THE WELSH CUP. DRUIDS v. OSWESTRY UNITED. FINAL TIE: VICTORY OF OSWESTRY. There was a record attendance on Wrexham Racecourse on Monday afternoon to witness the final match in the Welsh and Border Counties Cup Competition, there being about 7,000 present, who had been beguiled by the promise of a capital game and the bright sunshine and fair weather to tread their way to the Racecourse. Specials were run on the Cambrian and Great Western Railways and about 1,000 were booked from Oswestry, and much more than that number from Chirk, Ruabon, Ac. As the trains discharged their loads of enthusiastic beings (who were glad of fresh air after making a journey packed like sardines) the approaches to the ground entrances became blocked and the entry of the people was slow. It would have been a great improvement had another entrance been made. A broken gate bound with barfeed wire at one of the entrances caused much annoyance and in the crush the appearance of the clothing of many were not improved by coming into involuntary and unwilling oontact with it. But it was a case of nolens volens; those who were unfortunate to get near the gate had to take their chance. Once inside the walls it was noticeable that the ground was in capital condition, despite the recent unfavourable weather. The stands were packed, and around the ropes people stood four or five deep, and patiently awaited until the teams made their appearance, and then rousing cheers rolled from one end of the ground to the other when the Oswestry United with red and blue quarter shirts stepped on the field just before three o'clock. There was no sign of the Druids at the call of the whistle and the word was passed round that they must be waiting a player who probably had missed his train. Ten minutes after three, the Druids in white shits stepped in the arena, and were loudly cheered. i Oswestry United have played a capital game throughout the season. They hold a good position in the Combination table, and besides being in this final tie, are in the final for the Shropshire Senior Cup (against Wellington) and in the semi-final for the Denbighshire and Flintshire Charity Cup (against Broughton). The Druids have sought experience in fresh fields and pastures new by this season for the first time, joining the Birming- ham and District League, in which they have created some surprises. Oswestry and the Druids had never before met this season and the relative merits of the teams could not be judged. Betting was in favour of the Druids, the representatives of Wales, and only a few favoured the chances of the border counties representatives. Captaine Thomas and Parry tossed for choice of ends, and the Salopian captain and Welsh Inter- national named the coin. Being successful in the toss be placed the Druids to face the sun and a strong wind, and the teams, with Mr Roberts, of Crewe, as referee, lined up as follows: OSWESTRY FITTED. Goal, Tracey Morgan; I.^ KS, J Edwards and H Jones; half-backs, G Richards, Jarman, and Butter- ton; forwards, Hodnett, Watkins, Storey, T Parry, and Goodrich. DRUIDS. Goal, Rooses backs; C Thomas end A Hughes; half-backs, T Davies, Price, and J Hughes; for- wards, Kelly, Butler, Ll.yd Davies, W Davies, and E Williams. „ m The game started in favour of Oswestry, Watkin netting the ball in the first minute, but he was declared off-side. The Salopians kept up the pres- sure. Following a long kick by Edwards, Good- rich and Parry raced away and the former forced a corner off Roose, which resulted in another corner and from this a hot shot was sent in from the Oswestry right and the ball went over the goal-line before Roose cleared. This success was greeted with frantic cheering by the Oswestry supporters. From the centre kick the Druids raced through by nice combination and a miskick bv Edwards looked dangerous, but Jarman came to the rescue and the United went to the other end when Thomas cleared and the Druids forced a corner which was got away and Hodnet and Watkin spirited in fine form to the other end. It was only foul play that checked their movements, and the free-kick was no compensation. Roose was now troubled by Goodrich, Parry and Storey, but he cleared with his usual style. Kelly made a grand run for the Druids and crossed over but E Williams ran the ball over the line as he received too much attention from G Richards. A freekioktothe Druids was cleared by Richards, and Thomas in clearing "skied" the ball and the wind carried it over goal, a ccrftfer resulting from which Parry hooked the ball fe the bar. After a temporary visit