1EVOLUTION OF RUGGER ? [ I. f I Gradual and Silent !t Changes. HOW SCOTLAND FIRST PLAYED I FOUR THREES. I 1 i [By rOIWARD."] ? —— comparison oetween past and 'present I | discloses many changes, but in Rugby I s football their evolution has been so 1 gradual, so silent as to be almost imper- 4 ceptible. On international days, more í than any other, men who have been interested in the game from boyhood ? look wistfully back through the vista of years that are gone, and when, by some < chance, two or three of them gather to- j gether, they talk of other and, perhaps, happier days. These little talks are I o?t-times tinged with sadness. Faces 1 that were once familiar are missing, and 1 many of the "boys of the old brigade" ¡ 't have dropped out of the ranks. With I the incoming of a new generation there seems to bo created a new spirit, and the old 'uns feel that they are breathing a new atmosphere, which is not half so agreeable as the old. But their innate i geniality triumphs o'er all the changes, and once they are settled down in cosiness and comfort, they brush aside soft sen- timentalism, and lifting their glasses, fight their battles over again. To the veterans these little convivial gatherings on the eve of an international match are second only in importance and interest to the ma?ch itself. To them this annual I chat is quite a sacred institution, hal- I iowed by the pleasant memories of the stirring days of buoyant youth. A ver- batim report of some of these chats would be an epitomised history, in a bright and reada-ble form, of the rise and develop- ment of Rugby football in this country. And it is a wonderful story when you come to think of it. Twenty-five years ago Rugby fooobadl in Wales was, more or less, in its swaddling clothes, and com- paratively few people cared whether it would grow ou of its infancy or die young. ,SpectatorT, could be counted in dozens where they can be counted to-day in thou- sands. Clubs that are disappointed to- day with £ 100 "gates" were thankful at that time if they took a hundred shillings. They wouldn't have known what to do with so much wealth. There was no talk of professionalism. Men played the game from sheer, pure love of it. But things have changed, and it is irjrfcoesible to put back the hands of the clock and revert to 1 the customs and methods of the early [ days. They are gone for ever. We must, rather, look to the future, and try to shape our destinies on lines that will run on parallel lines with modern requare- ) ments and be in keeping with the senti- ) ment of the age. s Even as late as 1892, which was the year in which Scotland won her last I match in Wales, the game was not the attraction it is to-day by half, and a crowd of ten or fifteen thousand, people alarmed some good folk so much that the degeneracy of our poor little nation was maue the text of many a sermon. 'I hey were preacners, but not prophets, for instead of degenerating tile race has deve- loped on mosc healthy lines, and nothing has conduced more to a growing re^peco tor Welshmen all the world over taaii their prowess on the too. do all field..New Zeaiaiiders, Africans, and Austra- lians will, t am sure, agree with that pro- position. 1 have purposely referred to this match because it was the last game in whicn the Scotsmen played nine for- wards against our eight, and three three- quarters against our lour; but, although viocory went to the boots by a goal and a try to a try, they became converts to the lour three-quarter game, and that is, surely, one or the most interesting episodes in Rugby football history. tlall- crott was at run-hack, rbat day, and in the third- line were Arthur Gould, Con- way Rees, T. W. Pearson, and -Vi Cutcheon. The half-badcs were Evan and David Jamea. Ana wnat a game tne famous brothers played that day! ihey made rings rouna Urr and Ander- son, but, not iViLhstanding their brilliant piay, the attack ot the \V eish three- quarters was not good enough to pierce tne iS cattish defence mClre than once. 1 he great itSosweli was among the Cale- donian forwards that day, and scored alle of the two tries for his side, fcio menacing was the W e.b. back play at times that the Scotsmen cast aside -Lileir cast-iron con- servatism by bringing a forward out of the pack and playing him as a tourth three-quarter. Thus was introduced the thin end of the wedge of the four three- quarter system into ocottish Rughy foot- I ball, and this is a little historical faer, which was never known to some people and has been forgotten by many. it was a practical recognition by 6cotlaild of the greater effectiveness of the four three- quarter game. The conversion took a long time, but the canny beat has never gone back on it. Though the four three-quarter game has been adhered to by fecotland for so many years, there, are still a good many veteran Ruggerites ayont the Tweed whose faith in the old lormait-lon remains unshaken to this day, and if they had their own way they would unhesitatingly revert to it. It was only half-a-dozen years ago I heard a group of representa- tive supporters of the game in Scotland strongly advocating going back to the old game. Wha-t must these old campaigners have though when they saw Wales playing seven forwards and eight hacks at lnverleith two years ago, when Reggie G-ibbs made that last desperate effort to save his side from defeat. It would be 'extremely interest- ing to watqh the experiment of Scotland playing nine forwards and six backs against the eight forwards and seven backs of Wales once again. Wales, I am sure, would have no objection to it, even on the ground of its being reactionary. With our four three-quarter system in its present state of perfection the difficulty of opposing teams is to stop our backs scoring even with an equal number mark- ing them. The system inaugurated and perfected by Wales was adopted by the sister nations, not so much from choice as from obligation.
