NEWPORT RFC 1909-10
In 1909-10 Newport played 39 matches won 29 , lost 2 and drew 8. Under the captaincy of TH Vile they are described by club historian Jack Davis in his brilliant 'Newport RFC 1875-1960' as follows "The special quality of 1909-10 was the superlative grit shown by the players and the way in which the team saved or won games was remarkable. They were the pluckiest team I have ever known...Perhaps the game against Harlequins was the most exciting Newport ever played. At half time the visitors led by 15 points to 3, but in the second half Newport defended strenuously, attacked wonderfully and won on the post."
Vile took part in a trial for Newport in
1900 at the age of 17 and despite his slight build was chosen as a
forward. Due to injuries to other players, Vile got his chance and was
accepted into the Newport ranks and in 1902 made his first-class debut
for the club. During the 1903/04 season he became the club's regular
scrum-half. Vile was a master of the reverse pass and was also a strong
kicker who scored many drop goals for his club.
See below some excerpts from a season review in the Evening Telegraph