THE FINAL GOAL. I .—. is considered the veteran of the team, his form this yeaT shows him to be better than ever. HONEST IN THE TIGHT. H J. WILSON plays more footbaH in the "Land o' Cakes" than in Ireland. He is a sterling scrimmager, and what he lacks in brilliancy he more than omlUrteTbalanoes m honest work, in the tight. DANGEROUS ROVER. F. GARDINER first got his place as a badk, and at one time or another has filled every position on the field in an inteimat-ional nuatoh. He is more of a rover than a working forward, and is always dangerous in the open. CHARACTERISTIC RUSHER. G. HAMLET is a. club-mate of Hinton's. He is a, very consistent forward, and is always conspicuous in the ohar&oteristio Irish rushes. RECOGNISED AT LAST. J. A. SWEENEY played bis ftnst teter- national against England last. ntb, when ,he got in as a nuibetitute. But his display in that match, and also agai net Scotland, oon- firmed the opinion of footballers generally, t.ha.t his selection was too Jong deferred. This will, probably, be his last r representative match, as he has Qualified for the Indian Civil Service. ROBUST WORKER. H. J. KNOX is a forward ot the xofraBt type, and a solid worker. ON AGAIN. M. WHITE played in adl three matches left I yea.r, and against England this yeaa-. Was dropped against Scotland, but now comes on for Sussars I INTERNATIONAL FAMILY. F. N. li-AKVJ,,Y, who comes on in piaoe of E. D. Caddell, is the youngest player in, the team. For the past couple of seasons he has assisted Wanderers, and with H. 1L Corley, an ex-Irish international captain, as his partner, it may be said that he has received his fooUball education from a brilliant tutor, He is a rare good man in defence, and clever at making openings. Though he laaks the experience of Caddell, he shou ld make a good partner for Robinson. F. N." is the third I member of the Harvey family that has represented his country at Rugby.
IRISHMEN ROUTED. t .0 Outplayed Fore and Aft. PERCY BUSH BRILLIANT CARDIFF MEN'S PHENOMENAL SCORING. By 11 FORWARD." Pessimistic prognostications of a Fmall attendance were to be heard on every hand this morning but the gloomy forebodings gradually gave way to a brighter outlook when the streets of the city were seen to bo thronged with thousands of people between midday and two o'clock. Wherever a few footballers were gathered together they had but one topic to discuss, and that was the childishly stupid attitude of certain Swansea, people in boycotting the match by returning their tickets to Mr. Waiter Reeg, the L'nion secretary. Those Swnnaea people—and they were a numerous body, after all—who made the journey to Cardiff betrayed their humilia- tion and regret that it was possible for them to be associated with the boycott. It is well that the whole affair should have been made public, and that the conduct of the boy- oottere should ha.ve been denounced in no un- measured terms. The exposure will probably have the effect of making SWANSEA. PEOPLE THINK twice before they pout again. At the headquarters of the Welsh and Irish ] teams one witnessed the usual scenes of bustle and animation, and eager expectancy was writ large on every face. Inquiries were con- stantly being made and answered as to whether there were any eleventh-hour ,hznges on either side, and the officials of vke two union6 were in the happy pceiHon to give the assurance that, apart from the changes already made known, every man of the 30 would play. A. P. Harding was the one player about whom there was most concern, there being a terious doubt in the public mind as to whether he could have recovered his fitness after his little outing with the G-lamorgans in Pa-rip. Haramg him- self felt no misgiving on that score, and he certainly looked the picture of health when I saw him this morning. Alter a good night s • rest he felt as fit ae ever," to quot..e his own words. T'hen another question which aigitated people's minds was the allocation of Hard- ing's position in the team. This was irft entirely to the discretion of R. T. Gabe, the Welsh captain, and, when interrogated on the point, Gabf,, said that he would be governed by the circumstances or the exigencies of the moment on the field of play. At the same time, he did not ooncei?.! his preference for playing the London Welshman I as an ordinary forward, because of his con. viction that I THE EXTRA-BACK CiAMh could, only be played with thorough efficiency by Reggie Gibbs and Fred Serine. There was a quiet confidence in the Welsh camp that Wales would emerge victorious; but, at the same time, it was fully realised that it would be a grim and deadly tussle. All the confidence was not on the Welsh side, the Irishmen, who are born optimists, being at least 'hopeful of a win for the old country. The ground had not suffered to any serious extent from the thick drizzling rain of the morning, but was eltippery on the surface. The conditions were, on the whole, raither favourable to Welsh methods, the Irishmen making no secret of their preference for a hard, dry, and fast ground. Half an hour before the time for kicking off, whioh was fixed for three o'clock, there were about 20,000 people surround- ing the enclosure, and this number was continually being augmented by a steady stream of humanity pouring in through, the various entrances. All the arrangements for the accommoda- tion of the spectators were as complete and perfect as they always are under the erpe- rienced and careful supervision • of Mr. Walter Rees, the Welsh Union secretary. The crowd was a I SINGULARLY QUIET and undemonstrative one for an inrter- ma/tional match, the only music to break the heavy silence which brooded over the ground being that discoursed by the