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CORK FOOTBALL CLUB OFFICIAL CLUB RECORDS 1880 - 1885

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This booklet forms the original notes of the club secretary William Evans and possibly others from September 1880 to February 1885. It contains team line up and notes relating to matches played by the Cork team and Munster. Included in the booklet are newspaper cutting relating mainly to matches played by Munster.

Included amongst the newspaper cuttings is the great Munster victory by one try to nil over Leinster on 4th December 1880. This allowed the Munstermen 6 committee members on the IRFU main committee. It is interesting to note that the booklet contradicts recorded Irish history. Charles Mulqueen in his 1983 Munster history states after the 1880 victory over Leinster that.......

"the Munstermen, flushed with success, sent a team under William Goulding to Wales. Edmund van Esbeck records in One Hundred Years of Irish Rugby. 'They played three matches, one against Newport, which they lost, one against a South Wales XV, which they also lost, and they ended their campaign on a successful note by defeating Neath"

The booklet records that the Irish Wanderers lost to Newport, however it states that they beat the South Wales XV by a try and and touch in goal to nothing. It then states that they beat a Cardiff XV (not Neath) by a try. This last result is confirmed by C. S. Arthur in his 1907 Cardiff history.

There are some great observations on the style of play and matches, there looks to have been a change of author in 1883-84 as a different hand records a visit by the Yorkshire giants Wakefield Trinity.

"Thursday 22nd (November 1883) Cork v Wakefield trinity in the Park. Backs of W T was magnificent, Bartram dropping two goals from the field"

The booklet has two roles, to the front are the club secretary's accounts, mainly stationary purchases, while the notes are recorded when the at the back when the booklet is reversed. In total 35 pages have either notes or cutting attached.

The Cork Football Club was first formed in 1868 (from a web blog by David Toms in 2016 - CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO. ) A notice in the Cork Examiner dated 14 November 1868 invited future players for the first practice at the City Park on the following Monday.

 

  

 

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MUNSTER v New Zealand All Blacks 1978 ticket - 12-0 victory for the Munstermen

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BRITISH LIONS 1930 JERSEY worn by TE Jones-Davies during the tour of New Zealand. 

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DEREK QUINNELL - 1971 BRITISH LIONS TOUR BLAZER - 

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DEREK QUINNELL - 1971 BRITISH LIONS TOUR DUFFLE BAG - 

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40.jpg (467481 bytes) An 1895-1902 Cardiff RFC honours cap awarded to the legendary Gwyn Nicholls (1874-1939). The cap is in felt with gold braiding and tassel and bearing shield crest to the front, an embroidered '1900-1-2' to the peak and embroidered consecutive years from (18) 95 to each section. Internally there is a stitched label inscribed in pen with 'E.G. NICHOLLS CARDIFF 1894 to 1902'. Erith Gwyn Nicholls was known as the 'Prince of Threequarters', he captained Cardiff for four seasons and Wales on ten occasions including the 1905 victory against the New Zealand 'Originals'. In 1949, the commemorative Gwyn Nicholls gates were erected at the entrance to Cardiff Arms Park. These gates were re-positioned fifty years later during the construction of the Millenium Stadium.

"However, on New Year's Day, 1907, Gwyn Nicholls bade farewell to top-flight rugby in real style. He was the brilliant general of a fine back line, running, passing, kicking and tackling superbly in swamp-like conditions, to crush the Springboks by 17-0. He then retired." ("A Century of Welsh Rugby Players" by Wayne Thomas)  

MORE ABOUT GWYN NICHOLLS - CLICK HERE

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CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON THE HISTORY OF THE RUGBY BOOT

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COLIN MEADS SCARF - This scarf was issued to the All Black legend Sir Colin 'Pinetree' Meads. it was 'hanging' off his bag as he entered the Seabank Hotel in Porthcawl during the 1963 tour, one eagle eyed supporter watched closely as the scarf fell to the ground and the legend walked on oblivious to his missing kit. The supporter immediately picked up the scarf, run along and caught up with Colin and offered it up to it's rightful owner. Well that's what he should have done but instead he stuck it up his jumper and added it to his collection of memorabilia. Thankfully he's now donated it to the museum and the next time we see Colin it'll be stuck up our jumper too and we'll be running like like the wind in the opposite direction. The scarf measures 11" x 80" (29cm x 204cm) and has a few moth holes. Illustrated below the scarf is Sir Colin and the legend that is Phil Kingsley Jones together with Phil's wife Verena, son James, my wife Hayley and myself after lunch in The Bear Hotel, Crickhowell prior to the Wales v NZ All Black match 2012. Sir Colin was kind enough to sign our 'Thumbographs' book. - CLICK HERE FOR MORE   

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23.jpg (722592 bytes) WALES 1947 JERSEY - BLEDDYN WILLIAMS - (22 caps, 1st cap v England 1947, last cap v England 1955) - Bleddyn Williams was captain of the last Welsh team to beat the All Blacks in 1953, he also captained Cardiff in their victory against the same All Blacks side and 3 times led the 1950 British Lions in tests on their tour of Australia & NZ. He was an elusive runner and scored 7 tries for Wales including one against the 1951 Springboks. This jersey was worn in the 1947 match for Wales against the touring Australian Wallabies and exchanged post match with Bleddyn's opposite centre Max Howell. Max took it back to Australia and years later framed it. Unfortunately it's seen a bit too much sun and the front is faded, the letter 'C' on the reverse too has faded. Bleddyn Williams jerseys are extremely rare, several we believe perished in a fire at the Taff's Well clubhouse. Max Howell went on to write over 50 books including "The Wallabies, The definitive history of Australian Test Rugby". He was awarded the 'Order of Australia' for service to education as a pioneer in the development of sports studies and sports science as academic disciplines, both in Australia and overseas and to the study of sports history.    WRM-0953 -jywa47-williams .b-WRMcyss
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WALES v NEW ZEALAND 1924 TICKET, St HELEN'S, SWANSEA. This was the All Blacks first victory over Wales, an emphatic 19-0 victory, they went on to remain unbeaten on that tour and became known as 'The Invincibles'. The 'stand' ticket was printed by 'Neath Printing Co'.   

