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THE WELSH CHAMPION FOOTBALL TEAM. The members of the Newtown team are the heroes of the hour, and, therefore, a few particulars respecting them will doubtless prove interesting to many of our readers. We should observe a the commencement that the club was first started in season 1878-9, when it was known as the White Star Club. That year they won the Welsh Cup, and from then up to the season 1883-9, when the club was re-formed under entirely new manage- ment, footlull was practically dormant. From that time the Club has been gaining ;1 reputation of which they might well feel proud, winning in the course of season 1892-3—their (list season of admission—the Shropshire and Dis net League Championship. In addition to this they were the runnels-up for the Welsh Cup, being knocked out THE WELSH CUP. by Wrexham by two goals to one, after playing an extra half-hour. This season they have by dint of hard work reached the summit of their desires, and we compliment them on the fact. The club is to be congratulated upon its list of officers; in Mr. Fred Lloyd it has a most energetic honorary secretary, one who is unassuming and ready at all times to do anything for the benefit of the club. He took on the office at a disagreeable time, when season 1893-4 had advanced but a couple of weeks, and when the list of outstanding liabilities totalled something like £ 53. By the end of the year he was able to announce, much to the surprise of the members, that he had practically wiped this out, the deficit being only nine guineas. He hopes to be able to report at the next annual meeting that the balance is on the right side, and it need hardly be said that everyone wishes him success in this resnect, Mr. Lloyd's experience of office work is varied; in 1890-91 he acted as secretary to the Newtown Crescent Club. During seasons 1891-2 and 1892-3 he officiated as assistant hon. secretary to the town club, taking on, as before stated, the office of hon. secretary soon after the commencement of the 1893-4 season, the arduous duties of which office he has carried out with con. spicuous success. Mr. Lloyd has also acted as hon. secretary and treasurer to the local cycling club since 1892 up to the presen the trainer, In speaking of Mr. W. Stokes, the trainer, w 3 can only say, in the words of the well- known song, that he is a jolly fellow. He has been connected with local football since and has acted on the committee of the club since it was re-formed. This season he was asked to take the team in hand, so as to obtain, if possible, that much coveted trophy-the Welsh Cup. With what success it is unnecessary to repeat. lIe is to be congratulated upon the very gratifying result which has attended his efforts. Hie representa- tive of the club upon the Welsh Football Associa- tion is Mr. W. EI. Evans, wlio is well 11 c i QQi i ho 1 ltixl tlie honoui ot oem^. the season or 1no nan elected a member of the Council of tilt Association, and this season^was a IP ■ to i pi ice on the Internaliunal Selection Com mute. Prior to Mr. Lloyd's appointments hon. Mr. Evans filled the office. Ho 18 a'b" th? J chairman of the Shropshire and Distnct Lta^iu. T e it tr* FLU* offirers, we cannot but ineiiMoit In referring to the omitu, n>nU i)V t\u the valuable services rendered to li t c u! I hon. treasurer, Mr. Alt red loby, of «'llL .^nl1' a" 1 South Wales Bank, which are deservm0 of th« Club's best thanks. > Th« following is the result of the u uoais matches:— F. A. L Wellington St. George's (\) L Shrewsbury (a) g Aberystwyth (h) L Hereford L Newport (h) „ a L Wellington Town (a) e Crewe Alexandra (h) Aberystwyth (a) £ Llanidloes (h) £ V1 lihostyllen (h) & L Oswestry United (h). o H l Wellington St. George s (h) 1 o r, Whitchurch (a) 0 Aberystwyth (li) 5 1 Builtli (h) 1 1 L Newport (a) 1 2 llanley Town (h) 6 I Chirk (li) 1 ? Everton Combination (a). 1 3 L Whitchurch (h) 4 0 Westminster Hovers (h) 1 0 Ij Ironbridge (a) 3 2 Builth (a) 1 0 Llanidloes (a) 13 1 Everton Combination (h) 1 5 Chirk (semi-final) at Shrewsbury. 4 0 L Oswestry United (a). 0 1 L Shrewsbury Town (h) 2 2 L Hereford (a) 0 3 L Wrockwardine Wood (li) 5 0 L Ironbridge (h) 2 1 L Ironbridg, l Wellington Town (h) 2 0 Wrexham (Final) at Welsbpool. 3 2 Aberystwyth (a). 3 2 (L) Shropshire League (e) English Cup; (*) Welisb Cup; (h) home; (a) away. LEAGUE MATCHES. Goals. P. W. D. L. F. A. P. Home. 9 6 2 1 16 13 14 Away. 8 2 0 6 17 22 4 Total 17 8 2 7 42 35 18 ALL MATCHES. Goals P W D L F. G. Home. 19 12 3 4 54 27 Away. 15 7 1 7 46 34 Total. 34 19 4 11 100 61
'Fred. JEt, Lloyd W. Stokes (Secretary.) J.jHarper. R. Goodwin, A. Townsend. T. Worthington. (Trainer.) E. Morgan. A. W. Pryce-Jones. W. E. Pryce-Jonea H. F. Mytton. W. Parry. T. Chapman. (Capt.) H. Tucker.