excellent band of the 2nd Volunteer Battalion Welsh (Ca.r- diff), under the direction of Bandmaster Bullinger. Dullness was oriven away by a series ol lively and appropriate tunes. At twenty minutes to three the aittendance had! increased to 25.000 at least, and still the people streamed in. There was a prospect of the crowd reaching 30,000, after all. Old memoriks were revived by the appear- ance of any little bit of .green of the famous match of 1899, when Ireland won their last match on Wcjoh sail, and also annexed the Triple Crown at the same time. That was the time when the star of the Brothers Ryan was in the ascendant, and the day when Bancroft had his ribs fractured in a gallant effort to check a rush by the impetuous Irish forwards. The first lively incident of the afternoon occurred a quarter of an hour from the time when a patriotic Irish lady made her appearance carrying a large green flag. She I was accompanied by a number of other ladies who waved green handkerchiefs, and the brave and JOYOUS LITTLE PARTY I were conducted to their seats by Mr. Walter Rces. They were cheered to the eaho, espe- cially by the large and enthusiastic section of Irishmen who were mingled with the crowd. Bunches of shamrock also came into prominence, and there was a scene of some- thing like real Hibernian enthusiasm when a couple of Jack Tars came waltzing into the ground brandishing their shamrock 10;1 high and doing the cake-walk to the appropriately happy time of "Won't you come bad: to Born-Bombay?" I The weather had so improved between one and three o'clock that, the rain had com- pletely cleared off the latter hour, and thefle was a complete absence of wind. As a set-off to the Jack Tam, who oarr.ied the shamrock, a couple of shipmates paraded the ground carrying fine specimens of the leek in their hand, and as they passed the press-box t,hey invoked the critics not to forget Percy Bush. With only five minutes to go, the crowd numbered close upon 30,000, I t,he only vacant space being on the stand at I the Westgate-street end. I The Game. Punctually at three o'clock the Irishmen, in their bright green jerseys and white knickers, made their appearance to the strains of Garryow^n." They were closely followed by the Welshmen, to the accompani- I ment of "The Men of Harleoh." The bands- men quickly made their exit, and the ball was placed for 1 ravers to kick off from the Westgate-street end of the ground, and J. C. Parke returned to Winfield, who found touch near the centre. From the line-out a scrum was ordered, and the Welshmen, breaking up quickly, rushed down to the Iribh 25, where the ball was picked up and parsed to Jack Evans, who j u.-t failed to hold, and play settled down for a moment on the Irish Z5 line. Harding was played as a regular for- ward, and from the scrum which took place in the Irish quarter Dicky David obtained possession and passed out smartly to Bush, who DIDDLED HARVEY AND ROBINSON very cleverly, anct snowing excellent judg- ment, paesed to Jack Evans, who passed to Gabe, and he, running stiongly well inside the 25 line, gave a perfcct pass to J. L. Wil- liams, who took the ball with a safe pair of hands, and ran over without opposition, and scored the first try witliin four minutes of the kick-off. Winfield failed to convert from a difficult angle. Immediately after the kick-out the Irish forwards, robbing Bush of the ball, made a dangerous rush into Welsh territory, but the last man to pick up put his foot in touch near the Welsh 25 line Play was taken back to the centre, tvnd Robinson, receiving from a scrum, passed to Parke, who threw to Maclear, but the big Irishman failed to hold, and Ireland thus lost a glorious opportunity of equalising. From the embsequent scrum inside the Welsh 25 Robinson again secured possession, and a. very pretty passing bout was developed on the right. Thrift this time had a great chance of going over, but at the critical moment failed to take his pass. Ireland were pia-ying up with TERRIFIC KEENNESS, I and for a few minutes Wales were strictly on the defensive. Loose play, however, resulted in the ball being dribbled to the centre, where Da.vid passed to Gabe, who kicked over the opposing centre's head, and D. P. Jones following up smartly had a. chance of picking up on tho run, but it was too difficult a. task, and M'Lear checked the I progrees of the Welshmen by turning the bail to touch near his own 25 line. From the line-out, the Irish backs were given posses- sion, and Parke put in a b<?autifull k=i,, which sent the ball to touch on the Welsh 25 line. He was injured in a tackle, and was able to resume in a couple of minutes. On the resumption, the Welsh forwards broke through, pnd Parke picking up at their feet, broke through in 'Z?d style, aat,nd had
I' THE IRISH TEAM. TOP ROW:—J. C. PATIK P. N. HABVEY, and J. A. SWEENEY. SECOND ROWTHRIFT, H. K and BMJIL MACF.MAR. THIRD BOW:—KKOX, HAMLET, and ALLEN. TOUKIH BOW:—OBI&AVKSr HEDTOED, and BOBINSON. FIFTH BOWi-fiABDEtBB, WHITE, and HXHTOX. r;rram b'J),ABC't, Da.1IiI& £ Tram nxtUm by VABCX, DattHe, only Winfield to pass, when he threw the hall away wildly with three men backing him up. It was a groat chance thrown away in the most rtidicukrus fashion. Scrimmaging at t-he mouth of the Welsh goal, and D. P. Jones failing to pick up from a loose rush by tho Irish forwards, looked like letting in M'Lear, but, fortunately, he was covered by Harding just in the nick of time. Wales gained relief by David receiving from his forwards and passing to Gabe, who ran splendidly and passed to Jack Evans, who looked like getting clear, but was pulled up by M'Lear, who just managed to GRIP HIM ROUND THE ANKLE I and pull him down. Had he