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FOOTBALL. I NORTH WALES SENIOR CUP. I FINAL TIE. I BA.NGOU V. LLANDUDNO SWIFTS. I [BY "lis Avin.113 Whatever excitement may prevail as to the result of a league match betwseu Sunderland and Kvertou, I or the final lie tOf the English Cop between Aston Villa and Wast Bromwich Albion, is 11 moonlight unto sonlieht, aud as water unto wine," when com- pared with the wild, fieroe, and overmastering fever of passion that is aroused, looally, when two Welsh toinia are cast for the noal tie in any of the local enp competitions. Multiply this latter degree of exoitement by about 82 x b5 x 100, and a faint ilea may he arrived at of the state of tension excited when the finalists happen to he Llandadno Swifts and Bangor Town. All good Welshmen are in dnty bound to sdmit the correctness of this. These thinfs being so, those in the district will not be surprised in thiukin over last Sixturday's areat fight for the poB«ession of the North Wales Coast Association's very handsome silver onp, at the delirious furors that manifested itself, nat only during tho match, but for a couple of weeks before it, and, on the pirt of Bangorians, for at least half a dozen hours after it. As the fatal day drew near, this feeling intensified, and hundreds of enthusiastic BangoriaBS made arrangements to see with their own ey-s the 11 bst great battle 11 for th9 cup while I think, to a lesjer degree, a similar state of feeling obtained at Llandadno. In Carnar- I von itself, the town team not being co "c",n,d, and sympathy for tha tfoufesfants being equally divided, the e1snt wa.g r.lZ!\rd.d with a csrtatn amount of nbilosophio indifference, tempered by a qoiet con- viction that "if their ream bad beenm it, neither Bangor nor Llandudno would huve had much ohanoe. To revert for a moment to the dt.t,e of feeling at Bangor,, it may be mentioned that "dreams and divination" were largely in request' for f'^rekuowlftdgQ of thB result, aud one ultra- enthusiastic oitiz-n cut t"" straws of unequal; length, and, holding the levelled points out to a friend, oracularlv commanded him to pnll one, adding, that if hepulled the longest, Hangar would win. The friend aohiaved the, "long pullf" Not content, however, with such unoauny, not to say supernatural incentives to success-, Buckland, the captain of the Bangor team, put himself and bis; men into rigorous traiuiDg a week before the EVBnt. I think something of the same kind was sit--mpted at Llandudno, but wt ether from a misplaoed idea that they had an "tasy thing" on, or from some other cause, Idon'tthiuk the training" Wa. quite so strict at the QUeen of Welsh Watering Places" j as at the Cathedral City. For a week before the match the weather bad benn fine and dry 'and bad it continued 8), it was generally thoafh? the 2round would have hasn in favour of tbe Swifts. However, on Friday ight, a deh"e of rain fell, continuing till Saturday morn- ing, and when the Rama had been in ?w-M a short time, the going wafi very heavy and slippery. The weather on Saturday morning was none too promising; nevertheless, the 2 23 train from Bangor to Carnarvon was simply packed with footballers, mainly from the oity, but largely increased by oontingents from Llandudno, Conway, CMwyu Baj, etc., and when these were lot loose at Curnarvon Station, the road to the Oval was soon thronged its whole length with a surging crowd, hundreds of whom wore in their hats a printed card bearing the incitement Play up, Bangor." There may bave beeu Mmitar cards worn by the supporters of the Sw?t". but I d;d not see on. The association had wifely arranged for the ereo- tion of a grand stand on the field to bold 200 people, and this (ar the trifling oonsideration of six- I pence per head extra) was soun filled, while the extensive barriers were lined with a considerable crow 1 qaito balf-an-honr before the game Btarted, about ten minutes after the advertised time. The teams fioed eaoh other as under;- Kefereo, Mr A. W. Meozies, Carnarvon lines- men, Messrs J, Williams, Holyfvell, aud F, Ilarootiti, Carnarvon, The Uangorians were first. on the field, and were warmly greeted, but a bigger oheer rollt-d round the enclosure BH in a compnot b."»dy the white-shirled Swifts marched in a minnte or two later. This olieer, however, was mingled with some hooting, which had the effect of re-awakeniirg the ohfering. Then tho captains tossed for ohoioe of ends, and Buckland winning, Llandudno bad to fllc., a moderate breeze, whioh, however, was not strong enough to affeut their play. Tho first wblutlt3 was the signal for a roar of exoited yells all round the field, and Llandudno were h?if-way down the B?cgor half wbeu W. Williams cleared them out with a )cnR kick