THE CAPTAIN—W. E. PRYCE-JONES. The Captain has filled the office, to the satisfac- tion of all, since he left Cambridge in 1889. His football career is a very interesting one, having played c. socker since he stood about so high." His connection with the local club commenced at the time of his leaving Shrewsbury Grammar School, about 1886, but was with them only a short time, leaving rather early in the season for Cam- bridge. Almost immediately following his advent to Cambridge he was chosen to play in the Fresh- men's match, his brilliant play on that occasion resulting in his being selected in the 'Varsity eleven. But, by some means or other, be did not play for Cambridge against Oxford until his last year. He was a member of Jesus College Football team for four years, in his last year winning the university cup—commonly known as the University Collegiate Cup. He has represented Wales on several occasions, his first international match being in 1887 against Scotland, which was soon after leaving school. He also played in 1888 against Scotland, and has played once against England—1888; twic^ against Ireland—1888 and 1890; and once against the Canadians in 1891. Besides this, he has been asked to play for Wales on several other occasions, but circumstances pre- vented his turning out. We should not forget to mention that he is a member of the Corinthians Football Club, having played for them on several occasions, whilst he fought with the Swifts in the final in 1887. His height is 5ft. 7in., and he generally plays at about lOst. 41b. It will be gratifying to the football public, especially to Newtownians, to know that if his services are re- f, quired next season he will be ready to come forward. Besides being a well-known footballer, Mr. Ernest," as he is called, can pride himself upon being a good all round sportsman. As a cricketer he has been eminently successful. He was in the Shrewsbury School eleven of three seasons; his last year seeing him top of the bowl- ing averages. He was also a member of Jesus College team for three years, and was always near the top in the averages for batting. We have on several occasions noticed his name included among the Shropshire County Cricket team. As a tennis player he is well-known, having won many local prizes. Mention should likewise be made of his success as an athlete; in his college sports he was only prevented by an accident from winning the college cup, which is presented to the person win- ning the most events in the year's sports. That year he won the quarter mile, he was also first in the long jump, scaling 19ft. lOin., and second in the 100-yards race. He would have secured first place in the latter competition had he not slipped just before reaching the last hurdle, thereby losing the cup. Mr. W. E. Pryce-Jones entered Jesus College, Cambridge, on leaving school, and at the end of the necessary three years graduated B.A., and he contemplates taking his M.A. this year. A. W. PRYCE-JONES. Mr. Bertie" has, like his brother, a good record. His height is 51t. lO^in., and his weight 10 stone. ile also WHS a member of the Shrewsbury football ream for tvo seasons, leaving herein 1889*for Clare ■ cilejre, Cambridge, lie played in the Freshmen's -ii;,tcli during the first year, when lie entered his Jollene football team. The followillg year saw him dHyig in t lie Seniors' match, he afterwards repre- senting the Univers'tv, playing against Oxford that -enson, and having for his partner the same player ho was associated with his brother in previous matches- G. 11. Cottcril. At the end of the season ie was elected secretary of the College Club, but, infortunatelv, illness took him abroad at the com- mencement of the following season, and which .•robably prevented his being capt;.in of the Univer- ity team that year (1892-3). On his return from Switzerland the following season found him play- "ng for Cambridge again, when he once more met )xford. He Las also played for the Casuals in the tinal for the Londo-k Charity Cup, when they beat the Old Carthusians by five goals to one, each member receiving a gold medal in commemoration of th3 victory. During his last year at Cambridge V. W. was captain of his College team, and he played that year twice in the finals for the Inter- -ol!cgia?e Cup. This year was his first appearance for Wales, against England, though he has been chosen as reserve on previous occasions. He has played for Newtown since 1888, which was his last vear in school. Mr. A. W. Pryce-Jones is well. known as a ci icketer, first playing for his school 'or two seasons, winning ou his last year the bat 1 3 For best average batting. He