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GEOFF BECKINGHAM

CARDIFF & WALES

 

They talk about it in Llanelli all the time, sometimes they talk about it in Newport. In Neath they talk about how it nearly happened and in Swansea they've forgotten all about it. The subject of course is the day 'the home team beat the New Zealand All Blacks' and in Cardiff they've almost forgotten about it but not quite yet. The memory lives on in some of those who are old enough to still remember that day and some of us who born later but were privileged to attend the legendary re-unions of that 1953 team, myself included............. 

Geoffrey Thomas Beckingham was the hooker and one of the great unsung heroes of that day in 1953, the day that Cardiff beat the New Zealand All Blacks. He was held in great regard by all of his team-mates and provided the quick scrum heels that allowed the backs to create the two tries. Quite remarkably, he stole the opposition put-ins at the unforgettable final set-pieces. All the match reports of the time also note the contributions made by the hooker and his two props in loose play throughout the game. 

He had won his first two Welsh international caps on merit earlier in 1953 (against England and Scotland) but was not to win his third and final selection for the national team until the very end of career, in 1958 when he was an eleventh-hour replacement for Bryn Meredith against France. Wales' loss was Cardiff's gain as he played against all three touring teams from the Southern Hemisphere and a total of 331 games for the capital club, joining his fellow front-rower JD Evans in the top ten of individual appearances in blue and black. 

After his playing days he coached both Barry College and Penarth with notable success. A proud son of Barry, he was a municipal gardener throughout his working life. He put his fitness down to the fact there was only one lawn mower for all the town's parks so he was pushing it for 15 hours a day in the height of summer. 

Geoff was a great character and one of his idiosyncrasies was that he wouldn't be seen wearing a tie. Such was the legend of his tie less persona was the total absence of any ties at his funeral. 

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Biography adapted by Dai Richards from Alan Evans "Taming the Tourists".......

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Sadly missed by his family we pay homage to the life and rugby career of Geoff Beckingham through his memorabilia..................  

The following items are available for sale from the Geoff Beckingham collection.

 

PROGRAMMES - CARDIFF HOME - CARDIFF AWAY - WELSH TRIALS - OTHER MATCHES - GEOFF IN THE RAF

BADGES  -  SIGNED MEMORABILIA

SIGNED PROGRAMMES & CARDS

42.jpg (519475 bytes) 42a.jpg (357565 bytes) CARDIFF V BRITISH LIONS 22 SEPTEMBER 1951 SIGNED DINNER MENU CARD, A 12 page post match dinner menu booklet autographed to the dedicated autographs page by 20 players and other personalities attending the function. Autographs include Lewis Jones, Ranald McDonald, Billy Cleaver, Ken Jones, Rex Willis, Roy John and the former Welsh international Archie Skym The programme is in very good condition, it is accompanied by a COA guaranteeing that the autographs are original and authentic, the match programme and a 12 x 8 photograph of the players leaving the field after the game.

Ref: PC33-auprcb-cdf19510922-gp3 - £125.00

 

40.jpg (430031 bytes) 40a.jpg (504673 bytes) BARRY RFC RUGBY CLUB SIGNED ANNUAL DINNER MENU CARD 1953, A fold over card for the annual dinner at Bindles, Cold Knap, Barry on 21 May 1953. Autographed in the middle pages by 15 attendees to include the mayor Barry T Yeoman and Haydn Morris of Cardiff RFC. Accompanied by a COA guaranteeing that the autographs are original and authentic.

Ref: PC33-audm-barry-an1952 - £24.00

 

39.jpg (288183 bytes) 39a.jpg (308876 bytes) WATSONIANS v CARDIFF 1 January 1951 SIGNED DINNER MENU CARD - A fold over card for the annual match between Watsonians and Cardiff at The Charlotte Rooms, Edinburgh on 1 January 1951. Autographed in the middle pages by 12 attendees to include Tom Holley. Accompanied by a COA guaranteeing that the autographs are original and authentic.

Ref: PC33-audmmi19510101-wat.cdf - £24.00

 

38.jpg (364863 bytes) 38i.jpg (392918 bytes) WALES v SCOTLAND 1974 SIGNED DINNER MENU CARD, autographed to the back cover by the team captains Gareth Edwards and Ian McLauchlan. The menu card is in very good condition, it is accompanied by a COA guaranteeing that the autographs are original and authentic.

Ref: PC33-audmin.wasc1974au2 - £20.00

 

37.jpg (266322 bytes) 37a.jpg (263861 bytes) CARDIFF v SOUTH AFRICA 20 October 1951 SIGNED DINNER MENU CARD, autographed to the back cover by 12 including Stan Bowes and Rex Willis. The menu card is in very good condition, it is accompanied by a COA guaranteeing that the autographs are original and authentic.

Ref: PC33-audmtrsa1951-cdf-au12. - £59.00

 

36.jpg (263103 bytes) 36a.jpg (462790 bytes) CARDIFF RFC 1950 BRITISH LIONS SIGNED DINNER MENU CARD -  A menu card for a dinner given in honour of the 5 Cardiff RFC players selected for the 1950 British ( & Irish ) Lions tour of New Zealand. All 5 players have autographed the card in the middle pages (Billy Cleaver, Cliff Davies, Bleddyn Williams, Jack Matthews and Cliff Morgan. The menu card is in very good condition, it is accompanied by a COA guaranteeing that the autographs are original and authentic.

Ref: PC33-audmmi19500318-cdr-br1950. - £95.00

 

35.jpg (501021 bytes) 35a.jpg (366702 bytes) TABARIN - REFLETS SIGNED PROGRAMME 1950 CARDIFF RUGBY TOUR of FRANCE - A programme for a cabaret show in Paris, autographed to the title page by 14 members of the Cardiff tour party to include Geoff Beckingham, Cliff Morgan and Sid Judd. The programme is in good condition, it is accompanied by a COA guaranteeing that the autographs are original and authentic.

Ref: PC33-auocpr1950-tabarin - £45.00

 

34.jpg (298748 bytes) 34a.jpg (442704 bytes) CARDIFF RFC ANNUAL DINNER 26 May 1951 SIGNED DINNER MENU CARD - Extensively autographed to the back cover by approximately 36 attendees at the dinner to include Cliff Morgan, Rex Willis, Gareth Griffiths, Stan Bowes and Bleddyn Williams. The menu card is in very good condition, it is accompanied by a COA guaranteeing that the autographs are original and authentic.

Ref: PC33-audman-cdf1951-au36. - £75.00

 

33.jpg (305760 bytes) 33a.jpg (682186 bytes) US COGNAC, FRANCE v CARDIFF 31 DECEMBER 1949 SIGNED PROGRAMME - An 8 page programme autographed in the middle pages by the Cardiff team, partially over the team photograph. Signatures include Peter Goodchild, Bill Tamplin & Frank Trott. The programme is in very good condition, it is accompanied by a COA guaranteeing that the autographs are original and authentic.

Ref: PC33-auprfrcb-cog19491231cdf - £89.00

 

32.jpg (474531 bytes) 32a.jpg (577053 bytes) NANTES, FRANCE v CARDIFF 2 JANUARY 1950 SIGNED PROGRAMME - An 8 page programme autographed in the middle pages by the Cardiff team, partially over the team photograph. Signatures include Paul Ash, Terry Cook, Bill Tamplin, Cliff Davies, Bleddyn Williams, Jack Matthews, Billy Cleaver & Frank Trott. The programme is in very good condition, it is accompanied by a COA guaranteeing that the autographs are original and authentic.

