The 1946-47 season match programmes included a series of twenty guest articles in a series entitled 'A Peep in my Diary'. They are fascinating snapshots of the past.
Whilst an almost complete index to the series appears at the foot of this article, the text of each 'Peep in my Diary' will appear against the relevant player entry in the 'Players' section of our History site.
However, three of the articles were by persons who had never played for Newport RFC, but nevertheless were meritorious of inclusion in the series.
No.4 in the series appeared in the match programme for Newport v Cardiff in October 1946 and was written by W. J. T. Collins or "Dromio" as he was known. His work is referred to liberally throughout this site due to his work for the South Wales Argus, his editing of the 'History of Newport Athletic Club 1875 to 1925' upon which there is a separate article, and his book 'Rugby Recollections' published firstly in 1948.
No.15 published for the Newport v Cardiff game in February 1947 was by Wilfred Wooler. Born 20th November 1917 in Rhos-on-Sea, Denbighshire. Perhaps better known to some as a cricketer for Glamorgan, and a cricket commentator for BBC Wales coverage of Glamorgan in the latter half of the twentieth century, he was an accomplished rugby player for Rydal School, Sale, Cambridge University and, of course, Cardiff. He gained 18 Welsh caps between 1933 and 1939 and played for the Barbarians. Spending much of World War II in a Japanese Prisoner of War camp, the impact of which on his health led to him giving up rugby, he became captain of Glamorgan in 1947 and a Test selector between 1955 and 1962. Always outspoken, he died in Cardiff 10th March 1977.
No.18 is by Captain Geoffrey Crawshay and was published in the match programme for the London Welsh game at Easter 1947. Descendent of the Merthyr ironmasters, he founded his own rugby team 'Crawshay's XV' in the belief that the game was for men of all classes and established a West Country tour for his team in 1922 that was to continue for over 50 years.
All three of these interesting 'peeps into diaries' are reproduced in numerical order together with an acknowledgement to series contributors, published in the Barbarians game programme on Easter Tuesday 1947, as a preamble.