Collections of Rugby Memorabilia from players and officials. 


HJC Brown  -  Bill Clement  -  Mervyn Davies  -  Ieuan Morlais Evans  -  Phil Kingsley Jones  -  Lyn Jones  -  Jack Matthews  -  Mike Slemen  -  Eddie Thomas  -  JBG Thomas  -  WRU President 1970sHL 'Snow White  -  Ray Williams




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Edwin Thomas who was known as Eddie, played at lock. He was born in Treorchy and returned to the Rhondda to teach at Pentre Grammar School where he became head of physics. His first senior rugby was for Neath and he played for the combined Neath and Aberavon side against the Springboks in November 1951. In the same season he was selected for a Welsh trial as a wing forward - his future team mate Malcolm Collins was on the opposing side, Eddie joined Cardiff at the start of the 1952-53 season and readily admits that he was prepared to play in any position to cement a place, although not over-enthusiastic about one suggestion that he should he tried out at prop. He acquired the nickname "Toesy Thomas” because in the team photograph for the All Blacks match he can be clearly seen standing on his toes to make himself seem as tall as Malcolm Collins! After the heroics of that game he eventually returned to the back row and was at number 8 in November1957 when he captained the club to a 14-11 victory over the Wallabies in a season where the club also won the 'championship'. He was considered to be a very good club captain because he knew the game inside out and led from the front. He retired with 217 games for Cardiff to his name and for a while served on the Cardiff committee. (Adapted from 'Taming the Tourists' by Alan Evans)

Please see below for memorabilia from the Eddie Thomas collection. Each item is accompanied by a certificate guaranteeing it's authenticity .................


10.jpg (303492 bytes) 09.jpg (295229 bytes) PENTRE SCHOOL'S ARCHIVE - A group of items relating to Eddie Thomas' life as a pupil and teacher at Rentre School in the Rhondda. The group consists of 9 photographs and 1 postcard of Pentre Secondary School's rugby team, church certificate (Welsh Baptist) October 1938, Eddie's school certificate of July 1940 and certificate for advanced swimming September 1941, a newspaper article in the South Wales Echo of 26 April 1983 of Pentre School featuring one of the photos. Several photographs relate to Eddie's teaching days also at Pentre School and include team photographs from the following seasons: 1950-1, 1953-4, 1955/6 & 1957. 14 items in generally good condition.    

Ref: PC25-cl-thomas.e-mmcl.sh-pentre-gp.14 - £95.00


14.jpg (223570 bytes) 15.jpg (147140 bytes)  EDDIE THOMAS WAR-TIME (WORLD WAR II) SERVICE ARCHIVE - OLQ booklet on the Royal Navy, 2 small photographs of HMS Oceon, 3 letters relating to his appointment to HMS Victory and HMS Mercury,  2 appraisal notes, Release From Naval Service document and letter, income tax form ending 5 April 1946, Certificate of Post War Credit.  12 items in generally fair to good condition.

Ref: PC25-cl-thomas.e-mmclwr.gp.12 - £39.00


16.jpg (74951 bytes) 20.jpg (135835 bytes) 19.jpg (171458 bytes) 18.jpg (188915 bytes) 21.jpg (215442 bytes) CARDIFF v NEW ZEALAND 21 NOVEMBER 1953 PLAYER'S ARCHIVE - Probably the greatest day in Cardiff's illustrious history - beating the mighty All Blacks 8-3 at Cardiff Arms Park.  Captain of Cardiff that day was Bleddyn Williams who, 4 weeks later, captained Wales to victory over New Zealand (13-8), for a unique double. This group of Eddie's includes his selection card to play in the match, match programme, post match dinner menu, photograph of both teams, specially commissioned blazer badge for the game, newspaper cutting from Daily Mirror of match report, congratulations letter from Treorchy & District Male Choir, facsimile copy of Cardiff team photo. 8 items in generally good condition.

Ref: PC25-cl-thomas.e-mmcl.trnz.1953-cardiff-gp8- £225.00


29.jpg (290723 bytes) 28.jpg (157396 bytes) 27.jpg (166966 bytes)  CARDIFF RFC SEASON 1957-58 CAPTAIN'S ARCHIVE - A group of items relating to Cardiff Captain Eddie Thomas from the 1957-58 season.  Team photograph, 8 letters of congratulations, including 3 on headed notepaper from the Treorchy Male Choir, Cardiff Supporters Club and Herefordshire Probabtion Area and 3 newspapers/cuttings on the appointment of club captain. 12 items in good condition.

