FA Vase v Warminster

In the 1st Qualifying Round of the FA Vase, Newport were drawn at home to Warminster from the Western League. Unfortunately this year the round is to be played on the August Bank Holiday weekend and we cannot access Smallbrook due to Bank Holiday camping on the site all weekend. This means we have had to approach the FA to switch the tie to Warminsters ground.

We are running a coach to the match but it will start from Southampton due to coaches on the Island being booked out and problems getting on to ferries that weekend. More details to follow regarding times.

Supporters Trust Open Evening

This Thursday evening (11th August) Newport FC Supporters Trust are holding an Open Forum at the Southern Vectis Club in Newport.

The evening will be a chance to meet the people behind the Supporters Trust and Club Officials and find out a bit more about what it is and how it works. Many people believe that being in the Supporters Trust means you have to volunteer at the club. There is no compulsion to do that. You can be a member of the Trust and not volunteer and you can volunteer without being a member of the Trust.

The Supporters Trust own 80% of Newport Football Club and every member has a vote to decide what the Trust (and Club) do.

We will also look at the proposals for the new ground at the Racecourse, the ownership and running of the site and a couple of slides about the clubhouse layout and 3g pitch installation.

The evening will be in the upstairs room at the Southern Vectis club, South Street, Newport. The Bar opens at 7.00pm and we shall kick off at 7.30pm.

 

 

FA Cup at Fleet Town

On Saturday, The Port travel back up the A3 to play Fleet Town from the Combined Counties League in the FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round. The North Hampshire side play in the Premier Division South which at step 5 is one level above Newport.

Buoyed by their 4-3 win away at Ash United on Tuesday, the Port go into the game with confidence althoughFleet were watching on the touchline so will know more about us than we know about them.

The club are running a coach from Portsmouth which supporters can travel on, it leaves The Hard at 12.15pm and cost is just £10. We should arrive back at Portsmouth in time to get the 19.20 Fastcat.

If the match is a draw after 90 minutes, a replay will be at Smallbrook stadium on Wednesday evening.

No game this Saturday

There will be no game for the Port this Saturday as Chichester City cancelled their visit on Thursday.

Efforts to find a home game proved unsuccessful and it was not viable to book travel away with a reduction in Red Funnel services and School Holiday / Cowes Week traffic.

We begin our league season on Tuesday evening away to Ash United and follow up with our first FA Cup game for three years when we travel to Fleet Town. Again we cannot take a coach from the Island due to logistical issues but we have booked a coach to run from the Hard in Portsmouth leaving 12.15pm. Small charge £10 for the coach but you will need to find your own way to Portsmouth. Team will be travelling on 11.45 Fast Cat.

Gary Streeter joins Management Team

Steve Brougham and Stewart Shepherd are pleased to announce that Gary Streeter has joined their Management Team.

The Veteran keeper was a presence in the dugout during last season whilst he was injured and with his experience he will part of the Management Team which includes both Joint Managers and coach Andy North.

Gary will continue as a player and will fight as hard as ever for the number 1 shirt but when he isn’t in the team he will be in the dugout.

IW Gold Cup Final – Newport v Cowes Sports

On Tuesday night Newport and Cowes Sports go head to head in the final of the Harwoods Dacia Isle of Wight Gold Cup final.

It is over four years since these two teams played each other in a competitive match when Cowes Sports ran out 4-2 winners in the Wessex Premier League.

Newport have had a good season although just missing out on promotion to the Wessex Premier finishing just three points behind league winners Bemerton Heath Harlequins and also losing in extra time in the play off match against Laverstock and Ford.

Cowes Sports have had mixed results, finishing 16th in the Wessex Premier and preserving their higher league club status but with some heavy defeats in the process. The Yachtsmen will be hoping their talisman striker John McKie has recovered from injury to lead the fight against the Port.

Personally I am just pleased to see this game on again after two years without the Gold Cup final. Here’s hoping for a good game and may the best team win (preferably without the need for penalties).

Wessex Division 1 Play Off Semi Final

On Wednesday night Newport play at home to Folland Sports in the second of the Wessex Div 1 Play Off semi-finals.

The match is essentially a cup-tie, with the game being played over 90 minutes with extra time and penalties if necessary.

The winners will go through to the Play Off final against the winners of the Andover New Street and Laverstock and Ford semi final played on Tuesday night, at a ground to be confirmed.

If you are coming , please be early as there should be a good crowd at this important game.

IW Senior (Gold) Cup Semi Final

On Tuesday night we return to IW Gold Cup action as we travel to Westwood Park in Cowes for the semi-final match against East Cowes Vics.

The Gold Cup is always exciting and East Cowes Vics will be up for this match following their improvement in form towards the end of the season.

The semi-finals tend to draw decent crowds and so if you are travelling by car don’t rely on being able to park at Westwood and maybe park on a nearby street or at least get there early.

Kick off is at 7,30pm

Newport v Oakfield

On Tuesday night Newport return to IW Senior Cup Football with a Quarter Final tie at home to Oakfield from IW Division 1. The competition hasnt been completed for the last two years due to Covid restrictions and Newport were the last winners.

The match will be the first match under the new floodlights at Smallbrook and the first floodlight match there for some considerable time, Ryde Sports having ceased in 1997.

Kick off is at 7.30pm and a minibus will be leaving St Georges Park at 6.30pm returning after the match.