i PERSONAL PARAGRAPHS do GILCHRIST, Ynysddu. has the making of a fine full-back. YANTO THOMAS, Ynysddo, has the making of a fine player. BULLOCK, New Tredegar, shot two fine goals at Brithdir last Saturday. HARRY JONES (Deri) also showed he can play Rugger as well aÆ) Soccer. TA8WELL lDeri) played a great game at full back against iSerttoyr Seconds. HILL (Treharris) can play a good game, is a clever dribbler, and a sure shot. HUGH KIRKHAM also did likewise, but afterwards received a nasty injury. LEX FRASER, Abercynom, ptlayed one of his old-time brilliant games against Blaina. MOOEE, the scintillating Cwm forward, hiae been promised a trial by Bristol City. JIM JONES and ARCHIE FORD (Rhy money Seconds) shone well against Aberbargoed. HEARSEY, Troedyrhiw, made matters very warm for the AJberaman defence last Sat- urday. JOtHNNY THOMAS and RANDAL DAVIEB, both of Cardiff, have decided to turn out for Peniarth. What a good catch! HOWELiLS, the Penarth custodian, who im- proves in every mdutch, seldom faila to find touch. FOLKS IN MTERTHYR are quietly confident, although their fix tare in the "semi" with Treharrisr is a stiff one. Ask "Oollins"! BRYANT, the Penarth right wing, did not allow Baker, the international,' to pass him on a single ocoasion on Saturday last. RUBE HARDING, the old Oanton-eum-Oardiff- oum- Leicester player, assisted Pontlottyn to defeat Bargeed. J. HOIK} IN SON, Penarth Wednesdays, was in great form last Wednesday, scoring the only two goals against the Post-office. HUTCHINSON turned out as full-back for Pontypridd last ftaturday, and judging by hie exhibition, the local committee may do worse than retain him in that position. D. A. GRIFFITHS and J. WILLIAMS, of Hopkinstown, are regarded as about the finest pair of players in the Ritondda. Junior League. GRIFF. NICHOLAS, the well-known cyoList, is the trainer of the Hopkinstown team, in the coaching of which he spares neither time nor labour. RANDALL OWEN, Pontlottyn's vetenan goal- keeper, has signed on for Pontlottyn Juniors. This makes their defence the best of any third division team in the league. VGAI JONES, captain of Pontlottyn Juniors, is the fastest man in the team. He is a clean and clever player. and can put in a hot shot. "DUGGY" DA VIES, of the Pontypool Roe. •erves, was in fine form against Abercara last Saturday, and was the best centre playing. He scared his try very cleverly. HOPKINS, who has lately joined the Cwm ranks, will be more heard of in the near future. His great forte is finding the net of his opponents. The keenest disappointment prevailed at Abertillery when it became known that J. BLAKEMORE had not been selected to play for Wales against Scotland. ARTHUR ROBERTS is top scorer for Caer- philly up to date. He is a most versatile player, and is a source of danger to oppo- nents when at eloee quarters. ÐEORGE REDDICK sustained a. painful injury to his eye in the CilterphiIly y. Rhymney match, and will be missed as custodian in the Glamorgan League matches. BOB OONN YBEARE, Caerphilly, is a fearless and hard-working forward. He has youth on his side and physique of the right stamp. MERTHYR SUPPORTERS hope that Davies will soon recover from his injury sustained at Swansea. His absence from the team will be felt. TED HITAILR (Blaina) is a clever young three-quarter. On his present form he is Blaina's most useful back. He and Jim 'Williams are very useful players. J. E. MATTHEWS, of Blaendleohau Stars, has shown excellent form lately, and is con- sidered by many as one of the best for- wards in the Junior League. ELLIS JONES, Blaina's outside half, twisted his ankle in the Blaenavon match. He is a useful man, and it is to be hoped that he will not be kept out of the field very lOttg. REES THOMAS, Blaenlleohau, has now re- ab&enc, and it is turned after a long absence, and it is hoped will soon show his old form. His presence will greatly strengthen the three- quarter line. JtERTHYR TOWN'S two fixtures (to-day and next Saturday) are with South Wales cup semi-finalists. This should give some clue as to the ultimate destination of the cup this season. HARRY MILLIOHAMP. Penarth Wednesdays, excited the enthusiasm of the spectators who witnessed the match last Wednesday against the Post-office by his brilliant dis- play. JtR. H. E. HURLEY, the now secretary of the Glamorgan Anglers' Club, is the most enthusiastic worker in the organisation. Already this year he has himself intro- duced over 60 new members. BAN DAL DAVIES and JOHNNY THOMAS, playing for Peoarth against Newport last Saturday, quite outplayed Archie Thomas and Walter Martin, who were badly beaten both in skiLl and tactics. A PROMLSING WING is Ernie Rcsser, of the POritypool Reserves. Although he has not been playing football very long, he has a fine conception of the game, and his attack and defence are both sound. [ALF. LEGG. an old Hopkinstown three. qn-arter, has met with a grievo-us accident. Whilst playing against Dina.s he cut his knee, with the result that he has been idle for about six weeks. His comrades at Hopkinstown do not forget his services, and have agreed to get up a match, for his*. 40=-Tt AWAM- WILLIAMS, Treharris' custodian, gave an excellent display against Troedrhiwfuwch. HENRY JENKINS, who turned out for Hop- kinstown last Saturday against the ex- Schoolboys, outclassed his man easily. DAI GRIFFITHS, the well-known Aber- guveny forward and Welsh sprinter. last week entered the bonds of matrimony. BLAIXA RUGBY CLUB is not the club of yore. Tihere is now difficulty in getting the players to turn out. Several of the old 'uns seem very reluctant. However, young blood is being introduced. ALF EVANS, the Blaina captain, has not been playing lately. Rumours are abroad that he has given up the game, bat it is hoped this is not so. He was a. brilliant young piayer, as well as a good captain. EBB THOMAS, the Blaina custodian, ia still in fine form. His consistency is remark- able, and he u&es great judgment and kicks with either leg. Ebb deserves recog- nd,tion for the county at least. M. E. THOMA.S. the Pontypridd, half-back, has now resumed playing, and his return is particularly welcome to Ponty- priddians. for he always succeeds in giving an interesting exhibition. WILLIE TREW, the popular and able oap- tÆLin of the Swansea team, will before the season is out probably bring a full Swan- sea team to Aberavon to recompense the club for the loss sustained earlier in the season, when the fixture had to be trans- ferred to Swansea through the bad con- dition of the Aberavon ground. WILL JAMES, of African fame, was one of the most conspicuous forwards on the, ground in the Aberavon v. Swansea match last Saturday, and on several oooaeions went through his opponents like a Spring- bok. On one occasion he ran right from half-way, and a slip only prevented him, from scoring. BLAENAVON possess a strong pack, which has been greatly strengthened by the advent of Diable. They are decidedly smart at half, particularly at the outside position, where Protheroe does excellently. They have a useful third line, and at full-back are .being capitally served by Bert Penn, the old Cwmbran custodian, who appears to be playing as well as ever. What about Giles? It is rumoured that Mardy are likely to lose the services of this splendid forward, and all because of the lack of a "littler enterprise on-t,h-e part of the committee. He has been off the field now for over five weeks, and nothing has been done to get his knee examined by a specialist. J. C. M. DYKE and E. GOODMAN, formerly of Penarth, are "going great guns" in the Coventry team. Dyke's kicking is marked by sound judgment, and his resourceful- ness is unbounded; whilst Goodman is showing any amount of dash, and waa largely responsible for a score last Satur- day against Gloucester. Another Welshman (A. Thomas, of Uandilo) also assisted Coventry at half last Saturday. PERCY BUSH and GWYN NICHOLAS were convinced of t.he genuineness ok LtSh-e wfeorre mer's dropped goal at Llaneily last 8atur- day. A Cardiff forward; who had been fal- lowing up and was the nea,rest player to the goal posts at the time, is prepared to stake the whole of his real and personal estate that the ball went over the bar by very little lees than a yard. W. H. GUNSTONIL played admirably fas Penarth against Newport last Saturday and had a mg hand in the victory. At thr. same (time he should rememlboer that it doesn't sound nice to shout instructions to his men so that his voice can be heard by every spectator on the ground. Intelligent players F,hoWd know most of those instruc- tons without being told, and if they do require it then a lecture on t&ctl?es on practice night would be much better.