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WALES v SOUTH AFRICA 1931 TICKET, St HELEN'S, SWANSEA. This was another victory for the Springboks over Wales, they had previously won in 1906 also at St Helens. The South African's triuphed 8-3 scoring two tries by George Daneel & Ferdie Bergh with the captain Bennie Osler converting one. Will Davies reolied for Wales with a try. The 'stand' ticket was printed by 'Neath Printing Co'.   

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"Routledge's Handbook of Football" - The first rugby book

"Routledge's Handbook of Football" published in 1867 by George Routledge and Sons. This 60 page book is widely regarded as the oldest on rugby football. It's focus is on football as played at the public schools with a short chapter on 'association' rules. In his chapter on 'how the game is played' he champions 'Rugby School' rules.............. 

"It would be devoting more space than I have at present at command, to give - much as I should have liked to have done so - the rules of every school, and club in England where football is played. I have contented myself therefore with selecting good examples of rules used in schools; (1) those which maintain that running with and handling the ball is a heresy, and (2) those which maintain an exactly contrary opinion. Here of course is the great bone of contention. The principle schools which hold the first opinion, are of course Eton, Harrow, Westminster, Charterhouse, and the majority of the older schools; while the more modern ones headed by Rugby, which has brought the game in my opinion, to the perfection of a science, resolutely maintain the latter" 

.......... he then goes on to call the followers of the 'association' game "antagonistic bretheren". Written 20 years before Shearman's Athletics and Football and 30 years before the report of the Old Rugbeian Society it's interesting to note that running with the ball is well established and an accepted part of the game at Rugby School. Routledge then goes on to give the rules of the non-handling schools in the 4 pages, he dedicates one page to the Westminster rules then offers 3 chapters, almost half the book to the game as played at Rugby School and another chapter on a simplification of the rugby game as played at Marlborough. Even from the introduction the reader is left in no doubt that he's a big fan of rugby rules as played at his public school, I suspect this to be Marlborough although I may be wrong.

The final chapter is dedicated to the costume worn while playing football, the player should don their dirtiest pair of trousers and their dirtiest jersey, their loins girded up with a broad leathern bed but when planning for a match then...........

"...... if it can be previously so arranged, to have one side with striped jerseys of one colour, say red; and the other with another, say blue. This prevents confusion and wild attempts to run after and wrest the ball from your neighbour. I have often seen the done and heard the invariable apology " I beg your pardon, I thought you were on the opposite side"  

The edition of Routledge's Handbook of Football that we hold in the museum has been professionally rebound retaining the original back cover.

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1924 ALL BLACKS 'INVINCIBLES' JERSEY

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Illustrated above is the match worn 1924/5 All Blacks jersey of the tourists leading try scorer Gus Hart. The jersey has originated from a collection of a leading sports promoter from the Llanelli area and is believed to have been worn in the match with the club in which Gus Hart scored a 60 yard individual try in an 8-3 victory for the All Blacks. The All Black captain Cliff Porter remarked after the game "You gave us a harder game than Wales" (Wales were soundly beaten 19-0 at Swansea four days earlier). This was the last match for the tourists in Wales and they went on to complete the tour unbeaten with the record.

played 32, won 32, points for 838, points against 116

CLICK HERE FOR A FULL TOUR SUMMARY AND OTHER INFORMATION ON THIS TOUR

 

 

Augustus Henry Hart 

(adapted from the Encyclopedia of New Zealand Rugby by Palenski, Chester & McMillan)

born 28.3.1897 Auckland - died 1.2.1965 Auckland

Represented NZ 1924-5, 17 matches, 1 test (v Ireland 1924) - Points for NZ 69 (23 tries)

First Class Record: Taranaki 1921, 1923 (Tukapa), North Island 1924, NZ Trials 1924

Educated at Sacred Heart College (Auckland) and New Plymouth Technical College, 1st XV 1916-17. After playing his early rugby as a five-eighth (outside half), Gus Hart switched to the wing when playing for the Tukapa club. A diminutive player, standing only 1.68m (5ft 6in) and weighing 62.5 kg (9st 12lb), he performed impressively in the 1924 All Black trials and cemented his place in the 1924-5 team by scoring 3 tries and a dropped goal in North's 39-8 victory over the South Island. Although Hart top scored with 20 tries on the British tour (including 4 each in the games against Cheshire, Yorkshire & Cumberland) he appeared in only one international against Ireland. Probably his finest try on this tour was against Llanelli when he gathered an opponents kick and ran 60 yards to score between the posts for Nepia to convert, giving the All Blacks victory 8-3   

 

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1924 All Black jerseys - We have identified three styles of jersey associated with the 1924 Invincibles from photographs. In a pre-tour squad photo the players are wearing a jersey with NZ above and below the fern, in training they can be seen in a black numbered jersey with a white background, the fern looks to be more lateral and embroidered to the jersey. With the jersey used in matches the fern is more upright and is sewn on rather than embroidered. The number is small and white on a black background. A close up of several players prior to the England match at the end of the British leg of the tour shows obvious fraying to the edges of the fern. The make up of this jersey is unusual in the fern was added to the jersey before the actual inside lining and quilting, on the fern illustration below the backing of the fern can be seen underneath the inside lining and the stitching of the quilting runs through the top of the fern on the front.    

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AUSTRALIA MATCH WORN JERSEY - GEORGE SMITH v SOUTH AFRICA at Brisbane, 2nd August 2003

A jersey from one of the greatest Australian flankers of all time, at the time of writing, George Smith has won 111 caps for the Wallabies, making him the second highest cap holder for a Wallaby forward. This jersey is from the Wallabies v Springboks Tri Nations encounter at Brisbane in 2003. Australia won the match 29-9.

The jersey, a short sleeved No 7 by Canterbury, size XL was exchanged post match with Corne Krige, the Springbok captain and sold by Krige for his designated charity in his Western province farewell week. 

