The early hours of Friday, 23rd March 2012 saw happy, contented, past players, officials and supporters of Newport RFC, drift homewards from the Bisley Suite at Rodney Parade, after the inaugural 'Hall of Fame' dinner and presentation. All agreed, the stage had been set, this was an event that sent attendees home with a warm glow of satisfaction that must be repeated. The result? Thursday, March 28th 2013 saw the second 'Hall of Fame' at the same venue, but with another nine individuals who had, in often very different ways, made their own important contribution to the story of Newport Rugby Football Club.
Back by popular demand to compere the evening was past player Alun Williams, and the evening was honoured again by the attendance of the President of the Welsh Rugby Union, Mr. Dennis Gethin. We were similarly honoured to be joined by the Right Worshipful the Mayor of the City of Newport, John Albert Guy, and his wife the Mayoress. Not with-standing our pleasure at being joined by such guests, to the delight of all, we were joined also by Rodney Parade's newest Welsh international, Andrew Coombs, along with his Six Nations Championship winning medal. Singled out for praise in the address by Dennis Gethin, Andrew in typically self-effacing style, mixed and chatted with all present, and joined with many in souvenir photographs to look back on with pride.
After an introduction to the evening by Kevin Jarvis (Secretary of Friends of Newport Rugby Trust and member of Newport RFC Committee) a warm welcome to everyone was offered by Will Godfrey (Director of Newport RFC Ltd.) who reflected on Newport RFC's proud history and the significance of the Hall of Fame event. There followed a short welcoming response by the Mayor.
Relaxed and content after a substantial meal and beverages we approached the climax of the evening. Five months earlier had seen the centennial anniversary of one of Newport RFC's finest victories. That over the touring South Africans on 24th October 1912 by 9 points to 3. With two of the impending inductees having played for Newport in that game, Godfrey Lee (History Officer for Friends of Newport Rugby Trust), gave a scene-setting introduction to that game and it's context in the wider world.
There follows the citations for each of 2013's inductees as they appeared in the printed programme. In turn, they or their family representative, were presented with an engraved commemorative crystal tumbler by Will Godfrey. Above you will find many photographs of the evening.