Ref: PC25-cl-thomas.e-mmcl-cardiff.captain.1957-gp12- £35.00


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CARDIFF v AUSTRALIA 14 December 1957 - a modern reproduction Cardiff team photograph plus a photocopy of newspaper match report.  2 items in good condition.

Ref: PC25-cl-thomas.e-mmcl.tras57-cardiff-gp2- £9.00


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CARDIFF v AUSTRALIA 1966 DINNER MENU CARD AND INVITATION - A menu card for the after match function at the Angel Hotel on 5 November 1966. This was a was wonderful day for Cardiff as they beat the Wallabies 14-8. The fold over menu card is signed to the back cover by Wallaby captain John Thornett. The invitation is folded.  2 items.

Ref: PC25-cl-thomas.e-dmtras66-cardiff-au-thornett-gp.2 - £35.00


22.jpg (16961 bytes) CARDIFF v NEW ZEALAND 1972 DINNER MENU CARD - A menu card for the after match function at the Royal Hotel on 4 November 1972.  New Zealand won 20-4.  The fold over menu card is in good condition.

Ref: PC25-cl-thomas.e-dmtrnz72-cardiff - £15.00


35.jpg (290564 bytes) CARDIFF RFC PROGRAMMES 1954-1983 - 11 match programmes (all home) v Neath 23 October 1954, v Llanelli 7 May 1955, v Gloucester 23 March 1957, v Aberavon 28 September 1957, v Barbarians 5 April 1958, v Pontypool 30 April 1958, v Cardiff Past 30 April 1959, v Overseas International XV 25 September 1976, v Llanelli (Cup) 8 January 1977, v New Zealand 21 October 1978 and v New Zealand 18 October 1980 plus Treorchy v Cardiff (Cup) 17 December 1983 and a match box from the Cardiff v New Zealand 1980 match.  13 items in fair to very good condition.

Ref: PC25-cl-thomas.e-pr-cardiff.gp.13- £35.00


37-pz12.jpg (354893 bytes) MISCELLANEOUS COLLECTION OF RUGBY PHOTOGRAPHS (17) - including action, team and group photos, generally in good to very good condition, some duplication,  to include a Cardiff player group shot of Eddie Thomas with Rex Willis, Cliff Morgan and one other, none of the photos have information to the reverse,  plus miscellaneous press cuttings in varying condition (6).  23 items. 

Ref: PC25-cl-thomas.e-phnwmi-gp.23- £45.00


17.jpg (72505 bytes) 16.jpg (25484 bytes) BRITISH EMPIRE & COMMONWEALTH GAMES IN WALES 1958 - Certificate of appreciation towards the organisation of the games plus a steward's blazer badge.  2 items in very good condition.

Ref: PC25-cl-thomas.e-osco.1958.gp.2- £39.00


12.jpg (191031 bytes) CARDIFF RFC TEAM PHOTOGRAPHS 1950s - 6 team photographs from the 1950s, some with opponents. Photos include one with notation 'possibly Treorchy v Cardiff 9/9/54 to open clubhouse' (on mount at centre of illustration), 5 photographs have been folded (1 of which is torn) and 1 mounted.  6 items.

Ref: PC25-cl-thomas.e-ph-cardiff-tm.1950s.gp.6 - £35.00


13.jpg (55051 bytes) CARDIFF RFC ANNUAL DINNER MENUS 1958-1982 - Cardiff RFC Annual Dinner at Royal Hotel on 3 May 1958 an 9 May 1959, Annual Dinner at Cardiff RFC Clubhouse on 21 May 1982.  3 fold over dinner menus in good to very good condition.

Ref: PC25-cl-thomas.e-dm-cardiff-gp.3 - £13.00





78.jpg (193010 bytes) 79.jpg (190617 bytes) 1957 - 16th December - Western Mail - A complete 10 page broadsheet Monday edition of the Western Mail with a match report of Cardiff beating the Wallabies. Also included in this edition is a front page article about 100 Juventus fans hurt as John Charles scores, talks over Liverpool's plan to flood the town of Tryweryn. Wales back in the 1958 World Cup, Fulham v Cardiff City, Newport County v Bournemouth & Swansea Town v Bristol City football match reports plus Bridgend v Neath, Ebbw Vale v Swansea and Aberavon v Newport rugby reports. In very good condition with the usual newspaper folds.

Ref: PC25-cl-thomas.e-np.19571216-wm - £39.50


83.jpg (172598 bytes) 84.jpg (176163 bytes) 1953 - 21st November - South Wales Echo Souvenir Edition. A pre-match Cardiff v New Zealand 1953 6 page souvenir edition complete, with front and majority of the back page dedicated to the match.

