portsmouth for our final friendly of pre-season as we take on Paulsgrove at Marsden Road.

Paulsgrove were strong contenders in last seasons Hampshire Premier League, keeping pace with the likes of Infinity and Millbrook (Bush Hill) who have been promoted to the Wessex League this season.

Kick off is at 3pm.

Friendly round up so far

The opening friendly of the season saw our first match at Smallbrook as we took on Premier side Baffins Milton Rovers.

An entertaining game where both sides had chances to win the match. Baffins opened the scoring in the second half and Newport equalised shortly afterwards through new signing Liam Harper.

Next up were Island League side West Wight who were missing a few players due to holidays. Although the heat of the day will have done wonders for fitness levels, the match was over by half time and ended up a 16-0 win for the Port.

Another Island League side were next, Shanklin who had reached the final of the Hampshire Intermediate Cup last year, Newport winning 2-0 , both goals coming in the first half.

On Saturday 24th July, the Port entertained East Preston of the Southern Combination Football League Premier Division, the Port winning 6-1 in a strong performance.