It’s a jam-packed match day at Rodney Parade.
This Saturday will mark just the third time County have faced a team sitting above them in the league and Wayne Hatswell has described the occasion as a “massive game” when speaking after victory over Plymouth Argyle on Tuesday.
Colchester are one of the in-form teams in the league and will provide a tough opposition for Exiles. The first-team have made no secret that they hope a big crowd will help them get over the line.
But what’s happening away from the football?
TICKET OFFICE AND CLUB SHOP
If you’re purchasing on the day, tickets are available from 10am until kick off at Rodney Parade Ticket Office.
The main Club Shop in the Kingsway Centre will be open from 9.30am-2pm.
The Ticket Office will re-open at full-time for 30 minutes.
MARQUEE AND FAN ZONE
As always, our friends from Newport City Radio will be bringing you a full live radio show from the comfort of the marquee. You can enjoy live music, an interview with first team players, and a special guest team-news announcer!
JP Entertainments will also be in attendance with their range of sweet-treats whilst members of our County in the Community College programme to help us run some family friendly games and activities.
County in the Community will also be testing your shooting accuracy with a skill game so make sure you join us for that.
Don’t forget, we will also be hosting a Toy Drop in the Marquee for you to donate gifts to the children supported by Newport City Council. Find out more here.
The Marquee will open from midday, with music from 1pm, and the fan zone activities starting from 1.30pm.
It’s “so far, so dry” on Saturday as far as the weather goes and if it remains that way, we will have kick about sessions available on the grass oval with the team from Newport Live.
The football sessions will begin at 1.30pm and finish at 2.45pm.
2018 marks 100 years since the armistice was signed and across the football world, Clubs have been finding their own way to mark the occasion. At Newport County AFC, the players have worn poppy shirts on three occasions, the Club took part in the city’s Remembrance March, and on Monday representatives from all sections of the Club gathered at Llanwern School to plant a tree in honour of those who lost their lives.
The Club is dedicating this afternoon’s match to remembering the fallen. There will be a minute silence ahead of the match.
As part of the Club’s Remembrance Match activities, the Royal British Legion will be holding a bucket collection. Please give generously.
You may recently have seen a story about 13-year-old football player Darcie who has been facing discrimination just for wanting to play football. We are delighted to be welcoming Darcie to Saturday’s match as a guest of the Directors. You can read all about her story in the Match Day Programme. Have a great time, Darcie!
MATCH DAY PROGRAMME
Up-and-coming Cardiff City Loanee, Mark Harris, talks about his time at County, how he’s settled in, and Jay Foulston’s loud music!
There’s a word from Commercial Manager, Alex Eagle, and more information about the fantastic work of County in the Community. There's also an international update from the Academy.
There are also the usual favourites: Amber in the Attic, Today’s the Day, and Welcome to the opposition. Match day programmes are just £3.
GUARD OF HONOUR
County in the Community are welcoming Llanyrafon AFC for the guard of honour – have a great time guys!
After a hard fought final, congratulations to @croesyschool @Croesype on their 1-0 win 🏆 they’ll represent @NewportCounty at the next stage of the competition in January! Well done @Brynmawr_school @PE_BFS on coming runners-up today too! 👏 @EFLTrust #GirlsCup pic.twitter.com/jgjR3SD8ZW— County in the Community (@CountyCommunity) 8 November 2018
The County in the Community Kids Cup winners will be doing a lap of honour at today’s match after winning their respective tournaments around Newport. You can find out all about them in our match day programme.