This page is in memory of Keith Harding, Chairman of Newtown Football Club. Photos relate to the club and are selected from a wide variety of photos in his collection. Grateful thanks to Mrs May Harding, his daughter Nicky and the family for permitting their use. My thanks to the many people who have assisted with supplying names and other information relating to Newtown F.C..See acknowledgements at foot of page. Owners of the copyright of photos are being sought for their permission.
Ken Davies 
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A
KEITH HARDING
SELECTION
up to 1959
featuring
A HISTORY OF
NEWTOWN A.F.C.

and Football in Newtown
click here for 1960 onwards

click here for Newtown's 
Senior Welsh International players

click here for  the
Robins Reunion photos

 

Keith Harding
Keith Harding

A selection of Keith's photograph collection 
and other Newtown footballing memorabilia,
recorded here in his memory.


1873, 1872 or 1864?
Keith Harding's research
adds weight to Wrexham A.F.C.'s claim!


Wrexham Football Club
could be older than thought
(click to access)


The following remarkable enquiry was received from a Wrexham F.C researcher,
Dylan Jon
es

Sir,
First of all may I congratulate you on an excellent site.

The reason for my contact is that I'm curious to learn of your source in respect of a statement in the page on your website entitled "A History of Football in Mid Wales", by Keith Harding.

The particular section is in reference to the 1879 Welsh Cup Final after dinner speeches, where the Wrexham President mentions his club was formed some 15 years previously, ie 1864.

You may or may not be aware there has been a recent media story regarding the actual formation of Wrexham FC initially whether it was 1872 or as per the badge 1873.
Recent research has in fact found that the club was founded in 1864, with documented evidence. The source mentioned above would be an additional confirmation.
The club has received all relevant details and an announcement will be made imminently.
I appreciate your assistance.
Regards
Dylan Jones


click here to access Keith's "A History of Football in Central Wales"

Keith Harding

Keith Harding was Newtown Football Club's Chairman, and researched the history of football in Central Wales.
His work appears on this website, by kind permission of his wife May and daughter Nicky.
Without their generous cooperation, the following piece from his work would not have been picked up by Dylan Jones

"In the Welsh 'Soccer' scene, the earliest Clubs to emerge were exclusively in the North of Wales where the gentlemen farmers and University graduates had the leisure time to take up the sport. The Wrexham Club have the reputation of being the first organised Club to emerge in the Principality in 1873. There is however considerable evidence that the Druids, who played at Plas Madoc Park, Ruabon, were formed earlier. Yet in two articles in the local newspapers, mention is made of the formation dates of both clubs - the 'Druids' being formed some four years ago in a speech after a game in 1877 and in an after dinner speech in 1879 after 'The White Stars' Welsh Cup victory, mention was made by the President of Wrexham F.C. that the Wrexham Club had been in existence for 15 years."


Mr Evan Morris, President of Wrexham Football Club, in the above address in Newtown, following Wrexham's defeat to Newtown White Stars in the 1878/79 Welsh Cup Final, states that Wrexham had existed for 15 years - ie since 1864.


This information was passed on to Peter Jones, Chairman  of the Wrexham Supporters Trust, and he sent this reply. KD

Hi Ken,
First of all thank you for copies of the cuttings from the Montgomeryshire Express, as the information gives even more clarity to the formation of Wrexham Football Club to what we have already uncovered the past two months.
I'm very aware of the excellent Penmon web site and the collection of the late Keith Harding from his days as Chairman of Newtown FC.
I will of course mention Keith's discovery when mentioning this piece of information.

Many thanks for your help,
Peter Jones (WST)
4th April 2012



Keith Harding's research seals
Wrexham formation date
as 1864

via    www.penmon.org

Wrexham FC Oldest Club in Wales!
Written by Wrexham Supporters Trust on 04 July 2012.

Members of Wrexham Supporters Trust voted last week on the facts put before them as recognising that Wrexham Football Club were actually formed in 1864, and to change year on the club badge accordingly.

It means that the club is now the oldest in Wales, and the third oldest professional club in the world behind Notts County (1862) and Stoke City (1863).


Supporters Trust Chairman Peter Jones said: "The information came to light following the local newspaper of its time, the 'Wrexham Advertiser' being put on line, and thus allowing 'one word' searches, thus eliminating the needle in the haystack process of looking through the newspaper's microfilm reels at the local studies centre.


"A member had contacted us to state that he had found evidence of the club playing in 1866, through to 1869. Further investigations were made, and it was found that the club had held its first annual meeting on 26th September 1865 in the Turf. We then looked further back, and found that at the annual dinner of the Denbighshire County Cricket Club, their secretary Edward Manners purchased a football for "the great want of amusement in this town in winter time".

On Saturday 22nd October 1864, Wrexham Football Club played their first ever game against the Prince of Wales Fire Brigade on the Racecourse where we still play today. It was advertised that the game was to be fifteen-a-side, but it turned out to be a ten-a-side game 'which resulted in an easy victory for the Fire Brigade, they winning the two first goals out of three.'

In the Wrexham Advertiser dated 23rd September 1865, 'The First Annual Meeting' of Wrexham Football Club is advertised for members to attend at the Turf on Tuesday 26th September........

"What did cause us concern was the fact that we could not find any record to matches played between 1869 and 1872, but we also found no record of any football being played at that time in the newspaper.

However, further information came to light when Ken Davies of the excellent Penmon web site contacted us with a copy of the Montgomeryshire Express newspaper from the late Keith Harding's collection.

Mr. Harding was a former Chairman of Newtown, who had won the Welsh Cup in 1879, and the newspaper reported on that celebration dinner at which it was reported: "We have got a gentleman here who can date back fifteen years as Mr Evan Morris is the vice-president (FA of Wales). He is more - he is the president of the Wrexham Football Club. Evan Morris went on to state: "Your worthy Chairman has spoken of me as President of the football club at Wrexham, which has existed for 15 years.
Further to that information; J.A. H. Catton's book 'The Real Football' printed in 1900, was an amplification of a lecture given to the members of Notts County FC in November, 1890, and stated on page 200: "Wrexham is quite an ancient home of the game, for a club was established there in 1864."

This proves beyond all doubt the continuity of Wrexham Football Club from its formation in October 1864. It also means that we can look forward to celebrating our 150th Anniversary in two years time."


 Josh Morris in the running
for major coaching award
(October 2012)


Keith Harding


Josh Morris


May Harding

Josh Morris, grandson of former Chairman of Newtown F.C., Keith Harding and his wife May, is one of just 28 finalists in the Sports Wales Coach of the Year competition.

He is seen below, taking a break from his studies at Glamorgan University, where he aims to obtain a degree, to coach potential Newtown football stars in the under 13 Newtown White Stars team, and the club's academy.

Josh regularly returns to help the youngsters, acknowledging the fact that the White Stars were originally set up by his grandfather Keith Harding, to help Josh and his friends play the game, when they were just 10 years old.  

The family 'White Star' set is complete, as Josh's mother Nicky Morris is the chairperson of the Newtown White Stars Junior Club, and took over from her father Keith. She is understandably very proud of the continued support given by Josh to his grandfather's idea, which of couse had its original seeds with Newtown White Stars in the late 1870s.


Josh's brother
Cai with mother Nicky Morris
 
Keith Harding
in his footballing days

Josh has already received many awards, particularly the Montgomeryshire Sports Award for Volunteer of the Year, and also completed his 200 hour Millenium Volunteering certificate.

Nicky mentioned "It's great that Josh is following in his grandad's footsteps, as it was my dad's dream. He is an excellent role model for the coaches and players."

We wish Josh well, not only in the competition, but also in his coaching career.


 

AGE CONCERN, MONTGOMERYSHIRE
kindly offered the use of their display window to promote

A KEITH HARDING SELECTION.


From June to mid July 2008, 
sample photos were on display at
11 - 12 Market Street, Newtown, Powys.


 1940s 1950s 1960s REUNION

AS A RESULT OF THE SUCCESSFUL DISPLAY
AT AGE CONCERN
A REUNION WAS HELD 

for players of Newtown A.F.C.
during the 1940's,1950s or 1960's
at LATHAM PARK CLUBHOUSE

on Saturday 19th July 2008, 
AS PART OF THE KEITH HARDING SELECTION


Keith Harding

Can you help please?
If you have any old photos or programmes which can be scanned and returned to you, or interesting facts on Newtown F.C.
to add to the collection, 
please contact Ken Davies on
mail@penmon.org

Newtown White Stars

The name 'White Stars' is historic dating back to the 1870's - a report in the Montgomeryshire Express in July 1879, talks of how the team won the North Wales Challenge Cup. The team was set up by an Edward Gittins - a blacksmith from Coedyffridd and the name seems to derive from the fact that the team was made up of mostly working class men who simply couldn't afford a football strip. They needed to differentiate themselves from Newtown FC so got their mums to sew material in the shape of a white star on their different colour jerseys and the Newtown White Stars were born!! It appears that they didn't have a home ground...reports from the time state they played most of their matches away but their HQ was unsurprisingly a pub - the Greyhound Inn on the site of the Iceland store. 

When several parents approached Keith Harding about setting up a team, he was writing the history of soccer in the area and decided to revive this traditional name. We intend to honour his memory and that of the original White Stars by ensuring successful teams at different age levels...although hopefully we won't have to resort to sewing material stars on our shirts!

Newtown Whitestars became the junior section of Newtown Football Club in Sept 2005. Come on the White Stars!

Steve Jones...with thanks to David Pugh, local historian, and in memory of Keith Harding.


Keith Harding

DID YOU KNOW?

The first recorded football match to be played officially in Newtown was on the 9th February 1875. Members of the newly formed Newtown Club took part in a final on the 'Cunnings' field (where the Bowling Club & Town Car Park are located today). There is some evidence of a Newtown F.C. team playing games in 1874.



Newtown and the
The Welsh Cup

1877/78


Newtown hold the honour of playing the first ever Welsh Cup tie which was against Druids FC Ruabon, resulting in a 1v1 draw, but a 4v0 defeat in the replay.
The first round also saw Newtown White Stars beating Ruabon 1v0 at home and the 23
rd Royal Welsh Fusiliers Newtown withdrawing from their game against Llangollen.
The White Stars' opponents, Aberystwyth withdrew from their second round match, but the Stars failed to beat Druids FC Ruabon in the third, losing 3v0 after two replays. Their fortune would change.




Newtown and the
The Welsh Cup

1878/79


Newtown White Star's Welsh Cup winning trail commenced with a 4v1 victory at home to Aberystwyth, and a 1v0 away win at Llangollen in the second round.
Their third round opponents, Bangor, left the field against the White Stars when they trailed 3v1 and were deemed to have scratched themselves from the competition, following a 2v2 draw.
The semi final caused great interest in the town as the White Stars met Newtown in an early cup derby.
Newtown
were awarded byes in the first two rounds and beat Chirk 3v1 to face their local rivals.
The teams tied at 1v1 resulting in a replay, which saw the White Stars emerge as 3v1 winners.


1878/79 WELSH CUP FINAL
NEWTOWN WHITE STARS 
1v0
WREXHAM
29thMarch 1879 (Cricket Field, Oswestry)

Newtown White Stars faced Wrexham, the first Welsh Cup 'holders'. However, the White Stars became the first club to actually 'receive' the cup, as no trophy was in place for the first Welsh Cup Final.

The White Stars arrived at Oswestry station at 12.00 where a large crowd had congregated to greet the team and several hundred watched the game.
Wrexham were considered to be the better side. The 'Stars' were described as 'not being as powerful as their opponents', but during the first goalless half, displayed wonderful agility, and their powers of endurance and stamina were a theme of general praise. Cries of 'Bravo White Stars' rang out, as they made 'some capital shots for goal'. Respite was given to both teams at half time 'to recruit their well-nigh spent-out strength'.
White Stars took the lead early in the second half when the 'undaunted Reese, with one tremendous dash put the ball safely under the bar', thus making a goal for the Stars.
The goal resulted in 'a complete furore - hats were thrown up, handkerchiefs waved and the welkin rung with the cheers of the admiring throng'. It proved to be the only goal of the game.
Praise was given to the Stars' gallant Captain, Edward Gittins, for the efficient way in which he so bravely led his team on to victory.

Meanwhile at Newtown, the vicinity of the Post Office was crowded as a series of telegrams was received, which were to the effect that the Stars had won by one goal to nil.
A great number assembled at the station at 7.25 to see the Stars return toNewtown. On their arrival at 9.30, bells were peeled, the approaches to the station were crowded as the Newtown Brass Band played a variety of tunes, which included 'See the Conquering Hero comes'.   
Those heroes were; G Mumford, J Davies, T Jones, E H Morgan, T Pryce, W Andrew, G Woosnam, E Gittins (capt), G Thomas, S Davies, E Rees


 

Newtown White Stars: G Mumford, J Davies, T Jones, E H Morgan, T Pryce, W Andrew, G Woosnam,
E Gittins (capt), G Thomas, S Davies, E Rees.
Wrexham: J Davies, C Murless, T W Davies, F Owen, C Edwards, E A Cross, T Boden, J W Lloyd, J Price,
E Evans, H Loxham

Welsh Football Data Archive;
Newtown White Stars, Welsh Cup Winners 1878/79
Click here to see all the Welsh Cup results that year.
 



WELSH
INTERNATIONAL MATCHES
FEATURING
NEWTOWN PLAYERS
Year: 1879


Players from Newtown
appear in bold print



Wales 0v3 Scotland
7th April 1879 at Wrexham 

   John Davies, Wrexham A.F.C.   
Samuel Llewelyn Kenrick, Druids F.C.    
John Richard Morgan, Swansea F.C.   
Knyvett Crosse, Druids F.C. Ruabon   
William Williams, Druids F.C.   
James William Lloyd, Wrexham A.F.C.   
George Woosnam, Newtown White Stars   
John Hughes, Aberystwyth F.C.   
John Roberts, Corwen F.C.   
William Roberts, Llangollen F.C.   
John Vaughan, Oswestry F.C.



 Newtown clubs to amalgamate,
September 1879.

FOOTBALL FORMATION OF
A UNITED CLUB

Montgomeryshire Express, 2nd September 1879

On Monday evening last, an adjourned meeting of persons favourable to football was held at the Lion Hotel, for the purpose of forming a united football club for the town. There was a large attendance, Mr. Martin Woosnam being voted to the chair.

In the opening meeting, the Chairman said the object of their meeting was to amalgamate principally the Newtown and White Star Clubs, and other clubs who would join them.

There was a feeling in Newtown that the clubs ought to be united, because if they were divided, inevitably some time or other they would be defeated, although the White Star had shown great pluck hitherto, as had also the Newtown Club.

If the two clubs became united they would be invincible. The meeting, as he had stated, was for the purpose of amalgamation, and the appointment of officers and committee.

Some misapprehension was abroad that if the cup was won by any one club three years in succession it became their property. Such, however, was not the case, for if it were won 50 years in succession it would still belong to the Welsh Association.

Should the amalgamation take place between the White Stars and Newtown Clubs, he had not the least doubt that they would be able to successfully meet either the English or Scottish team - Mr. Edward Gittins (captain of the White Star Club), replied on behalf of his fellows, and said it was desirable for Newtown that the two principal clubs should amalgamate.

They were all very proud that such prowess had been shown in winning the cup of this year, which has now been shown in Mr. Pryce Jones's window, and he hoped that they would be able to retain it in Newtown for many years.

He had therefore great pleasure in proposing that the clubs amalgamate. - Mr. Edward Gittins seconded the motion, which was carried with enthusiastic applause.

Mr Gittins proposed, and Mr. Thomas Pryce seconded, that Mr. Edward Morgan be captain, which was carried nem. con. Mr. Edward Morgan thanked them, but hoped that they would also appoint a coadjutor.

On the motion of Mr. W.G. Edwards, seconded by Mr. C. Morgan, Mr. Edward Gittins  was appointed sub-captain, Mr John Pugh was appointed secretary.

The united club was then named, after some discussion, "The Excelsior", and a committee was appointed to daw up the rules.

..

1879/80 League and other matches

Montgomeryshire Express

23rd September 1879
NEWTOWN (EXCELSIOR) v WELSHPOOL
A match was played between the above clubs at Welshpool on Saturday last, on a field kindly lent for the occasion be E. Humphreys, Esq., Belle Vue. Newtown won the toss, and selected  to defend the goal nearest the Gungrog lane.
The ball was set in  motion by the Welshpool captain at 4.45 pm and during the first half time the Newtown men (having slight advantage in the ground) made several rushes at goal, but failed to score owing to the fine play of the Welshpool backs and goalkeeper.
At half time when ends were changed, it soon became evident the Newtown team would have to play their hardest to advert defeat, the Welshpool forwards passing well and making  repeated runs towards their opponent's goal.
W.J. Rogers made a capital run, getting though the Newtown backs in form, and securing a goal for the home team.
Newtown now worked hard to make matters even, but the Welshpool backs were equal to the occasion, and their best endeavours failed, thus ended the game in favour of Welshpool by one goal to Newtown nil.
The play of W.J Rogers and E.B. Jones was exceedingly fine for the Welshpoolm in fact the whole team played in a manner  which surprised everyone.
The Newtown men behaved in a very fair manner with one exception, and the sooner the one alluded to alters his habit the better for the reputation of the Newtown club.
This was possibly Newtown (Excelsior)'s first game.

 




Newtown and the
The Welsh Cup

1879/80


During 1879/80, the White Star Cup Winners reached the semi-final with victories at home to Dolgellau by 3v0, Gwersyllt Foresters 2v0 and a bye in previous rounds.
Druids F.C. Ruabon curtailed the Stars' cup run at the penultimate round by 3v1 at Oswestry.
Other Newtown interests in the competition included a remarkable 6v0 victory by Newtown Excelsior against All Saints from Shropshire, and once again the 23rd RWF withdrew in the first round.
Excelsior subsequently dispatched Wrexham Albion 1v0 but fell to Ruthin in the third round by 4v2, following a 1v1 draw.

Keith Harding

DID YOU KNOW?

H. Hibbott of Newtown Excelsior earned two International Caps, when he played in goal for Wales in 1880. Wales lost 3v2 at Wrexham, to England, and lost 5v1 against Scotland in Glasgow on the 27th March 1880. The following season, he played for Newtown White Stars.
Details appear below.



WELSH
INTERNATIONAL MATCHES
FEATURING
NEWTOWN PLAYERS
Year: 1880


Players from Newtown
appear in bold print




Wales 2v3 England
15th March 1880 at Wrexham 

   Harold Hibbot, Newtown Excelsior   
John Richard Morgan, Notts County F.C.   
John "Jack" Powell, Druids F.C.    
Henry Valentine Edwards, Civil Service, Wrexham   
William Williams, Druids F.C.    
William Pearce Owen, Ruthin F.C.
William Henry Davies, Oswestry F.C. 
Thomas Henry Boden, Wrexham A.F.C. 
John Price, Wrexham A.F.C.   
John Roberts, Corwen F.C.   
William Roberts, Llangollen F.C.


Scotland 5v1 Wales
27th March 1880 at Glasgow 

   Harold Hibbot, Newtown Excelsior   
John Richard Morgan, Notts County F.C.   
John "Jack" Powell, Druids F.C.   
Edward Bowen, Druids F.C.    
Henry Valentine Edwards, Civil Service, Wrexham   
William Pearce Owen, Ruthin F.C.   
William Roberts, Llangollen F.C.   
John Roberts, Corwen F.C.   
John Price, Wrexham A.F.C.   
Thomas Johnson Britten, Presteigne F.C.   
John Vaughan, Druids F.C.   



Newtown and the
The Welsh Cup

1880/81


The White Stars reached the Welsh Cup Final.

A strange occurrence in the first round saw the Stars having to replay a match in which they beat Shrewsbury Engineers 1v0. It was discovered that the referee was ineligible. The replay was drawn 0v0, but the Stars won the second replay 1v0, giving them a home tie against Wrexham in the next round which they overcame with little difficulty, winning 2v1.
A bye in the third round saw them up against Llanidloes in the semi-final. The game was one sided with the result never in doubt. White Stars won 2v0.

The only other Newtown club involved this season was Newtown Excelsior, recorded as losing to Ruthin 4v2 following a 1v1 drawn match in the third round.


1880/81WELSH CUP FINAL
DRUIDS
2v1
NEWTOWN WHITE STARS 
26thMarch 1881 (Racecourse)

This match was held at Wrexham, with the Druids victorious by two goals to nil,Vaughan and Cross scoring for the cup winners.
White Stars: H Hibbott, T Jones, D Owen, A Andrew, E H Morgan, W Andrew,
E Gittins (capt.), D Williams,E Rees, Williams, Woosnam

However, the Stars raised a protest against the Druids on the grounds that they had played an ineligible player.
A week or so later at a Welsh Football Association committee meeting held at Ruabon, with the Stars represented by Martin Woosnam Esq. solicitor, it was stated that the match result remained undecided. A further meeting would be held at Oswestry to determine the outcome. 
The White Stars claim was apparently unfounded, and the original result stood.


Druids: B Roberts, J Powell, A Powell, W Williams,
E Bowen, D Heywood, J W Lloyd, C F Ketley, K Cross,
J Jones, J Vaughan
White Stars: H Hibbott, T Jones, D Owen, A Andrew,
E H Morgan, W Andrew, E Gittins (capt.), D Williams,
E Rees, Williams, Woosnam 

Welsh Football Data Archive;
Newtown White Stars, Welsh Cup Finalists 1880/81
Click here to see all the Welsh Cup results that year





Newtown and the
The Welsh Cup

1881/82


No record of any Newtown club competing in this year's competition.



Newtown and the
The Welsh Cup

1882/83


No record of any Newtown club competing in this year's competition.



Newtown and the
The Welsh Cup

1883/84


No record of any Newtown club competing in this year's competition.



Keith Harding

DID YOU KNOW?

H. Hibbott of Newtown, played for Wales against Scotland in 1885, wearing the number 7 shirt.
Wales lost 8v1 at Wrexham.
His other 2 appearances for Wales had been in goal in 1880.



WELSH
INTERNATIONAL MATCHES
FEATURING
NEWTOWN PLAYERS
Year: 1885


Players from Newtown
appear in bold print



Wales 1v8 Scotland
23rd March 1885 at Wrexham 

  Robert Herbert Mills-Roberts St. Thomas`s Hospital, London   
George Thomas, Wrexham Olympic F.C.   
Seth Powell, Oswestry F.C.   
Thomas Burke, Wrexham Olympic F.C.   
William Tanat Foulkes, Oswestry F.C.   
Humphrey Jones, Bangor F.C.   
James William Lloyd, Newtown F.C.   
Job Wilding, Wrexham Olympic F.C.   
Harold Hibbot, Newtown F.C.   
George Farmer, Oswestry F.C.   
Robert Albert Jones, Druids F.C.
 




Newtown and the
The Welsh Cup

1884/85


Newtown came away from Trefonen with a 2v1 victory in the first round, followed by a similar result at Shrewsbury Castle Blues in the next round.
Newtown were involved in a dispute following the replay of their third round match with Oswestry White Stars, the first game resulting in a 1v1 draw. The records show a 1v0 victory to the Oswestry side, but Newtown walked off the pitch as a result of a disputed goal.




Newtown and the
The Welsh Cup

1885/86


Newtown travelled to Oswestry in the first round, where they were victors by the odd goal in three. A replay was required to get by Welshpool in the second round, drawing 0v0 away and comfortably winning 4v0 at home. Shrewsbury Castle Blues were their next Cup opponents, drawing 1v1 away and winning the replay 2v0.