Ref: PC25-cl-thomas.e-np.19531121-swe-sred - £34.50


88.jpg (193917 bytes) 1957 - 14th December - South Wales Football Echo Final Edition - Cardiff beat Australia 1957 edition with headline 'Wallabies Come a Cropper' - match report and pictures for the 14-11 victory by the blue and blacks. Eddie Thomas was captain of the Cardiff team. Also includes Fulham v Cardiff City, Newport County v Bournemouth & Swansea Town v Bristol City football match reports plus Bridgend v Neath, Ebbw Vale v Swansea and Aberavon v Newport rugby reports. In good condition with the usual newspaper folds 

Ref: PC25-cl-thomas.e-np.19571214-swe-fned - £39.50


89.jpg (189827 bytes) 1957 - 16th December - South Wales Echo - Monday 'late Rhondda'edition of the Cardiff area evening newspaper with and article on the inside back page about the club's victory over the Wallabies. Includes a 'sub-headline' 'Skipper Eddie Thomas Proves the Critics Wrong' some extra folds and a small corner missing from this page. 

Ref: PC25-cl-thomas.e-np.19571116-swe-late.rhondda-ed - £15.00


90.jpg (203311 bytes) 91.jpg (180257 bytes) 1957 - 8th November - Western Mail - includes a JBG Thomas preview of the Wallaby tour and the usual sporting and national news. 

Ref: PC25-cl-thomas.e-np.19571108-wm - £15.00


94.jpg (193191 bytes) 95.jpg (191814 bytes) 1957 - 14th December - South Wales Echo Souvenir Edition. A pre-match Cardiff v Australia 1957 souvenir with the majority of back and front pages dedicated to the match. An 8 page broadsheet newspaper with the usual folding creases.

Ref: PC25-cl-thomas.e-np.19571214-swe-sred - £25.00


97.jpg (168451 bytes) 96.jpg (184312 bytes) 1958 - 1st January - Western Mail - New's Years Day edition with a back page article by JBG Thomas naming the 5 players of the year, No 1 being Eddie Thomas of Cardiff ahead of 4 other Welsh rugby greats: Cliff Morgan, Terry Davies, Clem Thomas & Ray Prosser. The paper also includes the Queen's New Years Honours List with golfer Dai Rees grabbing all the headlines. A 10 page broadsheet newspaper with the usual folding creases.   

Ref: PC25-cl-thomas.e-np.19580101-wm - £17.50





54.jpg (74599 bytes) MERVYN DAVIES autographed print from an illustration by Gary Keane, approx 10" x 8"

Ref: TF3-11-cl-davies.m-aupt-md - £35.00

  85.jpg (55240 bytes) Maramarua woollen sweater, small holes to front

Ref: TL19-cl-davies.m-tp-maramarua - £5.00




Ieuan Morlais Evans played for Neath, Swansea & Llanelli in the late 1940s and early 1950s. He is best known however as a coach being the first appointed to the Welsh Youth team in 1962. As a club coach he laid the foundation at Llanelli for Carwyn James before moving onto local rivals Swansea. During the 1991/2 season he was President of the Welsh Rugby Union. For more information on Ieuan Morlais Evans please............ 


Listed below are some of the items from the collection of Ieuan Morlais Evans, we will be adding to this collection regularly over the next couple of months. Please scroll down to see the memorabilia currently available  in this collection.  





The ties from the Ieuan Morlais Evans collection can be found on the Rugby Ties page. To view these please click on the link below.




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We have available a selection of memorabilia from a former president of the Welsh Rugby Union from the 1970s. Each item in the collection is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity guaranteeing it's origin. Please click on the links below to view memorabilia on the pages containing this collection............








A collection of memorabilia from the 1953/4 All Black tour of British Isles, France and North America. These items were collected by All Black Hallard Leo "Snow" White on tour. Snow, a prop forward  played in 15 of the 36 matches on tour including the internationals against Ireland, England and France. The collection includes post match dinner menus, dinner invitations and other interesting ephemera.





Lyn Jones - Neath, Llanelli, Treorchy Zebras & Wales, Neath & Ospreys coach.   more.........


Phil Kingsley Jones. - Ebbw Vale, coach & agent to Jonah Lomu. more.........


Bill Clement - Llanelli, Wales & British Lions, WRU Secretary.   more.........


HJC Brown - 1962 British Lions and Great Britian Olympian.   more.......


Mike Slemen - Liverpool, England and British Lions legend.   more..............


 JBG Thomas - Rugby's most prolific journalist. more........... 




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