Ref: PC33-auprfrcb-nan19500102cdf - £89.00

 

31.jpg (410531 bytes) 31a.jpg (511744 bytes) WALES v SCOTLAND 1958 SIGNED PROGRAMME A 24 page programme  autographed in the middle pages by the complete Welsh team to include Ray Prosser, Terry Davies, Bryn Meredith, Don Devereaux, RH Williams, Clem Thomas and Cliff Morgan. The programme is in good condition and is accompanied by a COA guaranteeing that the autographs are original and authentic.

Ref: PC33-auprin.wasc1958 - £85.00

 

 

CARDIFF HOME

99.jpg (589724 bytes) Cardiff v Harlequins

team info

18 Apr 1938 Cardiff   fair - creased and slightly worn

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19380418haq - £40.00

98.jpg (545953 bytes) Cardiff v Neath

team info

24 Sep 1938 Cardiff   poor - heavy creases and worn

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19380924nea - £35.00

97.jpg (562546 bytes) Cardiff v Abertillery (incorrect date on programme 3 Sep 1939)

team info

3 Sep 1938 Cardiff   fair - heavy creases and worn

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19390903ati - £35.00

88.jpg (505167 bytes) Cardiff v Gloucester

team info

9 Oct 1948 Cardiff   good - folding creases

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19481009glo - £12.00

23.jpg (431764 bytes) Cardiff v Penarth

team info

6 Nov 1948 Cardiff   good - folding crease

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19481106pen - £8.00

22.jpg (481301 bytes) Cardiff v Newport

team info

13 Nov 1948 Cardiff   fair - folding crease, rusty staple

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19481113npo - £8.00

87.jpg (546155 bytes) Cardiff v Llanelli

team info

27 Nov 1948 Cardiff   good - creased

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19481127lel - £9.00

96.jpg (366843 bytes) Cardiff Athletic v Glynneath

team info

8 Oct 1949 Cardiff   good - folding crease and slight marks to front

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf-at19491008gne - £35.00

65.jpg (440897 bytes) Cardiff v Bath

team info

21 Jan 1950 Cardiff   good - slight crease

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19500121bat - £8.00

90.jpg (375447 bytes) Cardiff v Plymouth Albion

team info

4 Feb 1950 Cardiff   good - folding crease

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf-19500204ply - £18.00

61.jpg (498408 bytes) Cardiff v Harlequins

team info

10 Apr 1950 Cardiff   good - folding crease

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19500410haq - £10.00

60.jpg (456942 bytes) Cardiff v Northampton

team info

11 Apr 1950 Cardiff   good - folding creases

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19500411nor - £10.00

59.jpg (467559 bytes) Cardiff v Llanelli

team info

22 Apr 1950 Cardiff   good - folding creases

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19500422lel - £8.00

58.jpg (526955 bytes) Cardiff v Cardiff District XV

team info

2 Sep 1950 Cardiff   very good

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19500902cdd - £7.00

57.jpg (538172 bytes) Cardiff v Penarth

team info

6 Sep 1950 Cardiff   good - folding creases

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19500906pen - £7.00

55.jpg (523164 bytes) Cardiff v Pontypool

team info

16 Sep 1950 Cardiff   good - folding crease

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19500916ppo - £8.00

23.jpg (469360 bytes) Cardiff v Neath

team info

23 Sep 1950 Cardiff 6-3 good - folding creases

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19500923nea - £10.00

27.jpg (522237 bytes) Cardiff v Newport

Team Info

7 Oct 1950 Cardiff   good - folding crease

Ref: -PC33-prcb-cdf19501007npo - £7.00

54.jpg (521315 bytes) Cardiff v Bridgend

team info

4 Nov 1950 Cardiff   good - folding crease

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19501104bri - £8.00

95.jpg (393795 bytes) Cardiff Athletic v Old Edwardians

team info

25 Nov 1950 Cardiff   good - folding creases

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf-at19501125oed - £25.00

47.jpg (487503 bytes) Cardiff v Sale

team info

3 Feb 1951 Cardiff   good - folding crease

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19510203sal - £7.00

43.jpg (455772 bytes) Cardiff v Harlequins

team info

26 Mar 1951 Cardiff   good - folding crease

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19510326haq - £8.00

42.jpg (527229 bytes) Cardiff v Northampton

team info

27 Mar 1951 Cardiff   good - folding crease

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19510327nor - £8.00

41.jpg (479171 bytes) Cardiff v Aberavon

team info

7 Apr 1951 Cardiff   good - some creasing

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19510407aav - £7.00

38.jpg (523010 bytes) Cardiff v Bristol

team info

1 Sep 1951 Cardiff   fair - folding crease and marks on front cover

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19510901brs - £7.00

37.jpg (479347 bytes) Cardiff v Cardiff District XV

team info

5 Sep 1951 Cardiff   good - some creasing

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19510905cdf-dt - £7.00

27.jpg (36606 bytes) Cardiff v 1950 British Lions

40 page programme celebrating 75th anniversary of Cardiff RFC. many historical articles and photos 

