"The usual keen interest in the first of the four meetings is again heightened with both teams taking the field with a big "0" in their "lost" column. It has often been heard that as long as good football is provided the result does not matter, but unfortunately this does not apply in practice, because teams with winning records attract the crowds. Neither team to-day have set their respective rivers on fire but they have succeeded in making to-day's game a topic of rugby conversation this last week. Our visitors from the Capital have scored 136pts. to 52pts. against in 9 games and they intend to make a better start than they did last year against us, and so resurrect the old Blue and Black bogey. On the other hand we shall be out to show that we have forgotten the taste of defeat from our old rivals, in fact since the corresponding game October 5th, 1957, when we lost by 1 try to nil we have staved off any onslaught to lower our colours. Gordon Wells with practically all last year's material has moulded his team into a side tremendously fit and obviously 100% keen. Team building problems have been ironed out and to-day's XV appear to be their strongest available side. International D. Harris is the only newcomer, and he is a tower of strength in the lines-out. Lloyd Williams needs no introduction and with breakaway forward D. Hayward, opportunist G. Wells on the wing and Harry Morgan in the centre they will keep probing for any defects in our armour. We have made one change from last-week, bringing in hooker Graham Bevan for D. Williams. Glyn Davidge is doubtful but Gwyn Lewis can ably deputise. Jack Hurrell requires more match practice so will be playing for the United at Arms Park. Before to-day's game, as a curtain raiser, Newport Schoolboys will be playing Abertillery Schoolboys."
"A collection will be made during the game towards the expenses of the Hospital Broadcasts. St. Woolos, Cefn Mabley and Royal Gwent patients are able to hear a running commentary most Saturdays so any monies given go towards a worthy cause. On Thursday, October 13th, at 7.10 p.m. from the Gymnasium, we shall be on the air in the Welsh Programme "starring" in the Cliff Morgan, Alun Williams feature "Make your Mark"."
"The "Lions" wound up their tour with a highest ever victory and are now safely returned. Should any of our tourists be with us to-day we gladly welcome them back. It is heartening to know that they and their fellows have blazoned the Rugby Union spirit right around the world and we in Newport can be forgiven for basking in the limelight of our two representatives."
"Next Saturday we shall be home to Blackheath."
"Newport's victory over Swansea, last Saturday, was not as decisive as we had hoped, for against a weakened "All Whites" team, they gave us some anxious moments, the inability to obtain a fair share of the ball restricted the threequarter play, but, even when it did come out favourably, the attacking power was not too strong."
"Against today's visitors, Cardiff, who easily beat Penarth in the week, greater effort will be needed, it will, no doubt, be the usual dour struggle, generally served up by these old rivals four times per season, more particularly as they are the last Welsh 100% sides."
"A record has to go, lets hope the match will be worthy of the occasion."
"Supporters going to Gloucester, on Saturday, October 17th, should contact a Committee member, or Canteen Staff, as soon as possible, so that, final arrangements can be made. The coach leaves N.A.C. 1 p.m. Fare 7/6d. On the return a stop will be made at the "Swan Inn," Alvington, where it is hoped another pleasant evening will be spent."
"If you have not yet obtained your new season's Badge, they are still on sale at the entrances, or the Canteen, price 2/6d."