Supporters pledge to protect football club

By Emily Pearce

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

 

Supporters pledge to protect football club

Plans for the new Asda store on the Isle of Wight.

NEWPORT FC supporters have pledged to safeguard the future of the club, following news its ground could be sold to Asda.

The supermarket giant has submitted plans for a store next to the club's ground, but the ground’s owners, South Coast Leisure (SCL), hope to entice Asda to buy St George’s Park and build a bigger store there instead.

It would use £1m from the deal to relocate the club and is due to submit a planning application to the Isle of Wight Council.

Steve Carey, a spokesman for SCL, which bought the ground from administrators eight years ago, said there was no way the club could stay at St George's Park if the application was approved.

Newport FC Supporters' Club Trust, which owns the football club, said it was still possible the club could stay at St George's Park, but if it had to move, the trust would ensure the security of the club was a priority in any decisions.

In a statement issued this week, the trust said: "It was just a few years ago this club was facing extinction , but the hard work of a handful of die-hard fans belonging to the Newport Football Club Supporters' Trust, ensured it’s survival. The backbone of the trust was its 'love for the club’ and its security rather than financial gains.

"Since the trust took ownership of the club, it has constantly strived to make sure the club’s future is secured through it’s own people. As majority shareholders, we feel it is vital for fans to have a voice and the trust was set up to provide that voice.

"The recent proposal and speculation as to where the club will play in the future will become clear in time. It is quite possible we could remain at St Georges Park, our home for a quarter of a century. If however we are forced into a move, the trust will ensure any decisions made will be with the future security of the club as a priority.

"The club has made great strides this season and the management, players and staff are working very hard to continue that momentum.

"As we enter 2013 and celebrate our 125th anniversary, we encourage you to continue to support the club in any way you can; your attendance at matches is greatly appreciated and we thank you for that.

"Finally, we urge all Newport fans to join the supporters' trust and make our collective voice even stronger in the future."

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by Ming Hwang

3rd January 2013, at 11:48:31

ha ha kevin, good idea. What do you mean turn it into a pond? The pitch is already a pond lol

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by kevin froment

3rd January 2013, at 08:37:24

i hate football, i cant see the fascination of 22 men kicking a bit of dead cow around someones front garden at all interesting, i also hate shopping, lets turn it into a pond, fishermen can use it, nature lovers can use it and kids would swim in it, every one is satisfied

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by Colin Russell

2nd January 2013, at 20:35:34

The wiff of big bucks change,s a lot of things and a lot of the way people think.

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by Ming Hwang

2nd January 2013, at 19:34:27

Mr Crowe - it's not about 22 men kicking a ball about, it's about someone lining their pockets with a lot of money.

I'm not a Newport FC supporter, I'm a Ryde Saints man...so I do have a great interest in football...but this is not about football.

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by Mike Crowe

2nd January 2013, at 18:41:07

What a lot of fuss about 22 men kicking a bag of wind about

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by Morris Barton

2nd January 2013, at 18:39:01

I am the vice president of the club and have been a supporter for over 50 years No one has consulted me or others and I am extremely sceptical of the " friendly developer who promises £1m to relocate our club. Do we need a larger Asda on the only stadium in Newport Why don't the owners of the ground come out in front and repeat their promises to supporters

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by Ming Hwang

2nd January 2013, at 18:29:35

Strange angle on the drawing, cannot work out where this is exactly supposed to be. I realize it's Newport football club but the surroundings don't even look like Newport.

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by Keith McNallyohanly

2nd January 2013, at 16:29:18

No thanks. Build the store. The whole saga has been drawn out long enough.

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