Brian Cresswell

Brian Cresswell

Position: Back Row

Date Of Birth 09/11/1934 (82)
Place Of Birth Newport
Height 183cm / 6'
Weight 89kg / 14st

Newport born Brian played for Welsh Schools while at St Julians High School. He played for Royal Artillery, St Julians HSOB before joining Newport in 1956/7. Played 8 seasons until 1963/4 and played in winning side vs 1957 Australians. Won 4 Welsh caps (E,S,I,F) in 1960 - the first vs England on 16th Jan 1960. Proudest moment was playing first game for Newport vs Cross Keys (W 18-0) at Rodney Parade in November 1956 in front of a huge crowd with many supporters behind goal posts. He played in the all Newport back row with Davidge and Whitson for Wales vs Scotland and Ireland in 1960. He scored a try against Ireland and also later against France.

About the Newport backrow he said “The three of us just got together before a match and discussed our tactics”. Missed 1963 NZ match through injury. Played 237 times before playing 3 games for Abertillery. Played in back row with Pask and Morgan and played vs Newport Feb 10th 1964. Paul Watts then transferred to Newport in 1964/5.

Newport RFC : 1956/7-1963/4 : 236 apps / 39t.

Playing Summary
  Season P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  1956/1957 28 20 1 7 3 0 0 0 9  
  1957/1958 33 22 4 7 7 0 0 0 21  
  1958/1959 41 28 6 7 8 0 0 0 24  
  1959/1960 29 22 4 3 2 0 0 0 6  
  1960/1961 38 25 4 9 7 0 0 0 21  
  1961/1962 29 21 2 6 5 0 0 0 15  
  1962/1963 27 16 1 10 6 0 0 0 18  
  1963/1964 11 5 2 4 1 0 0 0 3  
  Total 236 159 24 53 39 0 0 0 117  

Click on a season for a match by match breakdown.

