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FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION OF WALES DINNER AT WREXHAII-PRESENTATIO-N OF MEDALS AND CERTIFICATES. A dinner, at which the cup medals and certificates won by the Wrexham Club last year were presented, was held at the Wynnstay Hotel, after the termination of the Wales v. Lancashire match. Mr. Murless served up an excellent repast, and there was a large attendance. Mr. Evan Morris, president of the Wrexham Club, and Vice- President of the Association occupied the chair, and was supported by Sir Robert Cunliffe (president), and the Hon. George Kenyon, and amongst those present were Captain Williamson, Messrs. T. Bury, J. Oswald Bury, C. H. Lloyd (Secretary of the Association), H. A. Hamshaw, J. Manners, J. B. Murless, jun., J. S. Crawford, F. e\V- stead, A. Cooper, R. Mills, Dr. Grey (Ruabon), Messrs. I. E. Thomas (Chirk), R. Mills, Knight, Burgess, A. Brad- ley, T. Boden, Owen Price (Brynmally), Ll. Kenri (Wynn Hall), Clayton, Powell, Dixon (Darwen). The Lancashire team, most of the Welsh team, and the success- ful team ot last year. The CHAIRMAN rose in the middle of the dinner and said that although it was unusual to propose a toast at such a time, he must ask them to drink the health of the Lancashire team. He was sorry they had to leave to catch the train, he believed it was well known amongst clubs whom they played, that although they were not the best Football Association in the world, yet they always received their opponents, they had had a good game, and he would ask them to drink the health of their opponents, coupled with the name of Mr. Dixon. MR. DIXON, in responding, thanked them for the hearty manner in which the toast had been proposed and received. He was sorry their captain, Mr. Hargreaves, of Cambridge University, was not there to respond to it. They had had a most pleasant game, and he hoped they would meet other opponents in the same friendly spirit.. He himself was in the sere and yellow leaf, but he wished them all success in football. Could such a thing be possible for his own association, he could say they intended to im- prove, and had learned a lsson or two in passing that day. He would conclude by drinking the health of the Welsh Association. On the removal of the cloth, The CHAIRMAN proposed the usual loyal toasts, as well as the Bishop and Clergy of the Dioceses, and Ministers of all Denominations." Mr. CLAYTON next proposed the "Army, Navy, and Reserve Forces," coupled with the names of Sir Robert Cunliffe, Colonel of the Denbigh Militia, and the other officers present. Sir ROBERT CCNLIFFE said that that was the third time within'the last month that he had responded to that toast in Wrexham. He referred to the Zulu disaster, and said that Lord Beaconsfield had said with great truth that no- thing was certain but the valour of our troops. The other day, at Rourke's Drift, two officers and eighty men beat back 2,000 Zulus, and the English army had preserved. their honour untarnished. Capt. WILLIAMSON also responded for the army, and said he had just heard in barracks that 100 volunteers for the 21st Regiment were called for from the 23rd, and that the whole battalion had volunteered. He knew personally six of the officers who fell. He had no doubt that when the reinforcements arrived at the Cape they would make the Zulus feel their presence. Capt. BURY said it gave him great pleasure to respond on behalf of the Volunteers, especially as they were now recognized as part of her Majesty's army. He would re- mind them that Volunteers in South Africa were engaged in action. The report of the Volunteer Commission which had been sitting for twelve months, had been made known the previous evening. One thing he was glad to say, that was that they would wear the national colours, and be indistinguishable from her Majesty's army. The CHAIRMAN next rose, and said he thought it part of his duty as Vice-President of the Football Association of Wales to take that opportunity of stating what the present position of the Association was. He had no toast to propose, but merely to give a short statement of the origin of the Association and its present position. He for one looked with pride on the feeling which the Football Association had brought about in the Principality. He had taken an active interest in all sports for the last 15 years, and felt he would be wanting in his duty unless he brought the Association before the consideration of those who could give it their support. He knew of nothing so invigorating, both bodily and mentally, as the game of football, and nothing gave greater relief from work than manly pastimes. It was a matter of pleasure to him that football had been taken up with so much enthusiasm in their neighbourhood. In 1875 the idea of form- ing a Football Association for Wales was origi- nated by Mr. Kenrick. When Mr. Kenrick mentioned the matter to him, and asked him to act with him, he did it with the greatest pleasure, and he would not be doing what was right if he did not give the credit of forming the Association to Mr. Kenrick. In 1875 the Association was formed from a very small begin- ning, and it kept gradually creeping It consisted of the Druids, Wrexham, and several other clubs, and created, he might say, an appetite for football in the Principality. The first president was Sir Watkin, and in the first year they played a match against Scotland at Glasgow—it was the strongest Association in the world, but they began at the top of the tree. In the second year the Hon. George Kenyon was president, and they would recollect the pleasant match played with Scotland. It was a very good game; the Scotch had just beaten England by three goals, and the Association lost their match by two to none. In that year the idea was formed of providing some great incentive for all the clubs in Wales to play for, and that idea had resulted in the mag- nificent cup. Who would not do his best to play for such a cup as that ? They were, however, without money. They were possessed of ingenuity and got the cup without money It only required to be known that they had been plucky enough to buy the cup without money, and the Welsh people, he was sure, would help them to pay for it. Twenty-two clubs from