which went into tonch, an event wbioh happened pretty Irtqiieut during the game owing to the tremendous exoitamcnt of th« playeis. A free kick to the Swilts -8 placed by Fred Jones wide of the goal, the diminutive Allman just failing to reach it with his head. Tho goal kick was returned, and Tamer got away. Sara Roberts tried to trip him, but failed, and the ball was sent in,Arthur Lewis olear- j ing. A moment later R. O. Williams dropped in a beauty wliioh Arridge hit out, the ball curling over iheline. The resulting corner was placed behind. The Swifts were doing the pressing jnst now, but the play was of the most excitid and sarambling coarser on both sides, Arnold Jones being palpshly funky. From a free kick well plaoed by Fred Joue- Bevao got away, and when in front of goal, W. Williams pushed him as be was in the act of shooting, but no notice was taken of the foul. Then Sam Roberts steadied down, and put in some sterling play which raised the siege, enabling Stewart to dash off with the ball at hie toes. Fiercely met by W. Haghes, Stewart passed into to'ich on his left, Sam Roberts meeting the throw in w,th a capital return, which Fred Jones panted at, and seul behind his own goal line, Sam put tbe corner iu grandly, and Walter Lewis, who was standing near the goal post, sent in a orashjng shot which R. J. Williams cleared brilliantly. A terrifio outburst of obeering followed this suiting incident, < portion of the spectators (heermg Lewis's grand shot, and the other portion expressing their approval of Williams's smart uve, Toen the Bangor attack was slowly pushed back amid a running acaompsniment of oheera from tii, sympathisers of each side till hands against Ned Hughes gate the Bangorians auother chance. Nothing oame of this, bat a moment later they had another in consequence of Turner tripping an opponent, and R. O. William9 handling this near ¡¡..ai, B"!Jr{or were again the assailants, Sam. Roberts sending the ball behind. Buek'and blocked the goal kick, and tried one on his own aooomit. bot seDt wide. Immediately after the goal kick Enight was penalised for plaoing bis hands lightly on 8tewsrt, the referee ev;dntiy binf;! determined to stop auy approach to illegal play, and Walter Lewis got In another beauty at long range, which R. J. Williams caught and kicked clcir. Bangor did the pressing now, and Thomas Thomas shot over. Amid great cbeeringNed Hnghes was next penalised for a posh similar to that of Knight, and Buckland tending the free kick well in. another attack was made on the SwiCtfil goal, the backs hss'ta'ang dangerously while the ball was flying gialwards. Ned Hughes, however, tnrned up behiud them, and cleared, giving Arnold Jones possession, Arnold, promptly passed out to Tomer, who, dawdling,was neatly and deservedly dispossessed by Sam. Roberts, who, however, kicked into touch. Waltor Lewis got hold of the tree kick, and, as nsual, banged the ball in instantlv, but sent over. Fifteen minutes from the kick-off, Arnold-Tones raced off with the ball from the middle of the Swifts' half. He passsd Sam Roberts and W. Williams with the grsateit e1, and Arthur Lewis came rushing .cro.r full soeed, with the evident intention of tn-bl ng him off the ball. Just as Lewis roeohed him, Arnold touched the ball forward, aud putting oil an extra sprint, just avoided the brunt of Lewis s charge, which, however, spun him round, andslaog the ball right across the goal mouth. Everybody missed it but little Allman, who banged it into goal, and Bevan fallowing up instantly put it past I Arridge and into the uet. Llandudno, 1 goal I Bangor, 0. Tremendous ohoers greeted this achievement, and under its stimulating influence the Swift. were soon bapk in front of Arridge, but I were prmpt)y cleared out, Welter Lewis getting ? UWPO teo the other end where B. 0. Williams fouled bim, the free kick being teat behind. A couple of free kicks to each side followed, after wbicb Allman distinguished himself, and earned the hearty cheers of the crowd by clean beating W. n; Jonee, Arnold Jones then performed tbo meri; tortous feat of beating the indefatigable and i ubiquitous Bncklani, a fonl against R. O. Williams however pntting an end to the forward movement, and Sam Roberts and } Thomas Thomas got away, Fred Jones easily d fl- possessing the latter wheu he came to close quar- ters. Another good roturn by Buoklund lauded the bl. right ia the goal moath when an exciting, bnt (on the part of the play erR of b1th siàe) a blander- ing scramble took plaoe, Ned Hughes finally clear- ing near the goal line. The Swifts made another forward movement, but were again repulsed, John Roberts shooting over. After a farther spell of pressure by Bangor a fonl throw by William Henry gave the