FOOTBALL. WREXHAM DEFEATED. Extraordinary interest centred in the return Combination fixture between Chirk and Wrexham on Saturday. About 500 spectators lined the ropes at Chirk in ideal football weather. Both goals were immediately threatened, Wynne having a grand shot which fell wide. A minute later from a shot of Meredith's, Povah cleared by conceding a fruit- less corner. Williams terminated a fine run by placing the sphere in the goal mouth, but Blew averted disaster, and the ball was finally sent behind. After further play Wrexham defence was ti axed to its utmost, Jameg sending in a merciless shot but Jardine cleared. After a lovely bit of com- bination by the home quintette had been witnessed, Jardine saved an almost certain goal from a charge of W Morris. Midfield play followed several accidental fouls transpiring, from one Wrexham got well in position, but Kelley was penalised for being off-side. Povah kicked out from an individual effort of Sam Roberts, M Morris afterwards secured and his shot grazed the upright amidst much applause. The interval arrived with a clean sheet. Resuming, M Morris had another pot at goal, but was unsuccessful. Chirk were on the offensive continually, Lockley missing twice when good opportunities were presented. The home left were conspicuous for brilliant dribbling, Williams nearly scoring. Meredith played a splendid game. Continued pressure on Wrexham was momentarily relieved by Lockley handing. Roberts slipped when in the act of shooting, but later from the same player Jardine swooped the leather out the expense of a futile corner. Lockley and Roberts were to- gether again, the latter being loudly cheered for a remarkable overhead shot, which Jardine negociated with difficulty. Eventually Lockley in merciless style located the net amidst wild enthusiasm. Close on the finish the town men managed to get into the home quarters, and thrice tested Morris without avail, and Chirk were victorious after a sensational exhibition. Final: Chirk, one goal; Wrexham, nil. ABERYSTWYTH v LLANDUDNO. These teams met at Aberystwyth on Saturday, and taking into account the intensely cold weather which prevailed there was a good attendance. Councillor C M Williams (mayor) kindly con- sented to kick-off and at half-time a collection on behalf of the War fund, promoted by the Welsh Football Association, took place. The teams were as follows:— ABERYSTWYTH. Goal, W LI Davies; backs, C Parry and G Evanp; half-backs, W Jones, J H Edwards and D M Evans forwards, Sparrow, Whelan, Green, Marshall and 0 James. Linesman, Mr W H Bearne. LLANDUDNO. Goal, Robinson backs, F Jones and Brookes half-backs, J Jones, A Knight and Parry; forwards, Webb, Bartley, S Crockett, Welch, and Allan. Linesman, Mr Thompson, Aberystwyth. Referee, Mr A Townsend, Newtown. The opening passages were sensational, James scoring for the homo f: within four minutes. Then Llandudno did BOH. cssing and forced three corners, all of which were cleared by Parry and the rest of the backs, who in the defence of the goal have learnt to work very well together, each man just doing his own work and looking after his own man. A foul by the Llandudo right half back landed them in for a penalty. A Green was entrusted with the kick and promptly scored the second goal. A third very nearly fell to a shot by Whelan, the ball striking the cross-bar. Llandudno were out- classed as a team, although there were a couple of men in the front rank who would have made things unpleasant for a weaker defence than that which they had to face on Saturday. They were fast and their passing was accurate. Pressure on the Town goal was timely relieved by J H Edwards, and A Green getting a pass banged the ball just over the goal. A really beautiful bit of passing by Whelan to James, and the return from the left wing to the centre allowed Marshall to get close up, but he lifted the ball over the bar. In fact, Marshall's shooting might have been better. At the other end Davies kicked away a shot from the left wing, and in a few minutes more was again called upon to clear. W Jones and D M Evans, worthy help- mates of their captain, robbed the Llandudno men of the ball, and Sparrow getting away play once more fell into the Llandudno ground. Before the third goal fell to Aberystwyth, Robinson saved several hard shots, rotably one which came from Marshall's head. The Town team were now going in fine style, and a splendid pass from Evans to James let in the home front rank, Green notching the third goal, though the credit of the goal was really due to the creditable pass by Evans. Soon after the interval arrived, and the start in the second half was equally as sen- sational as at the opening, Whelan sending in a cross shot which landed right in the net. A few minutes later the visitors' left wing scored, a per- formance duly appreciated by the crowd. Two more goals were scored for the Town by Green, and the game ended in favour of Aberystwyth by 6 goals to 1. The play of the home eleven was much admired, and a determination to maintain their pro- gress up in the Combination ladder is the unanim- ous feeling of the players. Two better backs than Parry and Evans it would be difficult to get, and the forwards on Saturday's play raised the hope that the team will have a good look in for the little bit of Welsh silver.