all parts of Wales had competed for it from Bangor on the one side to Newtown on the other. Nearly all the counties were represented as well as every important town. That, he thought, spoke volumes for the Association, and he trusted the public would come forward and subscribe for the cup. He felt that it was necessary to make some statement as to what the Association had done, and he would ask the two gentle- men on his right and left, Sir Robert Cunliffe and Mr. Kenyon, the one to present the cup and the other the medals. He had omitted to state that they had played Scotland three times, England once, Staffordshire twice, Birmingham twice and Sheffield twice and that it cost a great deal of money to send members away to play, and was a great strain on the limited funds of the Association. The Hon. GEORGE KENYON then arose amid great cheering to present the cup, and in doing so said:— It said much for the ingenuity of the Chair- man to have obtained a cup without paying for it, and he would present the cup in the way in which he (the Chairman) desired it given. With regard to the Football Association, he took considerable interest in its welfare, and thought he was the first president. He remembered their match with Scotland, and he thought on that day the elements were against them. Ever since, they had become a standing association in Wales. The cup should have been presented last year, but the Chair- man had not then found out how to get it without the money. He was sorry the conditions were not such that after a certain number of years it became the property of the club which succeeded in keeping it. Most prizes of a similar character became the property of those winning it three years, such as the Public Schools Challenge Shield for shooting. He hoped the Wrexham Club would win it for three years. He had great pleasure in presenting the cup to Mr. C. Murless, on behalf of the Wrexham Club, and he would advise him to keep it. In conclusion, he wished all success to the Football Association of Wales, which bound more closely the different towns and counties of Wales to each other. Mr. Kenyon then handed the cup to Mr. MURLESS, who returned thanks on behalf of the Wrexham Club, and said he did not attribute their victory to any superior powers of the men composing their team, but to the fact that each played for the honour of his club, and not indi- vidual fame. The CHAIRMAN announced that Mr. Kenyon, who had subscribed two guineas to the Association, had increased the sum to five guineas—he supposed as a little reward for their ingenuity. (Laughter.) Sir Robert Cunliffe then presented the medals to the Wrexham team, as followsC. Murless (captain), E. Edwards, J. Price, E. Phennah, T. W. Davies, A. Davies, E. A. Cross, Jas. Davies, E. Evans, senr., E. Evans, jun., and H. Loxham. Sir ROBERT CUNLIFFE again rose and said their Chair- man had asked him to say a few words, but he found that Mr. Kenyon had said so much, and so very much to the point, that it was very difficult for him to say anything. Mr. Murless had said that the members of his club did not play for their own individual fame, but for the honour of the Wrexham team, and he was sure that as long as that feeling remained theirs they would not go backwards, but forwards, and when they met the lads from Scotland at Wrexham, on the 3rd March, they would give them all their work to do to defeat them, if they did that. The CHAIRMAN then handed the certificate to Mr. Murless, after which he said it gave him equal pleasure to present a certificate to the Club which fought so gallant a contest with the Victors. He was sure there never was a better match from beginning to end, and it was not until nearly the last moment that Wrexham scored a goal. If the cup went from Wrexham he hoped it would go to the Club which had done so much for the Association, namely, the Druids. 1 Mr. KENRICK returned thanks, and said that the cup last year was fairly won. The Druids had this year been unable to get a ground, and could not therefore contest the cup as a Club. Some of them had fought under another flag, but with no better success than last year. He thought they would obtain a ground this year, and they might be sure that the Druids would always contest the honour of holding the Welsh Cup. Captain WILLIAMSON proposed "Success to the Foot- ball Association of Wales," coupled with the name of the president,|Sir R. Cunliff.e Sir ROBERT CUNLIFFE, in reply, said he had never dined with so harmonious an Association, and he hoped the gentlemen of the Press would be good enough to say so. When he was at Eton Ita had the pleasure of playing what they now called half-back, but what in those days was described as "short behind," for his tutors against other houses. He hoped the reports of the proceedings would be noticed by their neighbours, and that they would come forward and help them out of the little difficulty of money. In conclusion he would only say that he very much ap- preciated the honour of being their president, and hoped to be present on the 3rd of March, when he trusted they would render a good account to the Scotch gentlemen who were coming over to play them. During the evening excellent songs were sung by Messrs. Jas. Davies, C. Edwards, Knight, O. Bury, Powell, and Cooper. The cup was manufactured by Mr. Benson of London and contains 130 owices of pure silver. In the centre of cup is beautifully chased a spirited representation of a game of football, and on either side of the be are seated two figures of the players holding the Association ball. From the centre sprang the two side handles which are appropriately formed by gold flags entwined and supporting between them the traditional Welsh goat, while on the top stands a finely modelled Red Dragon of Wales holding a football under his paw, and underneath, the arms of Wales. Around the pedestal are eighteen silver medallions intended to bear the names of the winners. The medals, which are of solid gold, were supplied by Mr. F. Butt, of Chester, and bear the Red Dragon on one side, and the Football Association of Wales, 1877-8 on the other. The certificates which are handsomely illuminated were I supplied by Mr. Garratt Jones, of Wrexham.

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