Arthur Gould

Arthur Gould

Position: Centre

Born 10/10/1864
Died 02/01/1919
Place Of Birth Newport
Height 178cm / 5' 10"
Weight 73kg / 11st 6lbs

Arthur “Monkey” Joseph Gould (centre/fullback) - called "Monkey" because of childhood passion of climbing trees. Captained Newport Juniors at age 14yrs and played for Newport 3rds 1878/9. Debut age 18 yrs Nov 18th 1882 vs Weston Super Mare at RP (W 1g 2t to 0) - had played for 3rd XV and was late rep for regular fullback – ran in 2 tries. Most Welsh capped centre until Steve Fenwick (Bridgend) at Lansdowne Rd on 15th March 1980. 27 Welsh caps (2 at fullback / 25 at centre) - debut vs England on 3rdJan 1885 and last vs England on 9th Jan 1897 – played in front of 17,000 at R P and Wales won 11-0. It was 18th time Gould had captained Wales. Record stood until 1994 (Ieuan Evans).

Played for Newport 1882/3-1898/9.In 1892/3 scored 37 t* / 4dg / 5c ( try club record still stands). * Also scored 2 in friendly match. Captained Wales 4 times in 1889 -1890.

Spent year in West Indies. Returned for invincible 1891/2 season. In 1892/3 only 3 games lost and captained Newport in 1893/4 (L3) and 1894/5 (lost only to Llanelli A 6-8). Retired in 1896 but persuaded to return and in Jan 1897 made 27th app for Wales and captained them to 11-0 win vs England at Newport. Played also for Richmond (once vs Newport but on losing side!), Southampton Titans and London Welsh incl their first ever fixture in Oct 1885 vs London Scottish when he played fullback. Superb all round player / even time sprinter with swerve, side-step / kick with either foot. Never ceased to practise to develop his fitness and skills. The outstanding player of his time. On Easter Monday 1897 Sir John Llewellyn, President of WRU presented him with title deeds of Thornbury, No 6 Llanthewy Rd, Clytha Park. Arthur Gould Memorial Bed in Royal Gwent: “To the memory of Arthur Gould – Greatest of Rugby Football Players” no longer there (in part of hospital since demolished). Took up refereeing after he retired.

Died 2nd Jan 1919 Age 54. Taken ill at work and rushed home. Died of internal haemorrhage and funeral reported as biggest ever seen in Wales – until ca 30yrs later when David Lloyd George died. Buried at St Woolos Cemetery. Brewer’s agent at Phillips Brewery.

Newport RFC record : 1882/3-1898/9 : 231 apps / 159t / 66c / 61 dg / 1p.

There was at least one of 6 brothers in Newport’s team for first 29 seasons and Wyatt played until 1907 but not in 1904/5.

Playing Summary
  Season P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  1882/1883 13 9 1 3 4 1 0 1 0  
  1883/1884 19 16 1 2 3 14 0 3 0  
  1884/1885 22 15 1 6 15 11 0 11 52  
  1885/1886 12 6 1 5 1 2 0 5 0  
  1886/1887 6 4 1 1 1 1 0 2 9  
  1887/1888 3 2 1 0 2 1 0 1 7  
  1888/1889 5 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0  
  1889/1890 15 11 3 1 9 0 0 5 30  
  1891/1892 23 21 2 0 31 6 0 7 123  
  1892/1893 24 21 1 2 37 5 0 4 132  
  1893/1894 28 23 2 3 17 24 1 7 130  
  1894/1895 21 17 3 1 15 0 0 1 49  
  1895/1896 23 19 2 2 16 0 0 5 68  
  1896/1897 13 13 0 0 7 0 0 9 57  
  1897/1898 3 2 0 1 1 1 0 0 5  
  1898/1899 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0  
  Total 231 182 19 30 159 66 1 61 662  

Click on a season for a match by match breakdown.