been another yard in advance it would haro been the easiest thing in the world for him to put D. P. Jones ever, as he had ori-ly the fuli-baxdc to pass. An exchange of kicks between Win- field and M'bear ended in favour of the Irish- man, who found touch on the Welsh line. David received the ball from the next scnim- maare and passed to Bush, who broke through I and gave up to Jack Evans, who gave a diffi- cult pass which was beautifully taken by Gabe, and lie, failing to get past M'Lear, parsed to Johnny Williams, who was tackled by Hinton near the Irish 25 line. From the very next scrum David again received from his forwards and passed t.he ball like a shot from a glim into the hands of Bush, who. finding that he conM not got through, showed superb judgment by kicking over the heads of the opposing centres, and Gabe, following I up the kick, picked up on the run in great j gtylo and passed to Jack Evans, who took the ban boantifnny. and, running dead up to ¡ Hinton. passed to D. P. Jones, who made no, mistake about holding the ball or in sprint- ing for the line at top speed, and scoring in the corner after twenty minutes' play. This j was a. really CHARACTERISTIC WELSH i try, and one of the prettiest that has been I seen in any internalionid game this season. Winfield, though putting in a fino kick, just failed to find the goal. From the kick-out p!a.y was taken into the Welsh qwa/Pter, where Gabe showed sound generalship by calling out Harding from the pack for defensive work. The manoeuvre was fully justified by the fact that Harding checked a dangerous Irish rush in its incep- tion and dribbled ever the 25 line. The Irish forwards hoeled out cleanly from the next scrum, but the Irish throe-quarters just when they had their opportunity handled very badly, ancPfost another chance. A terrific rush by the Irish forwards carried play to the Welsh line, and there was intense excitement when the two packs bent i.heir backs to a scrum right on the goal-line. David secured from his forwards, and passaed to Bush over his own goal-line, and the Car- diff captain running round put in a capital kick into touch in his own 25. Sterling work by the Welsh forwards in particuLar was I the means of caTrying play to the centre, where Bush came into promin(}uoo with a clever break through, in which he DIDDLED MACLEAR I very smartly, but. was by Greaves just as he was getting clear of opposition. The Welsh forwards beating the Irishmen at thh' own game dribbled well oveTthc ?fEtrc, and &abe, backing them up, picked up the ball and threw to Jiaok Evans, who punted into touch on tho Irish 25 line. A penalty was given against ivaicg for some irre- gularity in the serum, and Ga-be at this paint- had to leave the field to have a injured hand repaired. He quickly reeuned, and Greaves taking the psnalty kick for Ireland rent the ball into the hands of Winfield, who found touch -with a short kick near the centre-line. The ball was heeled out splen- didly by the Welsh forwards, but Gabe faied to hold a pass, and the Irish forwards took advantage by dribbling into the home country's 25, where Maclear, receiving from bis centre, made a determined run for the line, and, after handing off Pcnty Jones. looked a. certain scorer, but one of the Welsh players had smartly got round and pulled I down the burly Fusilier ten yards from the ine. Jack Brown at this stage injured his arm, and play was again stopped for some minutes. After the injured limb had been bandaged play was resumed with the forma- tion of a scrum near midfield, and the Welsh forwards, carrying the scrum, kicked down to Pa,rke, wtho punted into touch in neutral ground. Brilliant omin piay by the Welsh | farwa.rd and hacks in combination took the ba.U down t cthc In?h 25, wh<?"e Jack E'a,ns only just failed to pick up and put his club- mate owr. The next ecrnm was formed ku yards from the line. -?nd Darid, admirably served by bis "Orwxrds, paæoo out direct to Gabe, wtho took a SHOT FOR GOAL. which was futile, the ball sailing wido of the mark by many yards. The kiok-out gave Ireland much-needed relief, the ball being tak<-n to the centre and sœ-imma",aoed, when another penalty was given against Wales, to which Winfield replied with a perfect touch- fjnder of oapitaJ length. The Welsh forwards were continually healing out, but Robinson and Harvey were playing dead on top of David, who had to be extra smart in feeding Bush. They were caught offside eventually, and a, penalty was siren against the, wearers of the green, but Winfield just failed to find touch, and Hinton taking the ball kickod finely to touch on the Welsh side of the meridian line. Half-time was then soanied with Wales leading by two tries. Half-time score: G. T. Pta WALES 0 2 6 lRELA:ND 0 0 0 SECOND HALF During the interval a bucket of water war, ,brought out, a.nd some of the Irish forwards dipped their heads into it to wipe off the mud. Wales had every reason to be proud of the performance of their men in the first half, the forwards, especially, having played so well as to gain the mastery over their opponents in every sense of the play. The Welsh backs. too. had displayed excellent cohesion and a perfect understanding. To this fact may be attributed entirely the scoring of the second try. Tedford re-started for Ireland, and Win- fkild kicked back to Greaves, who sent it back again to Winfiel, who this time found touch splendidly in neutral ground. Break, ing up the succeeding scrimmage very quickly, the Irishmen took the ball with them at their feet, and Robinson picking up, passed to Thrift, wha was promptly bowled over by Johnny Williams before he could.make a yard of ground. Indifferent handling on the part of the Welsh