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Abercynon Lad Drowned.


Letters to the Editor.

Penderyn Tragedy.


" The Church In Wales."

Football Notes.


Football Notes. BY SPECTATOR." ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL. FINAL TRIAL OF THE ABERDARE TOWN A.F.C. Judging by the large crowd of Soccer- ites who made their appearance on the famous battle fieldaf former Dare Clubs, Association football ought to prove a financial success in the ensuing season. Success depends largely upon the newly selected committee, but I have been in- formed that nothing will be left undone in their efforts to put in the field an eleven which will do credit and not lower the prestige of the game in the town where Association football has built up such a name for itself. <7 < £ Tom D. Jones, the secretary of the new undertaking, has received about 150 to 200 applications from players, and many were from first-class men. Bill Boultou (of Staple Hill and Aberaman), who played such a great game against Tre- harris last season, applied for a position at back. If he has been signed on, the Aberdare Club are to be congratulated on their brilliant capture. The following elevens took part in the trial:—Reds: Goal, Brownhill, Birming- ham; backs, L. Nash (Newport) and W. Bculton (Staple Hill and Aberaman); half becks, W. Hasketh (Wrex- ham), Fred Griffiths lAvonmouth), and Sam Parker (Aberdare?); forwards, J. Holland (Bristol), Parkels (Stourbridge), H. Wyldes (Rotherham), D. E. Price (Aberystwyth), and 'Ted Woollacotte CAberdare). Stripes: Goal, H. Banks (West Bromwich Albion Reserves); backs, A. Goodwill (Burton), M. Taylor t.ol); half-backs, J. Aitken (Cardiff), Dan Thomas (Cwmaman), and W. Booke (Staple Hill); forwards, Yank Powell (Newport), J. Rooke \Staple Hill), W. Smith (Shireampton), Tom Daniel Jones (Aberaman), and Jenkins (Llanfaes Bri- gade). In the absence of Mr. Geo. Mercer, Mr .Tarman (CVmbach) officiated as referee. The game in itself needs no comments Suffice it to sa.y the Stripes won by 2 goals to 1. Jack Rooke for the Stripes scored from a penalty, and was nearly successful from several good shots. The man that took the eye was undoubtedly Hasketh, a left-half from Wiexham. He never gave Yank Powell an opportunity to show his real form. No doubt Horace Blue's recommendation is sure to find a permanent position in the eleven. Hol- land, a. midget from Bristol, on Satur- day's form, is worth his place, and many of the spectators favour the inclusion of his partner, Parkes, as' inside left. Grif- fiths, the centre half, did not come up to expectations, Danny Thomas, the old Cwmaman captain, being, on the day's play, the better man. But one cannot judge a player on his first, appearance, and perhaps Griffiths will show a glinip-so of his real form on Saturday, when Mar- dy will be the visitors at the New Ath- letic Grounds. <■> -0- The game was thoroughly enjoyed by the thousand odd spectators, and when one considers the fact that the players were giving of their he.t, the exhibition was far from being an individual one. Mr. Jack Dean, who took such an active part in Soccer football some few years ago, is again about and doing, and mak- ing his presence felt. When Jack sets about a thing he does not let the grass grow under his feet. <7 <7 Aberdare Soccerites are delighted by the glowing accounts of Billy ingham, the sterling centre forward. According to reports, his dashing funs between the backs, which were a great feature of his play when in the Dare ranks, pleases the Plymouth Argyle supporters immensely. The large crowd who witnessed the Aber- aman v. Aberdare match some few years ago will not forget his brilliant in- dividual effort which opened the scoring in that memorable game. RUGBY. BY "MUDDIED OAF." It seems to me that the game has not been taken up seriously yet within the Mountain Ash District because the sum- merlike weather which we were blessed with last Saturday put all thoughts of foctball aside. However, the authorities of the Mount senior fifteen engineered a Practice Match which was held on Saturday before a fair attendance. The contestants were the Captain's XV. ver- sus a team of picked men from the dis- trict. The game hardly came up to ex- pectations. Nevertheless we shall see a real beginning next Saturday, when the team will play their opening match raider the auspices of the Glamorgan League. It is rumoured that the popu- lar