  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  18/11/1882 Weston-Super-Mare FB 2 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  25/11/1882 Weston-Super-Mare FB 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  09/12/1882 Cardiff FB 1 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  26/12/1882 South Wales FB 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  06/01/1883 Gloucester Rugby FB 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 0  
  20/01/1883 Swansea FB 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 0  
  03/02/1883 Newport Crusaders FB 1 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  10/02/1883 Oakfield FB 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  24/02/1883 Abergavenny FB 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  03/03/1883 Swansea FB 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  10/03/1883 Neath FB 0 0 0 1 0 W 0 - 0  
  17/03/1883 Blackheath FB 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 0  
  31/03/1883 Cardiff FB 0 1 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  20/10/1883 Weston-Super-Mare CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  26/10/1883 Harlequins FB 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  27/10/1883 Swansea FB 0 2 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  03/11/1883 Cardiff FB 0 0 0 1 0 W 0 - 0  
  10/11/1883 Swindon Rangers FB 1 3 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  17/11/1883 Gloucester Rugby FB 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  24/11/1883 Scarlets FB 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  08/12/1883 Neath CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  22/12/1883 Scarlets CE 1 1 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  26/12/1883 Neath CE 0 0 0 1 0 W 0 - 0  
  29/12/1883 Weston-Super-Mare CE 1 0 0 1 0 W 0 - 0  
  19/01/1884 Gloucester Rugby FB 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  26/01/1884 Cardiff FB 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 0  
  02/02/1884 Swansea CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  09/02/1884 Neath FB 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  16/02/1884 Abercarn FB 0 5 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  23/02/1884 Scarlets FB 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 0  
  02/03/1884 German Gymnasium FB 0 1 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  18/03/1884 Swindon Rangers CE 0 2 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  02/10/1884 Wakefield Trinity FB 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 0  
  04/10/1884 Bristol Arabs FB 3 2 0 1 10 W 0 - 0  
  18/10/1884 Pontypridd CE 3 0 0 1 0 W 0 - 0  
  25/10/1884 Clifton CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 0  
  01/11/1884 Swansea CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  08/11/1884 Scarlets CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 0  
  15/11/1884 Gloucester Rugby CE 0 0 0 1 3 W 0 - 0  
  22/11/1884 Cardiff CE 0 0 0 1 3 L 0 - 0  
  27/11/1884 Lampeter College CE 0 0 0 1 3 W 0 - 0  
  06/12/1884 Swansea CE 0 0 0 1 3 W 0 - 0  
  13/12/1884 Weston-Super-Mare CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 0  
  20/12/1884 Neath CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  26/12/1884 Carmarthen CE 1 1 0 2 9 W 0 - 0  
  27/12/1884 Clifton CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  31/01/1885 Cardiff CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 0  
  07/02/1885 Pontypridd CE 4 2 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  14/02/1885 Risca Stars CE 2 1 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  16/02/1885 Hull CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  28/02/1885 Neath CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  07/03/1885 Bristol Arabs CE 1 2 0 1 8 W 0 - 0  
  14/03/1885 Neath CE 1 3 0 1 10 W 0 - 0  
  21/03/1885 Scarlets CE 0 0 0 1 3 W 0 - 0  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  19/09/1885 Cardiff Harlequins CE 1 1 0 2 0 W 0 - 0  
  21/09/1885 Batley CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 0  
  31/10/1885 Swansea CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  07/11/1885 Cardiff CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 0  
  14/11/1885 Swindon Rangers CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  05/12/1885 Scarlets CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 0  
  26/12/1885 London Welsh CE 0 0 0 1 0 W 0 - 0  
  16/01/1886 Cardiff CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 0  
  06/02/1886 Neath CE 0 1 0 2 0 W 0 - 0  
  08/02/1886 Dewsbury CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  18/02/1886 Carmarthen CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  27/02/1886 Scarlets CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 0  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  02/10/1886 Swansea CE 1 0 0 0 1 W 0 - 0  
  13/11/1886 Cardiff CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  18/12/1886 Swansea CE 0 0 0 1 3 W 0 - 0  
  26/12/1886 London Welsh CE 0 1 0 1 5 W 0 - 0  
  22/01/1887 Cardiff CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  12/02/1887 Swansea CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 0  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  12/11/1887 Cardiff CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  26/12/1887 London Welsh CE 2 0 0 0 2 W 0 - 0  
