Match programmes for the 1949-50 season included a number of articles relating to other rugby clubs in and around Newport. Some of these clubs were fledgling, others long standing, but all getting to grips with local rugby in the post-war era. They provide a fascinating insight to the status and strength of these clubs at that time. Often written in a 'Boys Own' style stressing the importance of playing with the right spirit for rugger, reflecting the amateur ethos. The articles also refer to the post-war problems of compulsory National Service denying clubs players and even the loss of players to post-war emigration to "the Dominions".
It is also interesting to note the names of local industries at the time.
The list, and therefore the clubs, is not exhaustive, as some programmes are unavailable at the time of writing. Should they become available then any additional material will be added. Articles are presented in the chronological order in which they were published.
The series was launched with the following introductory article in the match programme for Newport v Cross Keys on 3rd September 1949.
"AROUND THE JUNIOR CLUBS"
"It is proposed during the coming season to devote this space to Junior Rugby Football."
"Many of these clubs are rich in tradition, and others, with steady confidence are gradually making a niche for themselves in South Wales Junior Football."
"The Executive Committee of the Newport and District Junior Rugby Union put in a tremendous amount of time and energy, and all affiliated clubs know that this very well organised body is keeping alive Junior Rugby."
"Mr. Jack Dunn is president of the N. and D. J.R.U., and many distinguished names are shown as Vice-Presidents."
"Mr. Fred Baker is the new Chairman, and he has an old team mate, Albert Stock, as his Vice-Chairman."
"Mr. Reg. Webb has held the secretaryship for many years. He was the secretary to the old Rugby Supporters' Club who sponsored the Junior Rugby before the 1939-45 War. He immediately offered his services when it was decided to once again organise Junior Rugby."
"Mr. W. W. Stanley is Hon. Treasurer."
"The N. and D. J.R.U. appoint referees each week for all affiliated games."
"This season the list of referees is much longer, and it is reported that many W.R.U. referees are prepared to give their services if not otherwise engaged. These grand fellows turn out in all types of wintry weather, and Junior Rugby is greatly indebted to them."
"The gap between a lad leaving school and being robust enough to participate in Junior Rugby has now been closed. The youth of the town and county who are interested will find that provision is being made to meet their needs."
" "Bunner" Travers has expressed his willingness to coach the N.A.C. youth, and it is understood that the response from the lads is quite good."
"Boys! Opportunity knocks!"
"Remember the local clubs. On September 17th, our next home game, one of the many clubs affiliated to the N. and D. J.R.U. will have an opportunity to tell its story to the Rugby Football Supporter."