AROUND THE CLUBS. THE WELSH LEAGUES C. AND D. R.U. "THE OUTLOOK." I School and Ex-School Boys. I [BY SPOKES."] I A LOOK ROUND. NEWPORT BRIGHTER. I At last the league are in working order, and it 13 possible to size up accurately the Strength of league football in the various districts. The vVest of Lianelly League has made such rapid strides and done so much to popularise the game in a part of the country where the winter sport was dead so long, that we may confidently look to this Dart of the country ere long to produce players and clubs of note in Welsh Rugger. In the Swansea district there is a remark- able revival in league football, and in point of club membership Swansea district now ranks second only to Cardiff. The new league at Abera\on and Port Talbot com- mences its. initial season- Infantile troubles are likely, but with a little doctoring in the* shape of physic from the money-bags of the Welsh Union a robust league is sure to result, bringing much benefit to the local eenior clubs. Neath and District, excellently officeredi did so well last season that thus season they intend also studying the youngsters in addition. It will not be the fault of Neath if the "old boys" are not brought up in the path of Rugger. Cardiff, with its fifty odd clubs, is stronger than ever. With over 1.400 citizens playing the game, what a glorious opportunity Cardiff Reserved committee have to transplant a few lads to their own preserves and coach them on for the premier club. Why, Cardiff, with its huge reserve of material ought to be easily the Welsh champions for seasons to come—if they are not, the fault liee with the selectors. Later intelligence somewhat brightens the forebodings concerning the future of the carrying code at Newport. The little band of enthusiasts, headed by Messrs. A. E. Vale, J. E. Webb, and A .T. W. James, have, I am glad to be able to report, succeeded in re- I viving interest, and the league will run again, .as usual, this season The following clubs have enteredPontymister Juniors, St. Michael's, Machen Stars. Maindee Excelsiors, Christchurch F.C., Machen Old Boys, Com- mercial Juniors, and Christchurch Old Boys. Hurrah! Financial assistance is now required to remove the existing debt. The Monmouthshire Valleys League will pursue the evelu tenour of its ways-there I is no great advance and no retrogression, but I hardly think the play of the leading cluta in this league is as strong as it "ttas last season. The Rhymney Valley League, with its adopted child-the junior league-is going strong. Rhymney Valley, with its huge latent supplies of coal, its enterprising inhabi- taints is bound to play a great part in the prosperity of Wales. In its games, therefore, the Rhymney Valley is the valley of the future. Although Soccer is strongly in evi- dence, the carrying code is making real pro- gress. The league has the advanitage of really pattern officials in Rees Jones ("the old slave"), Llewellyn (the ideal chairman), and E. P. Northcote (who looks after the Old Boys' clubs. Pontypridd District is a new league, but it has made itself so popular that it should become this season the Pontypridd and Rhondda League. A new name is certainly wanted, for the popularity of the manage- ment has extended miles, if not leagues, beyond the narrow confines of Coalopolis. Messrs. Will Gamlin and W. Potter should be proud men. The Aberdare and Merthyr League has worked under disadvantages, but the extension of the area should brighten up matters-even to the satisfaction of that Jiard-to-pleaee individual, Secretary Rees. Bridgend and District League has gone ahead far faster than enthusiastic Tom Bennett, the hard-working secretary, even anticipated. Football in the district is looking up, and is played and supported in such a manner that Bridgend, Maesteg, Tondu, and other centres 6Ught in the future to make far better ftftfots against Swansea than "T. D.'s"pets did im: Saturday. The Sirhowy Valley League letter. The league, by its curious decisions, is unwept and unhonoured in its grave. I UNION OF WELSH LEAGUES. I The monthly meeting of the Union of Welsh Leagues will take place at Cardiff on Saturday next. Business is import ant. Fore- most will figure the long-standing dispute regarding the championship of the Mon- mouthshire Valleys League remitted by the Welsh Football Union. The matter has been dealt with before, and the Welsh Football Union asked for an immediate settlement. I do not anticipate the matter .will take long. j The Welsh Fcotball Union has decided that the Monmouthshire League has a perfect right to decide what clubs they will accept Its members of their league. This is up against- the Valleys League, but, after all, it is pure logic. The Welsh Football Union allows rightly home rule in league affairs. Bather than further trouble the W.F.U. with the matter, it would be preferable if the Union of Leagues tried to convince the Monmouthshire League. More good would result than by an appeal to an outside body. KNTHUSIAiSM tN PONTYPRIDD DISTRICT. Altogether, Rugby matters are lively in I Pontypridd and district. A well-attended meeting of the Pontypridd District League j was the result of the gathering at the Ivor Arms Hotel. Mr. T. R. Thomas, of Ynysy- bwl, made an ideal chairman. The enthu- siasm which was shown by those present epeake well for this new body. It is interest. tog to note that representatives were present from Ynysybwl, Cilfynydd, Mountain Ash Juniors, Rhydfetin, Treforest, Taff's Well, Ferndale, Llwyny^pia,, and. Abercynon. Many more clubs have .applied for membership. The Pontypridd District League will play the Cardiff and District League on Monday, October 18, at Pontypridd. On Monday week the Coalopolis league will play Cilfynydd. as a trial preliminary to selecting the side to meet Cardiff. Now, boys, get in fettle, and let us become obampions of the Welsh Union of Junior Leagues. Ynysybwl entertained Dinas in a friendly at home last Saturday. The former deserved their victory. They are a smart lot again tlste season. Other clubs beware t Cilfynydd were at home to Abercynon, and deserved their win. The first half was very even, bvt. on resuming after the interval Oil showed their superiority. Will club representatives make an effort to turn up to meetings in time? Then, again, an effort st-tould be made to work smoothly. Fixtures Jot the League have been arranged with Penygraig. Treorky, and Mountain Ash, It is to be "hoped that Pontypridd senior club will fallow suit. The League is bound to do the club a great amount of good. A better understanding with the town club would be more to the satisfaction of all con- cerned. OARDIFP AND DISTRICT RUGBY UNIOft I The Cardiff Football Club. has been asked to inarea.se the matches between the Reserves and the local clubs. It is hoped to secure at least two additional matches. The membership of the Union is now over half ^-century of clubs. Adamsdown, Lyn- dens, Pentyrob, Taff's Well, Tongwynlais, and Cardiff West were admitted on Tuesday. The number not taking part in cup matches is ieC.aH. I a.m afraid that ihe chairmanship of the I ■Union is on the way to become a permanency. 4 hardly care to count up the long number of years I haTe Salt in the arm-chair, or of my "hardy annual" protests against re-elec- tion. It is kind; but I think the honour ought to go round, and also that I havo earned the right of a. little rest trom a posi- tion which means much anxiety and some little work. However, as the members won't agree, Spokes" will have to continue his '.tenancy of the arm-cnair, and for another season listen to mild reproofs from the occu- pant of the arm-chair ax home. "The referees' society is to be taken under the wing of the Union. I fully anticilpa,te t.bt the result will be materially beneficial to the clubs. Messrs. W. J. lLart, G. W. Dicks, Q. Smith, and D. Williams are to meet the Whistlers. Grangetowii's latest recruit is Jules Forgue, A young Frenchman, who has played for Bordeaux. He has great pace, and will strengthen the Bricklayers. Docks Tempe-rance Institute, a new team, last Saturday drew with the senior leaguers, Birchgrove. The Docksmon are determined "1.6ga,in a good reputation for sport. Despite depletions, Canton made a great show against L-lwymypia. The Dervishes were beaten by a dropped goal, popped over by Griff Richards from the half-way line. Romdlly were without Conway and half a dozen stalwarts at Tredegar. The Laughing Ones were weak in tackling—quite a novelty. Both their tries were the outcome of meri- torious back play. Garth drew a record crowd to Taff's Well, and were brilliant in all phases of play. They deserved their score of two goals two tries. Harvey romped over with two tries. Vice-skip per Buffet,t was over twice. For the losers George Anthony was the choice until he was injured The list of club changes is a long one, ttoie to this being the first occasion this sea- BOO. for transfers to be considered. The list is as follows:— W. E. Cornish (Grange) to Cardiff Thistles. P. Callagban and J. Kenefis (St. Paul's) and R. Goodfellow and H. Hurst (Canton United) to Wanderers. M. Watking (St. Peter's) to Central 'Quins. P. Harris (Orange) to Docks. Z. B-D-cher (Cardiff 'Quins) to Rumney A.C. A. Christenson (Windsors) to Grange. 