A tussle in the semi final against Bangor, saw theNewtownteam qualify for the final following two goalless draws and 1v0 win at the Racecourse.   


1885/86 WELSH CUP FINAL
DRUIDS
4v0
NEWTOWN
3rd April 1886 (Racecourse, Wrexhaam)

Goals by Vaughan (2), Bowen and J Doughty put paid to Newtown's attempt at lifting the trophy in their first Welsh Cup Final appearance. This was Druid's seventh consecutive Welsh Cup Final appearance and their fifth Cup win, which included their 1880/81 victory against Newtown White Stars. They clearly outplayed their opponents

Newtown: A Townsend, J W H Lloyd, H Owen, W Gentle, J Andrew, A Jones, J W Lloyd, W Owen, H Hibbott, J Chapman, D Andrew

Referee T Sloan (Liverpool)




Newtown and the
The Welsh Cup

1886/87


Newtown had a resounding 14v0 home victory against Welshpool taking them through to an away secound round tie at Shrewsbury, where they were again victors, but by the only goal of the game.
Defeat followed in the third round after a 1v1 drawn first encounter against Oswesrty who beat Newtown in the replay 2v1 after extra time. 



WELSH
INTERNATIONAL MATCHES
FEATURING
NEWTOWN PLAYERS
Year: 1887


Players from Newtown
appear in bold print



Ireland 4v1 Wales
12th March 1887 at Belfast 

 Robert Roberts, Wrexham Olympic F.C.   
Alfred William Townsend, Newtown F.C.   
Samuel Jones, Wrexham A.F.C.   
Henry Valentine Edwards, Wrexham A.F.C.   
Alexander Hunter, without club  
Edward Percival Whitley Hughes, Bangor F.C.   
Henry Wilmshurt Sabine, Oswestry F.C., Oswestry   
William "Bill" Roberts, Wrexham Olympic F.C.   
John "Jack" Doughty, Newton Heath F.C.   
George Griffiths, Chirk A.A.A. F.C.   
William Haighton Turner, Wrexham A.F.C., Wrexham   


Wales 0v2 Scotland
21st March 1887 at Wrexham 

James Trainer, Bolton Wanderers F.C.   
Alfred Owen Davies, Swifts F.C. Slough   
John "Jack" Powell, Newton Heath F.C.   
Robert Roberts, Bolton Wanderers F.C.   
James Morris, Oswestry F.C.   
Thomas Burke, Newton Heath F.C.   
John Bonamy Challen, Corinthians F.C.   
Richard Owen Jones, Bangor F.C.   
William Ernest Pryce-Jones, Cambridge University A.F.C.   
William Lewis, Bangor F.C.   
John "Jack" Doughty, Newton Heath F.C.




Newtown and the
The Welsh Cup

1887/88


A resounding 9v0 beating of Wem White Stars saw Newtown through to the second round where they defeated Llanfyllin. Oswestry were Newtown's visitors in the third round, but they failed to impress as the home side won 2v1.
Newtown
travelled to Oswestry for their semi-final match and returned home with a 2v0 win against Bangor.


1887/88 WELSH CUP FINAL
CHIRK
(walk over)
v
NEWTOWN

Newtown failed to turn up on the date originally arranged for the Welsh Cup Final. The cup was awarded to Chirk by default.

Newtown made a complaint to the Welsh Football Association about the way they had dealt with the club. It was hoped that the Association would deal with the matter in a fair and just manner and the game would be played off.
The committee agreed and decided that the game would go ahead the following Saturday. Newtown would practise for the event, and hopefully come off with flying colours and win the cup as the old 'White Stars' did against Wrexham in 1879.
In preparation, Newtown  played their 'Cup Team, against a 'scratch' Newtown side at Newtown Hall Park which Captain E. Pryce-Jones placed at the disposal of the club. Newtown Brass and Reed Band played a selection of music as entertainment.
Additionally, A.W. Pryce-Jones promised to pick a good team of Shropshire and Montgomeryshire gentlemen to play them that Thursday. The Royal Welsh Warehouse Band offered their services.



1887/88 WELSH CUP FINAL
RE-MATCH
CHIRK
5v0
NEWTOWN
5th May 1888 (Chester Road, Wrexham) 

The rescheduled match was played at Owen's Field, Chester Road, Wrexham in front of some 1,000 supporters.

The game did not go without incident.Newtownwere far from their usual form, due perhaps to their pre Cup Final training matches. The ground was in bad condition especially for a Final tie.
There were however, several smart and plucky runs by both teams and a few excellent shots put in. At one stage Chirk claimed a 'foul' but the free kick was awarded toNewtown- the incident raised much laughter from the spectators.

Newtown had a goal disallowed early on, when the 'globe' was a foot over the goal line, but the keeper threw it out. An early call for 'goal line technology' to assist perhaps?
Chirk took the lead after Hibbott had saved, but the leather was sent back into the goal. A second goal by the opponents came from a throw in, which took the teams up to half time.
The second half was very much one sided, Newtown having been reduced to ten men and the Chirk team scored a further three goals.
Before the end of the match, the Cup was brought onto the ground and surprisingly, spectators crossed over the pitch while the game was still in play. One wonders why the referee failed to stop the game!
Newtown; H. Hibbott, T. Lloyd (capt), H. Owen, R. Jones, N. Gentle, T. Davies, Chas Davies, W. Owen, D. Andrew, T. Worthen, J. Chapman

Mr J. Taylor, Secretary of the Welsh Football Association, surprisingly handed the cup to Captain E. Pryce-Jones amid loud cheering, to present the cup to Chirk. The latter said "We all know that Chirk have been holders of the cup for the past year and although personally I should have preferred the cup passing to Newtown this year, I am still pleased to have the honour of presenting it to Chirk".
It was stated that considerable improvement would be made to the Newtown team for the following season.



WELSH
INTERNATIONAL MATCHES
FEATURING
NEWTOWN PLAYERS
Year: 1888


Players from Newtown
appear in bold print



England 5v1 Wales
4th February 1888 at Crewe 

Robert Herbert Mills-Roberts, Preston North End F.C.   
Alfred Owen Davies, Swifts F.C. Slough   
John "Jack" Powell, Newton Heath F.C.   
Robert Roberts, Bolton Wanderers F.C.   
Peter Griffiths, Chirk A.A.A. F.C.   
Joseph Davies, Newton Heath F.C.   
William Ernest Pryce-Jones, Cambridge University A.F.C.   
John Bonamy Challen, Corinthians F.C.   
John "Jack" Doughty, Newton Heath F.C.   
William Lewis, Bangor F.C.   
William Owen, Chirk A.A.A. F.C.


Wales 11v0 Ireland
3rd March 1888 at Wrexham

Robert Herbert Mills-Roberts,Preston North End F.C.   
Alfred Owen Davies, Swifts F.C., Slough   
John "Jack" Powell,Newton Heath F.C.   
Reuben Humphreys, Druids F.C. Ruabon   
Joseph Davies, Newton Heath F.C.   
David "Di" Jones, Chirk A.A.A. F.C.   
William Ernest Pryce-Jones, Cambridge University A.F.C.
(scored 1 goal)
   

Job Wilding, Bootle F.C.   
John "Jack" Doughty, Newton Heath F.C.   
Edmund Gwynne Howell, Builth F.C.   
Roger Doughty, Newton Heath F.C.
 

Wales 11v0 Ireland 1888.
R. Humphreys, Jos Davies, A.O. Davies, R.H. Mills-Roberts, John Powell,
D. Jones
W.E. Pryce Jones, Newtown, Job Wilding, John Doughty, Roger Doughty,
E. Gwynne-Howell

Scotland 5v1 Wales
10th March 1888 at Edinburgh

   James Trainer, Preston North End F.C.   
David "Di" Jones, Chirk A.A.A. F.C.   
John "Jack" Powell,Newton Heath F.C.   
Thomas Burke, Newton Heath F.C.   
Joseph Davies, Newton Heath F.C.   
Robert Roberts, Bolton Wanderers F.C.   
William Ernest Pryce-Jones, Cambridge University A.F..
(Scored 2 goals)
   

Job Wilding, Bootle F.C.   
John "Jack" Doughty, Newton Heath F.C.   
George Alfred Owen, Chirk A.A.A. F.C.   
Roger Doughty, Newton Heath F.C. 
 
 



W. E. Pryce Jones of Newtown,
also played for Cambridge University.
He was capped 5 times for Wales.
1887 v Scotland lost 0-2 at Wrexham
1888 v Scotland lost 1-5 at Edinburgh
          v England lost  1-5 at Crewe
          v Northern Ireland won 11-0 at Wrexham and scored one goal
1890 v Northern Ireland won 5-2 at Shrewsbury and scored two goals
E. Pryce Jones


Newtown and the
The Welsh Cup

1888/89


Newtown's only representative this year was the Royal Welsh Warehouse, who lost at Oswestry in the first round.




Newtown and the
The Welsh Cup

1889/90


The first round saw Newtown progress by beating Builth 1v0 at home. They earned a bye in the second round and put paid to Shrewsbury's hopes in the third by beating them comfortably 4v0.

Eventual Welsh Cup Winners Chirk, beat The Robins at Oswestry in the semi-final by 3v2. 2,000 spectators attended, and they saw Chirk take an early lead,. W.E. Pryce Jones equalised and then Rees put the central Wales side ahead. However, Chirk pulled one back and then won the tie with a 'grand shot'.


WELSH
INTERNATIONAL MATCHES
FEATURING
NEWTOWN PLAYERS
Year: 1890


Players from Newtown
appear in bold print



Wales 5v2 Ireland
8th February 1890 at Shrewsbury

Samuel Gladstone Gillam,Shrewsbury Town F.C.   
Robert Lee Roberts "Bob Lee", Chester F.C.   
William P. Jones, Wynnstay F.C.   
Peter Griffiths, Chirk A.A.A. F.C.   
Abel Hayes, Wrexham A.F.C.   
Humphrey Jones, Queen`s Park F.C.   
David Morral Lewis, Bangor F.C.   
William Ernest Pryce-Jones,Cambridge University A.F.C.
(Scored 2 goals).
   

William Owen, Chirk A.A.A. F.C.   
Albert Richard Wilcock, Oswestry F.C.   
John Charles Henry Bowdler, Shrewsbury Town F.C.



Newtown and the
The Welsh Cup

1890/91


No Newtown clubs in this year's competition.


WELSH
INTERNATIONAL MATCHES
FEATURING
NEWTOWN PLAYERS
Year: 1891


Players from Newtown
appear in bold print


England 4v1 Wales
7th March 1891 at Sunderland

Richard E. Turner, Wrexham A.F.C.   
Walter Gwynne Evans, Aston Villa F.C.   
Seth Powell, West Bromwich Albion F.C.   
William Hughes, Bootle F.C.   
Humphrey Jones, Queen`s Park F.C.   
Charles Frederick "Charlie" Parry, Everton F.C.   
Joseph E. Davies, Ardwick F.C.   
William Owen, Chirk A.A.A. F.C.   
William Haighton Turner, Wrexham A.F.C.   
Edmund Gwynne Howell, Builth F.C.   
William Lewis, Crewe Alexandra F.C.
 

 

Wales 3v4 Scotland
21st March 1891 at Wrexham

James Trainer, Preston North End F.C.   
Seth Powell, West Bromwich Albion F.C.   
David "Di" Jones, Bolton Wanderers F.C.   
Arthur Lea, Wrexham A.F.C.   
Humphrey Jones, Queen`s Park F.C.   
Charles Frederick "Charlie" Parry, Everton F.C.   
Joseph E. Davies, Ardwick F.C.   
William Owen, Chirk A.A.A. F.C.   
William Haighton Turner, Wrexham A.F.C.   
John Charles Henry Bowdler, Shrewsbury Town F.C.   
William Lewis, Crewe Alexandra F.C.




Montgomeryshire Express
and Radnorshire Times
3rd January 1893

Press charged admittance to ground

"The Newtown club, owing to lack of funds or some other unexplained cause, now charge press representatives to the field. A reporter represententing Liverpool press was refused admission until he he had paid, and our own reporter was prohibitted from entering a reserve game  and in addition had to listen to some rather forcible language.
"The committee and courteous secretary will no doubt look up these over zealous supporters of the club and teach them a little courtesy - a quality apparently unknown at present."

The following week Walter Henry Evans, Honorary Secretary of the club had a letter printed in the paper, basically apologising and adding that the club "was always desirous of welcoming representatives of the press free of charge"!

Burst Bladder

Jan 1893 - Montgomery v Royal Welsh Warehouse - match abandoned in second half - score 1-1, when the bladder burst and no ball produced as replacement! 


NEWTOWN F. C.
SHROPSHIRE LEAGUE
1892/93 - 1895/96

SEASON      P    W    D    L    F    A    Pts    POS
1892-93       16    8     6    2   72   24   22      1/9
1893-94       18   12    1    5   68   28   25      2/10
1894-95       17    8     2    7   42   35   18      5/10
1895-96       18   10    2    6   48   29   22      4/10

WELSH SENIOR LEAGUE
1896-97

SEASON    P    W     D   L    F     A    Pts    POS
1896-97     14   10    1    3   50   10   21      2/8

SHROPSHIRE LEAGUE
1897/98- 1898/99

SEASON     P     W     D  L     F    A   Pts      POS
1897-98       18   13    1    4   64   21   27      2/10
1898-99       11    5     2    4   26   16   12      4/7

COMBINATION
1899/00

SEASON      P     W   D   L     F    A   Pts      POS
1899-00        16    6    1    9   34   56   13      6/9

FINAL TABLE THE COMBINATION 1899-1900
=====================================
1. Chirk AAA                   16-24  (36-12)  10  4  2     
2. Wrexham                       16-23  (58-25)  11  1  4         
3. Druids Ruabon             16-21  (38-28)   9  3  4 
4. Bangor FC                     16-17  (37-36)   8  1  7         
5. Birkenhead                    16-13  (27-37)   4  5  7         
6. Newtown AFC              16-13  (34-56)   6  1  9   
7. Aberystwyth FC           16-12  (23-36)   4  4  8  
8. Oswestry United(-2)    16-10  (30-28)   5  2  9         
9. Rhyl                               16- 9   (36-47)   2  5  9

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Info copyright of Football Club History Database
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WELSH
INTERNATIONAL MATCHES
FEATURING
NEWTOWN PLAYERS
Year: 1893


Players from Newtown
appear in bold print



England 6v0 Wales
13th March 1893 at Stoke on Trent

James Trainer, Preston North End F.C.   
David "Di" Jones, Bolton Wanderers F.C.   
Charles Frederick "Charlie" Parry, Everton F.C.   
Edwin Hugh Williams, Crewe Alexandra F.C.   
Joseph E. Davies, Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C.   
Edward Morris, Chirk A.A.A. F.C.   
Edwin James, Chirk A.A.A. F.C.   
James "Jim" Vaughan, Druids F.C.    
John "Jack" Butler, Chirk A.A.A. F.C.   
Benjamin Lewis, Middlesbrough F.C.   
Robert Roberts, Crewe Alexandra F.C.   
 
 


Wales 0v8 Scotland
18th March 1893 at Wrexham

 Samuel Jones, Wrexham A.F.C.   
Oliver David Shepston Taylor, Newtown F.C.   
Frederick William Jones, Small Heath F.C.   
Graham George Williams, Chirk A.A.A. F.C.   
Edwin Hugh Williams, Crewe Alexandra F.C.   
Edward Morris, Chirk A.A.A. F.C.   
William Owen, Chirk A.A.A. F.C.   
James "Jim" Vaughan, Druids F.C.   
John "Jack" Butler, Chirk A.A.A. F.C.   
Benjamin Lewis, Middlesbrough F.C.   
Harold Ernest Bowdler, Shrewsbury Town F.C.
  
 
 


Ireland 4v3 Wales
5th April 1893 at Belfast

 Samuel Jones, Wrexham A.F.C.   
Alfred William Townsend, Newtown F.C.   
Oliver David Shepston Taylor, Newtown F.C.   
Arthur Lea, Wrexham A.F.C.   
John Evans, Oswestry United F.C.   
Edward Morris, Chirk A.A.A. F.C.   
James "Jim" Vaughan, Druids F.C.   
William Owen, Chirk A.A.A. F.C.   
John "Jack" Butler, Chirk A.A.A. F.C.   
George Alfred Owen, Chirk A.A.A. F.C.   
Edwin James, Chirk A.A.A. F.C.
  



WELSH
INTERNATIONAL MATCHES
FEATURING
NEWTOWN PLAYERS
Year: 1894


Players from Newtown
appear in bold print



Welsh International Trial Match
5th February 1894

Stripes;
S. G. Gillam (Clapton)
W.R. Jones (Aberystwyth), Abel Hughes (Rhos)
E. Samuels (Wrexham), T. Buckland (Bangor), D. Evans(Druids)
B. Lewis (Wrexham), W. Evans (Llanidloes) J. C. Rae (Aberystwyth),
J. Lewis (Westminster Rovers) W. Lewis (Bangor)

Whites;
H. Davies (Llanidloes)
C. Parry (Everton), R.A. Lloyd (Ruthin)
F. Farthing (Cardiff), T. Chapman (Newtown),
 J. Roberts (Rhostyllen)
J. Evans (Oswestry), T. Pountney (Westminster Rovers),
E. Jones (Chirk), G. Kelly (Brymbo Inst), T. Batley (Flint)
   

Montgomeryshire County Times
10th February 1894

"In the International trial match at Wrexham on Monday, some very promising form was shown by many of the new men. Chapman at centre half was perfect."


Wales 4v1 Ireland
24th February 1894 at Swansea

   James Trainer, Preston North End F.C.   
Smart Arridge, Everton F.C.   
Oliver David Shepston Taylor, Newtown F.C.   
Robert Samuel Jones, Everton F.C.   
Thomas Chapman, Newtown F.C.   
Abel Hayes, Wrexham A.F.C.   
John Evans, Oswestry United F.C.   
Benjamin Lewis, Wrexham A.F.C.   
William Lewis, Chester F.C.   
John Charles Rea, Aberystwyth F.C.   
Edwin James, Chirk A.A.A. F.C. 
 
 


Montgomeryshire County Times
3rd March 1894

The report included;
"This International match showed Wales up with credibility in every respect. A good attendance resulted in record receipts of £147."
"Chapman at centre half was acknowledged by all as the best half back on the ground and he cannot be omitted from the list in the English match."
"Wales were the better team all round and should have scored two goals in the first half when facing a strong wind."
"Chapman did the best of the halves."


 

Wales 1v5 England
12th March 1894 at Wrexham

  James Trainer, Wrexham & Preston North End F.C.   
Charles Frederick "Charlie" Parry, Llansilin & Everton F.C.   
David "Di" Jones, Chirk & Bolton Wanderers F.C.   
John Evans, Oswestry United F.C.   
Thomas Chapman, Newtown F.C.   
Abel Hughes, Rhos F.C.   
Edwin James, Chirk A.A.A. F.C.   
Benjamin Lewis, Wrexham A.F.C.   
William Lewis, Bangor & Chester F.C.   
John Charles Rea, Aberystwyth F.C.   
John Charles Henry Bowdler, Rhayader & Shrewsbury Town F.C. 
  
 
 

Montgomeryshire County Times
10th March 1894

Next Monday sees the International between England and Wales.
The English team consists purely of Amateurs but they are a very strong lot and to beat them, Wales will have to play well.
Jack Evans, Rea and Chapman performed so well at Swansea, that their claims could not be overlooked and they are again complimented with International honours.



Montgomeryshire County Times
17th March 1894

5,000 spectators turned up to see this match.
The report included;
"A run by Veitch resulted in Trainer having a shot to stop and then after Gay had saved, Chapman returned and an exciting scrimmage took place near the English citadel, after which, danger was averted."
"Sandilands went away but was checked in time by Chapman."
"A corner off Lodge's foot nearly ended in a goal for the Welshmen, Chapman's shot skimming the crossbar."
"Chapman was first class and the only half back on the Welsh side up to the match. His play was the one redeeming feature in this line. The Newtown men must make the most of him this season, for they will surely lose him shortly. He is good enough for any team in England or Wales." 

Scotland 5v2 Wales
24th March 1894 at Kilmarnock

  Samuel Gladstone Gillam, Clapton F.C.   
Oliver David Shepston Taylor, (Captain) Newtown F.C.   
Abel Hughes, Rhos F.C.   
Graham George Williams, Chirk A.A.A. F.C.   
Thomas Chapman, Newtown F.C.  
Thomas Worthington, Newtown F.C.   
Hugh Morris, Sheffield United F.C.   
Benjamin Lewis, Wrexham A.F.C.   
William Lewis, Chester F.C.   
John Charles Rea, Aberystwyth F.C.   
Edwin James, Chirk A.A.A. F.C.
   
 
 


Montgomeryshire County Times
31st March 1894

The report included;
"In the International Wales v Scotland our local pets did famously. O.D.S. Taylor who was captain of the team worked hard all through and defended with great agility."
"Chapman as on the other two occasions was the champion half back, and quite delighted the  the canny Scots with his fine play."
"Since returning from Scotland I am sorry to hear that this good man has been ill, but trust that the illness is only temporary."
"Chapman has trained well for his matches and has probably overdone it a little. After the long journey and fatigue of playing, he ought not to have expected to show up against Stafford Rangers on Monday."
"Worthen (nb Worthington) at left half back played as  good football as any of the half backs."
"It is a very great honour to Newtown to have three men chosen for the international cap in one season. Newtown can now boast of possessing no less than five Internationals in their team."
"The result of 5v2 was not a fair criterion of the play as Wales had quite their share of the game all through."  




Newtown and the
The Welsh Cup

1894/95


Llanidloes were Newtown's first victims on their trail to the Welsh Association Cup, beating them at home by 4v0.
Market Drayton withdrew from the next round giving Newtown
a walk over to the third round, where another home tie saw them account for Aberystwyth by 5v0.
Visiting Westminster Rovers returned home empty handed in the next round losing by the only goal.
Chirk were Newtown's semi final opponents, but were easily eliminated by 4v0.


1894/95 WELSH CUP FINAL
NEWTOWN
3v2
WREXHAM
14th April 1895 (Welshpool)

The record books show that Newtown beat Wrexham to win the Welsh Association Cup - what they don't reveal is that Newtown had been reduced to ten men, following an incident, vividly reported in the Montgomeryshire Express.
'Lewis and Owen (of Wrexham) put in some good play and sent in a sky scraper. Harrison calculated it would drop into the mouth of the goal and made tracks for Goodwin (Newtown's goalkeeper) and the latter not being particularly fond of having his head smashed, knocked Harrison down, and took advantage of the time and place to enforce upon that worthy's mind the fact that although he was a goalkeeper, he was flesh and blood and not able to complacently withstand face pawing, more than an ordinary individual.Harrison retaliated; Goodwin reiterated his resolve to clear him out; the referee interfered, pronounced Goodwin guilty and ordered him off the ground.'
Before kick off, football enthusiast were seen 'perambulating the streets' of Welshpool, where the final was played, with cards projecting from their hats bearing the well known sentence 'Play up Newtown'.

Wrexham took the lead following a Beeston free kick, and the ball was slipped past Goodwin with lightening speed from the foot of Lewis, drawing first blood. Newtown replied after A.W. Pryce Jones dribbled up the centre, played the ball to his brother W. E. Pryce Jones who equalised with a splendid shot.
Wrexham regained the lead following another free kick, when Newtown's Harper accidentally heeled the leather into the net.
Then came the sending off incident and Townsend replaced Goodwin in goal.