WELSH JUNIOR OUP. SECOND ROUND. R.W.W. (NEWTOWN) V. SINGLETON AND COLES (SHREWSBURY).—Played at Newtown on Saturday. In the first half the visitors scored once, and the admirable defence of the home team quite surprised their more experienced opponents. In the second half the bacco" men put on three more goals, whilst the homesters found the goal on two occasions, and were thus defeated by 4 goals to 2. NEWTOWN RESERVE V PONTESBURY HALF-HOLIDAY. -On the ground of the former on Saturday. The visitors at first went very strong and succeeded in beating the home custodian with a very poor shot, the ball rolling over the line slowly, a miskick by the backs letting the visiting forwards in. The homesters equalised from a free-kick, and the score at half-time stood at one each. In the second half 11 the homesters monopolised the play, and Tudor from a penalty got the lead. Gentle got the ball and centred, and Morgan put on the finishing touch J to No. 3. From a splendid centre from Bridgwater W D Jones got No. 4, and Clement Jones No. 5. The homesters thus won by 5 goals to 1. ST GEORGE'S UUITED V. WELSHPOOL RESERVE.— Played at St George's (Wellington) on Saturday. Teams:—St George's: Goal, S Gwilliam; backs, A Crofts and J H Adams; half-backs, J Jones, F Currier, and E Churm forwards, G Spragg, J G Baxter, E Astbury, E Pickering, and W Plant; lines- man, Mr H James. Welshpool Eeserve Goal, Bob Hamer; backs, J Astley and Llew Morris; half- backs, J Humphreys, E Rowlands, and C Thomas forwards, T Davies, J Belaby, P Baines, W Edwards, and T Austin licesman, Mr T Brown. Referee, Mr A Weston, Wellington. For the first few minutes the homesters did not have their full com- plement, but these soon arrived and the game started in earnest. The visitors were the first to become dangerous, T Davies and his partner being conspicuous on the right. The former centred to Baines, who only missed scoring by inches. The homesters now took up the attack, but met with a very stubborn defence, Hamer and his backs defending well against their more experienced opponents. After fifteen minutes' play, however, the visitors' custodian was beaten with a fast low shot. Three other goals followed in quick succession, one a very lucky one. The visitors made several raids into the home territory, but they failed to overcome the strong defence opposed to them. Just before the interval the homesters again scored. Half-time: St George's, 5 goals; Welshpool 0. On resuming it was thought the boys were in for a heavy drubbing, but the visitors defended grandly. Hamer was cheered for some capital saves, while Morris and Astley defended well. After half-an- hours' play in this half the homesters scored their sixth goal. The visitors next took up the running. Gwilliam conceded a fruitless corner in saving a grand shot by Belaby, but Biddy was rewarded soon after, scoring for the visitors with a long shot, much to the chargin of some of the home players, who were several times guilty of questionable tactics. Nothing further was scored, and the game ended :-St George's, 6 goals Welshpool Reserve, 1. LLANGOLLEN V WREXHAM VICTORIA.—Several disorderly scenes occurred at Llangollen on Satur- day, when Wrexham Victoria were the visitors, in the second round of the Welsh Junior Cup. Every- thing had progressed smoothly up to the interval, when Llangollen were leading by two goals to nil, W Thomas and W Jones having registered. The decisions of the referee, who hailed from Wrexham, several times met with unqualified disapproval, the homesters at one juncture being disallowed what was considered a worthy penalty kick. On the other hand Wrexham were twice granted penalty kicks for what appeared to be no infringement of rules whatever. The spectators became greatly enraged and some of the United likewise. Three of the latter players were ordered off and subse- quently several onlookers broke on the field. The game degenerated after order had been restored, but Llangollen struggled to the end, the result being a draw of two goals each. The referee, who narrowly escaped a mauling, was escorted off the field and down the road to Llangollen where he was loudly hooted.