backs let in the Irish forwards with an ugly rut-h, but Winfield came to the rescue by picking up brilltantly and, running through the Irist backs, kicked into touch on the Irish 25 line. He was loudly applauded for this magnificent 'bit of work. No sooner had the ball been thrown out from touch than Johnny Wiliiama was seen in possession, and the Cardiff left wing, with tho FINEST INDIVIDUAL EFFORT of the match so far, broke through the Irish, defence in wonderful -tyle, and with only the full-back in front of him gave a perfect pass to Gabe, who ran over with a beautiful try, which Winfield again just failed to niajorise. There was no holding the Welshmen after this, and, beating the Irishmen every- where, they carried play to the mouth of goal, and one of the Irish halves getting on the wrong side of the scrum was penalised. The ball wae placed for Winfieid, who landed a penalty goal, and thus increased Wales's lead to twelve points. The issue of the match had now been placed beyond doubt, but the Irishmen never lost heart, and, showing characteristic pluck, they made an invasion of the Welsh citadel by fast forward rushes, and this time David was found at fault art the base of the scrum, and a penalty was given to Ireland. The ball was placed for Tedford on the half-way line, but the distance was took great for him, and Win, fleld, taking the ball five yards from his own goal, kicked into touch between his own 25 line and the centre. From the line- out the Welsh forwards took matters into their own -hands, and, showing tremendous energy and keenness they dribbled over the Irish 25 line, where Hinton picked up and scrow-kioked into touch. The next scrim- mage was carried by the Irish forward, but Percy Bush picking the ball up at their feat put in one of his DAZZLINGLY BRILLIANT RUNS, dodging man after man, And finding he OOTtld go no further, passed to Jack Brown, who was brought down a yard from the line. Immediately afterwards, Da.vid again being grandly served by his forwards sent out to Bush, who steadied himself, and dropped lovely goai, amid a. scene of wild enthusiasm. From the kick-out piay settled down for a. minute m t'ne Welsh 25, where, David receiv- ing from his forwards, onoe again passed to Percy Bush, who broke through in perfectly brilliant style, and, displaying the acme of judgment, passed the ball over tho head of Jack Evans into the hands of Gabe. The Welsh ukipper realising his opportunity put in a great run from nea.r the Irish 25 line well over the centre, and, finding himself faced by Hinton, passed the ball to Johnny Williams, who razeed over with a try that. simply gladdened the hearts of every spectator on the ground. It was a. perfect Welsh try, and worthy to rank as one of the greatest ever scored in a repre- sentative match. Win-field converted, and thus the Cymric lead was put up to 21 points. From this onward the play of the Welshmen was simply bewildering in its hriliianoe.^nd additional scores eeemed imm,inent every moment. For unintentional offaide play by one of the Welsh forwards, a. penalty was given Ireland, and Tin ton, t.aking the kick, found touch well over the 25 line. The Welsh forwards, who were all in the pink of condi- tion, were wearing their opponent down, and came away with a rush over the cemtre line, where Maclear, picking up in the loose. Tan down along the touch-line, but was well tackled by Winfield ten yards from the line. The Irishmen were on the agrressive for a few minutes, but the Welshmen had no diffi- culty in checkmakmg the attack, and bril- liant play by Bush, Gal,. and J. L. Williams led to a further aUa by the Welshmen. Once having gained a ioothold in the Irish quarter the Welshmen made no mistake about seizing their opportunity, David taking the ball at the heels of the Welsh forwards pa-scd to Bush, and he to Jack Evans, and then the ball went to Gabe, who made a magnificent effort, and, getting through tha r defence in irresistible style, he gave a lovely pass to J. L. Williams, who dived over the line and scored wide oat. Winfield again bad hard lines with the kick, the ball going wide out. What had promised at the begin- ning to be a close and exciting contest had degenerated into an utter rout, the Hiber- nians being BEATEN FORE AND APT in the most hopeless faphion. Play continued to be waged in the Irish. 25, and Gabe, making him mark, gave the ball to Winfield. who found toucih ten yards from the line. The Welsh forwards knowing their book to a nicety, heeled out, and another brilliant round of passing was only deprivoo of a try by a forward paas after the Irish defence had been beaten. In the next minute, tow- ever, Da.vid again was seen in possession, and he parsed to Bush, wiho ewiftly turned on his dieel, and. breaking through the gap between the two Irish centres, simply waltzed round the Lrifo'h full-back, and scored behind tho paste in the most ridiculously easy faehion. Winfield had no difficulty in converting, thus sending up the aggregate to 29 points— a record score for matches between Ireland a,nd Wales. The poor little shamrock wa3 having a bad time, and the lady with the green flag looked a picture of despondency. Playing in midfield, Bush picked up in the loose, and, diddling Maclear as he had never been diddled before, ran clear away from the Irish backs, and passed to Harding, who threw too short a pass to D. P. Jones, which it was impossible for the Pontypool man to take. rMay veered to the middle of the ground, where Bush, who was having a. PERFECT DAY OUT, picked up on the ran, and took a shot fog
FOOTBALL ENTHUSIASTS: STUDIES IN EXPRESSION. I 1 JOY IN ANTICIPATION. AN IDOL OF THE CROWD. I A KEEN ARGUMENT. gGKBAH FOR WALES.