  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  17/11/1956 Cross Keys FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 18 - 0  
  22/11/1956 Oxford University FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 3  
  24/11/1956 London Welsh FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 3  
  01/12/1956 Bristol Rugby FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 8 - 19  
  08/12/1956 Aberavon FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 3  
  15/12/1956 Harlequins FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 8 - 3  
  26/12/1956 Watsonians FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 0  
  29/12/1956 Scarlets FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 15  
  12/01/1957 Swansea FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 6 - 6  
  19/01/1957 Coventry FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 8  
  26/01/1957 Richmond FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 5  
  02/02/1957 Penarth FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 0  
  07/02/1957 Oxford University FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 3  
  09/02/1957 Leicester Tigers FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 13  
  16/02/1957 Cardiff FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 8  
  23/02/1957 Blackheath FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 0  
  02/03/1957 Cardiff FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 10 - 0  
  09/03/1957 Wasps FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 0  
  16/03/1957 Rosslyn Park FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 6  
  20/03/1957 Ebbw Vale FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 0  
  23/03/1957 Scarlets FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 21 - 8  
  28/03/1957 Ebbw Vale FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 19 - 8  
  30/03/1957 Gloucester Rugby FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 12  
  06/04/1957 Plymouth Albion FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 19 - 14  
  08/04/1957 Devonport Services FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  13/04/1957 Neath FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 23 - 3  
  20/04/1957 Newbridge FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 37 - 3  
  23/04/1957 Barbarians FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 5 - 8  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  07/09/1957 Penarth FL 1 0 0 0 3 L 9 - 12  
  28/09/1957 Swansea FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 19 - 6  
  05/10/1957 Cardiff FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 3  
  12/10/1957 Blackheath FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 0  
  19/10/1957 Cardiff FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  26/10/1957 Cross Keys FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 5 - 3  
  02/11/1957 Rosslyn Park FL 1 0 0 0 3 D 6 - 6  
  09/11/1957 Abertillery FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 6  
  16/11/1957 Cambridge University FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 6  
  23/11/1957 Australia FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 0  
  30/11/1957 Leicester Tigers FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 8  
  14/12/1957 Aberavon FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 8 - 9  
  26/12/1957 Watsonians FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 21 - 6  
  27/12/1957 Ebbw Vale FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 20 - 3  
  28/12/1957 UAU FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  11/01/1958 London Welsh FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 3 - 0  
  18/01/1958 Coventry FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 8  
  25/01/1958 Richmond FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 28 - 0  
  06/02/1958 Oxford University FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 18 - 3  
  15/02/1958 Cross Keys FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 5  
  20/02/1958 Scarlets FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 9  
  22/02/1958 Blackheath FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 3  
  01/03/1958 Cardiff FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  05/03/1958 Neath FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 15 - 5  
  08/03/1958 Wasps FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 16 - 0  
  15/03/1958 Cardiff FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 6  
  22/03/1958 Gloucester Rugby FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 6  
  05/04/1958 Newbridge FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 15 - 3  
  08/04/1958 Barbarians FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 13 - 8  
  12/04/1958 Plymouth Albion FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 39 - 0  
  14/04/1958 Devonport Services FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 18 - 6  
  19/04/1958 Neath FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 5 - 6  
  24/04/1958 Scarlets FL 1 0 0 0 3 L 6 - 11  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  06/09/1958 Penarth FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 0  
  10/09/1958 Ranji Walker’s XV FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 9 - 16  
  13/09/1958 Bristol Rugby FL 1 0 0 0 3 L 13 - 14  
  20/09/1958 Neath FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 14 - 0  
  27/09/1958 Swansea FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 0  
  04/10/1958 Cardiff FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 0  
  11/10/1958 Blackheath FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 5 - 6  
  18/10/1958 Gloucester Rugby FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 30 - 3  
  25/10/1958 Wasps FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 19 - 14  
  08/11/1958 Cardiff FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 8  
  12/11/1958 Cambridge University FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 15  
  15/11/1958 Scarlets FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 15 - 0  
  22/11/1958 London Welsh FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  26/11/1958 Penarth FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  29/11/1958 Leicester Tigers FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 29 - 0  
  06/12/1958 Bristol Rugby FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 6  
  13/12/1958 Penarth FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  20/12/1958 Harlequins FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 9 - 0  
  26/12/1958 Watsonians FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 27 - 9  
  27/12/1958 Cross Keys FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 5  
  01/01/1959 Watsonians FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 18 - 3  
  03/01/1959 Newbridge FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 9  
  10/01/1959 Swansea FL 2 0 0 0 6 W 21 - 12  
  24/01/1959 Richmond FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 0  
  31/01/1959 UAU FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 10 - 3  
  05/02/1959 Oxford University FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 35 - 8  
  14/02/1959 Leicester Tigers FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 19 - 3  
  21/02/1959 Cardiff FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 19 - 5  
  28/02/1959 Blackheath FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 18 - 0  
  07/03/1959 Cardiff FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  14/03/1959 Wasps FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 8 - 8  
  21/03/1959 Scarlets FL 1 0 0 0 3 D 11 - 11  
  28/03/1959 Rosslyn Park FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 55 - 3  
  30/03/1959 London Welsh FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 12 - 0  
  31/03/1959 Barbarians FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 5 - 15  
  04/04/1959 Plymouth Albion FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 3  
  06/04/1959 Devonport Services FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 17 - 3  
  07/04/1959 Exeter Chiefs FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 3  
  15/04/1959 Ebbw Vale FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 9  
  18/04/1959 Gloucester Rugby FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 0  
  20/04/1959 Neath FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  05/09/1959 Penarth FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 25 - 5  
  12/09/1959 Bristol Rugby FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 20 - 8  
  19/09/1959 Neath FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 17 - 11  
  26/09/1959 Swansea FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  03/10/1959 Cardiff FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 3  
  10/10/1959 Blackheath FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 19 - 0  
  24/10/1959 Wasps FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 14 - 6  
  31/10/1959 Scarlets FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 22 - 0  
  14/11/1959 Cardiff FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 8  
  21/11/1959 Cambridge University FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  28/11/1959 London Welsh FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 5 - 6  
  05/12/1959 Bristol Rugby FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 17 - 5  
  19/12/1959 Harlequins FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 6 - 0  
  26/12/1959 Watsonians FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 16 - 16  
  30/01/1960 Aberavon FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  10/02/1960 Ebbw Vale FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 5  
  13/02/1960 Leicester Tigers FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 19 - 9  
  20/02/1960 Cardiff FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 6 - 6  
  27/02/1960 Blackheath FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 19 - 11  
