WELSH CLUB FOR LONDON. A very representative gathering assembled at the Inns of Court Hotel, Holborn, on Friday evening, January 13th, under the presidency of Sir John H. Puleston, for the purpose of taking the necessary steps to form a Welsh Club in London. They had come from the West and from the East, representing gentry and working men. the professional classes and tradesmen, clericals and Nonconformists. During the last few months a representative Provisional Committee of those interested had considered a scheme to be submitted to the meeting. The objects of this Club, they sug- gested, should be to provide (I) a centre for the Welsh community in London; (2) a place whereat the numerous London organisations con- nected with the Principality could establish head- quarters (3) accommodation for Welshmen visiting the Metropolis. The subscriptions ,should be two guineas for town members and one guinea for country members. It was assumed that at least 500 town and 200 country members could be secured. This would give an income of £ 1,265. On this basis, there- fore, it was proposed to take premises at a rent of ^5°° or ^600. This would entail an expenditure of ^1,200. The Club house should be situated in a central part of London, and should contain at least the following :-( I) A hall or room for meetings; (2) a dining-room (3) reading and writing-room (4) billiard room; (5) stewards and kitchen department; and (6) smoking room. The Chairman, in opening the proceedings, said he was always quite willing to lend himself in the cause of Wales. He felt they could get some one more active; certainly, no one more ready. He had tried many years ago to estab- lish a club in London. Surely, all Wales could unite on a proposal that would be satisfactory to all, one that should have no party and no creed. The scheme outlined in the report was not a fixed one, and was open to the fullest discussion; but he hoped they would decide on a Club house that would be in a locality and have an outward appearance creditable to Wales. He had received several letters favourable to the idea. On the motion of Mr. Hinds, seconded by Mr. Bowen Jones, it was unanimously agreed- That this meeting of London Welshmen resolve that it is advisable to establish a Welsh Club for London." Dr. D. L. Thomas proposed-" That we are of opinion that the annual subscription should not exceed £2 2S. for town and jQi is. for country members." A proposal to raise the subscription to three guineas brought up a representative of the working man, who warmly disapproved of the suggestion as it would exclude many Welsh- men. He had been in London many years, and, owing to the lack of a Welsh Club, had considerable difficulty in making the acquaint- ance of Welsh friends. Dr. Sydenham Jones explained how the present proposal for a Welsh Club had origin- ated in connection with the Pembrokeshire and Glamorganshire Clubs, and their desire to unite. He urged that they should establish something substantial and honourable to the Welsh nation. Mr. Bowen Jones and Mr. T. J. Evans very strongly urged the establishment of a thoroughly national Welsh Club to which the subscription should not be too high, which sentiments met with considerable approval. Two premises were mentioned as likely to be suitable-one in Margaret St., near Bond St. Tube Station the other in Sackville St. Eventually, on the motion of Mr. Hinds, seconded by Mr. T. J. Evans, it was unani- mously resolved that a Provisional Committee be appointed with the view of forming a limited company with a capital of not less than £ 5,000 to establish a Welsh Club. A large Committee was then nominated and approved of, Mr. Leason Thomas to act as convener. A hearty vote of thanks to the Chairman terminated the proceedings.
