"Newport last recorded victory over Cardiff on March 2nd, 1946, when they were successful on the Athletic Grounds by 6 points to 3. In the six meetings since that date Cardiff can claim five victories, with one game drawn (in the corresponding home meeting last season). This season, at Cardiff on October 4th, Newport were trounced to the tune of 29 points to nil, while at Newport on November 8th, stiffened resistance still could not stave off a clear 12-point margin of defeat. An appreciation of these brief facts (even if dismal reading to the Newport supporter may explain the extraordinary interest in to-day's great encounter, the ever-present hope that the tide of defeat will be arrested, and that Newport may once again gain the ascendency over their great rivals."
"But we believe that Newport and Cardiff meetings have come to mean something more than the mere question of victory or defeat (although partisanship is traditionally undiminished), and we really feel the cause of this quickened interest lies in the quality of football that encounters, particularly post-war, have given us. And for this it is only just to state that the play of the Cardiff side has been the contributory cause. They have been enjoying a period of ascendancy in the game of Rugby football which has warmly merited their position of pre-eminence, and which, we in Newport, even in defeat, have appreciated and applauded."
"And in these four months which have passed since the last meeting. Well, with only a minimum note of optimism surely it can be stated that a very different Newport side has emerged, a Newport side which, particularly since the turn of the year, has been welded into a first-rate combination whose displays have given the greatest pleasure and satisfaction. And it is felt they are capable now of matching this fine Cardiff team, to whom just tribute has been paid. Is not this another very real cause of quickened interest?"
"With Newport and the United away next Saturday, the Grounds have been given over to the Mon. Army Cadets who are entertaining Glamorgan Army Cadets in what should provide a most interesting game. The Mon. Cadets are making, in this their first full season, very earnest endeavours to popularise the game in the Monmouthshire Battalions, and good support at next Saturday's game would greatly encourage their efforts and the young men who will be taking part. The kick-off will be at 3.15."
Gate receipts were £1,251.