We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Anthony “Tony” Charles Brown, a man who has left an incredible legacy for the game in Newport.

Tony Brown first joined the club as a vice-president in 1997, before becoming our first chief executive then major shareholder. During his tenure, Brown oversaw an unprecedented transformation, bringing in an array of international stars and achieving silverware with the Welsh Cup in 2001.

The “Tony Brown era” is regarded as one of the most memorable times in the club’s history, and his invaluable contribution led to him being one of the first inductees into the NRFC Hall of Fame in 2012.

Our thoughts and condolences go to his family and friends at this difficult time.