8. Sutherland ('Quins) to Canton. J. C. Jenkins (Canton Rovers to West End. J. Brookman (ex-captain, Canton) to wanderers. W. Smart (United) to Cardiff Welsh. t T Bofeert# (Mackintosh) to Garth. ',Waiter Frisk (Leadens), James Pugh (Llandan City), S, Pewce, J. Gale, B. Smith (Rovers), D. Caøw (?t. ra?'S), Bert Coles ?Cramge Barbarians) and W. H. Muliett, J. Mills, and J. A. Belmont (Canton) to Cardiff West End. All clu.bs in Cardiff and district except the ￼ Old Monktoniane and Lutons are members of the Union. Canton league trouble is over, and they will carry out league matches with all senior clubs. Whitchurch show little improvement on last season's form. They found Cardiff West far too hot on Saturday, especially in goal- kicking. Grangetown took on Cardiff Barbarians as I a preliminary canter, and the latter proved they are already fit. and made a draw. SoUlt. Bricklayers were palpably out of condition, and the team will need revision before it is up to its usual strength. Messrs. Barron and Ford realise this. Canton Wanderers were provided a good game by the local Institute. The latter have the making of a real üla- fide, and a bright future can safely be pre- dicted. h Barry Parade, a team of young players. have for a couple of seasons kept amateurism a.live in Barry. This sea-son they poa&ese a clever lot of backs. Taff Juniors were beaten last Saturday by 16 points. Cardiff 'Qmins, believing that Dinas Powis |j were at sixes and sevens this season, antici- pated a walk-over, but 'tWCl.'> the ether way about. The villagers have seldom had a more capable side, and the 'Quins have hardly yet got over their surprise. MEETING OF UNION OF LEAGUES. The monthly meeting of the Union of Welsh I Leagues will take place at Cardiff on Satur- day next. Figuring on the agenda is the dis- pute concerning the championship of the Monmouthshire Valleys League--amat,ter which the Welsh Union ask to be "decided I upon finally." I LEAGUE'S OVERLAPPING. The conference between the Rhondda. Valleys, Rhondda Old Boys. Aberdare and District, and the Pontypridd District leagues c,alled to map out the areas of these four leagues, was not attended by the Rhondda | Senior League through the failure so far of tha.t league to re-organise their competition. The Union of Welsh leagues will be asked to sanction the following proposals:- (1) That the- Rhondda Old Boys league be allowed to organise two league competi- j tions, the junior composed of players with an age limit of seventeen years and the senior with an. age limit of twenty. (2) That the Aberdare and District Ijeague be allowed to extend its territory from Aberdare to Cefn Coed and from Penrhiwceiber to Hirwain. (31 That the Pontypridd and District I League control the competition in the dis- tricts not covered in the second proposal. Of course, if these proposals meet with the approval of the junior union it means that whilst the Rhondda Valley League is snuffed out the Pontypridd and District league will gain a very large amount of territory, and will really become the Rhondda League as well. An official of the Pontypridd District League writes as follows on the propoeals:— Dear "Spokes, "—I think it is unwise to suggest that the Pontypridd League- should take over the Rhondda League. There are quite enough clubs in the valley to form a league independentl", for there are the follcnrTlfgDinas, Treb^nog, Lewis-ilerthyr (resurrected again), Tylorstown (re-organised), Williamstown, Fern- dale, and Llwynypia, with others. It would have been preferable for the Abcrdare district to amalga- mate with Pontypridd, for I hear Mountain Ash Juniors are going to join the Pontypridd League. If the proposals made at the conference are carried, I fear that before the season is out the usual discontent among Rhondda clubs (which I know so well) will break out, and there will be a split in the camp, which, porsiblv, may wreck the now healthy and vigorous Pontypridd District League.—I am, Ac.. OFFICIAL, Other letters oh the r-ame topic reach me from the Aberdare District. Summarised, they do not speak hopefully of the prospects of the Aberdare and District League, one writer stating that not more than a trio of clubs are likely to carry out fixtuTee in this league." I suggest an immediate meeting of the Rhondda clubs to decide whether they are anxious to keep their league alive or not. Of course, such a meeting should be held before the Union of Welsh Leagues meet on Saturday next. I PONTYPRIDD DISTRICT LEAGUE. Monday next is the latest date that ,-Z I can be accepted in the league. Clubs de- siring to join should send representatives on that evening to the headquarters, Ivor Arms- Hotel, Pontypridd, at sfeven p.m. sharp. RHONDDA DISTRICT OLD BOYS. I Additional clubs have joined, viz. Tre- banog, Treherbert Ex-Schoolboys, Pengrajg j Lads, and Ferndale Lads. The membership is now very large. No clu'bs will be accepted after Monday next, so those wishing to join should attend at Ooole's Restaurant, Porth, on that evening. The time is seven p.m. It would be a, pood thing for the Rugby code if the senior clubs would hand over their. grounds when not wainted for home matches to the Old Boys' clubs. It is no use for the Welsh Union to spend money in promoting the game amongst the youngsters —really to ultimately benefit the senior clubs —if the senior clubs are not wise enough to do their share by removing the present diffi- culty over playing grounds. Llwynypia is in want of a wound, and a similar difficulty is handicapping Poenygraig Lads. Will tlke two senior clubs in theee ji towns come to the resoueil In the knock-out competition, Rhydfela-n journeyed to Clydach Vale, but the contest ended with scores level. A reiplay must take place to decide which shall figure in the final. Cilfynydd could not play Treorky last Saturday owing to a difficulty over the ground. CLEVER CILFYNYDD. I For Teal class back play I have not seen for a long time a cleverer lot than Cilfynydd Harlequins. For two seasons the side won the Rhondda League championship, and last season carried off the Pontypridd District Union competition without a defeat. On Saturday Cilfynydd opened their season as cleverly as ever by walloping Abercynon by eleven points. When will the chub receive the medals from the Rhcvpdda League? Congratulations to Mr. W. J. Rcsser, the club president, upon being- elected president of the Pontypridd j Union. Much of the club's success is dueto I the kind help of Mr. Llewellyn Mitchell. LEAGUilS AS COUNTY COURTS. During the past week I have come across j two cases in which players' transfers have ibeen objected; to on the grounds that they owed money to their odd dhibs. I am gl^ad tha,t the leagues instantly overruled the ob- jections and granted both players tbeir-, transfers. My own opinion is that had the cases come before the Welsh Football Union j something would have been heard by the clubs concerning: the professional laws. Any- way, the Cardiff and District Rugby Union have decided tha.t clubs payin.g debts for players, or lending players mony, shall be in future drastically dealt with. Other or-! ga,Tii-.atiolas would do well to follow suit. Qf j course, no t objection can be taken to clubs reporti-ng the nan-payment of subscriptions j or the withholding of club property. I WESTERN VALLEYS OLD BOYS. I The competition which proved so successful i last season is to be carried on again—this in reply to two correspondents. Clubs wish- ing to participate in league games should amply_ to Mr. A. Powe'M. 11, Argyl"tre6t, AJbeTtUlery. at once. ) I h AFTER CYCLING RECORDS. I I Mr. J. Dayies, of Tredegar, who for many seasons has been one of the chief promoters of junior football in the Sirhowy Valley, intends attacking the Welsh 100 miles un- paged recard of 5h. 48min., now held by A. Cobner, of Cardiff. In addition, the veteran I has his eye on the London to Brighton a no back record, and the gold medal offered to the first rider to cover 100 miles on this road, has been preparing for some time. anu during the past summer, with a companion, spent some weeks studying Southern roads. He is one of the very best road-riders we have had in Wales, and, with a little IUCK, should bag a couple of these records. Cyclists willing to help on the road might /■communicate with Mr. Davies at Corocatior. f Villa, Tredegar. RHYMNEY VALLEY OLD BOYS. I lne Bargoed Old Boys Club has decided to become affiliated to the Rhymney Valley Old Boys' League. The officials elected are:- President, Mr. E. Blayton (chairman), Mr. W. Williams treasurer, and Mr. Bert Walters secretary. No meeting was held in connection with the Old Boys' League on Saturday last, as only three cLubs put in an appearance. Purely, Bedwas will run a team, after win- ning the medals. Where's energetic "C. W."