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FOOTBALL NOTES. 1 I should like to instruct those of my readers who FTRE a bit puzzled as to the pronunciation of the French phrase which I have adopted as my nom de plums how to do it. F^ELY translated it means •' Forward." It is not pronounced as it is spelled, but as if spelled aun avaung, with the accent on the last syllable. Those who have afflicted me in the pastjby calling me "enn a want" will do so in the future at their peril. Notwith. standing this lesson in French,'given "free, gratis, for nothing," I do not set myself up as an authority I on that beautiful language; and must decline, by anticipation, to answer any further questions on I either pronunciation or spelling. • To turn to the game. The match between Bangor AND Denbigh at Bhyl on Saturday was a fitting termination to the series of contests for the Northern Welsh Football Association Challenge Cup, which ended on Saturday in favour of Ba&gor. It was a teal battle of giants. I have never seen fiaer play in my life than that of the Tudges, and W. R. Williams at back. In spite of the evident bias of the spectators, the Denbigh team played magnificently from begin- ning to end. The terrible impetuosity of their charges, and the accuracy and force of their tackling and kicking, elicited cheers even from many 01 the spectators who were most bitterly opposed to them. There was fire, dash, and cool- ness combined in their play throughout to an emineat degree. I repeat. I never saw finer play. r J Wynne Edwards and W. Jones at half were only less brilliant than W. Tudge, their splendid col- league. Rdsed, it was to me a matter of surprise that the Denbigh half-backs were passed at all, and of still greater astonishment that their superb back play should have been broken throughout that havieg been done, the wonder was, not that Bangor scored three goals, but that they didn't score more. Iken was a tower of strength in the Denbigh goal. The assaults delivered on him were no child's play, BO far-off kick falling gently into his hands or landing the ba 1 at his feet far in advance of the attacking forwards but short, quick stabs, as it were, at his charge, home thrusts delivered closely and with tremendous force and quickness, the ball in many instances no sooner being etopped by him and returned into play than it catne crashing in again in an entirely different place and with all the heart of the kicker in it. Still, Bangor only fcored three goals « I think the Denbigh men made a mistake in playing three backs, at least in the first helf. They had the wind with them then, and ought to have played as many forwards as they could crowd into the first fighting line, and battered the Bangor goal till they had battered Hewitt through. They might safely have depended on their .Wonderful backs and halfs, and the 'defensive game could have been played in the second half. I repeat what I wrote a week or two ago, 41 THE BEST WAY TO DEFEND YOURSELF IS TO ATTACK YOUR OPPONENT." This is tiue in all things, and almost at all times. • As to their forwards, Morris and the two Williams were the most brilliant, the former shining particularly in the fine bit of play which ended in a goal, and making a splendid spurt shortly afterwards which nearly ended in another. Evans and R. Jones on the right were quite fit to be in the team, but had not so many chances of distinguishing themselves, the play being chiefly on the right and up the centre. On the whole I should say there is not, on their present form, a finer team in the association, except Bancor Football Club. ° And Bangor Football dub is, I think un- doubtedly, in spite of their defeat at Carnarvon the other dav, tbe very best team in the association. They have strength, speed dash and science, TA a very much greater extent than any other team in my opinion, and more than all they have that without which all would be useless in face of a club possessing it, viz., a considerable amount ot combination. As regards their play on Saturday, I can't give them any higher praise than say they thoroughly I beat the magniticent team opposed to them. Without in the slightest degree casting any reflection on the other players. I think their very best men were, named in order of merit: Humphrey Jones, S. Willmann, J. F. Williams, M. Hewitt, Willie Lewis, and Robert Williams. The others were, in my opinion, equally good with each other. I say equally good, advisedly. To sum up shortly, in the words of one of the players, the backs and halfs saved the game in the first half, and the forwards won it in the second. < I put in an appearance at Bangor on Easter Monday, and WAS tewarded by seeing four free 1.1 • AMON& the spectators, and the most splendid GAME it has been my good fortune to witnass down here, a gamo surpassing even that of the previous Saturday. • » Of the free fights I CAN'T say much in way of praise, as, as far AS I could see, TH* R-AN about nothing and ended either in SOMETHING very nearly approaching A FLT 0f crying, or in the interference of the police. I like to see a good fight of any kmd, BUT I loose all interest in it as soon as one side or both begin to cry at the pros. pect of defeat. I never found this tendency during my long residence in England among the English. Why cry ? If you go in for a fight at all fight to the end as well as you can, and if beaten smile, and bear no malice, and don't give UJ. The fighting instincts of a race ought to be Encouraged and educated in some way or another, consistent, of course with law and order, and the nation that does this' most perfectly will stand first and live longest in the battle d life. I commend to the attention of all those sincerely desirous of fostering Welsh Nationalism," of which we bear so much just now, those words of Tennyson in "Locksley Hall:" "Lat them fight." I would add, "And teach them how to do it." < HOWEVER, we'll talk aoout that another time. it LS,I.TEP088ible to describe in the limited space at my DISPOSAL the magnificent play of the Bangor team against the Aston Villans Second Eleven, in ,111, ^NE of the Birmingham men on being TL-I U THE game what he thought of the "ASHMEN s play replied emphatically, "They ougbt to enter for the English Cup." I endorse his saying, and hope it will be done at once. I don t kaovv really who was the very best mm on the field, but I fancy Willmann, though Humph- rey Jones and J. Williams run him hard fox the rey Jones and J. Williams run him hard for the firot place, but really Willmann's play was splen- did. I didn't think he could have shown as much dash and fire as he did on Monday. John Wil- liams is too savage, though immensely effec- tive. Willie Lewis's brother kept goal, and did not discrodit himself by any means, though his work was not very hard, J. Smith, captain, played brilliantly, as, indeed, did the whole team. W. Lewis, B. J. Roberta, and R. Williams, each in turn doing something especially good F. R. Jone3, who is credited with two out of three goals, played, well. but, I am told, is not in his best form. But even to a stranger (us I), his skill as A player is apparent, and makes one long to see him at his beet. I had tea with the Villans atter the match, and they were particularly warm in their praise of Fred.'s play. One of them said: He's the best player on the field." • » The Birmingham men were not the Aston Villa first team, but the second. Tile first team is touring in Scotland. I should like to see a tussle between Bangor team as it now stands and the A. V. First Eleven. I should want odds, if I bet at all. ♦ » • The second team acknowledge themselves clearly beaten, but it must be remembered that they bad been travelling from half-past seven in the morning till noon, and a railway journey ot that length tells terribly on the condition of any team. Still, though defeated, any one could see the grand stuff they were made of. On Tuesday another defeat awaited the repre- sentatives of Aston Villa at the hands of a re- presentative Carnarvon team. Tho way Simmons played was a surprise to the visitors, and elicited the heartiest cheers from the spectators. Bailey distinguished himself in goal, as did R. Jones at half-back. Hughes, of the Colts, entirely justi- fied the confidence of the committee, and Stewart, of the same club, played a remarkably good game. R. P. Williams and Howe also played well, Wil- liams displaying perfect form. Owen, of the Heroes, did not get much to do, Simmons doing all the work on that wing. All the team, in fact, may be eaid to have played well. The visitors were clearly suffering from the tremendous exer- tions of the previous day, but thouga desperately fagged played up to the end, pressing the home team va;y hard. They ougbt to have scored oftener than they did, but the defence was very good. The general opinion is that the Birming- ham people had better send their first eleven down to see what we can do with them. Mr Whiskin, the Colts' secretary, I believe, is already corres ponding to that end. Et AVANT.


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