by the Druids Watkin made a fine effort which was frustrate,by Roose. Then the Druids went away toaethef^W got around the Salopian's goal. Jarman removed danger, but J Hughes secured and return^, with a wide shot. Hodnett and Watkins made a Capital pair and repeatedly beat the defence. but were matched by Roose. Good- rich put in a' grand centre which Storey headed under the bar, Roose bringing off a fine save amid applause. The .United put on the pressure, but the defence was equal to the occasion. The Druids then had a go and L Davies had an open goal but failed Tracey and Butterton brought the ball away the United again being prominent in the attack. A feature was that there was no fluster or unneces- sary hurry on the part of the United and they looked like playing a confident game. Jones, who kept well down^sent in a hard shot, and Hodnett made strenuous efforts to reach it before the ball rolled over the g&al line, but he was knocked off. A minute later the United forwards were again in evidence, following grand work by Richards. Hodnett planted a capital shot across goal month wkich Goodrich met, but Hughes relieved. The ball,however was returned by Butterton and Roose J niftar a stiff shot from Watkin. Thomas subsequently gave a corner when hard pressed, and Jarman landed the ball over the crossbar. A free kick to the Druids changed the venue, and Kelly «mfc nerilously near goal, but was beaten by Butter- ton who ran him the whole way. Half-time arrived with the score 1 to 0 in favour of Oswestry United. After the adjournment the Druids, having the ad- vantage trf t&e wind pressed but Jarman relieved. Hodnett and Watkingefctiug away, Hughes, how- ever finely STOPPED* Hodnett and cieared,' and near the Oswestry goal the Dnuds secured a free.kickfi but this caused no concern. Richards worked like a Briton and gave his opponents no chance. Several good attempts by Parry were spoiled by Goodrich lying offside. Then the Druids had an advantage and pressed, Tracey saving finely from E Williams. Lloyd Davies obtained possession and Oswestrians breathed freely when they saw the ball sailing over the bar. A free-kick to Oswestry took play the other way, and from Hodnett s pass Storey headed in and Davies just cleared, Williams getting away on the left in fine style, but his shot was too hard, and the ball went out. Soon after, Tracey made a grand save. The United backs were kept busy, hut they stuck to their work we 1. Watkins got away on his own, and probably would have got clean through but for foul play. The free-kick gave Oswestry no advantage Thomas clearing, and Williams getting away. Lloyd Davies, however, shot wide. A corner was conceded, but the Druids could gain no advantage from it, H Jones playing a grand game. Richards and Hod- nett made a supreme effort to capture the Druid s goal, and as they dodged through the defence there was much excitement, Richards put in a grand centre, and Thomas gave a corner just before Parry could settle on the ball. Thomas almost put the ball through his own goal. From the corner kick no advantage accrued, Hughes clearing, Lloyd Davies and Williams got away, but the latter was beaten on the goal line by Edwards. The Welshmen persisted in the attack and secured a corner which Butterton cleared, Goodrich getting away nicely, but Hughes met him, and m t e struggle the ball went out. Watkins and Hodnett could not be held in another run, and they got well near Roose, then Watkin was foully brought down amid the hoots of the supporters. Following the free-kick play was even, but the Druids got away and pressed, Tracey cleared and was well covered by the defence. Parry then got away and gave to Storey who was brought down. Five minutes off time, a dangerous scrimmage took place in front of Oswestry goal, but danger was averted, and Oswes. try beseiged the Welshmens' goal, but no scoung took place and the whistle sounded leaving Oswestry the victors of a hard fight, amid ringing cheers. Through the window of the dressing room, Mr Parry, Bangor, presented the Cup to Captain Parry amid ringing cheers. Captain Parry suitably replied, and was loudly cheered. The news of the victory was received in Oswestry with the greatest satisfaction, and the appearance of the team and cup on a 'bus was greeted with hearty cheering. The cup is a handsome one and stands on a pedestal, around which are the names of the teams who have won it, Aberystwyth was the team that last won it, and now Oswestry's name will appear. It is sixteen years since the Cup was won by an Oswestry team before.