In the second half, despite the set back,Newtownwere treating the spectators to a brilliant game, and looked like winning.

The Wrexham men were outplayed and from some fine work by the Newtown forwards, the ball was banged through to even the scores
A Newtown corner saw the ball placed accurately in front of goal, an with unerring aim W.E. Pryce-Jones sent the leather into the net amidst the wildest excitement, giving them the lead.
Newtowncontinued to press, Mytton and Pryce-Jones went away, but a peculiar species of the canine family interfering, considerably embarrassed the players, and probably costNewtowna goal.

Opportunities were missed by both sides and no further scoring occurred.

Newtown: R Goodwin, A Townsend, J Harper, H Tucker, T Chapman,
T Worthington, W E Pryce-Jones (capt), E Morgan, H F Mytton, H Parry, A W Pryce-Jones 

This was the last time Newtown won the Welsh Association Cup, which was presented by Mr Clayton, President of the Welsh Football Association to the captain, W.E. Pryce-Jones.
Mr Clayton remarked that all the players had very smartly bowed to the decision of the referee and he congratulated them upon it.

The captain thanked Mr Clayton on behalf of his colleagues.

On that days play, he added, playing with ten men, they were a better team than their opponents. He thanked the Welshpool people for the hearty support they had accorded them.
The Newtown players were then escorted shoulder high off the field amidst the wildest excitement.

  Newtown: R Goodwin, A Townsend, J Harper, H Tucker, T Chapman,
T Worthington, W E Pryce-Jones (capt), E Morgan, H F Mytton, 
H.
Parry, A W Pryce-Jones

Wrexham: W Ball, A E Ellis, E Samuels, H Beeston, A Lea, A Hayes,
B Lewis, T Owen, H Trainer, R Davies, W C Harrison

Welsh Football Data Archive;
Newtown, Welsh Cup Winners 1894/1895
Click here to see all the Welsh Cup Results that year

Keith Harding

DID YOU KNOW?

On the 31st December 1895, Newtown travelled to Manchester to meet Manchester City. The then Welsh Cup holders shocked the City team by winning 3-2. Chapman, an ex-Newtown player and the famous Billy Meredith were prominent for City. W. Parry scored a hat-trick for Newtown that day.


WELSH
INTERNATIONAL MATCHES
FEATURING
NEWTOWN PLAYERS
Year: 1895


Players from Newtown
appear in bold print


Ireland 2v 2 Wales
16th March 1895 at Belfast

  James Trainer, Preston North End F.C.   
Smart Arridge, Everton F.C.   
James Alfred Edwards, Oswestry United F.C.   
Graham George Williams, Chirk A.A.A. F.C.   
Thomas Chapman, Newtown F.C.   
John Leonard Jones, Sheffield United F.C.   
William Henry "Billy" Meredith, Manchester City F.C.   
Joseph Davies, Sheffield United F.C.   
Harry Trainer, Wrexham A.F.C.   
William Parry, Newtown F.C.   
William Lewis, Chester F.C. 
  
 
 



England 1v1 Wales
18th March 1895 at London

  James Trainer, Preston North End F.C.   
Charles Frederick "Charlie" Parry, Everton F.C.   
David "Di" Jones, Bolton Wanderers F.C.   
Graham George Williams, Chirk A.A.A. F.C.   
Caesar August Llewelyn Jenkyns, Small Heath F.C.   
John Leonard Jones, Sheffield United F.C.   
William Henry "Billy" Meredith, Manchester City F.C.   
Joseph Davies, Sheffield United F.C.   
Harry Trainer, Wrexham A.F.C.   
Albert Westhead Pryce-Jones, Newtown F.C.   
William Lewis, Chester F.C.
  
 
 

Wales 1895, before their International against England in London.
Included in the Welsh team are Albert W. Pryce-Jones, Newtown and 'Charlie' Parry. 

 

Wales 2v2 Scotland
23rd March 1895 at Wrexham

  Samuel Jones, Burton Swifts F.C.   
Robert Arthur Lloyd, Ruthin F.C.   
Charles Frederick "Charlie" Parry, Everton F.C.   
Graham George Williams, Chirk A.A.A. F.C.   
Thomas Chapman, Newton Heath F.C.   
John Leonard Jones, Sheffield United F.C.   
Joseph Davies, Sheffield United F.C.   
Benjamin Lewis, Wrexham A.F.C.   
Harry Trainer, Wrexham A.F.C.   
William Lewis, Chester F.C.   
John Charles Rea, Aberystwyth F.C. 
 
 
 


Newtown North End
1895 - 1908


Newtown North End were formerly known as Cambrian North End, the latter competeing against Newtown Half-Holiday, Caersws, Kerry, Royal Welsh Warehouse and Bettws.
The Newtown NE side was formed from employees of the Royal Welsh Warehouse, so that they could have two teams.
They were founder members of the Montgomeryshire League in 1895, with Royal Welsh Warehouse, Aberystwyth, Welshpool, Aberystwyth University and Llandinam, and were runners-up to Aberystwyth in the first season.
The following season North End were champions.
They faced the Royal Welsh Warehouse in the only Newtown Montgomeryshire Cup Final in 1908, but lost 2v1.
The following season, they failed to complete their fixtures, and the club was wound up. 




WELSH
INTERNATIONAL MATCHES
FEATURING
NEWTOWN PLAYERS
Year: 1896


Players from Newtown
appear in bold print



Wales 6v1 Ireland
29th February 1896 at Wrexham

 Samuel Jones, Burton Swifts F.C.   
Charles Frederick "Charlie" Parry (captain), Newtown F.C.
John Samuel Matthias, Brymbo Institute F.C.   
Joseph P. Rogers, Wrexham A.F.C.  
Price Foulkes White, London Welsh F.C.   
John Leonard Jones, Sheffield United F.C.   
William Henry "Billy" Meredith, Manchester City F.C. 
David Henry Pugh, Wrexham A.F.C.   
Arthur Grenville Morris, Aberystwyth F.C.   
John Charles Rea, Aberystwyth F.C.   
William Lewis, Chester F.C.
    
 
 


Wales 1v9 England
16th March 1896 at Cardiff

  Samuel Jones, Burton Swifts F.C.   
Charles Frederick "Charlie" Parry, Newtown F.C.   
Smart Arridge, Everton F.C.   
Joseph P. Rogers, Wrexham A.F.C.   
Thomas Chapman, Manchester City F.C.   
John Leonard Jones, Sheffield United F.C.   
William Henry, Manchester City F.C.   
Arthur Grenville Morris, Aberystwyth F.C.   
Hugh Morris, Manchester City F.C.   
William Lewis, Chester F.C.  
  
 
 


Scotland 4v0 Wales
21st March 1896 at Dundee

       James Trainer, Preston North End F.C.   
Charles Frederick "Charlie" Parry, Newtown F.C.   
John Samuel Matthias, Brymbo Institute F.C.   
Joseph P. Rogers, Wrexham A.F.C.   
Caesar August Llewelyn Jenkyns, Woolwich Arsenal F.C.   
John Leonard Jones, Sheffield United F.C.   
David Henry Pugh, Wrexham A.F.C.   
John Garner, Aberystwyth F.C.   
Arthur Grenville Morris, Aberystwyth F.C.   
John Charles Rea, Aberystwyth F.C.   
William Lewis, Chester F.C.




WELSH
INTERNATIONAL MATCHES
FEATURING
NEWTOWN PLAYERS
Year: 1897


Players from Newtown
appear in bold print



Ireland 4v3 Wales
6th March 1897 at Belfast

       James Trainer, Preston North End F.C.   
James Alfred Edwards, Oswestry United F.C.   
Charles Frederick "Charlie" Parry, Newtown F.C.   
Sydney Darvell, Oxford University A.F.C.   
Caesar August Llewelyn Jenkyns, Newton Heath F.C.   
John Leonard Jones, Sheffield United F.C.   
William Henry "Billy" Meredith, Manchester City F.C.   
David Henry Pugh, Wrexham A.F.C.   
Morgan Maddox Morgan-Owen, Oxford University A.F.C.   
William Nock, Newtown F.C.   
John Charles Rea, Aberystwyth F.C.
 

England 4v0 Wales
29th March 1897 at Sheffield

   James Trainer, Preston North End F.C.   
John Samuel Matthias, Shrewsbury Town F.C.   
James Alfred Edwards, Oswestry United F.C.   
Thomas Chapman, Grimsby Town F.C.   
John Mates, Chirk A.A.A. F.C.   
John Leonard Jones, Sheffield United F.C.   
William Henry "Billy" Meredith, Manchester City F.C.   
Joseph Davies, Millwall Athletic F.C.   
Arthur Grenville Morris, Swindon Town F.C.   
Hugh Morris, Grimsby Town F.C.   
William Lewis, Chester F.C.
  
  
 
 



WELSH
INTERNATIONAL MATCHES
FEATURING
NEWTOWN PLAYERS
Year: 1898


Players from Newtown
appear in bold print


 

Wales 0v1 Ireland
19th February 1898 at Llandudno

   John Morris, Chirk A.A.A. F.C.   
Charles Frederick "Charlie" Parry, (Captain) Newtown F.C.   
Smart Arridge, New Brighton Tower F.C.   
Graham George Williams, Chirk A.A.A. F.C.   
John Henry Edwards, Aberystwyth F.C.   
John Leonard Jones, Tottenham Hotspur F.C.   
William Henry "Billy" Meredith, Manchester City F.C.   
John Thomas Thomas, Bangor F.C.   
William Lewis, Chester F.C.   
Albert Lockley, Chirk A.A.A. F.C.   
John Charles Rea, Aberystwyth F.C.


Scotland 5v2 Wales
19th March 1898 at Motherwell

   James Trainer, Preston North End F.C.   
Charles Frederick "Charlie" Parry, (capt) Newtown F.C.   
David "Di" Jones, Bolton Wanderers F.C.   
Richard Jones, Leicester Fosse F.C.   
Caesar August Llewelyn Jenkyns, Walsall F.C.   
John Leonard Jones, Tottenham Hotspur F.C.   
Edwin James, Chirk A.A.A. F.C.   
John Thomas Thomas, Bangor F.C.   
Morgan Maddox Morgan-Owen, Oxford University A.F.C.   
Arthur Grenville Morris, Swindon Town F.C.   
Alfred Ernest Watkins, Leicester Fosse F.C. 


Wales 0v3 England
28th March 1898 at Wrexham

   James Trainer, Preston North End F.C.   
Charles Frederick "Charlie" Parry, Newtown F.C.   
Smart Arridge, New Brighton Tower F.C.   
John Taylor, Wrexham A.F.C.   
Caesar August Llewelyn Jenkyns, Walsall F.C.   
John Leonard Jones, Tottenham Hotspur F.C.   
William Henry "Billy" Meredith, Manchester City F.C.   
Thomas Bartley, Glossop North End F.C.   
Morgan Maddox Morgan-Owen, Oxford University A.F.C.   
Alfred Ernest Watkins, Leicester Fosse F.C.   
Edwin James, Chirk A.A.A. F.C.
 


Keith Harding

DID YOU KNOW?

The Montgomeryshire and District League started in 1904, with Aberystwyth, Welshpool, Llandinam, UCW, Royal Welsh Warehouse (Newtown) and Newtown being founder members. This was the fore runner of the Spar Mid Wales League. Newtown have an unbroken membership of the League since 1904 to the present day.

"Old Sports" Gallery
Mr Dicky Morris, Newtown

Montgomeryshire Express and Radnor Times, March 3rd 1934

After a spell of soldiering in the South African War there returned to Newtown Mr Dicky Morris who started his soccer career with the Royal Welsh Warehouse team, afterwards assisting Druids.

The play of this youngster secured him his first cap for Wales in 1902 when he played against Scotland. He afterwards signed for Liverpool, for whom he played regularly in the first team for four and a half seasons. Liverpool were a famous side at that time and included that Prince of centre-half backs Alec Rousbeck, the Scottish international. Maurice Parry the Welsh International was also in the half back line. Dicky, who was on the small side but very sturdy, was a 'box of tricks' and the 'Alec James' of the side.

Mr Morris afterwards spent two seasons with Leeds County and later played for Grimsby Town and Plymouth Argyle. He also played for Huddersfield Town when they were in the North Eastern League and for Merthyr Town.

Mr Morris was capped twelve times for Wales, his last cap being against Ireland, where he partnered the famous Billy Meredith on the right wing. Mr Morris played at inside left in the other international matches in which he took part, which was his usual position.

Mr Dicky Morris was a footballer of the first rank and it is doubtful whether a better forward had been found in the County of Montgomeryshire. 



WELSH
INTERNATIONAL MATCHES
FEATURING
NEWTOWN PLAYERS
Year: 1902


Players from Newtown
appear in bold print



Wales 0v3 Ireland
22nd February1902 at Cardiff

Robert Owen Evans, Wrexham A.F.C.   
Horace Elford Blew, Wrexham A.F.C.   
Hugh Jones, Aberaman F.C.   
Maurice Pryce Parry, Liverpool F.C.   
Edward Hughes, Tottenham Hotspur F.C.   
John Leonard Jones, Tottenham Hotspur F.C.   
Frederick Charles Kelly, Wrexham A.F.C.   
Thomas Jenkins, Rhyl F.C.   
Roger Evans, Clapton Orient F.C.   
Ephraim Williams, Druids F.C.   
Richard Morris, Newtown F.C.


Wales 0v0 England
3rd March 1902 at Wrexham

     Leigh Richmond Roose, Stoke F.C.   
Samuel Meredith, Stoke F.C.   
Charles Richard Morris, Derby County F.C.   
Maurice Pryce Parry, Liverpool F.C.   
John Leonard Jones, Tottenham Hotspur F.C.   
William James Jones, West Ham United F.C.   
William Henry "Billy" Meredith, Manchester City F.C.   
Walter Martin Watkins, Stoke F.C.   
Thomas David Parry, Oswestry F.C.   
Ephraim Williams, Druids F.C.    
Richard Morris, Druids F.C.


Scotland 5v1 Wales
15th March 1902 at Greenock

     Leigh Richmond Roose, Stoke F.C.   
Horace Elford Blew, Wrexham A.F.C.   
Robert Morris, Chirk A.A.A. F.C.   
Maurice Pryce Parry, Liverpool F.C.   
John Leonard Jones, Tottenham Hotspur F.C.   
William James Jones, West Ham United F.C.   
William Henry "Billy" Meredith, Manchester City F.C.   
Llewelyn Griffiths, Wrexham A.F.C.   
Hugh Morgan-Owen, Oxford University A.F.C.   
Richard Morris, Druids F.C.   
Joseph Owens, Wrexham A.F.C.
  


WELSH
INTERNATIONAL MATCHES
FEATURING
NEWTOWN PLAYERS
Year: 1903


Players from Newtown
appear in bold print



Wales 0v1 Scotland
9th March 1903 at Cardiff

  Robert Owen Evans, Wrexham A.F.C.   
Horace Elford Blew, Wrexham A.F.C.   
Charles Richard Morris, Derby County F.C.   
Maurice Pryce Parry, Liverpool F.C.   
Morgan Maddox Morgan-Owen, Corinthians F.C.   
Thomas Davies, Druids F.C.   
William Henry "Billy" Meredith, Manchester City F.C.   
Walter Martin Watkins, Stoke F.C.   
Arthur Grenville Morris, Nottingham Forest F.C.   
Richard Morris, Liverpool F.C.   
Robert Atherton, Hibernian F.C.

 

Ireland 2v0 Wales
28th March 1903 at Belfast

     Robert Owen Evans, Wrexham A.F.C.   
Samuel Meredith, Stoke F.C.   
Charles Richard Morris, Derby County F.C.   
George Richards, Oswestry F.C.   
Robert , Shrewsbury Town F.C.   
Thomas Davies, Druids F.C.    
William Henry "Billy" Meredith, Manchester City F.C.   
William Wynn, Chirk A.A.A. F.C.   
William Davies, Wrexham A.F.C.   
Richard Morris, (Captain) Liverpool F.C.   
Robert Atherton, Hibernian F.C.





WELSH
INTERNATIONAL MATCHES
FEATURING
NEWTOWN PLAYERS
Year: 1904


Players from Newtown
appear in bold print


 

Wales 2v2 England
29th February 1904 at Wrexham

     Leigh Richmond Roose, Stoke F.C.   
Samuel Meredith, Stoke F.C.   
Horace Elford Blew, Wrexham A.F.C.   
Maurice Pryce Parry, Liverpool F.C.   
Edward Hughes, Tottenham Hotspur F.C.   
John Leonard Jones, Tottenham Hotspur F.C.   
William Henry "Billy" Meredith, Manchester City F.C.   
Robert Atherton, Hibernian F.C.   
Walter Martin Watkins, Aston Villa F.C.   
Richard Morris, Liverpool F.C.   
Lloyd Leigh Davies, Stoke F.C.   


Scotland 1v1 Wales
12th March 1904 at Dundee

     David Davies, Bolton Wanderers F.C.   
Horace Elford Blew, Wrexham A.F.C.   
Thomas Davies, Druids F.C.   
George Richards, Shrewsbury Town F.C.   
Edward Hughes, Tottenham Hotspur F.C.   
John Leonard Jones, Tottenham Hotspur F.C.   
Arthur Davies, Druids F.C.   
Walter Martin Watkins, Aston Villa F.C.   
Arthur William Green, Notts County F.C.   
Richard Morris, Liverpool F.C.   
Robert Atherton, Middlesbrough F.C.
   


Wales 0v1 Ireland
21st March 1904 at Bangor

     David Davies, Bolton Wanderers F.C.   
Horace Elford Blew, Wrexham A.F.C.   
Charles Richard Morris, Derby County F.C.   
Maurice Pryce Parry, Liverpool F.C.   
Edward Hughes, Tottenham Hotspur F.C.   
John Leonard Jones, Tottenham Hotspur F.C.   
Alfred Ernest Watkins, Millwall Athletic F.C.   
Arthur William Green, Notts County F.C.   
Robert Atherton, Middlesbrough F.C.   
Richard Morris, Liverpool F.C.   
Walter Martin Watkins, Aston Villa F.C. 


Montgomeryshire and District League
1904/05


 


Aberystwyth Town
 # Newtown North End
UCW Aberystwyth
Welshpool
# Royal Welsh Warehouse Newtown
Llandinam

Pl
10
10
10
10
10
10

W
7
7
4
3
3
1

D
2
1
2
2
2
1

L
1
2
4
5
5
8

F
29
26
26
17
17
9

A
12
10
23
22
29
27

Pts
16
15
10
8
8
3


Newtown North End
Welsh Amateur Cup
semi finalists

1904/05


Welsh Amateur Cup Run
1904/05


1st Round Results
Newtown North End 7v1 Elan Valley Wanderers
Llandinam 7v0 Welshpool Reserves
County Times 26.11.1904


3rd Round Draw
Llandudno v Bangor
Prestatyn v Porthmadoc
Saltney v Mold Alyn Wanderers
Hawarden Bridge v Buckley Engineers
Chirk Reserves v Rhos Rangers
Singleton & Coles v Knighton
Llangollen v Corwen
Whitchurch v Oswestry
Llanymynech v Llanfyllin
Royal Welsh Warehouse v Towyn Rovers
Llandinam v Newtown North End
Esclusham White Stars v Wrexham Victoria
Brymbo Victoria v Broughton United
Byes; Druids, Llandudno, Bala
County Times


3rd Round Results
Chirk Reserves 1v3 Rhos Rangers
Llanymynech 2v2 Llanfyllin
Llandinam 1v2 Newtown North End
Royal Welsh Warehouse 4v1 Towyn Rovers

County Times 28.1.1905


4rd Round Draw
Portmadoc v Bangor
Saltney v Hawarden
Druids v Rhos Rangers
Llandrindod v Singleton & Coles
Llangollen v Bala
Llanfyllin v Whitchurch
Newtown North End v Royal Welsh Warehouse
Esclusham White Stars or Wrexham Victoria or Brymbo
v New Broughton
County Tim
es


4th Round Results

Royal Welsh Warehouse 0v3 Newtown North End
The scores were level at half time 0v0.
In the second half, Smout scored a treat of a goal to give the North End the lead. Forster increased the difference from a free kick, and E. Morgan scored from a fine position.
Royal Welsh Warehouse;
C. Griffiths; Challinor, Rigg; J.E. Jones, P. Little, J. Bellis; T. Evans, G. Wilmot, Ben Evans, M. Jones, W. Nock.
Newtown North End;
Pennington; Forster, W.M. Stokes; Val Purnell, E. Morgan, J. Thomas; J. Jones, W. Parry, R. Smout, Bert Pilot 


County Times 25.2.1905


5th Round Draw
Bangor v Saltney
Newtown North End v Llanfyllin
Rhos Rangers v Llangollen
Singleton & Coles v New Broughton or Esclusam WS
Coun
ty Times


5th Round Results

Newtown North End 7v1 Llanfyllin
Newtown North End led 2v0 at half time.
Newtown North End;
Pennington; Forster, M. Stokes; E. Evans E. Morgan, J. Thomas; J. Jones, A. Swettenham, J. Mills, W.Parry, Smout 

County Times 1.4.1905


Semi Final Draw
Bangor v Rhos or Llangollen
Newtown North End v Singleton & Coles or Esclusham WS
Coun
ty Times 1.4.1905 


Semi Final Results

Esclusham White Stars 2v2 Newtown North End
Parry opened the scoring for North End after 15 minutes, with Miller making it 2v0 after 25 minutes with a beatiful goal. The score remained the same at half time.
The result seemed a foregone conclusion but the Stars 'buckled up' ans Esclusham scored a goal amid much excitement. Then Cave equalised at 2v2.
Newtown North End at the time were top of the Montgomeryshire District League.

Esclusham White Stars;
Thompson; Porah, Griffiths; C. Edwards, Cave, Lloyd; J. Hughes, J. Lloyd, E. Edwards, G. Pemberton, T. Williams.

Newtown North End;
Pennington; Forster, M. Stokes; Fred Evans, Eddie Morgan, J. Thomas; J. Jones, Miller, Swettenham, W. Parry, Smout 

County Times 15.4.1905

Replay
Newtown North End 1v3 Esclusham White Stars

This replay was decided after 2 hours and 20 minutes,
Esclusham pressed heavily for a while, but the splendid Newtown defence prevented a goal being captured.
E. Edwards scored a capital goal for the Esclusham side.
In the second half, the ball travelled rapidly up and down the field and bulky Miller of Newtown 'grassed' several Esclusham men, causing some amusement.
Swettenham equalised after 30 minutes to take the game into an extra 30 minutes.
White Stars' J. Hughes was carried off the field, not to return. There being no further goals, another half hour was played, but to no avail. The scores were still level.
An extra 20 minutes play was decreed during which time Esclusham scored a second and a thrird from the penalty spot.

Esclusham White Stars;
Thompson; Povah, Griffiths; C. Edwards, Cave, Lloyd; J. Hughes, J. Lloyd, E. Edwards, G. Pemberton, T. Williams.