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BRITISH LIONS 1968 1st TEST MATCH WORN RUGBY JERSEY No 10 - BARRY "THE KING" JOHN

A match worn British Lions jersey from the 1968 tour of South Africa. Barry John played 4 matches during this tour, he started the first test match and making his 2nd break of the game he was tackled by Jan Ellis breaking his collarbone, he missed the rest of the tour through this injury. The jersey is size OSM, (approx 40" chest) by RW Forsyth is in very good condition. the jersey has been signed Barry John 'Lions Tour 1971' for display purposes in a club in Cardiff. It is however not a 1971 tour shirt, these were manufactured by Umbro and supplied by Lillywhites of Picadilly Circus, the badges were also different - for 1971 the badges were sewn directly on to the shirt whereas in 1968 the badges were sewn onto a patch then onto the jersey.   

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NEW ZEALAND ALL BLACKS MATCH WORN JERSEY - RICHIE McCAW v SOUTH AFRICA  

at Wellington 20th July 2002

A jersey from one of the greatest All Blacks of all time, at the time of writing McCaw has 124 caps for New Zealand, being the first to reach 100 international appearances for the All Blacks. this jersey is from McCaw's 7th cap and his first ever appearance against the Springboks in Wellington, on 20th July 2002. At the time this was the 2nd highest victory ever recorded for the All Blacks against the Boks in what is traditionally the most hotly contested international fixture in rugby union. In the same season McCaw famously wrestled pitch invader peter van Zyl to the ground in the return fixture at Duban. That year he was voted the 'Newcomer of the Year' by the 'International Rugby Players Association'. In later seasons he has been nominated for the IRB Player of Year on eight occasions winning it a record three times. 

The No 7 jersey by Adidas is size 48/50" chest with the match details embroidered (in black) to the arm. the Silver Fern and 'Richard McCaw 7th cap' are embroidered (in black) near the bottom hemline. The jersey was exchanged post match with Corne Krige, the Springbok captain and sold by Krige for his designated charity in his Western province farewell week.   

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SOUTH AFRICA MATCH WORN JERSEY - CORNE KRIGE v NEW ZEALAND 

at Dunedin, 10th July 1999. 

A jersey from one of the finest Springbok flankers to have worn the gold and green. Krige made his debut against Italy in 1999 captaining the side on his debut. This jersey is from his second international appearance also as captain against the All Blacks at Dunedin, the opening match of the 1999 Tri Nations series. Unfortunately, the Western Province man suffered a serious knee injury just 10 minutes into the fixture and was replaced. The All Blacks were comfortable winners, 28-0. 

The jersey, a short sleeved (trimmed) No 6 by Nike, size XXL was worn by Corne Krige, the Springbok captain and sold by Krige for his designated charity in his Western Province farewell week. 

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FRANCE v WALES 1965 TOUCH JUDGE'S FLAG - A superbly embroidered touch judge's flag from the 27th March 1965 France v Wales international  Stade Colombes. France won the match 22-13. It was during this match that touch judge Bernard Marie became the first Frenchman to control a Five Nations match when he replaced the Irish referee Mr Gilliland who twisted his ankle and retired injured just before half time. Marie so impressed the five nations panel that they subsequently invited French officials to become regular members of the refereeing panel.

 

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MIDLAND COUNTIES WEST v ALL BLACKS 1972 VICTORY JERSEY - A No 3 jersey worn by the prop forward Trevor Corless of Birmingham in the 16-8 West Midlands victory over Ian Kirkpatrick's All Blacks at Moseley on 6 Dec 1972. The only Birmingham player in the side, Corless helped the ball along for Duckham to score the Midlands second try, Doble converted and after only 8 minutes the Midlanders found themselves 13-0 up against the All Blacks. The All Blacks eventually managed two tries but a Sam Doble penalty kept them two scores ahead at the finish to send the 14,000 strong crowd delirious. The jersey is showing signs of wear with the occasional stain. I suspect it has been through a wash and was originally in far dirtier condition. A line-out scene featuring the jersey from the match appears on the front cover of the February 1973 edition of Rugby World. An interview with Trevor appears on the Moseley RFC website.

"I was fortunate enough to represent Midland Counties West on that famous day. I was loose head; John Gray (Coventry) was hooker with Keith Fairbrother (Coventry) at tighthead. Duckham was captain, Spratty (otherwise known as Moseley past president Jan Webster) was scrumhalf and the side was coached by Dick Greenwood of Loughborough Colleges fame. 

"I was due to prop against their monster tighthead Keith Murdoch, but fortunately he was sent home the week before after decking a doorman in Cardiff! Such was the public outcry caused in New Zealand that it took him four years to get home. As you can see on the team sheet, I was playing for Birmingham at the time. I joined Moseley in '76." Trevor Corless.
 

The jersey is from the collection of Ron Lewis, the Welsh international referee (7 tests 1970-1974) who refereed the match. 

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IRELAND v NEW ZEALAND 2001 MATCH PROGRAMME signed to the centre pages by the All Black flanker Richie McCaw, his debut match. 

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CAPS

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WELSH SCHOOLS UNDER 16s CAP 1930 - v ENGLAND, GH Davies, Neath. - GH Davies who is believed to have hailed from the Skewen area of Neath played at left centre for the Welsh Schools in a 23-0 victory over their English counterparts. It is interesting to note that over 5 seasons, between 1927 and 1931 the England team failed to score a single point against Wales at this level. The cap which is in very good condition is by Scottish based company RW Forsyth, GH Davies written name can be seen faintly on the label. The cap is accompanied by a 10 x 8 (25cm x 20cm) board backed photograph of Davies wearing the cap. 

 

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TO LEARN ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE RUGBY CAP PLEASE.......

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An interesting addition to our museum is the England v Wales 2008 programme. The programme is unusual in that it has two versions. Both are identical apart from the RFU President's address, well the address is the same but the President's are different. In the majority of programmes the previous year's President Bob Rogers appears, the mistake was discovered late on in the printing process and we are led to believe from sources inside the RFU that only 400 programmes were printed with the correct President, Bob Taylor's photo.