THE INTERNATIONALI New Welsh "Caps" I BY HARRY BOWEN I The years are really rolling, and those that occupied the forefront of the play- ing stage are found there no longer. Gwyn Nicholls, Teddy Morgan, Willie Llewellyn, W. J. Bancroft, Brice, Boots, Hodges, and Joseph, with Ful- ton, Allison, the Brothers Ryan, Louis Magee, Rooke, Landers, and Corley are a few of those who have laid aside the jersey for the more serious game of life. "We shall meet, but we shall miss 'em," can truly be sung of these. I had hoped to see Teddy Morgan once more show his paces. It was given that had he been required at the eleventh hour he would not have been called upon in vain. There's many a man would I walk ten miles to see him on the inter- national field once more; and, consider- ing his youth, it is not quite understand- able why he rung down the curtain so soon- Were he engaged in the strenuous strife of forward life his future inten- tions could call reason on his present determination to retire. But, not being a forward, I am disappointed to have found him backward in coming to the front. The Irish match of to-day bethinks me of the time when, on the same ground in 1903, we beat them quite severely by six tries. The wings in that match were Teddy Morgan and Willie Llewellyn. Tom Williams, of Llwynypia, who is related to one and foster uncle to the other, was greatly exercised as to whether they were in form. So, untrue to his nature, from the dark shadows of the Cardiff stand he watched them do their training. Three times he crept there, like a lad anxious to be over- looked for a free entrance. The six tries' victory overjoyed him, but it also hurt his finer feelings. He had wrongly mistrusted. That very same match saw the Cardiff Anns Park a piece of well-measured mud-a state it will assume even at the present day upon the wettest provoca- tion, as every South Afrikander can tell, to say nothing of a Swansea boy. The ball early on assumed a shape which mud alone could give it, and took unto itself so much of the ground that Winfield utterly failed to make one of the tries assume bigger score proportions. This could not have pleased him, as, being his first international, he would natu- rally have liked to have done better in this department. His play in general was excellent, and this made his goal- kicking appear the poorer by contrast. Dicky David bade fair to be following in Tommy England's footsteps. All the world knows that the Newport man waited for Bancroft's boots until Nature refused him further support in the wait- ing line, and he retired satisfied with that first call which he could not accept. And had it not been for the peculiar combination of circumstances which the last couple of weeks served up, David, though quite good enough for his cap, would still be like one who watched from afar. It is an ill wind that blows no one any good, and the last sample of bad breeziness, evil as it appeared, sent good in one direction. Besides David, the other new cap in the team is D. P. Jones, of Pontypool. Jones has been so near getting his cap on previous occasions that he must have, like David, given up the hope, especially when, meeting with a "joint" accident, he had to undergo specialist treatment to restore himself to himself. This acci- dent, which promised to be his undoing, proved his otherwise, for it seems that since his recovery he has played quite an improved game. What has M'Lear done to-day ? When last he arrived in Wales he was preceded by a reputation that could be called nothing short of prodigious. Half Ire- land, and that mostly South, came with him. Swansea was filled with Irish patriots wearing the Emerald green—patriots who had come to see M'Lear run through the Welsh team. As an additional item they brought bands and banners along with them, and he was a brave man who tried to hint that possibly they would not be required. Fortunately for us, they were not. Wales won, and, though M'Lear played well, he did not fill the mind as it was pro- mised he would. Perhaps, it was too much to expect. It is well-known that M'Lear is an officer in the Armv. It may not be as well-known that he is one of the nicest men breathing—without a particle of side attached to him any- where open-hearted, open-minded, and good company to every real sport.