Newtown North End;
Pennington; Forster, M. Stokes; Fred Evans, Eddie Morgan, J. Thomas; J. Jones, Miller, Swettenham, W. Parry, Smout 


Welsh Amateur Cup Final

Esclusham White Stars
4v0
Bangor Reserves

 



WELSH
INTERNATIONAL MATCHES
FEATURING
NEWTOWN PLAYERS
Year: 1905


Players from Newtown
appear in bold print



Wales 3v1 Scotland
6th March 1905 at Wrexham 

Leigh Richmond Roose, Everton F.C.   
Horace Elford Blew, Wrexham A.F.C.  
Charles Richard Morris, Derby County F.C.   
George Latham, Liverpool F.C.
Edward Hughes, Tottenham Hotspur F.C.   
John Hughes, Liverpool F.C.,  
William Henry "Billy" Meredith, Manchester City F.C.   
Arthur Davies, Middlesbrough F.C.,   
Walter Martin Watkins, Sunderland A.F.C.   
Arthur Grenville Morris, Nottingham Forest F.C.   
Alfred Oliver, Bangor F.C.   


England 5v1 Wales
27th March 1905 at Liverpool

   Leigh Richmond Roose, Everton F.C.   
Albert Thomas Jone,s Nottingham Forest F.C.   
Charles Richard Morris, Derby County F.C.   
George Latham, Liverpool F.C.   
Edward Hughes, Tottenham Hotspur F.C.   
John Hughes, Liverpool F.C.   
William Henry "Billy" Meredith, Manchester City F.C.   
William Jones "Lot", Manchester City F.C.   
Walter Martin Watkins, Sunderland A.F.C.   
Arthur Grenville Morris, Nottingham Forest F.C.   
Alfred Oliver, Blackburn Rovers F.C. 


Montgomeryshire and District League
1905/06


 


# Newtown North End
Aberystwyth Town
UCW Aberystwyth
# Royal Welsh Warehouse Newtown
Welshpool

Pl
8
8
8
8
8

W
6
5
4
2
1

D
0
1
1
1
1

L
2
2
3
5
6

F
16
17
27
11
5

A
6
14
22
20
14

Pts
12
11
9
5
3





WELSH
INTERNATIONAL MATCHES
FEATURING
NEWTOWN PLAYERS
Year: 1906


Players from Newtown
appear in bold print


 

Scotland 0v2 Wales
3rd March 1906 at Edinburgh

Leigh Richmond Roose, Stoke F.C.   
Horace Elford Blew, Wrexham A.F.C.   
Charles Richard Morris, Derby County F.C.   
Edwin Hughes, Wrexham A.F.C.   
Morgan Maddox Morgan-Owen, Corinthians F.C.   
George Latham, Liverpool F.C.   
William Jones "Lot", Manchester City F.C.   
Richard Morris, Leeds City F.C.   
John Love Jones, Stoke F.C.   
Richard Jones,Millwall Athletic F.C.   
Robert Ernest "Bobby" Evans, Wrexham A.F.C. 
   
 

 


Montgomeryshire and District League
1906/07


 


Aberystwyth Town
UCW Aberystwyth
Welshpool
# North End
Llanidloes
# Royal Welsh Warehouse Newtown
Montgomery

* 2 pts deducted

Pl
12
12
12
12
12
12
12

W
9
8
7
5
3
3
1

 

D
3
2
3
0
2
1
1

 

L
0
2
2
7
7
8
10

F
52
28
28
32
18
16
10

A
7
17
15
35
38
29
43

Pts
21
18
15*
10
8
7
3


"Old Sports" Gallery
Mr Jack Morris, Newtown

Montgomeryshire Express and Radnor Times, March 10th 1934

One of Newtown's best athletes and one of three brothers who gained fame on the football field is Mr Jack Morris - now residing at 25 St Staples Road, Bradford.

Possessing magnificent physique  he has excelled as a footballer and sprinter and sprinter and at 25 years age was the leading athlete in Mid-Wales. Mr Morris first played football for the famous Newtown North End team partnering Mr 'Hilly' Jones  at full back. The North End were considered at that time one of the best teams in Mid Wales and won the championship of the old Montgomeryshire and District League in 1906 after being runners-up the previous year. They aalso reached the final of the Montgomeryshire Challenge Cup competition, lost 2v1 to another Newtown team, the Royal Welsh Warehouse.

Afterwards he played for the team of the 7th Battalion Royal Welch Fusiliers and captained the 'Terriers' when they won the Championship of the Montgomeryshire District League in 1910-11.

The 7th also reached the final of the Montgomeryshire Challenge Cup competition in 1911-12 losing to Llanfyllin. Later he was signed by Liverpool and went to Bradford Park Avenue. He also played football for Builth Wells, Mardy, Bargoed  and Fryston Colliery and twice played in Welsh Amateur international trials at Wrexham.

He was considered a born footballer and one of the best full backs seen locally, certainly the fastest.

His brother, Mr Dicky Morris played for Liverpool  aand capped for Wales.

Another brother, Mr Dennis Morris is one of the leading football legislators in Alberta, Canada.

As a sprinter he won many prizes and is still remembered locally for his magnificent sprinting at the Royal Welsh Warehouse Sports, where he won first prize in his first race, starting from scratchin the final and beating 60 other competitors among whom were several of the best sprinters in the country.

He also won prizes at Ellesmere, Kerry, Rhayader and other sports. Later he ran as a professional in and around Leeds, gaining many successes.

Mr Morris has seen much of the world having served in the merchantilemarine in peace and war. He is now a woolsorter in Bradford four years ago had a seizure aand contrary to the doctors expectation, pulled through thanks to his splendid constitution. 


 SPOTLIGHT ON 1907

PLAY UP NEWTOWN!

Craven Cottage

Montgomeryshire Express 12th March 1907
Undoubtedly the best wing half in the International at Wrexham on Monday was George Latham, one of Newtown's sons. He gave a very creditable performance and is fully deserving of the honour conferred upon him of being again elected to represent Wales against England.

Montgomeryshire Express 26 March 1907
ENGLAND V WALES Craven Cottage
A few old Newtonians had a happy time at Craven Cottage on Monday. Several of them met outside the ground to see George Latham when the player drove up in a motor car. We gave him a good old cheer and shook hands all round. 'Play Up Newtown!' was the cry on the ground and we nearly shouted ourselves hoarse. George did play a game too, well worthy of the town. 

 

Wales 3v2 Ireland, Belfast 1907.
Players back row; George Latham, G.O. Williams, J. Roberts, L.R. Roose, Lloyd Davies, Ll. Davies, Linesman Evan Rees, Newtown
Front Row; Mr S. Roberts, trainer, Lot Jones, Arthur Hughes, W. Meredith. R. Morris (formerly Newtown), Gordon Jones.

Keith Harding

DID YOU KNOW?

In 1907, a league was formed in connection with the County School Football Club, and to the winners of that league, a shield was offered. The successful team was West, captained by Jim Phillips, and Headmaster R. Forrester made the formal presentation. 


Reverse of Medal reads;

C. P. CHALLINOR
R.W.W.
WINNERS
MONT CHALLENGE CUP
1906   1907

Mr Mike Lewis is pictured here at Newtown Football Club, with his grandfather, Mr C.P. Challinor's medal.

Mr Challinor played for Royal Welsh Warehouse, Newtown in the Montgomeryshire Cup final, where they beat Welshpool. See Did You Know? below, to read about the semi final. 

Montgomeryshire Cup Final 1906/07
Royal Welsh Warehouse 3v2 Llanidloes (aet)

The first winners of the Trophy were the R.W.W. Newtown team who beat Llanidloes after extra time.
The R.W.W. side were to have played Welshpool in the final, but after a protest from Llanidloes, who Welshpool had beaten in the semi-final, the game was awarded to Llanidloes by the Welsh F.A.. As a result of the protest and the debate it caused, the 1906/07 Final was in fact played in the September of the 1907/08 season.

The final was played on the Grove Meadow ground at Montgomery on September 28th 1907 - 4.30 start. The referee was a well known official, a Mr Baker of Nantwich.
A crowd of over 700 people watched the keenly contested game and after extra time, the R.W.W. team won 3v2. The Cup was presented to the winning captain, Johnny Bellis by Lord and Lady Powys.
Scorers for R.W.W. were W.E. Owen (2 pens) and J. Bellis, while for Llanidloes, G. Smith and G. Evans scored.

The teams were;
R.W.W.; J.E. Powell; E.R. Morris, C.P. Challinor, H. Morgan, R.E. Evans, J. Bellis capt, T.J. Evans, M. Jones, W. Denny, W.E. Owen, E. Garnett 
Llanidloes; J.B. Griffiths, J.E. Morgan, C. Smith, G. Breeze, G. Evans, J. Evans, B. Smith, J. Bradbury, T. Hughes, G. Morris, Osborne George

Montgomeryshire Cup Final 1907/08
Royal Welsh Warehouse 2v1 Newtown North End

The trophy was retained by the R.W.W. team who played their local rivals, Newtown North End 2v1 in the Final. There were eleven entries, Montgomery, Welshpool, Newtown N.E., Machynlleth, Llanfyllin, R.W.W., Chirbury, Llanidloes Utd, Caersws Utd, Berriew and Newtown Excelsiors.

The Cup Final teams were;
R.W.W.; J.E. Powell, C. Challinor, H. Morgan, E.R. Morgan, R. Evans, J. Bellis, T. Evans, M. Jones, W. Owen, Arnold Owen, E. Garnett.
Newtown N.E.; G. Hibbott, W. Jones, J. Morris, T. Richards, E. Morgan, R.A. Swettenham, J. Jones, J. Thomas, N. Jones, A.N. Powell, F. Williams.

This information on the Cup is taken from notes Keith Harding had prepared as part of his uncompleted History of the Montgomeryshire Cup.


Keith Harding

DID YOU KNOW?

In the 1907 Montgomeryshire Cup semi final, RWW complained that Llanfyllin arrived late and the bad rain had made the  pitch difficult. Teams agreed to postponed the semi final played a friendly instead. Llanfyllin won 1-0.

The Montgomeryshire Express wrote; After settling down, Llanfyllin became the aggressors, but found Challinor in fine form.Of the players, Challinor of the Warehouse takes first place, his kicking and tackling  being very fine. But for him, the loss would certainly have been heavier.

RWW won the semi final 1-0. It was typical cup tie according to the paper. The Myllinites nearly brought the downfall of RWW, but Powell and Challinor were in fine form  

Montgomeryshire Express, 21st May 1907
T. E. Pennington, Newtown's clever goalkeeper would secure a good opportunity for the next season, as last week, Tommy signed on for Reading, a Southern League team.
  

Keith Harding

DID YOU KNOW?

In 1907, a friendly encounter was contested by Newtown North End and the White Stars. The Stars were a much lighter XI than their opponents but gave almost as good an exhibition. North End won 6v2. Two penalty kicks were awarded to the White Stars, but they were unfruitful. 

Keith Harding

DID YOU KNOW?

In 1907, Newtown held the Welsh Amateur Cup Final between Buckley Engineers and Aberystwyth. The Engineers won 4v0 in a replay, after a 2v2 draw. 




WELSH
INTERNATIONAL MATCHES
FEATURING
NEWTOWN PLAYERS
Year: 1907


Players from Newtown
appear in bold print


 

Ireland 2v3 Wales
23rd February 1907 at Belfast

Leigh Richmond Roose, Stoke F.C.   
James Roberts, Bradford City A.F.C.   
Lloyd Leigh Davies, Stoke F.C.   
George Latham, Liverpool F.C.   
George Owen Williams, Wrexham A.F.C.   
Llewelyn Charles Davies, Wrexham A.F.C.   
William Henry "Billy" Meredith, Manchester United F.C.   
William Jones "Lot", Manchester City F.C.   
Arthur Howell Hughes, Chirk A.A.A. F.C.   
Richard Morris, Grimsby Town F.C.   
Gordon Peace Jones, Wrexham A.F.C.
 
   
 

Wales 3v2 Ireland, Belfast 1907.
Players back row; George Latham, G.O. Williams, J. Roberts,
L.R. Roose, Lloyd Davies, Ll. Davies, Linesman Evan Rees, Newtown
Front Row; Mr S. Roberts, trainer, Lot Jones, Arthur Hughes, W. Meredith. R. Morris (formerly Newtown), Gordon Jones.


Wales 1v0 Scotland
4th March 1907 at Wrexham 

Leigh Richmond Roose, Stoke F.C.   
Horace Elford Blew, Wrexham A.F.C.   
Charles Richard Morris, Derby County F.C.   
George Latham, Liverpool F.C.   
Lloyd Leigh Davies, Stoke F.C.   
Ioan Haydn Price, Aston Villa F.C.   
William Henry "Billy" Meredith, Manchester United F.C.   
William Jones "Lot", Manchester City F.C.   
Hugh Morgan-Owen, Welshpool F.C.   
Arthur Grenville Morris, Nottingham Forest F.C.   
Gordon Peace Jones, Wrexham A.F.C.


England 1v1 Wales
18th March 1907 at London

     Leigh Richmond Roose, Stoke F.C.   
Lloyd Leigh Davies, Stoke F.C.   
Samuel Meredith, Stoke F.C.   
George Latham, Liverpool F.C.   
Morgan Maddox Morgan-Owen, Corinthians F.C.   
Edward Hughes, Tottenham Hotspur F.C.   
William Henry "Billy" Meredith, Manchester United F.C.   
William Jones "Lot", Manchester City F.C.   
Arthur William Green, Nottingham Forest F.C.   
Arthur Grenville Morris, Nottingham Forest F.C.   
Robert Ernest "Bobby" Evans, Aston Villa F.C.  


Montgomeryshire and District League
1907/08


 


Aberystwyth Town
UCW Aberystwyth
Llanidloes United
Towyn Rovers
# Newtown North End
# Royal Welsh Warehouse Newtown
Montgomery
Oswestry Works AO

One match not played

Pl
14
14
14
13
14
14
14
13

W
14
4
5
4
3
3
2
0

D
0
8
5
5
7
5
5
5

 

L
0
2
4
4
4
6
7
8

 

F
73
30
23
24
21
16
15
14

A
13
25
29
26
28
29
37
37

Pts
28
16
15
13
13
11
9
5




WELSH
INTERNATIONAL MATCHES
FEATURING
NEWTOWN PLAYERS
Year: 1908


Players from Newtown
appear in bold print


 

Wales 1v7 England
16th March 1908 at Wrexham 

Leigh Richmond Roose, Sunderland A.F.C.   
 (replaced on 46' by David Davies, Bolton Wanderers F.C.)   
Horace Elford Blew, Wrexham A.F.C.   
Charles Richard Morris, Derby County F.C.   
Edwin Hughes, Nottingham Forest F.C.   
George Latham, Liverpool F.C.   
Maurice Pryce Parry, Liverpool F.C.   
William Henry "Billy" Meredith, Manchester United F.C.   
William Henry Matthews, Chester F.C.   
William Davies, Blackburn Rovers F.C.   
Arthur Grenville Morris, Nottingham Forest F.C.   
Robert Ernest "Bobby" Evans, Aston Villa F.C.

 

Wales 0v1 Ireland
11th April 1908 at Aberdare

Robert Owen Evans, Blackburn Rovers F.C.   
Jeffrey Woodward Jones, Llandrindod Wells F.C.   
Ernest Peake, Aberystwyth F.C.   
Maurice Pryce Parry, Liverpool F.C.   
Ioan Haydn Price, Burton United F.C.   
William Henry "Billy" Meredith, Manchester United F.C.   
Richard Morris, Plymouth Argyle F.C.   
Walter Martin Watkins, Stoke F.C.  
Albert Victor Hodgkinson, Southampton Town F.C.   
Thomas Daniel Jones, Aberdare F.C.   
Horace Elford Blew, Wrexham A.F.C.
  
 


Montgomeryshire and District League
1908/09


 


Llanidloes
Towyn Rovers
# Royal Welsh Warehouse Newtown
UCW Aberystwyth
Llanfyllin Town
Montgomery
Aberystwyth Town
# Newtown North End

One match not played

Pl
14
14
14
14
14
13
13
14

W
9
7
6
4
4
2
3
2

D
2
4
5
6
5
6
4
4

L
3
3
3
4
5
5
6
8

F
39
27
36
30
25
17
17
18

A
15
15
25
26
32
29
27
37

Pts
20
18
17
14
13
10
10
8

 




WELSH
INTERNATIONAL MATCHES
FEATURING
NEWTOWN PLAYERS
Year: 1909


Players from Newtown
appear in bold print


 

Ireland 2v3 Wales
20th March 1909 at Belfast

      Leigh Richmond Roose, Sunderland A.F.C.   
Charles Richard Morris, Derby County F.C.   
Jeffrey Woodward Jones, Llandrindod Wells F.C.   
George Latham, Liverpool F.C.   
Ernest Peake, Liverpool F.C.   
Lloyd Leigh Davies, Northampton Town F.C.   
William Henry "Billy" Meredith, Manchester United F.C.   
George Arthur Wynn, Wrexham A.F.C.   
William Davies, Blackburn Rovers F.C.   
William Jones "Lot", Manchester City F.C.   
Ioan Haydn Price, Wrexham A.F.C.  

 
Keith Harding

DID YOU KNOW?

In 1910, Buckley beat Aberystwyth 1v0 in the Welsh Amateur Cup Final held at Newtown. 

Montgomeryshire and District League
1909/10



Llanidloes
Llanfyllin Town
Towyn
Aberystwyth Town
# Royal Welsh Warehouse Newtown
Welshpool
UCW Aberystwyth
Caersws
Montgomery

Pl
16
16
16
16
16
16
16
16
16

W
14
10
9
8
6
7
5
4
1

D
0
2
3
1
4
1
3
1
1

L
2
4
4
7
6
8
8
11
14

F
64
41
30
42
34
28
21
20
17

A
12
16
18
40
47
34
31
40
54

Pts
28
22
21
17
16
15
13
9
3

 


Montgomeryshire and District League
1910/11


 


Royal Welch Fusiliers
Llanfyllin
Llanidloes
UCW Aberystwyth
Barmouth
Aberystwyth

Newtown Royal Welsh Warehouse

Pl
11
11
10
12
11
10
10

W
7
7
7
5
4
2
2

D
2
2
2
3
1
1
1

L
2
2
1
4
6
7
9

F
37
39
34
35
25
18
27

A
15
21
12
30
40
35
52

Pts
16
16
14
13
9
5
5

 



1913 - 1914
Royal Welsh Warehouse Recreation Society
Montgomeryshire Challenge Cup Winners
R.W.W.  2v1 Caersws
During the season, the Royal Welsh Warehouse played 21 games, won 16, lost 2, drew 3, goals for 64, against 32.

Standing; D. Thomas (Committee), J. Rees (Committee), R.E. Rees, E. Beadles, W. Lloyd, P. Townsend, C. Harris, J. Breeze, A. Rees (Committee) C. P. Challinor (Secretary)
Sitting;  R. E. E vans (Committe), R. Jones, B. Evans, M. Jones (Captain),  H. Boulton, G. Williams, D. Smith (Chairman) 


WELSH
INTERNATIONAL MATCHES
FEATURING
NEWTOWN PLAYERS
Year: 1913


Players from Newtown
appear in bold print



Ireland 0v1 Wales
18th January 1913 at Belfast

         William Ellis Bailiff, Llanelly F.C.   
Thomas John Hewitt, Chelsea F.C.   
Llewelyn Charles Davies, Wrexham A.F.C.   
George Latham, Cardiff City F.C.   
Ernest Peake, Liverpool F.C.   
Joseph Thomas Jones, Stoke F.C.   
William Henry "Billy" Meredith, Manchester United F.C.   
David Walter Davies, Oldham Athletic A.F.C.   
Walter Otto Davis, Millwall Athletic F.C.   
James Roberts, Wrexham A.F.C.   
John Hugh Evans, Cardiff City F.C.



Keith Harding

DID YOU KNOW?

Max Woosnam,  born  1892
in Liverpool was an unique sportsman. He Captained Manchester City, won a cap for England v Wales in 1922, won a tennis doubles Gold Medal in the 1920  Olympics  and at Wimbledon,  scored 144 against M.C.C. in Lords. He lived in Aberhafesp during his youth and played football, cricket and golf for Newtown. His father was the Minister in Aberhafesp.
 

Harry Beadles

Harry Beadles, born in Newtown in 1897, played for Liverpool for 3 seasons scoring 6 goals in 17 games.
He was signed by George Latham for Cardiff City in 1924 and played in City's  F.A. Cup Final team which lost 1v0 to Sheffield United in 1925.
Cardiff's team that day was; Farquharson, Nelson, Blair, Wake, Keenor, Hardy, W. Davies, Gill, Nicholson, Beadles, D. Evans
He scored 14 goals for Cardiff in 31 games in one season and then signed for Sheffield Wednesday.
He won 2 Welsh International caps in 1925, against Scotland (lost 1v3 at Edinburgh) and England (lost 1v2 at Swansea).

Welsh team against Scotland was; Gray, Jenkins, Russell, S. Davies, Keenor, W. Williams, W. Davies, Nicholls, Beadles, Cook. Williams scored for Wales.

Welsh team against England was; Gray, Morley, Russell, E. Jenkins, Keenor, E. Thomas, W. Davies, Nicholls, Fowler, Beadles, Cook. The Welsh goal was an own goal by England's Bower.
Harry died in 1958. 
   
Harry also signed for Sheffield Wednesday, and for Southport in 1926, where he scored 60 goals in 93 games and Dundalk.

I am grateful to Harry's family for supplying additional information.

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT HARRY BEADLES' ILLUSTRIOUS CAREER



Bolton Trial 
County Times 15th April 1922

Albert Townsend, captain of Newtown Albion,  was selected for a trial with Bolton Wanderers.

Bolton were sixth in the First Division in the 1921/22 season.

 

County Times, 15th April 1922.
Elementary School Shield Final
Penygloddfa EL 3v0 Llanfyllin CE.
Penygloddfa Team: Harry Johnson, Douglas Beadles, Emlyn Hamer,
Harold Davies, David Griffiths, Bert Edwards, Frank Evans,
Tommy Jarman, Cyril Hamer, Arthur Griffiths, Billy Jones.


Arthur Griffiths, Tommy Jarman and Frank Evans scored the goals.

"Tommy Jarman, a dimunative player possessed of grit and speed, who unquestionably made the shield secure for side."



WELSH
INTERNATIONAL MATCHES
FEATURING
NEWTOWN PLAYERS
Year: 1925


Players from Newtown
appear in bold print



Scotland 3v1 Wales
14th February 1925 at Edinburgh

         Albert Gray, Oldham Athletic A.F.C.   
John Jenkins, Brighton & Hove Albion F.C.   
Moses Richard Russell, Plymouth Argyle F.C.   
Stanley Charles Davies,West Bromwich Albion F.C.   
Frederick Charles "Fred" Keenor, Cardiff City F.C.   
William Williams, Northampton Town F.C.   
William "Willie" Davies, Cardiff City F.C.   
John Barry L. "Jack" Nicholls, Cardiff City F.C.   
Leonard Stephen "Len" Davies, Cardiff City F.C.  
George Harold Beadles, Cardiff City F.C.   
Frederick Cook, Newport County A.F.C.


Wales 1v2 England
28th February 1925 at Swansea

     Albert Gray, Oldham Athletic A.F.C.   
Ernest James Morley, Swansea Town F.C.   
Moses Richard Russell, Plymouth Argyle F.C.   
John Jenkins, Lovell`s Athletic F.C.   
Frederick Charles "Fred" Keenor, Cardiff City F.C.   
Edgar Thomas, Cardiff City F.C.  
William "Willie" Davies, Cardiff City F.C.   
John Fowler, Swansea Town F.C.   
John Barry L. "Jack" Nicholls, Cardiff City F.C.   
George Harold Beadles, Cardiff City F.C.   
Frederick Cook, Newport County A.F.C.  


