Newport County AFC has been in dialogue with a number of stakeholders in relation to the forthcoming season, specifically in the context of the planned change of ownership and the impact that change has on the required pitch works.
The EFL has agreed to a request from Newport County to postpone any home games until 26 August in order for the club to complete the installation of a new DESSO playing surface at Rodney Parade.
Any Club who is scheduled to play at Newport prior to this date will be asked if they want to reverse the fixture following the confirmation of the League Two schedule on Wednesday 21 June. The decision to reverse the fixture will be at the sole discretion of the Club(s) involved. If the option is declined then matches will be postponed until a later date in the season.
In addition, the EFL has agreed to reverse the fixture for Round One of the Carabao Cup in the event that Newport are drawn at home.
The EFL’s support follows Welsh Rugby Union’s takeover of Newport Gwent Dragons and the facilities at Rodney Parade and the Club is very appreciative of the support the EFL has shown in this complex matter.
Three Newport County fixtures were abandoned or postponed at Rodney Parade during the 2016/17 season.