Swifts a free kick, and from this they were enabled to get near the Bangor Roal, W. Williams ultimately oba.ogir.g the vanue with a good kiok. Stewart got hold, and sent in a beauty just as he was heavily fioored- by Will. Hdghes. R. J. Williams, however, refused admission to Stewart's tlhot, after whioh Walter Lewis tricked the burly R. O. Williams, and finished op with a good centre, Fred Jones clearing. For a long period the play was very wild on both sides, Buckland doing the work of two mn. and filling in many It gap, aud Allmau relieving it with a bit of good play, whioh Arthur Lewis conld only defeat by kicking into touch. By some long kicking Bangor again got to tbe other end and R. J. William* had to kick clear, and the next moment Walter Lewis had a terrific shot charged down by IV. Hughes, off whom the ball came to R. Owen who also sent in a good one, which oost the Swifts a oorner. This was oleired, but W. Williams returned mightily, and Walter Lewie, in trying to put on the finishing touch, sant wide. The Swifts then burst away and Allman again beat Arthur Lewis, but succumbed to W. WillianiB, The little oue, however, came again, aud did some wonderfully good work, finishing up with a grand oeotre which Arnold JoneB reoeived in a clear field, and steadying himself, shot hard, missing badly, J. R. Thomas sent the goalkick to Arnold who passed it on to Turner, who, beating three opponents in succession, got up to goal where Buckland turned up and smilingly took the ball off his toes. Buckland then inflioted a back charge on Arnold, and gave Llandudno a free kick, which was cleared, Knight being oonspicuous shortly aftor with a neat smash up of a little passing run which Walter Lewis and R. Owen were indulging in. Following on, Kuight took the ball right up the field, finishing up with a good shot at goal which, fortunately for Bangor, caught W. Williams a terrifio smaok on the back of the head and rebounded into a crowd of players and was cleared. The Swifts now pressed hard for some time, Kuight being chiefly responsible, but just btfore bslf time Walter Lewis gave R. J. Williams an electric shot which the little goalkeeper repelle1 magnificently, just under the bar, at the expense of a corner. The corner was splendidly placed, and R. J. dashed through the crowd and thumped clear, low down. Twioa in succession after this R. J., in as many moments, performed the tame feat. Then W. Wil liams tried him with a fast high one, but he jumped up and scraped it out just under the bar, and yet again be was ldft to clear at aoritical moment when his backs were beaten, It was a very flue display of goalkeeping, indeed. A moment before the half- time whistle sounded W. Williams drove off the Swifts' forwards, 804 Stewart made a tricky run, ending with a good straight shot for goal. Both the Swifts' baoks hesitated, and the ball sped on, followed at full speed by Stewart and R. Owau. K. J. Williams too, for a wonder, seemed paralysed for a moment, but in the twinkling of an eye he roused bimsslf again, and rushing out, pioked op and kioked clear. Half-time was then called, the score reading, SWIFTS 1 OOAL, BAIQGOR 0. The first half, on the whole, had been a tame affair, and the socond opened like it, to the dismal accompaniment of t,6 heavy shower of rain. In a while, however, Stewart fairly roused the crowd by ran, in the coarsi of whioh he successfully stood two furious ohxr?a from Fred Jones and W. Hughes, and fiaii;hd up with a pl?ndid shot at clo,a qn"rtrs, '?hioh It. J. 8ved wonderfully, but conoeded a corner, which Allman cleared. The excitement was evidently stronger than ever, and both sides were fre91y penalised for fouls. From one of these free kicki Buckluud shot in strongly, i and Fred Jonts returning still more strougly, the ball crashed against R. Owen and rebounded over the bar. Fre) had to clear aaothfr goud one rrm Thomas Thomas Boon after, and then followed the only bit of real combined work exhibited by either team during the afternoon. And a really superb bit of work it was I Starting from mid-field, th? Swifts' front !ias went off at top BP?,ed for tbe liaagor goal. With beautiful precision, an 1 at an extraordinary pace, theypaised the ball from one to the other, and went through the Bangor defenoe like smoke, and J. R. Thomas passed for- ward to his 1olt. It looked too far, but little Allman galloped along at top epeed after it, tol- lowed headlong by J. R. Thomaa. Arthur Lewis got there first, though not in lime to clear before Alimta buret on him. Lewis stood like a rock, of course, but Allman bad touched the ball, and, whipping roand the Bangoriau, caaght it beiore it crossed the goal live, and fl-islied it into the centre. Flying along at full speed