FOOTBALL. AT MACHYNLLETH [BY D.T.H.] For the last time of asking, and just before bidding a last farewell to the faithful COUNTY TIMES football audience, I desire to jot down a few odds and ends upon the great enthusiasm which is aroused by the winter game. The football season of Machynlleth has been a fairly satisfarf vy one, so far as plenty of engagements and consisieacy of play are concerned, but when it comes to that ticklish subject-E s d-I am not quite satisfied. I do not mean to say for a moment that the Oppidans of Maglona are guilty of indifference to the doings and successes of their pet lambs- although their enthusiasm has not always been quite up to concert pitch—but what I wish to point out is the fact that you cannot run a good football club exactly on pea-shells and water-gruel. What a club wants is money, and it would take a couple of good fellows like Creesus, with well-lined purses, all their time to subscribe, if many clubs were treated in the same cruel way as our little lot in the Fourth Round of the Welsh Junior Cup at Shrewsbury. At the Salop capital, where we were graciously handed the magnificent sum of not one penny piece as our share of the proceeds, while the Salopians were able to net a nice little sum in the return at Machynlleth. The amount we got at Shrewsbury would not buy the men a red herring a-piece, while the Salopiaus had a good slice of their railway fares. Moral: Let the gates be equally divided, with a decent allowance to the homesters for match expenses. This refers to Cup- ties of course. In friendly matches let the home- sters pocket their own gates and swell their budget. Taking them through and through, the people of Machynlleth have been very good, and if we should be short of a few pounds to square our balance sheet on the right side of the hedge, we have only to ask a few of the gentry, and they reply generously instanter, only that the committee are a wee bit modest in this direction, and do not care over much to impose upon good nature. We wound up our season last Saturday by giving the famous Liverpool Leek as lively a time as they ever had. In fact, their goal-keeper told me they had never played such a stunning match. No wonder. To begin with, the wind was strong and the rain enough to soak the Sahara. The homesters had the wind at their backs during the first half and had the hardest of luck not to score at least three times. A couple of rasping shots sent in from the right by Dick Hughes were smartly stopped by the Liverpudlian. Ere long, however, Davies the inside-left got possession near goal, and in a twinkle, he popped through the only goal of the first half. Dick Hughes played in the Liverpool colours, a white shirt, and it was amus- ing to see the way in which he was fed by the Seaport men, and roughly tackled by his own partners. He wore a red handkerchief on his arm for the rest of the game. The home backs tackled fearlessly, and although the Liverpudlians were very heavy, strong, and active, our men were not to be caught napping, and kept them well on the alert from beginning to end. Both goals had narrow escapes in turns, the ball travelling rapidly from end to end. The equaliser came in about twenty minutes of the second halt, and soon after, from a corner kiok, the ball curled in under the cross-bar touching the inner goal post —A marvellous shot. The game ended, Liverpool two; Machynlleth one—a fair index of the merits of the two teams. Let us hope that the weather will be more favourable next year, when we may agai:, ialouredby a visit from these very good sportsmen. Dr Davies kindly refereed with fair- ness and justice, and Mr Hughes (secretary) was linesman. One word before closing. Will the secretaries of clubs like Aberystwyth, Machynlleth, Towyn, Dolgelley, Llandinam, Llanidloes, New- town, R.W.W., Caersws, and Welshpool, correspond with each other at once, and communicate their deliberations to the Welsh Association, and bring about the much-desired Mid-Wales League, instead of talking about it when the next football season is six or seven weeks old. Now is the time to do this sort of thing, and I feel sure that a League of this kind would do more to promote football and create enthusiasm and interest in the game in these parts than all the Welsh Cup Ties-Senior and Junior-ever will. I am quite convinced on that point, and have no hesitation in speaking plainly in the matter and I invite others to do the same It should not be a very difficult matter to obtain a decent Mid-Wales League Cup for the champions and medals for the finalists. The matter is worthy of the serious consideration of all right-minded and good lovers of the game.