  27/12/1887 Kensington CE 0 1 0 1 5 W 0 - 0  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  20/10/1888 Blackheath CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  21/11/1888 Cambridge University CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 0  
  27/12/1888 Moseley CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  29/12/1888 London Welsh CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  02/02/1889 Moseley CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 0  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  05/10/1889 Swansea CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  16/11/1889 Swansea CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  21/12/1889 Oxford University CE 1 0 0 0 2 W 0 - 0  
  26/12/1889 Clapham Rovers CE 1 0 0 1 5 W 0 - 0  
  04/01/1890 Swansea CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  11/01/1890 Cardiff CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  13/01/1890 Devon CE 1 0 0 0 1 W 0 - 0  
  17/02/1890 Rugby CE 2 0 0 1 5 W 0 - 0  
  08/03/1890 Cardiff CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  20/03/1890 Cornwall CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  22/03/1890 London Welsh CE 1 0 0 1 5 W 0 - 0  
  29/03/1890 Scarlets CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 0  
  05/04/1890 Broughton CE 3 0 0 2 12 W 0 - 0  
  07/04/1890 Manningham CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  08/04/1890 Leicester Tigers CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  03/10/1891 Wellington CE 1 0 0 1 7 W 26 - 0  
  10/10/1891 Swansea CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 0  
  31/10/1891 Harlequins CE 2 0 0 0 6 W 23 - 3  
  09/11/1891 Swinton CE 1 0 0 1 7 W 20 - 0  
  14/11/1891 Swansea CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  21/11/1891 Cardiff CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 28 - 3  
  28/11/1891 Gloucester Rugby CE 1 0 0 0 2 W 2 - 0  
  12/12/1891 Moseley CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 0  
  19/12/1891 Salford CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 3  
  26/12/1891 Penarth CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 0  
  09/01/1892 Penarth CE 0 0 0 1 4 W 12 - 0  
  23/01/1892 Exeter Chiefs CE 3 0 0 0 9 W 44 - 0  
  30/01/1892 Cardiff CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 0  
  11/02/1892 Scarlets CE 2 0 0 0 6 W 11 - 0  
  20/02/1892 Swansea CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  27/02/1892 Moseley CE 2 0 0 1 8 W 29 - 5  
  29/02/1892 Coventry CE 2 2 0 0 8 W 21 - 0  
  12/03/1892 Exeter Chiefs CE 5 0 0 1 14 W 39 - 0  
  19/03/1892 Gloucester Rugby CE 3 0 0 0 9 W 26 - 0  
  26/03/1892 Swansea CE 1 0 0 1 7 W 9 - 5  
  02/04/1892 Cardiff CE 0 0 0 1 4 W 29 - 0  
  09/04/1892 Penarth CE 5 0 0 0 15 W 40 - 0  
  18/04/1892 Salford CE 2 4 0 0 14 W 40 - 0  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  24/09/1892 Scarlets CE 3 2 0 0 13 W 22 - 0  
  01/10/1892 Wellington CE 5 2 0 0 19 W 37 - 0  
  08/10/1892 Swansea CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 8 - 0  
  15/10/1892 Cardiff CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 3  
  22/10/1892 Coventry CE 2 0 0 1 10 W 23 - 0  
  29/10/1892 Penarth CE 3 0 0 0 9 W 23 - 0  
  26/11/1892 Cardiff CE 2 0 0 0 6 W 26 - 0  
  30/11/1892 Oxford University CE 1 0 0 0 2 W 26 - 0  
  10/12/1892 Moseley CE 3 0 0 0 9 W 29 - 3  
  17/12/1892 Gloucester Rugby CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 2 - 0  
  26/12/1892 Oldham CE 4 0 0 0 12 W 36 - 6  
  14/01/1893 Scarlets CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 0  
  21/01/1893 Moseley CE 3 1 0 1 12 W 25 - 2  
  23/01/1893 Blackheath CE 3 0 0 0 9 W 19 - 0  
  28/01/1893 Penarth FB 2 0 0 0 6 W 27 - 3  
  11/02/1893 Cardiff CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 9 - 11  
  18/02/1893 Swansea CE 2 0 0 1 10 W 13 - 0  
  25/02/1893 Wellington CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  04/03/1893 Swansea CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 0  
  25/03/1893 Blackheath CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 21 - 4  
  01/04/1893 Oldham CE 1 0 0 0 2 L 5 - 8  
  03/04/1893 Hartlepool Rovers CE 0 0 0 1 4 W 7 - 0  
  08/04/1893 Leigh CE 2 0 0 0 6 W 36 - 0  
  15/04/1893 Barbarians CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 3  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  23/09/1893 Coventry CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 14 - 0  
  30/09/1893 Birkenhead Wanderers CE 2 0 0 1 10 W 36 - 0  
  07/10/1893 Wellington CE 3 1 0 2 19 W 25 - 3  
  14/10/1893 Swansea CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 7 - 0  
  21/10/1893 Cardiff CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 3  
  28/10/1893 Bradford CE 0 0 0 1 4 D 7 - 7  
  04/11/1893 Gloucester Rugby CE 2 2 0 0 10 W 19 - 3  
  11/11/1893 Cardiff CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 8  
  18/11/1893 Salford CE 2 3 0 1 16 W 25 - 0  
  25/11/1893 Swansea CE 1 1 0 0 5 W 11 - 0  
  09/12/1893 Manningham CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  16/12/1893 Oxford University CE 1 2 0 0 7 W 10 - 5  
  23/12/1893 Penarth FB 0 2 0 0 4 W 19 - 0  
  26/12/1893 Rockcliff CE 1 2 0 0 7 W 19 - 0  
  27/12/1893 Barbarians CE 1 2 0 0 7 W 19 - 0  
  01/01/1894 Watsonians CE 0 1 0 0 2 W 5 - 3  
  13/01/1894 Cardiff CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 0  
