1937-38 saw an alarming fall off in morale at the club and gates dwindled. Only the forwards led enthusiastically and skillfully by Vivian Law and once again were one of the best packs in the country, and backs Legge and Hawkins deserve mention. Hooker Bunner Travers had a brilliant season and was selected for the British Lions tour to South Africa .
Ex-Pill Harriers forward Trevor Foster playing his only full season for Newport at blindside was top try scorer with 12 but went North to Bradford Northern for a wonderful career as player, coach and legislator. Leslie Evans had another good season as did W. G. (Bill) Jones, Alf Bale, Jack Jerman and Ernie Coleman. Roger Wade was studying at St Mary's Hospital and a satisfactory partner was never found for Jim Hawkins.
Bill Hopkins was pestered by Rugby League scouts and signed a form saying that if he did turn pro then he would sign for a certain club. The Welsh Rugby Union declared him professional despite his protests and eventually he joined St Helens Rugby League after just 1 Welsh cap vs Scotland in February 1937.
Appearances were led by Viv Law (37), Alf Bale (36), Walter Legge (34), Jack Jerman (34) and Trevor Foster (34).