Team Info

22 Sep 1951 Cardiff   good - small nick to front cover

Ref: PC33-prspmi.wa19510922 - £25.00

33.jpg (476057 bytes) Cardiff v Newport

team info

6 Oct 1951 Cardiff   good - folding crease

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19511006npo - £6.00

32.jpg (472249 bytes) Cardiff v Gloucester

team info

10 Oct 1951 Cardiff   good - some creasing

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19511010glo - £8.00

31.jpg (590810 bytes) Cardiff v Oxford University

team info

3 Nov 1951 Cardiff   good - folding crease

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19511103oxu - £7.00

30.jpg (721965 bytes) Cardiff v Llanelli

team info

17 Nov 1951 Cardiff   good - folding crease

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19511117lel - £7.00

16.jpg (585096 bytes) Cardiff v Northampton

team info

15 Apr 1952 Cardiff   very good

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19520415nor - £8.00

14.jpg (548874 bytes) Cardiff v District XV

team info

3 Sep 1952 Cardiff   good - some creasing

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19520903cdf-dt - £7.00

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Cardiff v Neath

team info

6 Sep 1952 Cardiff 21-3 very good - very slight crease

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19520906nea - £8.00

12.jpg (511781 bytes) Cardiff v Plymouth

team info

13 Sep 1952 Cardiff   very good

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19520913ply - £6.00

11.jpg (557817 bytes) Cardiff v Cheltenham

team info

17 Sep 1952 Cardiff   good - light creasing and small nick to front cover

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19520917cht - £7.00

36.jpg (602740 bytes) Cardiff v Nantes and Cognac

team info

27 Sep 1952 Cardiff   very good

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19520927nante - £8.00

09.jpg (550371 bytes) Cardiff v Newport

team info

8 Nov 1952 Cardiff   good - folding crease

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19521108npo - £7.00

06.jpg (543195 bytes) Cardiff v Wasps

team info

26 Dec 1952 Cardiff   good - folding crease

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19521226was - £7.00

05.jpg (558353 bytes) Cardiff v Watsonians

team info

27 Dec 1952 Cardiff   good - folding crease

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19521227wts - £7.00

03.jpg (500965 bytes) Cardiff v Swansea

team info

24 Jan 1953 Cardiff   good - folding crease

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19530124swa - £7.00

01.jpg (509725 bytes) Cardiff v London Welsh

team info

14 Feb 1953 Cardiff   good - folding crease

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19530214low - £7.00

00.jpg (510395 bytes) Cardiff v Newport

team info

7 Mar 1953 Cardiff   very good - slight crease

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19530307npo - £7.00

98.jpg (544342 bytes) Cardiff v Northampton

team info

7 Apr 1953 Cardiff   very good

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19530407nor - £7.00

97.jpg (513509 bytes) Cardiff v Bridgend

team info

29 Apr 1953 Cardiff   very good

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19530429bri - £7.00

96.jpg (572207 bytes) Cardiff v Cardiff District XV

team info

2 Sep 1953 Cardiff   very good

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19530902cdd - £7.00

90.jpg (536766 bytes) Cardiff v Combined Services

team info

2 Dec 1953 Cardiff   very good

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19531202-cosv - £10.00

27.jpg (531338 bytes) Cardiff v Cambridge University

team info

13 Dec 1954 Cardiff   good - folding crease

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19541213cmb - £5.00

26.jpg (538690 bytes) Cardiff v Rosslyn Park

team info

18 Dec 1954 Cardiff   good - creased

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19541218ros - £7.00

74.jpg (556694 bytes) Cardiff v Old Belvedere

team info

30 Apr 1955 Cardiff   good - folding crease

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19550430obv - £9.00

71.jpg (559534 bytes) Cardiff v Mr Bleddyn Williams XV

team info

John Maunder Benefit Match

28 Sep 1955 Cardiff   fair - creased

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19550928mrb - £9.00

94.jpg (650518 bytes) Cardiff v Bridgend

team info

10 Mar 1956 Cardiff   good - folding crease

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19560310bri - £9.00

93.jpg (611040 bytes) Cardiff v Pontypool

team info

26 Apr 1956 Cardiff   good - folding crease, minor nicks

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19560426ppo - £9.00

92.jpg (663954 bytes) Cardiff v Penarth

team info

8 Sep 1956 Cardiff   very good

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19560908pen - £9.00

91.jpg (638624 bytes) Cardiff v Bridgend

team info

12 Sep 1956 Cardiff   very good - creased

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19560912bri - £9.00

26.jpg (509261 bytes) Cardiff v Aberavon

Team Info

22 Sep 1956 Cardiff   good - folding crease

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19560922aav - £7.00

69.jpg (575714 bytes) Cardiff v Llanelli

team info

29 Sep 1956 Cardiff   good - folding crease

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19560929lel - £8.00

25.jpg (466101 bytes) Cardiff v Bective Rangers

team info

15 Oct 1956 Cardiff   very good

Ref: -PC33-prcb-cdf19561015bec - £9.00

18.jpg (484882 bytes) Cardiff v Cambridge University

team info

20 Oct 1956 Cardiff   good - some light creasing

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19561020cmu - £6.00

69.jpg (515127 bytes) Cardiff v Neath

team info

27 Oct 1956 Cardiff 17-6 good - folding crease

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19561027nea - £6.00

23.jpg (621208 bytes) Cardiff v Blackheath

team info

24 Nov 1956 Cardiff   good - folding crease

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19561124bla - £6.00

90.jpg (692736 bytes) Cardiff v Wasps

team info

26 Dec 1956 Cardiff   very good - folding crease

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19561226was - £12.00

17.jpg (501652 bytes) Cardiff v Newport

team info

2 Mar 1957 Cardiff   good - folding crease

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19570302npo - £7.00

89.jpg (663312 bytes) Cardiff v Cardiff & District

team info

17 Apr 1957 Cardiff   very good - folding crease

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19570417cdf-dt - £9.00

16.jpg (511452 bytes) Cardiff v Harlequins

team info

22 Apr 1957 Cardiff 5-8 fair - creased and marks on front cover

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19570422haq - £7.00

15.jpg (499735 bytes) Cardiff v Northampton

team info

23 Apr 1957 Cardiff 0-3 fair - folding crease and team changes to centre pages

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19570423nor - £7.00

88.jpg (612975 bytes) Cardiff v Bective Rangers

team info

14 Sep 1957 Cardiff   very good - folding crease

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19460914bec - £9.00

19.jpg (564643 bytes) Cardiff v Aberavon

team info

28 Sep 1957 Cardiff   good - folding crease

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19570928aav - £5.00

59.jpg (564186 bytes) Cardiff v Llanelli

team info

9 Nov 1957 Cardiff   good - slight crease

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19571109lel - £5.00

87.jpg (647286 bytes) Cardiff v Northampton

team info

8 Apr 1958 Cardiff   very good - folding crease

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19580408nor - £12.00

53.jpg (580719 bytes) Cardiff v Bath

team info

19 Apr 1958 Cardiff   good - some creasing

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19580419bat - £9.00

52.jpg (586173 bytes) Cardiff v Pontypool

team info

30 Apr 1958 Cardiff   good - slight crease

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19580430ppo - £6.00

11.jpg (541454 bytes) Cardiff  Present v Cardiff Past 

team info

30 Apr 1959 Cardiff   poor - creased, small pieces missing from pages

Ref: PC33-prcb-cdf19590430past - £5.00

 