+ —— FRIENDLY MATCHES. ABERYSTWYTH TOWN T LIVERPOOL LEEK. "These teams met at Aberystwyth on Friday after. noon. The following were the players :— ABERYSTWYTH. Goal, T Evans; backs, G Evans and 0 Green halves, Geo Green, B Roberts (London Welsh), and W Jones; forwards, T Rees, Beavan, E Evans, Barson, and Oswald James. LIVERPOOL LEEK. Goal, Morris; backs, E J Williams and E Griffiths halves, J Hughes, Thomas, and Edwards; forwards, H Griffiths, Barrow, Savage, McClean, and Gosling. Referee, Mr W R Jones. The game opened fast the home team kicKing otr. Morris saved splendidly, but was struck down by James. The home team were called upon to defend their goal, jand the Leeks forced a corner. The ball was dropped in front of the home goal whence it was speedily got away, and then followed a smart bit of play. Defending their goal with skill the home backs put the ball on to the forwards, who, backed up by the halves, went for the Leeks. TRees skilfully worked his way through, and pass- ing to the centre by a back kick Georgie Barson, Teddy Evans, and Bevan sailed along together with the ball at their feet. They scored of course, and Barson was nearly adding a second a minute later. At length the inevitable happened, and the visitors drew level by a simple shot which, headed in by the outside left, bounded over the heads of two of the home men and fell into the net. A lull in the attack on the home goal gave James an opening, and he forced a corner. Nothing came of it, though Barson and Roberts played with much dash. A long shot by G Green landed in the goal mouth, and was fisted out only with difficulty. Another shot from Rees was similarly treated, and then followed a fast attack on the home goal, in which the outside left and the centre were pro- minently engaged. Just on half-time the home for- wards played a sterling game. A brilliant goal was scored by H Griffiths for Liverpool, but on the way he was fouled by Evans. The referee gave a free kick instead of a goal to the visitors, although they did not ask for it.—Half time: Aberystwyth 1, Liverpool 1. Liverpool scored an offside goal in the first five minutes of the second half, and not- withstanding that they had the sun in their eys, checked all attacks and returned them with credit. The right full back of the visitors put the ball through his own goal, and this placed the score level at two each. James scored for the home eleven but the referee refused to give it, ordering instead a free kick for the visitors following a foul of the Liverpool custodian. Play was decidedly interesting and there were some excellent attacks at both ends. Result: Aberystwyth 2, Liverpool 2.
THE COMBINATION. Goals. p. W. L. D. F. A. PTS. Wrexham 18 12 3 3 49 17 27 ~R,hvl 17 12 4 1 39 24 25 17 u 4 2 g a* Oswestry United. 16 8 3 5 48 20 21 White Star Wand. 19 7 6 5 36 32 20 Chirk 15 8 4 3 31 23 19 Buckley Victoria. 18 6 9 3 28 41 15 Hudson's 19 6 10 3 32 37 15 Tranmere Rovers. 18 4 9 5 22 29 13 Birkenhead 18 4 10 4 24 45 12 Warrington 18 5 11 2 19 51 12 Newton-le-Willows 19 2 12 5 29 52 9
PENRHYN LOCK-OUT. MEETING OF THE MEN. The first meeting of the Penrhyn quarrymen since the lock-out, five months ago, was held on Monday at Bethesda. Several hundred men had returned from all parts to attend the meeting, which was crowded, 2,000 quarrymen being present. The men's Deputation gave an account of the late futile conference with Mr Young, the General Manager, after which a resolution was unanimously carried to continue the struggle until fair terms were secured. The meeting then added a further demand for a fortnightly, instead of monthly, payment of wages. Mr Ben Tillett attended as a Special Deputation from the Federa- tion of Trade Unions. He assured the meeting of continued and substantial support from combined English labour organisations, and described Lord Penrhyn as a cross between Pharaoh and Nero, and Mr Young as his jackal. If, he said, the British Government were sincere in desiring to abolisb Krugerism, let them begin by suppressing Kruger Penrhyn. This fight was watched by English capitalists, who hoped to see Lord Penrhyn victorious, but English working men called upon the quarrymen to fight to the bitter end and conquer or die. Further resolutions were carried reiterating readiness to submit all matters in dispute to arbitration. The Rev Thomas Hughes, local Wesleyan minister, has bees in communication with Lord Penrhyn, and Mr Young has written urging the men to re-open negotiations with tne management, producing specific instances of grievances, giving the personal assurance that in such cases negotiations might have a favourable termination. This letter, however, was not read nor referred to at the meeting.
