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TRIUMPHANT ] TOUR. I Five Points Out of Six. I I SWANS DO WELL. I By" C Y G NET. ") I Plymouth Argyle 0 Swansea Town 1. I (W. Y. Brown). I Tha Swans have emerged lrom a trio of titiff holiday engagements with a total of live pointy out of a possible six. To readers not aware of the general condi- tions which militated against Swansea Town, this record on the face of it is an excellent one. There are a fewâthe small band of enthusiasts which accompanied I te Welsh, team to the West of Englind- r who ccnnút but be loud in then- praise o- I r the exceptional accomplishment of tho [â team, as they were better able to jud;. > [ 7 tlie strength, of the opposition pitted against the Svans and the marvellou work of individual players. By annexing five points Swansea have made but Htth: i:rogreti) on the League ladder. Readers, however, must compare what the position %v-,ould been had the points not been .,)-r) i nt,s not b,-en obtained. Prior to Cltristmas Day, Swan- sea had 19 points to their credit. There- fore if each of the three holiday matches had been lost they would have dropped to the Eixteenth position on the table. In- stead of. that they are to-day nin.th on the list. A HAPPY XMAS. I I,t has indeed been a happy Xmas for tlfe Swans. The half year has ended as auspiciously as the season opened. It f- was a gruelling period this period of three stiff diys following the cup-tie of lasi Tuesday. The team did Dot arrive at Bristol until after mid-night 0:1 Xuias ni-ght. The game a.t Bristol finished en [' Boxing day at half ptlst four: at 6.40 the men were in the train en route for Ply- mouth which town was reached at a late [ hour. To be candid the writer did not expect anything be'ter than a draw in the Argyle match. There were others oi -ni;lar view and the directors especially had every reason to be gratified at the pxcellent performance of the men again't L the redoubtable Plymouth team who h i ?i wnn b0tn matches in tha t?o prenou" ? days. And one must say that the dirc<?or6 I gave expression to their gratitude in tan- gible fashion. MMara. B. Watts J'2S fl (chairman), Harry Wiliams and Tom Ntirt?n t ?,'e th r with Mr. S. B. Wiliams t !.h? eecrd:try had &f?omn.T !i the team I' and at th? Fuley Hotel, Plymouth, en I ?a.?urday night thr" gave the men a ri?ht F, royal time. The repast ?as a sumptions the convivial nature of the gather- tag reflected the esprit de corps which Ik* exists not only amongst the players them- selves but between the players and the j" riirectoTat. MOSES RUSSELL. I One could write much of this gather- ag, but there is the story of the match l to tell, and space is limited. Although ..lie Argyle played ten men for fifty-five minutes of the game, thoy were able to keep Swansea's score down to a solitary oal, scored by W. Y. Brown after thirty minutes' play. For this they have Moses Russell to thank. Until Flood â .vent off-just before the visitors' goal âtha Argylo were having equally as much of the game as their opponents and developed danger quite as fre- quently. But after Flood had been car- ried off with a wrenched knee, the home- sters appeared to fall to pieces, and it took all the ingenuity and per-inacitv of Rui-sell to instil dash into the front line. Tho Swansea forwards would swarm i £ > the attack only each time to find Russell ready..The right back was everywhere. Harry Thomas wouhi make progress on the right and things would look serious for Plymouth., but Russell would nip up from between the halves and accept the transfer intended for W. Y. Brown. Then again. Jack Williams would hustle his way through the halves and get near the home citadel. Eussell would neatly manoeuvre to put the rest of the attack- ing forwards off-side and nullify any ad- vantage. It was Russell here, Russell there. Krjssell everywhere. He did the work, of two full-backs and covered up the faults of a trio of halves who were not particularly strong, pne is not surprised that the Argyle refund to part with him. Mis display was one of the features of the I game. AT LAST? I A query has been added to the heading oc this paragraph. For over four months Swansea supporters have been bewailing I the lack of a centre-forward. On Satur- day Jack Williams, the pre-war favourite, â -was experimented with in that position. He proved an unqualified success, and if his display may bo taken as a criterion of his ability as a pivot, then Swansea Town's greet"s$ problem has been solved, and there is no need to query this heading. He played a dashing gatne, combining robustness with agility and effective foot work. An op- portunist and an individualist, he was ever to the fore, and his few faults were probably due to the muddy stale of the ground and the greasiness of the bail. If he plays as well against Gillingliam en Wednesday nevt at Cardiff, supporters may rely upon it that lack of oppor- tunities alone will prevent him from netting' A GREAT DISPLAY. i When one bears in mind the fact that I this was the last ay four (including the I Gillingliam mid-week match) stiff engage- ments, and in view of the terrible state of the turf, the Swans gave a great dis- play. There was not a tingle real weak- ness, and the cohesion was splendid under the circumstances. The whole forward line worked well, and one would not care to individualise, except to say that Ivor Jones came in for the lion's share of the spectators' applause. Collins was parti- cularly good, and Ogley and Durnin clever. Kobeon was at the top of his form, and Walton made a good partner. Crumbley is a find," and the man who I discovered him ùcseryes credit.

SOUTHERN LEAGUE.-I

BLIGHTED HOPES. I i^i

AMMANFORD LOSE. I

I.NEWBURY. -i I -I

TWO YEARS' BACKACHE.I

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I1 WELSH RUGBY CHAMPION. I…

! THE BOXING RING. I I--!

I LLANELLY SOCCER. j

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GROUND RECORD GONE.

WELL DONE!

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GROUND RECORD GONE.