CARDIFF AWAY v WELSH CLUBS

74.jpg (217365 bytes) Aberavon v Cardiff

team info

31 Jan 1953 Aberavon   poor - torn, creased and ink marks to team page

Ref: PC33-prcb-aav19530131cdf - £15.00

11.jpg (537916 bytes) Aberavon v Cardiff

team info

26 Jan 1957 Aberavon   good - folding crease

Ref: PC33-prcb-aav19570126cdf - £8.00

82.jpg (527167 bytes) Bridgend v Cardiff

team info

30 Apr 1956 Bandstand Field, Recreation Ground   poor - heavy creasing, right hand edge tatty

Ref: PC33-prcbwa-bri19560430cdf - £15.00

86.jpg (577245 bytes) Ebbw Vale v Cardiff

team info

25 Sep 1957 Ebbw Vale   very good - folding crease

Ref: PC33-prcb-ebv19570925cdf - £12.00

85.jpg (447340 bytes) Llanelli v Cardiff

team info

24 Mar 1952 Llanelli   very good - folding crease

Ref: PC33-prcb-lel19520324cdf - £12.00

97.jpg (322399 bytes) Llanelli v Cardiff

Team Info

25 Oct 1952 Stradey Park, Llanelli   good - some creasing

Ref: PC33-prcb-lel19521025cdf - £12.00

84.jpg (434909 bytes) Llanelli v Cardiff

team info

23 Feb 1957 Llanelli   very good - folding crease

Ref: PC33-prcb-lel19570223cdf - £12.00

82.jpg (403978 bytes) Neath v Cardiff

team info

30 Mar 1957 The Gnoll, Neath 8-3 good - folding creases

Ref: PC33-prcb-nea19570330cdf - £10.00

92.jpg (523070 bytes) Newbridge v Billy Cleaver's Cardiff XV 

team info

4 Oct 1948 Newbridge    fair - folding crease, nicks and tears

Ref: PC33-prcb-nbr19481004cdf - £15.00

05.jpg (519174 bytes) Newport v Cardiff

team Info

2 Oct 1948 Rodney Parade, Newport   good - folding creases

Ref: PC33-prcb-npo19481002cdf - £12.00

96.jpg (566079 bytes) Newport v Cardiff

team info

11 Nov 1950 Rodney Parade   good - folding creases

Ref: PC33-prcb-npo19501111cdf - £10.00

92.jpg (509802 bytes) Newport v Cardiff

team info

15 Dec 1951 Rodney Parade   fair - folding crease and piece missing from back page

Ref: PC33-prcb-npo19511215cdf - £8.00

03.jpg (481332 bytes) Newport v Cardiff

team Info

4 Oct 1952 Rodney Parade, Newport   very good

Ref: PC33-prcb-npo19521004cdf - £9.00

91.jpg (561889 bytes) Newport v Cardiff

team info

21 Feb 1953 Rodney Parade   good - folding crease

Ref: PC33-prcb-npo19530221cdf - £8.00

90.jpg (529023 bytes) Newport v Cardiff

team info

14 Nov 1953 Rodney Parade   good - light folding creases

Ref: PC33-prcb-npo19531114cdf - £8.00

85.jpg (457291 bytes) Newport v Cardiff

team info

6 Oct 1956 Rodney Parade   good - folding crease

Ref: PC33-prcb-npo19561006cdf - £8.00

84.jpg (451688 bytes) Newport v Cardiff

team info

16 Feb 1957 Rodney Parade   good - light crease

Ref: PC33-prcb-npo19570216cdf - £8.00

83.jpg (386382 bytes) Pontypool v Cardiff

team info

29 Apr 1950 Pontypool   very good

Ref: PC33-prcb-ppo19500429cdf - £18.00

05.jpg (371937 bytes)  Pontypool v Cardiff

team info

29 Sep 1951 Pontypool Park   good - light creases

Ref: PC33-prcb-ppo19510929cdf - £15.00

82.jpg (501071 bytes) Pontypool v Cardiff

team info

18 Apr 1953 Pontypool   very good

Ref: PC33-prcb-ppo19530418cdf - £15.00

81.jpg (461031 bytes) Pontypridd v Cardiff

team info

75th Anniversary Match

16 Oct 1952 Pontypridd   very good - folding crease

Ref: PC33-prcb-ppr19521016cdf - £20.00

27.jpg (478985 bytes) Swansea v Cardiff

Team Info

16 Oct 1948 St Helens, Swansea   good - folding crease, small nick to front cover

Ref: PC33-prcb-swa19481016cdf - £15.00

44.jpg (385568 bytes) Swansea v Cardiff

team info

14 Oct 1950 Swansea   good - light folding crease, front cover slightly marked

Ref: PC33-prcb-swa19501014cdf - £15.00

80.jpg (391605 bytes) Felinfoel v Cardiff

including dinner menu (9 autographs on back, including Frank Trott, John Llewellyn and Haydn Morris) and invitation

team info

12 Mar 1952 Felinfoel   good - folding crease, slight tears

Ref: PC33-prcb-fel19520312cdf-gp3 - £65.00

79.jpg (432839 bytes) Mountain Ash v Cardiff Athletic

team info

Sep 1950s Mountain Ash   very good - folding crease

Ref: PC33-prcb-moa19500900cdf-at - £20.00

78.jpg (387081 bytes) Penarth v Cardiff

team info

1950s Penarth   poor - covers missing

Ref: PC33-prcb-pen19500000cdf - £5.00

83.jpg (477617 bytes) Penygraig v Cardiff Athletic

team info

18 Mar 1950 Penygraig   very good - folding crease

Ref: PC33-prcb-pyg19500318cdf-at - £20.00

77.jpg (374138 bytes) Tredegar v Cardiff Athletic? 1956/57 Tredegar   poor - generic programme cover - missing team pages

Ref: PC33-prcb-tde19560000cdf-at - £5.00

CARDIFF AWAY v ENGLISH CLUBS

71.jpg (572272 bytes) Bath v Cardiff

team info

25 Mar 1950 Bath   very good

Ref: PC33-prcb-bat19500325cdf - £19.00

70.jpg (215835 bytes) Blackheath v Cardiff

team info

12 Mar 1955 Blackheath   good - folding crease 

Ref: PC33-prcb-bla19550312cdf - £15.00

89.jpg (580928 bytes) Bridgwater & Albion v Bleddyn Williams ( Cardiff) XV 

team info

15 Apr 1957 Bridgwater   very good - folding crease

Ref: PC33-prcb-bdw19570415cdf - £15.00

69.jpg (386309 bytes) Bristol v Cardiff 30 Oct 1948 Bristol   poor - team pages only - tear and staining

Ref: PC33-prcb-brs19481030cdf - £5.00

68.jpg (519280 bytes) Bristol v Cardiff

team info

5 Feb 1955 Bristol   very good - folding crease

Ref: PC33-prcb-brs19550205cdf - £15.00

67.jpg (267614 bytes) Bristol v Cardiff (at Bristol City)

team info

24 Oct 1956 Ashton Gate   very good - folding crease

Ref: PC33-prcb-brs19561024cdf - £18.00

66.jpg (430401 bytes) Cheltenham v Cardiff

team info

11 Mar 1950 Cheltenham   very good - folding crease

Ref: PC33-prcb-cht19500311cdf - £15.00

65.jpg (409959 bytes) Cheltenham v Cardiff

team info

25 Apr 1953 Cheltenham   very good - folding crease

Ref: PC33-prcb-cht19530429cdf - £12.00

88.jpg (485668 bytes) Coventry v Cardiff

team info

20 Sep 1952 Coventry   good - folding crease, small nicks

Ref: PC33-prcb-cov19520920cdf - £15.00

87.jpg (462868 bytes) Coventry v Cardiff

team info

19 Sep 1953 Coventry   very good - folding crease

Ref: PC33-prcb-cov19530919cdf - £15.00

64.jpg (442150 bytes) Coventry v Cardiff 15 Sep 1956 Coventry   very good - folding crease

Ref: PC33-prcb-cov19560915cdf - £10.00

63.jpg (538173 bytes) Devonport Services v Cardiff

team info

15 Apr 1950 Devonport   fair - folding crease, slight tear, nicks

Ref: PC33-prcb-dsc19500415cdf - £20.00

61.jpg (808901 bytes) Harlequins v Cardiff

team info

12 Dec 1953 Harlequins   very good

Ref: PC33-prcb-haq19531212cdf - £15.00

60.jpg (699556 bytes) Harlequins v Cardiff

team info

30 Oct 1956 Harlequins   very good

Ref: PC33-prcb-haq19561030cdf - £15.00

59.jpg (454018 bytes) Leicester v Cardiff

team info

20 Nov 1948 Leicester   good - folding cease, team changes neatly done in ink

Ref: PC33-prcb-lei19481120cdf - £19.00

58.jpg (360068 bytes) Leicester v Cardiff

team info

7 Jan 1950 Leicester   very good - folding crease

Ref: PC33-prcb-lei19500107cdf - £16.00

57.jpg (598371 bytes) Leicester v Cardiff

team info

17 Sep 1956 Leicester   very good

Ref: PC33-prcb-lei19560917cdf - £10.00

56.jpg (434496 bytes) Newton Abbot v Cardiff

team info

18 Sep 1950 Newton Abbot   very good

Ref: PC33-prcb-nab19500918cdf - £24.00

55.jpg (454343 bytes) Northampton v Cardiff

team info

6 Sep 1948 Northampton   very good

Ref: PC33-prcb-nor19480904cdf - £20.00

54.jpg (517396 bytes) Northampton v Cardiff

team info

30 Oct 1950 Northampton   very good

Ref: PC33-prcb-nor19501030cdf - £18.00

53.jpg (416228 bytes) Oxford University v Cardiff

team info

4 Nov 1954 Oxford University   very good - folding crease

Ref: PC33-prcb-oxu19541104cdf - £15.00

52.jpg (494899 bytes) Plymouth Albion v Cardiff

team info

31 Mar 1951 Plymouth   very good

Ref: PC33-prcb-ply19510331cdf - £16.00

48.jpg (456437 bytes) Wasps v Cardiff 26 Mar 1949 Sudbury   fair - creased and folded

Ref: PC33-prcb-was19490326cdf-la - £20.00

47.jpg (444120 bytes) Wasps v Cardiff 13 Oct 1951 Sudbury   fair - creased and folded

