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Rugby has been played in Neath for over 140 years and Neath is without doubt the most influential town in Welsh rugby history. The teams, the players and the personalities have a history of being the first and being the best. Through the innovation and industry of the people, Neath Rugby has been at the fore of Wales' national sport from day one. When you look at the facts there is no disputing this. 

  • Neath RFC were the first rugby club in Wales.

  • Neath was the place where the Welsh Rugby Union was founded. 

  • Neath was home to the Welsh Rugby Union for over 50 years.  

  • Neath RFC were the first winners of the Welsh Cup.

  • Neath RFC were the first winners of the Welsh League. 

  • Neath RFC hold the world record for a number of points in a season. (1988-89 - 1,917 points)

  • Neath RFC hold the world record for a number of tries in a season. (1988-89 - 345 tries)

At Neath, the players are chiselled out of granite while the supporters are known for their knowledge, humour and above all the ability to see the game through only one eye ! a black one ! There is no shame in this, just a long lasting pride that will live for ever. Players and supporters will for all eternity remember that great sound

NEATH NEATH NEATH NEATH NEATH NEATH NEATH NEATH !   

 

 

PROGRAMMES

NEATH RFC HOME PROGRAMMES

These are contained on individual pages. Please click on the links to view programmes from Neath home matches throughout the years.

UP TO 1948-49

1949-50 to 1958-59

1959-60 to 1968-69

1969-70 to 1978-79

1979-80 to 1988-89

1989-90 to 1998-99

1999-2000 to date  

 

PROGRAMMES FROM AWAY FIXTURES 

ABERAVON  -  ABERTILLERY  -  BATH  -  BRIDGEND  -  CARDIFF  -  CROSS KEYS  -  EBBW VALE  -  ENGLISH CLUBS  -  FRENCH & ITALIAN CLUBS  -  GLAMORGAN WANDERERS  -  IRISH CLUBS & PROVINCES  -  LLANELLI  -  MAESTEG  -  MERTHYR  -  NEATH  -  NEWBRIDGE  -  NEWPORT  -  OSPREYS  -  PENARTH  -  PONTYPOOL  -  PONTYPRIDD  -  SCOTTISH CLUBS  -  SCOTTISH DISTRICTS  -  SWANSEA  -  TREDEGAR    

  

 

NEATH v TOURING TEAMS
 Programmes for Neath v touring teams are held on the 'tourists' programme page for example Neath v New Zealand 1989 can be found on the New Zealand tour programmes page. Please see below a list of Neath (& Aberavon combined) v touring teams with a link to the page on which you will find the programme for that match, if the programme does not appear on that page then it is currently unavailable ...........

  

Neath & Aberavon 0 - Australia 15, 15 Oct 1908 - CLICK HERE

  

Neath 3 - South Africa 8, 19 Dec 1912  - CLICK HERE

  

Neath & Aberavon 5, New South Wales Waratahs 24, 24 Sep 1927 - CLICK HERE

  

Neath & Aberavon 3 - South Africa 8, 28 Nov 1931 - CLICK HERE

  

Neath & Aberavon 3 - New Zealand 13, 14 Dec 1935 - CLICK HERE

  

Neath & Aberavon 15 - New Zealand Services 'Kiwis' 22, 3 Nov 1945 - CLICK HERE

  

Neath & Aberavon 9 - Australia 19, 25 Oct 1947  - CLICK HERE

  

Neath & Aberavon 0 - South Africa 22, 17 Nov 1951 - CLICK HERE

  

Neath & Aberavon 5 - New Zealand 11, 23 Jan 1954 - CLICK HERE

  

Neath & Aberavon 3 - Australia 5, 28 Dec 1957 - CLICK HERE

  

Neath & Aberavon 5 - South Africa 25, 14 Jan 1961 - CLICK HERE

  

Neath & Aberavon 6 - New Zealand 11, 2 Nov 1963 - CLICK HERE

  

Neath & Aberavon 3 - Australia 9, 29 Oct 1966 - CLICK HERE

  

Neath & Aberavon 0 - South Africa 27, 10 Dec 1969  - CLICK HERE

  

Neath & Aberavon 3 - New Zealand 43, 24 Jan 1973 - CLICK HERE

  

Neath 21 - Japan 21, 15 Oct 1983  - CLICK HERE

  

Neath 6 - USA 15, 31 Oct 1987 - CLICK HERE

  

Neath 15 - New Zealand 26, 25 Oct 1989 - CLICK HERE

  

Neath 8 - Australia 16, 11 Nov 1992 - CLICK HERE

  

Neath 13 - South Africa 16, 2 Nov 1994  - CLICK HERE

  

Neath 30 - Fiji 22, 2 Nov 1994 - CLICK HERE

  

Neath 39 - USA 15, 4 Jan 1997 - CLICK HERE

 

 

NEATH IN CUP FINALS & SEMI-FINALS

  

Neath have a proud tradition in the Welsh Rugby Union cup. They were the winners in the first year of the competition and have been successful on numerous other occasions. To view Cup Final and Semi-Final programmes involving Neath, please.........

