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I Celebrating the Victory. Holywell and Its Cups: Enthu- siastic Demonstration. PRESENTATION TO PLAYERS. Football enthusiasm reached a high pitch in Holywell on Saturdayâand not without good reason. For years Holywell football- ers had assiduously struggled for a trophy, and at a bound they won two and were within an ace of winning a third this sea- son. It is an achievement that any club need be proud of, and one that the least sporting of towns might view with pride. The Holywell team has done immense cre- dit to the old town in every way, and the compliments paid the players on Saturday last were well deserved. The event of Saturday was the presenta- tion of the cups (the North Wales Coast Amateur Cup, and the North Wales Coast League Cup), and medals to the champions; the match with Festiniog was merely the entertainment. They beat the visitors by four goals to one. It was a grand game, full of interest and pretty play. There was a large attendance, but making comparison, the ladies by their numbers at the match showed a livelier interest in the victors than the sterner sex. The presentation was to be made at the close of the match from a temporary plat- form in the field. On a stand the two cups, were on view, and around the trophies there gathered a number of gentlemen for the little speech-making that w; to take place. Just as Mr. R. D. Rich. -de, Ban- gor, was proceeding to hand over the cups by a few introductory remarks, an ominous crack was heard, and the next moment the platform caved in. The incident looked uglyâbroken limbs and smashed cups were expected. However, the occupants of the platform escaped injury, and the cups were rescued as they were toppling over. The case in which the cup was kept was the only thing damaged. There was a general feeling of relief as one of the players lifted one cup above his head and called out I ve got it," and then another player displayed the other cup. Mr. R. D. Richards said it gave him great pleasure, on behalf of the North Wales Coast Football League, to hand over the handsome cup to the champions of the League for the season 1913-14. The League, as they well knew, was a powerful organi- sation, in two divisions, 22 teams and 960 registered players. Out of all that mater- ial Holywell came out on top with a record they might well be proud of. Holywell had played 17 matches, won 15, lost 1, drawn 1, 57 goals scored, and only 16 goals scored against themâ(cheers)âand had gained 31 points. It was r A SPLENDID RECORD, and he congratulated Holywell team upon winning the cup. He' also congratulated them upon winning the North Wales Asso- ciation Cup, and upon very ne-arly winning the Welsh Association Cup. He heartily congratulated their captain, Mr. Goodwin Z, â(hear, hear). He had a splendid record and had already played for WVies in the amateur international mtch. He wished the team every success in the future, and hoped it would not be tho- last time he should have the pleasure of bringing the cup to Holywell (applause). Mr. Richards then banded the cup to Mr Goodwin, captain of the Holywell team. In reply, Mr. Goodwin said he had great pleasure in receiving the cup on behalf of the Holywell team. It was the second cup they had received. The team promised to bring three cups home, but fate was against them. Still, as they were good winners they were also good losers, and were first to congratulate Cardiff Corinthians upon their success. He hoped next season they would be able to bring home the three cups Hearty cheers were given for the team. Mr. E. J. Ca,therwood, chairman of the club, proposed a vote of thanks to Mr. Richards for kindly journeying to Holywell to present the cup. Mr. Goodwin seconded the proposition, which was carried with cheers. A general exodus from the field was made after the team had been photographed, and on reaching the roadway the team marched down, followed by the Welsh Flannel Mills Band playing "See the Conquering Heroes.' Before the procession had gone many yards Goodwin and Ben Edwards, who were car- rying the cups, were hoisted slioulder high, and in that order the town was paraded. Later, the team were entertained to a knife and fork tea in the Town Hall. Mr. E. J. Cathei-wood, chairman of the Holy- well United F.C., presided, and there were present: Mr. R. D. Richards, Bangor; Mr. T. Waterhouse. Capt. J. Ll. Williams, Mr. J. Ayer, Mr. B. Edwards, sec., Mr. T. Winter, sec., etc. Miss M. E. Williams, Oswallt House, supplied an excellent tea. UNIQUE OCCASION. The Chairman &aid the occasion was unique in the annals of football In Holy- well, and it was with pleasure he compli- mented the team upon its achievement. At the request of the club members generally, he had pleasure in asking Mr. T. Water- house to take charge of the North Wales Coast Club, on behalf of the club. He was sure it could not be in worthier hands than those of one of their vice-presidents and best supporters (applause). Mr. T. Waterhouse, in accepting the re- sponsibility for the safe custody of the cup, said he felt it a great honour to be asked to take charge of it. He congratu- lated Mr. Catlierwood upon the honour that had fallen to his lot in being chairman of the Holywell Football Club in a year when they had won so magnificently., He also congratulated the committee upon their foresight in the selection of the team. It showed the committee had evercised great care throughout the season. Holywell was immensely proud of the club. It was not as though it was the