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1897 - "The Origin of Rugby Football" Report (with appendices) of the sub-committee of the Old Rugbeian Society - appointed in July 1895
 

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In 1887 Montague Shearman's book 'Athletics and Football' suggested that the game played in Rugby School was a direct descendant of 'original football' the type played in towns across England. The Old Rugbeian Society were keen to discredit this opinion and set about to confirm with this publication that the origin of 'rugby football' was invented at Rugby School. This report was commissioned in 1895 and published in 1897. It is without doubt one of the most important, if not THE most important books in the history of Rugby Football. 

This copy has the former owner's name written on the front cover. the former owner of this book being none other than Les Gracie whose greatest moment of triumph on the rugby field came exactly 100 years later than Webb-Ellis' is reputed to have picked up the ball and ran ! Captaining Scotland at Cardiff in 1923 Gracie scored a brilliant try with just two minutes remaining on the clock to record the first Scottish win in Cardiff since 1890. The crowd then carried him shoulder high from the field and the match is is recorded in the annals of rugby history as 'Gracie's Match' 

ARCHIBALD LESLIE “BILL” GRACIE was born in Colombo in October 1896, the son of missionaries. He was educated at Eltham College and Jesus College, Oxford. In December 1915 he joined the Inns of Court Regiment and in November 1916 he was commissioned into the King’s Royal Rifle Corps. He was demobilized in 1920. 

In 1921 he received his first cap from Scotland as a centre against France; he was to be capped again on a further twelve occasions, the last against France in Paris on 1 January 1924. His best-known International was the aforementioned against Wales at Cardiff Arms Park in February 1923 when, playing with Eric Liddell (of future Olympic and ‘Chariots of Fire’ fame), he scored the winning try. In Gracie’s own account of the event he later recalled: “Running, slightly diagonally to the left to go between Arthur Cornish (Wales) and “Codger” Johnson (Wales) whom I saw in a flash was in two minds – whether to go for me or run between me and Liddell and prevent me passing to the latter … As I went on, the way opened up for me and the tactics to be adopted were as plain as a pikestaff. Whether I dummied or not I do not remember but I was just able to swerve round my opposite number and in doing so saw I had Male (Welsh fullback) on the wrong foot and all I had to do was to carry on over the line. But here I nearly spoilt everything. The dead-ball line at Cardiff was desperately close to the goal line and in trying to touch down near the posts I recklessly ran along the dead ball line, only inches off it, till the close proximity of Cornish and Jenkins made me decide to drop on the ball”. 

Gracie was commissioned as War Service Captain in July 1939, serving again with the King’s Royal Rifle Corps. He was Camp Commandant, Allied Forces Headquarters (British Section), North Africa and Italy, 1942-1945, retiring after the War. He died in Northampton in August 1982.

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John Eales RWC 1995 jersey which was exchanged with Canadian lock forward Gareth Rowlands after the pool match. The jersey is by Canterbury and is a size 50". Illustrated left Eales & Rowlands at the post match function and Canadian captain Al Charron celebrates his try against the defending champions. (WRM-0919)

 

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1930 Rugby "School House" signed dinner menu – held to commemorate the "The Return of the Rugger Shield after a deplorable absence of five years" – held on Wednesday 17th December – 4 page menu with team details on the back cover and profusely signed by the team throughout. The menu looks to have been owned by 'McCormick' (name on top right of the front cover).

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SUPPORTERS TRIP FRANCE v WALES 1963

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Supporters trips are all part of rugby's colourful history. The Six Nations Tournament has a fantastic history of trips with even a film being made about one. 'Grand Slam' starring Windsor Davies and Hugh Griffith is part of Welsh rugby foklore. It ranks alongside John Hughes groggs, Max Boyce records, and Gren cartoons as one of Welsh rugby's icons of the second golden era of Welsh rugby, the 1970s and relates to a trip in 1977.  

 Pictured here is a passenger contract for a group of 55 Welsh supporters travelling to Paris for the 1963 encounter with France. These 55 hardy souls were in a crowd of 35,000 who witnessed a 5-3 defeat for a Clive Rowlands led side. The party who are believed to originate from the London Welsh club were led by Marcus Caan, an employee of BOAC and a former actor. Caan appeared during the 1940s with amongst others Richards Burton and Stanley Baker when he toured the theatre circuit. Caan appears as number 37 on the passenger list, just above J Matthews (is this Jack ?). 

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It is unknown when Welsh supporters starting making trips to Paris and Dublin on chartered airlines. The ill fated 1950 trip (see Ireland v Wales 1950 page for more info) is the earliest that we know of, Can anyone out there help with information on supporters trips earlier than 1950 and is there anyone out there who was on this 1963 trip or has a photo of this supporters group ? 

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WALES 1900 JERSEY - THE FIRST GOLDEN ERA

A fantastic addition to the museum is a jersey that belonged to Bob Thomas a member of the 1900 Wales Triple Crown team. Thomas played in all three matches of the triple crown campaign:

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v England at Gloucester (13-3)

v Scotland at St Helens (12 -3)

v Ireland at Belfast (3 - 0)

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John Billot describes the England match at Gloucester in his 'History of Welsh International Rugby as "The dawn of the Welsh Golden Era"  

Thomas played 4 times for Wales and never appeared in a losing Welsh team, his 4th appearance was against England in Cardiff in 1901. It is unknown which match he played in this jersey, unusually during this period players were awarded a jersey per match, whereas a little later it was to be 1 per season.

The jersey is by Gardner & Fulford (late of J.C. Stewart) 18 Cross Street, Manchester. The three feathers is a whopping 9.5 cm across with superb detail, it is sewn onto the jersey (not embroidered). J.C. Stewart were an Edinburgh company that had previously supplied the Welsh team with jerseys. it is thought that Mr Fulford may have been the primary contact at Stewart's before moving to Manchester to start his own business.

