Newport RFC : 1975/6 Season Summary

Season 1975/6
P49 W36 D1 L12 : F971-A495

Capt : Colin Smart

1975/6 will probably be remembered as the season that Newport re-established themselves in the eyes of the rugby world. Pre- season saw a successful tour to USA: P5 W5 F 235 A3 (a penalty goal in last match). Newport lost only 1 match in their first 7- Neath (A) – but then lost 5 of their next 9 including 3 defeats in 10 days (Ebbw Vale, Moseley and Cardiff). However they quickly regained their form and maintained their challenge for the Welsh Unofficial Championship right up to the end of the season only to lose out to Pontypridd who benefited from a much weaker fixture list. Newport lost to Llanelli in the Welsh Cup Q/F at Rodney Parade before a crowd of 11,000 and disappointingly lost to Australia in January by 13-7 in a dull game in front of 25,000 people. Newport’s scores were a try by Burcher and a penalty by Fuller.

Newport welcomed full-back / outside half Leighton Davies who had been released by Cardiff RFC but not only did he eventually become Newport’s all time points scorer he was also to have the last laugh on Cardiff in the Cup Final in 1977.

Englishman Colin Smart led the team with great enthusiasm and played in 47 of the 49 games getting closer to his English Cap and vice captain David Burcher played in all 47 matches. Newport set club records of 971pts and 153 tries. History was also made with Leighton Davies (189), Glyn Bram (102) and Ken Davies (100) all topping 100 pts for the season.42 players were used and leading try scorers were Ken Davies 25 and Gareth Evans 22.

Full-back Glyn Bram joined from Cross Keys but then rejoined the Keys the following season and centre Neil Brown joined from Glamorgan Wanderers. Prop Roy Cridland who would prove to be loyal and always dependable also joined from Machen and wing Jeff Cranton from Pontypool.

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