 

NEWTOWN'S
WELSH FOOTBALL INTERNATIONAL
PLAYERS

BEADLES G.H.

1925 v England
v Scotland

HIBBOTT  H.

1880

v England
v Scotland


1885 v Scotland

LATHAM  G.

1905
v England (with Liverpool)
v Scotland

1906 v Scotland

1907

v England
v Scotland
v Northern Ireland

1908 v England

1909 v N. Ireland (with Southport Central)

1910 v England (with Cardiff City)

1913 v Northern Ireland

LLOYD  J.W.

1879
1885
v Scotland (with Wrexham)
v Scotland (with Newtown)

MORRIS  R.

1902

v England
v Scotland
v Northern Ireland

1903
v Scotland
v Northern Ireland

1904

v England (with Liverpool)
v Scotland
v Northern Ireland

1906 v Scotland

1907 v Northern Ireland

1908 v Northern Ireland

NOCK  W.

1879   v Northern Ireland

OWEN  D.

1879 v England

OWEN  T.

1879 v England

PARRY  H.

1895 v Northern Ireland
PRYCE-JONES  A.W. 1895 v England
PRYCE-JONES  W.E. 1887 v Scotland 

1888

v Scotland
v England

v Northern Ireland

1890 v Northern Ireland

TAYLOR  O.D.

1893
v Scotland
v Northern Ireland

1894
v Scotland
v Northern Ireland

TOWNSEND  W.

1887 v Northern Ireland

1893 v Northern Ireland

WOOSNAM  G.

1879 v Scotland

WORTHINGTON  T.

1894 v Scotland


A NEWTOWN TEAM around 1911

 

1923

A team representating Newtown took part in a charity match
on Good Friday morning, 1923, to raise money for the
N.U.R. Benevolent Society.


NEWTOWN 1935/36 taken at the club's ground, "24 acres" on which the BRD works was then situated - now The Lion Works.
Back; C. Tinker, Bill Barrett, Fred Jones, Roy Leach, Wilf Parry,
Tom Jones, Harry Smout, Dick Evans, Reading Jones, Jim Clayton.
Front; Tommy Jarman, Harry Bird, Harold Roberts, Cyril Gentle,
Billy Reynolds, Norman Williams, Charlie Davies


Newtown Half Holiday F.C.
1935/36

 
Keith Harding

DID YOU KNOW?

In 1936 Llay Welfare drew 1v1 with Treharris in the Welsh Amateur Cup Final held at Newtown. Llay won the replay 3v1 at Oswestry.

Montgomeryshire Cup Presentation 1936/37

 Newtown F.C.  Montgomeryshire Cup Winning Team -
1936/37

Oswald Hannan 4th and Richie Jones 9th in the back row. Newtown beat Llanidloes 3v2. Newtown's team was R. Leach, Tom Jones, R.M. Morris, R.A. Boden, N.I. Williams, W. McEllenborough, T. Jarman, W. Fyles, R. Morris, W. Morgan, T. Jones

Keith Harding

DID YOU KNOW?

Before moving to Latham Park, Newtown played at a number of grounds? These included the 'Cunnings', 'Racecourse Recreation Ground' and 'Plantation Lane'.

County Schools' Shield Final
1937/38


Above: Newtown County School, who defeated Welshpool County School (below) in the final of the Competition at Welshpool  on the 10th March 1938


Mr. Reg Jones presenting the County Schools' Shield to the Newtown captain, R. Ll. Evans at Welshpool on Thursday.
Photo:"Express"

Newtown C.S. 4v1 Welshpool C.S.
Newtown had to fight much harder than the margin suggests. Welshpool were striving for an equaliser, when just 1v0 down, fifteen minutes before the end. Newtown won because their team work was far superior.
Both teams were well served in defence, and D.S. Morgan, the Newtown left-back in particular, impressed with his steady powerful clearances. D. Burgess was prominent in the Welshpool defence.
J. Richards gave Newtown the lead after five minutes after a right wing attack, and a minute later, W. Blair equalised from a position which did not appear to threaten imminent danger.
Shortly afterwards Newtown regained the lead. L. Griffiths sent the ball into the goal area from  the halfway line, and following a brief struggle, R. Ll. Evans scored with a fast shot.
F. Cadwalladr missed a Welshpool penalty before half time, as the ball struck the crossbar.
K. Hamer scored Newtown's third goal after a run from the halfway line. M. Owen completed the scoring.

Newtown C.S.:
W.M. Jones: C.G. Bridgwater, D.S. Morgan: N. Hilton, R.G. Davies, L. Gittins: K. Hamer, M. Owen, R. Ll. Evans, F. Griffiths, J. Richards.
Welshpool G.S.:
M.M. Richards: R. Mourby, D. Burgess: F. White, J. Chester, P. Astley: D. Lewis, W. Blair, F. Cadwalladr, K. Rogers, C. Wynne.
Referee: Mr E. J. Rushgrove, Welshpool. 

 


1937/38
 
Above, the Newtown Half Holiday team which lost to the Llanidloes Half Holiday team, below



WALTER HENRY EVANS
(1865 - 1938)
(former secretary Newtown F.C.)

Obituary for Walter Henry Evans (ex Newtown FC secretary)
in the Calgary Herald.  It seems that he died on March 31, 1938.  This is what it says in the March 31 paper.
(Information courtesy of Ian Garland)

LEADER IN SPORTS CALLED BY DEATH
Walter Henry Evans, prominent in football circles during his residence in the province for the past 27 years died this morning at his home, 449 Eleven-A street, north-west, at the age of 73 years.
Mr. Evans was a former vice-president of the Alberta Football Association and a member of the Welsh Football Association.  He had been active in organizing football here for many years.
From 1883 to 1885, Mr. Evans had been a member of the Welsh international football team in the Old Country.  He was a life member of the Alberta Football Association and was a member of St. David's Society.
He had been employed as a clerk with the Canadian Pacific Railway until his retirement in 1934.
He leaves a son A.A. (Vic) in Calgary; and a daughter, Mrs. G. Waterman, also of Calgary.
Services will be Saturday, at 2 p.m. from Park Memorial chapel, with the Rev. J.M. Roe officiating.  Burial will be in Burnsland cemetery.


 

 

William Frank
'Dixie'
Griffiths


Wolverhampton Wanderers Schoolboy
Newtown F.C.
Kenwood Juniors
(Shrewsbury)
Everton F.C.
Llanidloes Town

Schoolboy Football

Newtown County School team 1938: (not in photographical order)
W.M. Jones: C.G. Bridgwater, D.S. Morgan: N. Hilton, R.G. Davies,
L. Gittins: K. Hamer, M. Owen, R. Ll. Evans, F. Griffiths, J. Richards.

Dixie also signed schoolboy forms for
Wolverhampton Wanderers.

 

Back row; Mr Butler (games master), Peter Wilson,
Arthur Brumwell
(vice-captain), E.A. Bowyer, Howard Roberts, 
Francis Williams, Eric Jones (secretary)
Front row; Kenneth Gwalchmai, Ivor Richards,
William Pritchard (captain), Frank Griffiths, John Richards 

Dixie also played for Kenwood Juniors, Shrewsbury

26th August 1939
County Times

Dixie Griffiths, the County School inside left, who has assisted the town club, has signed professional forms for Everton, who gave a trial a fortnight ago to Ken Hamer, the County School centre forward.


Frankie's nickname came from 'Dixie' Dean, (right) the great Everton F. C. centre forward who he met whilst at Everton, despite Dixie Dean  having retired before Frankie signed for the Toffees.

Everton F.C. 1939/40


When the Second World War broke out on the 3rd September, the 1939/40 season had hardly got underway.

The table shows the First Division when the League programme was halted.


Dixie signed up as an
R.A.F. Mosquito
Fighter Pilot during
the Second W
orld War.

He didn't have to join up, as Everton arranged for him to work as a draughtsman at Cammell Lairds in Birkenhead.
This would have kept him out of the War but his
ultimate dream  was to be a pilot and this he achieved.
This was something of which both he and Karen are very proud.


Mosquito

Everton wanted Dixie back at the end of the War but he had been and seen so much that he said he would never leave Newtown again and he didn't!!!!
He met and married Karen's mother, herself a Newtown girl and that, as they say, was that.

1954:
Newtown 3v0 55th Regiment R.A. (Tonfannau)

Giving their best performance of the season, Newtown, defeated their formidable rivals by three clear goals in a Mid-Wales League game.
Sixteen year old D. Powell, in his new position of right half, gave an exemplary display, while in the forward line F. Griffiths was at his best with strong, piercing runs which were a source of trouble to the visitors.
Newtown opened their account after three minutes. Williams put Purnell away with a perfect pass. His centre was trapped by B.F. Jones and pushed through to Nicholls, who crashed in a terrific drive which gave Guppy, in the visiting goal, little chance of saving.
A minute before half time, Newtown increased their lead. Lumsden found B.F. Jones whose long pass was met by Nicholls and the home leader beat Guppy from close range.
In the 80th minute, the home side were awarded a free kick, which was taken by Richards. He placed the ball over the visiting defence, and B.F. Jones headed Newtown's third goal.
Newtown: Davies, Lumsden, Smith, Powell, Williams, Evans, Richards, B.F. Jones, Nicholls, Griffiths, Purnell.
55th R.A.; Guppy, R. Jones, Bytake, Oldfield, Fulbeck, Manley, Dawson, Mullen, Goundry, Truett, G. Jones.


 
Newtown F.C.

Karen Griffiths writes:
This photo is of my Mam, Margaret and Dad in 2010 standing underneath the Everton F C
League Championship winning squad of 1938/9.
This photo forms part of the
Everton Time Line circling
Goodison Park.

1939/40 Season


County Times
26th August 1939

Football is about at its lowest ebb in Newtown where once it flourished exceedingly well and the town could boast of teams that won the Welsh Senior Cup, and many players were picked for Wales.

But do not run away with the idea that there is no one left who can play football. There are still enough players - and good ones too - to form more than one team capable of holding their own with other local clubs.

But some of the players prefer to play for clubs outside the town or not play at all. Because of this, weak teams were fielded in the past two seasons, and consequently defeats have been more frequent that victories.
Naturally this led to a falling off in the number of spectators at home matches, so much so, that in some matches the receipts were less than the expenses incurred to play the return matches away.

Scarcity of matches also led to the decline in interest among fans and players. Under the circumstances, what can one expect the committee of the club already faced with the task of reducing a considerable debt to do?

Thus it came as no surprise to many who know the real position that the committee intimated that the club would not run a team this season, but would concentrate their efforts on reducing the debt of the club still further.

The committee are not altogether blameless for the present state of affairs, but they do deserve praise for the way they have stuck to the task many would have thrown up as hopeless long ago, especially in view of the lack of support from some of the players and from many of the townspeople.

But enough of the past; it is to the future we look, and there is a glimmer  of hope that as well as the club there will yet be a team in Newtown this season. "Whether there will be a team in Newtown this season depends upon what happens to the Central Wales League and upon what other clubs do," an official of the club told an "Express" reporter on Monday. Beyond that he would not commit himself.

If the present committee of the club will not run a team, there is no reason why there should not be a team in the town. The players are in the town, and others besides the present committee could run a team. There was talk at one time of a new town club being formed by some old players, but so far nothing has been done.

What is needed is for the players and committee to pull together and to show a different spirit to what some of them have shown in the past. Only then can a club be run harmoniously and successfully.

Of last season's players Roy Leach has left club to become Taxation Officer at Ludlow and Albert Boden has rejoined the Army.
But there are plenty of other players available including:

Goalkeepers; Bert Hedges, Bob Lewis
Full backs; Tom Jones, J. Beedlecombe, A.E. Passant W.Morgan
Half backs; N.I. Williams, Rufus Lewis, Roy Harris,
Jimmy Rowlands, Eric Owen, J. Clayton
Forwards; Trevor Jones, Tommy Jarman, D.W.C Gentle,
Cyril Whitticase, Ken Hamer, Arthur Williams, W. Purnell

Frankie Griffiths, the County School inside left, who has assisted the town club, has signed professional forms for Everton, who gave a trial a fortnight ago to Ken Hamer, the County School centre forward.
The present officials of the town club are:

Chairman; Mr J.E. Jones
Vice-chairman;Mr Harold Robetrts 
Secretary; Mr W.E. Barrett
Treasurer; Mr J. Llyn Davies

World events took over the fate on football in Newtown that year, when the Second World War broke out on the 3rd September 1939.

Newtown Half Holiday team which took on the RAF pictured below, shortly after war was declared

 
Newtown County Schools'
1939 season football team.


Back row;
Mr Butler (games master), Peter Wilson, Arthur Brumwell
(vice-captain), E.A. Bowyer, Howard Roberts, 
Francis Williams, Eric Jones (secretary)

Front row;
Kenneth Gwalchmai, Ivor Richards, William Pritchard (captain), Frank Griffiths, John Richards  

Welsh Amateur International Cap

Bobby Hibbott receives his Welsh Amateur International Cap against England in 1950 from Mr J. E. Neale. Also in the picture is Harry Jones, left.

Montgomeryshire Junior League Team
which played Aberystwyth in Welshpool. 

Welsh Amateur International Team 0v1 England.     21 January 1950
Standing; D. Jackson, E. Griffiths, G. Groves, L. Jones, R. Porch, G. Morgan.
Sitting; F. Donovan, A. Evans, G. Manning, R.H. Hibbott (Newtown), B.J. Griffiths

BOBBY HIBBOTT'S
WELSH AMATEUR
INTERNATIONAL SHIRT

NEWTOWN F.C. - but which year? Can you please help?

Standing; /......../ Albert Townsend, Bert Evans, Ronnie Rees, Cyril Whitticase, Bert Hedges, Jack Rowlands, John Richards, Ronnie Rees
Seated; Arthur Evans, Billy Pritchard, Tommy Jarman, Bill Cooke, Glynn Lumsden

Keith Harding

You are enjoying 
A KEITH HARDING SELECTION

NEWTOWN A.F.C. late  1940's


Glynn Lumsden, Brian Jones, Reg O'Connor, George Davies, Cyril Whitticase, Billy Morris Ritchie Jones (Trainer)
Billy Williams, Ken Lewis, Bobby Hibbott, John Richards, Billy Purnell, David Jones (Diso)

Newtown FC 1947/48 with The Montgomeryshire Cup, and Mid Wales League Cup.
Standing; Cyril Whitticase, Len Evans, Bob Wildblood, Reg O'Connor, Bert Evans, Richie Jones, George Davies, Glynn Lumsden, Billy Purnell, Dennis Powell, John Richards
Middle row; Cutter Parry, Brian Roberts, Irwin Jones, Fred Barnett, Brian Jones, John Williams, Alfie Owen, trainer
Bottom Row; Iori Oliver, Bill Pritchard, Bobby Hibbott, Bryan Rees

Montgomeryshire Cup Winners.
Players only; Standing, Cyril Whitticase, Reg O'Connor, George Davies, Jack Rowlands, Bert Evans, Glynn Lumsden
Seated; Iori Oliver, Bryan Rees, Bobby Hibbott, John Richards, Bill Pritchard

Mid Wales League Cup Winners
Players only; Standing; Len Evans, Richie Jones, Billy Purnell, Dennis Powell
Seated; Cutter Parry, Brian Roberts, Irwin Jones, Fred Barnett, Brian Jones, John Williams

Keith Harding

DID YOU KNOW?

In the late 1940's, the Officers and General Committee of Newtown F.C. took the decision to purchase and construct a new playing headquarters at a site to be called Latham Park. This decision was a far sighted one and the present Officers, Committee, supporters and players owe so much to their counterparts for their vision, all those years ago.

Ronnie Clayton
Blackburn Rovers & England

Tommy Taylor
Manchester United & England

Ronnie and Tommy played at Newtown when serving at Tonfannau Army Camp, near Trawsfynydd. Derek Evans, Welsh Amateur goalkeeper also played here.

MEMORIES RETAINED FOR POSTERITY

My sincere thanks to Mr Brian F. Jones, left,  for sharing with me his many fascinating memories, covering a glittering football career, at Latham Park in May 2008.
Brian went through both his scrapbooks containing nostalgic press cuttings and photos, described many of the action shots in over 50 photographs, and reminisced many a match from the programmes he has also kept.
I am extremely grateful to Brian for his permission to use the items he brought with him, to supplement the Keith Harding Selection. They are a major part of the selection.
"Anything to help" he said, "and I wish you well with the project".

1950 - 1951
636 Regiment  T.A.     R.A.

Standing; Edwards, Rob, Reg Jenkins, ----, Jarman, J. Price, Len Rowlands. Col Beaumont (Angel/Proprietor)
Sitting; B. Williams, Lt McCormack, Major Morgan, J. Evans, K. Jones.
 

Abermule Wanderers, Winners of the Welshpool Knockout Competition, beating The Eagles 1v0. This is sadly the last phograph of Bobby Hibbot of Newtown, who scored the only goal of the game - his last ever. He died tragically. He is fourth from the left, front row. 
 

Newtown Youth Team
Newtown Youth c 1950 Montgomeryshire Youth League - Championship Shield - undefeated. Newtown Knock Out Cup Winners
Back; H.S.L. Williams (Secretary), A. Davies, B.F. Jones, J. Hughes, T. Owen, G. Jones, D. Powell, K. Bowen
Front; D. Griffiths (Team Manager), K. Holloway, M. Lewis, D.L. Jones Captain, D. Stephens, D. Rigby, D.W. Rees (Chairman)

Montgomeryshire Express and Radnor Times
10th March 1951
Debut for 16 year old B.F. Jones
B.F. Jones, a 16 year old secondary schoolboy will play his first senior game for Newtown seniors against Aberystwyth College today.

Montgomeryshire Express and Radnor Times
17th March 1951
Aberystwyth College 4 v 1 Newtown
BF. Jones, Newtown's 16 year old performed creditably and can be proud of the fact that he scored in his first senior game with the senior team.
Young B.F. Jones reduced the arrears from 3v0 with a hook shot which found the net.


Montgomeryshire Express and Radnor Times
19th May 1951
Cambrian Coast Cup for NEWTOWN

Two superb goals  by Bobby Hibbott during extra time gave 10 man Newtown the Cambrian Coast Cup.
Edgar Williams opened the scoring for Newtown, but Towyn equalised before half time and took the lead early in the second half.
Mason put the scores level at 2v2 from a penalty, taking the game into extra time.
Towyn then reclaimed the lead by 3v2, then Hibbott went through the centre to ram in the equaliser and put in another goal before full time.

During this cup run, Newtown played 5, won 4 and drew 1, with 20 goals scored and 9 conceded.



LATHAM PARK FIRST

 

Pictured here is the Newtown team that played the first competitive fixture at
Latham Park, on 25th August 1951.

Back row; Gwilym Lloyd, Pryce Smith, Glynn Lumsden, Harry Jones, Billy Purnell,
Brian Jones, Johnny Jones
Front row; Iorrie Oliver, Bryan Rees, Brian F. Jones. Edgar P. Williams, Les Stephens

NEWTOWN
4v0
ABERYSTWYTH

A crowd of 1,211 watched Newtown beat Aberystwyth 4 v 0 in the Central Wales League. 

Brian F. Jones scored the first ever goal at Latham Park in this fine inaugural match. He went on to score a hat trick.

Pictured left is club captain Edgar P. Williams receiving a telegram, just before kick off sent by Mr Reg Manley, owner of the Bear Hotel.

He was on holiday and unable to attend the game.
 

Latham Park

Panoramic shot of Newtown's first game at Latham Park


Keith Harding

DID YOU KNOW?

The George Latham Liniment. Brian F. Jones recalls using George's liniment which consisted of a concoction of mixed oils and grit, which was applied to a player's calf and thigh muscles. It gave a tingling sensation and was very welcome in wet and cold conditions, having its own particular smell. Brian had the honour/pleasure of playing in the opening match at Latham Park in September 1951, and the Robins of the 50s and 60s used the 'Magic Potion' to full effect until the emergence of the modern sprays took over.  



Keith Harding

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If you have any old photos or programmes which can be scanned and returned to you, or interesting facts on Newtown F.C.
to add to the collection, 
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GEORGE LATHAM
Latham Park was so named in honour of
CAPTAIN GEORGE LATHAM,
a Newtown footballing hero of the past.
Latham Park
Latham Park photographed in 1999

George Latham played for Liverpool, Stoke City and Cardiff City and was capped by Wales on two occasions during the early part of the century.

In 1911 he joined Cardiff City as a player and later became their trainer and held this post when Cardiff City beat Arsenal in the 1926/27 F. A. Cup Final.



George Latham is standing in the back row, on the left.

BIDDING BRISK FOR FOOTBALL ITEMS

A collection personally gathered by George Latham, Welsh International from 1905 to 1913, realised top price of £2,500 at Mullock Madeley's April football memorabilia sale.
Auctioneer John Mullock said he was delighted with the day's trading, describing bidding as very brisk in the packed sale room - further buffered by a heavy entry of commision bids.
The Latham collection included autographs from the England and Wales teams at Ninian Park.
(Undated press cutting around 2000)


WELSH AMATEUR TRIAL

Mid Wales XI
v
North Wales & Wrexham XI
at
Latham Park
Saturday December 2nd, 1951
Kick-off 2.30pm

Mid Wales XI
1. S. Griffiths
(Aberystwyth Town)
2. M. Jones
(Llanidloes)
3. W. Edwards
(Llanidloes)
4. A. Evans
(Machynlleth)
5. T. Owen
(Llanfair Caereinion)
6. G. Lloyd
(Newtown)
7. P. N. Rees
(Machynlleth)
8. E. P. Williams
(Newtown)
9. J. Griffiths
(Llanidloes)
10. P. Woosnam
(Caersws)
11.D. Mason
(Knighton)

North Wales & Wrexham XI
1. R. D. Williams
(Portmadoc)
2. M. Evans
(Bangor)
3. W. H. Ellis
(Buckley)
4. D. G. Roberts
(Ruthin B.L.)
5. R. Maybury
(Greenfields)
6. D. Hughes
(Chirk)
7. H. Williams
(Brymbo)
8. A. Williams
(Rhyl)
9. W. E. Griffiths
(Caernarvon)
10. G. Pritchard
(Llangefni)
11. N. Williams
(Penycae)

Referee; W.J. Rowlands, Llanidloes
Linesmen; M. Phillips, Llanidloes, H.M. Williams, Newtown

The Mid Wales XI take the field with high hopes of reversing last season's defeat at Machynlleth. We feel very proud that four former Welsh Youth Internationals and products of the County are included in today's team, viz. T. Owen, Llanfair Caereinion, P. Woosnam, Caersws, P. Rees and A. Evans, Machynlleth. Also it gives us much pleasure to see two Newtown players;-
E. P. Williams and G. Lloyd included and players from our near neighbours, Llanidloes

  

NEWTOWN F.C. SUPPORTERS' CLUB (1952)
The Supporters' Club was formed in the early part of the 1952/53 Season and up to the end of the 1954/55 Season, as a result of its activities, has been able to hand over £2,750 to the Newtown F.C. for ground improvements and the wages of the Player-Coach. The Football Club have also been assured that the expenses of the Isle of Man Amateur Soccer Competition, June 1956, will be met from Club funds.
At the time of going to press the membership for the current Season stands at 2015 - a truly remarkable figure for a town the size of Newtown.