  05/03/1960 Cardiff FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  19/03/1960 Abertillery FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  30/03/1960 Penarth FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 0  
  02/04/1960 Neath FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 0  
  09/04/1960 Leicester Tigers FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 11 - 17  
  16/04/1960 Newbridge FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 28 - 9  
  18/04/1960 London Welsh FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 17 - 0  
  19/04/1960 Barbarians FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 9 - 11  
  23/04/1960 Plymouth Albion FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 31 - 3  
  26/04/1960 Exeter Chiefs FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 3  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  03/09/1960 Penarth FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 29 - 0  
  10/09/1960 Bristol Rugby FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 26 - 9  
  12/09/1960 Aviron Bayonnais FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 20 - 3  
  24/09/1960 Swansea FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 16 - 22  
  08/10/1960 Blackheath FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 15 - 3  
  15/10/1960 Gloucester Rugby FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 15 - 14  
  22/10/1960 Wasps FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 17 - 6  
  28/10/1960 Scarlets FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 13 - 0  
  12/11/1960 Cardiff FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 3  
  26/11/1960 London Welsh FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 23 - 5  
  03/12/1960 Bristol Rugby FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 5  
  10/12/1960 Newbridge FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 6  
  14/12/1960 Cardiff FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  17/12/1960 Harlequins FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 17 - 3  
  24/12/1960 Ebbw Vale FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 5 - 3  
  31/12/1960 Aberavon FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 8  
  06/01/1961 Cross Keys FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  11/01/1961 South Africa FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 3  
  14/01/1961 Swansea FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 9 - 5  
  21/01/1961 Coventry FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 8 - 12  
  25/01/1961 Royal Navy FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 8  
  28/01/1961 Scarlets FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 3  
  02/02/1961 Oxford University FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 5  
  11/02/1961 Leicester Tigers FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 8 - 20  
  18/02/1961 Cardiff FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 17  
  22/02/1961 Penarth FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 14 - 3  
  25/02/1961 Blackheath FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 11 - 3  
  04/03/1961 Cardiff FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 9 - 16  
  11/03/1961 Wasps FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 13 - 8  
  15/03/1961 Abertillery FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 0  
  18/03/1961 Aberavon FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 9 - 9  
  25/03/1961 Gloucester Rugby FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 14 - 6  
  01/04/1961 UAU FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 37 - 6  
  04/04/1961 Barbarians FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 0  
  08/04/1961 Plymouth Albion FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 17 - 0  
  11/04/1961 Exeter Chiefs FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 17 - 6  
  15/04/1961 Bridgend Ravens FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 16 - 3  
  22/04/1961 Neath FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  02/09/1961 Penarth FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 34 - 6  
  09/09/1961 Bristol Rugby FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 11  
  16/09/1961 Neath FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 13  
  23/09/1961 Swansea FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 13 - 3  
  07/10/1961 Cardiff FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 9  
  16/12/1961 Harlequins FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 5  
  23/12/1961 Abertillery FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 8  
  13/01/1962 Swansea FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 6  
  19/01/1962 Coventry FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 6 - 3  
  24/01/1962 Royal Navy FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 15 - 6  
  27/01/1962 Scarlets FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 6  
  01/02/1962 Oxford University FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 27 - 11  
  07/02/1962 RAF FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 6  
  10/02/1962 Leicester Tigers FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 22 - 10  
  12/02/1962 Aberavon FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  17/02/1962 Cardiff FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 5  
  24/02/1962 Blackheath FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 26 - 3  
  03/03/1962 Cardiff FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 6 - 6  
  10/03/1962 Wasps FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 5 - 14  
  14/03/1962 Ebbw Vale FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 18 - 6  
  19/03/1962 Aberavon FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 0  
  24/03/1962 Gloucester Rugby FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 0  
  31/03/1962 Neath FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 8 - 8  
  07/04/1962 Plymouth Albion FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 10 - 6  
  10/04/1962 Exeter Chiefs FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 5 - 3  
  14/04/1962 Penarth FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 21 - 3  
  16/04/1962 Pontypool FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 3  
  21/04/1962 Cross Keys FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 9 - 8  
  24/04/1962 Barbarians FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 17 - 8  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  01/09/1962 Penarth FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 29 - 6  
  03/09/1962 Cross Keys FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 3  
  08/09/1962 Bristol Rugby FL 3 0 0 0 9 W 30 - 0  
  15/09/1962 Neath FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  22/09/1962 Swansea FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 0  
  26/09/1962 Pontypool FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 10  
  29/09/1962 Scarlets FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 20  
  06/10/1962 Cardiff FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 8  
  10/10/1962 Bristol Rugby FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 18 - 16  
  13/10/1962 Blackheath FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 22 - 3  
  17/10/1962 Pontypool FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 6  
  20/10/1962 Gloucester Rugby FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 16  
  27/10/1962 Wasps FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 5  
  31/10/1962 Cross Keys FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 22 - 9  
  05/11/1962 Abertillery FL 2 0 0 0 6 W 16 - 3  
  10/11/1962 Cardiff FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 9  
  14/11/1962 Cambridge University FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 23 - 3  
  17/11/1962 Leicester Tigers FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 3  
  24/11/1962 London Welsh FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 11 - 28  
  27/12/1962 UAU FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 8  
  02/03/1963 Cardiff FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 5  
  09/03/1963 Wasps FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 15 - 0  
  13/03/1963 Scarlets FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 5 - 0  
  16/03/1963 Aberavon FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 9 - 8  
  20/03/1963 Penarth FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 16 - 6  
  23/03/1963 Gloucester Rugby FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 8  
  04/04/1963 Swansea FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 5  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  07/09/1963 Rugby Roma Olimpic FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 8 - 8  
  09/09/1963 Penarth FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 23 - 0  
  14/09/1963 Bristol Rugby FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 16  
  21/09/1963 Neath FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 11 - 22  
  28/09/1963 Swansea FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 8 - 8  
  02/10/1963 Aberavon FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 5  
  05/10/1963 Cardiff FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 14  
  12/10/1963 Blackheath FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 10 - 3  
  16/10/1963 Pontypool FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 13 - 0  
  19/10/1963 Gloucester Rugby FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 14  
  26/10/1963 Wasps FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 11 - 0  
  Team P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  Wales 4 2 0 2 2 0 0 0 6  
Clubs: - Abertillery - Newport - Newport Saracens -
Education: - St Julian's High School, Newport -
Honours: - Wales - Wales Schools -

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