Ref: PC33-prcb-was19511013cdf-la - £18.00

51.jpg (344808 bytes) Wasps v Cardiff

team info

6 Nov 1954 Sudbury   good - creases

Ref: PC33-prcb-was19541106cdf - £15.00

50.jpg (367915 bytes) Wasps v Cardiff

team info

17 Nov 1956 Sudbury   very good - folding crease

Ref: PC33-prcb-was19561117cdf - £15.00

49.jpg (448137 bytes) Wasps v Cardiff

team info

16 Nov 1957 Sudbury   poor - team pages only

Ref: PC33-prcb-was19571116cdf - £15.00

CARDIFF AWAY v IRISH & SCOTTISH CLUBS

76.jpg (411065 bytes) Bective Rangers v Cardiff

team info

18 Nov 1957 Donnybrook   good - creased

Ref: PC33-prcb-bec19571118cdf - £24.00

75.jpg (266009 bytes) Watsonians v Cardiff

team info

1 Jan 1957 Myreside   very good

Ref: PC33-prcb-wat19570101cdf - £12.00

 

OTHER MATCHES

82.jpg (486749 bytes) Glamorgan v Monmouthshire

team info

26 Jan 1955 Cardiff   fair - creased with two tears

Ref: PC33-prcb-glm19550126mon - £10.00

 

03.jpg (49545 bytes) 1951

CARDIFF & DISTRICT RUGBY UNION

Festival of Britain Sevens at Blackweir Park, Cardiff, competing teams include - Taffs Well, Cardiff, Bridgend, Cowbridge, St Peter's & Pentyrch

10 autographs to middle pages including Cliff Morgan, Frank Trott, Stan Bowes and Tom Holley

folding creases, some marks to front cover

Ref: PC33-prspsbmiwa-cardiff.fest-br.1951- £38.00

 

27.jpg (323988 bytes) Dr Jack Matthews XV v Combined Cardiff Colleges XV

Team Info

16 Feb 1955 Cardiff Arms Park 21-3 fair - creased, nicks

Ref: PC33-prspmi.wa19550216 - £10.00

86.jpg (573513 bytes) Bridgend v Dr Jack Matthews's XV

team info

23 Sep 1957 Bridgend   fair - folding crease, very small piece missing from front cover and slight staining 

Ref: PC33-prcb-bri19570923-drjac - £15.00

85.jpg (313000 bytes) Penarth v GV Wynne Jones's XV

team info

circa Sep 1957 Penarth   very good - folding crease

Ref: PC33-prcb-pen19570900-gvwyn - £15.00

84.jpg (327045 bytes) Penarth v GV Wynne Jones's XV

team info

15 Sep 1958 Penarth   fair - creased with two tears

Ref: PC33-prcb-pen19580915-gvwyn - £15.00

68.jpg (27803 bytes)

JIM SPILLANE

Rex Willis International XV v Old Illtydian Selected XV

4 Apr 1962 Cardiff   fair - heavy creases

Ref: PC33-prspmi.py-spillane1962 - £6.00

 

RAF

74.jpg (448607 bytes) RAF St Athan XV v Winston Rees' XV

single sheet

25 Apr 1945 Ogmore Vale   fair -  creased and tears 

Ref: PC33-prcb-raf19450425-win - £45.00

72.jpg (473315 bytes) Bath v RAF

single sheet

 

3 Mar 1945 Bath   fair - creased, nicks

Ref: PC33-prcb-bat19450303-raf - £45.00

 

WELSH TRIALS

19.jpg (486005 bytes) Probables v Possibles

international trial match

team info

10 Nov 1951 Abertillery   good - folding crease

Ref: PC33-prspta.wa19511110 - £29.00

54.jpg (46059 bytes) Probables v Possibles

Team Info

8 Dec 1951 Cardiff   good - folding creases

Ref: PC33-prspta.wa19511208 - £15.00

81.jpg (375278 bytes) Welsh Trial

team info

13 Dec 1952 Neath   fair - creased with a few tears

Ref: PC33-prsptawa195221213 - £20.00

91.jpg (39871 bytes) Probables v Possibles

team info

5 Dec 1953 Cardiff 22 - 0 fair - folding creases

Ref: PC33-prspta.wa19531205 - £12.00

73.jpg (621692 bytes)  Probables v Possibles

international trial match

team info

5 Jan 1957 Cardiff   good - folding crease, slight nick

Ref: PC33-prsptawa19570105 - £12.00

 

FRAMED, GLAZED & MOUNTED TEAM PHOTOGRAPHS

31.jpg (295806 bytes) CARDIFF ATHLETIC RFC 1948/49 MOUNTED FRAMED & GLAZED OFFICIAL TEAM PHOTOGRAPH. - An official player's presentation team photo laid down to a printed mount that includes team and other relevant information. The mount, photograph is framed and glazed, overall size 18x15"(45x37cm) . 

The players and officials featured in this photograph are as follows: Gwyn Porter, JB Neagle, K Brooks, VW Wakelin, H Cometson, AT Thomas, RH Millar, T Holley, G Jenkins, WH Douglas, RM Glover, R Roberts, LJ Hayward, P Goodfellow, LM Spence, Lyn Williams, J Thomas, H Johnson, PC Glover, Gwyn Davies, SC Cravos, Len Evans, D Jones, DE Davies, RH Jenkins, F Campbell, KC Lloyd, R Willis, H Loveluck, G Beckingham.

Overall condition: very good 

Ref: PRH1-mmphtm.mnvn.fmgl.1948-9-cdf - £75.00

32.jpg (211666 bytes) CARDIFF RFC 1949/50 MOUNTED FRAMED & GLAZED OFFICIAL TEAM PHOTOGRAPH. - An official player's presentation team photo laid down to a printed mount that includes team and other relevant information. The mount, photograph is framed and glazed, overall size 18x15"(46x39cm). 

The players and officials featured in this photograph are as follows: J Thomas, DE Davies, DM James, H Johnson, LM Spence, DA Brown, AT Thomas, G Porter, J Pursey, J Powell, P Ash, CD Williams, WE Tamplin, P Goodfellow, M Collins, JD Nelson, G Evans, G Jenkins, JR Phillips, E Spillane, T Cook, R Willis, J Matthews, SC Cravos, BL Williams, DB Morgan, RF Trott, BH Jenkins, WB Cleaver, C Davies, R Burn, C Morgan, TL Williams, G Beckingham. 

Overall condition: very good

Ref: PRH1-mmphtm.mnvn.fmgl.1949-50-cdf - £75.00

36.jpg (245763 bytes) CARDIFF RFC 1953/54 MOUNTED FRAMED & GLAZED OFFICIAL TEAM PHOTOGRAPH. - An official player's presentation team photo laid down to a printed mount that includes team and other relevant information. The mount, photograph is framed and glazed, overall size 16x13"(40x32cm). 

The players and officials featured in this photograph are as follows: J Matthews, TL Williams, WH Wilkins, DE Davies, LM Spence, H Rees, RF Trott, LB Jones, G Arcos, CD Williams, JE Llewellyn, JD Evans, E Thomas, M Collins, H Nicholls, G Rowlands, C Hewitt, G Morgan, C Morgan, WR Willis, ADS Bowes, S Judd, BH Jenkins, BL Williams, H Johnson, JD Nelson, CD Murphy, H Morris, G Beckingham. 

Overall condition: very good 

Ref: PRH1-mmphtm.mnvn.fmgl.1953-4-cdf - £65.00

37.jpg (178264 bytes) CARDIFF RFC 1955/56 MOUNTED FRAMED & GLAZED OFFICIAL TEAM PHOTOGRAPH. - An official player's presentation team photo laid down to a printed mount that includes team and other relevant information. The mount, photograph is framed and glazed, overall size 16x13"(40x32cm). 