 
 

ENGLAND 6 v 0 WALES

Wales Youth team v England 23rd Feb 1952 at Home Park Plymouth.
Welsh team 1 D. Williams, 2 E. Baker, 3 K Collins,  4 E. Stevens, 5 R. Smith, 6 P Shiel, 7 D.J. Moore, 8 T. Evans, 9 B.F. Jones, Newtown, 10 B Griffiths, 11 G. Richards


WELSH AMATEUR CUP 1952/53

Newtown
1. E.K. Morgan
2. G. Lumsden
3. B. Jones
4.A. Hughes
5. T. Owen
6. E. P. Williams
7. I. Oliver
8. K. Lewis
9. B. F. Jones
10. J. Bennett
11. L. Stephens

Atlas Sports Club
1. V. Jenkins
2. G. Williams
3. I. Jones
4. T. Cox
5. G. Lloyd
6. T. Lewisw
7. R. Evans
8. N. Thomas
9. R. Evans
10.P. Elias
11. B. Sykes

Newtown today have the services of T. Owen, the Welsh Amateur International and his inclusion should do much to consolidate the middle line. J. Bennet and A. Hughes are also players of no mean ability and coupled with our regulars, our team should generally be much strengthened.

Montgomeryshire Schoolboys
Montgomeryshire School XI v Oswestry School XI
Back; Gordon Evans, Geoff Windsor, Brian Breese,/....../ Cledwyn Evans, Milton Claffey
Front; Ken Fletcher, Brian F. Jones, Elwyn Jones, ? Lloyd, /......./ 

Montgomeryshire Schoolboys
v
Wrexham Schoolboys
1953


Back row l - r; Emyr Evans, Colin Rimmer, Frank Clayton, Ivor Hughes,
Ted Lewis and Geraint Evans.
Front row l - r; Milwyn Owen, Mervyn Owen, Mel Pryce,
Clive Lloyd and Wyburn Smith
  


THE MAU-MAU TEAM from 1953
Finalists in the Newtown Knock Out Competition

  Mau Mau
Back row; Keith Bound, Norman Davies, Cliff Blayney, David Williams, Iorrie Oliver, Wally Davies
Front row; Cutter Parry, Arthur Powell, Edgar P. Williams (Capt), Glyn Stephens, Frank Capener.
 
 
Frank Capener recalls the Mau Mau's Cup run. They beat Kerry in the semi final and then played the Newtown Youth Team in the final.
"I missed an empty net from one or two yards out, after 'Cutter' had forced his way down the right wing with a mazy run and put in a fine cross. Edgar patted me on the head and said it could have happened to anyone.
"It was a generous thing to say after the huge effort he, and the rest of the team had made. Two minutes or so later the final whistle went.
"Earlier, we had been two up, but a very good team, marshalled by those five players, David Jones and Austin Davies, fought back to win 3v2.
"They also had in their team; Terry Owen (goalkeeper), B.F. Jones, Keith Owen, Gilbert Jones. It was the Newtown Youth Team at the time.
"Perhaps it was an omen of the 'Glory Days' to come at Latham Park!"

 

WELSH AMATEUR CUP
ACTION FROM THE 1950's
Treharris v Newtown
Newtown goalkeeper Harry Jones in action, with Tony Evans close at hand


LLANIDLOES TOWN F.C.

Llanidloes Town 1950s
Mid Wales League Cup Winners in the 1950s
Back row; Tudor Ingram, Mike Jones, John Geraint Griffiths, Bert Hedges, Phil Woosnam, Gordon Evans, Bert Slawson
Front row; Peter Rees, Billy Edwards, Sid Watkins, Vaunny Hughes, Gwyn Vaughan
 
Keith Harding

DID YOU KNOW?

In 1954, Lovells Athletic beat Overton St Mary's 3v2 in the Welsh Amateur Cup Final, held at Newtown

 

Ted Rigby
Newtown Manager
1954 - 1958

Ted Rigby was the man who led Newtown to their Welsh Amateur Cup victory against Chirk. A former professional football, he played for; 


Manchester City


Barrow


Cheltenham Town


Hereford United

The previous season, 1953/54, Newtown finished 6th in the Mid Wales League with 9 victories in 20 games.
The County Times on the 28th August stated that Ted had accepted the offer of becoming player coach at Newtown. He selected himself for the opening league match against Knighton, which the Robins won 10v1.

Newtown's team was;.

Wally Davies;
G.Lumsden, D.L. Jones;
J. Evans, T. Rigby, P. Evans ;
I. Oliver, D. Powell, E.P. Williams, A. Davies, J.Richards

Newtown were 6th in the 1954/55 season, winning 10 of their 20 games.
The following season, Newtown were runners-up to 55th RA Tonfannau, with 15 victories from 20 games.
1956/57 saw Newtown again runners-up to RA Tonfannau, with 18 victories from 22 games.
1957/58 was more disappointing as Newtown finished 6th with 12 victories from 20 games.

On the 17th May 1958, the County Times reported that Newtown was another club with problems. A player-coach was being sought and the club was well aware of the need to carry on the good work inaugurated by Ted Rigby.

ON THE WELSH AMATEUR CUP TRAIL
1954 / 55

1st & 2nd Rounds
Exempted
3rd Round

NEWTOWN
S. Evans   B. Rimmer 2 
3v3
CAERSWS
3rd Round Replay

CAERSWS
1v2
NEWTOWN
I. Oliver   J. Richards
4th Round

MARKET DRAYTON

1v4

NEWTOWN
S. Evans 2  D. Powell 
I. Oliver
5th Round

ABERYSTWYTH TOWN 0v2

NEWTOWN
S. Evans   B. Rimmer

6th Round

CARDIFF CORINTHIANS
2v2
NEWTOWN
I. Oliver  B. Rimmer
6th Round Replay

NEWTOWN
E.P. Williams  D. Powell
2v1
CARDIFF CORINTHIANS
Semi-Final

NEWTOWN
D.Powell S.Evans K.Lewis
3v2
aet
SANKEYS


WELSH AMATEUR CUP  FINAL
CHIRK A.A.A.

2v4
aet

NEWTOWN
K. Bowen G. Stephens 2 S. Evans

 

Newtown v Cardiff Corinthians

Welsh Amateur Cup
6th Round
CARDIFF CORRIES 2
NEWTOWN 2
(at Latham Park)

THIS WAS THEIR FINEST HOUR
Although Newtown's equalising goal game 30 seconds from the end, they were the better side throughout.
In 5 minutes, Newtown centre half Jim Evans brought the ball though from a fine defensive interception, stabbed it forward to David Powell, who cleverly whipped it across to Iori Oliver, and the ball was in the net before the Cardiff keeper could move. 1-0. 
Right back Glynn Lumsden was in fine form checking Cardiff's attacks.


Jim Evans closes in as Jones goes for the ball. Evans saved Newtown during several Corries raids.

Cardiff brought out the best out of B.F. Jones in goal with a brilliant dive at the feet of Riley, who looked certain to score.
In the 39th minute, Cardiff bundled the goal into the net, but a penalty was awarded. They scored. 1-1.
Cardiff took the lead from a corner.1-2.
In the last half minute, Austin Davies, Newtown's 18 year old left back who was the finest attacking half back  on the field, threw himself into the attack. He combined with Powell and Oliver, whose clever interplay tangled the defence to allow Rimmer to equalise. 2-2.

NEWTOWN 2
CARDIFF CORRIES 1
(replay)
NEWTOWN ARE IN SEMI FINAL - THANKS TO "E.P'S" LATE GOAL.
Within two minutes, Austin Davies put Stan Evans in possession. He slipped it  to David Powell, who charged at the defence and left the Cardiff keeper helpless with a low drive into the net.1-0
Cardiff, attacking against a hesitant defence, equalised with a brilliant header, giving Jones in goal, no chance. 1-1.
25 seconds left to play. A Newtown corner. Edgar Williams prepares to take the kick. The ball sails into the air above Evans, Powell and Oliver, touches the keeper's hand and goes in to the net. Williams has scored direct from the corner. 2-1

Newtown v Sankey
Welsh Amateur Cup
Semi Final
NEWTOWN 3
SANKEY'S 2
(after extra time)
(at Aberystwyth)

NEWTOWN REACH FINAL OF WELSH AMATEUR CUP
In this semi-final tie Newtown bewildered Sankey's Hadley Castle Works team by the finest craftmanship football I have seen for a long time, writes 'Criticus'
Newtown took the lead after 35 minutes. A free kick just outside the Sankey penalty box  was collected by inside right Powell, who sprinted through the defence to slide the ball into the net. 1-0.
Williams engineered  a sparkling attack 11 minutes into the second half, which resulted in an unmarked Ken Lewis side footing the ball into the net. 2-0.
9 minutes later, Sankey pulled one back when Jones was unsighted, following a corner. 2-1.
A defensive error in the closing seconds resulted in Sankey's equalliser. Extra time beckoned. 2-2
Stan Evans, pictured left, whose general play was unselfish, fittingly scored the winner when he flicked a cross towards goal, and the ball span out of the keeper's hands into the net.3-2.
Chirk v Newtown
Brian F Jones saves

Welsh Amateur Cup Final
NEWTOWN 4
CHIRK AAA 2
(after extra time)
(at Welshpool)

CHIRK FORCED EXTRA TIME - BUT THE ROBINS MAKE THE MOST OF IT.
The first 20 minutes was crammed with earnest endeavour and a display of nervous energy on both sides. Then Riley put Chirk ahead booting the ball in along the grass. 0-1.
Newtown winger Stephens was brought down in Chirk's penalty area, and Keith Bowen made no mistake from the spot. 1-1
Stephens later  fastened on to a long forward pass from Stan Evans whose shot went past the keeper. 2-1.
Chirk flung themselves forward and grabbed an equaliser after about 80 minutes. Extra time. 2-2.
Stephens scored his second to give Newtown the lead again, 6 minutes into extra time. 3-2.
Stan Evans made the Cup safe for the Robins with a fine goal with 6 minutes remaining. 4-2.

NEWTOWN WIN THE WELSH AMATEUR CUP.

Left; Brian F. Jones makes a fine save.
Bottom left; Glynn Lumsden boots the ball clear from a Chirk attack.
Bottom right. Jones makes another brave save

WELSH AMATEUR CUP FINAL 1955
Anticipation

Wels AmateurCupWinners 1955

Standing; Glynn Lumsden, Jim Evans, Brian Jones, Austin Davies,
Keith Bowen.
Seated; Iorrie Oliver, David Powell, Stan Evans, Edgar Williams, Ken Lewis, Gordon Stephens

WELSH AMATEUR CUP FINAL 1955
Celebration

Newtown won the Welsh Amateur Cup in 1954/55, beating Chirk 4 v 2 after extra time.
The game was played at Welshpool on the 16th April 1955 and in charge of The Robins was Ted Rigby (ex-Manchester City, Barrow and Hereford)
who had been signed as the club professional at the start of the season.
The late David Powell was a player in this team with goals coming from Gordon Stephens 2, Stan Evans  and K. Bowen, one goal each.

FOOTBALL FEATURE;

BRIAN F. JONES' FOOTBALL SCRAPBOOK

Days as an R.A.F. airman at Tutleigh Hill, having played for Shrewsbury Town Reserves and Oswestry Town.

Worthing Football Club August 15th 1954
Dear Mr Jones, As you will realise it is very difficult at the beginning of a season to fix a definite side, and it will take us a few weeks begore we are able to so so.
We were all favourably impressed with your display yesterday but it was felt that we must give our usual forwards a run in this opening league fixture. I personally have little doubt that yoy will soon make the first team.
Yours sincerely, Tom B. Stone. President

WELSH LEADER SCORES THREE FOR WORTHING
Worthing 7v3 Shoreham
Worthing have a find in 1953 Welsh Youth International, Brian Jones. Always after the ball, he is moving, quick thinking and has a good shot, particularly with his right foot.
He scored three times on Wednesday and but for Still in the
Shoreham goal, he might have had another three.

CAPTAIN
Brian Jones, Newtown's goalkeeper turned out at inside right for his station team, Truleigh Hill, when they won the Sussex Daily News Challenge Cup. They defeated a team from Naval Base at Ford, the former holders of the cup, by four goals to two. He has captained the side throughout the season and they have not lost a game since November.
 

WORTHING JUST SCRAMBLE THROUGH
Worthing 5 v 4 Hove White Rovers
Brian Jones led the Worthing Attack in lively style in this F.A. Amateur 2nd Qualifying round

WORTHING'S FIRST DOUBLE OF SEASON
Epsom 0 v 3 Worthing
It was a treat to see Brian Jones back in the side for the first time since December 4th. His clever head flicks and neat and unselfish distribution enabled him to hold the forward line together well.
Jones's roving style created openings in the Epsom defence from which Dave Bloom soon profited.

WORTHING MUST HAVE A SECOND TRY
Jones heads hat-trick to keep them in the cup

Whitehawk 3 v 3 Worthing
Within an ace of a clear cut victory via a headed hat-trick from Brian Jones, Worthing were forced to a replay in Saturday's rustic Sussex Senior Cup (first round) match
.

BRIAN JONES SCORES FOR LIVERPOOL
Bolton  A 1 V 1 Liverpool A
Brian F. Jones - brilliant Newtown F.C. inside forward - played for Liverpool 'A' on Saturday against Bolton Wanderers 'A', at Bolton.
Brian scored the equalising goal in a 1 v 1 draw and impressed greatly with his play. Liverpool are again inviting him to turn out for them.

'B.F.' JOINS DAFFS
Newtown centre forward and top scorer will be playing inside right in the Llanidloes side to entertain Knighton. Earlier this week he had been picked to lead the Welshpool attack against Denbigh Town in the Wrexham Area and the news that he had joined the Daffs could mean a re-shuffle in Welshpool's line up.
Las season, Jones, a one time goalkeeper, netted 56 goals for the Robins. If B.F. 'clicks' with Llanidloes' top scorer Pritchard Winters this afternoon, Knighton might need to look to their laurels. 
Brian scored 5 goals in the 8 v 0 victory.

 
EDGAR PUGH WILLIAMS

Edgar Pugh Williams
Edgar Pugh Williams

ENGLAND 3v1 WALES
Amateur International
Bournemouth April 1955

The Saturday following Newtown's Amateur Cup win over Chirk, Edgar Pugh Williams played for Wales


Edgar's Welsh International shirt

The Welsh team consisted of;
M. Evans, A. Evans, E. Evans, D. Williams, I. Robling, T. Owen, P.Rees, E.P. Williams, G. Morgan, P. Woosnam, K. Tucker

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 THIS IS HOW NEWTOWN FARED IN THE LEAGUE
BETWEEN THEIR FIRST GAME AT LATHAM PARK
AND WINNING THE WELSH AMATEUR CUP

1951-52
             

55th RA Tonfannau 20 16 2 2 99 31 34

Newtown 20 15 2 3 78 31 32

Llanidloes Town 20 13 1 6 78 50 27

Kington Town 20 11 2 7 48 55 24

Knighton Town 20 10 1 9 71 58 21

Caersws 20 8 2 10 58 58 18

Machynlleth 20 7 4 9 44 53 18

Aberystwyth Town Res 20 8 1 11 57 58 17

U.C.W. Aberystwyth 20 7 1 12 51 69 15

Llandrindod Wells 20 3 2 15 36 96 8

Llanfair Caereinion 20 3 0 17 28 88 6
1952-53                

55th RA Tonfannau 22 15 4 3 87 30 34

Newtown 22 15 4 3 67 35 34

Llanidloes Town 22 12 5 5 76 40 29

Caersws 22 13 3 6 81 60 29

Kington Town 22 10 6 6 75 69 26

Aberystwyth Town Res 22 10 4 8 65 67 24

Knighton Town 22 7 4 11 54 64 18

Presteigne St Andrews 22 8 2 12 51 67 18

Llandrindod Wells 22 5 8 9 46 62 18

Machynlleth 22 7 2 13 49 69 16

U.C.W. Aberystwyth 22 6 1 15 55 63 13

Llanfair Caereinion 22 2 1 19 24 115 5
1953-54
             

55th RA Tonfannau 20 16 0 4 65 29 32

Caersws 20 12 3 5 73 41 27

Kington Town 20 12 3 5 77 44 27

Llanidloes Town 20 9 5 6 60 40 23

Llandrindod Wells 20 10 3 7 37 38 23

Newtown 20 9 3 8 55 44 21

Aberystwyth Town Res 20 10 0 10 61 64 20

Knighton Town 20 7 3 10 51 49 17

Presteigne St Andrews 20 8 1 11 55 82 17
  U.C.W. Aberystwyth 20 4 1 15 46 77 9

Machynlleth 20 1 2 17 33 105 4
1954-55
             

Kington Town 20 16 2 2 75 32 34

Llanidloes Town 20 14 3 3 66 37 31

Llandrindod Wells 20 11 5 4 54 28 27

55th RA Tonfannau 20 11 3 6 55 39 25

Caersws 20 10 3 7 73 49 23

Newtown 20 10 1 9 68 51 21

U.C.W. Aberystwyth 20 8 4 8 55 58 20

Aberystwyth Town Res 20 5 4 11 44 65 14

Presteigne St Andrews 20 5 3 12 42 61 13

Knighton Town 20 2 3 15 30 76 7

Machynlleth 20 2 1 17 33 99 5

               

 

ISLE of MAN
NATIONAL
FOOTBALL
TOURNAMENT

JUNE 1955

FEATURING;
ISLE of MAN NATIONAL XI
CLIFTONVILLE F.C.
(Irish League - 7 Amateur Internationals)
BOHEMIANS F.C.
NEWTOWN F.C.
(Welsh Amateur Cup Winners)

British European Airways INTERNATIONAL XI
BISHOP AUCKLAND F.C.
(F.A. Amateur Cup Winners)

The series of matches is designed  to bring together in competition the cream of the Amateur Clubs from various countries comprising the British Isles, in a manner never attempted before; and I am satisfied that we shall enjoy a feast of Football of the highest standard.
It is our intention to make this Tournament an annual event and develope it to the advantage of all.
E.C. Fletcher
President I.O.M.  F.A.

 

NEWTOWN F.C. SQUAD
B.F. Jones
G. Lumsden     B. Jones
E.P. Williams    G. Jones    J. Evans
P. Woosnam    S. Evans     G. Stephens
I. Oliver    J. Richards    P. Rees    S. Stephens


B.F. Jones - Obtained his country's Youth Team Cap against Scotland in 1952
G. Lumsden - International trialist
E.P. Williams - Capped for Wales against Ireland
P. Woosnam - Has the unique distinction of having the Schoolboy, the Youth and 11 full Amateur caps
P. Rees - Has been awarded 13 International Caps including five Youth Caps.
S. Evans - Leading scorer in Mid-Wales League last season
.

 

FIVE A SIDE
TOURNAMENT
 
 

Participating Teams;

1. Bishop Auckland 'A'
2. Newtown 'B'
3. B.E.A.
4. Isle of Man
5. Cliftonville
6. Newtown 'A'
7. R.A.F.
8. Bishop Auckland 'B'

Newtown 'A'
B.F. Jones
P. Woosnam
E.P. Williams
P. Rees
G. Jones
I. Oliver

Newtown 'B'
B. Rimmer
L. Stephens
R. Pugh
I. Richards
B. Jones
S. Evans

First Round;
Bishop Auckland 'A'  5v2 
Newtown 'B'
B.E.A.  3v2  Isle of Man
Cliftonville  1v 7 
Newtown 'A'
R.A.F.  4v3  Bishops Auckland 'B'

Semi Finals
Bishop Aukland 'A'  4v2  B.E.A.
Newtown 'A'  3v2 R.A.F.

Final
Bishops Auckland 'A'  5v0  Newtown 'A'

 


NEWTOWN 1956

Newtown team which played Towyn at Latham Park in their first home game of the season.
Tom Jones (trainer), Keith Bowen, George Williams, Harry Jones, David Jones, Ken Reynolds, Austin Davies, Iorrie Oliver, Brian F. Jones, 'MacVee' (cartoonist), Tony Evans, Ray Stephens and John Richards.
 

WELSH SENIOR CUP COMPETITION
5th Round Tie

NEWTOWN A.F.C.
v
SWANSEA TOWN

Latham Park, Newtown
Saturday January 28th 1956

                              NEWTOWN A.F.C.

Goalkeeper; H. Jones, 26, Van driver, holder of Welsh Amateur Cup Medal, losing finalist 1952/53
Backs; T. Evans, 26. Builder. Ex-Welshpool player. Amateur trialist. Toured I.O.M. last season with Newtown. Formerly an outside right.
G. Lumsden, 29. Local Government Officer. Amateur triallist. Plays either left or right back. Toured I.O.M. last season. Winner of W.A. Cup last season.
Half backs; E.P. Williams,29. School teacher. Welsh Amateur International v England 1954-55. Utility player.Toured I.O.M. last season. Winner W.A. Cup last season. Captain this season.
D. Jones, 20. R.A.F. National Serviceman. Had trial with Reading.
G. Jones, 18. Recently called up for National Service with Royal Artillery. Had trial with Middlesborough.
K. Bowen, 10. Royal Artillery Serviceman.
A. Davies, 19. Student at U.C.W. Aberystwyth.
Forwards; I. Oliver, 30. Bus driver. Amateur trialist. Toured I.O.M. last season. Winner W.A. Cup last season.
B. F. Jones, 20. R.A.F. National Serviceman. Welsh Youth International v England 1951-52. Goalkeeper of no mean ability. Winner W.A. Cup last season.
S. Evans, 25. Factory Employee. Amateur triallist. Winner W.A. Cup last season.
G. Stephens, 22. Factory Employee. Amateur triallst. Toured I.O.M. last season. Trial with Leyton Orient. Winner W.A. Cup last season.
L. Stephens, 24. Tractor driver. Equally at home on right wing. Toured I.O.M. last season. Losing Cup finalist 1952/53
D. Powell, 19. Student Birmingham University. Welsh Youth International v England, Scotland and Ireland 1954/55. Winner W.A. Cup last season.
J. Richards, 35. Post Office and Telegraph Officer. Toured I.O.M. last season.
 

                              SWANSEA TOWN

Goalkeeper; J. King, 22. 6 Welsh Schoolboy Caps. Represented British Army, Gt Britain A.C.F.,and Welsh representative side. Represented Wales v England last season.
Backs; A. Willis, Joined Swansea from Tottenham last season. Represented England v France 1951. Equally distinctive at either back position.
D. Thomas. Joined Swansea 1948. Plauyed also as winghalf. Reserve for Wales on two occasions.
S. Leavy. Signed from Sligo Rovers Eire Amateur International. Represented League of Ireland. Also played as centre half. Captain of the Combination side.
Half backs; M. Charles, 20. Brother of John Charles, Leeds United.Represented Wales against Ireland, England, Scotland and Austria. Centre half in first team at 17. Also plays centre forward.
R. Henning, 24. Welsh Schoolboy International.  
T. Brown, 25. Centre or wing half. Signed from Doncaster Rovers, a was a regular player of theirs in 1953-54. Has since played non-League football with Llanelly in the Southern League.
T. Kiley, 31.Reserve for Wales. With club since 1945. Playing brilliantly at beginning of season until injury kept him out of team.
R. Burgess, 39. Team Manager. Transferred from Tottenham 2 years ago as Player-coach. Representes Wales over 30 occasions, laterly as Captain. Captain of Tottenham in most successful seasons after War (they won the Div 1 Championship). Represented Gt. Britain v Rest of Europe 1947.
B. Jones, 24. Elder brother of Cliff Jones and son of Ivor Jones ex-Swansea, West Bromwich Albion and Wales player. Brilliant ball player, destined for international honours in the near future.
Forwards. L. Allchurch, 22. Younger brother of Ivor, comes from footballing family. Welsh Schoolboy International. Brilliant ball player who has represented Wales on two occasions.
H. Griffiths, 24. Capped for Wales as right winger in 1953. Last season made the inside right position his own. Is playing very well this season.
T. Medwin, 23. Welsh Schoolboy International. Had three caps for Wales as left winger 1953. Scored 13 goals this season.
Ivor Allchurch, 26. Needs no introduction. Regular choice for Wales since 1950.
C. Jones, 20. Welsh Schoolboy International. In first team since he was 18. Capped for Wales last season. Has produced many scintillating performances this season.
It should be noted that the whole forward line are ex-Swansea Schoolboys, as are B. Jones, T. Kiley and M. Charles. 