I A WELSH FORWARD I WHO HAS NOT BEEN CAPPED SINCE 1904. I BEDDOE THOMAS, Newport. Mo-day s is not the first appearance of Beddoe Thomas in international kit, as he was capped in 1904 and played two games for his country. He commenced his football career with the Upper Cwmbran Juniors, and left that team to play for Pontnewydd in 1897. He was with them when they won the I [Photo Taylor and Co. Monmouthshire League silver meda-ls in the season 1397-8, and also in the following: season, 1S99-19C0, but returned to Pontnewydd in 1905,and captained the team. He only Tlayed a few matches, however, before once; more throwing in his lot with the Usksiders, and he has been playing- for them regularly ever since. He is about 30 years of age, 5ft. 8in. in height, and weighs 12st. 101:b.
WELSH RESERVE FORWARD ) REES THOMAS. I [Photo Taylor and 00. I be the feeder of the Pontypool Club. He has played in every county match, with one or two exceptions, since the formation of the county club, and also played for the Mon- mouthshire League when Pontypool were in the competition. On one previous ooc-asion- in 1904-he was selected Welsh reserve, but fadled to get into the team. It is almost certain that when he does get his chance he will not easily be deposed. Rees tips the beam at 12st. 101b., is 5ft. Ilia, high, and is only about 24 years of age. j
SCOTTISH NEW CAPS I A. W. ANGUS, who comes into the three- quarter line, is one of the Watsonian brigade, who was seen in South Wales during Christinas week. Angus has been chosen on sheer merit, and a great deal is expected of A. W. ANGUS. I him. He is sound in defence and brilliant I in attack, and during the past season he has scared mpre tries than perhaps any other ¡ thTquarter in Scotland. He is 5ft. 7in., and weighs 12st. 31b. He has alwayts been asso- ciated with the gTeat Edinburgh dub, having I been ,educated at Watson's College. in for the first time in the Scottish team, will be largely responsible for the work at the base of the ecruim. He is a "heady" player, and during the season he has had a great deal of practice behind beaten forwards. His club, the West of Scotland, of which he is captain this year, has a very sorry record, and it has been largely through Tennant's versatility that they have done anything. He ia an all-round J. M. TENNANT. L-115. I [Photo Fred, Leeds.
WILLIE TREW, who again captains the Welsh side, is well respected in Scotland, a.nd is looked upon as easily the most dan- gerous player on the side. DICK JONES will be making his first appear- anoe on a fcotch ground to-day. He has, however, previously played against Scotch sides. It seemed unlikely that he would play OIl this occasion. However, Willie iTew and others urged him so earnestly, and with the prospect of Mrs. Jones brig-ntening, he consented. So that, at any ra te, the country are under a, debt of grati- tude to the famous all white. Interest was centred in the appearance of MELVILLE BAKER outside the Welsh cap- tain. All were confident that he would do well, although there was a great deal of dissent in Swansea that he had taken Phil Hopkins's place, whilst J. P. Jones has been kept in the side. But club considera.tions must for the time be placed aside. IVOR MORGAN, the only Swansea forward in the side, is just the forward for a Scotch-Welsh game. Possessed of splendid speed, grit, and dash, he was expected at least to do well. NO reference is required to OWEN, whom every body knows. His play is really as good, to-day as at any time in his career. His combination with Dick Jones has once more helped to place Swansea at the top of the tree. JIM WE.BB, the Abertillery international, gave another proof of his sportsmanship last Saturday. He did not intend to turn cut against Merthyr in view of to-day's Scotch match, but as his team was so short he played—and played splendidly—although the ground was in a very dangerous state. JACK BANCROFT, who is just now playing in remarkable style, was expected to be one of the successes of the Welsh team. His recent performance against Llanelly shc-uAd linger long in the memories of a.ll who saw it. His kicking was positively ma.g- nificeiit and won his side the game. His pla,y in the English match was also of a very high order, and his debut was, per- naps, the most satisfactory of any player for many years. CONGRATULATIONS to Rees Thomas, Ponty- pool, upon coming so near to the coveted cap. Wales might have been better off had he been eeleeted in the first eight.
