My first ever visit to Rodney Parade was as an eleven year old schoolboy who had recently started playing rugby. The game I had been taken to see, along with many other lucky lads, was Newport v the 1963 All Blacks. In retrospect, it was not a classic match, but that didn’t matter: I was hooked and have followed the Black and Ambers through good times and bad with a passion ever since.
The only prolonged absence I have taken from Newport since the mid-1960s was during my service with the Royal Navy. Even then I made sure I was able to catch a home game whenever I could and had newspaper reports sent to me wherever I was at the time.
In 1987, when the Internet was still in its infancy, I constructed a simple web page dedicated to Newport RFC in an effort to give something back for the years of pleasure and heartache Newport had given me. The web page was completely unofficial and a text only affair, but like so many other things where Newport RFC are concerned it was one of the first rugby related web pages on the net. A few years later I was approached by Keith Minton, the Chief Executive at Rodney Parade at the time, and asked whether I would become Newport’s official webmaster: the rest, as they say, is history.
This is a new era for the Black and Ambers and with an exciting young side things are going well on the pitch. Support for our famous club is needed financially as well vocally in this day and age though and you, the supporter can do your bit. I would urge anyone with an interest in keeping Newport RFC alive to turn out on Thursday 26th February and join the Friends of Newport Rugby Trust: your membership will make a difference.