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FOOTBALL. I The Wrexham team were out on Saturday, playing in the snow, at Brymbo. The game was a Welsh League fixture, and when the referee blew his whistle, twelve minutes from time, stating that he could not follow the game, Wrexham were leading by five goals to one. This decision was ridiculed by the spectators and players, as they could follow the play easily. The snow brought the ball out prominently, and no difficulty was found in following it from goai to goal. The referee, however, is not a frequent blower of the whistle, and this was not by any means his only blunder. There is nothing definite in the Welsh League rules respecting the question of short time, but con- sidering the big lead Wrexham had it would be folly to imagine that Brymbo could have won. The match should undoubtedly be allowed to stand. If the League follow the action of the Welsh Council, they can order the clubs to play the twelve minutes, but that would be a farce. On the other hand it would be a most unfair proceeding to make Wrexham play over again, especially when they were willing to play the twelve minutes, as they con- sidered it was quite light enough. We might mention that it looked as if Brymbo desired the match to be played into darkness, and stopped, as although the Wrexham captain and the referee, before the game started, were willing to play j half an hour each way, Brymbo refused. The only rule in the Welsh League rules affecting the matter is the following :â Clubs shall not ar- range to play a match in lieu of League game. if a match is played to a conclusion it must be considered a League match, clubs shall not arrange to play a game of short duration without the permission of the I referee, which must be obtained at the commence- ment of the game, unless unavoidable circnmstances arise." Seeing that Brymbo are to blame for the match being stopped, it clearly becomes the duty of the League to award the match to Wrexham. The de- cision of the League Committee will be awaited with interest. Lord Kinnard, the president of the Football Asso- ciation, is by no means a lay figure, as up to his forty-fifth year he played as vigorously as he legislated. Mr John Taylor, the secretary of the Welsh Association, informs us that Rhos Reserve have been thrown out of the Welsh Junior Cup, and the tie awarded to Overton Juniors, who will meet Wrexham Old Boys in the second round. The Corinthian and International goal-keeper, W. R. Moon, is the holder of a record which will take some beating. A few seasons ago he actually played in fourteen matches in fourteen consecutive days-Sundays excepted, of course. The majority of the Leigh forwards have gone on strike for more than the 6s bonafide broken time pay. For some weeks past the forwards have not given entire satisfaction, and the committee, following the dample of Warrington, has selected second team players to fill the vacancies. The result of the matches in the first division of the League has been to place Everton at the head of affairs, and Derby County virtually there. The defeat of Aston Villa at Deepdale has by no means put the English Cup-holders out of count, for to beat Preston away from home is a task teams can seldom accomplish. The match between West Bromwich Albion and Bury is the first League engagement postponed through the weather this season. The weather was none of the best on Saturday last, but the worst specimen of all seems to have descended on the Midlands. Anyway, this appears to have been the case at West Bromwich, where the return with Bury was cut short by an ill-behaved and unwelcome snow-storm. When the game was stopped the scoring had not opened, so that neither team had more cause to grumble than the other. By far the biggest gate of Saturday last fell to the lot of Manchester City. Something like 18,000 of a congregation shows how ready the Manchester public are to put down their money when there is a prospect of a really keen struggle. The City have a smart team, and they have thousands of followers, the number having gone up by leaps and bounds. By their defeat of the full strength of the Sunder- land Club on Saturday, the Corinthians have re- gained something of their old prestige. Nobody who witnessed the game could begrudge the Corinthians their victory. Throughout they were always playing bright, attractive football, and if not so accurate as the Sunderland men, the Corinthians possessed advantage in speed. Whilst playing in a match between two local clubs in a field on the Bishop's Wood estate, Highgate, on Saturday, a young man named Richard Peel, a horticultural builder, of High-street, Wood Green, collided with two other players, and in the fall broke his left leg. The Athletic NewSJ contains the following :â" The Rnshden Reserves came a cropper in their match with the Leicester Fosse Reserves on Saturday. A couple of first teamers-Skea and Trainer-played for the Fosse Reserves, the former being responsible for two and the latter for three of the eight goals scored. 'I Teams of lady footballers representing North ana South from the British Ladies' Football Club, of which Lady Florence Dixie ia represented as presi- dent, visited Knowsley-road Ground, St. Helens, on Saturday. The weather mititated against anything like an exposition of the Association game, but con sidering the inconvenience of drenching knickers and blouses and heavy hailstorms, with soddened ground, they did very well. Only a small number of specta- tors attended. We cull the following from a Liverpool evening paper :â" We see that a learned and reverend arch- deacon has been tearing himself to tatters at the bare idea of the lady footballers having recently appeared in his district. This is not so bad as the public effort of another archdeacon to suppress Satur- day football, on the ground that it stood in the way of preparation for the Sabbath. Saturday football has refused to be suppressed, and a history of the game suggests that the latter will outlive the race of archdeacons. In the current number of Coo?«'t? the Rev. W P. Dowglass speaks of a Chester TArtf hft 11 ft1"tC"l" "1 1 l « .vv.uao.. i-uatum a. gooa many nunarea years old. The chronicle has it that the football used was the head of a Dane captured an J slain in battle. The reverend gentleman points out that whereas hunting is the sport of hundreds, football is the sport of thousands, while the proportion of accidents from hunting is far higher than that from football." On Thursday last a boy named John Crabtree, twelve years of age, was playing football with other boys at Habergham Eaves, Lancashire, when the ball rolled into the river Calder. Crabtree, in trying to recover it, fell in and was drowned, in spite of an effort on the part of a bystander, who jumped into the river and tried to save him. At present the record of the famous Llanellv Rugby team is almost unprecedented, they having played thirteen matches with Newport and other first-class teams, and they remain unbeaten. While they have scored 183 points, the total points regis- tered by all their opponents only reaches nine. This is how the Free Critic speaks of W. Meredith, of Chirk, but now playing for Manchester City :â Meredith and Finnerhan, when they played the strict game, left the half-backâand very frequently the men behind himâstanding still. The City's out- side right was the best forward on the field. I don't suppose there is a man playing better football in the three kingdoms than Meredith. Nature has cer- tainly endowed him with advantages above the com- mon, and, lithe of foot, an awkward customer to tackle, slippery as an eel, and a rare buttocker," as they say in Cumberland, with shooting powers extraordinary, he is a real gem. I should like to see him and partner against a Crabtree or a Holmes." In the Cup tie at Ruabon excellent football was exhibited. The home forwards were far superior to those of the visitors, as were also the half-backs. The visitors' backs were a capital pair, Morris being especially good. Evans, in goal, gave a grand exhibition. The Druids' custodian, who had not much to do, played a safe game, although the first goal scored against him might have been saved. His brother, C. Thomas, was the best of the home backs. Postle was completely out of form.

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THE WELSH CUP. I

THE WELSH LEAGUE. I

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WEEXHAM AND DISTRICT SCHOOL…

SHROPSHIRE AND DISTRICT LEAGUE.

SHROPSHIRE JUNIOR CUP.

THE LEAGUE.

I AN OLD WREXHAM FOOTBALLER.

FIXTURES FOR SATURDAY, DECEMBER…

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