? Fochriw will run an old boys' club if a ground can be secured. GLAMORGANSHIRE. I League doings are flat. Things may liven I fix but the competition is only a shadow of its past as far as excitement runs. Llwynypia had the beat- of the first half witih Canton, but in the second portion only Canton was in the hunt. A few of the "lcoee- bead" forwards must go-only three out of the eight scri.mma,goo. last Saturday. Try t-otnc new ones. Griff Richards in two matches has kicked seven goa-ls. Cardiff Whartons' viwit to llr. Hadyn Jones's te-am next Wednesday is causing great commotion. RHYMNEY VALLEY SENIORS. Abcrbarg-oed and Caerphilly opened the league season by competing last Saturday at the Cheesetown for the runners-up medals of last season. It was an; evenly-contested game, and played in the best of spirit all through. Aberbarg-oed started very strongly, and looked ail over a winning team. Tom Wil- liams had the line at has mercy, but, unifor- l tunately, stumbled, and, therefore, a rosy chance was lost. There was no score at half- time. On change of ends Caerphilly became aggressive. Porter burst through with a try, and Caerphilly just won. George Thomas and Ned Reas got their team out of difficul- ties on several occasions by good kicking. Reddick, for the homesters, was as safe as a house. The forwards were evenly matched. Rhymney Firsts journeyed on their initial long journey to Bream, and were defeated by 14 paints to 3. The game was riot such a one-sided one as the score points out. Machen were visitors to Blaina, and by the score the homesters must have had rather an easy time. Bargoed held a trial match, which resulted in the Probables winning by six points to thl-ee., Ma,ny of last season's players did not turn tip. W. H. Morgan, Roberts, and Car- penter were the pick of the tups; Roberts, Robins, and Ricketts of the backs. BRIDGEND AND DISTRICT. I in connection with the above the season was started in fine style, but in the majority of cases visiting teams were victorious, much to the surpriee of home clubs. I Maetateg Bangers journeyed to Ponty- cymmer, and defeated t'he homesters on their f-avourite Spion Kop by 5 points to 3. The result fairly staggered the home partisans,who, in view of ttie way Hon. Sec. Tom Jones has been strengthening the side, anticipated a sort of soft thing. The game was an excellent one to watch, play I being fast, open, and full of exciting in- cidents. Mr. George Evans, of Gilfach Goch, made an efficient whistler. Although defeated, the homesters will soon settle down to the big things expected of them. j The full back position is capably filled by Dai Boots. Bert Feiven .e a brilliaat dis- play in the centre, and Bloyd, aipart from the mistake he made when the Rangers scored, did well on the wing. "fommy Leidke, as scrum half, did well, but was not suM- ciently served with the ball by his for- wards; consequently, his partner, "E. J." was not able to Miine. The forwards are beefy ) enough, but they must learn the art of heel- ing quickly. The R,angers are to be congratu- lated on their performance, and look like I having a successful season. I The Innocents from Ldanharran jour- I neyed to Llangynwyd to meet Tom Davies's pets, and won by eight points to four. A couple of smart tries were scored before the home side realised what had happened. The second half was far advanced when the inimitable Reggie Hanson dropped a pretty goal that reminded one of the only "PX-B. A feature of the game was th-e excellent full- back play on both sides. Daj Jenkins and J. Shelliibier were the best of the threes, but J. Evans is to be congratulated on- the way he adapted himself to his new position oar the wing. His try was a smart one. Tioh Barkle and Backer were an ideal pair of halves, and Paacoe, Bowden, North, and the "redoubtable Chen" played well in front. The best of the "Old Parish" was Bob, at back, Tom Cuase and Llew Evans in the three-quarters, whilst Reg. Hans-cm was easily the best of the halves. Captain Jack Hanson tried to do too much on his own. Hopkins, Ackerman, Casey, and Dagg worked hard in the forwards. Bettivs United,' the team of "talents," railed down to Bridgend, to meet Mr. Scho- field's second teamers. Much to his surprise, his pets were defeated by five points to three. The team from the little villa-ge on the hill are evidently going to have a good season, A better lot of "sports" it is hard to find. Good luck to them! Hon. sec. Will Richards is ons -who is not afraid of work. The game was a very keen one, and Referee T. J. Job had a handful to manage. The Seconds were very much Upftt. by having an alleged fair try disallowed. They need not despair, for they have a very smart side of youngsters, who will yet create a few surprises. Captain Bert Hopgood is very keen, and D. Daviee, Brown and John support him well in, the forwards. The halves could be improved upon. "Russian" Thomas and Da;i Marks are smart in the "threes." Perhaps, the full back position could be strengthened by play- ing Tommy Pennell there, and putting "Barney" in his right position at three-quar- ter. Amongst the villagers Archie Burgess, Richards, Skinner, and Lacey were the pick o.f what looks like a fine pack. Pullin, Wil- liams, Richmond, and Bailey are all good in the backs. The latter is a valuable acquisi- tion to his side. (out and home) under five hour*. Mr. Daviee The Riders of Cefn had the little Infants from Waenpa,rw as visitors. Considering that the latter were weakly represented, Cefn can- not- by any, unans be said to have shown championship form by scraping home victors by a try. This Eoore wae, cleverly obtained by George Butcher. The Riders fielded their strongest side, but the form shown will not bring: them gold n.cdals. There was one pdeasing feature aibout them, and that was that they have a smart outside half in young Berto. He should receive a further trial. "T.A." was quite pleased with the display given by his Infants. It is to be hoped that Dick Phillips and Co. will rally round him, and make the season a highly successful one. Does anyone know whether the ICanty- ffyllon team has arrived at Gilfach Goch yet? They were seen in the neighbourhood of Tondu refreshing themselves, but whether they reached their destination safely has not yet transpired. The league champions, Nantymoel, are to be congratulated on running Trecrrchy to ftve points; and at Treorchy, too! a I ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDefi*. I "Player" (Cardiff).—Dealt with in notes. A. Powell (AbertilleTy).-Thanks. An appli- ??,ati<)n to Mr. John wouJd probably meet the case. "Official" (Rhondda).—No; although an oBcia.1 of the Union, I am at a]I tiiB?s PTe- pared to c:riti0e t.h'e'dThS of the majo- ,rja?re ind eX'Pre my own' opirnÍoll5 or yours. Do not think that becau-?e I am an official that I blindly follow. The members know full well that I hold the position. solely on the Understanding that I am absolutely inde- rendelllt, and am at liberty to give vent to those opinions in this journal. J "C. H." (Cardiff) .Sorry, but am not enthu- siastic ionough to act as chairman of your "smoker." There are others seeking fame.
PERSO NALP ARAGRAPHS. SMITH, Merthyr Reserves, gives promise of making a fine outside left. TOM COX, Nantyglo, is now assistant secre- tary. A thankles-s job, Tom! LEONARD, Merthyr Reserves, fully justified his selection against Brithdir. TEDDY THOMPSON, of the now famous Ton Pentre Association Football Club, although only eighteen years cf age and 5ft. 4in. in height and 8st. 121b. of bone and muscle, has already a good record. Commencing to pl-ay at nine years of age, he was the idol of his school's team, who won the local shield at Plaskat-lane, and was chosen for his county schools' combination at thirteen ■ 1 years of age in 1904, and the following yeer, went on the ground staff at West Ham. j Since then he has played for Il-Ord-ini some circles considered one of the beat i. teams in its class in London—and after- wards for Upton Park and Dartford. He! has also distinguished himself in the cricket field, and is looked forward to as a coming wielder of the willow. TOM PONSFORiD is capital all round. Ag a forward he has had a splendid record; is a keen opportunist and a prolific scorer. A native of Crewkerne, Somerset. He has only played with- the Penygraig Club. He is 23 years of age, and weighs 12st. ISAAC SAUNDERS is one of the most popular and consistant players in the Rieoa team. He is extremely clever with his feet, and when he gets into his stride is a difficult man to stop. Saunders plays [Photo, T. J. James, Risca. I in the centre, and was very prominent in the match with Cwmbran. He always appears to be fit, and the older he gets the better he plays. T. W. HOPKINS, vice-captain of the Yetalyfera Club, is a hard-working forward of the bustling type, very fast, and always on the ball. His following-up is a feature of local matches. For the last two years he has been a student in Carmarthen Training College, and played in the foot- ball fifteen each season. Last season aJeo Photo by F. Eva no, Llangynwyd. j he captained the cricket eleven, when they had a very successful season. He learned most of his football in Ystalyfera County School, and his cricket with the Ystalyfera Cricket Club, of which he has been a play- ing member for four seasons. He is 22 years of age and 5ft. 9in. in height, and turns the scale at list. 101b. CANTON INSTITUTE are very fortunate in securing the services of Selwyn Cornish and J. Hopkins as half-backs this season. Cornish learned his football at King's Col- lege, Taunton, and has several times assisted London Welsh, while Hopkins assisted Swindon last igeason as half. Cardiff Reserves would do well to keep these two players before them.
