Newport RFC : 1883/84 Season Summary

Season 1883/84

P20 W16 D2 L2: For 20g, 30t – Agt 2g, 4t

Capt :  Horace S Lyne

   1884 : Newport Committee and Officials

Newport only lost 2 matches in 1883/4 under new captain and Wales international Horace Lyne and 1 of those defeats was in the final – for the third consecutive year – of the South Wales Challenge Cup to Llanelly at Neath in front of a crowd of 5,000.They had in fact beaten twice already during the season – home and away. The other defeat was by a single try to Cardiff at home. Richard Mullock who had done so much for rugby including the founding of the Welsh Rugby Union, retired as Secretary. The Club made arrangements to extend the ground – John Butcher the groundsman suggested filling in the “Salt Pool” and reclaiming ground where rugby is still played today.

Arthur Gould played mainly as a three-quarter and new names included Owen Phillips, H McBean, Dr Moynan, Henry Jordan, F C Jones and Mapson Williams for a second season. Owen Phillips was a son of Thomas Phillips- the fourth brother to play for Newport. Tom Baker-Jones was a sound forward who played for Wales – his son Paul also later played for Newport and Wales. Theo Harding played at half-back and Bob Gould was a fine forward. Newport continued to experiment with the development of back play and on several occasions tried 10 forwards, 2 halves, 2 three-quarters and a fullback.

Newport’s 16 wins were against Weston (2), London Harlequins, Swansea (2), Cardiff, Swindon Rangers (2), Gloucester (2), Llanelly (2), Neath (2), Abercarn, German Gymnasium while the dranw matches were against Abergavenny and Swansea.

4 players headed the appearances on 19 – T Clapp, A Gould, R Gould and FC Jones. Arthur Gould was leading scorer with 3t, 14c and 3 dg.

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