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MARKETS NEWTOWN GENERAL, TUESDAY.—Eggs 20 to0 for ls; butter Os Od to Is 3d per lb'; fowls 3s 6d to Os Od chickens 4s 6d to 5s 6d; ducks Os Od to6s0d; rabbits, Os Od to Is 6d per couple. WELSHPOOL GENERAL, Monday.—Wholesale price: Butter, Os Od to Is 3d per lb; eggs, 20 to — for Is; fowls, Os Od to 3s 6d; chickens, 4s 6d to 5s 6d; ducks, Os Od to 6s Od; rabbits, Is 6d per couple. LIVERPOOL CORN, TUESDAY.—Wheat, moderate trade at about Friday's prices to occasionally Jd lower. 1 Northern Spring, 6s 3d to 6s 3 £ d 2 Kanas, 5s lOd to 6s lid. Beans, Saidi, 30s Od to 30s 3d. Peas, 5s 7d to Os Od. Oats, firm, new white, 2s 6d to 2s 9d yellow, 2s 5d to 2s,8d; black, 2s 6d to 2s 8d. Maize, moderate trade, new mixed, 3s 11M to 4s Od. Flour, unchanged. LONDON HAY AND STRAW, TUESDAY.-Prices:- Good to prime hay, 80s to 92s 6d inferior to fair, 50s to 70s good to prime clover, 85s to 100s; inferior to fair ditto, 75s Od to 80s mixture and sainfoin, 70s Od to 90s Od; straw, 28s to 38s per load LIVERPOOL CATTLE MARKET,MONDAY.—Numbers: Beasts, 939; sheep, 4,023. QuotationsBest beasts, 61d to 6|d second, 5iid to 6d third, 5d to 5%d best Scotch sheep, Od to 9|i other sorts, 7d to 9d lambs, Od to Od per lb. The supply of stock was smaller than last week, showing a decrease of 84 beasts and a decrease of 931 sheep and lambs. Good demand for all classes at about rate rates. BIRMINGHAM CATTLE, TUESDAY. — Short sup- plies all round, and a fair demand Prices ruled as follow:— Beef, Herefords, 61d to 7d; shorthorns, 6d to 61d bulls and cows, 5d to 6d; calves, 6d to 8d wethers, 8jd to 9d ewes and rams, 5|d to 7d lambs, -d to -d per lb. Bacon pigs, 10s 6d to 10s 9d; porkets, 10s 6d tollsOd sows, Os Od to 9s Od per score. SALFORD CATTLE, TUESDAY. — At market Cattle, 2,047, trade dull; sheep, 8,493, lambs, brisk; calves, 564, trade good. Quotations Cattle, 5d to 6gd sheep (in wool), 8d to 10d; sheep (clipped), 7d to 8jd lambs Is to la 2d calves, 6d to 94d per lb. CORK BUTTER, Thursday.-Primest, -6 prime —s firsts, 105s; seconds 97s kegs,-s; thirds 87s kegs —s fourths -s fifths —s choicest-s choice -s; superfine -s; nne mild 103s kegs Os mild —s choicest boxes —s choice boxes, s. 47 cwt of fresh butter; A, 99s to —s B, 86s to —s factory seconds, —. Total number of firkins, 58. OSWESTRY MONTHLY HORSE FAIR.