Skip to main content
Hide Articles List

7 articles on this Page


The Joint Industrial Conference.I

Our London Letter.I

Mr. Hodges Explains.

Referendum on Nationalisation

I Football at Merthyr.


I Football at Merthyr. BEST EXHIBITION OF THE SEASON.. TWO-GOAL VICTORY AGAINST < BRENTFORD. There was one thing about the Merthyr- Brentford match at Penydarren Park last Saturday that has been absent from every previous home engagement of the season, everyone were unanimous in admiration "f the game. And deservedly so too, for from first to last it was as sporty a ninety- five minutes football as anyone could de- sire, played in wonderful good spirit on both sides; and unmarred by any. touch of selfish individualism. That last I am afraid has not always been a virtue of our forward line; but now that it has been acquired with results so happy as the two clear goal win of Saturday, I trust that the inducement will prove an incentive to its incorporation as a definite policy on the part of the red- and greens. So much for that. For the rest, Saturday's side, so far as the attack was concerned, was by nature of being an experiment—an experiment dras- tic enough to indicate a discontent with the past forward set as deep with the manage- ment as with spectators. Barnfather, the ex-Croydon winger, made his first ap- pearance in the Town colours at the ex- tremity of the left half of the line, and was partnered by Turner. Poulton retained his place at centre-forward—a sensible decision in my opinion; whilst on the right Chivers, who has shone so well at centre-half, was given a chance to show his versatility, by transportation to the inside post, and Rees Williams, whose previous turn-outs with the first eleven have shown him the posses- sor of a rare turn of speed, was again out as Chivers' right hand partner. This trans- position of Chivers brought Holder out for the first time in the pivot post, and a last- minute change was made by substituting George for Edwards, who was advertised to take the field at right-half. Ireland and Probert shared the last line, and Gibbon re- tained his job as goalie. This meant an almost complete re-shuffle. But it meant more. It meant that with Chivers perfectly partnering Rees Williams, that agile youngster's remarkable electric rushes down field did something more than pro- vide a mere eye-filling and thrilling mo- ment of play-which the youngster had only been able to do on his previous excur- sions. Now he had a partner, who worked with him after giving him opportunities as well as before, and the result was a beauti- ful second goal to Chivers' credit—or rather to the credit of a perfectly co-oper- ating wing. Poulton, who has not got a selfish bone in his body, was unlucky in not scoring just before Chivers netted the second. Turner, who beat Price with as neat an on-the-run attempt as I remember seeing, was also inspired with a sense of collectivism last .Saturday—a sense that I rather thought he lacked before—perhaps unj ustly to him. Barnfather was absolutely new- to team and ground, but there was a workmanlike look about all that he did that was most promising. In the halves Yarwood, as ever, was a tower to strength, and George was doing well on the right. The weakness during the earlier stages in this line was Holder, who with the proper build for the position seemed indecisive in his tactics. He steadied up afterwards, and before I would pronounce judgment on him. I should like to see him in the same position once of twice more. Ireland played a good, steady game, and Probert was reliable, whilst Gibbon on th. occasions that he was seriously challenged showed a coolness and judgment that speaks well for his maturing custodianship. On the whole it was the- best experiment so far conducted at the Park in team-building, there being none of the painfully weak endings that has hither- to plunged supporters into despair. Indeed, by contrast it was Brentford that came out weak in the finishing, for their work before reaching a shooting position was fine in its swinging moves. In parti- cular were the visitors strong" on the right wing where Cartnell and Hanks partnered. The absence of Hendren, their crack winger, from the oilier extremity possibly explained why they were somewhat lop- sided in their attack on Saturday. But at that they had some ill-luck in front of goal, and on one occasion in the second half after a sharp attack they looked like open- ing the scoring, and I do not yet know how they failed to get ahead. Between the-two Merthyr goals they made another big at- tempt, but it failed, and thereafter they fell away, and the end of the match came with an attack at 110 greater cost than a fruitless corner, and Hawkins was glad to get off for nothing worse than another abortive corner.

I Reduction of Armaments.