International Gossip. I rv>nKratalatk>ns to R. T. Gabe on his eleva, tion to the captaincy of the Welsh team. Gabe has pia-yfd many brilliant gumeg for Wades, and the honour is well deserved. Caxdiff and Penarth folk shared with R. A. Cabbs his deep regret at being unable to play ini to-days matoh. It will be recollected that Gibbs was not a very great success at outside naif against Ireland, last year, and there was a general belief that, act "rover" he would more than recover the prestige he lost on that occasion. Besides, in whatever position he hats played this season, Gibbs has shown far better form than last season. Tllt^I>?t?l2d€e,t of a-11 the thirty on -the Cardiff Arms Park this afternoon wae IftCKy Davad, an-d he ha-d made up his mind before the match that he would assist Percy Bush to play up to his best club form. With eight chosen internationals, the Car- diff Club has not quite come up to .Newport's record of nine in the season 1891-2. But that was the glorious invincible year of Tom Graham. There is no doubt that tie general health of Percy Bush hao greatly improved since be had his tonsils removed, and he tootk the field to-day as fit as any other player in the Welsh team. The first initernatiolial match in whiCh the Swansea halves, Owen and Jones, played, was againet Ireland at St. Helen's in 1901. Wales won by two converted goals to three tries. If ever a team deserved to win it was Ire- land that day. In the first halif Ireland gave our men a terrible doing, but in the second portion Wales played better and quite held their own. Ireland's three tries were all well earned, especially one by Freear, on the left wing, in the first half. Bancroft made a good, but futile, effort to atop the daring Irishman, who was then on the top of b..4,¡ form. Owen and Jones had no chances to a,hov their worth in the firsit half, when their for- wards were beaten, but afterwards Louis Magee and Ferris, the tall inside man, were completely outshone. The two famous Swansea half-backs gave a display of great brilliancy in the s-econd half. Wales's two tries were the results of cross- kicks. and both were scored beneath the posts. Bancroft, of course, successfully put the leather "right through" and the match was won. But nobody can say other than that the two tries were doubtful (Bryce's espe- cially so), and that Wa-los were extremely lucky to win. The last visit of the Irishmen to St. Helen's was one which created tremendous excite- ment in the district, for was not Basil Maclear making bis initial, bow to the South Wales pmhlio? He had been boomed such as few other men bad, and then came the day and the match. After an enormous amount of trouble, the Welsh Union decided to play Gwyn Nicholls in the centre instead of Dan Reee, who fell I back at the last m imu-te Well, the match was played, and Wales woo. Ireland went off with a great bang. Within a, few minutes Robinson, had put his side ahead, scoring a. try, despite playing against a. heavy wimd. Thw enthusiasm of a certain section of the crowd, all of whom bad a little green flag waving, knew no bounds. Their yells were unearthly, and then eOddeoily they were quieter. Teddy Morgan got going. Maclear wae after him. Teddy was brought down. Scrimmagimg close to the lino, the bdl came out. Wyrwiham Jones reoerved it. Bang! He was knocked over by Maclear with a tremendous tackle. Another scrum, and out the ball went to Jones agean. No Maoiear this time, 'he was over with a beautiful try. George Davies placed has side two pointa in front. Then oame the second half. Wales had to face the wind. Were they capable of keeping the Irishmen out? That was the question. Time wewt on. and the Welsh forwards got the bail out continually. Owen was workir,«c himself almost to death. It was no use rending- the baM out to the backs; the wind would not admit of that. He kept, it close with the forwards, who were simply great at that period. Chiefly through the midget's remarkable efforts, Wades got another try. Again a. goal! That, of course, settled fat. J
WELSH CAPTAIN-CHARACTERISTIC- POSES. I Special Photographs taken for the 1, Evening Express" by WILLS, Morgan Arcade, Cardiff, 1
The New Welsh Caps, I D. P. JONES, PONTYPOOL I It is a somewhat curious co-incid-enm that "Ponty" Jones's first selection a-s -a reserve international was in the 1903 season, when Ireland had to be met, and his opportunity of winning his spurs occurs in the 1%7 eeaeon, also against the representatives of Erin's Isle. He has been near gaining the much- coveted international cap on several occa- sions, but Dame Fortune has turned her smiling face away from ihirn at the last moment, and he has had to be content to stand afiflreserve, and not always to see a, better man in the position which he so much coveted. His public football career com- menced about eight seasons a,go, when he played for the now defunct Pontymoile team, and shortly afterwards he migrated to New- port. He has now been a regular playing D. P. JONES, Pontypool. member of the Pontypool tetaim, of which he is captain, for seven years as right wing three-quarter,aud during that time every honour which is to be gained in the football world, excepting the international one, has fallen to his lot. He has played in the Welsh trials both as a possible and a probable in the inter-league matches, and also for the county team, and now that his chance has at length come, great things are expected of him. He is about 27 years of age, 5ft. lOJin. in height, and weighs about list. 81b., is a very fast runner and a prolific Ecorer-,
"DICKY" DAVID, CARDIFF I R. J. David, who is better known as "Dicky," is 25 years of age and weighs list. BIb. This is his madden. appearance in the Welsh international jersey, and the honour is thoroughly deserved. Thousands of people had declared that as long as "Dicky" Owen was playing football the Cardiff haJf would never get his cap, but it has come to pass, as every one now knows, and "Dicky" has the good wishes of every one for a success- ful appearance. David is a brilliant inside I half, and the swiftness with which he sends the ball from the base of the scrum to the outside half is a remarkable feat. He is. perhaps, sounder in defence than Owen, and, with the exception that Ow-en introduces so many variations into hie methods, there is hardly any difference between the two. David has been playing football nine years, and began his career with the Cathays United, then affiliated with the Cardiff R. DAVID, Cardiff. Junior League. For the next few seasons he was with St. Andrew's in the senior league, and afterwards played for TroPGli- rhiw. Removing to Bath, some years later, he appeared regularly for the Bat-h team for half a season. Return iug to Cardiff, he joined the Mackintosh Club, and it was whilst playing for this team that he came into prominence. Alru offer to play for the Cardiff Reserves quickly followed, and after playing for the seconds but three times he was promptly "collared" for the premiers.
