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1 WELSH FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION. PRESENTATION OF THE CHALLENGE CUP TO THE NEWTOWN WHITE STAR CLUB. Most of our readers are no doubt aware that after a number of exciting and v, ell-fought contests the challenge cup of the North Wales Football Association was won by the Newtown White Star Football Club, and that the same was to be presented to the winners at a public dinner in the Public Booms, Newtown. We have now the pleasant duty of stating that the long expected day at last arrived, and that the ceremony of presentation took place at a public dinner in Newtown on Friday week, under circumstances which must have been a pleasure to the warmest admirers of the game of football and the successful club. The walls of the Public Rooms were nicely decorated with mottoes for the occasion. Amongst the number were "Success to the Newtown White Star Football Club," which was placed across the head of the table, with a football sus- pended from its centre. "Welcome to the President and Vice-President of the Welsh Football Association," "Success to the 1\ orth Wales Football Association," "Long Life to the County and Borough Members," "Long Life and Prosperity to the Dolerw Family," "Prosperity to the Town and Trade of Newtown." About seventy gentlemen and members of the club took their places at the table. Pryce Jones, Esq. (Dolerw), presided, and Mr. Cornelius Morgan was vice-chairman. Among the gentlemen present were the Hon. F. S. A. Hanbury- Tracy, M.P., A. C. Humphreys-Owen, Esq. (Glan- severn), the He v. John Wiiiiams, Rector of Newtown, Edward Powell, Esq., Evan Morris, Esq., Vice- President of the Welsh Football Association, Alfred Ikin, Esq. (Cefngwifed), 1..1. Kendrick, Esq. (Wynn Hall, Ruabon), T. E. Issanl, Esq., T. Sturkey, Esq, Mr. Edw. Stephens, 1h. H. Hamshaw, secretary nf the Wrexham Football Club, Mr. Edward Gittins, captain, and the members of the White Star Cup Team, Mr. William Jenkins, secretary of the White Star Football Club, Messrs. W. H. Lambert, Wm. Fortune, R. Eyans, John H. Haynes, and D. Saunders. Letters of apology were received from the following gentlemen, explaining the cause of their absence, and expressing sympathy with the object C. W. W. Wynn, Esq., M.P., Stuart Ecudel, Esq., OtRey, John Crewe- itead, Esq., R. E. Jones, Esq., E. B. Proctor, Esq., and C. J. Xaylor, Esq. The dinner, supplied by Mr. Jones, Greyhound Inn, was of a most excellent descrip- tion, the catering on the occasion giving great satis- faction. The usual loyal and patriotic toasts were duly given and cordially received, after which the Hon. F. S. A. HANBURY-TRACY proposed the Bishop and Clergy, and Ministers of all other denominations," which was responded to by the Rector (the Rev. J. WILLIAMS). The VICE-CHAIRMAN then proposed "The Army and Xnvy, the Volunteers, mjd the geserve Forces," which was acknowledged by Mr. SAUNDERS, the Hon. F. H. TRACY, and Captain EYAX MORRIS, the latter of whom said I am pleased to say I joined the volunteers 20 years ago and hase remained in the force. One good quality which belongs to a man I think can be shown in volunteerint; to defowl his country. I don't know of anything nobler or more beneficial to a country than to show to the world that you have volunteers to come forward and defend your homes against all foes. It wa" the motto" Defence and nut Defiance" that raised up 200,000 men to defend our shorts against any foreign power. I can only hope that the forces established will be maintained, and I am glad tn see that every year the volunteer force gets a firmer hold on the hearts of the people. (Applause). Mr. TRACY next gave "The Lord-Lieutenant and County Maistr:1te" and said ths Lonl-Lieutenan t has somewhat of a dijticult duty to perform, though generally they were considerably easy, yet at all times he has the eye of the county upon him. I am perfectly sure that no one can discharge those duties better than Karl Powis. I have seen Lord Powis both in this county and in London, and it strikes me that he is a perfect example of our ancient nobility, and one who will in all cases do honour to the county of Montgomeryshire. With regard to the county magistrates I should like to knuw if anyone has an adverse opinion tu them whom he would pick out as an objectionable character. I can certify to this fad that they are not only an admirable body, a hard-working body, but are far superior to those I meet in other counties. (Applause.) Mr. A. C. HUIPHHEya-OWEX responded. Mr. EDWARD POWELL next gave the "County and Borough Members." The Hon. F. S. A. HANBURY-TRACY, M,P., in responding, said Mr. Wynn