SHROPSHIRE AND DISTRICT LEAGUE. RESULTS UP TO DATE. Goals P. W. L. D. F. A. PTS Simgleton & Cole's. 8 5 2 1 32 12 11 Iron-Bridge. 4 3 0 1 9 3 7 Bridgnorth 6 2 3 1 16 18 5 Newport 6 2 3 1 8 15 5 Wem 6 2 3 1 8 17 5 St. George's United 4 1 2 1 9 14 3 Stafford C.C 2 1 1 0 6 3 2 Welshpool United.. 4 1 3 0 8 14 2
I DENBIGHSHIRE & DISTRICT LEAGUE. RESULTS UP TO DATE. Goals P. W. L. D. F. A. PTS Oswestry Reserve.. 7 4 1 2 31 11 10 Adwy United. 6 4 1 1 16 9 9 Chirk Reserve. 6 3 1 2 20 5 8 Wrexkam Reserve. 5 4 1 0 15 7 8 Druids Reserve. 8 3 3 2 21 20 8 Ruabon Albions. 7 2 3 2 17 22 6 St Martins 5 2 2 1 9 11 5 Vron St Albans. 6 1 4 1 8 26 3 Ellesmere Rangers 6 0 5 1 6 23 1
THE LEAGUE. RESWLTS "UP TO DATE. Goals P. W. L. D. F. A. PTS Sheffield United 16 11 0 5 31 12 27 Aston Tilla 16 11 3 2 38 15 24 Sunderland IS 9 3 1 21 8 19 Stoke 14 8 5 2 20 18 18 Bury 13 7 4 2 20 18 16 Wolverhampton W 13 5 3 5 20 15 15 NottsForest. 13 6 4 3 23 20 15 Newcastle United.. 14 5 5 4 20 12 14 Manchester City 13 6 6 1 26 18 13 Derby County 12 5 5 2 16 15 12 West Bromwieh A. 14 5 7 2 16 23 12 Burnley. 14 5 7 2 14 24 12 Evertoa 13 4 6 3 16 18 11 Notts County 15 3 9 3 20 38 9 Blackburn Rovers. 12 4 8 0 18 25 8 Liverpool 15 2 2 4 17 27 8 Glossop i 13 2 7 4 13 29 8 Preston North End 14 2 9 3 9 26 7
THE COMBINATION. RESULTS UP TO DATE. Goals P. W. L. D. F. A. PTS Chirk 10 7 1 2 24 7 16 Wrexham 8 7 0 1 37 13 15 Druids 9 6 2 1 19 12 13 Newtown 9 4 5 0 »1 27 8 Osweiitry United 8 2 5 1 16 19 5 Birkenhead 4 2 2 0 6 7 4 Aberystwyth 5 1 3 1 6 15 3 Bangor 4 1 3 0 4 6 2 Rhyl 4 0 3 1 5 17 1 Liandudno Swifts.. 7 0 6 1 11 26 1
FOOTBALL FIXTURE CARDS EXECUTED NEATLY AT THE COUNTY TIMES OFFICE. WELSHPOOL.
5TH VOL. BATT. SOUTH WALES BORDERERS. SECOND ANNUAL SMOKING CONCERT BY THE TOWYN COMPANY. On Friday evening the local Company of Volun- teers held their second annual smoking concert at the A-rmoury. The room was gaily decorated with flags and banners and was filled to overflowing. Amongst those present were Capt Edward Kirkby (commanding F" Company), Lieut H Kirkby, Colour-Sergt. Edwards, jSergt-Inscructor Lichfield, and the other officers and men of the Company, Mr J Maethlon James, Mr D Gillart, Dr Bone, Capt Preston, Messrs D N Kirkby, T G Roberts, H Evans (Whitehall Hotel), J D Latimer (Corbett Arms Hotel), John Jones (sx-postmaster), J R Vaughan, J G Jones, R Jones, Owen Hughes, R L Lewis, 0 Corbett Jones, Morris James, Llew Davies, Price Thomas, S Edmunds, E V Edmunds, W Thomas, B C Richards, &e. The first part of the programme was as follows —Chorus, "The heavens are telling," the Company Band (under the conductorship of Mr Griffith Jones); song, Cpl S Jones comic song, L-Cpl G Davies; duet, Messrs Davies and Edwards recita- tion, Sergt Hughes; comic song, Pte B Jones; song, While we are marching on Pretoria," Pte Townley Jones (this song was accepted with enthusiasm by those present); song, Captain Pres- ton; song, "When the British lion wags his tail," Mr Ernest Richards (Llew Dyfi); recitation, Mr W Evans; song, "The soldier's good. bye," Mr D Gillart. The Chairman next called upon Mr Maethlon James to distribute the prizes and certificates as follows:—The Commanding Officer's prizes for attendance at drill and class firing: 1st Colour- Sergeant J C Edwards, who is the best shot in the Company (applause). He had also won the prize for being the best shot and the best in his atten- dances at drills. Sergeant Owen took second prize and Corporal Jones (436) third. Company prize: -Best shot amongst the trained Volunteers 1st Colour-Sergeant Edwards, 2nd Lance-Corporal W Morris, 3rd Private LI Baines Williams, U.O.W., Aberystwyth. Ditto for recruits Private Lewis (588). Best turned out N.C.O. in marching order: The two first were so equal in merit that Captain Kirkby had to divide the prize between them- Sergeant 0 W Hughes and Sergeant R Owen. For the best turned out private in marching order there were six competitors. The winner was Private W L Hughes. He was closely followed by Private Richards. A silver cup to be held by the Section Commander for the year or until next won and one shilling for each man in the section was offered for the most efficient section in the Company. In determining this prize the behaviour and neatness on parade, attendance at camp and inspection, scores made in class firing, manual and firing exer- cise were taken into account. He found as a result that Section 1 and Section 4 had the same number of marks. But having taken other matters into consideration he found that Section 4 had just a narrow majority in its favour. The Commander of Section 4 is Sergeant E li Daniel, and Section 1, Sergeant R Owen. The result was received with great cheering. Weekly prize of a silvei spoon for the best shot in the rifle club: