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Newport County will extend stadium for Manchester United clash

Following a 3-1 away victory against Eastleigh in their FA Cup third-round replay tie, Newport County progressed to the next stage – ensuring a clash with footballing giants Manchester United.

The League Two side will host the fixture, and the club have announced that they will be erecting a temporary stand for the match.

Newport County to erect temporary stand for Man United FA Cup clash

Newport County stadium Rodney Parade
The temporary stand will see Rodney Parade's capacity increased by 1000 / Photo by Icon Sport

Newport County temporary stand in place for Wrexham

The club's temporary stand will be constructed prior to their much-anticipated league match against Wrexham – the first all-Welsh affair hosted at Rodney Parade in over a decade. The stand will then remain in place until they face Man United in their following fixture, which takes place on January 28, at 4:30 pm.

The stand will increase the stadium's capacity by 1,000, to a total of 9,000 and should result in a more intense atmosphere to cheer the underdogs on.

Manchester United, however, will also have more fans of their own as, in order for Newport to adhere to FA guidelines regarding ticket allocation, the away side will be provided with an extra 400 seats in the away end.

It will be the first time United fans have travelled to Rodney Parade for a competitive fixture, in an FA Cup tie that Newport Manager, Graham Coughlan, has described as “a hell of an occasion.”


Harry Dowsett

Freelance football writer with experience writing for multiple digital platforms, such as GIVEMESPORT. Recently graduated from Portsmouth University with a media studies degree - completing a dissertation on the evolution of sports journalism in the process. He has a love for Arsenal Football Club and a passion for football as a whole.

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