From the match programme:-
"HAPPY MEMORIES OF THE BLACK & AMBERS"
"By BLEDDYN WILLIAMS"
"President of Cardiff Athletic Club"
"It gives me great pleasure to welcome the Black & Ambers of Newport to Cardiff Arms Park this evening. With all due respect to our friends in West Wales, they are our greatest and closest rivals - and also our biggest friends."
"I was one of the lucky ones who played in that wonderful sequence of matches in the 10 years after World War Two when huge crowds turned out to watch us lock horns four times a season. Everyone remembers the famous game in February 1951 when nearly 50,000 fans packed into the old Arms Park and Newport won the match 8-3. What is sometimes forgotten is that it was not uncommon in those days for the gates to be locked at Rodney Parade half-an-hour before kick-off with 30,000 inside the ground."
"I was also doubly fortunate because I shared in the grand slam of four victories in a season over Newport not once but twice - in 1947-48 under the captaincy of Haydn Tanner and four seasons later when my lifetime friend, Dr Jack Matthews, led us. That season of 1951-52 was, of course, our 75th Anniversary. Now, exactly 50 years later, the clubs are in a very different sporting climate and we are still the keenest of adversaries."
"One thing never changes. However much we hit six bells out of each other - and Jack and myself loved nothing more than pitting our wits against Bobby Owen and Bryn Williams in the Newport midfield - during the match, the hours afterwards were ones of comradeship and fun."
"This evening we will see again many faces from the past and we will share a pint and a story or two. Long may it continue."
"NEWPORT RUGBY - IT'S A FAMILY AFFAIR"
"BY ROBERT COLE Westgate Sports Agency"
"Newport may not be the best team in Europe, but in the past two years they have probably been the most talked about."
"The rugby revolution that has taken place at Rodney Parade reaped a short term gain at the end of last season when the Black and Ambers picked up their first trophy in 24 years when they scooped the Principality Cup at the Millennium Stadium. That victory over Neath provided Gary Teichmann with the perfect send-off after two years in Wales and gave the Newport fans something to really shout about."
"A lot of money was invested in building a team capable of winning a modest prize like the Principality Cup, but that was only the beginning for Tony Brown, the club's main backer. The changes he has brought about at Rodney Parade are not merely in playing personnel - he has been responsible for a sea change in attitude and culture at the club. So much so, that Newport's average gates last season were around the 8,000 mark, there were four gates in excess of 10,000 and everyone who goes to Rodney Parade gets behind their team."
"The "Who let the dogs out" chant has become famous around Europe and Newport's fans are now recognised as being among the most vociferous and passionate in the game. It is not only the Newport club that has moved on, the fans have embraced change as well and have responded magnificently to the challenge of backing their team - something that is not obvious in many other clubs in Wales."
"The family theme to match days at Rodney Parade makes each game a huge event and extends the rugby experience. Beauty therapy for the wife or girlfriend, bucking bronco rides for the kids or face painting for all might not be everybody's cup of tea, but it now means there is something for everyone. And that's the key."
"Newport, like no other club in Wales, has found ways to attract fans, both old and new, to their games by offering added value to the 80 minutes of rugby."
"What happens on the field remains central to everything, but the vast improvements made in facilities, hospitality and entertainment have helped to draw people back for more matches."
"The main news of the summer from Newport may have been the signing of Joost van der Westhuizen, but it will have been equally important to many fans that another £30,000 was spent on installing more female toilets at the ground. The hospitality boxes have been increased and the family stand has been virtually sold out."
"Improvements have also been made to the tented "Family Village" and the stage is set for more fun, bigger crowds and greater revenue."
"Simple really! Make your club inclusive, rather than exclusive, offer a little something for everyone and always look forward rather than back. The past, as they say, is history. The challenge to every club now is to move with the times and win new friends, enthuse old fans and pick up some trophies."