Round the Leagues, i EBY, SOCCERITE."I I FIRST DXVLSION REVERSES. I Nearly a imTlion and a half spectators have attended the 144 matches played in the league matches up to Monday last. This is remark- able considering tha-t the season is barely a month old. The two biggest attendances were at Stamford Bridge, where Chelsea effecct.ed a -draw of 2 goals each against Sheffield United, and at Roker Park, Sunder- land, at the local Derby," against New- castle United. Here 35,000 people witnessed I the Novoca.vtna,ns' victory, and had the ex- citement of a tussle with the police thrown I in. Sheffield Wednesday have made a I poor start. They were badly beaten at Ow 1 exton (4-1) by Bury, who provided the sensation of the week. I have no doubt the Blades will speedily get out of the net, and maintain their reputation as one of the most consistent teams in the league. Bristol City gave a grand display against Middlesbrough^ routing the North Country- men by 4 goals to 1. Hardy and Burton re- apptered for Bristol, their presence putting life into the players. Powell was at the top of his form, and scored three of the four goals. The veteran Bloomer, for Middles- brough, Stand the net once, but the dash of the BristOTians gave the elassic combination opposed to them no chance to add to the score. Tottenham Hotspurs visited Valley Parade with a determination to gain two points at the expense of Bradford City. They received a rude shock, Bradford winning easily, before 30,000 spectators, by 5 goals to 1. It was a great game, full of finesse, Whittingham per- forming the hat trick for the home club. Woowich Arsenal are at the bottom of the league table, losing to Bolton ("), who won their first match. The Londoners share with Preston North End and the Spurs the tibroo lowest rungs of the ladder. Each have a paint to their credit out of a total of twelve I matches. Aston Villa came a cropper at Black- burn, losing by the odd goal in five. This was their first defeat this season. Manchester United were checked by I Preston North End, who shared the points. Billy Meredith turned cut for United, and missed scoring by inches. Will he score this season and break the long spell of ill- luck that has attended his efforts during the last couple of years? Everton gained first place by winning against Notts Gounty (2). and Sheffield Wednesday (3-1). SECOND DIVISION. I The surprise of the Second Division was Linooln City's viotory over Leicester Fosse The ex-first division club were outplayed, oirly getting a single goal, while the new. comers to the league obtained three in a game which showed them to be far and away the beat team. Maooheater who^were_also jni the-first division last season, had to knuckle under I to Clapton Orient in a hard-fought -game, t.he Orients winning before their own- sup- 1 porters by 3 goals to 2. SOUTHERN LEAGUE. I Queen's Park Pajigers tie with Swindon for f top position, the Railwaymen being pulled up by Southend in a drawn match (1-1). The Rangers surprised Plymouth by winning ¡ 2—0, and they must have received a. shock When they journeyed to Ton Pentre on Mon- day to get trounced by the Rhonddaites. Ton Pentre achieved a great feat, and tMeir enterprise is bound to add to the further popularity of 'the game in South Wales. Of the eleven games played in the Southern League five were drawn, viz:—Millwall 0, I Exeter City 0; Coventry City 2, West Ham 2; I Reading 1, Orystal Palace 1; Southend 1, Swindon 1; Nc-rwich City 1. Bristol Rovers 1. Northampton have again a winning stride, and Southampton went under to them by an odd goal, the score being 3—2. > I have been asked by "A Reader to give the three home and three away teams that I think have the best chance of winning. It is a difficult matter to decide, but they will bo found in capital letters in my asual fore- casts. SOCCERITE'S' FORECASTS FOR MATCHES PLAYED SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2nd. ENGLISH LEAGUE—DIVISION" I. ♦Blackburn Rovers v. Woolwich Arsenal. .BTadford City v. Notts County. Bristol City v. Tottenham Hotspurs. *Bury v. Middlesbrough. Chelsea v. Bolton Wanderers. *Everton v. Liverpool. Manchester United v. *.i-lowcastle United. •Notts Forest v. Sheffield United. •SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY v. Preston North End. Sunderland v. *Aston Villa. DIVISION n. •BIRMINGHAM v. Leeds City. •Barnsley v. Bradford. •Clapton Orient v. Lincoln City. .Derby County v. Grimsby Town. Glossop v. 'Wolverhampton Wanderere. Hull City v. Manchester City. Oldham v. *Fulham. *,Sto.ckport County v. Gainsborough Trinity. •WEST BROMWICH ALBION v. Burnley. •Blackpool v. Fulhajn. SOUTHERN LEAGUE. Brentford v. 'NORWICH OITY. Southend United v. 'Brighton and Hove. Coventry City v. *Bristol Rovers. I Croydon Common v. 'QUEEN'S PARK RANGERS. 'Leyton v. Crystal Palace. *New BTompton v. Exeter City. •Southampton v. Luton Town. Millwall v. *NORTH-AXPTGN. Plymouth Argyle v. Swindon Town. •Watford v. Portem-outh. Reading v. *West Ham. Played on ground of first-naaned club. Asterisk denotes probable winner. Draws left-Hxnen.
CARDIFFWEDNESDAY LEAGUE [By SOCCERITE. On Wednesday next all the sixteen clubs will be engaged in league matches. Some in- teresting encounters are expected, and will prove a-it entertaining way of spending the half holiday. It will be a difficult matter to find the winning teams, but some of last year's form will be re-produced in the case of Cardiff Thistles and Penarth Wednesdays. I hear a good account of Canton Imstitute A.F.C. It is an amalgamation of lasit season's Canton Wednesdays and Clare Gardens. They are extremely fortunate in having such a man as Mr/John Cory as president. He has presented them with a set of jerseys, goal posts, and balls. The cost of dressing rooms, etc., has also been borne by him. With such a nucleus the- cluib ought to go with a swing. F. W. BRADFORD (Vice-chairman Cardiff and District Woonesday League). C'hariie Harotfng is chairmen,; E. R&dley, secretary; and Mansel Hosgood, treasurer. W. Hill ("Butcher"), last season's Clare Gardens goalkeeper, has been elected captain, with Ted Forse as vice-captain. The players include H. Hall, E. Rowles, V. Norman, F. Woods, and C. Moore, names well known in Wednesday football. They hope to have a rattling good season in Division J, The Direct Trading Company's team, known a.s the D.T.C.'s, is in the First Division. They have few chances for practices, and they be- gin the season expecting very little, but they are as determined as if they were at the game every day, and I expect them to do far better in the League than last season. "We play to wi'n" is their motto, and with such an objective they will succeed.