PHYSIQUE OF THE WELSH TEAM. Height. Weight. Age. ft. in. st. Ib. J. Bancroft (Swansea) 29 5 8 11 3 J. L. Williams (Cardiff).. 26 5 81 M 0 W. Trew (Swansea) ,1 ￼ 28 5 8 10 10 J. P. Jones (Newport) 23 6 0 12 10 A. M. Baker (Newport). — — R. M. Owen (Swansea.) 33 5 3 9 3 Dick Jones (Swansea) 30 5 9 11 5 Geo. Travers (Pill H.) 30 6 0 12 10 Tom Evans (Llaneliy) 28 5 11 14 0 J. Webb (Abertillery) 24 5 11 13 8 P. Waller (Newport) 20 5 10 12 10 Ivor Morg-an (Swansea). 24 5 10 14 0 R. Thomas (M'tain Ash) 26 5 1 13 5 J. Watts (Llanelly) 32 „ 5 84 12 4 E. Thomas (Newport) 30 5 10 13 0
PHYSIQUE OF THE SCOTTISH TEAM j Height. Weight. ft. in. st. lb. D. G. Schu.ize 5 10 11 0 H. Martin 5 9 10 8 C. M. Gilray 5 8 .L 10 10 A. W. Angus 1 5 7 12 3 J. T. Simson 5 8 13 0 G. Cunning-ham 5 8 11 0 J. M. Tennant 5 5 10 3 J; b scon 5 10 ;? 13 0 1V. E. Kyle 6 0 13 4 G. M. Frew. 6 0 14 0 G. C. Gowlland 5 11 13 7 J. C. MacCallum 6 0 13 2 J. M. Mackenzie 5 11 13 0 A. Roes 5 10 14 4 J. S. Wilson 6 0 12 0 Welsh Honours Up to Date. I Tl. Jack Bancroft: E and S 1909 2 W. J. Trew: E, S, and I 1900, E and S 1901. S 1903, 1905. and 1906, E and 8 1907, E, S, I, F. and A 1908, E and S 1909 17 J. L. Williams: S.A. 1906, E, 8, and I 1907 and 1908, A 1908, E -and S 1909 11 J. P. Jones: A 1908, E and S 1909 3 A. M. Baker: S 1909 1 R. M. Owen: I 1901, E, S, and I 1902, 1903, 1904, and 1905, N.Z. 1905, E. S, I, and S.A. 1906, E and S 1907, I, F, and A 1908, E and S 1909 25 Dick Jones: I 1901, E 1902, E, S, and I i904, E 1905, I, F, and A 1908, E and 6. 1909. 11 George Travers: E, S. and I 1903 and 1905, N.Z. 1S05, E, S, I, and S.A. 1906, E, S, and I 1907, E, S, I. F, and A 1908, E and S 1909 21 J. Watts: E, 8, and I 1907, E, S, I, F, and 9 A 1908, 8 1909 9 J. Webb: S 1907, E, S, 1, F, and A 1908. E and S 1909 g Tom Evans: I 1906, E, S. arid I 1907, A 1908, E and S 1909 7 R. Thomas: B.A. 1906. I and F 1908, S 1909.. 4 P. D. Waller: A 1903, E and S 1909 3 Ivor Morgan: A 15-38, E and ft 1909 3 E. Thomas: S and I 1904, S 1909 3 Scottish 1907 Honours List Wal«s. Ireland. England. Schulze 1 „ 1 1 Martin 1 1 ? .Gilray 0 0 0 Angus 0 0 ??J 0 Simson 8 8 8 Cunningham 1 l 1 Tennant 0 0 0 Scott 1 1 1 *Kyle 0 0 ? 0 1 1 l Gowlland 1 0 1 MacCultam 1 1 .?. 1 Mackenzie 0 1 1 *Rose 0 0 0 Wilson 0 1 ] 1 Played in 1906 internationals.
PAST RECORDS t Scotland won 13, Wales 10, Drawn 1. IOEr)-Edinbu,rgh. Scotland won by 3 goals to 1 goal. 1834—Newport. Sootland won by 1 goal, 1 try to nil. 1885—Glasgow. Drawn, neither side scored. 1896—Cardiff. Scotland won by 2 goals 1 try to nil. 1887-Edinb11rgili. Scotland won by 4 goals, 8 tries to nil. 1888—Newnort. Wales won by 1 try to nil. 1889-Edin"burgh. Scotland won by 2 tries to nil. 1890—Cardiff. Scotland won by 1 goal, 2 tries to 1 try. 1891-Edinburgh. Scotland won by 3 goals, 6 tries to nil. 1892-Swansea. Scotland won by 1 goal, l try to 1 try. 1893—Edinburgh. Wales won by 1 goal. 3 tries to nil. lew])OI't. Wales won by 1 goal, 1 try to nil. 1895—Edinburgh. Scotland won by 1 converted goal to 1 dropped goal. Wales won by 2 tries to nil. 1897-No match owing to dispute. lSo match owing to dispute. 1899—Edinburgh. Siootland won by 3 goals (2 dropped and 1 from mark) 3 tries to 2 goals. 1900—Swansea. Wales woei by 4 tries to 1 try. 1901—Edinburgh. Scotland won by 3 goals, 1 try to 1 goal, 1 try. 1902—Cardiff. Wales won by 1 goal, 3 tries to 1 go'al. 1903-Eldin,barg-h. Scotland won by 1 penalty go al, 1 try to nil. 1934—Swansea. Wales won by 4 goals (1 penalty), 1 try to 1 try. lEdinburgh. Wales won by 2 tries to 1 try. 1905—Cardiff. Wales won by 3 tries to 1 penalty goal. 1S07—Edinburgh. Scotland won by 2 tries to 1 penalty goal. 1908—Swansea. Wales won by 2 tries to 1 goal.
NEATH'S RECORD I To the Editor of the "Evening Express." Sir, The Neath Club's record without counting the Ystalyfera and the New South Wales v. Neath and Aberavon matches is: Played, 19; won, 15; lost, 13; drawn, 1-up to Saturday last. Your record is not correct. Your points for and against are also not correct.—I am, &c.. February 4. OLD FORWARD. I
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STOP PRESS Latest Telegrams. LLANELLY Y. PE^AETH. croc L1anf;1,r. 1 goal 1 tr (8 p't-. Pcnartb, nil. Fivai ;s->vcTert I'ïf' Mul-JHioiifldji, Baii-y, jik~. Final: Ebbvr Vale, 19 points; Aberdare, 3. ) 0
COUNTY SCHOOL V EASTERN SCHOOL I This match resulted in an easy win for the County School by four tries, t,he scorers being W. Scrum (2), Lee, and Owen. Fi-nad:- County School, 4 tries (12 points); East-ern School, nil. Final score:—Port Talbot Central School, l goal, 1 try (8 points); Aberavon National School, 1 try (3 points) Final L-core:-Aberavon Mountain School 5 tries (15 points); Aberavon Sandfieids School, nil.
Aberdare School Matches I The following matches were to-day played under the auspices of the Aberdare School- boys' League:— Blaengwawr, 3; Ynyslwyd, 0. Town National, 13"; Aberaman Council, 0. Cwmbach Council. 1; Cwmbach National, 0.
A PRESENT FOR SCHOOL PLAYERS We are able to announce that the Cardiff Football Cluib has decided to present each of the boys who play under the auspices of the Cardiff Schools Lea.g-ue with a copy of the "History of the Cardiff Football Club." Similar generosity is to be shown the players in the Old Boys' League. The gift should be a powerful stimulus to the youngsters to train on for senior Rugger.
BREAM V. ABERCARN ABANDONED I Bream v. Abercarn.—The latter were unable I to visit Breun to-day owing to lack of funds.
EBBW VALE V SAlFORD I Ebbw Vale v. Salford.-This match, which j was abandoned a fortnight ago, owing to t the frost, will be played at Ebbw Yale on 1 Afcowiojy; next.