First winner, Sergt- Instructor Lichfield. Corporal H M Roberts and Corporal Lewis Jones were called to be told that they had passed their examination in proficiency, but their certificates had not yet come to hand. Mr Maethlon James then addressed those present and said he was very thankful to Capt Kirkby for the honour conferred upon him. He remembered over 12 months ago being asked to be present at another meeting at which it was proposed to form a local Company of Volunteers. As soon as he went inside he thought it looked more like con scription than volunteering, for all of a sudden five or six gentlemen closed round him-they locked like a Press gang—(laughter)—and pressed him to take the chair and address the meeting. Then he addressed some of them as civilians, but that night for the first time in his life he had the pleasure of addressing soldiers (loud applause). He (Mr James) very well remembered how Capt Kirkby in a very lucid and clear speech pointed out the advantages and the duties connected with Volun- teering. He also remembered the readiness with which a sufficient number came forward to sign the role so that Capt Kirkby was enabled to establish a Company at Towyn. There was no need of any persuasion on the part of anyone to induce the young men to join. There were, he believed, too many, and some had to be rejected. He was very pleased to understand that the Company had made very satisfactory progress—(cheers)—and that so many of them had excelled in proficiency as to merit the nice presents awarded that evening. He felt sure the officers of the Company would bear him out that the Company had shown—since the war had broken out-a greater interest in the drills and training. Somehow or other in time of peace they did not realise to the full their duties to the State. It was a great blessing to be members of a great and progressive Empire like ours, bat they did not appreciate their privileges in time of peace, but at a time like the present their patriotism was kindled and they felt that everyone had something to do for the State (applause). He had noticed that in connection with the Company they paid attention not only to cleanliness, obedience, and discipline- they did not only train the body, but they trained the mind as well. He was pleased to hear that there was in connection with the Company a very good and substantial library and reading room, and that the whole of the Volunteers made good use of it. This augured well for the future success of the Company. The other day, the speaker con- tinued, he read the remarks of a very eminent officer in the Army, who said that an intelligent soldier was much better than an unintelligent one. He felt his duty more thoroughly and realised them to the full. He, the speaker, believed that the remark was quite true. They had heard a great deal in recent years of eminent men who had built the Empire by adding land and territories to our already vast dominions, and they wished them God speed in that direction, but he felt that all of them had something to do although they could not be expected to add new lands. With the knowledge which they could obtain from the books in that armoury they could do a great deal towards building up our great Empire (applause). It was of little use to add territories to Great Britain it the Empire's heart was too weak to send pure and healthy blood throughout. If they at home were to pay strict attention to cleanliness, and the laws of sanitation, of education, and morals they would make Great Britain healthy, vigorous and renowned throughout the world (applause). He had heard of a pitiful case of a soldier in action who had fallen out of the ranks in the very heat of battle exhausted through having indulged in some- thing which undermined his constitution. That man had betrayed his regiment and his country through not being able to give the maximum amount of duty expected from him. He had not betrayed his country wilfully perhaps, but he had betrayed it all the same. He hoped that would never be said of any member of that Company. Capt Kirkby said he should like to say a few words in order to enlist the sympathy of those who livid in the Towyn district on behalf of the Com- pany and to supplement the appropriate words which had fallen from the lips of Mr James. He was sure they were all extremely obliged to him as he was the first citizen who came forward and assisted them with his moral and actual support. The fact that Mr James had come forward was a sufficient guarantee for a large number to follow him. He (Capt Kirkby) should be very pleased if others were to imitate his example. Some thought that the raising of the Volunteer Company was a hobby of his, but he might say that he had done so as a duty which