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The Big Match Preview - Newport County

8 August 2014

Fourteen weeks after that unforgettable day in Torquay - Football League action is back!

Newport County are the first test for Gareth Ainsworth's new-look squad, who were able to collect momentum with back-to-back victories at the end of their pre-season campaign to round off the preparations for the season ahead.

Speaking to Chairboys Player, Ainsworth said: "I'm very excited and proud of the squad I've been able to assemble. The quality is higher than what we had last year and I'm really pleased with how the lads have been doing.

"There are things to put right at Newport after what happened there last season. They are quite a big, physical side and they did well against us. I thought we got bullied but we've got new players this year and we can compete more in different areas."

Meanwhile, new man Peter Murphy said he's looking forward to getting stuck into league action after catching the eye in friendlies following his move from Accrington in the summer: "Everyone's been brilliant and I just can't wait to get started. You can only play so many friendlies but the lads really want to start playing league matches and show what we can do."

Blues fans will be accommodated in the Bisley Stand in one corner of the pitch, and ticket prices are as follows:

Adult - £20.00                                      
Senior Citizen (over 65) - £16.00                                      
Student* - £16.00                                      
Under 16 - £9.00                                       
Under 12 - £6.00                                        
Under 6 - Free

Tickets can now only be purchased on arrival at Rodney Parade.

Recommended road directions:
Take the A404 south, leading to the A404(M) and continue to the westbound M4. Leave the M4 at Junction 24 and take the B4237, signposted Newport (E). After approximately 2.5 five miles turn left at a set of traffic lights, signposted B4237 (there is also the George pub on a right hand corner). Go under a bridge and at the next set of traffic lights turn right into Corporation Road. After passing an ATS garage on your right, you will see the away supporters’ entrance on your left. For the stadium main entrance take the next left into Grafton Road.

Travelling by rail?
There is a good service from London Paddington with the fastest services taking a little under two hours. Newport railway station is situated around a quarter of a mile away from the stadium. Exit the station and turn left along the main (Queensway) road. Follow this road until you reach a large roundabout. Take the pedestrian underpass underneath the roundabout and at the centre turn left towards Clarence Place/River Usk. After you have come back up to street level you will see a river bridge in front of you. Cross the bridge and take the first right hand turn into Rodney Parade and the stadium is on the left.

Facilities for away fans
Away fans are housed on one side of the Bisley Stand. This stand is all seated and covered and being relatively new the facilities inside are good. There is a food outlet just inside the ground by the turnstiles. The entrance to the away supporters section is at the opposite end of the stadium to the home areas and is accessed along Corporation Road (so no need to go through the main stadium entrance). It is poorly signposted and is literally a small pathway situated in-between some residential houses. There are a couple of blue poles that mark the entrance. Street parking is possible but pay attention to any parking restriction signs. Alternatively you can use one of the city centre car parks, such as Kingsway Shopping Centre, which costs £2 for five hours.

Around the stadium
There is a Clubhouse at the ground (inside the home main entrance) which admits away supporters. In addition away fans have their own bar at the top of the Bisley Stand.

Unveiling of the new shirt
Blues fans will get their first glimpse of the new home shirt when the teams walk out at 2.55pm, as announced earlier this week. The shirt, sponsored by Beechdean Ice Cream, retains the famous light and dark blue quarters, and will on this occasion be worn with light blue shorts rather than the standard navy, to avoid a clash with Newport's black shorts.

Listen live on Chairboys Player
If you can't make it to Rodney Parade then full live commentary will be available via Chairboys Player. Phil Catchpole will be the man describing the action - drop him a tweet during the coverage at @bluntphil. Alternatively, regular updates will be provided via the club's official Twitter feed - @wwfcofficial.

Fancy a flutter?
Blues have been priced at 5/2 to begin the campaign with a victory, placing them as outsiders with Newport tipped to take all three points at 19/20 with Football League betting partner Sky Bet.

Matt McClure and Paul Hayes look well-priced to bag the first goal at 7/1 and 8/1 respectively, while if you fancy Wanderers to get off to a flying start, you might be tempted by odds of 17/2 for Gareth Ainsworth's men to score inside the first 10 minutes.

Remember, placing bets through Sky Bet could help win £250,000 for the club's transfer budget and £5,000 for yourself - click here to find out how.

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