asked me to state that he was exceedingly sorry he could not come down to attend this dinner. Anyone who knows Mr. Wynn knows that what he told me is fully borne out as a county member. He has always been a great advocate for out-door amusement, and would have been most willing to have come, but his engagements were too numerous. For- tunately for myself, I have been able to come, and I have come with no feeling of political motive or inten- tion. I feel that in these days of education, that we ought to add to an educated mind, a vigorous body. You have succeeded in gaining a glorious victory. I only wish I had been amongst you—(applause)—because it is one of those games I should rather be engaged in than hearing an Irish debate on nothing at all. (Laughter.) I think that you should not only endeavour yourselves to obtain such a victory, and attain a cup such as that I see now before me, but you should encourage those who are younger than you not to think light of physical exertion. After referring to the sad death of the Prince tmperial the speaker said, ),11'. Powell has spoken to you about numbers not always having an easy task to perform. It is not an easy task, but it is a pleasant task, for we invariably fed that those whom we are desirroUs of serving wjlllook upun our services, not from any harsh point of view, but make allowances for us and I would express the great feeling that Mr. Charles Wynn and myself have towards the people of Mont- gomeryshire for the way they have always received these toasts. (Applause.) The CHAIRMAN then called upon Mr. Morris to make the presentation. Mr. EVAN Mounts was received with loud cheers, and said I don't known whether to look upon myself as an apologist, or the last man who has to make a speech on a subject that has been thoroughly exhausted. But in either case I am in an unfortunate position. Sir R. A. Cunliffe deeply regrets that he is not able to come here. He promised with the greatest cordiality to be here, and no one regrets his absence more than himself, and no one the cause of his absence more than yourselves and myself. (Applause.) The only thing I can do is to sympathize with you in your disappointment. I came here with great pleasure to present this cup to the White Star Club, who have so worthily earned it. (Loud cheers.) Your worthy chairman has spoken of me as president of the football club at Wrexham, which has existed for fifteen years. I have for a long time taken great interest ill football, and the great impetus given to football in the principality. As the vice-president of the Association, 1 hope you will understand me when I say that in all sincerety, I don't go in for one club more than another, but for the association of Wales. When the association first began it was very small, and it was a great gratification to Mr. Kenrick and myself, and everybody connected with the association, to see it grow in such large proportions. And there is no game that has taken such a hold upon the Welsh as the game of football, amI which I hope urings out that manly and honourable competition in man. I think it is a game that should be encouraged, for it brings men together, high and low, rich and poor, to contend on an equal platform, where one man is as good as another, and the best man wins. (Applause). I hope this Association will be so encouraged that we shall be strong enough in time not only to beat England, but Ireland and Scot- land, for I believe there is in the Welsh nature that noble energy and zeal that will lead us in the end to be successful. I see a great augury of it in this meeting, and when we get the support of those gentlemen who are specially pleased to see their names identified with Welsh objects coming forward and saying this game shall be supported, then we may go on to success. But up to this time a great many gentlemen of means in Wales have not given this Association the support it deserves. As to the presentation it gives me the greatest pleasure in all sincerity to present this cup to the White Star Club. (Applause). I have witnessed most competitions in Wales since this association was started. I have observed the play of the White Star Club, arvd other clubs. I dont want to appear as saying anything too fulsome in their favour, or in any way derogatory to other clubs, but on an occasion like this I don't think I should hold back one iota of praise, but give the Star Club all the praise I can. There are many points in the White Star Club which deserve great praise. You have not the wealth, position, or means of practising and playing at football as many other clubs have. But you have what is better than all this a combined