Newport RFC : 1874/75 Season Summary

Season 1874/75
P1 W0 D1 L0 : F0-A0

Capt : WC (Clifford) Phillips

Walter Clifford Phillips (capt)

In September 1874 a meeting was held at 34 Canal Parade (?), Newport and a football club formed. Among those present at meeting were AA Newman, CC Newman, Arthur JT Goss, Fred Alfred Goss, AC Phillips (son of Alderman Fred Phillips, Mayor 1893), J Leonard, Herbert L Gething, William Phillips, W Clifford Phillips.

In 1874/5 it proved impossible to obtain Association fixtures which was the original reason for setting the club up and so a rugby match was arranged with Glamorgan Rugby Football Club which was one of the Cardiff clubs.

The match was played on April 5th 1875 at Cardiff. Newport were two men short for the whole match and included a Swansea man named FF? Meager. The match was left drawn even though Glamorgan scored a try (not converted)and a touch down to nothing.

Newport team :

Backs : J H Leonard, (WC) Clifford Phillips (capt).

Half-backs: C H Newman, T Phillips.

Forwards: H Sims, W Phillips, A A Newman, A T Goss, FF Meager, R Williams, A F Goss, J Hoskins, A C Phillips.

The regular playing place was the Marshes – often flooded and horses were also kept there  – later Shaftesbury Park. The Western Mail had reported on 5th May 1875 on events the previous day, under a column headed Newport Town Council”:-

“PUBLIC WORKS REPORT”

“After the minutes of the local board of health had been read, the report of the Public Works Committee was read. Several plans had been examined, and some approved and others disapproved. The Newport Athletic Club had applied for the use of the marshes on 24th June.”

This was probably for an Athletics meeting.

“The report was adopted.”

On 12th May 1875 the Western Mail reported further on the previous day’s quarterly meeting of Newport Corporation. After much debate regarding possible new housing, brick making and recreational use about the future of the marshes “Permission was also given to Newport Athletic Club to use the Marshes”.

TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Merthyr 23 18 0 5 651 393 91
Cardiff 23 18 1 4 696 469 89
Pontypridd 21 16 0 5 730 374 79
Llandovery 24 16 1 7 652 408 79
Newport 25 15 2 8 629 551 77
Ebbw Vale 24 16 1 7 541 423 76
Aberavon 22 14 2 6 485 415 69
Swansea 24 13 0 11 537 451 65
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 22 11 1 10 552 456 64
Carmarthen Quins 25 11 1 13 526 469 61
Bedwas 24 8 1 15 515 667 43
Bridgend Ravens 22 8 0 14 427 517 43
Llanelli 25 7 1 17 503 632 40
Cross Keys 23 5 1 17 464 734 34
Bargoed 23 4 0 19 400 756 22
Neath 24 1 0 23 350 943 3