camo Arnold Jones, and catching the ball in full flight seut it as Btraight as an arrow into toe Bangor goal. Arridge was in mid-goal fortunately, and flinging his left arm out met the ball with a tremendous orash, and sent it far back into tLe fidd of play. Arnold's was a superb ehot, and Arridgo's Bave was marvellous, but the force of Arnold's shot may be imagined when it is ttated that Arridge felt sure his wrist was broken with the shock. Bangor then made a firce attack at the other end, R. J. Williams twice saving brilliantly from Walter Lewis, who, how- ever, Irom a Iree kick given sBinat Turner. tried a third. This was a beauty, sailing jaHt under the bar. Like a cat R. J. Williams Bprang up at it and bit it, but it was too high for him, and, rolling along the underside of tbe bar, struck the further goal post, followed by R. J., and reboanded behind him ID LO the net. LLAKDDD.VO 1 GOAL, BANGOB 1 GOAL, The cheer* th?tgresKdthiaeqaahfnng goal were simply terribc and ?itimniatf,?d botu to fast and fortoaaptay.bothstdadputHa?MspetisofpMMaft, donna cue of whicn the Swifts secured » oorner whioh tbey failed to convert. At tie ocher end ffalcer Lawis sboolt the crossbar with a beauty, which dropped off the bar in the goal mouth in front of Jubn Roberts, who instantly banged it in, R J, saving astonishingly at the expense of a corner, whico ended in smoke. Theto alternate attacks were rep-ated as each end twioe in the most furious aud desperate manner, bnt gradually the pace began to tell on the Swifts, Fred Joned and WIll, Hughes in particular being scarcely able to ra?roa.tb. ou)y physr. on that side who ebwed ?y signs of tniruu¡( b? A)?.u? K.??ho J. R. Tho.?., and Ned Hu?be.. Consequently, BaDgor tee?n n gain the tipper ?'?' '?' bour from the re-st4rI, af/dr be.tmg off anotber fierce aud Mme?b.t pratc?ed ?tMk by ?t?,,?'? broke ??odhole-t, ?ud after K. J. W?.'?M b?dwoHB?-sd br.H?a'fyfrom .Wat,t/er Lew-a, a bully took place in tron. ct th. 8w?'?I.QdH. J Williams striking the bid out, low -own,Walter Lewis met it again close in, and with a tremendous kick crtisbc I it cleau past Williams into the net. Another tremendous burst of obeering sijjuahsed this auooeea by the Batigociani, and the Bcord stood BANGOR 2 OOAL3, LIANDUDNO 1 GOAL. The Swifts werA now a beaten team, and though Knight, Att?n. J. H. Th??'a. Be?a, M.j Arnold & made f?i.c.t?d d?te ?mpMM save tho match, all colleeio. was loat, and though Bangor failed to score again the game ended in their favour with the score reading Bisaoa 2 OOiLS, LI.4SDODNO Wlr fS 1 GOAL. A scene of wild excitement followed, the Swifts and most of their supponers streaming hurriedly off the field of battle, while tne Bangor taam aud its 600 or 700 followers, and many sympathisers from Carnarvon, all cheering frantically, made their way to the grand (.tand, oarrymg Buckland ou their shoulders. Her. Ur J. J. Marks stood in ehare of the cap, waiting to prfsent it to the captain of the winniug team. Time after time did be attempt to speak, in vain the excited crowd wouirt not oeaae from oheeriag. Al last, from sheet want of breath, thy rested, and Mr J. J. Marks disolowng the ba-jnsome trophy in its morocco-leather covered caw, sai! and g(-titlameD,-As president of the North Wales Coast Association, it gives me very great pleasure to be here to-day to pres;nt tbe onp, woi for the first time, to the Bangor football team (tremendous cheers). It gives me, ladies aud gentlemen, addi- tional pleasure to hand it to one of the most cxti-u and gent'.emauly players in North Walis "erfino 1 obeering and cries of three cheera for Tommy Buckland;" given). He is one of tbe fairest and one of the most gentlcmauly players who ever stepped on a football field (renewed cheering). L"ulea and gentlemen, just one word of sympathy with the be.tfii tsam i(near, bearl. I think every one must adroit to-day that the conditions of play were not entirely favourable to either team, and we can only hoi e that when the final i8 played another year, we may have a hard ground. Perhaps yoa wonld have identically the sams result, bat it would be more fatiifactory all round (hear, hear). Do not tDisQDderstaad me for one momeat. I coosider we have bad eJoellect football considering the state of tbe ground (bear, bear). I went over ttie ground before tbe start, aud it was really mors like ice than anything else (hear, hear). I sincerely aon, gratulate the Bangor team on its sacaees, and on ItS wisdom in selecting Mr Baokland as its captain (chavr). Air MARKS then, amid renewed tremendous cheer- ing, handed Buckland the cop. BOCKUND, after receiving the oup, said :-Ladie8 and gentlemen, I am very proud thit I have been seleoted to oaptain the Batgor Town Club-(oheeral -and