From the match programme. The second article reminding us of the level of poverty in Newport at this time:-
"To-day we welcome to Newport one of our most popular visitors, the Watsonians, and this year there is additional interest, for in a week's time there will be a return game in Edinburgh. Year by year since 1894 the Watsonians have been regular Christmas visitors to Newport, and the only previous time Newport repaid the visit by visiting Edinburgh was in November, 1903, when we won by a goal to nil."
"It is rather a remarkable fact that in this long series of games the Scots have beaten Newport only twice. These occasions were in successive years - in 1904 by 1 goal 2 tries (11pts.) to 1 try (3pts.) and in 1905 by 1 try (3pts.) to nil. These two victories followed a draw in the previous year, so that the Watsonians had a good run of successes."
"In all there have been 31 games. Newport have won 27 and the Watsonians two. Newport have sometimes scored very heavily against the men from the North - 29pts. to 6 in 1900, 22pts. to nil in 1913, 22pts. to 3 in 1921 and 26pts. to 6 in 1925 - but generally speaking there has been a very close tussle, and especially so in the last three games. In 1927, Newport won by 1 try to nil, in 1928 by 1 goal 2 tries (11pts.) to 1 try and in 1929 by 2 goals 1 try (13pts.) to 1 goal 1 try (8pts.)"
"To-morrow we have the Old Paulines as visitors, when we must say good-bye to the team till January 10th, when Llanelly, who recently beat us, are visitors to Rodney Parade."
"AN EARLY APPEAL TO ALL RUGBY FOLLOWERS."
"Your help is required to-day and to-morrow during - the Watsonians and Old Paulines Games."
"To provide Boots for necessitous school children. Nearly 700 school children, of whom are attending school over 250 of them without Boots at all."
"Newport Rugby Supporters' Club have undertaken the organisation of these collections. The fund is being administered by the Newport Education Committee. There are no expenses, so that every shilling or penny subscribed goes direct to pay for Boots for these children."
"Please put all you can into the boxes and aim straight and fill the sheets going round at half-time. Your contribution will be spent to the best advantage and to your satisfaction."
"1928-29 a total of £48/14/0 was collected."
"1929-30 a total of £66/18/0 was collected."
"We are aiming straight for £80 this year."
"NOW SUPPORTERS. AIM STRAIGHT AND OFTEN"
"DON'T FORGET! WATSONIA SAXPENCE TO YOU MEANS BOOTS TO THE KIDS."