habit to win and receive cups, and the occasion was certain- ly unique as the Chairman had said. He heard from one outsider at the Newtown match that Holywell were the greater fav- ourites because of the gentlemanly way they played. That was a credit to the Holywell team. They were gentlemen and sportsmen as well, and knew how to play in the best way. They had won their honours I by no underhand method, but by clean sport throughout the season (hear, hear). He, therefore, felt it a great honour to have charge of the cup, and he appreciated the kindness of the committee in selecting 11" him. He thought the effect would be that lie would get so used to the cup being in his rooms that he would not want to part with it (hear, hear). Henceforth they would find him a greater supporter of the club both financially and otherwise (cheers) Mr. A. LI. Evans said he had been ask- ed on behalf of the committee to ask Capt. J. Ll. Williams to accept the custody of the N. W. Coast League Cup for the next twelve months. Before Jie came to Holy- well he knew Capt. Williams by repute, for he was known all along the coast. His interest in football deserved the honour they offered him, and he felt sure Capt. Williams would be reluctant to part with it. He trusted the atmosphere would be suitable to the cup, and that it will not depart for many a long year (hear, hear). Capt. J. Ll. Williams, in accepting the responsibility, said he felt honoured by the confidence of the committee, and was proud to have charge of the League Cup. He happened to be the only one remaining who formed the Welsh Coast League 20 years ago, and perhaps it was only right and proper that the "father of the league" should have charge of the child (laughter and hear, hear). He hoped, now that they had got it, that the cup would remain in Holywell longer than twelve months. He congratulated the committee and the play- ers particularly upon the way in which they had played the game. It was no wonder they did well when they were led by Capt. Goodwin. He did not think anyone could have played a more gent-lcaianly game. He accepted the cup with the wish that it may long be held by the Holywell club (cheers). Mr. R. D. Richards, chairman of the Welsh Coast League, said that was the tenth occasion he had assisted at the pre- sentation of the cup and medals. He did not think he liad a fairer hearing than h* had had that afternoon. What struck him was the great number of ladies present at the match. He also noticed one gentleman in clerical garb. The more ladies and the more clerical gentlemen present at matches the better for the sport. The cup presen- ted to Holywell was only three years old, and Holywell was the third team to secure it. It was an exact pattern of the English Cup, with the addition of the Red Dragon, by Sir Goscombe John. He congratulated all connected with the Holywell club. It was a striking advance from seventh on the list last season to the top notch this. Speaking of the decisive matches played, Mr. Richards said Holywell team experi- enced hard lines at Newtown. To his mind Cardiff Corinthians, now the best amateur team in Wales, excelled Holywell through having taller men in their forward rank. They won the cup by force of weight rather tihan force of science. Apart from that, Holywell record was uniqueâit was a strik- ing one, and Holywell team had been the pick of North Wales for a long while. Mr. Richards then presented the medals, and in handing one to Capt. Goodwin he expressed the hope that they should see him representing Wales against the three couii- tries. Capt. Goodwin said lie Wits plgRtggd to have tfhat opportunity of thanking the speakers for their congratulations, and the committee for the way they had treated the players. They had acted like gentlemen, towards them, and the players had tried to act like gentlemen on the field of play (hear, hear). He had never seen a team treated better or better cared for in every way. He hoped next season they would be able to lift the Welsh Amateur Cup. The other members then received their medals (2) from the Cup and League Asso- ciationsâE. Williams, C. Hewitt, Ted Hughes, Ben Edwards, Geo. Petrie, A. Hewitt, W. Hurst, R. Bellis, J. Hawkes, and E. Alfred Jones, to whom a twelfth medal was granted by the Association in consideration of his having played in most of the matches. Mr. T. Waterhouse presented the medals of the North Wales Coast League. Mr. B. Edwards, secretary, proposed a vote of thanks to the vice-president for his support during the season. This was se- conded by Mr. Arthur Jones and responded to by Mr. T. Waterhouse, who, in replying moved a vote of thanks to the players. The proposition was duly seconded and carried. Mr. T. Griffiths proposed a vote of thanks to the Chairman, which was seconded by Mr. D. Mills, who said it was a singular co-incidence that their chairman, who had been one of the most faithful on the com- mittee, should in his first year of office have the distinction of being concerned in receiving a jouple of cups. Holywell never came out with higher honours (hear, liear). The Chairman responded, and Capt. J. Ll. Williams thanked Mr. Richards for at- tending. Mr. Ayer seconded, and Mr. Richards briefly responded. Apologies for absence were received from the Rev. J. W. Thomas, Mr. R. L. Broad- bent, Capt. J. Pulford, etc., and after com- pliments had being paid to the catering of Miss M. E. Williams, Oswallt House, the proceedings concluded with the National Anthem.

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