Last Friday at the Dragons-Glasgow game the guests in the Bisley Suite were shown a replica of the Blue Plaque that has been mounted on the wall of ‘Thornbury’ in honour of former Newport player and first Welsh rugby superstar, Arthur (Monkey) Gould. Thornbury was bought with money raised by popular subscription to show the appreciation that people felt for his contribution to Newport and Wales rugby – even the Welsh Rugby Union gave £50.
The event was organised by journalist, Rob Cole, and over twenty of the Gould family attended. Rob Cole spoke of the huge part that Arthur played in the early years of Newport rugby before introducing Peter Jackson who spoke at length about Arthur and the other Gould brothers. I was amazed that he knew so much about the brothers, not only their rugby achievements but their prowess in other sports. Peter spoke very well about Newport RFC and our famous sporting family and he felt that this recognition was long overdue. Rob Cole had invited me to speak but I declined. Peter Jackson had done such an excellent job that I felt that I would just be repeating what had already been said.
I spoke with nearly all the Gould family and, on behalf of Newport RFC, I invited them to come to a Newport game when they would see a team playing in the famous Black & Amber, the colours that their illustrious ancestors wore. They thought that this was a great idea and we will contact them as soon as we decide which game would be best. They also said how much they had enjoyed the occasion when the Gould family were inaugurated into the Hall of Fame.