The players and officials featured in this photograph are as follows: TL Williams, G Davies, H Rees, H Johnson, S Judd, LM Spence, T Holley, WH Wilkins, DM James, GL Porter, LB Jones, G John, DC Murphy, G Beckingham, E Thomas, P Goodfellow, H Nicholls, M Gough, JD Nelson, DJ Dodd, E Lewis, WR Willis, T Arcas, DE Davies, A Priday, C Howe, M Collins, DA Brown, G Rowlands, JD Evans, G Wells, RF Trott, CL Davies, K Richards.

Overall condition: good 

Ref: PRH1-mmphtm.mnvn.fmgl.1955-6-cdf - £65.00

38.jpg (206996 bytes) CARDIFF RFC 1956/57 MOUNTED FRAMED & GLAZED OFFICIAL TEAM PHOTOGRAPH. - An official player's presentation team photo laid down to a printed mount that includes team and other relevant information. The mount, photograph is framed and glazed, overall size 16x13"(40x32cm). 

The players and officials featured in this photograph are as follows: T Arcas, LB Jones, TL Williams, DM James, H Johnson, GL Porter, AD Croster, H Rees, DA Brown, JD Nelson, C Howe, L Williams, G Beckingham, WR Evans, G Wills, M Gough, M Collins, T Holley, RF Trott, E Thomas, P Goodfellow, LM Spence, H Nicholls, JD Evans, DE Davies, G Griffiths, E Lewis, C Morgan, A Priday, G John.

Overall condition: very good 

Ref: PRH1-mmphtm.mnvn.fmgl.1956-7-cdf - £65.00

39.jpg (206014 bytes) CARDIFF RFC 1957/58 MOUNTED FRAMED & GLAZED OFFICIAL TEAM PHOTOGRAPH. - An official player's presentation team photo laid down to a printed mount that includes team and other relevant information. The mount, photograph is framed and glazed, overall size 16x13"(40x32cm).. 

The players and officials featured in this photograph are as follows: AD Croster, WH Wilkins, DA Brown, LM Spence, S Judd, H Johnson, TL Williams, LB Jones, T Holley, L Williams, M Gough, K Jones, C Howe, G Beckingham, JD Evans, H Nicholls, D Hayward, C Williams, DE Davies, G Davies, AJ Priday, WR Willis, GL Porter, E Thomas, RF Trott, C Morgan, CD Williams, K Thomas, G John. 

Overall condition: very good 

Ref: PRH1-mmphtm.mnvn.fmgl.1957-8-cdf - £55.00

40.jpg (366741 bytes) CARDIFF RFC 1954 EITHER ON TOUR IN IRELAND OR CORNWALL MOUNTED OFFICIAL TEAM PHOTOGRAPH. - An official player's presentation team photo laid down to a printed mount.  The mount, photograph overall size 10x8"(26x21cm). 

The players and officials featured in this photograph include Cardiff players: Cliff Davies, Jack Matthews, Bleddyn Williams, Rex Willis and Cliff Morgan.

Overall condition: very good 

Ref: PRH1-mmphtm.mnvn.1954-cdf-veuk - £35.00

 

CAPS & JERSEYS - NOT FOR SALE

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SCOTLAND 1953 v WALES JERSEY - DAVID M ROSE -  A No 5 Scotland international jersey from the collection of Geoff Beckingham, Wales 1953-58. The jersey was worn by the Scottish wing David M Rose during the match with Wales in 1953 and exchanged post match with Geoff. This was both players second cap, the Scottish wing went on to win 7 caps in total, scoring three tries in the process, all three against France, two in his 1951 debut international and one in1953.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THIS JERSEY IN MORE DETAIL

Ref: WRM-1038 -mmjyin .sc1953 vewa-rose9 -WRMR

28-cp-cdf-ath.jpg (366230 bytes) Cardiff Rugby Football Club - Athletic team 1948-49 season - Geoff Beckingham. Legend has it that Geoff politely refused to be promoted to the Cardiff First XV during this season so that he played enough games to earn his Athletic XV cap. Geoff was one of eleven new 'Athletic' caps, other future internationals included Sid Judd and Rex Willis.

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Ref: WRM-1039 -mmcp. wacb-cdf.ath 1948-49 -beckingham -WRMR
29-cp-cdf.jpg (417748 bytes) Cardiff Rugby Football Club 1949-50 season - Geoff Beckingham 

12.jpg (722483 bytes) 11.jpg (766717 bytes) 10.jpg (685599 bytes)

Ref: WRM-1040- mmcp. wacb-cdf 1949-50 -beckingham -WRMR
27-cp-glm-ou.jpg (242634 bytes) Glamorgan County 1953-54 - Geoff Beckingham. Geoff  played several times for Glamorgan County.  Ref: WRM-1041 -mmcp. waou-glm 1953-54 -beckingham -WRMR

 

SOLD ITEMS

41.jpg (282321 bytes) 41a.jpg (363995 bytes) CARDIFF RUGBY TEAM SIGNED POSTCARD, DEVON & CORNWALL TOUR, HOTEL ROYALE, PENZANCE. A Hotel Royale, Penzance postcard prolifically signed to the reverse by approximately 25 members of the tour party. Signatures include Gwyn Evans, CD Williams, John Nelson, Peter Goodchild, Hubert Johnson and Cliff Morgan.  

 

BADGES - FOR SALE ON THE BAGDES PAGE - CLICK HERE

09.jpg (100164 bytes) Australia 1950s - pin - 18mm     12.jpg (169616 bytes)

South Africa, circa 1950s - CL - 32mm (from tip of horn to end of leg) 

 
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Bridgwater & Albion RFC Supporters Club circa 1950s - BH - 28mm

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Camborne Rugby Supporters Club circa 1950s - CL - 24mm - made by Miller of Branston, Birmingham

 
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Coventry Rugby Supporters Club circa 1950s - CL - 27mm

    35.jpg (109025 bytes)

Falmouth ( Cornwall ) Rugby Football Supporters Club, BH - 27mm

 
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Leicester Rugby Supporters Club, Tigers RFC badge circa 1950s - BH - 22mm

    24.jpg (341706 bytes)

Newton ( Abbott, Devon ) RFC All Whites Supporters Club circa 1950s - CL - 18mm

 
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Penzance & Newlyn RFC - silver colour edges, CL (silver backed, clasp across the back) 20mm, circa late 1950s?

    29.jpg (178616 bytes)

Penzance & Newlyn RFC - gold colour edges, CL (gold colour backed, clasp down the back) 20mm - circa early 1950s?

