From the match programme, with a mysterious tale of a hat, and a plea not to drive cars across the pitch!:-
"FROM OUR point of view it is a pity that NEWPORT had a game under floodlights with Ebbw Vale on the night that these notes were written. For this has meant that Newport were unable to select their team for today until after that game, with the result that information we would dearly like to have had was missing. However, there is little need to remind Newport that we look forward to their visit each year from the beginning of the season. We follow their progress and measure it against our own always optimistically even if, sometimes, the optimism is tinged with apprehension. This year we envy Newport as much as we admire them. Surely no club side could wish for a greater distinction than to have beaten a visiting touring side. There might, therefore, be something more than a tinge of apprehension about our ideas on today’s result. Yet, odd things can happen. Last year, for example, we ran up 28 points here against Newport and that was the highest score ever recorded against them. Whether we can do it, or anything like it, again remains to be seen. If Newport are able to turn out their usual XV today we should find among them seven internationals, some of whom were among the ten players from the club who appeared in last week’s first Welsh trial. That, to put it mildly, is formidable strength. We are sure that it, and Newport’s perennial popularity, will bring to Old Deer Park the large, enthusiastic crowd that we always associate with today’s fixture. Bless you all, we're glad to see everyone of you."
"WAS IT TWO YEARS AGO that Mr. Evelyn Walkden lost his hat? Hats are things that are peculiar to their wearers. There are the prim, proper hats that demonstrate a man’s walk in life. There are the hats that merely adorn heads when they happen to be on a head - most of the time such hats are carried by hand as a sort of adjunct to daily life, a mark of status. There are hats that have been in the family so long, sometimes on the head sometimes in the hand, that they have become old, and maltreated, illshaped, the subject of derision. Mr. Walkden’s hat was brand new. It was a source of joy and pride. And it was last seen, so early in its career (so it was said), dressing the head of a Newport player making his way towards Richmond. This particular homberg caused Mr. Walkden (and the club) much distress and embarrassment. Now, what can be done about this hat? One assumes that Mr. Walkden is not now likely to recover his lost hat. On the other hand, if the joker who walked off with the hat still has it in his possession might he not give it to the club as one of those trophies for which we appeal from time to time to decorate the clubhouse walls. After all. there are hats through which people talk and Mr. Walkden was not so long ago a member of the finest club in the world where there are, one must surely admit, many members elected by a process never quite understood by the majority of the electorate, whose principle qualification is that they can talk the hind leg off a donkey. We’d like to have a hat which, on some other head, might have led to a donkey’s hind leg having been talked off. We don’t want a donkey’s hind leg. We’ve got some already. But we'd like to think that Newport and Mr. Walkden could get together and amicably settle their several points of honour. And we'd still like to have the hat."
"A BIG-MATCH DAY gives us the opportunity to tell a larger than usual audience about things that have appeared in programmes for smaller gatherings. We do not apologise for repetition, but we do ask the smaller hard core of regular supporters to accept the repetition. Right, now."
"There's the Bali and the Smoker to think about. The Smoker will take place at the Seymour Hall the night before the match between England and Wales next January. Tickets are available now, if you’re quick about it. They're in the hands of Percy Davies, Fred Andrews and Douglas Evans. The clubhouse, tonight, is as good a place as any for buying them. The Ball, too, comes along every two years. Last time the demand for tickets was so strong that the large room at Grosvenor House was engaged for the first time. Already, this time, half of the available places have been taken. To avoid disappointment, as the slick advertising boys say, see Marcus Cann, or Johnnie Price, or any member of the committee, as quickly as you can."
"December 10 is the day of the University Match. In the morning the Welsh Guards will be playing a game here against one of the Cambridge colleges. In the evening the bar will be open for the thirsty, happy and disgruntled alike."
"On December 14 the Extra A's throw a party in the clubhouse. There'll be a slight charge on the doorstep, as it were. There’ll also be dancing and, it is said, the bar will be open until midnight. Some of us will not find it too difficult to return from other grounds for the occasion."
"Did you come by motor-car? If so please do not drive it across the ground, whatever else you might do. This is, in fact, a subject of much concern. PLEASE, leave your car in the car-park until you are ready to leave and then drive it out of the gate by which you entered. Now, be a good chap and do just that."
"OUR NEXT GAME is against Harlequins at Twickenham. This is one of those events which calls for whole-hearted support. It must be dreary to play at Twickenham before acres of empty places. The solution is in your hands. There’s plenty of room and much need for support. Teifion Williams, as we told you recently, had an accident which caused him to be taken to the Atkinson Morley hospital in Wimbledon. Several members visited him there. Now he has been removed to St. Margaret’s, Epping, where it is hoped that recovery, even if slow, will be complete. The Druids had a splendid time last week when they went to Bristol and saw Bristol United off the pitch by 25 points to 5. That's something to be chalked up. Wales play New Zealand on December 21. If you'd like to be one of an organised party please speak to Bert Michael, but do it today. Tonight there'll be a draw, organised by Colin Bosley, for the annual Schoolboys' games. Please support It."