"WELCOME TO THE PARADE"
"THIS AFTERNOON Newport play Swansea for the 253rd time, and the current record shows the "Black and Ambers" have won on 118 occasions, the "All Whites" on 95 occasions and 39 games have been drawn. Earlier this season Newport received an humiliating defeat at St. Helens by 51pts to 12pts in front of the television cameras, and it is certain that 'MJW' and the current Newport team will be anxious to wipe out that memory and record a victory in front of the cameras this afternoon. Last season the two Clubs met on three occasions with Newport winning both encounters (one in the W.R.U. Cup) here at Rodney Parade, 17-6 and 10-4 (Cup), while Swansea won at St. Helens by 22-19."
"The All Whites have suffered during recent months due to the shoulder injury sustained by their captain Richard Morriarty who, it is reported, hopes to be back playing some time in March. His team have certainly proved inconsistent since their superb opening to the season, and many critics find this difficult to understand when the large number of top quality players within the Club is taken into consideration - Mark Wyatt, Mark Titley, Arthur Emyr, Bleddyn Taylor, Gareth Jenkins, Malcolm Dacey, Kevin Hopkins, Andrew Clements, Robert Jones, Maurice Colclough, Richard Webster, Paul Morriarty,to mention a few."
"Welcome, Swansea - your visits to Rodney Parade always produce highly entertaining and skillful rugby. We are confident this tradition will be maintained this afternoon and that this tradition will be maintained this afternoon with a game that will not only excite all those present but those who will be watching on TV tomorrow afternoon."
"Since our last programme (v Newbridge)'MJW'and his team have continued their successful run versus Tredegar (last minute replacements for Maesteg) here at Rodney Parade on New Year's Day and last Saturday over Bridgend at the Brewery Field. Everyone at Rodney Parade is delighted with the team's current success and also with the style of rugby produced - let's hope they can maintain their form not only this afternoon but for the remainder of the season. Congratulations must be extended to Paul Turner on reaching his "double century" of points before the end of 1986. He has now reached 250, which means that provided he maintains his current average Laurie Daniels' Club Record of 305pts will easily be passed within the next few weeks. Who is prepared to make a guess on his final total? If you have any idea, why not let the Programme Editor have your name and the final total before the end of January 1987!!!"
"Members and Supporters are reminded that our Cup Game versus Swansea University on Saturday, 24th January is an ALL PAY GAME, and in accordance with Welsh Rugby Union instructions the prices of admission will be ... Grandstand £3 ... Ground £1.80. A reduction of 50% for Senior Citizens and Juveniles (under 15) will only be allowed for the Ground - there is no concession for the Grandstand. These prices are set by the W.R.U., not Newport R.F.C."
"The collection being taken before and during half time at this afternoon's game is on behalf of Channel One Hospital Radio. This service helps those people unfortunate enough to be admitted into hospital to keep in touch with local news as well as local sport. Please give generously to ensure that this voluntary service can be maintained."
"This afternoon Paul Dowsdell acts as trainer for the Black and Ambers, for the last time due to moving away from the area, having achieved promotion in his profession. The captain and his players, together with the Chairman and Committee, would like to express their thanks to Paul for the manner in which he has carried out his duties during his stay at Rodney Parade and wish him every success in his career."
"One person connected with Rodney Parade who deserves our congratulations is Mr. Colin Taylor of the N.A.C. Office who, during the Festive Season, risked his own life to rescue a neighbour and her family from a smoke filled house. Everyone who knows Colin will understand his spontaneous action, and also his reluctance at being known as "a hero". Well done, also, Glen George - the news that you have been called to the W.R.U. Squad Session next Monday is a fitting reward for your recent excellent form, and also proves that Rodney Parade is not completely forgotten by The Big Five'."