Newport County v Man United: Fan rents Rodney Parade bedroom to watch FA Cup tie

Corporate box it ain't


A Manchester United fan has paid two grand to watch the FA Cup fourth round tie against Newport County, from someone’s bedroom window.

Sunday’s big game at Rodney Parade sold out in a few hours, so any vantage spots are now being taken. A row of houses that overlook the pitch are reaping the rewards.

NEWPORT, WALES – MARCH 19: A general view of Rodney Parade, home stadium of Newport County Football Club and Newport Gwent Dragons Rugby Union Club is pictured amongst the surrounding housing on March 20, 2020 in Newport, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

A Newport County spokesperson told Paddy Power News:

“What can we do? We had the trees chopped down around the ground, to stop people climbing up them. Better to have this from a health and safety perspective.”

The couple who owns the property in question, who we will call Mr and Mrs Jones, explained that: “We’re setting up a hospitality tent in the back garden and doing all the catering. The missus managed to get some great deals on party food at the local supermarket.

“When we put the offer out on Air B&B we were inundated with requests. I could have sold the room ten times over.

“We asked United if they would allow one of the non-playing staff to come and do a Q & A, but when they only offered up Anthony Martial, we told them to stuff it and got a local comedian instead.”

They also revealed that their neighbours are cashing in too.

“The Evans’ next door are entertaining all the United Execs, including Sir Jim Ratcliffe. Yesterday they had a delivery of 100 hampers from Fortnum and Mason.

British INEOS Group chairman and OGC Nice’s owner Jim Ratcliffe looks on before the French Cup final football match between OGC Nice and FC Nantes at the Stade de France, in Saint-Denis, on the outskirts of Paris, on May 7, 2022. (Photo by BERTRAND GUAY / AFP) (Photo by BERTRAND GUAY/AFP via Getty Images)

“I also understand that Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer and Ian Wright are bunking down at number 32 on Saturday night.”

A gold-plated helicopter, believed to be that of United’s new high-profile shareholder, was spotted in the Newport area and a club insider revealed that:

“He was here the other day. He tried to land his helicopter on the pitch, but we were worried that it might blow the roof off the main stand so he left it in a nearby park.


“He came to inspect the boardroom facilities and when we told him we could only offer tea and coffee in paper cups and sausage or bacon butties, he decided to look elsewhere.

The fan who forked out the money to watch from the bedroom wishes to remain anonymous, but they did tell us that:

“The Jones’ have been very accommodating. I’m driving up from Cornwall on the morning of the game, so if it gets a bit boring and I over indulge on prawn sandwiches, I can always get my head down for a couple of hours.”

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