From the match programme for a game played after the Llandow air crash:-
"A warm welcome will be extended to the Harlequins on their visit to the Athletic Grounds this afternoon in what will be the first meeting between the clubs since the war. Misfortune has attended two earlier visits arranged for the English club, weather conditions cancelling the game in March, 1947, and again in February, 1948. The Harlequins are one of the most Attractive sides in English Rugby. They are enjoying a successful season and will delight our Supporters this afternoon with their bright, open style of football. There are two particular points of interest in the strong side. The Harlequins have selected C. G. Woodruff, who appeared on the left wing for Newport against Richmond at the request of the Welsh Union, is included in the three-quarters, while N. T. Fryer, the erstwhile Newport player, so successful in English Rugby, will play at scrum half."
"The outstanding point of interest in the selected Newport side to-day is the return of Hedley Rowland to the three-quarter line. The former Newport captain has made a splendid recovery from the operation which threatened to end his football career and forced him to relinquish the captaincy of the team. Hedley will receive a warm welcome on his return to the side to-day, and his play should certainly liven and inspire Newport back play. With T. Sterry injured, the interesting experiment will be tried of playing Doug. Dando in the front row of the forwards. R. T. Evans will be making his last appearance for Newport before sailing with the British touring side on April 1st. With him it was hoped, also, to bid farewell to Ken Jones, but although selected, it is doubtful whether his shoulder injury sustained in last Saturday's International will permit him to take his place."
"Field tickets for the Wales v. France International at Cardiff next Saturday will be on sale to club members only in the Club Social Centre on Monday evening and on succeeding evenings of next week while the supply lasts. These will be available only to club members not successful in the ballot for stand or enclosure tickets."
"At the request of the Welsh Union, a minute's silence will be observed on our ground prior to the start of to-day's match in memory of the plavers and sportsmen of Wales who lost their lives so tragically in last Sunday's air disaster."
"SUPPORTERS CLUB NEWS"
"On Saturday last the club held their annual outing to London and succeeded in bringing home the flag to Newport. About 200 people made the journey and an exceptionally good time was had by all. Headquarters for the evening was at the Sudbury Arm's, whose mine host is "Jimmy" Barnes, who was once a well-known Newport figure."
"On Thursday the annual dance was held at the King's Head Hotel and many well-known personalities were present. Chief guests were the Mayor and Mayoress of Newport."
"Congratulations are extended to our Internationals, Ken Jones and Malcolm Thomas, whose scoring efforts resulted in Wales regaining the Triple Crown; also to John Gwilliam (captain) and Bob Evans whose brilliant displays as captain and chief "destructor" have been a feautre of the International series."
"On April 21st a dance will be held at St. Mary's Hall in aid of the Schools Rugby Union, and all supporters are asked to attend."
"A further two social evenings will be arranged, and notification will be in the next programme."
"A small number of badges still remain, and your support is asked for in clearing this little item."
"The sympathy of the Supporters' Club is extended to Roy Burnett and his mother in their tragic bereavement, and also to the relatives of the other Abercarn Rugby players who lost their lives in the plane crash."