CLICK HERE  

 

NEATH RUGBY PROGRAMMMES
We have many other NEATH programmes available listed on our CLUB DATABASE PAGE. There is no on-line purchase facility on this page so to purchase these programmes make a note of the reference code, opponent & date. Please email us your list and we will send an invoice for the correct amount. To visit this page please............. 

CLUB PROGRAMMES - in alphabetical order by home club - CLICK HERE

CLUB PROGRAMMES - in alphabetical order by away club - CLICK HERE

CLUB PROGRAMMES - in chronological order - CLICK HERE

 

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BUNDLES

NEATH RFC PROGRAMME BUNDLES
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A collection of 112 Neath home programmes from the 1985/86 to 1989/90 seasons, in varying condition, mostly excellent - please see illustration. (weight 4400 gms). Includes the 1988/89, world record points and 1989/90 triple winners seasons. These five seasons are amongst the greatest in the clubs history under the guidance of Brian 'Ayatollah' Thomas and Ron Waldron.  

Ref: MC86-cbwa-nea-prgp.112-1985.90.xb - £89.00

45.jpg (400155 bytes) A collection of 110 Neath home programmes from the 1980/81 to 1984/85 seasons, in varying condition, mostly excellent - please see illustration. (weight 2500 gms) 

SOLD

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A collection of 58 Neath home programmes from the 1995/96 to 2000/01 seasons, in varying condition, mostly excellent - please see illustration. (weight 3200 gms), includes 13 programmes from the 1995/96 championship season under the guidance of Lyn & Darryl Jones.  

Ref: MC86-wacb-nea-prgp.58-1995.2001.xb - £49.00

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A collection of 77 Neath home programmes from the 1990/91 to 1994/95 seasons, in varying condition, mostly excellent - please see illustration. (weight 3900 gms). Includes the first ever season of league rugby in Wales in which Neath became the first champions.  

Ref: MC86-wacb-nea-prgp.77-1990.95.xb - £59.00

 

NEATH RFC OR NEATH TOWN RELATED MATCHES

95.jpg (271722 bytes) Leicestershire v Neath Schools

team info

14 Apr 1952 Leicester   fair - creased with small tears to the edges 

Ref: B220-B-prcb-nea-ot19520414sh-lei - £8.00

59.jpg (435551 bytes) Selected Neath Colts XV v Welsh Veterans

team info

24 Apr 1969 The Gnoll, Neath   fair - light folding creases and a little grubby

Ref: B220-B-prcb-nea-ot19690424wavn - £4.00

80.jpg (230164 bytes) Neath Grammar/Technical School Old Boys XV v Gareth Edwards XV

team info

26 Apr 1973 The Gnoll, Neath 24-24* good - light folding creases and score on the front

Ref: B220-B-prcb-nea-ot19730426-garet - £4.00

19770315-fc-metal.jpg (59745 bytes) Neath (1971 Cup Winners XV) v Metal Box

team info

15 Mar 1977 The Gnoll, Neath 74-18* good - creased

Ref: B220-B-prcb-nea-ot19770315-metal - £2.00

32.jpg (722899 bytes) Neath v Llanelli - Under 21s

team info

2001-02 Neath 21-38* good

Ref: B220-B-prcb-nea-ot2001-02-lel.u21 - £2.00

05.jpg (414400 bytes) Neath RFC International XV v Metal Box XV - Keith Richards fund

team info

16 Sep 2001 Neath   very good

Ref: B220-B-prcb-nea-ot20010916-metal - £2.00

31.jpg (671483 bytes) Neath v Llanelli - Under 21s

team info

2002-03 Neath 23-10* good

Ref: B220-B-prcb-nea-ot2002-03-lel.u21 - £2.00

 

SEVENS TOURNAMENT PROGRAMMES
  

To view Sevens tournament programmes involving Neath, (winners of the Snelling Sevens in 1964 & 1970)  please click on the link below.

CLICK HERE

 

CELEBRATION & OTHER MATCH PROGRAMMES
  

To view celebration and other match programmes involving Neath and Neath players please click on the link below.