-A fairly good number of horses were shown at the Horse Mart on Wednesday, and there was a good attendance of dealers. Good "carts" averaged from;640 to £ 50, and cobs and hacks JE18 to JE25. OSWESTRY BUTTER AND CHEESE FAIR. — There was a very small supply at the Powis Hall on Wed- nesday, only three tubs of butter and 109 cheeses being pitched. Quotations:—Butter, 9d to 10d per lb. Cheese: Skims, 25s Od to 30s half meated, 408 to 50s fat, Os to Os per cwt. Bacon Hams, 9d flitches, 7jd to 8d per lb. OSWESTRY CORN MARKET, WEDNESDAY. — The following were the quotatiors:—White wheat (old) Os Od to Os Od white wheat (new), 3s 10d to4s0d per 751bs red wheat (old), Os Od to Os Od red wheat (new), 3sl0d to 4s Od per 7blbs old oats, Os Od to Os Od new oats, "lis 6d to 13s Od per 200lbs; malting barley, 16s Od to 18s Od; grinding barley, 13s Od to 13s 6d per 2801bs. OSWESTRY GENERAL MARKET, WEDNESDAY.— Quotations :— Butter, Is 2d to Is 3d per lb; eggs, 16 to 18 for Is; beef, 7d to 8d per lb; mutton, 7d to 9d lamb, Od to Od veal, 6d to 7d pork, 6d to 8d fowls, 4s Od to 5s Od per oouple ducks, 5s Od to 6s Od; rabbits, 2s 2d to 2s 4d per couple potatoes, Od to Is per score; carrots, Id to lid rhubarb, 2i^d per bundle; chestnuts, 2d per lb radishes, 2d per bundle; celery, 2d to 3d per stick cabbages, 2d to 4d each brussel sprouts, 21d to 3d per lb watercress, ld:per bundle apples, 2s to 3s per 100. OSWESTRY WEEKLY CATTLE FAIR.—There was a capital supply of stock at the Smithfield on Wednesday, and the sales were large. There was a capital market, lamb and veal selling especially well; pork, however, was down. MessrsWhitfield and Sons sold 290 cattle and calves, and 1,080 sheep and pigs Messrs Hall, Wateridge and Owen sold 50 fat cattle and a number of sheep and pigs; Messrs Whitfield and Batho had their usual sales. Prices ruled as follows Beef, 6id to 6^d per lb; veal, 7d to 9d per lb mutton, 7jd to 81d per lb lambs, 25s to 30s each; pork pigs, 8s Od to 9s Od; bacon pigs, 8s 6d to 9s Od per score. ELLESMERE, TUESDAY. —Quotations as follows Wheat (new) 12s 3d to 12s 9d per 225 lbs malting barley, 18s Od to 20s Od per 280 lbs; oats (new), 12s Od to 12s 6d per 200 lbs; butter, Os Od to Is 3d per lb; eggs, — to 20 for Is fowls, 3s 6d t.o 5s Od ducks, Os Od to Os Od rabbits, Is lad to 2s 2d per couple. WHITCHURCH, FRIDAY. — Wheat, 4s Od to 4s Id per 75 lbs; barley, 4s Od to 4s 6d per 70 Ibp oats 2s 6d to 3s 3d per 50 lbs; eggs, 16 to 17 for Is; butter Is Id to Is 3d per 16 oz fowls, 4s Oe to 4s 6d ducks, 4s Od to 4s 6d per couple potatoes, Is per score beef. 6d to 8§d nrittou, 8d to 9d lamb, 7d to 9d; veal, 7d to 8d;' pirk, 7d to 71d per lb rabbits, Os Od to 2s Od pei couple apples, £ d to Id per lb.
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