 
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Plymouth Albion RFC Supporters Club, circa 1950s - CL - 25mm

    08.jpg (175944 bytes)

Totnes RFC Supporters Club - BH - 28mm

 
15.jpg (207449 bytes)

St Ives Rugby Supporters Club circa 1950s - CL - 33mm - made by Miller of Branston, Birmingham

    13.jpg (139799 bytes)

US Cognac, France 1899-1949 - BH- 18mm 

 
31.jpg (170380 bytes)

Paris University Club, circa 1950s - screw fixing - 9mm

    27.jpg (173618 bytes)

Stade Nantais ( Nantes ) UC, France - circa 1950 - BH - 12mm

 
14.jpg (287244 bytes)

Aberavon Rugby Supporters Club - oval - circa 1950s - BH - 28mm

    13.jpg (463560 bytes)

Aberavon Rugby Supporters Club - round - circa 1950s - BH - 25mm

 
12.jpg (216444 bytes)

Cardiff Rugby Supporters Club, circa 1950s - CL - 27mm, navy blue background

    11.jpg (260726 bytes)

Cardiff Rugby Supporters Club, circa 1950s - CL - 27mm, navy blue background

 
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Ebbw Vale Rugby Supporters Club circa 1950s badge - CL - 23mm

    28.jpg (156018 bytes)

Llanelly ( Llanelli ) & District Rugby Supporters Club 1954 - 1955 - BH - 26mm

 
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Ebbw Vale RFC Supporters Club 1953-54 - CL - 25mm

    14.jpg (162409 bytes) Newport Supporters Club 1939-40 - CL - 25mm  
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Pontypool Rugby Supporters Club badge circa 1950s - BH - 23mm

         
10.jpg (227875 bytes)

Cardiff RFC - Cognac & Nantes tour 1949-50 - card badge with ribbons, safety pin fixing

    11.jpg (173166 bytes)

Cardiff v Bristol "51" Club (made in Bristol)

 
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GWR 150 - 1835-1985 - 150th anniversary of Great Western Railway badge - CL - 21mm

    09.jpg (153466 bytes)

Sparta Chiada Sindicala, circa 1950s - looks to be a volleyball club badge - CL - 16mm

 
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Aer Lingus, 1950s, pin - 24mm

    17.jpg (264301 bytes)

Belvedere College S.J. (Society of Jesus) circa 1950s - linked to Old Belvedere RFC - pin - 12mm

 
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STIHL - chainsaws etc, pin, circa 1950-60, 18mm

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Expozitie Bucharest R.C.S. 1957 - badge - CL (from the Cardiff 2 match tour of Romania May/June 1957) both matches were against Bucharest XV's.

 

 

SCRAPBOOKS - NOT FOR SALE - LEASE AVAILABLE FOR RESEARCH - PLEASE CONTACT US FOR MORE INFO

23.jpg (136263 bytes) A hardcover exercise book measuring 10" x 7.5" with lined pages turned into a scrapbook. The book is titled Cardiff RFC and extensively populated with newspaper clippings and memorabilia from the career of Geoff Beckingham. There are circa 100 pages which includes mainly clippings and a limited amount of memorabilia.  
45.jpg (496872 bytes) 2 selection cards from 1952, Cardiff v Athlelic XV & v Cardiff District with a match report from this match  
44.jpg (585829 bytes) Cardiff v Neath 1952 selection telegram (match report on next page) with a Cardiff v District match report  
43.jpg (290571 bytes) 42.jpg (673387 bytes) Penarth v International XV 1 Sep 1952 match programme  
40.jpg (707683 bytes) Newport v Cardiff match report & Sid Judd winning line-out photo  
39.jpg (493252 bytes) Mountain Ash v Cardiff programme & match report  
38.jpg (742822 bytes) Cardiff front row & Sid Judd for Wales after showing at Llanelli  
37.jpg (1848321 bytes) Geoff wins his first cap against England in 1953  
36.jpg (1333885 bytes) 'Beck' against England during his first international  
35.jpg (1332991 bytes) Scotland v Wales 1953  
34.jpg (734633 bytes) Cardiff v NZ 1953 newspaper photos  
33.jpg (905045 bytes) Praise for Geoff  
21.jpg (195508 bytes) Cardiff v Pontypool fold out match reports, there are many fold out match reports included.  
22.jpg (191442 bytes) Cardiff v NZ All Blacks 1953 victory fold out match reports  
26.jpg (132673 bytes) Cardiff v South African Universities  

 

24.jpg (128111 bytes) 32.jpg (342197 bytes) A hardcover foolscap exercise book measuring 12.5" x 8" with lined paper covering the early and late periods of Geoff's career. The book includes clippings from Barry RFC matches, letters from Barry RFC, Cardiff RFC, a printed itinerary for matches against Coventry and Northampton, many clippings of Cardiff match reports and news items plus Geoff's final appearance for Wales against France in 1958.  
31.jpg (973104 bytes) Geoff hits the headlines  
30.jpg (714019 bytes) Re-union of the 1953 All Black conquerors and 'Beck' wears a tie.  
29.jpg (919842 bytes) Geoff in line for a cap.   
28.jpg (1035363 bytes) Geoff to coach Penarth  
25.jpg (244228 bytes) The scrapbook includes some loose full page clippings  
19.jpg (188481 bytes) Geoff wins a cap despite his refusal to wear a tie.  

 

GEOFF BECKINGHAM PHOTOGRAPH LIBRARY

Photos (originals not for sale) - Reproductions are for sale but are for personal use only. Please quote the reference code of the photo/s you are interested in and visit this page CLICK HERE for our reproduction prices and contact information.

 

01.jpg (583580 bytes) An original black and white photograph of the Cardiff v South Africa match in 1951. The balding Springbok is “Basie” van Wyk, a flanker, and the Cardiff loose forward far right is Sid Judd.
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02.jpg (448995 bytes) An original black and white photograph of Cardiff v Leicester 1954/55 season match, Geoff Beckingham has the ball with Lloyd Williams directly behind him. The first three Leicester players left to right are John Jenkins, the Tigers’ captain who had been a Cambridge Blue; Ron Smith with the wavy fair hair and a young David Hazell, a prop who played for England. Cardiff won 32-9 that day F20-68-02
03.jpg (498703 bytes) Hooker on hooker - An original black and white photograph of a Cardiff v Newport match at Cardiff Arms Park, 1954/55 season. Geoff Becks sticks a leg out to the ball and the Newport player tackling young Geoff Beck we think is a young Bryn Meredith. F20-68-03
04.jpg (442069 bytes) An original black and white photograph of a Cardiff v Northampton match, 1954/55 season. Geoff Beckingham tackling Dickie Jeeps. The Northampton player far right wearing jersey #10 is Ron “Bonzo” Jacobs, capped for England between 1956 and 1964. F20-68-04
05.jpg (304867 bytes) We think this Swansea v Cardiff pic at St Helens is October 1948 (11-3 to Cardiff). A very young Geoff Beck is third of the Cardiff players to the fore, the others are Bill Tamplin (with wavy hair and falling over) and an ageing Haydn Tanner next to Geoff. It was Geoff’s first season with Cardiff and Tanner’s last. F20-68-05
06.jpg (310171 bytes) An original black and white photograph believed to be a Welsh Trial at Cardiff Arms Park, circa 1950s. F20-68-06
07.jpg (340401 bytes) An original black and white photograph from March 1958: The Welsh pack and reserves practice before Wales v France. From left going clockwise: John Faull, JD Evans (mostly obscured), Alun Pask, Haydn Morgan, Roddy Evans, Ray Prosser, Bryn Meredith, Geoff Beckingham, Clem Thomas (captain with back to camera) and RH Williams (back to camera) F20-68-07
08.jpg (350140 bytes) An original black and white photograph of a Cardiff v Neath match at Cardiff Arms park, circa late 1940s/ early 1950s. F20-68-08
09.jpg (368328 bytes) BLACK & WHITE ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH -  An original black and white photograph of a Swansea v Cardiff match, circa late 1940s/ early 1950s. F20-68-09
10.jpg (421557 bytes) An original black and white photograph of the players leaving the field after the Cardiff v British Lions match on 22 September 1951. 1951 Cardiff v Lions match. Lions players from left to right: Ranald Macdonald, Jack Kyle (slightly in thhe background), Tom Clifford, Lewis Jones and next to him Malcolm Thomas, Billy Cleaver, John Robins with head bowed, and then Jim McCarthy of Ireland. Cardiff players from left to right: Sid Judd, Jack Matthews, Rex Willis, Geoff Beck (foreground with Cleaver). Can’t see the Cardiff and Lions players far right very clearly. Cardiff scored 4 unconverted tries, to the 'Lions' 3 tries, one of which was converted and a penalty, to lose 14-12. (A try was worth three points in those days.) F20-68-10
11.jpg (342039 bytes) An original black and white photograph of a Cardiff team, date and location unknown, Lloyd Williams is 3rd from left, Bleddyn Williams, captain with ball, Tom Holley with suit, 2nd from left.
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12.jpg (327644 bytes) An original black and white photograph of a Cardiff team, date and location unknown. 