CLICK HERE

 

WELSH INTERNATIONAL TRIAL PROGRAMMES

Neath players have featured prominently in the history of Welsh International rugby. The view Welsh International trial programmes involving Neath players please click on the link below

WELSH INTERNATIONAL TRIAL PROGRAMMES

 

 

 

 

 

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BOOKS & PUBLICATIONS

  

To view biographies of Neath players please - CLICK HERE

To view Rugby histories relating to Neath and the junior clubs in the Neath area please - CLICK HERE

To view Rugby Annuals and Handbooks relating to Neath RFC please - CLICK HERE

To view issues of Welsh Rugby Magazine with articles relating to Neath RFC and the Neath players please - CLICK HERE

For all other publications relating to Neath RFC please - CLICK HERE  

 

 

 

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PRINTS

 NEATH RFC 1895

  

A 24" x 20" inches (61cm x 51cm) photographic print of Neath Rugby's oldest action photo (and possibly Swansea's as well) taken in 1895. The print shows a match against local rivals Swansea on the 'Fairfield' which is now a car park near the new civic centre. The print is limited to 100 copies and is accompanied by a numbered certificate of authenticity, it is available framed or unframed. An inscription (as per illustration below) is available for an additional £10.00.  

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Neath RFC 1895

PRINT ONLY

Ref: cbwa-nea-ptli.1895 - £75.00

 

Neath RFC 1895

FRAMED PRINT

Ref: cbwa-nea-ptli.aifm.1895 - £165.00

 

Neath RFC 1895

FRAMED PRINT - WITH INSCRIPTON

Ref: cbwa-nea-ptli.aifm.1895 -with.inscription - £175.00

 

 

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Brett Sinkinson, Wales and Neath limited edition print. A great lifelike illustration by Daniel Yorke, No 6 of a limited edition of 250, the print dates from approx 1998, framed & glazed, total size 52cm x 42 cm (21" x 16") 

Ref ZG02-cbwa-nea-ptli-sinkinson.by.yorke - £55.00 

 

 

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Neath Dewar Shield 1905/06 'spoof' photo. - This photo was exhibited at the ,'Neath Rugby 125' exhibition to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the formation of the Welsh Rugby Union in Neath. This is the first Neath Schools team to win the premier schools tournament in Wales, the ‘Dewar Shield’ in 1905/06. The player 2nd from right in the front row has the hairdo of 2005 Grand Slam Welsh team member Gavin Henson. We exhibited the photo as being taken on April 1st 1906. An unusual item, a limited edition of 1. Total size including frame 65 x 46cm. 

Ref: ZG01-cbwa-nea-pt.19060401-dewar.hair - £95.00  

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHS - sold out

 

MISC

67.jpg (165804 bytes) 68.jpg (205489 bytes) A pair of Rees Stephens' Neath RFC illustrated Christmas Cards. Rees issued different cards each year, each with a specially commissioned illustration. Both of these cards are Haydn Ford illustrations, Haydn was a local artist who regularly captured Neath players in his caricatures, visit the Rugby in the town of Neath exhibition in our on-line museum for more information on Haydn. 

Card 1 - "Peace and Goodwill to all Men" - the message inside is an African quotation by Zerilda Steyn "CONCERN (for others) is the most beautiful word in our language" - the message appears in Afrikaans, then in English.

Card 2 -   "If little labour - little are our gains - man's fortunes are according to his pains" - illustration of Rees pushing Neath pack with his tractor. Sold as a pair.

Ref: PC57-cdgp2-cbwane-rs - £3.50

 

 

65.jpg (78342 bytes) Neath RFC presentation pennant to Lyn Jones, size 27cm x 20cm, in excellent condition. This pennant comes complete with a COA signed by Lyn Jones guaranteeing it's authenticity.

FROM THE LYN JONES COLLECTION - CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

Ref: PL21-cbwa-nea-pe.1986-7 - £39.00

 

 

NEATH RFC - HONOURS

 

WELSH  CLUB  CHAMPIONS - 1909/10  1910/11  1928/29  1933/34  1934/35  1946/47  1966/67  1986/87  1988/89  1989/90  1990/91  1995/96  2004/05  2005/06  2006/7  2007/8  2008/9  2009/10
    
  
WELSH CUP - WINNERS - 1971/72  1988/89  1989/90  2003/04  2007/8  2008/9

 

SNELLING SEVENS – WINNERS - 1964  1970

 

 

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OSPREYS RUGBY MEMORABILIA
  

In 2003 the professional players at Neath joined Swansea to become a regional team, the Neath/Swansea Ospreys, in later years the Neath/Swansea was dropped and the regional team are simply called the Ospreys, to view Ospreys programmes and memorabilia please click on the link below.............

  

CLICK HERE

 

 

 

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