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
Cardiff 11 9 0 2 374 210 46
Newport 11 9 0 2 337 214 45
Aberavon 11 7 0 4 322 243 37
Llandovery 11 6 0 5 303 287 31
RGC 1404 11 6 0 5 286 244 31
Merthyr 11 5 0 6 329 294 31
Pontypridd 11 7 0 4 239 259 30
Carmarthen Quins 11 6 0 5 232 254 30
Bridgend Ravens 11 4 0 7 186 276 18
Swansea 11 3 0 8 212 269 18
Ebbw Vale 11 3 0 8 157 263 14
Llanelli 11 1 0 10 189 353 10