energy, thoroughness, and desire for success. You have had many rebuffs and many ■iis.appointments. You have gone on saying, "We will win this cup." The cup now stands here, and you are in the proud position of being the owners of the Challenge Cup of the Association of Wales for the year. (Loud cheers.) Well, I don't think any club has made such great sacrifices as you have, and no club can so thoroughly deserve it; and there is no pleasure greater to me than to make this presentation. (Applause.) I have now great pleasure in handing this spiondid cup to the captain of the club. (Applause.) I hopo you will think that there is no sacrifice that you have made that is not worth this handsome cup. You arc now the premier Football Club cf Wales for 18,H. I hope it will be an incentive to greater exertions in the future. I cannot say that now you have got it I hope that you will always have it, but I say with all my heart that I hope you will keep it until a better club can get it. (Applause.) I can only hope that the motto will still; be, A fair field and no favour, and let the best club win." (Applause.) The cup was then handed to Captain E. Gittins, on behalf of the club, amid great cheering. Captain EDWARD GITTINS briefly and suitably ac- knowledged the presentation. The CHAIP.:>IA>' then gave "The health of the White Star Club," coupling with it the name of the secretary, Mr. Jenkins, who replied at some length, in which he gave a history of his club. Referring to the work of the club this year he said. At the annual general meeting it was unanimously resolved to again enter for the cup. We did enter, and went in for it with more determination this time than we did before, having for our motto—"Nil Desperandum, never despair." (Loud Cheers). I feel proud to-night that with this motto stamped upon their minds and in their hearts at the commencement, the eleven men went in unitedly and fought pluckily for the cup, not giving up until it was wrested from its former holders—The Wrexham Foot- ball Club. We were very unfortunate in all our draw- ings, and were drawn to play in the first ties against the All Saints', at Shrewsbury, on October 19th, and won it. In the second ties against Llangollen Club, at Llangollen, on November lGth, and won that. We played off the third ties with Bangor, at Wrexham, but it was a drawn game; the second time we met Bangor at Chester, and this Idt the matter still undecided. The third time we were to meet Bangor at O.-westry, and in the event of one of the clubs not shewing LJ) the one that would appear on the field to be the victors. I may tell you the Bangor gentlemen would not face us again. Next we were drawn to play with the Newtown Club at Oswestry, February 22nd, 1879. This being a drawn game, it was arranged to play it off at Newtown, and we were successful this time. Then there were only two clubs in the field- the cup winners last year (the Wrexham Club) and the Newtown White Stars. This was the tug of war. It was the final match. The day was long-looked for, and at last it came, and our White Star men had to go to battle. They had to play the game at Oswestry, and when that morning arrived they left home not with a dull, but with a bright prospect of success. It turned out in the evening of that day that the grand tussle which took place some thirty miles away by the plucky band of White Stars had been crowned with success, for they were pronounced winners of the Welsh Challenge Cup, with gold medals, that day. (Applause.) The total amount of matches played during the season by our club were 18; matches won, 12; drawn, 4; lost, 2. (Loud cheers). Mr. EVAN MORRIS proposed "The Health of the Chairman," which was supported by Mr. TRACY, and cordially received. The CHAIRMAN appropriately responded. The Hon. F. S. A. HANBURY-TRACY proposed "The Football Association of Wales," coupling with it the name of Mr. Kenrick. The toast was drunk with en- thusiasm. Mr. KENRICK suitably responded. Mr. A. C. HUMPHREYS-OWEN proposed "The Health of the Vice-chairman," which was duly responded to. The VICE-PRESIDENT of the Association then pre- sented the certificate to the club. The SECRETARY replied. Mr. ALFRED IKIN gave The Town and Trade of Newtown," to which Mr. T. IssARD responded. The VICE-PRESIDENT of the Association explained that the reason the gold medals were not presented to the club, was that the funds of the Association would not allow of it at present. They would cost E20. He hoped the public would send subscriptions to the Association funds, and then they would be able to give the medals. The proceedings then terminated.





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