I THE REFEREE, Mr. Fre.derick William Marsh, who received his first international honours as a. referee to- day, is headmaster of the lay ga le Council ■Schools, in South Shields. He was born at Plymouth, but went to Tyneside when a boy. He trained at Cheltenham College, and. here learnt football. Returning Nortn, he joined Percy P-ark Riwby Football Club in the sea- son 1887-8. Contemporaneous with him were the brothers Tom and Arthur Gee, Ifolu Couison (the present captain of the Durham County Cricket Eleven), Fred Finney, J. W. Coward, and many more erstwhile county f aAOurities. In the following year he joined the Westoe Club, his allegiance to which is still unbrc-ken. It is more as an administra- tive force, however, than as a footballer that Mr. Marsh has written I ,is na-m-e large oil r th-e pages of fdotb-adl history. He became a. member of the Durham Cor.nty Committe in 1895. In 1898 he succeeded Mr. Parkinson in the secretaryship of the Referees' Society, and only resigned that position in 1906. when elected secretary of the Durham Rugby Union. Nine years ago his county elected, him a junior vice-president of the Union., and in 1904 he became senior vice-president. Mr. Marsh won his spurs as a referee many years ago. For several seasons he has taken charge of county matches. He was out four or fivo times in the South African engagements—one of these was at Llanelly, where he had a lively time. He was asked, by the way, to hold the whistle in the Gloucester fltal cup-ties—Gloucester v. Bristol played to-day—but the international, of course, came first. He referee'd the Yorkshire and Cam- bridge match this year, and the English Trial match—England v. The West. Both cycling, ped-estrianisni, and swimming claim him as an ardent devotee, and in an he excels. He baths 365 days in the year.
The Irish Team. BEST KICKER. W. P. EITTON learned his football at Wesley College, and later joined Old Wesley, a. club mostly comprised of past students of the college. He is a. good field, sound in defence; but kicking is his strong forte, and at touch-finding and goal-placing has few equals. This is his first appearance for Ire- land. He is 24 years of age, 6ft. high, and 13et. in weight. SPEEDIEST "WINGER." H. V. THRIFT is the speediest "winger" in Ireland. He first played for Irelland in 1905, and n-ever since was dropped. Is splendid both in defence and attack, and is credited with having done 100yds. in lOsec. dead. UPHILL FIGHTER. J C. PARKE .is, undoubtedly, one of the best centres that hag3 ever donned the green jersey. He always rises to the occasion when occasion needs, and is usually seen at his best when fightiln.g an uphil, l game. Ca-ptairned Dublin University when they won the l/eini?ter Senior Cup in 1905. THE REFEREE. YET AN INFANT." T. J. GHEAVES has not yet attained his majority He got his cap for t12e.first time this year, and has played against bot-h England and Scot!h>nd. Is clever at making openings and sound in defence, being a very sure tackier. AN INDIVIDUALIST. B. M'LEAR, since first bursting into fame gome thrce, years ago, has earned a. great reputation. He is of wonderful individual merit, and some scores of hi"! in international engagements, have bordered on the miracu- ioifs. He is very speedy, and uses his weight with great effect when nearing vbe line. THE HALF-BACKS. J. H. ROBINSON and CADDE-LL play together, and the selectors keep them, together, but the latter stood out to-day. A DASHING CAPTAtN. C. E. ALLEN, who captains the team, inspires his coTnrad?s with co'n.?deQc?. "? La a dashing forward, and his judgment and leaders-hip have 011 more than, one occasion turned defeat into victory. PROLIFIC SCORER. -1 A. TEDFORD, the most prolific scoring for- ward ÎT], the team. a strenuous worker, is a trier ailil the time, and combines robust play with science. Though his list of inter- nationals run well into double figures, and he