I SCOTCH THOUGHTS AND THINGS. 4 PLEASANT MEMORIES By PERCY F. BUSH. ] Thoughts of the great struggle at Inver- leith this afternoon inevitably force upon the mind recollections of Titanic battles of the past between the sons of Scotland and of Wales. Many and fearful are the tales which have been told me, with many kindly expressions of tender solicitude for my welfare in Edinburgh this very day by my friends who have been through it." Mr. Winky," for instance, gave me a few uc-eful little hints on Monday or Tuesday. Let me sse, now, Percy," said lie I believe you have never played in Scotland before. That is so, is it not 2" This was quite a good speech, and a beautifully correct one, from our languid little lamed friend; so I admitted that he was right, and that I had never even seen the, ground at Inverleith before. ''Well, never mind, quoth he, my comforter, "you will both see and feel it on Satur- day. The last time I played there I had quite a pleasant time, and I expect you will get it about the same. When we had returned to Cardiff, and I had gone to my medical adviser about my in juries, he just looked at my back, and remarked that he never seen anyonJ so horribly mutiiaited before!' "And it happened quite simply, too, Percy," went on my chub-by pal. The j Scotch forwards were sweeping down the; ground with the ball at their feet, and 11 couldn't get away because everybody was looking. Just as they got to me the ball dapped and I caught it. I also caught three forwards at the same moment, and the other twelve players simultaneously put their gentle hoofs into me. I just managed to drag myself to the straw on the touchline, likl2 a dog with a broken back, and then 1 knew no more." I thanked him for the tale warmly, and then, just as I was escaping, he began again. Mind the wind, Purse," he started—(this was ra,ther an infringement on Dicky David's copyrlight)-" for you will find out that it blows from about twenty ^directions at once, a regular whirl- wind; and, when you think you have judged the ball nicely, you will find that it drops about ten yards away from you." Holding the Scotch. Now, this ws really helpful, for. of course, all that it is necessary to do is to make up your mind where the ball is coming, and then step ten yards away; then you fiCld the ball right in your hands, so I was really grateful for the advice. All the same, I was quite prepared, after Mr. Winkiy's warning, to rind the spheroid remaining suspended in mid-air now and again this afternoon, and bobbing up and down like eggs on a stream of water at a shooting gallery. [And now, after putting this article together, I find that the wretched strain which I got at Llanelly is going to prevent me plucking all the nice fruit which Mr. "Vvinky" had made my mouth water -with. The long- suffering editor has, however, with his u.sual sympathy, allowed me to just add this note, instead of making me write a fresh article, and this notwithstand- ing that the other is in type.] For some reason or oicher this (that is the last paragraph but one) made me think of a match at Inverleith some years ago, when Prince Gwyn was the Welsh skipper. Osiborne, of Mountain Ash, dis- tinguished himself that day by rather un- orthodox means. Before going on the held Skipper Gwyn had a few words to | say, and, inter alia, he told the forwards that they must "hold" the Scotch for- wards in the scrum-tliis meaning that the Welshmen were to push for all they were worth, so as to make the Scotch scrimmage too, and so give the Welsh backs a chance. Pussy's" Leek. To (Iwyn's surprise he perceived, after the first scrum had broken up, that three men were left struggling on the ground. Upon investigation the muddle resolved itself into quite a pretty pic- ture, with Osborne as the centrepiece lovingly clinging to two Scotch forwards, an arm around the neck of each. He was carrying-out his instructio-iis to the letter, and was "holding" to the best of his abilty. Gwyn had another laughable experi- ence this trip, too. While strolling through the streets of Edinbro' toon on the Saturday morning he was suddenly startled by receiving a tremendous thwack on the side of the head from some heavy instrument. W-hen he came round he found "Pussy" Jones bending over him with a yard of what Gwyn thought was scaffolding-pole in his hand. It turned out, however, that it was a leek which had brought "Pussy" up to see the match. It was this leek which had. nearly stopped Gwyn's heart from ever beating again. It nearly stopped "Pussy's" also, for he registered a, solemn vow to Gwyn, then and there, that if Wales lost the match he would consume the whole of the succulent tree 1 after the game. Luckily for "Pussy," j Wales just "scrambled home," and so saved him from eating what would have taxed the gastronomic abilities Qf three men and a boy. It is a remarkable thing, but "Pussy" Jone-s always seems to get Hie biggest leek in Christendom to bring him to "foreign" matches, and the silly chump always ma;nages to hit you on the head with it just before the game. I suppose lIe looks upon it as a smelling-bottle. Most Cardiff people will remember the Wales-Scotland match at Cardiff 1901-2. Scotland had a grand side, the same side, in fact, as she had won the "Triple Crown" with the season before. There was half a gale of wind blowing down the ground from the river end, and the sun was rather strong. Mark Morrison, the Scotch captain, won the toss, and so as to make the game a bit interesting (so some say) gave Wales the wind, j Gwyn Nicholls and his jovial jokers so 1 much appreciated his kindness that they piled on a goal and three tries with the wind behind them. Then during the half- time interval someone slipped a stone over the mouth of the cave, and 110. more wind came forth. A goal each, I believe it was, in the second half and Wales thus won by 2 goals, 3 tries, to a puir; wee goal. That Night at the Royal, i Poor old Teddy Lewis will not soon forget that eventful night at the Royal in Edinburgh—to get back to Scotland for a moment—the night, I mean, when his friends insisted on drinking Edward's health. The idea was con- 1 ceived of thus honouring the good little sport after he had retired for the night. Of course, Teddy had to respond, so a deputation waited upon him in his bed- room, and, after a somewhat interesting conversation, persuaded Teddy (by dint of superior numbers) to come down- stairs with theiiii mr would they wait for him to don a dressing-gown, and Teddy dislikes pviamas. However, he was finally planted on a. table in the hall of the hotel, and in a few well-chosen, concise, and flattering remarks, he told his tormentors exactly how much lie, appreciated their kindness, and thanked t'he,iii and again. It was really I Teddy himself who got the best of the joke, for he took it in such good party- and seemed to enjoy it so much that it rather recoiled on the heads of the per" petrators of it. It is not easy to leave out the match with Scotland down at Swansea last sea- son. "Darlgey" Sivright was at me as soon as I got the ball like a shot out of a gun, and, as T had something for lunch which didn't quite agree, and which left me for good a minute before we came on'the field, every time that "Darkey's" head hi,t what would have been my waist- coat (first and second buttons) if I had been dressed for walking I felt as though I were in the Bay of Biscay. I refer to this match principally because of the abuse which has been heaped upon H. B. Winfield, Esq. (you will notice he has had a rise here), for alleged unfair- Iness in throwing the ball into touch just at the end of the game. As a matter of fact, the ball was meant to reach me, for I had shouted for it, and H. B. W., Esq., had heard. It went into touch because he passed it. badly, and tile referee was wrong in penalising him. It seems quite strange to find a Scotch team without "Darkey" Sivright and K. G. M'Leod. I very much hope that they will not really retire, as they intend at present. Without any unkindness towards Kenneth M'Leod (whom I very much admire, but whose prowess certain critics have abused), I cannot help being dis- appointed at not seeing him drop a goal from his own line. I managed to just scrape one over from half-way last Satur- day at Llanelly (notwithstanding whispers to the contrary), and I remember reading in a moment of aberration that "Bun- jara" had stated in some paper or other that K. G. Mac. can drop goals from twice the distance that I can. A pretty fancy! And about as valuable as other opinions, we Welshmen have expressed about us by our own and the English press.