We are searching for a photograph of the Welsh team in 1900 or against England in 1901. Can you help ? Also any information, adverts on the Gardner and Fulford company.

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INTERNATIONAL HALL OF FAME - INAUGURAL XV - PRINT No 1
International Rugby Hall of Fame - The Inaugural XV Hall of Famers - Print No 1 of 100. A 60cm x 42cm print of the first 15 players chosen for International Rugby Hall of Fame. The greatest names in the game are featured on the print which also includes the signatures of the 13 living players at the dinner Mark Ella, Hugo Porta, Gareth Edwards, Frik du Preez, Colin Meads, Barry John, Jean-Pierre Rives, Mike Gibson, Willie John McBride, JPR Williams, Tony O'Reilly & Serge Blanco. Danie Craven and George Nepia, the two players inaugurated posthumously have their printed signatures (supplied by us) as part of the print while the remaining 13 have added their signatures to the right hand panel. At the time we were delighted to help out with a memorabilia display accompanying the dinner at the Hilton in Park Lane, London and to spend time in the company of the greatest names of rugby football.

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MULTIPLE SIGNED 8 PANEL SPRINGBOK BALL

 

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This is an absolutely fantastic 8 panel 'Springbok Improved' ball with multiple team signatures. This ball belonged to Alan Cramer, the son of a former Transvaal committee member and Springbok selector Abe Cramer who was responsible for the entertainment of overseas touring teams in Jo'burg during the 1950s and early 1960s. The ball is signed on each of the eight panels. Pride of place goes to the 1955 Lions who have signed neatly down one panel, names like Cliff Morgan, Tony O'Reilly, Robin Thompson & Bryn Meredith can be easily picked out. The next panel is signed by the complete 1953 Wallaby tour party. Two panels have been signed by the 1958 Barbarians, the names of future Lions captains Arthur Smith and Ronnie Dawson appear amongst a whole host of star players including Terry Davies, David Marques & Haydn Morgan. The remaining 4 panels have been signed by Springboks, amongst these we can make out 'Champion' Myburgh, one cap for SA in 1924 against the Lions, Abie Malan, Hannes Brewis, EE Mchardy, Butch Lochner. The majority of signatures are still legible. While counting the signatures, 169 in total I came across some more greats, Philip Nel, captain of the 1937 Springboks, Danie Craven, Gerry Brand & Wavell Wakefield, England Grand Slam captain of the 1920s. The bladder has recently been renewed on this ball. This is by far the most comprehensively signed ball we have seen. (WRM-0510)

Tony O'Reilly happy to sign - could this be a photo of our ball ? 

Above illustration, the 1949 All Blacks hard at it during a signing session

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BOB SEDDON 

THE FIRST BRITISH CAPTAIN

1888 A trade card published in the 1890s dedicated to the first ever captain of a British touring side, Robert Seddon. The card measuring 9cm in length and 7cm across was issued by J Baines of Manningham the 'sole inventor and Patentee of the halfpenny packet of cricket and football cards ! The card is in 'In Memorium'. Bob Seddon  unfortunately drowned in a rowing accident whilst on the Australian leg of the tour. He was succeeded by AE Stoddart as captain, a great all round sportsman who went on to captain the English cricket team.

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IEUAN EVANS SIGNED PLASTER CAST
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He is one of Wales' greatest players, the Llanelli wizard on the wing Ieuan Evans. We have a plaster cast donated by Ieuan to the 1994 'Children in Need appeal' and sold at a dinner auction in Cardiff - The cast has been signed by the Wales team that faced South Africa in 1994. 

We asked this question "We know that Ieuan was dogged with shoulder injuries throughout the early part of his career but have no information or photos on this injury." 

Over to you......................

 

 Thanks to Neil O'Brien from Cardiff who can remember Ieuan breaking and badly dislocating his ankle in a Cardiff v Llanelli match at the Arms Park on the 1st October 1994. 

    
  Also a very big thank you to Paul Shanks for supplying the following info................................

I believe that the cast may have been as a result of the infamous dislocated ankle Ieuan received playing against Cardiff on 1 October 1994.  I recall seeing it on the TV the ankle was facing the wrong way!!
 
Extract from the Independent on 12 October 1994:
 
"The Welsh selectors will have to find a new right wing and captain when they sit down tonight to pick a team to face Italy on 12 October, following the horrific injury to Ieuan Evans at Cardiff Arms Park.
Evans dislocated his left ankle and fractured his fibula after running into a barrage of Cardiff defenders, and had to undergo an operation at Cardiff Royal Infirmary to have a metal plate screwed into his ankle.
It means the man who last month broke the Welsh try record with his 21st touchdown in the 16-9 win over Romania
*******will be in plaster for six weeks****** and out of action for at least three. "
 
Extract from the Independent 2 October 1994:
 
"WALES were dealt another serious blow to their preparations for rugby union's Five Nations' Championship and next year's World Cup when their right wing and captain, Ieuan Evans, sustained a fractured fibula in his left leg in Llanelli's Heineken League fixture at Cardiff, which they lost 28-8. Evans was brought down in the 25th minute of the game while embarking on a counter-attack out of defence and the dislocation of his ankle was clear to see from the stand.
Last night, Evans had an hour-long operation at Cardiff Royal Infirmary to have a plate screwed into his ankle".
 
Evans received credit from Danny Cipriani (right ankle) after he suffered a similar fate in May 2008 - Ieuan made a number of supportive phone calls, offering words of advice and encouragement.
 
Children in Need was held on 25 November 1994........................

I think Neil and Paul are absolutely spot on with the date of the injury, 1st of October, The timing is right for the plaster, the 6 weeks would end in mid November. Children in Need was on the 25th, yet the match against South Africa was played on the 26th. I think it is unlikely that Ieuan would have had the cast signed at the post match dinner because there are no South Africans on the cast. Possibly it was signed at a pre-match get together or a squad session in the week leading up to the match. Our next task is to check the autographs on the cast against the Welsh team for the South African match to make sure they match up. 