STOP PRESS Latest Telegrams. ET>EW TALE V. PILL H ARB I EES. Start v.- as d311"~c n t"• i fc>urs. Zslf- time s-eors:—Nil each. Waived, <5 point!; Bramley, 6 p-ciuU. Ha rlnqain?, 30 point s; Old Alieyciaos, Sets ("liftoc. 3 point"; Ciwftc-nham, 8 poiutc London Irish, 5 tries, St Bart's Hos- pital, l g.?ai and 1 try. "Edinburgh Tsts-snians, penalty sjoa:, 2 trite, 9 points; L<iinourgk Academicals. 2 penalty goals, £ riw>n Ferry, nil; Treorky, nil. "tath Juniors, 6 point*, Black Watc.j tLlaneliy;, 1 dropped goai. Hospital Battlers, Z toiats; >iU's failed, 3 points. Danygraig, 23 points; Henry. 4 points. Leigh, 2 goals, J tries; Hornets, 1, fiukc, 3; Birmingham, 0. x-recton S)1"tl1 End, 1: County, 0. Portsmouth, 3; Tottenham, 1. Leeds City, 1; Chcstrfteid, 0. Stockport, C; Notts Forest. 0. i" -i :,¡, ii. X'ioa-cr$, 1. va-jfsfii:, 2. i f i. l -.ry; t?'_y,n:f. fc-f ir 71 '?ints; L'?c'T?r Briars0. B=.d. l. Tr«h3rris. 1. V-pl", 1: For.!IcU1. r>•' Ath nB. !? pts: Lcn?-a '?'f.?,5? Pil1 Harr-F'?l'bvr Vale, 1 try )fl'>:J.:lt, ,a h. 3 pJf: Cror^yceiliog, mil HOCKEY.—England, 14 France, nil j
WELSHMEN'S RECORD UP TO DATE The following is a roootd, of dnterna/tiomafl. appearances of members of the Welsh tea.m H. B. Win field, I., 1905: E., ff., I., MM; N-&, 1306; E., S., I., 1906; 3., 1., 1907. B. T. (iaibe. I., 1901; E., S., L, 1902, UI03, 19M, 1905; N.Z., 1905; Eo, I., 1906; S.A., 1906; E., S., I., 1007. J. L. waimns. S.A., 1STO; K., S., I., 190T. J. H. Evans, E., S., L, WCTT. D. P. Jones, I., 1967. P. J. David, I., IM, P. F. Bush, S.Z.. 1906; B., S..A.. 1906; 1., 1907. A. F. Harding, E., S., L, 190 £ IOM, 19W, low, 1905; E., 8.. I.. 1906; J., C. M. Pribohwd, 1., 1904: E., S., 1m, H.Z., 1906; E., S., r. 1906; S.A., 150&; Eo, S., L, UJQf. J. Brown, E., S., I., iw. W. Dnjwoll, E., S., I., IOM. L/ T. Ersaas, I., 1905; B., S., I.. 1907. G. Trarers, E., S.. I., 1905, 1905; N.Z., 1905; &, B., 1906: S.A., 1M6; E., S., I., 1907. J. Watts, Eo, S., I.. 1. W. Neill, S. I., 19M; E.. S, J., 1906; E., I., BffT.
RESULTS OF PREVIOUS MATCHES 1892-D-ablin. Waies won., 2 goal 2 tri«s to nothing. 1884—CanHff. Wadm vron, 1 goat 2 tries to nociing. 1887-.ùiverpool. Wadee woo, 1 goal to 3 tBka. 1888—Dublin. IraliUHi woo, 2 goals 1 try to soaring. 1889—Swansea. Ireland worn, 2 tBSee to notIAM. 1090—Dutbiin. Drawn. 1 goal tach. 18&1— Ltariefliy. Wales won, 2 goals (1 drappod) to 1 dropped pool 1 try. 1392—DufcCn. IreJand wtaj, 1 gbsl 2 tiriiB to noChing. 1B93—LiacieKIy. Wales won, 1 try to nokhMiif- 1594—Belfast. Irelaed won, 1 goad to nohing, 1595—Cardiff. Wales won. 1 goal to 1 tr+. 1896—Dublin. Ireland won, 1 goal 1 try to 1 gQLl. ;?.t,?h. ,eg to diepi'jte. Iyiraerick. Weles won, 2 goftte (one penaifcy) 1 try to 1 gwi-l (peiraity'i. 1?99—Oaniiff. IrBland wm, 1 try to rialbing. 1900—Belfast. W-des wm, 1 tTy W nil. 1901-S?ans5a. "es .l 2 gmis to 3 tries. 1902—'Dublin. Wades won, 2 yotuis (1 dropped) 2 tries to nil. 1905—Cardiff. Wales won, < triee to nil. ,904-,BeWaot. Ireland won, 1 goal 3 trice to 4 trite. 1905—SrtRuiaaa. Walee wan, t jooJ0 to I try. 1906—BattiAt. Irolaad won, 1 veal 2 tziea (a 2 tdm.