played in the Fresh- mcti's match on entering Cambridge, and was in this College team for three years. In addition to his he was a member of the College Tennis Six. He graduated B.A. in 1893. H. F. MYTTON. Newtown can fairly claim to possess the best centre forward in Wales, in the above player. He is a son of Captain D. H. Mytton, of Garth, neai Welshpool, and has regularly filled the position from the commencement of the season. He is young, not yet having attained his majority, and therefore has a bright future before him. As a player he is most consistent, very tricky, fast, and displays plenty of dash, whilst he places the leather in capital style, much to the dissatisfaction of opposing goal-keepers. This season was his first for being chosen to represent the Principality, but an accident he received whilst playing against Shrewsbury a week prior to the Scotch International, prevented his turning out. No doubt we will have the pleasure of seeing his name in the list of international players next season. ROBERT GOODWIN. He is 24 years of age, height 5-8, weight eleven stone two. Has played as reserve full back for the team since 1892.3, but at the commencement of this season was selected to take the duties of goal- keeper, and in this position he has acquitted him- self with great credit, having up to the final only allowed one goal to be scored against him in the Cup competition. He is looked upon as a coming goalkeeper. He clears his goal with judgment. JAMES HARPER. This player is 19 years of age and stands 6-8, his weight being ten stone ten. This is the first season in which he has played for the Town team. He is a promising right back, being a first-rate tackier, and clear his lines well, and, according to his youth, should take a prominent place in the football world. A. TOWNSEND. Townsend is 31 years of age, and stands 5-10, his weight being eleven stone nine. He has played in different positions on the football field for the Town team during the last 15 years, and has received International honours twice, viz., 1887 and 1893. He has also had the honour of being Captain of the team for two seasons. He has been a most useful player having until a couple of years ago been able to take any position in case of emergency. HENRY TUCKER. This player is 21 years of age, stands 5ft. 6in., and weighs 10it. 41b.. and as right half-back has very few superiors in Wales. He tackles and feeds his forwards with judgment. He was selected and played in the Internaiioi al final match, North and -»tuih, at Cardiff some months ago, and it is hoped next season he will not be forgotten in receiving Interna'ional honors. TOM CHAPMAN. Chapman is 22 years of age, stands 5ft. 8in., weight list, 101b. He is commonly known as the "War Ilon-e," after his craving for hard work on the field, or as Sloper -whkh he is better known by, he being the first person in Montgomeryshire to icceive the Simper watch hence his taking the title of the" F. O. M." This player is looked upon as the finest ccntre-ha-f in Wales- and has received Inte'national honors five time", having played in The three Internationals last season, and twice this season. For pluck and determination he is unequalled. TOM WORTHINGTON. This player is 29 years of age, stands 5ft. 9in. in height, and weighs lOst. 131b., and has played in every position, excepting that of goalkeeping, in the town team during the last nine years, bnt until last season never played in the position which he has so creditably filled (left half-back). He was selected and played for Wales in the International match at Kilmarnock last season. He plays a true half-back game, and like his fellow balf-backs he feeds his forwards with accuracy and judgment. EDDIE MORGAN. This is a promising young player. Part of last season he played for the Town team as centre forward. He is 20 years of age, height 5ft. 7iin., and weighs list. 6lb. Foi the latter part of this season he has played with the worthy captain (W. E. Pryce-Jones) as inside right, and two more un- selfish players it would be difficult to find. W. PARRY. Age, 24; height, 5ft. 6in.; weight, 12st. 81bs. This footballer has played in the Town team for the past four seasons. He is a sterling outside left player. He played in the International Trial match at Cardiff this season, and received Inter- national honours by being selected to play for Wales against Ireland. He also played for West Bromwich Albion against Preston North End a couple of months ago. Printed and published by SAMUEL SALTER and DAVID ROWLANDS, at their Printing Office, 21, Berriew Street, Welshpool, in the County of Montgomery.-Apria 27,1895,