 

Help ! We would like more information - we are searching for:-

A photo of Ieuan Evans with his leg broken or in the cast ?

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BILL BEAUMONT PLAYER OF THE YEAR BOOT
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Purchased in December 2008 at a 'celebrity cash in the attic auction' is this Rugby World - Adidas Golden Boot award. The boot was awarded to Bill Beaumont OBE as the 'Player of the Year' for England. We have found two years in which Bill won this award, 1978 and 1980, on both occasions Roger Uttley picked up the award for him. The award  was voted for by the readers of Rugby World. The 'Celebrity Cash in the Attic' programme was first aired on BBC2 on 3rd February 2009. The boot is a normal 'Adidas' boot that has been plated with a gold colour metal, possibly gold leaf. The awards ceremony was held at the Painter's Hall (1978) and Café Royal (1980) in London. 

 Need to know more about the rugby boot - visit our 'Development of the Rugby Boot' exhibition held in London, November  2007. For instance did you know that......................

The earliest recorded ‘football’ boots were listed in the wardrobe of King Henry VIII. They were made by his shoemaker Cornelius Johnson at a cost of 4 shillings. -  AD 1526  

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TRIPLE CROWN SWEATER

This Triple Crown sweater was awarded to scrum half Rex Willis. The Cardiff man played his first international against England at the beginning of the 1950 Grand Slam season. He went on to win a further 20 caps, captaining the side on two occasions. He toured New Zealand & Australia with the 1950 British Lions playing a test match against both the All Blacks and Wallabies.     

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It is not known which triple crown this sweater was awarded for, either 1950 or 1952. Willis played in all 4 of the 1950 matches and two from the 1952 Grand Slam. 

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The sweater has been added to the Ireland v Wales 1950 page. To visit this page

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CARDIFF ARMS PARK - THE LONGEST KICK

1st February 1986 - Cardiff Arms Park

The crowd thought him mad, the media ‘ambitious’ only one man was certain he could do it. 70 yards 8 ½ inches (64.65 metres) was the distance of the penalty that Paul Thorburn kicked against Scotland in 1986. The longest successful kick at goal in the history of Welsh International Rugby. This was the 4th of 5 penalty goals kicked by the Neath legend as Wales went on to defeat Scotland by 22 points to 15. Pictured above is the ball that 'flew' that astounding distance while below you will find more photos of the ball and a picture of the boots with which he kicked that incredible goal. These are together with a 'printers' plate of the article that featured the kick in the Western Mail of the following week. The boots and printer's plate were loaned by Paul Thorburn to the Neath Rugby 125 exhibition held to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the founding of the WRU in Neath. The ball is now a treasured exhibit in the World Rugby Museum collection. 

This is how the legendary commentator Bill McLaren viewed the kick.

"NOW I'LL TELL YER - YOU WON'T BELIEVE THIS BUT THAT IS THE WELSH 10 METRES LINE 

 AND PAUL THORBURN IS GOING TO ATTEMPT A GOAL 

"IT'S MILES TO THOSE GOALPOSTS"

HE IS OF COURSE A BIG KICKER - HE'S SCORED 438 POINTS LAST SEASON FOR NEATH BUT THIS WOULD BE A MONSTER

THORBURN THEN...............

WOOOOFFF

WHAT A BELT HE'S GIVEN IT 

"THAT IS AMAZING"

"I'VE SEEN ALL THE GREAT GOAL KICKERS IN THE WORLD OVER THE LAST DECADE BUT I'VE NEVER SEEN A KICK LIKE THIS ONE. HE GAVE IT A MONSTER SMACK, IT'S WHAT 60...62 METRES ALLOW A BIT MORE FOR THE ANGLE

IT JUST CREPT IN....... BUT IT COUNTS ...................

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ENGLAND - WALES v SCOTLAND - IRELAND

Services International Rugby Match

16th December 1939 - Richmond Athletic Ground

 
 

England - Wales

   

Scotland - Ireland

 
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BILL BEAUMONT - 4th TEST 1980 JERSEY
The World Rugby Museum was delighted recently to acquire the jersey worn by the 1980 British Lions captain wore in their victory over the Springboks in the 4th Test. The Lions beat the 'Boks 17-13, the lergendary Bill Beaumont MBE has signed the jersey just below the Lions crest and has added the match and scoreline. (WRMR-0703) 

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1968 - THE FIRST FRENCH GRAND SLAM

WALES v FRANCE

Cardiff Arms Park,  March 23 1968

On a mud infested Cardiff Arms Park the French team fought back from a 9-3 deficit to win their first ever Grand Slam. The Camberabero brothers Guy (conversion, penalty drop goal) and Lilian (try) helped to write the first chapter of the the French Five Nations Grand Slam story with 11 points out of the 14 scored. Christian Carrere completed the scoring with a try. 

This signed menu card is from the post-match dinner. It is fully signed by both teams, France on the front and Wales to the back cover.  (WRM-0584)  

 

Signed postcard - Joe Tucker, 4th April 1933.

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This is a 'first cap' photo of Joe Tucker of Pontypool winning his Under 15 Welsh Schools cap.

Wales played England at Plymouth winning 15 pts to 3pts

The other team members were:
Aberavon- B.Morley, P.N.Elliot , Cardiff - H.Maclean, J.T Cullen, R.D.C Thomas
Bridgend - S.Davies, Gowerton -A.G.Jones, Newport-H.Morris, Neath - M.T.Lewis,
J.Sargent, L.Griffiths, Pontypridd - V.Jenkins, Swansea - E.Thomas, South Pembroke
E.L.Williams

We would like to say a big THANK YOU to Ray Evans for the above information.

