The morning of Friday 27th May 2011 saw the following question posted on the Friends of Newport Rugby Trust committee message board: "How about asking the club if FoNR can arrange a Hall of Fame?". Ten months later, the evening of Thursday 22nd March 2012 saw the inaugural Hall of Fame induction, in a packed Bisley Suite in the new Bisley Stand at Rodney Parade. Immense effort and contributions by many, resulted in a celebration of some of the heroes drawn from the history of Newport Rugby Football Club through to the present day.
Never intended to be an exclusive list, the initial 12 inductees represented a broad spectrum of contribution, on and off the field, throughout Newport's history. Such a "balance of merit" will be maintained as further names of equal standing are added in future years.
The evening was honoured by the presence of Mr. Dennis Gethin, former Secretary and, since 2007, President of the Welsh Rugby Union. A Welsh Secondary Schools International in 1963, Dennis won two rugby Blues at Cambridge, and played his club rugby as a fullback for Seven Sisters, Swansea, Neath, Cardiff and Glamorgan Wanderers. A qualified solicitor, he served as Chief Executive of Taff Ely Borough Council from 1982 until 1996. Not just a guest at the evening, Dennis responded to the induction of Richard Mullock, the first Honorary Secretary of the Welsh Rugby Union.
The evening was more than ably compered throughout with a mixture of gravitas, anecdotes and humour by Alun "Benny" Williams, who played for Newport RFC between 1986 and 1990.
The following records the citations for each inductee as they appeared in the printed programme for the evening in the order in which the inductions took place. The accompanying photographs endeavour to mirror that sequence.