I Billiards. I' 48.—CROSS CANNONS. I I I By RlSO LEVI (Copyright). Diagram 638 illustrates one 01 these short cross-cannons. The position with slight variations is a constantly occurring one and should not present any difficulty to very moderate players. With the objeotbaHs to the measurements given under the diagram the cannon is a liaif-ball stroke with a, little rumming-side—that is, with the side which will 'be running side off the side cushion. Very good after-position oan be obtained as the result of this cannon, but in order to ensure this the stroke should be played in a different way when the object ball near the cushion is the white from what is neces- sary when the red lies there. When the oannon is played quite slowly, the ball near the cushion is dribbled up to the corner pocket. This stroke is jfihown on Diagra-m 638; and when the red is the first object ball it is a good enough stroke to play, ^or pro- vided the red comes to rest quite close to the pocket either a pot or an in-off will be on I for the next stroke. If, however, the red should enter the pocket as the result of the cannon the after-position may or may not be good, as it will depend upon how the cue ball has taken the object white. Conse- quently, when playing to dribble the red up to the podket care must be taken that it does not fall in. In strokes of this nature, Diagram 658.—A calmon, dribbling ,the Tea up to I the pocket, played withrunUlJlg-s¡de, Red ball close to the side cushion and 43 inches from the top cushion. Object white 11 inches from the side cushion and 37 inches from the top cuahton. very many good amateurs are quite con- tent to take the risk of the red entering the pocket. On the face of it. it certainly looks a very slight risk to take, for it would be long odds a-gai-nst the red going down if any ordinary player played for nothing else than the pot. It is, however, remarkable how often a ball will enter a pocket when in positions of this nature no att,empt is made to keep it out. In fact, even when the player has played to-prevent, it from entering the pocket it will often still go in. Just the same thing occurs in top-of-the-table play. The position may be suoh that a cannon has to be played off the red, -but the red must be kept out of the pocket for the sake of the after-position. The pot by itself may not be an easy stroke, yet the player playing to keep the red out often gets the five shot. Even great players like Stevenson and Dawson occasional 1 y get a five shot at the top of the table when playing to avoid the pot. A pot with the object ball a considerable distance from the ,pocket and with the cue ball at an angle witih the object ball and the pocket is a difficult stroke, for the reason that unless thevobject ball is hit on one particular spot it must fail. When, however, a oannon is of such a nature that the object bail must be hit somewhere near what may be called the potting spot, it is easy to understand how a slight error in judgment or in aim may cause the object ball to be hit exactly on this potting -spot, with the resuJt that it eliters the pocket. When playing to dribble the red to the pocket, as show-n oh Diagram 638, drag should be used in order to render a slow stroke a. safe one. Xr. Levfa artletw AVVW .eq S*tafd*y In J tbe "/SweqtDg Expwe*? of "JI appe=ai-.on- 0cWber¡.
GLAMORGAN LEAGUE CHAMPIONS, MOUNTAIN ASH. BACK ROW: G. Gregory, J. Keenan, D. Da-vies, J. Perkins, D. Griffiths, E. Olodd, W. Morgan, D. Lewis, and W. Cresswell. MIDDLE ROW: Arthur Parry (trainer), Alfred Price, P.C. H. John, D. A. Davies, P.C. A. Hill, C. Stone, P.C. Bevan, Alfred Fryer, J. Ellery, D. Davies, Mo-rgan, and Wheelcr (treasurer). FRONT ROW: J. Jones (assistant trainer), J. J. Jasper (secretary), A. Jenkins, G. Edwards, E. Aim-stworth, G. Oaple, Wyndham Jones (last season's captain), J. Benjamin, Harry Johm, R. Jarman, T. She-ppard, Harry Ha,le, and H. Carpenter. ilast season's aairmam.). The two in a reclining a.ttjtude are J. Donovan and Johnny Thomas. Played 34, won 21, lost 10, drew 3. H John was the hi?he?t try-getter. with 14 to his credit. P.C. Dick Thomas came next with 8 tries, and E. Aineworth with 7. Wyndfeam Jones, the ¡ popular captain, was responsible for 4 tries, and the sa,me number wa.s scored by D. Arthtir Davies and G. Caple. T. Sheppard scored 3, a.nd all t.he other players had 1 or 2 I t;ri to their credit. Total points for, ittoi against, 155.
My FOOTBALLEREERI I BY "ANDY" AITKEN. 1 I I FAMOUS INTERNATIONAL HALF-BACKS' I REMINISCENCES. I [ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.] I Towards the end of the season 1898-9, the race for promotion between Manchester City and Newcastle United was so close that when they came to St. James's Park to play the concluding League match both sides were equal in points, so that a win qualified the fortunate cluo to take part in the tefet matches. Like us, the City had strengthened their team by the acquisition of St. Clair, a full back from Stoke, and George Dougal, a forward from Hibernians. They had also at that time one of the finest right wings in existence, the famous Welsh couple, Meredith and Finmerhan. The match was played on a windy day, but though we lost the toss, for- tune favoured us and we won by two goals- scored by Peddie and myself—to nil, and I thereby qualified, along with Burnley, to meet Blackburn Rovers and Stoke in the test matches. We played Stoke in the Potteries I and drew with them, and in the return at St. James's Park a draw was again the result. I At Blackburn we lost 4-3, our goal-keeper having the misfortune to get kicked oh the head in the first half and being of little use to us. Indeed, he was suffering from slight concussion of the brain, and at the finish of J the game had no idea what the result was. I just omitted to mention that previous to thj tc.st matches we had secured the transfer of Jacky Harvey, outside right, and John ( Campbell. centre-forward of Sunderland, I Campbell was supposed to be done when we got him, but anyone who watchsd him play i'n the return match against Blackburn Rovers at St. JamcÙJ Park would have laughed that idea to scorn, for the great Ren- tonian played ideal football, scoring. I think, three of the four goals by which we won. He was a magnificent player, and one of the finest fellows it has ever been my lot to meet. He. too, has passed to that la'nd from whence no traveller returns, but his life, though a- coimipairative'ly short one, was not lived in vain, for deep down in the hearts of all who knew him a corner will be kept for Johnnie Campbell. Jacky Harvey was also a big success for us. He, too, was a Ren- tonian, and ha,d learnt his football in a good school, and, although only a little chop, he took a good deal of stopping. What Aston Villa Missed. I Regarding his lack of stature, the follow- ing incident will show what a prominent clnb missed by judging Jacky by his appearance. After spending a season with Sunderland he returned to Scotland and played for the Clyde, but he never felt at home with them, and, making up his mind to return to Eng- land, communicated with a friend who was in touch with the leading clubs. The result was that Aston Villa was soon on hiR track, and a representative was despatched to Glas- gow to interview Harvey, but on meeting him wap oo disappointed that he would not come to terms. He is far too sma-ll," he told the agent. and would never suit the Villa. It is big men we want and must have," and he went back to Birmingham a sorely dis- appointed man. On the journey home he chanced to come across Tom Watson, then manager for Sun- derland, and in the course of conversation told Tom the mission he had been on and the outcome, and Tom agreed with him that a player like Harvey would never suit the Villa. The news was interesting indeed to the wily Tom, who had no idea Harvey had tired of Glasgow. So alighting at the first stopping station he excused himself to his Birmingham friend and wired home to Sun- derland to &end someone to Glasgow to fix I up Harvey without delay, and this was done I so speedily that within twenty-four hours Jacky was again located on Weirside. Curiously enough, Sunderland were meeting the Villa at Birmingham on the Saturday, but history does not repeat what the Villa man said when he saw Harvey included in the Sunderland team and realised how Tom Watson had spoofed" him, and the same history remains a discreet silence as to what our friend said as he watched the Wear- siders rubbing it into the Villa to the tune of six goals to nil; but his cup of bitterness must have been overflowing, more especially as it was the despised little one that did most of the damage. The air was certainly sul- phurous round where he stood, and Tom Watson showed himself an astute judge by keeping cut of harm's way. The Last of the Test Matches. I The test matches that year were interest- ing from the ffiaotth-at they were the last ones played. as the Management Committee of the League came to the conclusion that Captain Barney" had appeared on the bridge at one of the matches-in other words, that the I result was per arramgement, and everything pointed to it being so. When Stoke met Burnley at Stoke in the final game, Burnley, Newcastle, and Stoke were standing equal with four points. Naturally, everyone looked for Stoke winning, as they had beaten the Lancashire men at Burnley, and by. doing so they and Newcastle would have qualified for the First Division; but after a farcical game the match ended in a draw, and so Burnley and Stoke qualified with five points each, Newcastle United having four and Blackburn Rovers two points. This fiasco, in my I opinion, was a blessing in disguise, as it put an end to the test matches, and drectly led to the top clubs of the Second Division auto- matically securing promotion. By the irony of Fate, this same rule was responsible later on for Burnley and Stoke being relegated to the Second Division. Recognising the injustice that had been done to Newcastle United, it was decided the League should be increased to eighteen clubs, and they and Blackburn Rovers were voted in to the charmed circle. I Understand the lalte Dr. Morley, off Blackburn, brother to Lord Morley, was instrumental in getting this increase made, so that the Tynesiders owed a. debt of gratitude to the doctor. Our first season in the Firs? Division was not attended by a great deal of success, and we very soon found the difference between the two classes of football, and towards the new year we were in danger of being relegated to the Second Division. If memory serves aright, it was about this time we secured Sa'ndy Macfarlane, now of Dundee, and Jimmy Stevenson, from Derby County, two, of the cleverest forwards I have ever seen. Indeed, Stevenson was quite the cleverest player I have come across, and he hadi wonderful control over a ball. I remember when we played that dusky band from Afric's golden shore, "The Kaffirs," Jimmy had a regular day out, and more than once he had practically the whole of his ebony opponents prancing around him in a vain I effort to get the ball, while the crowd and his fellow players simply shrieked with laugh- ter; but the farce cost Jimmy dear—his ankles were so badly kicked by the im- petuous niggers that he did 'not play for some time. A Wonderful Goal. 