 

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ORANGE FREE STATE v BRITISH LIONS 1974

This was the 14th match of the Lions Invincible tour and they almost came unstuck against a fiery Free State XV. Early exchanges in the match saw a Mervyn Davies try, against a drop goal and a penalty goal for the home team. Without a recognised kicker, the Lions first employed JPR Williams then Ian McGeechan, both of whom missed kicks. Next up was Stewrat McKinney whose wide angle penalty hit the mark to take the Lions into a 7 - 6 lead. A further penalty goal by the Free State left the Lions with a two point deficit. Then in injury time one last effort saw JJ Williams score the winning try. 

The World Rugby Museum are proud to present Stewart McKinney's personal copy of the Orange Free State programme. The Dungannon man played eight matches, his only score of the tour was the crucial penalty he scored against the Orange Free State.

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REES STEPHENS  -  HAYDN FORD

 

65-daniell-ken.jpg (710102 bytes) Rugby Relics were delighted last week to help out Ken Daniell, the former Gloucester centre three-quarter with a programme of a match in which he had played. Ken appeared in the cherry & white hoops of Gloucester for three seasons following the second world war. The illustrated programme and newspaper cuttings are of a match at Richmond where Gloucester defeated the home side 15-3. Ken had an exceptionally good game scoring the only try of the match. His tackling was also noted in the Sunday Times report "Much of the tackling particularly that of K Daniell in the Gloucester centre was excellent. The headline 'brilliant play at stand-off' relate to one of Neath's favourite sons Willie Jones, who was stationed near Gloucester while in the RAF. We wish Ken & Mrs Daniell continued good health as they approach their diamond wedding anniversary.

 

Victorian Cheroot holder 

A recent addition to our museum is this Victorian cheroot holder in the shape of a footballer's leg. In the early days of rugby smoking was actually encouraged by some teams as a form of relaxation. However, this exhibit is of interest to us because it shows in detail the type of footwear used by the Victorian rugby player. Note the bars across the sole of the boot (not studs) and it's height, almost calf length. 

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For more information on the development of the rugby boot. 

CLICK HERE 

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Baines of Bradford Neath card, circa 1890s, this is the second example we've seen with J Davies as the player insert (WRM-0

 

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Pictured are a pair of 'Giant' (12" x 9" = 30cm x 23cm) Postcards issued by the Western Mail relating to the Wales v NZ 1905 match. Both photos are overprinted with 'Read the Evening Express" in red on the bottom left hand corner. The cards are numbered 224 (NZ) and 228 (Wales). The only other 'giant postcard'  we have seen in this series is that of Welsh captain Gwyn Nicholls, CLICK HERE  to view this. Further information is sought on these cards.

WRM-0595-Q1. - What was the criteria for receiving these cards, were they a free inclusion with the newspaper ? 

WRM-0595-Q2. - What other cards exist in this series

WRM-0595-R1. - Further research required - Western Mail Nov 1905 - Jan 1906

For more information on Wales v New Zealand 1905 - CLICK HERE

 

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Photo of Neath Supporters Club 1931-2

the photo is by Harry Jones, 8 Windsor Rd, Neath:

Top Row:- Fred Williams (Vice-President), J. M. Parker, W. Cooper, T. George, T. J. Youatt.
Second Row: V. T. Hunkin, T. G. Jones, Ernest Williams (Vice-President), D. Williams, B. Sutcliffe.
Third Row: T. J. Rouse, W. H. Waring, B. Gorman, W. A. Griffiths, J. Shufflebotham (Vice-President), W. J. Davies
Sitting: R. Gregory (Hon. Treas), G. Stephens, Ald. J. B. Williams (President), G. H. Mills (Chairman), Phil. Howells (Chairman N. R. F. C.), Horace Peckham (Hon. Sec.)

Inspired by former Welsh international Glyn Stephens (seated front, second from left) this band of tireless workers are responsible for raising enough cash to build the first clubhouse, below is an extract from the Neath club history published in 1936/7 season. 

" A programme of this character would be incomplete without reference to the remarkable achievements of the Neath Rugby Supporters' Club, who are responsible for its publication. Formed in 1930, this young but virile offshoot of the premier club has worked untiringly and ensured the continued success of the parent body. The full details of the social and financial efforts cannot be told here, but all those who have played their part in its development are gratefully thanked. In 1932 the Supporters' Club took the initiative in a scheme which had been the subject of much talk for the past 30 years, namely the provision of accommodation for the players and a pavilion. This building was erected at a cost of £1,542, and when £1,000 had been wiped out the pavilion was handed over to the premier club, free of all liabilities, and leaving the Supporters to clear £400 plus interest, a task which was accomplished in 1935. Apart from this outstanding effort the Supporters have also assisted the premier club with handsome donations, and by their whole-hearted endeavours increased the membership to 1,000. Donations have been made to outside organisations, and senior and schoolboy internationals in the town in recent years have been presented with framed photographs of themselves. Members have also voluntarily carried out repair and painting work on the ground.
                        The present officials of the club, who deserve all praise for their past triumphs and encouragement in their future enterprises, are: President, The Mayor, Councillor J. B Williams, J. P.; chairman, Mr. W. Cooper; vice-chairman, Mr J. M. Parker; treasurer, Mr. Stan. Simmons; hon. secretary, Mr. Bert Gorman; hon. solicitor, Mr A. R. Harris; committee, Messrs. Tom Rouse, W. G. Rees, A. D Evans, ex-Supt. Rees Davies, Messrs. T. Garfield Jones, Bert Sutcliffe, W. A. Griffiths and Glyn Stephens, J.P., the founder and originator of the Pavilion Scheme.
                         The Supporters are not resting on their laurels, and are already assisting in the provision of a new wicket to retain county cricket for Neath sportsmen. In addition, the erection of a reversible stand in the field for the benefit of cricket and rugby spectators is being undertaken by the Club. The impossible is unknown to these gallant workers, and may their future schemes be marked by progress and success, and the unstinting support of the generous-hearted sporting public"  (WRM-0594)

 

10-stephens-rees-plaque.jpg (130191 bytes) 09-stephens-rees-plaque.jpg (113823 bytes) Plaque 'presented to Rees Stephens by the Neath Rugby Supporters Club on his retirement from the game' WRM-0592

 

68.jpg (64885 bytes) 67.jpg (35162 bytes) Mitre Multiplex ball signed by Neath team circa 1990s, signatures include, Barry Williams, Jeff Bird, Paul Thorburn, Huw Woodland, Chris Higgs, Brian Williams, Gareth Llewllyn, Glyn Llewellyn, Andrew Thomas, Arwel Thomas, Steve Wiliams. (WRM 0583)

 

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The Pride of Lions 1971, a 36 page booklet published in 1996 by the 'Wooden Spoon Society for the 25th anniversary tour of the 1971 Lions. Edited by Duncan Gardiner there are some wonderful stories from the tour, in depth explanation of the 'Sunday School', a glossary of Loinspeak etc etc (WRM-0466)  

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John Dawes sums up the tourists and the off the field activities

Bob 'Boss' Hiller on the Front Row Union and other groups. David Duckham on Chico Hopkins and flying.

