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JOHN IORLEY CN THE Dangers…

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A LONG WALK.

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FOOTBALL. Combination. Results up to Saturday, September 16 Goals PJd. Won Lost Drn. For Agst Pts. Wrexham 3 5 0 0 12 2 6 Druids. 3 2 1 0 9 5 4 Chirk. 3 2 1 0 6 2 4 Birkenhead I 1 0 0 3 2 2 Oswestry 3 1 2 0 6 7 2 Newtown 2 1 1 0 2 2 2 Aberystwyth I 0 1 0 I 3 0 Bangor 1 0 1 0 0 2 0 l,landudno 1 0 1 0 2 6 0 Rhyl 2 0 2 0 2 .10 0 DRUIDS v. ABERYSTWYTH. The above teams played what was to Aberyst- wyth the first Combination match of the season on the Vicarage field last Saturday, and a hard game ended in a victory for the Druids by three goals to one. The following were the teams: Druids Goal, S. Jones backs, Thomas and Hughes; half-backs, Williams, Price, and T. Thomas for- wards, Spencer, Vaughan, J. Davies, Jones and Butter Aberystwyth: Goal, W. Davies; backs, W. R. Jones and C. Parry; half-backs, W. Jones. J. H. Edwards, G. Evans; forwards, Jenkins. Barson, Green, J. Evans and Bennett. NOTES BY EDGE-HILL. A defeat is a noxious drug to swallow and also an unpleasant theme to write of. I have had to do it two weeks in succession and I candidly admit that I do not like it, but I suppose it has to be done. I can bear a defeat with equanimity when I know the defeated team are triers, and I believe everv man in the team were triers last Saturday. Whether they came up to expectations is another matter. I believe it is the general verdict that there was a marked improvement in the team compared with their form on the prievious Saturday. But the worst of it is that whilst our team are improving we are losing points at home. That is the most serious part of it. I am in hopes that this is the beginning of the end. I am candid enough to admit that the best team won. The official verdict says 3-1, but I say 2—1. Mr. Gough is usually a keen referee but why he allowed that third goal passes my comprehension. I will only go so far on that point to say that the veriest novice in refereeing would have immediately blown his whistle on the moment of the offside man touching the ball. Let us compare the two teams and see where our weakness lay. I venture to say not in the goalkeeping, for Jack was as good as his master. Jones is a fine goalkeeper, and so is Davies; at least, he is on Saturday's form, and if he can keep that form up the Committee need not look further at present. The Druids have two fine backs, who used their heads splendidly in clearing their goal. The ight of their exhibition did not dim our two backs, for they plaved a fine game, although I think a little training would not do W. R any barra. I have no hesitation in saying that Charlie Parry was absolute y the best back on the field. He has got rid of;, lot of adipose tissue, and you can take it from r c that there is a lot of play left in Parry yet. There was not much difference in the two sets of halves, for they all played well. If the Druids had a slight pull, it was only in so far as they seemed to feed their forwards with a little more judgment than ours did. The weakest part of our team was the forward rank, and, although there was an improvement from the previous Satur- day, it is no use blinking the fact that they are not up to concert pitch yet. They have not, so far. adapted themselves to that systematic style of play which goes to secure goals. Green is not playing near the game he played last year. He did not seem to have full control of his wings, and did not set them fairly going during the whole course of the game. Arthur would benefit greatly if he were to take a run four times lOUno. the field a couple of nights a week and, as a matter of fact, the whole team had ought to do the same kind of thing, it would be much more beneficial than shooting at goal. Barson was the best forward, but he should have scored a goal, which would have meant two all if justice had been dealt out fairly. What a mighty thing that monosyllable IF is! Bennett was the weakest; he seemed totally helpless against he Druids' right half, but we all expect him to do much better next Saturday. I shall expect the team to go one better against Wrexham. Now, lads, a couple of points next time. Since writing the above I have heard that the accident that happened to W. R. may keep him off the field some time. Wrexham are going strong in the Combination, and so are Manchester City in the League. In Jimmy Ross and Meredith the City have one of the most dangerous wings in the League. What a wonderful man Ross has been. He may have a paragraph all to himself next week. I sauntered down to the field several afternoons last week, and saw Mr. Yearsley practising between the posts. He shapes very well, and with practice should make a good goalkeeper. A correspondent has written me asking me to state in these Notes who was the finest goalkeeper I have ever seen play. This is rather a poser, but I will endeavour to give an answer. There is such a diversity of opinion in football as to who were and who is the best players that if there were a party of say twelve football enthusiasts discussing the merits of a player I venture to say not more than three would hold the same views. So the answer I give must be taken as my opinion. To answer this question one's mind will have to revert back to the period when football first began to take a hold on the masses, which was in the early eighties. We have bad a number of great players since those days which cannot be enumerated here. A few will suffice. Arthur, Blackburn Rovers; Burly Bob Roberts, West Bromwich; Moon, Corinthians; Toone, Notts County; Sutcliffe, Bolton Jinnny Trainer and Mills Roberts—Cymru am bith-aii(i later, Foulkes and Robinson. All of them jems of the first water. It would be a told stroke to pick one out of that grand lot. I have got to do it, and my vote will go for Trainer. There are many in Wales who think Mills Roberts was as good as Trainer but it must he remembered that Roberts had to retire after playing for a few seasons and although he retired in the zenith of his powers we do not know whether they would have lasted. Whereas Trainer kept up his brilliant form for more than ten years. Therefore it is only logical to presume that Trainer was the best. I will give another instance but pardon the degres- sion. Major Poore heads the batting average with 91-23 with 21 matches played. Ranjitsinhji comes second with an average of 63-18 and 58 matches played. By the fact of Major Poore not playing in half the number of matches it is universally con- sidered that Ranjitsinhjis is the best.

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