Our History

History of the Club


Whitehead RFC was founded in 1936 by the employees of the Whitehead Iron and Steel company in Newport. They have always played their rugby at Bassaleg, although until the end of the 60s, their spiritual home and HQ was at the steel companies social club on Cardiff Road, known at the Courtybella. This was for one very important reason.


Bassaleg did not sell any beer! It is also interesting to know that the Courtybella was a men only and became one of the last clubs in South Wales to allow women to become members.


The Rugby Club has enjoyed many honours in its 70 year history:


District cup winners 4 times 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951


Runners Up 1969 & 2004


Two invincible seasons 1953 & 1966


District club of the Year 1996 & 2008


Welsh Internationals and British Lions Bobby Windsor and Charlie Faulkner who were part of the legendary Pontypool front row played at Whiteheads


In 1970 Tommy Doherty and Brian Flook became Welsh District Internationals


In 1979 / 80 Graham Berry and Lyndon Fisher achieved Welsh District Honours


Whiteheads has a great touring tradition and in 1951 was the first Welsh District Club to embark on a tour to France. This tradition continues today with every member eagerly awaiting the end of season tour.

Under the guidance of chairman Roger Whitfield the rugby Club has set out a 5 year plan of development and growth. Membership continues to grow and results are improving year on year so join in and support the club, enjoy your rugby at Whiteheads and you to can become part of this great clubs history