The following businesses advertised in the Programme

D.W. CORFIELD & TUDOR LTD. Radio, Television, Cycle, Pram and Electrical Goods. Shortbridge Street. Tel 480
THE LION CAFE for Luncheons, Teas and Dinners. Parties and Weddings catered for.  Phone 320
G.H. POSTON, Family Butcher of 43 Kerry Road, Newtown.All home-killed meat of the finest quality.
D.R. DAVIES LTD. The Ironmongery Stores.We cater for all you need in the Home. After the match, please call and look around our shop.
C.P. MORGAN for your Fish, fruit and vegetables, wreaths and bouquets. 3 Broad Street, Newtown  Tel 554
THE CROSS HOTEL, Newtown. Commeercial and Private Hotel. Morning Coffee, Luncheons, Teas, Suppers, Parties Catered for, Weddings a speciality. H. & C. in all bedrooms.  Tel 325
NEW HOTEL, Kerry. Southams bottled ale a speciality.   Tel Kerry 26
ELEPHANT & CASTLE HOTEL, Newtrown. If it's a Party Large or Small Weddings etc. we do them all!.
WILLIAM ROBERTS Wholesale Builders Merchants. (Est 1820). Enquiries invited for all classes of building materials. Complete Service by Own Transport.  Tel   Newtown 309   Welshpool 186
TURNERS of NEWTOWN for Style Cutting and Permanent Waving. Phone 492 for Appointment.
CAMBRIAN VAULTS. Don't forget to visit us, during your stay.
MESSERS RICHARDS, Broad St. Newtown. High Class Sweets and Tobacconists.Guaranteed! A high class display with a Team of Star Names - Cadbury, Rowntree, Meltis etc.
G.S. EVANS, 5 Market Street for all kinds of Footwear.
NEW INN Severn Street. When in Newtown, visit us.
WRIGHT'S Kerry Road, Newtown. They always seem to have what you want.
ERIC W. THOMAS. Grocer & Provision Merchant. Best bacon and ham, choice as & coffee. Phone 403
MID-WALES MOTORWAYS LTD, Transport House, Severn Square Newtown. Passenger Road Transport Operators, Luxury Coaches are at Your Service. Express Coah Service between Newtown and Cardiff via Brecon.  Tel 345
HUGHES & ROBERTS. Agents for UMBRO and BUKTA Sports Wear. The Sports Outfitters of Newtown. Jerseys, Knickers and Hose worn by Newtown F.C.
W.J. HART for all kinds of Sports, Travelling and Fancy Goods. Visit 10 High Street.  Tel 586
GLYN PARRY M.P.S. for Sick Room Requisites, Veterinary Medicines, Toilets. Broad Street Pharmacy. Tel 235
DAVID LEWIS & SON, LONDON HOUSE, NEWTOWN. Ladies', Gents and Children's Clothing and Millinery.
HUGHES & JOHN LTD (Late Castell) Follow the example of members of Newtown F.C. by wearing the famous Arthur Rowe STREAMLINE Soccer Boots. Now fitted by X-Ray. 39 Broad Street   Tel 292. Also at Aberystwyth and Machynlleth.
CASTLE VAULTS, Ind Coope House. Try the Better Beer here. Broad Street.
E. & B. ROWLANDS for all Ladies' and Children's Wear. Mostyn House, Newtown
SHUKER & SON (Shrewsbury) LTD, Old Church Place, Newtown. Something of interest to all farmers. Power for all jobs with the Ferguson Diesel Tractor.  Tel 559
After the match, meet the SWANSEA TEAM at the BEAR HOTEL Music in the Ballroom for your Entertainment.  

  THE GAME

Swansea and Newtown leave the changing rooms.
Below, Captains Edgar P. Williams and Ivor Allchurch call the toss.


Newtown 4 v 9 Swansea Town
Newtown v Swansea

1v0 (5 mins) Stephens crosses ball to Stan Evans, who ran a few paces and drove the ball wide of King in goal, into the corner of the net.
1v1 (9 mins) Jones in the Newtown goal made a partial stop of Ivor Allchurch's shot, Griffiths followed up to score.
1v2 (17 mins) Griffiths, close on goal gave Jones no chance.
1v3 (20 mins) Cliff Jones hits the ball high into the net follwing a Len Allchurch cross.
1v4 (23 mins) Griffiths and Medwin burst through with Griffiths netting his hat trick.
2v4 (25 mins) Glynn Lumsden set up Les Stephens who unleashed a 40 yard drive past King - an amazing goal.
2v5 Len Allchurch fires Swansea further ahead.
2v6 Griffiths nets his fourth to make this the half time score.
3v6 (47 mins) Edgar Williams and Iorrie Oliver dazzled 4 defenders, with Oliver crossing the ball for Brian F. Jones to head into an empty net.
3v7 Overhead kick by Williams gave Swansea an own goal.
3v8 (75 mins) Ivor Allchurch broke through Newtown's defence to score an easy goal.
4v8 (77 mins) Stan Evans swivelled round and drove the ball hard into the Swansea net from 20 yards
4v9 (87 mins) Ivor Allchurch, after a brilliant solo run in which he beat several defenders, added the ninth.


Were you there?

Newtown v Swansea
Glynn Lumsden, Gilbert Jones, Gordon Stephens, Les Stephens, Tony Evans (2), Cliff Jones (11), Mel Charles

Welsh Football Data Archive
1955/56 Welsh Cup
Click here to see all the 1955/56 results

Keith Harding

DID YOU KNOW?

The largest crowd to watch a game at Latham Park was 5,004 when Newtown played this Welsh Cup tie against Swansea Town. Swansea won 9 - 4.


WELSH AMATEUR CUP
1955/56

Peritus v Newtown

NEWTOWN, the pride of Mid-Wales, are enjoying another successful season under the guidance of player-manager Ted Rigby the former Manchester City player. They are the present holders of the Welsh Amateur Cup. Last Monday at Llanidloes they became the keepers of the Montgomeryshire Cup with a 4v0 victory over Welshpool, the Wrexham League side.

They have also qualified to meet Kington in the final of the Mid Wales Challenge Cup.

Today in Oswestry in the Final of the Welsh Youth Cup, the Newtown Stars of tomorrow will be battling it out with Saltney Juniors, last season's runners-up.  

NEWTOWN's path to the Semi-Final has been;
3 round home to Llanidoes  4v1
4th round home to Shrewsury Colts 12v0
5th round home to Ferndale 7v0
6th round home to Caersws 9v1
Semi-final at Aberystwyth with Peritus 0v0

NEWTOWN A.F.C 1956


Mid Wales League  Cup Winners
1956
Kington 1 v 2 Newtown

TWO BRILLIANT GOALS GAVE LEAGUE CUP TO NEWTOWN
At Victoria Ground Llanidloes, Newtown wrested the League Cup from the holders, Kington, in a narrow, deserved victory.
The first half was a thriller, with play swinging from end to end and the 1 v 1 score at the interval fairly represented the play of two slick moving teams with different styles - Kington making use of the long ball and Newtown playing their usual short interpassing game.
In the second half the play deteriorated on both sides and it appeared that extra time - previously agreed upon - would have to be played, when two minutes from time, Rigby cracked in the winner, pictured here.

Gate receipts were £132.


Captain Tony Evans receives the Mid Wales League Cup from Mr E. Kinsey Morgan.


ISLE of MAN
NATIONAL
FOOTBALL
TOURNAMENT
JUNE 1956

FEATURING;
LEAGUE 'A'
CLIFTONVILLE F.C.
(Ireland)
EAGLESHAM AMATEURS
(Scotland)
LEYTONSTONE F.C.
(England)

LEAGUE 'B'

BISHOP AUCKLAND F.C.
(England)
BOHEMIANS F.C.
(Ireland)
NEWTOWN F.C.
(Wales)

It is with great pleasure I take this opportunity to extend a very sincere welcome to this our second year of the Isle of Man National Tournament.
We are confident it will eventually be the premier amateur competition of the British Isles
Eric Fletcher
President I.O.M.  F.A.

 

NEWTOWN F.C. Programme Photo

H.G. Jones, goalkeeper, holder of Welsh Amateur Cup medal.
Tony Evans, and S. G. Lumsden, full backs, both amateur trialists who visited the Isle of Man last year.
E.P.  Williams, right half, club captain this season. Welsh Amateur International, versus England 1954-55.
D. L. Jones, centre half, an R.A.F. National Serviceman; he has had trials with Tottenham Hotspur and Reading.
G.Jones, left half, another National Serviceman ; has had a trial with Middlesbrough.
D. Powell, half back, a Welsh Youth International against Ebgland, Scotland and Ireland.
I. R. Oliver, Amateur triallist
B.F. Jones, Welsh Youth International against England 1951-52
W.E.S. Evans, an amateur trialist and the club's leading scorer.
G. Stephens, signed amateur forms for Port Vale in the past season.
L. Stephens, an amateur trialist; was on the Isle of Man tour last year.
P. Woosnam, has the unique distinction of gaining Schoolboy, Youth and 14 full Amateur International caps. He assisted Leyton Orient to win the Division III (South) championship of the Football League in the past season.
P. Rees, has five youth and 11 full International Caps.
R. Stephens, at present on National Service with the R.A.F.; also plays for Taunton F.C.. A brother of G. Stephens. 

Rafe Pugh and Ken Reynolds also travelled and played in the competition.

 

 NEWTOWN'S MATCHES

NEWTOWN 2v1 BOHEMIANS
Newtown pulled off a great win against the fighting Irish team.
A goal early in the game and another just before the half time whistle gave them a sound lead which they hung on to.
A perfect move in the 7th minute commenced with a ground pass from Les Stephens to Gordon Stephens who pushed the ball along the grass for Ray Stephens to run on to and hit it low into the corner of the net.
On 42 minutes, Gordon Stephens robbed McCauley and shot along the ground past the advancing keeper.
The Bohemian goal was nothing spectacular, as Doherty headed the ball into the net as it bounced about in a melee of players.

NEWTOWN 0v4 BISHOP AUCKLAND
Like a pack of fighting Welsh terriers, Newtown stole the show from the star-studded, much bigger built Bishop Auckland side during the first half of this National Competition. The Robins often outplayed the 'Bishops' and never deserved to be goal down at half time.
The 'Bishops' had several lucky breaks in the first half and that alone gave them the interval lead.

The second half was different with the English side having about 805 of the play. They were 2v0 up on 52 minutes and scored a third on the hour.
Their last goal came after 77 minutes 


Bishop Auckland beat Cliftonville 3v1
in the Final to win the Tournament

1956/57
Welsh Amateur International


County Times
27th February 1957

Welsh F.A. - Play Gordon Please
Gordon Stephens

From various reports I have seen of last week's England v Wales Amateur International at Peterborough, it would seem that the Welsh forwards lacked the genius of Phil Woosnam in a line that sorely needed a 'General' to prompt its attack.
In my opinion, the nearest approach to Woosnam in Welsh Amateur Football, today is Newtown's Gordon Stephens, who on present form is without equal. True he had a trial in which he was not at his best - chiefly I believe because he was suffering from stomach trouble, which eventually laid him low for some time.
Now he is obviously returning to full health for his recent play for Newtown has been improving.
WHAT BETTER OPPORTUNITY FOR THE SELECTORS THAN TO PUT PUT GORDON AGAINST THE SCOTS ON HIS OWN GROUND ON MARCH 9TH - I BELEIVE HE WOULD 'CLICK'.

Wales
(Rees) 
1v1
Scotland
(Scarlet)
(at Newtown)
(9th March 1957)

Wales: K Brown (Treharris Athletic), C Lea, BG Davies (Llanelli), A Evans (Flint Town), T Owen (Atherstone Town), I Robling (Lovell's Athletic), G Roberts, R Roberts, WE Griffiths (Pwllheli & District), R Hawthorne (Lovell's Athletic), P Rees (Llanidloes) 


Scotland: DW Neil (Kilmarnock), G Taylor (Hounslow Town), T Pettigrew, D Borthwick (Muirend Amateurs), W Neil (Airdrieonians), J Bennie (Babcock & Wilcox), NC Hopper, A Findlay (Giffnock North), J Scarlett (Babcock & Wilcox), R McInven, G Cummings (Hounslow Town)

Referee: S Carswell (Belfast)

County Times
9th March 1957

On paper, Scotland will field a powerful team.
Latham Park (Newtown) has been cut and trimmed and at the time of writing, looks as pleasant as Wembley Stadium.
Much new terracing has been laid, more crash barriers erected and spectators can be assured of an unimterupted  viewing from any part of the ground
Ball boys have been appointed and club players are acting as ground stewards.
Yes, its all going to be nery 'cut glass' - all we want now is for the match to be in keeping with the arrangements.
Prices for the game are; stand 7/6, covered areas 3/6, reserved side 3/-, ground 2/6, schoolchildren 1/-. 
their equaliser.



County Times
16th March 1957

They Remembered Bob

Before  the Wales v Scatland amateur international, members of the Welsh XI visited the grave of former Welsh amateur international B.H. 'Bob' Hibbott, a Newtown F.C. player who played in the full amateur international series against England, Scotland and Ireland in 1950/51.
Bob Hibbott was one of the most popular and cleverest players ever to grace the local international arenas, until his death 5 years ago in an unfortunate accident following the course of his employment.
At his grave, the Welsh team - many of whom were his former colleagues - silently laid a wreath to keep his memory going.

 

County Times
16th March 1957

Although Wales had the better of the chances, the Scots fought hard enough to deserve a share of the spoils.
Highlight priority was the play of the centre halfs, Trefor Owen and Billy Neil - this pair was excellent in covering the middle for their respective sides.
For Welsh partizans, came the highlight they really wanted when after shots from several Welsh forwards had been blocked or diverted during a scramble, Peter Rees scored with a simple shot from an easy position after 21 minutes.
Trefor Owen almost scored with a 60 yard volley, dipping low.
Welsh keeper Ken Brown was very solid.
It was a very nice gesture of the Welsh FA to make a last minute selection of Newtown's Gordon Stephens as reserve. I think he is the type required to make goals - and get them.
Owen was unfortunate to concede a needless corner from which it gave Scotland their equaliser.


Wonderful shot of David Powell in action.
Kindly supplied by Keith Powell

Newtown 1957
Back; George Williams, David L. Jones, Harry Jones, Colin Williams, Austin Davies, Edgar Williams
Front; Iori Oliver, Brian F. Jones, David Powell, Clive Williams, R. Stephens

Keith Harding

DID YOU KNOW?

In 1958, 55th R.A. Tonfannau beat Portmadoc 3v1 in the Welsh Amateur Cup Final, held at Newtown.

Newtown F.C.
 
This team photograph. kindly supplied by B.F. Jones,
seated centre,
features Keith Harding, seated far right. 


County Times 10th May 1958

Mid Wales Youth Cup Final
Third Win in Succession.
Newtown Youth 5v1 Knighton

............. Robins defence often under pressure but acquitted themsleves creditably. Milwyn Owen scored from the penalty spot, but Knighton made it 1-1 before half time.
In the second half, the Robins swept into the attack prompted by skipper Owen. Newtown played delightful football. Leslie Williams scored a hat-trick and Keith Harding scored the other.

SPORTS LUCKY DIP
by W. McVitee, Sports Editor.

New (Youth team) player Keith Harding who cracked a goal against Rhayader also slammed one in against Forden. A most promising debut and repeat performance - his general play also pleased selectors.


TOP SCORERS 1957/58

Brian F. Jones

Newtown's 23 year old centre forward Brian Jones has blazed the goal trail this season and smashed his own 40 goal record. In his first season in the senior side, 1951/52, Brian and the late Bobby Hibbott both scored 40 goals. This season he has topped his previous best by 16 goals. Two inches short of six foot, Brian has been jumping high to get his goals - 27 of the 56 were scored with his head. The live-wire centre forward gained a youth international cap against England in 1951, and he has played for Liverpool and Shrewsbury 'A' teams.

Gordon Stephens

Twenty three year old inside left Gordon Stephens tops the list of Caersws goal scorers with 30. Newtown born Stephens became a regular member of the Bluebirds' side two years ago and he is rated as one of the finest uncapped inside forwards in Wales. In 1956/57, he was reserve for the Welsh amateur side that met Scotland at Latham Park. In addition he has had two international trials and trials with Leyton Orient and Port Vale. He won an Amateur Cup Winners medal with Newtown in 1955, scoring two goals. 

NEWTOWN A.F.C. 1958


NEWTOWN 3v2 CAERSWS - MONTGOMERYSHIRE CUP
Glyn Stephens, David Powell, Harry Jones, David Owen, Gilbert Jones, Austin Davies Iorrie Oliver, Edgar P. Williams, Ivor Evans, Clive Lloyd, Keith Aldridge.

WELSH AMATEUR CUP
GILBERT JONES HITS EQUALISER
Newtown 3 v 3 Llanidloes
Express and Times  November 8, 1958
A goal three minutes from time kept Newtoown's Welsh Amateur cup hopes alive.
Silence decended over Latham Park in this 87th minute soccer drama as brawny Newtown hero Gilbert Jones, who was badly limping - injured in the dying moments of the first half, and very much a passenger at outside left for all the second half - hobbled in from the left wing to blast the ball in from the spot despite his injury..
Llanidloes' oldest player was only 23. Victory was within their grasp. They deserved to win. After scoring first, it was a real surprise for the Robins when they found themselves trailing 3v1 behind their smaller opponents, whose energy seemed endless..
The Llanidloes goals were scored by Brian Jones (2) and Noel Benbow. David Powell got Newtown's first two goals. 15 year old Mervyn Casewell came into the Daff's side as a last minute choice. 


County Times
6th December 1958

F.A. of Wales XI v Welsh Universities

F.A. of Wales XI
R. Lovegrove (Gwynfi Welfare)

E ap Iorwerth (Arsenal)
H. Woods (Ton Pentre)
A. Evans Capt (Bangor)
D. Parry (Bala Town)
Glyn Owen (Bangor)
J. Richards (Portmadoc)
J. Reybould (Cardiff Corinthians)
David Powell (Newtown)
Gordon Stephens (Caersws)
B. Jones (Llay Welfare)

David Powell. Powerful clean player, with skill allied to determined shooting
Gordon Stephens (ex Newtown) one of the finest inside forwards in the country

 

 

County Times
13th December 1958
Here's good fortune to Galloping Gordon and Dashing Dave on their senior representative debuts - may it lead to full amateur caps very soon.

 

F.A. of Wales 2 v 2 Wales Universities

Gordon Stephens scored both goals and was the arch schemer of the attack and his debut was quite impressive.
David Powell was well policed and went close with a fine shot. Did not always get the right kind of service due to a centre forward.

 


County Times
28th February 1959
Newtown Schoolboys win Soccer Shield
Newtown Schoolboys 5v1 Welshpool Schoolboys
Howard Williams captained the Newtown Schoolboys XI and received the Soccer Shield from Deputy Director of Education, Morley Hughes, after a 5v1 victory against Welshpool schoolboys.


Newtown Footballers on Trial
(with Football League Clubs!)

Brian F. Jones' Newtown's popular inside forward and an excellent keeper, had the offer of a trial with English leaders Liverpool as an inside-forward, but Brian chose to play for his Welsh club against the 55th Royal Artillery in the Welsh Cup. That's LOYALTY.
County Times 27th October 1957


David Powell and Austin Davies had trials with Swansea.
Keeping an eye on the canny players, Cardiff City are casting their net  for left wing Jackie Evans and partners Clive Lloyd.
The Robins will be running out of proteges soon - they may struggle to field a team each week.
County Times 14th February 1959

Please help by letting me know of any other Newtown players who had trials with Football League Clubs. Thanks Ken Davies
mail@penmon.org

David Powell
Newtown A.F.C.
and Welsh Youth International


David Powell picured in 1985 

My thanks to Mrs Megan Powell and family for kindly granting permission to include memorabilia from David Powell's collection.
Megan is pictured here with son Keith and grandson David at the Keith Harding Reunion event.
 

 

Schoolboy / Youth Football


'Brickfield Rovers'
Winners of the 1950 Carnival Cup when they beat Park St Rovers 2v1.

Back: DAVID POWELL, Terry Owen, Bobby Jones
Front: Lawrence Williams, John Hughes, Benny Rimmer, Ivor Breeze.

Montgomeryshire Schoolboys 15th December 1951
Back: Mr H. Ellison, G. Jones, B. Oliver, K. Blayney, D. POWELL,
L. Foulkes, D. Ll. Jones, Mr Jones

Front: L. Hughes, H. Jones, N. Benbow, G. Davies, A. Evans


1951/52
Back: T.M.B. Jones, T.C. Rees, F. Capener, K. Bowen, T. Owen,
G. Davies, R.H. Jones, W. Greatorex

Front: D. POWELL, R. Burden, Mr Butler, B.J. Evans, Mr Lewis,
J.A. Davies, H. Jones


1951/52
Back: F. Thomas, J. Savage, P. L'Homme, D. Ll. Williams, T. Owen,
W. Greatorex, I. Rowlands, N. Summers, E. Jones

Front: B. Evans, H. Jones, Mr N.R. Butler, D. POWELL,
Mr E.G. Lewis, T. Lewis, G. Williams,
I. Breeze


1953/54
Back: D. Williams, R.E. Evans, T. Lewis, I. Rowlands, R. Mellings,
J. Savage, I. Evans, M. Owen

Front: R. Roberts, A. Owen, T.C. Green, D. POWELL,
K. Bowen, H. Jones, A. Davies
Newtown Youth Team
Newtown Youth c 1950 Montgomeryshire Youth League - Championship Shield - undefeated. Newtown Knock Out Cup Winners
Back; H.S.L. Williams (Secretary), A. Davies, B.F. Jones, J. Hughes, T. Owen, G. Jones, D. Powell, K. Bowen
Front; D. Griffiths (Team Manager), K. Holloway, M. Lewis, D.L. Jones Captain, D. Stephens, D. Rigby, D.W. Rees (Chairman)

WELSH YOUTH CUP

Two hat tricks for Powell
Presteigne 0v12 Newtown
Twenty seven goals for, three against! That is Newtown Youth's record in three away games in the Welsh Youth Cup Competition.
Star performer was David Powell. He cut through the Presteigne defence 'like a knife through butter' and fully deserved the six goals he scored.
Running forward straight from the kick off, Powell picked up a through pass from Rimmer and scored with a ten yard drive in 20 seconds! This upset the home defence enabling Powell to score a second on 5 minutes.
One of the best goals of the match came from dimunitive Ivor Evans, when he got the ball out on the wing and hit it high  into the
corner of the net.
Newtown peppered the Presteigne goal and Powell headed in a Rimmer corner for his hat trick. He started on his second hat trick three minutes before half time  with a solo effort when he pushed the ball wide of the advancing goalkeeper.
Just before half time, M. Williams deflected a shot off B. Rimmer to make it 6v0 at the break.
In the third minute of the second half, the keeper fumbled a Williams drive, leaving Powell to push it over the line.
Williams, however, made no mistake eight minutes later when his first time shot - following a Powell pass - crashed past Taylor into the back of the net.
Benny Rimmer came into his own in the 30th minute when he beat three defenders on his own and left Taylor no chance.
Powell  completed his second hat trick in the 32nd minute of the second half , with his very useful turn of speed, he left the defence standing.
John Jones looked promising on his Newtown debut, and nine minutes from time, his shot beat the keeper but was cleared off the line by a defender. He made amends, and got the eleventh goal from a penalty kick.
The last goal was scored five minutes from time by G. Williams, a promising half back, who lobbed over the keeper from 20 yards.
Presteigne Juniors;
M. Taylor; D. Mills, M. Lister; A. Traylor, L. Powell, G. Duggen;  G. Jones, J. Powell, G. Watkins, S. Stephens, G. Brownn.
Newtown Youths;
T. Owen; C. Rimmer, C. Williams; G. Williams, Gilbert Jones, E. Lewis; M. Williams, Ivor Evans, David Powell, B. Rimmer, J. Jones.

