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 19 15 0 4 541 318 76
Cardiff 19 14 1 4 591 395 72
Pontypridd 18 14 0 4 638 338 68
Ebbw Vale 19 14 1 4 411 302 66
Llandovery 19 12 1 6 531 338 61
Newport 19 12 1 6 488 448 59
Aberavon 18 12 1 5 418 362 57
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 17 9 0 8 444 354 50
Carmarthen Quins 19 9 0 10 410 380 47
Swansea 18 9 0 9 419 370 46
Cross Keys 18 5 1 12 397 579 32
Bridgend Ravens 17 5 0 12 326 438 28
Llanelli 19 4 1 14 354 524 25
Bedwas 18 4 1 13 359 545 25
Bargoed 18 3 0 15 344 592 18
Neath 17 1 0 16 282 670 3