Football. RUGBY. RESULTS AT A GLANCE. London Welsh, 2 goals (10 points); London Scottish. i goal, i try (8 points). At Richmond Athletic Ground. London Welsh "A," i goal (5 points); Saracens "A," nil. At Palmer's Green. London Welsh B," 3 goals, i try (18 points) Ilford Wanderers B. i dropped goal (4 points). At Wanstead. The minor International at Richmond proved a very evenly contested game, as was anticipated, a kick only giving the Welshmen their victory in the end. London Welsh took the field under a decided disadvantage, for Harding, Morgan, Maddocks, and J. F. Williams were at Cardiff, doing duty for Wales as players and reserves. Efficient substitutes were found in C. E. Lewis and Treharne in the three-quarter line, whilst Gus Jones and J. C. Jenkins, the old London Welsh forwards, preferred turning out with their old club mates to the glamour of Cardiff Arms Park. The London Scottish pack soon made their presence felt, and as a result of a good rush by them, Wade was enabled to dodge over, with the game in its early stages, with a try that was not improved upon. This reverse roused the Welshmen, and their backs, who were great popular favourites at Richmond owing to their small stature, made strenuous efforts to get ovei. Several very promising movements looked ominous for the sons of Scotia, but for a time defence prevailed, the Welsh attack lacking the sting and finish one habitually associates with the best Welsh back-play. Perseverance, how- ever, was not long without its reward, for Gus Jones, getting possession, initiated a splendid movement with a good run, gave up to Lewis, who in turn sent to Treharne, and the latter raced round the posts with a splendid try, which C. E. Lewis easily converted. This was a really pretty movement, and vox populi set the seal of its approval upon it. There was no further score up to half-time, but the exchanges throughout were nothing if not interesting and vigorous. We were greatly taken by the splendid dribbling of the Scottish forwards, who passed in soccer fashion with marvellous dexterity and accuracy, making their rushes most difficult to stop. They set young Richards, the Welsh full- back, many stiff problems to solve, but he came through the ordeal very creditably. Up to half- time the Scots had, if anything, the better of the game. On the resumption, however, though our Gaelic friends did secure a characteristic forward type of try which was improved upon, the Welsh showed to great advantage, and many skilful passing movements were indulged in, Lewis and Treharne forming an attractive and danger- ous wing. An extremely well-concerned move- ment in which the ball travelled from Rowland at inside to Rees on the extreme wing, ended in the latter, after all the backs had handled, scoring in the far corner, and Lewis, with an extremely well judged kick, added the extra points-points that were destined to give the Welsh victory by 10 to 8. The game was most interesting to watch, and the margin fairly represented the difference between the teams on the day's play. The Scottish forwards quite neutralised the superiority of the Welsh backs by their brilliant work in the open. The Welsh gave a further trial to young Davies at outside half, and he continued to justify his selection. We hope he will be per- severed with, for he seems to have the making of a really good half. Richards, the full-back, is another youngster from the reserves who gave promise of consider- able kicking powers. His tackling, however, is not quite up to first class standard, and it is a pity that he cannot get over nervousness that is only caused by surroundings he is unaccustomed to. In Lewis and Treharne the Welsh have found two extremely rippy and clever players, and there should be a glut of three-quarters when Arnold recovers, for the Welsh will then have at their disposal: Morgan, Maddocks, Arnold, Timmins, Lewis, Treharne, Rees, and we hear that W. Llewelyn intends returning to town in a week or two The Reserves on Saturday found Saracens A" a stiff lot to tackle, but managed to get home by a goal to nil. The 2nd XV journeyed to Hendon, but had no game owing to the inexplicable defection of the Leytonstone 2nd who sent up two men only. The B continued to show good form by defeating Ilford Wanderers "B" by 18 points to 4. To-day the Welsh play Guy's Hospital at Honor Oak, and should prove too strong for the Medicos. On February 4th, however, they will be asked a stiffer question when the redoubtable Devon- port Albion team visit Queen's Club. The Albions are a great attraction and should attract a big gate. There was great jubilation in the London Welsh Camp when the news of the great Welsh victory at Cardiff came through, particularly when it was found that both London Welsh representatives had scored tries. The result of this game had been awaited by Welshmen with great confidence, but such an overwhelming victory had not been anticipated. Our gratifi- cation was therefore great, though tempered with sympathy for the losers and the little band of sad Rugby Union enthusiasts who have done such work for amateurism in English Rugby circles. Better luck next time NEXT WEEK'S LONDON VVELSH PROGRAMME. 1St v. Guy's Hospital, at Honor Oak. "A" v. Ilford Wanderers, at Ilford. 2nd v. Catford Bridge, at Hendon. B v. Kingston A," at Kingston. CVMRU. WALES v. ENGLAND. As was generally anticipated, the great match between Wales and England at the Cardiff Arms Park on Saturday ended in a win for Wales. The record score, though gratifying to every Welshman, must be keenly disappointing to followers of the handling code in England. Seven times over the line requires a great deal of explaining, and the explanation is to be found, not altogether in the weakness of the English players, whose forwards at any rate played a sound game, but in the combination, resourcefulness, and intelligent anticipation of the Welshmen. Never was the efficacy of com- bination more pronounced. Physically the men were well matched, but in the finer points of the game the Englishmen were woefully lacking. The great victory was no doubt due to good, fast, hard working scrummagers, tricky and initiative half-backs, sound, fleet three-quarters, whose passing and re-passing so often bewil- dered their opponents, and a safe, steady full- back. All these departments were cemented into a homogenous whole, against which all the efforts of the chosen of England were unavail- ing. Fore and aft the Welsh team appears to be sound, and although a few changes forward have been suggested, the Welsh Union will do well to play the team which has done so well in the opening match at Edinburgh on February 4th.
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