Arthur 'Monkey' Gould

By Kevin Jarvis | 18/05/2017

The words 'legend' and 'superstar' are often overused but in the case of Arthur Gould they are spot on. The 'Prince of Centres' was undoubtedly the first world star of rugby union and his impact on the Newport and Wales teams was huge.

Everybody with an interest in the game in the late 1800's knew the name of 'Monkey' Gould. He was head and shoulders the best player the game had ever seen and huge crowds flocked to see him play.

In sixteen seasons with Newport he played in 231 matches and scored an incredible 159 tries. The 37 he scored in 1892/93 remains the club record. Capped by and captain of Wales he was indeed a legend and the people of Wales recognised this and made a collection on his retirement from which was purchased a house' Thornbury' that was gifted to Arthur. So began the 'Gould Affair'.

Arthur's descendants are now looking to commemorate his status by the fitting of a 'blue' heritage plaque to the house and we would hope that current day Newport supporters would get involved in this worthy recognition of one of our finest players: ?   

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