'I Jack Peddie had reason to bless the advent of Macfarlane and Stevenson, for sandwiched between two such artists the lengthy centre forward, who was an exceedingly good shot, got a regular crop of goals. I remember see- ing him score a goal at St. James's Park, against Bolton Wanderers which was the best I have ever seen taken, and notable by reason of the flight which the ball took. I was not playing that day and watched the game from behind the gog. PCddie shot from about twenty-five yards out, and the ball flew straight as an arrow to the waiting Sutcliffe, who seemed certain -to save, for few straight shots beat the great John Willie. But just as the ball neared the custodian it suddenly swerved right away, and it was with the utmost difficulty be managed to touch it -with the tips of his fibers, beinc utterly into
ERNEST GOOD.E. the left-back of the Aber- dare Association Football Club, came from the Nottingham district. He has played in class football for some considerable time, but this &eason he made a change and I Photo, The i'evenl and Regent Studios. joined the ranks of the 'Darians. Being of a fine build, he will make a good back once he has found his true form. He is 23 years of age, and stands 5ft. 9in. in height.
DAVID FOSTER (Pontlottyn) from early life has taken a keen interest in all classes of sport. He can play a decent game of Soccer or cricket, but prefers watching others. He seldom fails to put in an j appearance at any match, either home or away. He is an ardent supporter, and Pontlottyn Southend are fortunate in I having his services.
Air Rifle Notes. [By EYE."] By the time these lines are in my readers' hand, Welsh air rifle shooting will have opened its fourth league season., the Cardiff and District League having made a ,erioas s'tart last Thursday with a fine win.- of matches, which, if they had been arranged j instead of being fixed in accordance with the draw, could not have been improved upon, for the teams all round are vastly superior to lact year, and there is every indication of the winning mamirs this year being very much smaller than has been the case in pre- vious years. Not only in Cardiff is this the case, for I am told on good authority that it is the same throughout "the area governed by the Welsh Aissooiation. This improved form on the part of the club man is not the only sign of the times. In addition to all last year's leagues forming up, two new lc,agues- one at Bridgend (the Licensed Victuallers, who number twelve clubs), and one at Fern- dale (numbering eight clubs)—have come into being this season. These two Jaot., are indicative of the inoreasintg- popularity of the pastime. The Welsh Association hold their usual monthly meeting next Thursday at the York Hotel, Cardiff. The chief business on the agenda is the election of officsre. This t-hould have taken place at the August meeting of the body, but as there was only a small attendance of delegates, it was thought- better to postpone the matter. The officers of the association will be glad if all affiliated leagues will make it a point of being represented. The meeting of the Cardiff and District League this week was only of minor impor- tance, the final arrangements for the opening of the season liaNti3g been finished at he pre- vious meeting. In the case of the Cardiff Licensed Victuallers who met on Wednesday evening, the entries were closed at the list of teams given in my notes laet Saturday. It was also decided that the match night should be Tuesdays, and the first- league contests will take place on October 5. ME&THYR AND DISTRICT LEAGUE. There are no signs of a start being made for the forthcoming season. An earlier start in the arrangements might have been made but for considerable time having been given to the much-debated question of the, number, to constitute a team for next season. Everything has now been decided, however. the teams next season to consist of eight men aside. It is hoped that the minority will fall in line with the majority, and work ha'nd in hand to make next season the best in the annals of the league. It has also been decided not to affiliate with the Welsh National Air Rifle Association this season. The next meeting is at the new head- quarters, the Bee Hive Hotel, Castle-street, on Tuesday evening next at 8 p.m. Clubs please note that this is the closing date for joining the league. CARDIFF AND DISTRICT LEAGUE. A brilliant start was made In the Cardiff I and District League matches last Thursday, good scores being witnessed right round the clu.bs. The chief interest naturally centred round the Atlas and Alberts, which ended disastrously for the ctupholders, the famous flighting brigade of the Atlas pulling it off in the iaet stages with 367—360. The result came as a surprise to the Alberts, who fully expected to annex points for their first engagement, 370 being the least they thought of putting up. The Atlas took the lead at the start, Tommy Parkin leading Lew Dicken 33-29, and HolLoway following with a lovely 34 against 32 by Thomas. These early (reverses set the Alberts thinking, but through- out the match they could not get in front, though they drew level on the eighth man. Then their skipper, FTed Skinner, dropped ,tve to Rebori, a.nd it was all over bar shott- ing. It was a. splendid ma.tch, and, with few exceptions, all the men engaged showed good form. D. Davies, W. Smith, and Lagos shot magnificently for the winners in the second half, and the pioll of the Alberts were T. W. Jones, E. Edwards (33's), and Thomas (32). I The Na/piers are once more with us, and, judging from their form against the Duke of l York, their popular rkipper, Con. Hopkins, I has a nice team behind him. They ran the Duke boys on their own range to 15, with the j scores 368-343, by no means a bad perform- a,nce. This early form if maintained will cause trouble to some of the cracks. The winner's with their 358 had a 23 and 27, and buit for these they would have been near 370. I Jack Millar, opened, well with a splendid 34, and Turner, the old Atlas man, finished 33. For the Napiers Con. as usual, beat 30, 1 but Dimmock and Law were highest with 32's. I The scores put up in the Splott Conserva- tive and Tudior match will come as a sur- prise to the majority of the league olubs. The Tudors with a 24, 25, and 26 finished 358, and the Tories, whose first two men fired off under diffioultje-a-the sight having been tam- pered wi.t,h-finished 366. Though they have lost two good men in Smart a.nd Wood, this opening form shows that the remainder of the team have improved considerably since last se,a,son. S. Chedigey, a new member, opened well with 33, and, with H. C. Pa,rson, was highest score on each side. The Tudors last half shot wonderfully well with three 32's and three 31'&. In addition, they had two 31's and ?32 in the ftæt half, a total of 283 ?.fo.r mme men. Had the three failures rewh&J -30's tJ»e» TuKfots would' -are beaten an average A
Mainly Cross-Country By "HARRIER." I Quite a record number of members attended the annual meeting of the Roath Harriers, Mr. George ^tratton, the hon. secre- ta.ry of the A.A.A. South Wales Committee, being in tlie ohair. Mr. Jack Hedden v.a^ elected captain, with Mr. A. C. Bishop and Mr. J. Parsloe his aidies-de-camp, Mr. C. V. Hansen, 33, Llandough-street, being the new soribe. Many matters appertaining to the conduct of the club's business were decided, the most important being- a more stringent rule with regard to overdue subscriptions. The question of unpaid subscriptions is a most important one to most clubs, and. although not affecting Roath (whose finances are in an excellent condition) so much as the majority of other local clubs, still even they could find a use for all the money due to them, and in future expulsion will be the fate awaiting the defaulters. I fear that many clubs, especially in dis- tricts where there is an opposition organisa- tion, are not keen enough on this matter, and are only too glad to receive into member- ship any applicant, especially if he be likely to strengthen their racing pack. Club committees should bear in mind that cross- countiy running is one of the most amateur sports in existence, and, as such, eaoh member should be willing to pay his way—if j not, then there should be no place for his like in any harrier club. I am glad to note that the Roath Harriers' general meeting instructed their committee to consider the question of holding a. club sports next season at which championships of the club at all distances should be com- peted for. This is as it should be. The oldest and strongest harrier club in Wales, as the Roath organisation is. should cater for amateur running at all distances, and I am pleased to see that they are showing the way in this most- important matter. The Brynmawr Harriers are a most enthusiastic lot--perhaps rather too much so j —for I see that, early though it be in the season, they have already decided a fifteen mile Marathon race—twice over the moun- tain to Ebbw Vale and finish on the football field. Allan