CARDIFF SCHOOLS' LEAGUE Association Matches DIvrHlON A. SPLOTT-ROAD V. MARLBORQUGH-KOAD. At Sylott Park. For the first quarter of an hour Marlborough-road held their own, but then Parker beat the backs and netted the first point, this being' followed before the interval by another from Fletcher. The second half was simply a procession of goals, no less than seven being added by hplott. The scorers were Parker (3), B. King (2), Fletcher, Kingscote. S. King, and Powell. Final score :—Splott-road, nine; Marlborough- road. nil. SEVERN-ROAD V MOORLAND-ROAD. At Splott Park. The Cantonians came with a clean sheet as far as defeat was concerned, ■ but succumbed before Moorland-road, who played dashing football. At the interval the Moors lads were a goal to the bad, Morris having scored for the visitors. In the second half play favoured Moorland-road, but they failed to score until Gould got through with a beautiful shot. Severn made streunous efforts to regain the lead, but weak play by their backs again gave the homesters a chance, and Sutton found the net. Final scclre: -Moorland-road, two; Severn-road, one. one. GLADSTONE V. ALB ANT-ROAD. At Roath Park. The game was very inte- resting, and all the scoring was done in the initial half. Hewitt was frequently tested, and each time successfully manipulated. However, his vis-a-vis was beaten three times by Yeomans, Allen, and Woodman. Kemp rendered a good account of himselt, and proved a stumbling-block for Clem Allen. The ground was favourable for pretty play, and the display of the victors Was a marked contrast to that of last Satur- day. Final score:—Gladstone, three; Alb any- road, nil. STACEY-HOAD V. LANSDOWNK-BOAD. At Roath Park. Play seemed to be of a lethargic nature, maybe, owing to the teams' positions on the league ladder. J. Roberts had the credit of scoring all the goals, and possible opportunities of further points went a-begging. Final score:—Stacey- road, three; Lansdowne-road, nil. DIVISION B. Metal-street v. Eleanor-street.—At Roath Park. Play was very scrappy at the start, but it favoured Metal-street, who did most of the attacking, and ia the initial half tney scored through James and linkling. On changing ends the visitors improved, but failed to make any impression on the /fetal- street lads, who presented a good defence and kept their line intact.—Final score:- Metal-street, two; Eleanor-street, nil. Allensbank v. Penarth National.—At Roath Park. Coffin was early conspicuous, and -ad the credit of scoring first, which proved the only point up to the interval. Subseouently the home boys were often seen attacking. Coffin got away on the left, and seeing but remote chance of scoring himself, he centred beautifully. Phillips was near at hand, and from the latter's chest the ball glided into the goal-mouth. Final score: Allensbank, two; Penarth National, nil. Albany-road Seconds Y. Stacey-foad Seconds.—At Roath Park. Both sides were on an equality UD to the interval. Balter ha v- ing put through for Stacey and Hawkins for Albany. During the second half Albany were awarded a penalty, and emerged vic- torious through Hawkin turning it to good account. Final score -—Albany-road Seconds, two; Stacey-road, one. Srange National v. Radnor-road Seconds.— At Grange. Had Buley only scored an addi- tional goal his total for two successive matches would have reached double figures. Still, he must rest content for having estab- lished a record in the previous match, and now gaining his side victory. The result was an equitable one and the game fairly inte- resting. Final score:-Grange National, one; Radnor-road Seconds, nil.
CARDIFF SCHOOLS' RUGBY I CRiWYS-ROAD V. ADAMSDOWN. This second division match took place at RI;tlh Park. Crwys-road 'had the 1bæt of matters, although Adamsdown put up a plucky fight. After a fine bit of p-asaing Lawrence iscored the first try for Crwys. The same player, after a fine burst, scored a second try; whilst Batten dropped a splendid goal. For Adamsdown the forwards tried hard to score, but were poorly supported by th/e backs. Final:—^Crwys-road, 1 goall, 211 tries (10 points); Adamedown, nil. I TPuEDEGARVILLE V. ST. MONICA'S. Tredega.rville had by far the best of this second division. league game art. Roath Pa,rk. St. Monica's played very poor football, with the result that the Roath boys crossed their opponents:' line on eight occasions. Most of the scores were obtained by strong individua.l burets. Tucker (2), Trosk (2), Hall f2), and White (2) were the scorers. Final: Tredegar- ville, 2 goals, 6 tries (28 points); St. Monica's, nil. COURTS V. ST. PETER'S. A large crowd witnessed this match at the Sophia Gardens. Mr. D. L. Evans (Car- diff Football Club) officiated as referee. St. Peter's turned up short, and enlisted the services of Edwards, the city full-back. In the fist half play was even, but, changing over, Court-road were hot on the attack throughout. Hayes, after an unsuccessful drop for goal, G. Holben kicked wildly into the open, and Miles fielding finely darted over with a try on the right wing The kick at goal failed. Harben played a great game for the Courts in the centre, his field-! passing, and daeh being so exoellent I that it is surprising that he has not yet obtained his city cap—he is really fit for the Welsh team. Donovan was easily the best boy on St. Peter's side, his defen.c.e being particularly fine. For many seasons past the Courts have won their matches against St. Peter's by the same score as to- A a -v. R,e-suIt:- Final score: G. T. Pts. I Ooort-road 0 1 3 fit. Peter'a 0 0 Q Mr. T. C. PRING (of Exeter), New President of the English Rugby Union in place of Mr. Orane, who resigned as a protest against professionalism.