half-back, Wyndham Jones, has once more declined a pressing invitation to go up North." This is encouraging news tc the supporters of the "Old Firm." The team's chances for the possession of the Glamorgan League Cup seem to be as rosy as ever. As the only Senior Rugger fifteen in the Aberdare Valley, the team ought to command support. I learn that the Aberdare and District Rugby League will have more teams affiUated to its body this year than ever. The League will take part in the Cup Competition for Junior Rugby Leagues, a. contest that has been organized by the members of the Welsh Football Union with the object of fostering the "hand- ling code" amongst the rising junior clubs of all grades and standards. There will also be a. series of Inter-League matches when the Local League will shortly have to meet the representatives of the Rhondd-i League. The working arrangements of the League is in the dili- gent hands of Mr. Jack Rees, W.R.U., Aberaman. Mr Rees was connected with the League last year, and has also taken an active part in teams of a similar grade in Pembrokeshire. I wish Mr. Rees every success. The Aberaman Cynon Stars R.F.C. will again don their fighting jerseys this season to take part in the local league en- gagements. The team will be strengthen- ed by several new players. The head- quarters are at the Lamb and Flag Hotel. The Cynon Stare team will be the only Rugger body at Aberaman this season. Lovers of the game will be able to witness performances by the expon- ents of both codes at Michael's Field. The club's secretarial duties will be dis- charged by Mr. Tom Williams, 12, Gla- morgan-street, Aberaman, and the team has also entered the local league contest. On Saturday last a trial match was played, when an interesting game was witnessed. Dai Williams, who formerly played at half-back, will henceforth be seen to advantage at full-back, whilst the half-back line will now be occupied by Messrs. Tom Miles and Edwards, two clever halves who always know when their three-quarters require nourishing. 4>- The Trecynon Windsors entertained a team from Cwmaman on Saturday at the Park', when the game resulted in a run- away victory for the Trecynon boys by 11 goals to nil, which works out at a goal per man. This is the Windsor's second victory this season, and if they keep up their present form they will be able to dc some really smart work. Next Satur- day the Aberaman Wanderers will wan- der to the Park to try their luck against these redoubtable Trecynon goalgetters. The Aberdare Crescents will not have it all their own way this season, for the Aberaman Excelsiors are bent on secur ing the league trophy at all costs. The position of goal-keeper will again be held by the capable Frank Bennett. Bennett during the summer months played as a professional cricketer for the Llwynypia Eleven, and also in the ranks of the Aberaman C.C. when they won the Glamorgan League. At full-back we shall see Jack Thomas, who formerly played for the Gadlys Rovers, whilst the half-back division will be occupied by new men in the persona of Gwilym Parry, iate of Aberystwyth, and Pugh, also of the Gadlys Rovers. The former line will also include D. H. Parry, brother to Gwilym, who also needs no introduction, and a Bristol man in t'he person of Motley will strengthen the front line. In all probability, Dai Tom Williams will be again chosen as cap- tain, whilst his brother, Jonah Wil- liams, has once more undertaken the secretarial duties. The headquarters are at the Castle Hotel. A trial match was played by the team last Saturday at Michael's Field. We may see some fine performances by the team ere long. What are the Aberaman Stars doing, I wonder? Could Tommy Bowen, the new secretary, acquaint us with the > courses of the Stars ? < £ r~ The promoters of the Aberdare School- boys' League intend placing the age limit at thirteen year". This will be no doubt greatly appreciated by the lads and their teachers, who have hitherto been greatly handicapped in having to play against boys of all sizes and ages. This step will enable all thee schools to compete for the Shield with an equal chance, and the matches ought now to be productive of interesting exhibitions. Rumour saith that the League will become affiliated to the Schoolboys' Football Association. Then local lads will have a, chance of earning national honours.

Error of Judgment.

St. Mary's, Aberdare.

Baptist Temperance Cymanfa.