he as a citizen of this country owed to his Queen and country. His next greatest object in keeping that Company going was to do what he could for the young men who lived in Towyn and because that was the only way he could assist the young men (applause). He looked to those who were that way inclined to assist him, as he could not do all himself. He had a little in- fluence, but there were others who had a great deal of influence, and one word from them might do a great deal of good to get the young men to join the Company. It had been said, very untruly he believed, that as soon as a man put a red coat on he started on the road downhill. He believed that was nothing but the outcome of ignorance. At any rate he was perfectly certain that if he detected a man in that Company who went over into bad ways in the way of drinking or anything connected with it he would not remain a member of the Company for 24 hours (applause). If a man started on that way he would be given one chance to reform. They had started a reading room at the Armoury and his one object was to find a place where the men could go in the evenings and enjoy themselves with healthy recreation as well as keeping them from worse places. The Company had done well during the past year, but it might have done better. He did not think the Company was doing harm but he was perfectly certain they were doing some good. The effect of the training was not only ¡on the body but on the mind as well. Before a man could command he must learn to obey, and unless a man obeyed he was no good for anybody. He hoped the Volun- teer movement would proceed throughout the county, but at present the "F" Company was the only one in the county. Some members of the Company had told him that influence had been brought to bear upon them to leave the Volun- teers because it was not the place for young men to be. If those people. took the trouble to learn what they lid it would bo far- hoiior fcn them than to endeavour to influence the men in that direction. He hoped to have the support of the residents of the Towyn district (applause). The second part of the programme was then gone through as follows Selection, Cambrian echoes," the Company Band; song, "Cwymp Llewelyn," Mr Hugh Davies; song, Pte B Jones (music composed by the singer); comic song, L-Cpl G Davies; song, Baner ein Gwlad," Pte Townley Jones; recitation, Charge of the Light Brigade," Mr R Jones; baritone solo, "Fall in," Pte J F Edwards; song, "Off to the Front," Mr Ernest Richards (Llew Dyfi) song, Mr D Gillart; song, Lieut II A Kirkby comic song, Mr Preston finale', God save the Queen." Mr D Gillart proposed a hearty vote of thanks to Capt Kirkby for presiding. He said that they as citizens owed a great deal to him and should be proud of him. He had taken great pains to bring the Towyn Company to the efficient state it was in. He could assure those present that it was not a little matter for him to keep the Company going as he had to put his hand in his pocket continually. He appealed to those present to assist Capt Kirkby! -Dr Bone seconded and the proposition was carried with musical honours.—Captain Kirkby ac- knowledged and proposed a vote of thanks to Mr Maethlon James for distributing the prizes. This was passed and Mr James suitably acknowledged. MrJ Lloyd was the accompanist. Duringthe evening refreshments were supplied by Messrs Axe aid Mason, whilst cigars, cigarettes, and tobacco were freely disbuted.
V. Jsiiii, R. 5TH VOLUNTEER BATTALION THE SOUTH WALES BORDERERS. REGIMENTAL ORDERS By LIEUTENANT-COLONEL E. PRYCE-JONES, M.P. Commanding. Headquarters, Newtown, 9th December, 1899. POSTING.—Colour-Sergeant E G Wilson having been posted to the Battalion from 4th Battalion South Wales Borderers is taken on the strength from 1st inst and appointed Sergeant-Instructor in D Co, vice Hemmings to Home Battalion. PERMANENT STAFF. The Sergeant-Major and Sergeant-Instructors will proceed to Brecon this day for a special course of instruction under Par. 347 Volunteer Regulations. STRUCK OFF.—The undermentioned are struck off the strength of the Battalion A Co No 43 Pte W P Owen, No 187 Pte J H Phillips, No 219 Cyc J G Gruar, and No 668 Bugler D L Jones. B Co, No 263 Pte 0 Davies, and No 53 Pte R H Brown. C Co, No 119 Pte Morris, No 655 Pte E Powell, and No 117 Pte B Jones. "D" Co No 299 Pte W A Sanger. E Co, No 584 Pte R Edwards. RECRUITING.—The Battalion is now open to receive eligible candidates as members. Those who are desirous of joining may do so after 17th inst on application at the headquarters of the various Companies. Recruit drills will commence early in January. ORDERS.—There will be no Regimental Orderi published next week. By Order, C WALKER, Captain, Adjutant 5th V.B. South Wales Borderers.