Newport RFC : 1876/77 Season Summary

Season 1876/77

P11 W9 D2 L0 : For >11g,16t – Agt 0g,2t

Capt : JM Leonard  / Will Phillips

Will Phillips (capt)

In 1876/7 J M Leonard was again elected captain and 11 matches were played but there is some doubt about further matches with Swansea and Cardiff. It appears that at least 9 were won and 2 drawn (Ely and Hereford). Newport beat Pontypool (2), Cardiff (2), Hereford (2), Panteg (2) and Swansea.

The first Cardiff match was played on Dec 2nd1876 at Newport and this was the first match that admission was charged at 6d (2.5p). Hereford arrived at Newport for the third match short and Newport loaned them 5 players. Newport scored 4t to 1g, 1t in a 12-aside match which was then regarded as a 0-0 draw.

New names to appear were : T E Lewis, son of Ebenezer Lewis (Maindee), R Lane, E Jenkins, son of a ship-owner who lived at Brynderwen, Maindee, B Newman (brother of AA and C H), T Mitchell (brother of W and A C), Edgar Evans and Mitchell Graham. It is interesting to note that a number of the early players were ex-Monmouth School boys including C H Newman, W Wood, T J S Clapp, G F Harding and G Rosser.

Negotiations were opened with Viscount Tredegar and from Christmas 1877 the Club entered into possession on a yearly tenancy (a lease was granted about 10yrs later) of what is now the tennis / bowls ground, surrounded by the cycle track. J Leonard was transferred from Newport by the National Provincial Bank and Will Phillips took over for more than half of the still remaining season. The opening of the new ground, described as adjoining Oliver’s Nursery, took place on Whit-Thursday May 24th 1877 (Queen Victoria’s birthday) and club sports were held.

 November 11th 1876

TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Merthyr 30 23 0 7 885 593 117
Cardiff 30 22 1 7 991 660 111
Pontypridd 30 22 0 8 1015 580 110
Llandovery 30 21 1 8 856 551 104
Ebbw Vale 30 20 1 9 762 594 95
Aberavon 30 18 2 10 698 603 90
Newport 30 17 2 11 759 700 88
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 30 14 1 15 852 650 85
Swansea 30 16 0 14 674 594 81
Carmarthen Quins 30 13 1 16 637 584 71
Bridgend Ravens 30 12 0 18 689 714 66
Llanelli 30 12 1 17 679 723 63
Bedwas 30 12 1 17 681 830 62
Cross Keys 30 5 1 24 586 1093 36
Bargoed 30 6 0 24 576 1003 35
Neath 30 1 0 29 406 1274 3