"lL Wr. E. COURTENAY SCUDAMORE. I JIlL 1' (Xmrtenay Bcudamore, the donor of the silver cup for competition amongst I iaursday teams, is a well-known figure in "aJilejr and district. His father was the i late Mr. T. E. Scudamore, managing director ol the Bhyimney Iron Company (Limited) Hlo8 anOOSito-rs may he traced some hundreds of years back. Sir Philip Scudamore was one of Owain G1 yn.dwr's principal generals, and led iuis army Ion Cardiff in 14C9. Sine" Mr. Scudamore came to Rhymney, some twenty years ago, he has identified himself with every movement beneficial to the town. He is an old sportsman, and has played football and cricket for some of the leading teams in the country, a.nd still takes considerable interest in everything con- nected with sport.
N4 r. 0-LIVER WILLIAMS. Mr. Oliver Williams, the hon. treasurer of the Penartii Club, wore a radiant smile I throughout and after the Newport-Penarth game. The best gate of the season (so far) and a win for the seaffidere made him one of the happiest of men. Mr. Williams's con- nection with the Penarth Club dates back to about Jubilee (1S87) year, and since that time he has followed the club through thick and thin. About ten years ago, when football matters looked black as regards the Penarth Club, which was then about £ 125 in debt, Afr. IV,?l;iams took oNice, and he is to be Mr. [Photo, Howe. I congratulated on the fact that the arrears were wiped out in a couple of seasons. This go-ahead gentleman was the originator of the football and cricket carnivals which have been held for the past three years at Penarth, of which both clubs have benefited greatly. He takes keen interest in all of what he usually terms "clean, healthy sport." He does not confine himself to Rugger only, but is connected with other clubs of the Soccer code. At one time he was one of the governing body of the South 1 Wales Association Union, and he is also a vice-president of the Pena-rth Water Polo Olub, a position he has held for a number of years.
CARDIFF RESERVES V CANTON WANDERERS Last season's Cardiff and District Union Cup winners, Canton Wanderers, played Car- diff Reserves on the Cardiff Arms Park this afternoon. The turf was in perfect condi- tion, when play, started in the presence of about lttXK) spectators. Teams: Canton Wanderers:—Back, W. Evans; three-quarter backs, T. Hyde, R. Poole, T. Salter, and A. Turner; half-backs, E. Hili and Hube Harding; forwarus, D. Callaghan, G. Harding, W. Dean, A. uaKer, C. Tustiu, G. Jennings, G. Woollacott, and G. Bucking- ham. Cardiff Reserves: Back, R. F. Williams; three-quarter backs, Edgar Thomas, T. Evans, W. A. Jones, and F. Woods; half- backs, C. Culverwell, and D. Furnish; for- wards, M. Yewlett, J, Daley, W Caaey, E. Smith, C. Scanlon, J. Ward, J, Groves, and T. Buck. Referee, Mr. W. Leahy. The Oantonians played sturdily, but were kept inside their own half during the first quarter of an hour. Furnish almost broke through once, and F. Woods had a penalty in front of goal, but shot wide. Starting a dribble on their owon three-quarter line the Canton forwards were not stopped till the Cardiff 25 was reached, where W. A. ones got back and gathered the ball, but in attemping to run around several opponents he was pulled down. At the centre Culver- well set Furnish moving, and the outside half and Tom Evans cut out a nice opening. W. A. Jones ran well down and passed to his wing, Edgar Thomas, who doubled the full-back cleverly right on the touch-line and scored wide out. Frank Wood converted with a grand kick. After this the Wanderers attacked with vigour for some time, and after they had twice had had hard lines, D. Callaghan took the ball splendidly in the line-out, and ran in a try almost before the Cardifiians were aware of what had hap- pened. W. Evans converted, and Drought the scores level. Again Cardiff attaeked, but they were driven back, and, on the whole, there was very little in the play. Right up to the Cardiff line went the Wanderers, but Tom, Li-ans annexed the ball and made a fine run to half-way, where a pass was missed and a try lost. Half-time score; G. T. P'ts. Canton Wanderers 1 0 5 Oarlhff Reserves. 1 0 5 Playing more robustly in front. the Can- t-onians tiad the best of matters in the open- ing stages of the second half, and but for fine saving by Bobby Williams would have scored on one occasion. Either the Cardiff forwards were not exerting themselves or they were up against a. very smart pack, for the Wanderers were doinr remarkably well in front. For a long time the play was quite featureless and decidedly unscientific, whtl-st at any time the Cantonians might have gained the load. After being on the defensive for a long while, Cardiff attacked, and Fur- nish made a clever opening, but W. A. Jones's pass was missed by Tom Ervans where there was a distinct chance. Canton returned to their opponents' end. whe.re Hube Harding kicked cleverly over Ibis head and followed up. He booted the ball almost out of the grasp of Bobby Williams, and then, with no one in front of him, he pursued the oval over the line and scored a try that wa,8 really well deserved. W. Evans made a poor attempt to convert. Just after Hub? Harding took a drop at goal, and the crowd behind the posts cheered as if the point had been scored, but it was not allowed by the referee, and certainly the ball did not seem to go between the ports. A minute later, however, Harding did the trick with a very fine shot from a wide angle, and the extra, four points nut his side well beyond the likelihood of I defeat. Cardiff .5rot in a fintal attack, and Tom Evans scored a good try, which Frank Woods failed to convert. Final score; G. T. P'ts. I Canton Wanderers. 2 1 12 j Cardiff Reserves 1 1 8 j COMMENTS. I Cardiff Reserves deserved their defeat. They played badly all through. W. A. Jones suf- fered an injury at the start, which rendered him almost useless to his side, but there was no excuse for the forwards, who gave a wretohed exhibition. On their play to-day I there was not one of them worth a place in the first team pack. In the home back division Tom Evans was the only one who did well. Furnish, Bobby Williams, Frank Wood, and Edgar Thomas were all off colour. For Canton Wanderers Hube Ifarding was the outstanding figure, and really won the game for his isde. Their forwards were a hard and vigorous lot, and were too good for the home pack.
