by Jamil Salih
NEWPORT County have been given the all-clear to build two new stands which will see the Rodney Parade capacity jump from 7,850 to 10,000 as preparations are well underway for the visit of Premier League Goliaths Tottenham Hotspur.
An official club statement said: “The Club is delighted to confirm that a temporary stand holding 1,072 seats will be erected behind the North Terrace for our upcoming Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round Tie vs Premier League Tottenham Hotspur.
“This decision comes as the Club seeks to give as many people in the local community as possible an opportunity to support their local team in the Emirates FA Cup.”
In addition to the temporary stand for the home fans, the Welsh outfit will also install another temporary stand at the opposite end of the ground in a move that will also allow over 1600 Spurs fans to make the trip down from the English capital to cheer on their team.
Newport find themselves in the fourth round of the FA Cup for the first time in almost 40 years as 73 places separate Premier League high-flyers Spurs and promotion-chasing Newport County.
It has been nothing short of a whirlwind month so far for the Exiles on and off the pitch. January has seen them secure 2-1 wins over both Exeter City and Grimsby Town in League Two as well as producing a comeback win for the ages as they dumped Championship Leeds United out of the FA Cup on their way to securing a blockbuster-tie with Tottenham Hotspur.
Newport have also confirmed the signing of promising former Tottenham youth player Emmanuel Osadebe on a loan-deal which will see the Cambridge United midfielder make the temporary switch to South Wales until the end of the season, after failing to secure regular first-team action at Cambridge.
Speaking about the deal, County boss Michael Flynn said: “I’m delighted to get the deal done. Osadebe has come in to strengthen the squad. He will have to fight for his place in the team because the boys have been excellent this season but he’s a player I’ve been keeping my eye on for a while and is a good addition.”
The FA Cup clash is on Saturday January 27 at 17.30.
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