that Bangor has won the cup (renewed cheers). Hoping the Bangor Janiors will win the junior cup next Saturday (renewed cheers). Cheers were then oalled for, and given, for Messrs R. B. Watson and Hampshire chairman and secretary respectively of the Bangor Club, who were present, and then Buckland called for three cheers for Mr J. J. Marks, president of tne North, Wales Coast Association. These having been vigorously given, a round of oheers for the referee followed, and the orowd dispersed, BtUl ch-eriac apMrnodicaHy and frag. msntary, as they wended their way to the town. The Swifts team returned home by tbe 6.30 train, and though, of cuuree, bitterly disappointed, fully admitted that the beat wam had won on the day's play, whilst some of them (notably Meosri A. Knigtit and Walter Wood, treasurer), congratu- lated the Bangor team aud oommiitee on tbe victory. The Bangor team remained in Carnarvon till the mail (8.15), and bad tea ill the meantime. With tha expectation that they would return home by the 6.30 train, a large crowd had assembled at the Bangor station, which, though disappointed at not seeing the victorious team, Ravs veat to their triumphant feelings- by wholesale mutual congra- tulations, handshakings,and invitations to drink the health of everybody. But on the arrival of the team by the mail, a most extraordinary demonstra- tion took place, rivalling any witnessed on the return of a successful Parliamentary candidate. A couple of thoasands of people assembled round the station, and a procession was formad. In front of all, raised on the shoulders of four stalwart enthusiasts, rode Baokland, the popular captain of the t.'am, After him came Messrs Watsou and Hampshire hearing the oup, and following them marcbed the team which had won it. iext oame the Band of the Artillery Volunteers, and after them the excited, roaring, and obeering crowd, and I the wnole marohed in triumph down High-street, to the football field, and back to tbe Jubilee Clook, enthusiastic cheers for the captain, the toam, Messrs Watson aad Hampshire, etc., pealing out every moment. The excitement aroused by the victory has seldom been equalled in Bangor or any- where eise. And now for a word or two as to the cause of the Swifts' defeat. First of all the game was a Cap Tie, and the Bangorians played a Cup Tie game, casting scienoe to the winds, bnt going in for determined dasaing prompt and rushing play, and shooting at goal on every possible occasion. Secondly the Bangorians, to a man, were in splendid, almost perfect training, and lasted the whole ninety minutes, finishing up a8 fresh as they started. On the other hand, it WM clear, the Swifts, or at any rtlk, moat of them, were not in such good condition as their opponents; and, besides, tried to play the passing game, pare and simple. They did this, however, in a very half- hearted manner, and under the oirenmstanoes, the rushing tactics of tha Bangorians completely upset them. The Swifts' forwards too, with the excep- tion of Allman (the best forward on the field), and J. R. Thomas were far too dilatory, and were robbed time after time by the ubiquitous Ban- gor halfs. They also failed to play on the Bangor baclis, who consequently, bad plenty of tims to clear as a rnle. The bost man on tbe field, in my opinion, was R. J. Williams, the Swifts' goalkeeper, but for whose splendid work Bangor eight goals. I would have pi:ed on feven or eight goals. I admired ths way in which the Llandudtio backs trusted absolutely to ti,. litt!- tVllow behind them. I Whenever the ball was sbot paot them they both let it go, and went for tho following forwards, trust- ing implicitly to R. J. Williams, and perfectly did he justify tbo confidenoe placed in him, for no shots passed him that could by any possibility bave beau suved by apy goalkeeper. Others worthy of men- tion on both sides I name iu order of merit as Buokland, Knight, Walter Lewis, J. R. Thomas, and Sam Roberts. Arridge had very little work to do, bat that little he did well. ArDOld Jones made the but. shot of the match, and it was a sbot worth going a very leu'i way to see, but Arridge saved it, an 1 that not luckily, but with a cool head and a strong arm. The referee, to oonolude, gave satisfaction generally, thourh I think be erred in some of hia penalties for so-called poshing." Still, under the circumstances, and considering the tremendous excitement, be erred on the right side, and his me?ion, no doubt, prevented the development o; that roughness which sometimes disgraces final tici, and ho certainly made no mistakes as to fact, as far as I could si'e. The reoeipts (exclusive of the takings at the grand stand) amount-id to £25.





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