 

The original artwork by Jeff Giggs for the booklet, each illustration is A4 in size

 

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John Bevan (WRM-0456) Sandy Carmichael (WRM-0457) David Duckham (WRM-0459) Mike Gibson (WRM-0458) Bob Hiller (WRM-0460) Chico Hopkins (WRM-0461) Arthur Lewis (WRM-0463) Willie John McBride (WRM-0462) John Taylor (WRM-0464) Doug Smith (WRM-0465)

 

1959-Wellington.jpg (66516 bytes)85.jpg (73030 bytes) A great 8 page card invitation & programme produced for the Wellington post-match 'Ball' held at the Wellington Town Hall. The inside has a marvellous pop up Lion's head which gives this wonderful piece of 1959 tour memorabilia a great individual feel. Illustrated throughout by cartoonist Nan Kivell. In excellent condition, the invitation is made to Mr REG (Dickie) Jeeps & Partner. (WRM-0426)

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1904 British tour. - A hand drawn cartoon of a kangaroo titled "Well it's hard luck that an Australia Kangarooter is to be beaten by the BUSH. The 'Bush' relates to Percy Bush to whom this cartoon belonged. The artist looks to be A Azidet (Ref: WRM-481)

 

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A collection of memorabilia relating to a share issue by Liverpool Stanley Rugby League Club belonging to Joseph Porter 1889 - 1964, (pictured in 2nd illustration.) - WRM-Rl-Mi-F92-32

 

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Irish International jersey worn against the All Blacks in 1954. The jersey was swapped with All Black Bill Clark, we believe it to be worn by JS McCarthy but need to confirm this.

 

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Scrapbook of newspaper cuttings from 1963/4 All Blacks in Wales

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Neath RFC try poster - circa 2000

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Rees Stephens journal No. 2
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Neath/Aberavon v Waratahs 1927 programme
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IRELAND - 1932 CHAMPIONSHIP WINNING TEAM

IRISH team (v Wales 1932) autographed sheet. A signed Esplanade Hotel* headed notepaper with 17 signatures, (15 of the team and two travelling reserves). The players who have signed the sheet are EJ Lightfoot, SL Waide, EOD Davy, CJ Hanrahan, W McC Ross, EC Ridgeway, VJ Pike, Teddy Hunt, GR Beamish, MJ Dunne, JAE Siggins, MP Crowe, PF Murray, JL Farrell, Noel Murphy (senior) + reserves CRA Graves (15 caps 1934 onwards and 1938 British Lions) + 1 other reserve not yet identified. This was a championship year for Ireland, the first for 20 years. After losing against England at home, Beamish's men travelled to Edinburgh where they secured their 4th successive victory in Scotland, they triumphed there 20 - 8. Then to Cardiff where Wales were lining up for the Triple Crown. In the previous two championships, 1930 & 1931 Wales had denied the Irish of Triple Crowns on both occasions, it was poetic justice that Ireland conquered the men in scarlet by 12 points to 10, scoring 4 tries in the process, a record try count in Wales. The autograph sheet is mounted together with........... 

The Esplande Hotel, Porthcawl was the traditional headquarters of Wales' opponents up until about 1980, we have seen several examples of signed headed notepaper of teams who have stayed at this hotel during the period. 

 

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Various Long Playing records containing Welsh music, match commentaries etc

 

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The Neath & Glamorgan caps of Arthur Morgan, we are not sure what the cap on the right is but it is believed to have also belonged to Arthur Morgan. Arthur Morgan is thought to have served in the Royal Flying Core in Egypt for 4 to 5 years. Any further information on this player would be appreciated.

 

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Scrum cap - 1960s - Ref: WRM-Eq-Mi-ZC103

 

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Piece of Cardiff Arms Park turf taken back to New Zealand by All Black forward Ken Gray as a memento of the All Blacks victory over Wales in 1967. The piece of turf was given to New Zealand journalist Peter Sellars. (WRM-0365)

 

71-BL-fr.jpg (58153 bytes) 71-BL-bg.jpg (26562 bytes) 71-BL-label.jpg (32680 bytes) 1971 British Lions No 6 jersey that belonged to Derek Quinnell. Quinnell has the distinction of being capped by the Lions before he earned his Welsh Cap as a replacement in 1972. He played in the third test at Wellington where Carwyn James brought him in to 'look after' Sid Going on the blind side. The Lions won this test 13-3 to go into a 2-1 lead in the series. The fourth test was a draw game and so the 1971 Lions became the only British team ever to win a test series in New Zealand. There is slight discolouration to the front of the jersey, a small hole to the front and minor damage to collar.

 

1880-02.jpg (71632 bytes) 1880-01.jpg (49741 bytes) Part of a dinner menu card probably for the Manchester v Glasgow Academicals match at Whalley Range on 1st March 1880. The card has been cut to retain the illustration which would have been on the cover of the menu card. This shows a group of onlookers including a policeman studying a poster for the match. This card was part of a collection of 1880 Glasgow fixture cards and tickets of this period. A delightful illustration, admission for the match was 6d but ladies were free. Ref: WRM- F33 -   

 

 

 

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