The stage was set, nearly 2 years after the last game was played at Rodney Parade,
the Club were ready to stage the Opening Match at their new Spytty Park
It had been a long wait, with the Club being very nomadic for 2 full seasons. A lot of goodwill
had been given, not only by the Club's opposition, but by other Cricket Clubs in Newport. The
Newport 1st Team had had to play all its Cup and League matches in the 'Famous Grouse'
Western League away from home for 2 seasons. (It would not be until the 1993 season that the
Club would play League matches at Spytty).
Meanwhile the Club's 2nd X1 were playing at all their matches at 'Home' which was at
Whiteheads Sports Ground in Bassaleg. The 3rd Team were playing at Risca Leisure Centre
and the Junior Section (only 3 teams in those days! U11, U13 and U15) were playing at the
Orb Steelworks Ground.
In partnership with the South Wales Argus, who were themselves celebrating their Centenary,
the star studded Lord's Taverner's Team were invited to 'Officially Open the Ground'.
The Lord's Taverner's team included England star of the 80's, Roland Butcher
and former England bowlers, John Price and Fred Rumsey.
The South Wales Argus Team included Glamorgan players Adrian Dale,
Darren Foster and David Hemp along with Welsh Rugby Legend & Sports Council
Chairman, Gareth Davies, and Welsh Rugby & TV Pundit, Eddie Butler.
In the background it shows the pavilion still being built.
Unfortunately, as the match was taking place an opportunist thief came on site and stole
valuables from the changing rooms.
Newport born, best selling author, Leslie Thomas in action during the 'Opening Match'.