Back: Ref, Gareth Griffiths, Roddy Evans, ?, ?, ?, ?, JD Evans and possibly a very young Dai Hayward
Middle: Billy Cleaver in the specs as touch judge, ?, Cennydd Williams, Eddie Thomas (capt), Cliff Morgan, Geoff Beckingham, ?
Front: ?, ?

This has to be 56-57 or 57-58 as those were the only years that Cennydd coincided with Cliff.

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13.jpg (525615 bytes) An original black and white photograph of a Cardiff team on tour in Ireland, 

This photo, taken in Limerick is an Irish invitation team integrated with the Cardiff team (30 players altogether).
Back Row: 2nd left is JD Evans; 5th left PJ Lawlor perhaps, 10th left Noel Henderson; 12th left Eddie Thomas; 13th left Tom Reid;
Middle Row: 2nd left John O’Meara; 5th left Bleddyn Williams; last but one is Geoff Beckingham and next to him on the end is Jack Matthews
In front: 5th left Cliff Morgan and Jack Kyle is next to him at the end of the row.

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14.jpg (405808 bytes) An original black and white photograph of a Cardiff (Rags) and Wasps teams at the old Sudbury pavilion (pre-1963). Probably pre-1950 with Rex Willis in the 2nd XV – possibly Stan Bowes as captain of Cardiff 2nds? F20-68-14
15.jpg (403840 bytes) An original black and white photograph of a Cardiff vs Baa-Baas 1955 match, Cardiff playing in red, Colin Howe with ball, Bryn Meredith for the Baa-Baas behind Geoff Beckingham. Reg Higgins is the Barbarian (partly obscured) on the far right.
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16.jpg (386436 bytes) An original black and white photograph of a Swansea v Cardiff match, circa mid 1950s. F20-68-16
65.jpg (449469 bytes) An original black and white photograph of a Cardiff squad off to Ireland or France on tour. Cliff Morgan with briefcase, Roddy Evans and JD Evans back left on the stairway to the aircraft; Gordon Wells in the long black coat in front of that back row. Geoff Beckingham front left with no tie; Eddie Thomas wearing black blazer and overcoat at Cliff Morgan’s right shoulder; Rex Willis second from right front row.
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18.jpg (302523 bytes) An original black and white photograph of Wales v England 1953 at Cardiff. Main line left to right: Nick Labuschagne (E), Geoff Beckingham (W), Billy Williams (W), John Robins (W), Bob Stirling (E), Rees Stephens (W), Roy John with ball (W), Wal Holmes behind (E), Pat Sykes going for ball (E), Sid Judd (W) and Alec Lewis (E). Cardiff Arms Park west terrace in the background F20-68-18
19.jpg (311661 bytes) An original black and white photograph of Wales v England 1953 match at Cardiff. 
Left to right: Nick Labuschagne (E), Geoff Beckingham (W), Roy John obscured in scrum cap (W), John Robins with fair hair under the arm (W), Rees Stephens with grey flash in his hair (W), Bob Stirling (E), Stan Adkins (E), “Squire” Wilkins with the ball (E), John Gwilliam (W), Wal Holmes peering over a shoulder (E), John Kendall-Carpenter mostly obscured (E), Pat Sykes offering support (E), Sid Judd (W) and Alec Lewis (E).
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20.jpg (394379 bytes) Reds v Whites trial match at Abertillery Park, 10th Nov 1951: Malcolm Thomas (Reds) with the ball; for the Whites Geoff Beckingham and Clem Thomas (light-coloured socks – probably Cambridge blue) are chasing him and Bleddyn Williams is coming across from the other side to head him off. John Gwilliam is the Whites player to the right of Bleddyn (as we look at the pic) in the background. The ref in striped socks is Mr ED Williams.

Reds 19 (5 tries, 2 conversions) Whites 5 (1 try, 1 conversion) - Referee: E D Williams

Reds: John Llewellyn (Cardiff), Ken Jones (Newport), Alun Thomas (Cardiff), Malcolm Thomas (Newport), Horace Phillips (Swansea), Cliff Morgan (Cardiff), Rex Willis (Cardiff), Don Hayward (Newbridge), Dai Davies (Somerset Police), ‘Stoker’ Williams (Swansea), Roy John (Neath), Ben Edwards (Newport), Len Blyth (Swansea), Rees Stephens (captain, Neath) and C D Young (United Services, Portsmouth).

Whites: Viv Evans (Neath), Derek Murphy (Cardiff), Lewis Jones (Llanelli) Bleddyn Williams (Cardiff), Malcolm Davies (Maesteg), Gareth Howells (London Hospital & Senghenydd), Haydn Evans (London Welsh), John Robins (Birkenhead Park), Geoff Beckingham (Cardiff), John Thorley (Neath), Emlyn Forward (Bargoed), R H Williams (Llanelli & RAF), Allen Forward (Pontypool), John Gwilliam (Edinburgh Wanderers) and Clem Thomas (Swansea),

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21.jpg (300862 bytes) An original black and white photograph believed to be a Cardiff v Newport match (at Rodney Parade?) F20-68-21
22.jpg (354116 bytes) Reds v Whites trial match at Abertillery Park, 10th Nov 1951: Rex Willis and Cliff Morgan (framed beneath the goal) are the Reds half-backs awaiting the outcome of the lineout. Clem Thomas (in light socks) is the Whites forward near the back of the line; Haydn Evans (L Welsh) is the Whites scrum-half (#7) and Len Blyth is the Reds forward far right of the lineout.
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23.jpg (409456 bytes) An original black and white photograph of the Cardiff v Lions match 1951. The fourth player from left is Tom Clifford (Lions prop); #30 for the Lions is Jim McCarthy and the two Lions last right are Roy John (scrum cap) and John Robins (fair hair).
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24.jpg (361193 bytes) We think this is another photo from the 1951 Cardiff v Lions match. The Lion far right with fair hair might be John Robins again. F20-68-24
25.jpg (357258 bytes) An original black and white photograph of a Probables v Possibles Final trial at Cardiff. F20-68-25
26.jpg (340457 bytes) An original black and white photograph from a Probables v Possibles at Cardiff, probably 8th December 1951 with Geoff Beckingham (to the right of centre in this pic) playing for the Probables (red). Ray Williams is the Possibles right-wing (#2 far right of pic) and Allan Forward is the Whites’ flanker far left. Haydn Evans, the Possibles scrum-half is stooping to watch the ball in the foreground. Rees Stephens is the Probables forward nearest to Geoff in this pic.
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27.jpg (274423 bytes) An original black and white photograph of Cardiff playing in Nantes. F20-68-27
28.jpg (553688 bytes) An original black and white photograph from another Probables v Possibles trial at Cardiff. Sid Judd is believed to be the Whites flanker charging through. F20-68-28
29.jpg (361142 bytes) An original black and white photograph related to a civic or dinner function involving former Cardiff RFC players, F20-68-29
30.jpg (397478 bytes) An original black and white photograph related to a civic or dinner function involving former Cardiff RFC players. Cliff Morgan with Bleddyn Williams far left indicates that it may be the annual dinner of the team which beat NZ in 1953. 
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Thanks to Terry Breverton, John Griffiths & Ray Ruddick for their assistance in identifying the players, locations and dates in these photographs.

 

 

 

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