  20/01/1894 Blackheath CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 5  
  10/02/1894 Liverpool CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 13 - 0  
  17/02/1894 Swansea CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  24/02/1894 Bradford CE 1 3 0 1 13 W 34 - 0  
  03/03/1894 Cardiff CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 10  
  17/03/1894 Swansea CE 1 2 0 1 11 W 17 - 0  
  24/03/1894 Blackheath CE 1 1 0 0 5 L 11 - 13  
  26/03/1894 Runcorn CE 0 1 0 0 2 W 11 - 3  
  31/03/1894 Salford CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  07/04/1894 Penarth CE 0 0 1 0 3 W 6 - 3  
  14/04/1894 Scarlets CE 0 1 0 0 2 W 19 - 0  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  22/09/1894 Morecambe CE 2 0 0 0 6 W 18 - 7  
  29/09/1894 Stockport CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 14 - 0  
  06/10/1894 Huddersfield CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 5  
  13/10/1894 Scarlets CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 8  
  20/10/1894 Cardiff CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  27/10/1894 Swansea CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 13 - 0  
  03/11/1894 Gloucester Rugby CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 8 - 0  
  17/11/1894 Lansdowne CE 4 0 0 0 12 W 45 - 0  
  24/11/1894 Cardiff CE 0 0 0 1 4 W 7 - 0  
  26/12/1894 Gala CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 21 - 3  
  27/12/1894 Barbarians CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 19 - 3  
  29/12/1894 Coventry CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 0  
  19/01/1895 Scarlets CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  23/02/1895 Swansea CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  02/03/1895 Penarth CE 2 0 0 0 6 W 20 - 3  
  09/03/1895 Gloucester Rugby CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 3  
  23/03/1895 Blackheath CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 0  
  30/03/1895 Cardiff CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 5 - 3  
  10/04/1895 Cardiff CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 6 - 3  
  13/04/1895 Salford CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 3 - 0  
  15/04/1895 Rockcliff CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  05/10/1895 Barnstaple CE 2 0 0 1 10 W 20 - 0  
  12/10/1895 Moseley CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 35 - 0  
  19/10/1895 Cardiff CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  26/10/1895 Swansea CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 3  
  02/11/1895 Gloucester Rugby CE 3 0 0 0 9 W 30 - 3  
  09/11/1895 Cambridge University CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 16 - 0  
  16/11/1895 Penarth CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 16 - 6  
  23/11/1895 Cardiff CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 5 - 6  
  30/11/1895 Scarlets CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  14/12/1895 Liverpool CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 5 - 0  
  16/12/1895 Oxford University CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 6 - 0  
  21/12/1895 Blackheath CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 6 - 3  
  26/12/1895 Gala & Hawick CE 0 0 0 1 4 W 10 - 0  
  18/01/1896 Moseley CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 13 - 0  
  01/02/1896 Scarlets CE 0 0 0 1 4 W 14 - 0  
  08/02/1896 Liverpool CE 3 0 0 0 9 W 39 - 8  
  15/02/1896 Cardiff CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 4  
  22/02/1896 Blackheath CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 10 - 0  
  29/02/1896 Swansea CE 2 0 0 0 6 W 6 - 0  
  21/03/1896 Cardiff CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 8 - 0  
  28/03/1896 Penarth CE 1 0 0 1 7 W 21 - 8  
  04/04/1896 Rockcliff CE 0 0 0 1 4 W 9 - 0  
  06/04/1896 Barbarians CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 24 - 6  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  14/11/1896 Swansea CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 3 - 0  
  18/11/1896 Oxford University CE 0 0 0 1 4 W 12 - 0  
  28/11/1896 Cardiff CE 0 0 0 2 8 W 14 - 0  
  14/12/1896 Cambridge University CE 0 0 0 2 8 W 18 - 0  
  26/12/1896 Barbarians CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 16 - 0  
  28/12/1896 Watsonians CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 16 - 0  
  02/01/1897 Bristol Rugby CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 9 - 0  
  16/01/1897 Wellington CE 0 0 0 2 8 W 26 - 8  
  06/02/1897 Coventry CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 10 - 0  
  13/02/1897 Cardiff CE 0 0 0 1 4 W 13 - 6  
  20/03/1897 Penarth CE 2 0 0 0 6 W 18 - 0  
  03/04/1897 Blackheath CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 11 - 0  
  19/04/1897 Rockcliff CE 0 0 0 1 4 W 13 - 4  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  29/01/1898 Monmouthshire League CE 1 1 0 0 5 W 28 - 0  
  12/03/1898 Gloucester Rugby CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 24 - 0  
  09/04/1898 Rockcliff CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 5  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  11/03/1899 Gloucester Rugby CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 11  
  Team P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  Wales 27 10 3 14 4 1 0 2 13  
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