Dr Jack Matthews is one of Wales' great sporting characters. he was capped 17 times for Wales (1947 - 1951) and 6 times for the British Lions (1950). His centre partnership with the legendary Bleddyn Williams for Cardiff, Wales and the British Lions is regarded as one of the greatest ever and his crash tackling earned him the nickname of 'Iron Man'. Although known mainly for his rugby career where he was also the medical officer for the 1980 British Lions, Dr Jack as he is affectionately known, also won the Welsh junior 220 yards athletics title in 1937 but more impressively he is reputed to have fought the great Rocky Marciano to a draw in an amateur contest during the second world war. This selection of books are from the Dr Jack Matthews collection and each comes with an accompanying certificate of authenticity.   


Scot3.jpg (32049 bytes) "Scottish Rugby Memories Vol II" - published by RW Forsyth
Scottish programmes from the period 1946 - 1950 bound into a single volume - limited edition, a second-hand hardback with illustrated boards in good condition.

Inscribed "JACK - The my Cardiff Captain - a lot of fun both on and off the PARK ! Des O'B"

1st Edition: 1951 Pages:    SOLD


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"TRY" - An Anthology to celebrate the WRU Centenary 1881-1981

Rugby writings, a miscellany of Welsh Rugby history, great articles on the history of Welsh Rugby, a second-hand paperback in good condition. Includes a 5 page article titled "Why Wales left the Dressing Room Ajar" by Jack

signed by WRU artist Thomas Rathmell and President Hermas Evans

1st Edition: 1980 Pages: 104   Ref:  PC23-blhiwa.1980-wru-clwapy-matthews.j - 17.00


64.jpg (28512 bytes) WALES - "The Gwilliam Seasons " by David Parry-Jones
A book chronicling Welsh rugby in the early 1950s under the captaincy of the legendary John Gwilliam. During this time Wales won Grand Slams in 1950 and 1952 and defeated the All Blacks in 1953, a second-hand hardback with a dust wrapper in excellent condition.

A presentation copy from John Gwilliam to Jack - inscribed "To my dear friend Jack from John Gwilliam"

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1st Edition:  2002 Pages: 227   SOLD


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"The Cardiff Rugby Football Club - History and Statistics 1876 - 1906"
compiled by CS Arthur, secretary

Season by Season history up to 1905-06, superbly illustrated. This is a re-bound copy, not retaining original boards, a presentation copy fron the Western mail journalist Old Stager to jack. Signed by Jack on the front cover and incribed on the inside cover

"To Jack - Old Stager (WJ Hoare)"   

First Edition: 1906 Pages: 206   SOLD


61.jpg (115801 bytes) CARDIFF  - "A Statistical History of Cardiff RFC 1876-1984" by CRG Harris
A season by season history Cardiff, A secondhand paperback in good condition

inscribed "To Mr Fred Bruce in replacement of the book I lost. Jack Matthews 1988

1st Edition: 1984 143 pages   SOLD


62.jpg (67634 bytes) CARDIFF  - "Cardiff RFC 1940-2000" Alan EVANS & Duncan GARDINER
A pictorial post war history of Cardiff, A secondhand paperback in good condition

signed 'Jack Matthews' to the inside cover

1st Edition: 2001 128 pages   SOLD


81.jpg (43663 bytes) WALES - "The Lions of Wales" by Peter Jackson, 
Welsh greats on tour with the British Isles, a second-hand hardback with a dust wrapper in excellent condition

signed 'Jack Matthews' to the inside cover

1st Edition:  1998 Pages: 224   SOLD


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WALES - "More Heart and Soul - the Character of Welsh Rugby"
edited by Huw Richards, Peter Stead & Gareth Williams
Biographies of Welsh greats, including Lewis Jones, JPR Williams, Colin Charvis, Jack Matthews & Bleddyn Williams. Includes a chapter titled 'Beyond the Fields of Praise' by Dai Smith & Gareth Williams, covering the period 1980 - 1999, a sequel to the official Welsh history 'Fields of Praise', a second-hand hardback with a dust wrapper.

signed 'Jack Matthews' to the inside cover

1st Edition:  1999 Pages: 242 Ref: PC23-bkhiwa-richards.1999-clwapy-matthews.j - 19.00



Wales & British Lions

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"Beyond the Fields of Play" an autobiography with Geoffrey Nicholson

A great Welsh stand off who went on to become a leading light in BBC broadcasting, a second-hand hardback with dust wrapper in good condition. A presentation copy from the author to Dr Jack Matthews inscribed.

"To my dear friend Jack. With admiration and affection - Cliff" 

 1st Edition 1996 Pages 246   SOLD


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"Great Contemporary Players" by JBG Thomas

Potted biographies of players from England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France, New Zealand and South Africa. approx 3 - 4 pages on each with JBGs opinions at the forefront, a second-hand hardback with a a small amount of damage to the dust wrapper. Includes a chapter on Jack Matthews. A presentation copy from the author to Dr Jack Matthews inscribed. Inscribed...........

"To Jack - The Iron man - In appreciation - JBG No 1963"

1st Edition 1963 175 Pages   SOLD


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LLANELLI RFC - "Stradey Stories" by Alun Wyn Bevan with a foreword by Ray Gravell

A superb miscellany of historical and biographical stories about Llanelli players, great matches and Stradey park. A secondhand hardback in excellent condition.

Signed by Alun Wyn Bevan and Ray Gravell 

First edition 2005

200 pages Ref: PC23-bkhiwacb-ll-bevan.2005-au2-clwapy-matthews.j - 35.00


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"The South African Textbook of Sports Medicine" by Ivan Cohen, George Beaton & Duncan Mitchell

A comprehensive look at the field of sports medicine. A secondhand paperback in very good condition. inscribed "To Jack - best wishes Clint"  

Published in 1979

187 pages Ref: PC23-osgepbmi-cohen.1979-clwapy-matthews.j - 15.00






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