The Western Mail of 29th October 1877 reported:-
"ROATH V. NEWPORT- On Saturday afternoon these clubs were pitted against each other on the Newport ground. Owing to the recent heavy rains the ground was in a sloppy condition. Nevertheless, there was some good play, but the Roath team were overweighted, and Newport had the game in its own hands. Newport compelled Roath to touch down several times in self-defence, and got five goals and two tries. The Newport team consisted of Messrs. A. C. Phillips, Rickards, W. Mitchell, T. Mitchell, Arthur Goss, Alfred Goss, G. Hoskins, and T. Ponsford, forwards; T. Spittle and C. H. Newman, quarter-backs; C. Phillips and A. Cross, half-backs; H. Graham and J. W. Wood, three-quarterbacks; W. Phillips, captain, back."