BARRY & PENARTH SCHOOLS LEAGUE I M GLADSTONE V. HOI/TON. I ut tne games piayea in connection with the above league this morning greatest inte- rest was centred in the match between Gladstone and Holton, the former, after a splendid struggle, winning by two goals to one. For the victors Mordecai and Marsh scored, and West put through for the losing side. OLIVE-ROAD V. HIGH-STREET. I This game went entirely in favour of I Clive-rond, and the Islanders secured a meri- torious win of five goals to nil. HANNAH-STREET V. CADOXTON. I Continuing to show consistent form, Han- I nah-street held the upper hand of Cadoxton, and wen by two goals to nil, both points I being obtained from scrambles under the I cross-bar. PENARTH V. ST. HELENS. I St. Helen's cannot find their feet at all, and went under to Penarth by three goals to nil after a somewhat uninteresting game, In which Wiggins, who scored the three ) points, was the most prominent lad. ROMILLY V. COUNTY GAME. Romilly. failed to put in an appearacne, ond the itou,ntv School olaimed the ponits.
I Newport V Neath In ere was only a smaH attendance a.t New- PoTt to witness t'he m?&ting of the Usksidera and Neath. The turf waa in good condition. Newport had 'to put up with a, make?shif? team in consequen-ce of several players being ,a,wlay ait tihe international in Scotland. Ohairlie Pritclbard, hewever, turned out a.gw,rn tor (after -<a» cc due to a,n injury to one of has knees Tnn.m<; •— Neath: i?ack, W. J. Edward*; three- quarters, Davies, G. Jones, A. Williams, and G. D. Davies; half-backs, "Sihon" Evans J. Brennan; forwards, C. J, Reason (c,apt ), W. Perry, Rev. A. E. C. Morgan, T. Thomas, D. H. Da.vies, E. Reed, T. C. Puliman, and F. Daviee. Newport: Back, W. J. Winfield; three- quarters, R. C. S. Plummer, F. W. Burt, W. I Pr-ieet, and S. H. Williams; halves, T. H. Vile and W. J. Martin; forwards, C. M Pritch,a,r;d, Dr. Smythe, J. E C, Parfitt, Jen- kins, H, Jarmiainj, A, E. Hockey, J, Adams, and H Uzzell Referee, Mr. E. Roberts, Llanelly. Nowport did a,ll the attacking in the firsnfc few minutes, Chiairilie Pritehard doing some sterling work in the loose. Hockey made a drop far goal, which went wide. Edwajrdfi, the new full-back, did some iiee-ful kicking which relieved the pressure on 'his own 25. Brennan, the Neatih outride half, also relieved witlh a smart spTint, The visitors had a penalty at mid-field, and W. Winfield dropped the ball near the home line, and the referee ordered a. dead baill. It was worked near the line, and eNwport touche.d down. A desperate struggle ensued. A pretty around of passing was started by Martin, who Bent the ball out to Birt and Plummer, who got inito the Neath 25. "Shon" Evans, tihe visitors' inside half, got away with a useful run into the Newport half. There was nothing much to boast of on either Elide so far. It hid been prolific of free kicks, the freferee being ultra scrupulous. Stanley Wil- liams got away aLong the touch-line, but ■when ihe threw inwards to Martin Davies, the Neath left wing, cleverly intercepted. Pressure, however was kpt in th Nath half fcr a long t.im. Th Ncaith backs made excel- lent use of their kickisg power with the result that play was ke-plt for a. time is the Newport 25, where A. "VYilliamis, the Neath right centre, made a few determined rashes for tre home line. A ciha.n-ge, however, came very quickly, and Martin go;, a way cleverly and made an excellent opening. He threw out and developed an attack on the 'eft wing. The ball got out of the hands of two men and got, over the line, and Plummer dafr'hing up scored a wide try, no goal ens-u- Half-time score; G. T. P'ta. .Newport. 0 1 3 .Neath 0 0 0 The second half opene.d out just as strenuously as the first had been. Neatli had a. penalty awarded fcr obstruction by Vile. The ball was placed for Edwards, the Neath custodian, who, however, failed to cover tho distance. The Neath forwards set up a sharp attack. After a long spell in the Newport Z5 Martin got away, and. passing to Priest, the ball was sent out. to, Stanley Williams, who made a fine gallop along t,he touch-line, but was grassed by T. Davic3 before he could get over. The game was stopped for a while through an injury to Shon Evans, and there ensued a hard, stub- born fight, with wJ,t,hrinsr mnch in it except tho gruelling work of the forwards. A penalty kick near the Neath Z5 was taken by Vile, who sent it wide of the posts. A kick by lart;n was charged down, and the Neath forwards carried the ball to within a few yards of the Newport goal-line. A desiderate struggle ensued, the Neath half- backs being intent upon scoring, but Martin relieved the pressure. Final score; u. T. Pts. Newport 0 1 3 Neatli 0 0 0 < COMMENTS. It was a very strenuous game, but the keenness of the men allowed them to lose some of the 'best passing instincts. Neath were superior in the forward line, though the Newport forwards, notwithstanding the absence of Waller and Beddoe Thomas, did excellently in the loose. It was a treat to see C. Pritehard out again, aDd his play was an inspiration to the team, cut there was an absence of stylish three-ouarter play. Honours so far as the full-backs were con- cerned lay with Edwards, the Neath cus- todian.
WHAT PERCY DID As many of Percy Bush's "friends" (!) are giving vent to their kindly opinions on that player's sporting action in standing down for the Scotch match to-day, it may interest them to know that when Percy heard the rumour on Wednesday afternoon that Dick Jones could not play h3 imme- diately telephoned to Mr. Walter Rees, and told him that if the committee cared to risk playing him in his injured condition he would get a doctor to bandage him up and turn out in the match. He could, of course have said nothing about his injury and gone on the field just for the glory of it, knowing that ho was likely to break down, but the Cardiff captain rightly decided that it. was not fair to team. Vile, or himself to take this course, and so he did the only possible way open to him as a sportsman, and stood down.
ENGLAND V IRELAND The Sportsman representative was officially informed at Richmond this after- noon by Mr. 0. J. B. Marriott, secretary of the Rugby Uniou., that both F. R. Tarr (Oxford University) and J. T. Simpson (Northumberland) will be unable to play for England against Ireland at Dublin next Saturday. The vacancies bave not yet been filled.