Martin and D. Davies were I favourites for first place, but Joe Morgan, who wa3 second last week in the match with Tredegar, excelled himself, and covered the I distance, evidently shorter than anticipated, in the excellent time of 96 minutes. Morgan has all the makings of a tip-top man, and if he does not overtrain himself, should make I them all run very fast to beat him in the I junior championship next March. The club have been lucky in being able to secure Lord Glanusk as their president—not in name only, but a president who really takes an interest in the doing of his proteges. Allan I Martin, the captain, and T. J. Ellery, the hon. secretary, are both great favourites, and if the members will only follow their; lead, success is assured. I ) PoTituewydd Harriers had a well-atteaded I run out from headquarters last Saturday. Two packs were sent out, and amongst the "slows" were noticed some very promising novices; the best of whom were C. Webb, E. Jones, and C. Barhaby. The fast pack, under the leadership of the captain, P. Wood, went well, T. Elsniore and T. Lippiatt, in p-,irticu- lar, showing good form. Their secretaries, Messrs. Rogers and I'arnt, are arranging a strong fixture list, including home and home I matche.? with Abertillery, Cathays, Blaen- avon, Brymnawr, and Tredegar. They met I Cwmbran at Cwmbran to-uay, and are con- ￼ fident of giving that strong lot a fine race. T. Elsmore wi!l be well up at the finirlh The Treharris Harriers met last week, and II changed their club's title to that of Treharria Harrier and Athletic Club. This with a view of inducing cyclists to join and the estab- lishment of a gymnasium in connection with the club. Edgar Price, the ex-Newport harrier, is one of the leading lights of the club, and his experience and enthusiasm should go a long way towards making the new combination the success it deserves to be. The club members are proud-and justly so-of the fine effort made in the recent Blackheath Harriers (open) twenty-four hours' walk by one of their members—J. Isles. Islet; took the lead from the start, and kept it for 51 miles, which he covered in 8hrs. 46min., beating Hammond's record, made in last year's race, by 57sec. However, it seemed as if he was only out for record, for, after covering 51 miles 586 yards, he retired, although leading by over a mile from W. Brown (Polytechnic). Isle6 made several attempts to again get going, but failed. It is not often that we possess athletic record holders in Wales, and the 51 miles record will not bo the only one standing to Isles' credit at the end of the season. I beg of him to accept my hearty congrat uIa Hons on his excellent performance. I Trail Papers. I W. Herring, who was reported to have left I Pontnewydd to join Cwmbrati, denies the I impeachment, and will turn 'out for his old club against Cwmbran to-day. I The Roath Harriers, ever willing to help the cause of amateurism, had a quiet stroll, as a. preliminary t-o the more arduous cross- country work to come, down to Barry' to watch some of their club mates compete at the Barry Lifeboat Demonstration Sports to- day. I trust that they will be rewarded by eeeiftg their wasp-like colours carried to vic- tory in more than one competition. The Roath wit and vice-captain—Jack Parsloe—kept his club members in a good humour at the general meeting last week. The rumour that he is "going on the stage" I is quite unfounded. Abertillery are about to lose the services of that sterling runner, A. S. Wilson. their I club champion. Wilson goes up to college in I October: and should make a name for him- self in university athletic circles. St., Saviour's Harriers had a good muster at their annual meeting, and so popular are their old officials, that they were practically all re-electod. Mr. C. V. Sederman, the Welsh Gymnastic Champion, is the captain, with Mr. W. Witt as his vice. The Cathays Wesleyan Harriers go in for the sport more as an exercise than as a hard liastinie, and consequently they are not so well known as soine of their local rivals. Nevertheless they are going strong, and their general meeting is well attended. The Rev. J. W. Armstrong is their. president, and Mr. H. S. Pryce their captain. Messrs T. H. Fanlks and E. Rumbelow share the vice-captain's duties, while Mr. 8. J. Male. is their hard working hon. secretary. The cross country spins haye commenced, aad new members are I invite4- i
Miniature Rifle Notes. By -22 It is to be hoped that other Welsh cluibd will follow the example of the (Jnop-^tow Ciuti, aud arrange post matches with cluos in over- sea dominious. The (Jhepciow v. Oanterbui^ (-New Zealand) match was arranged Uhivyubh the Weis-iL Miniature Ritle, Association, wliicO body was asked to saiect a team to sihooj aa'aanst the champion province "down undex." At the time tne invitation was received Chepstow had just won the Welsh olu.b Oiiani- pioiwnip, and, naturally, they were asked to represent Wales. Oar ieilow subjects, through Mr. James Perrie, the secretary of Canterbury Assccia-. tion, thanked Chepstow for the match aud' giving- them a good beating," and nop&d. other Welsh clubs would give the New Zea- land Association a icw matches, Sure'y* Maesteg, Ogmore Vale, Mountain Ash, Nelson. Peng-am, and other clubs can oblige. Mr. A. W. Wilde, the only ordinary indivi- dual member oi me \V'.M.JLC.A„ who won tho Welsh championship at St. Julian's last yea-r, has just put on a world's record at 1CO yards range at the dety 01 Miniature tUAO Club's, meeting at Market Raeen ^Lince.). In the ordinary ooinpotitian at 1M yards, Wilde did not appear in the prize list, and the -L,Q score was 98. The annual dinner of the Welsh Association, next ,S-atuiday promises to be an enjoyable one. The majority ot clubs in South Waled will be represented, and same clubs will have a dozen members. Apparently, Mr. George Lewis will preside over a big gathering. The municipal officers of Liverpool, Man- chester, Leeds, Bradford, Birmingnam, and Bristol each have an excellent miniature -"i-fte club, and have now termed a municipal otiicens' miniature rifle league, and shoot post matches throughout the winter ilor a trophy and medals. The league is very anxious to have a branch in South Wales. ana, surely, the municipal officers of Cardiff. Swansea, and owport could each form a dub. A number of village clubs in South WaJo arc considerably hampered owing to the lack of a good light on the range. Quite o, num- ber use paraffin oil with reflectors, but the result is not wholly :;atisfaetory. It is noW statod that a otub, wnicli will shortly adver- tise its discovery in this paper, has dis- covered a wholly satisfactory method of Lighting ,arunge. The light is claimed to bo bright, white. and steady, and the total cost of the generator and fittings is less than L5, Miniature rilie leagues throughout England and Wales will probably be shortly invited to send representatives to a conference in Lou- don or Birmingham with a. view ü adopting a real championship leJ.¡,¡e shoot lor the kingdom. In brief, the proposals are that the best team in a league sihould shoot against the best teams in other leagues only. Tne best team in a local league would drop ."nt to make room for another. It should shoot next in a county league only. The best league in each county to pass on the next season to a northern, southern, or other league, yet to be formed. In the course of a lew seasons clubs of every class would be provided for. The best team would find its way to the top every year, but not reach the pinnacle at once. New clubs would find a, place vacant in the local league every season. A team knocked out in a divisional shoot wo-uld have to shoot against the best team in it3 county league a.nd win to maintain its position in the dii-l- sional league. One knocked out in a county league would contest again in order to repre- sent the country, and so on right down through the organisation to the smaliect !ocal league The plan wouifj soon work automatically, and the best shote in the country would tiiui reaoh Bisiey or some other championship neeting each year. In the details of 'he plan provision is made tor handsome priaes for the ultimate champion league team each year, and al! teams eligible to compete in the final would 'be assisted financially to travel to the venue of the championship meet- ing. A movement is on foot throughout. the kingdom to induce miniature line clubs to allow boy scouts in their districts free mem- hership and tuition in the way to hold a rifle. The Maesteg Boy Scouts, at the Wel,h meeting, were the first scoutA in the kingdom to be identifid with the miniature ritle movement, and. doubtless, Maesteg, Newport, Pont-y- pridd, and other Welsh clubs will allow any boy scout desirous on joining to do so. I ehall be glad to hear of any club offering the privilege in S3Uth Wales. Following their successes in th-e Christmas prize shooting, the miniature rifle club men of the headquarters companies of the 2nd Monmouthshire Regiment have again carried all before them in tne competition for the fine prizes offered annually by Mr. J. C. Han- bury, D.L., Pontypool Park. The top men in each company are again we,1l-l:n0wn amongst miniature rifle shots, viz., A Brace, 59; H. Crc, 59; A. E. Morton. 59. and G. Jarvis, 56. Mountain Ash Constitutional Club hope to induce the Welrh Ali;uati;re Rifle Association to adopt a new rule, whereby members of the* various league teams which compete in the? championship mut &oot ?boalder to shoulder, one or two from each together, liuherto, in the final for the league cham- pionship, teams have been allowed to shoot on one of two days, which was the most con- venicnt for ths club members. A number of Welsh club-?, apparently, are und-f r the impression that the new target adopted by the Welsh Miniature Rifle Associa- tion will 00 much more expensive than tho old one.3.. This is not so. P-e, although the price of the new targets will be 12s. 6d. per 1,000, one target can be used for ten practices by club members shooting at one carton as in the past. One important change not generally known is that targets are being prepared for ranges of 20 yards length as weU as for 25 yards.
AIR RIFLE SHOOTING, CARDIFF AND DISTRICT LEAGUE. Owing to the fixture books not being a rye to be placed in the hands 0': the clubs until rext week, the league committee ask the clubs to note that the following are the list of matches for Thursday next: — Don v. Tudor. Barry Dock Conservative v. Atlas. Albert Y. Victoria. Coldstream v. Three Horse Shoes. Caerphilly Workmen Y. New Park Liberals. Engineers v. Duke of York. Napier Y. Adelphi. Splott Conservative, bye. All matches to be sho-t on the ranges of the first-named.
SKITTLES. The final arrangements for the opening of the Cardiff Skittle League season were made at a meeting of the management committee on Friday evening. The membership is nine- t-een clubs, Fennys and B.lI'TY Bock Conser- vatives not being- accepted. The season will oj-c.ii on October 4, and clubs are reminded tha.t on that same evening there is also a, general meeting to be held in accordance with the rules of the league. One representative onl from ea^ch club need attend. The club secretaries are also reminded that October 1 is the latest date when affiliation fees. can be paid. Any club failing to do so by that date will be struck out of the league.
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T. SIMMONDS (Blaina") shows splendid pace, and seems to have improved since last season. MILLER, who played throughout last season for Pontlottyn Firsts, has this year joined Rhymney Town. GEORGE WEBB and W. HALE are two pro- mising young 'Tillery forwards. VALLAS and PROSSER, New Tredegar Thistle, play splendidly together at back. JOE HOWELLS is going to be one of Aber- tillery's best eoijimmagers again this season. MELVILLE BAXER is the fastest man play- ing in the Newport team. He scored three times last Saturday against Cwmbran. JOE RICHARDSON and FREDDY GOATEs will probably be Abertillery's halves this season. Both are young, and born foot- ballers. IKE THOMAS, of Penygraig, was not able to do himself justice last aSturday, as he had travelled a long distance to be at the match. IF EBBW VALE TOWN win their match to- day against Caeirleon at Ebbw Vale, Cwm will be the wirnners of the Monmouthshire League. D. G. THOMAS, one of the old scarlets' p,aok, will this season assist Ferndale Rovers, and was seen to be as good as ever at the trial on Tuesday. YOUNG DICK HUGHES, who did such splen- did work at full-back for Aberavon during the l,a:tter part of last season, will be again available for that position. "BULLER" JONES amd D. J. EVANS have promised to assist Ferndale Rovers. This capture should prove valuable. THAN RICHARDS, Naatyglo, has a, good ) notion of how to look after the boys when they are knocked out or have black eyes, I &c. BIFFER, Nantyglo, is a rattling good vice- captain. Kis idoo. of sport is the good, clean, healthy style, which creates good feeling. R. L. MASTERS (president), Nantyglo, is a j rare old eport. He has lately retired from the R.A.M.C., where he has seen 22 years' service. DAI COCKNEY, Nantyglo, is a hard-working forward. There is only one fault—not understanding the game, being an old Soccer forward. WILL H. LUKE has this season thrown in his lot with Pontlottyn Town team. He has played for Barry West End and Caer- philly Association Football Clubs. SYD JAMES, the Merthyr Northern Union three-quarter, sustained an injury in the Hull match, and did not turn out against Halifax at Halifax last Saturday. I JIM DALE, who played for Leominster Con- stitutionals a few seasons ago, has this season thrown in his lot with Pontlottyn Southend. JIM WEBB, Abertillery's skipper, is in fine fettle already. He played a great game against Gloucester, and his brainy cap- taincy was a. fea-ture cl the match. JACK POWELL, the Cardiff forward, although not able to play because of an injury, was given a very large number of votes in the "Express" competition this week. HARRY G-REENAWAY, last year's Captain and right- wing forward of the Barry Dis- trict Reserves, has in his lot with the Barry West End team this season. ADDIS, who smartly scored Abertillery's try against Gloucester, is a speedy and plucky wing, amd he would well repay feed- ing fey his centre. He must, however, be- ware of overdoing the cross-kick. W. WILLIS JAMES, the old Rugby player and Welsh Union referee, has been elected captain of Crumlin Soccer Club. His I deputy is S. G. WHITE, who did so remark- ably well last season at centre-half. JACK POWELL, the Cardiff forward, doesn't seem to be very keen on starting this waeon. In fact Powell is half inclined to gi- --up the game for good. He has been a clinking forward in his time. SOCCER WAS "TOP DOG" at Newport on Saturday last, whin the Newport Barba- rians opened the season with a match with Abertillery. It was a creditable start, and the Ba-Bas gained their first two points in the Monmouthihire League to the tune of BILLIE DANDO is doing good work for Blaenau Gwent behind the scrum, and seems at home in any position behind. He is very clever and nippy, and is always giving trouble to has opponents. TOMMY NORRIS was given another trial as custodian for Abertillery last Saturday, ,a,nd although the Gloucester back, W. Cook, played a fine game, he was wt, on the whole, the equa-I of the promising 'Tillery junior, who pta-yed the game of his life. EVERY FOOTBALLER should Tead the Western Mail Football Annual. It is the beet penny handbook dealing with the great winter pastime ever produced. Percy Bush tells of the illimitable joys of Rug-by football, All Whites reveals the secret of the wonderful success of the Swansea team, R. T. Gabe writes of My Ifost Memorable Game." and Mr. George tyercfir talkjs pbout the prosperous future of the Association code. In addition, the fixtures of more than 100 clubs are given.
==-=-- the net. Afterwards, Sutcliffe confided to me t that it was the most wonderful goal ever scored against him, and we came to the con- clusion that the ball had so much "side" on it that us the propelling force wore off its flight altered to one almost at right angles 'to its original course. Peddie had a penchant for scoring goals of thi,s sort. I once saw him score a couple against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park, which incidentally led to the goal-keeper, a young fellow named Thompson, getting his walking ticket; and here, let me add, never i was a greater injustice committed, for the poor goal-keeper had not a, dog's chance with either shot. Though the ball did not swerve a,s much as it Ctid against Sutcliffe, yet it went away so suddenly that no keeper could lia,Ne stopped it. | NEXT WEEK: Lost in London—The Man who Knew—The I &¡urrel ,ud the Maids—Dodging tihe Tradn?r—My Dlsc()vry as a Half-Back.