Performance of the week
The honour this week goes to David Powell, 17 year old centre forward, of Newtown Youth Team, who scored six well taken goals in Newtown's 12 goal victory over Presteigne in a Welsh Youth Cup-tie.
David, the youngest son of Mr A.N. Powell, The Eagles, Newtown, a well known sporting personality, is in his fourth season with Newtown Grammar School.
He played for Montgomeryshire Schoolboys in 1950-51 and 1951-52 seasons, being captain in the last season. He has been a member of Newtown Youth team since its formation in 1952-53.
He has had two Welsh International Youth trials. David played for Newtown's first team last season, being one of the youngest players ever to do so, and this season has scored 18 goals in first team, reserve and youth games.




Today we extend a hearty welcome to Chirk Youth XI, holders of the Welsh Youth Cup, who are our opponents for the fourth Round of this competition. They won the Welsh Youth Cup last season when they beat Aberystwyth after meeting them three times 0v0, 1v1 and 2v1. The second replay being at Latham Park.
We congratulate our Youth Team on their grand record over two seasons. They have only been defeated once thanks to their splendid team spirit.
We also congratulate the following players who have proved their worth in our Senior XI, Terry Owen, Keith Bowen, Gilbert Jones, Austin Davies and David Powell and to David Jones who together with Keith Bowen, Gilbert Jones and David Powell recently played in the Welsh Youth International Final at Presteigne. The Youth Cup record to date Llanidloes (home) 7v5, Rodney Rovers (away) 3v1 and Presteigne (away) 4v2. 


The Football Association of Wales
Welsh Youth Cup
Quarter Final
Caernarvon G.S 4v4 Newtown
Express and Times

Undaunted by the size of their opponents and prevailing weather conditions, Newtown Youth Team left the pitch at Caernarvon on Saturday, after a gruelling 120 minutes with the honours shared in this quarter final of the Welsh Youth Cup.
Caernarfon have an extremely powerful frontline which will take advantage of the slightest lapse in defence. Their half backs always looked for a chance to get their forwards moving.
After the long bus trip to Caernarvon, Newtown were a little slow to settle down, but once they achieved this they set about their task with a vengeance aided by the none too gentle slope and treacherous wind.
A three goal lead at half time should have made any game safe.
Hero of the game was Gilbert Jones. What a worker that boy was. He took the majority of the goal kicks, all the upfield free kicks and on top of that, he was everywhere at once. Without his sound work, the result might have been in Caernarvon's favour.
Centre forward B. Rimmer was always looking for goals. He was well assisted by David Powell. Ken Holloway had some good runs up the wing and always looked dangerous.
Newtown opened their account after 12 minutes through Rimmer. George Williams made it two, nine minutes later.
With 15 minutes left of the first period, A. Davies brought the Newtown total to three. This was it, thought the fans - a piece of cake.
G. Owen scored for Caernarvon three minutes after the change over, but almost immediately, David Powell netted.
Caernarvon scored two quick goals through B. Orritt and R. Steward and when E. Loftus equalised, the Newtown hearts began to sink.

Newtown had a further goal disallowed, shortly after it was awarded, and Caernavon later hit the post.
The teams face a replay at Latham Park.




Newtown
(Red Shirts, White Shorts)
1. T. Owen, 2. B. Oliver, 3. D. Ll. Jones,
4. K. Bowen, 5. G. Jones, 6. J. A. Davies
7. K. Holloway, 8. G. Williams, 9. B. Rimmer,
10. D. POWELL (Capt.), 11. D. Rigby

Caernarvon Grammar School
(Blue Shirts, Red Sleeves, Navy Shorts)
1. Gwyn Williams, 2. Eilir Hughes, 3. Ian Trew,
4. Hugh Jones, 5. Idris Griffith, 6. Ken Barton,
7. Roy Steward, 8. Bryan Orritt, 9. G. Owen, 10. R. Haines (Capt.) 11. E. Loftus


Notes
Newtown extend a hearty welcome to the Caernarvon Grammar School XI who, in their first season of National competitive football, have reached the quarter-finals of the Welsh Youth Cup.
Newtown XI have an exceptionally good record over the past two seasons. Five members of the team have made favourable impressions in the Senior side and Keith Bowen, Gilbert Jones, and captain David Powell played in the Welsh Youth International Trial at Presteigne.
Their Cup record to date is: - Llanidloes (home) 7v5, Rodney Rovers (away) 3v1, Preseigne (away) 4v2, and last year's winner, Chirk (home) 6v0.
The committee thanked:
The Supporters Club - handed £600 to the Football Club for  Latham Park ground improvement.
Mr G. Hanna for many years service to the club.
Messers Evan Morgan and T.C. Green for all their valuable help to progress further in this Cup competition.
NEWTOWN'S EXIT FROM WELSH YOUTH CUP
Caernarvon succeed at Latham Park
Newtown Youths 2v3 Caernarvon GS
Exit Newtown, but not without their fair share of glory.Caernarvon's odd goal win was deserved, for they were, it is true to say, slightly the better side.
For 15 minutes in the first half, Newtown should have found the net three times.
Then with play near the half way line, a lobbing ball found Rimmer who beat centre-half Griffiths in the air, and netted over the keeper. However Haines levelled the scores a few minutes later. Haines soon scored a second following a bad backpass.
To add insult to injury, Owen made it 3v1 to the visitors just before the interval.
Early second half pressure saw Newtown awarded a penalty for handball, and Bowen netted from the spot.
I wonder how many people present realised that David Powell had dislocated a toe the previous day - yet he probably played his best match in the competition. What an example of unselfishness and what an example to all his team-mates and many senior players.
Once again, the Newtown trio at half back, Bowen, Jones and Davies were superb. Of the forwards, Powell was outstanding and Rimmer shared the honours.

Back row: B. Oliver, Austin Davies, K. Bowen, Terry Owen, G. Jones,
D.L. Jones.
Front row: K. Holloway, G. Williams, B. Rimmer, D. Powell, D. Rigby

County Times November 27, 1954
The Welsh Youth Cup
HERE'S THE TEAM AND SPIRIT
Llanidloes 1v9 Newtown.
Three Newtown forwards shared the goals in this one sided second round Youth Cup-tie. Try as they would, plucky Llanidloes could find no answer to the almost uncanny understanding and fine play of D. Powell and B. Rimmer. These two between them scored seven of Newtown's nine goals and laid on many dangerous attacks.
Best Llanidloes defender was Donald Jones at left half. Had it not been for him, who only knows what the score might have been?
Here is the score sheet - Newtown goalscorers unless otherwise stated;
2 mins.... D. Powell
17 mins...B. Rimmer
24 mins...M. Williams
38 mins...B. Rimmer
40 mins...D. Mills (Llanidloes)
46 mins...M. Williams
55 mins.. D. Powell
63 mins...D. Powell
70 mins...D. Powell
80 mins...B. Rimmer

Llanidloes (above - not in photograph order)
R. Meredith: G. Casswell, T. Poole; D. Owen, A. Lewis, D. Jones; L. Davage, H. Jones, W. Hughes, N. Benbow, D. Mills

Newtown (above - not in photograph order):
R. Mellings; C. Rimmer, D. L. Jones; G. Williams, G. Jones, C. Williams; M. Williams, T. Lewis, D. Powell, B. Rimmer, I. Evans

Welsh Youth Cup
3rd Round Draw
Rodney Rovers v Druids United
Bow Street v Aberystwyth Juniors
Presteigne St Andrews v Newtown Juniors
Caernarvon Boys Club v Llysfaen Athletic Juniors
Mold Youth v Saltney Juniors
Wrexham Juniors v Mancot Juniors
Cardiff Corinthians Juniors v Swansea Town Juniors
Caerphilly Y.M.C.A. v Rhymney Boys' Club
Briton Ferry Boys' Club v Ragged School (Swansea)
Bye: Troedyrhiw Boys' Club
Ties to be played Saturday 18th December 1954
Kick off 2.15pm


County Times, 18th December 1954
Newtown Youths have scored 34 goals in 5 games.
They've beaten Llanidloes 3v0, Welshpool 4v1, Machynlleth 6v0, Llanidloes 9v1 and Presteigne 12v0.
The County Times, Saturday, February 19th 1955
Performance of the week.
Twenty two players qualify for this week's honour!
Picture the scene at Latham Park on Saturday. A snow covered ground, icy winds and all the conditions which add up to making good football impossible.
Yet twenty two players representing Newtown and Druids Utd battled for 110 minutes to decide which team should enter the semi finals of this season's Welsh Youth competition.
Druids finally won by 3v2 after extra time, but forget the result. Both teams deserve the greatest praise for their excellent display.
Frequently players had to receive attention from the trainer when cramp or severe cold made it impossible for them to continue. But after treatment they were back again with all the enthusiasm and determination of an F.A. Cup finalist.
Honoured.
To mark their selection in the Welsh Youth team to oppose England in a youth international at Milford Haven today, David Powell (Newtown) and Colin Roberts (Druids) were given the honour of captaining their respective sides when the teams met in last Saturday's Welsh Youth Cup-tie at Newtown.


David Powell in a tussle against Druids F.C.

 

County Times 23rd April 1955
Newtown Youths League Double
Llanidloes Youths 1 v 5 Newtown Youths
The game was reduced to 35 minutes each way. W. Hughes opened the scoring for Llanidloes, with Evans equalising on 20 minutes. Rimmer, Breese (2) and Powell all added goals in the second half.

County Times 30th April 1955
Newtown Youths 2v0 Welshpool Youths
Newtown win the Youth League title for the second time in three year. Ted Lewis scored both goals

County Times 21st May 1955
Mid Wales Youth Challenge Cup Final
Newtown Youths 5v1 Builth Wells Juniors

Welsh Youth
International Football
1953/54/55

Welsh F.A. Youth Trial
(21 November 1953)
Youth Selectors Saw Fine Display At Presteigne
Presteigne Minor League 3v4 Montgomeryshire Amateur League

The standard was generally high and the presteigne siude were slightly superior.
The outstanding players were Keith Bowen (Montgomeryshire) and G. Davies (Presteigne).
Other players who caught the eye were David Powell, G. Jones and N. Benbow (Montgomeryshire) and B. Hope, Powell and Pryce (Presteigne)
Presteigne opened the scoring when Hope took the ball through on his own and scored on 17 minutes.
Montgomeryshire equalised in the 20th minute when Benbow scored from a beautiful through pass from David Powell.
Presteigne regained the lead through Hope, and Tudor extended the advantage  on 68 minutes.
Montomeryshire hit the woodwork on several occasions, but David Powell reduced the deficit on 73 minutes when he drove the ball hard into the net.
Two minutes later the scores were level when K. Evans scored from the penalty spot.
It was then all Montgomeryshire, and David Powell settled matters with the winner in the closing minutes.
Montgomeryshire: B. Foulkes (Rodney Rovers); K. Evans (Llanidloes), D. Jones (Newtown); T. Pughe (Welshpool), G. Jones (Newtown), K. Bowen (Newtown); Evans (Rodney Rovers), H. Jones (Llanidloes), D. Powell (Newtown), Foulkes (Llanfair), Benbow (Llanidloes).

 


Welcome!
As Chairman of the Newtown F.C. I wish to extend a cordial welcome to the Officials of the Welsh F.A. and the officials and players of the Leagues responsible for today's game.
It is opportune that this match should be staged at Latham Park at this time, as the supporters of our Club are very alive to the advantages of organising football for the youths, as many of our own youths have given invaluable service to the senior team
The standard of youth football in Wales is improving each season and it will be the hope of everyone present this afternoon that some of the boys will follow in the footsteps of P. Rees, A. Evans, P. Woosnam, T. Owen and our own B.F. Jones, in gaining recognition by the F.A. of Wales selectors.
We should be honoured to see some of these boys playing for their country at Latham Park in the not too distant future.
E.D. EMRYS JAMES
Chairman

Mid Wales (Southern Section) and
Presteigne Minor League
(Black and White Quarters Reversed)
1. D. Cunnington (Knighton)
2. J.C. Watkins (Crossgates)
3. T. Price (Knighton)
4. D. Watkins (Presteigne)
5. A.R. Morris (Crossgates)
6. J. Lloyd (Crossgates)
7. R. Pryce (Presteigne)
8. M. Powell (Presteigne)
9. V. Tudor (Kington)
10 C. Phillips (Knighton)
11. M. Lewis (Crossgates)
Reserves:
B. Harper (Crossgates)
G. Duggan (Presteigne)
Trainer: E.W. Creed)


The Montgomeryshire Amateur League Representative Team

 Montgomeryshire Amateur League
(Red Shirts)
1. John Williams (Llanfechain)
2. Gwyn Williams (Rodney Rovers)
3. D. Llew Jones (Newtown)
 4. Brian Bolderston (Montgomery)
5. Terrence Evans (Welshpool)
6. Donald Jones (Llanidloes)
7. Brian Jones (Trewern)
8. David Powell (Capt.) (Newtown)
9. Benny Rimmer (Newtown)
10 Llew Huxley (Llanfair)
11. Noel Benbow  (Llanidloes)
Reserve
George Williams (Newtown)
Trainer:
Reg O'Connor

Referee:
Mr D.H. Jones, Corris
Linesmen:
J. Rowlands Newtown
C.W. Griffin, Presteigne

NEWTOWN YOUTH TRIAL MUST HAVE IMPRESSED SELECTORS
The Montgomeryshire Amateur League defeated the Mid Wales (Southern Section) and Presteigne League combined team by four goals to two.
They deserved their success. David Ll. Jones had an excellent game at left-back.
The half-back line of B. Bolderston, Terry Evans and Donald Jones, who was outstanding, were in good form.
Noel Benbow, Benny Rimmer and David Powell were also outstanding in the forward line. It was fitting that this trio should be the goal getters - Powell scoring twice.
Undoubtedly the best forward on view was David Powell, whose very short kicks would have shamed any Continental side!
Powell scored first after 2 minutes. Pryce equalised 16 minutes later. Benbow restored the lead after 20 minutes and just after half time Rimmer scored the third. M. Powell reduced the lead, before David Powell lobbed the ball over the keeper's head to score the fourth. Strangely the keeper managed to get the ball, but both he and the ball slipped into the net on the muddy conditions.

Ted Rigby, Newtown Manager, and former Manchester City player said:
"David Powell, the Newtown Youth International, is one of the finest centre-forward prospects I have seen for a long time."


Although capped at inside left and left half, David himself favours the centre. However he gets but few opportunities with Stan Evans (31 goals this season) as regular leader and usually occupies an inside position.

 Welsh Youth International Cap
Wales v England
19th February 1955

NEWTOWN FOOTBALL CLUB (1945)
President; F.E.D. LEACH, Esq. JP
Chairman; E.D.E. James, Esq.
Vice-Chairman; Gomer Roberts, Esq.
Hon Treasurer; W.Chris Evans, Esq, Barclays Bank Ltd
Hon Secretaries;
J. Lloyd Morgan, 9 Dysart Terrace, Newtown, Mont.
H.S. Lloyd Williams, 8 Dysart Terrace, Newtown, Mont.
Ground - LATHAM PARK, NEWTOWN, MONT.
Club colours - Red & White. Reserves - Green and White
Youth XI Red & White.


7th February 1955

Dear David,
Please accept on behalf of all playing members of the Club our heartiest congratulations on the recent award you have received, as a Welsh Youth International.
It was with much pleasure and great joy that you David, one of the first members of our Youth XI, and later a very loyal member of our Senior XI, should be given this honour, you richly deserve. I feel sure you will do the club a great service when you represent Wales at Milford Haven for it will prove that Newtown can still produce players worthy of International status.
Personally, I hope this will be the forerunner of many more honours for you and I feel certain the other members share the same views.
Good luck and best wishes
Yours very sincerely,
Hilary Williams

 


Montgomeryshire Amateur Football League
President - J.E. NEALE Esq., Newtown
Chairman: Alderman REG. JONES, J.P., Montgomery
Vice-Chairman: Councillor H. WYNN OWEN, J.P., Welshpool
Treasurer: DAVID JONES, Esq., Montgomery
Secretary: T. BEAUMONT, Rosslyn, Newtown 
February 8th 1955

Mr David Powell
Newtown F.C.

Dear David

I am writing on behalf of the Montgomeryshire Youth League Officials, Clubs and players, to offer their very sincere congratulations on your selection to play for Wales in the Youth International match, due to be played at Milford Haven against an England Youth side on Feb. 19th.

We all would wish you every success in this match, and trust that it is the first of many more games for Wales in Youth and Amateur Internationals.


With Best Wishes

Yours sincerely
T. Beaumont



Wales Youth International Team v England, 19th Feb 1955
Back: DAVID POWELL, Trevor Davies, Colin Roberts,
John Griffiths, Clive Slocombe, Graham Bowcett, Roy Vernon
Front: Wyn Gullick, Melvin Nurse, Sid Foote, Clive Owen

 








YOUTH SOCCER INTERNATIONAL
WELSH DEFENCE OVER-AWED BY JEFFERY'S REPUTATION
Wales 2v7 England
This game attracted a large crowd, the main interest was the appearance at inside-left for England of Alick Jeffery, the Doncaster Rovers "wonder boy" and Cup hero. Undoubtedly his reputation and brilliance which caused the debacle.
Wales won the toss and chose to play against the wind, which ultimately was their downfall.
Within 11 minutes, Wales were 2v0 down, with both goals scored by Jeffery, who soon completed his hat-trick.
Munday became England's second hat-trick hero, with Brabrooke netting their 7th goal before half time!
Wales came out fighting in the second half, with Jeffery being closely followed.
Some good movements  included a well taken corner from Vernon headed just inches too high by David Powell.
Slocombe found his scoring boots, and netted twice for the Welsh team.
Griffiths had an exceptional half in goal, thwarting many English attacks.
Full marks to the Welsh team for their performance in the second half, but defensive changes must be made. The English side included many with senior club experience, and this was very evident in their tackling and kicking.
England:
E. Hawkesworth (Manchester); J.H. Valentine ((Lancs), K. Nicholas (Middlesex): C. Drury (Staffs), S. Billington (Liverpool), J. Potts (Middlesex); H. Riley (Leics and Rutland) P. Brabrooke (Middlesex), B. Munday (Glos.), A. Jeffery (Doncaster), J. Love (Oxfordshire).
Referee; Mr W.P. Hopkins, Llanelly


Pen Notes on Team chosen to represent Wales in Youth International Match
John Griffiths (Goalkeeper). An accomplished goalkeeper, John is first choice for the Cardiff Combination League in their Inter-League matches. A Cardiff boy who is an Apprentice Post Office Engineer. 6ft. in height and weighs 13st.
Colin Roberts (Right Back). The only representative from the Wrexham area, Colin is a first team player of Druids United, a Club which will always be associated with the beginning of Football in Wales. Born Rhosymedre, Wrexham, 5ft. 6ins., 10st. 6lbs. A pupil at Ruabon Grammar School.
Sidney Foale (Left Back). Sidney is the popular Captain of Ragged School, Swansea, a team which is doing very well in this season's Welsh Youth Cup Competition. Is in the building trade. Born Swansea, 5ft. 11.5ins. Wt. 12st. 2lbs.
Wynford Gullick (Right Half). Wynford has played for Wales in three Schoolboy international Matches, each time occupying the Centre Forward position, but has now established himself as a Half-Back. Steelworker by trade, born Ebbw Vale, Monmouthshire. 5ft. 10ins, wt. 11st.
Trevor Davies (Centre Half). A promising centre-half, Trevor is at present undergoing his National Service with the Welsh Guards. Born at Hawarden, he is a former member of the Flintshire Schoolboy team. 5ft. 10.5ins., weighs 11st.
Mervyn Nurse (Left Half Back). Former member of the renowned Swansea Schoolboys, during 1952/53 playing season represented Wales in Schoolboy International matches against England, Ireland and Scotland. Also played for Welsh Army Cadets. Mervyn Captain's today's side. Born Swansea, 5ft.9.5ins,. wt. 11st
Royston Vernon (Outside Right). Royston did very well in the recent representative match between a F.A.W. XI and the Welsh Universities, and followed it up by a good display in the Final Youth Trial Match. Born at Ffynongroew, a small village in Flintshire.
David Powell (Inside Right). A two footed player who is still attending Newtown Grammar School. David is a regular member of Newtown's first eleven. Also a promising cricketer with the local club. Born Newtown, Montgomeryshire, 5ft. 10ins., wt. 11st.
Graham Bowkett (Centre Forward). Employed by Glamorgan C.C. as a Clerk, Graham was honoured by Welsh Association of Boy's Clubs recently at Hull against the English Boy's Clubs. Born Treforest, Glamorgan, 5ft. 8.5ins. and weighs 11st.
Clive Slocombe (Inside Left). A two footed inside-forward, Clive like Graham Bowkett is a clerk at the County Hall, Cardiff. Born Nantymoel, Glamorgan, 5ft. 9ins., wt. 11st.
Clive Owen (Outside Left). Educated at Porth Grammar School where he played Rugby, Clive expressed the desire to 'have a go' at Soccer when he joined his local Boys' Club, and today is a promising outside-left. An apprentice fitter, Clive is 5ft. 8ins. in height and weighs 11st. 2lbs.
Bryan Orritt (Reserve) Standing by today as the Welsh Reserve is Bryan Orritt who hails from a small quarry village named Cwmyglo, Near Caernarvon. Plays regularly for Bangor City. 5ft. 9.5ins, wt. 10st. 9lbs.
An apprentice engineer .

England Team and Reserves Pen Pictures.
A. Hawksworth (Manchester); Goalkeeper. An accomplished 'keeper and a former schoolboy international. Sturdily built and shows keen anticipation. 
J. Valentine (Lancashire); Right Back. A constructive player, cool and thoughtful. Still at school, this lad shows much promise.
K. Nicholas (Middlesex); Left Back. Another former schoolby international. Strong and fearless in the tackle. Plays regularly for the Middlesex Youth side.
C. Drury (Staffordshire); Right Half Back. A very good half back in the making. Thoughtful in his method of play.
S. Billington (Liverpool); Centre Half Back. Keen tackler who commands respect from opposing forwards. Almost a six footer this lad looks set for a bright future.
J. Petts (Middlesex); Left Half Back. A very active and industrious half back, possesses good ball control and is an effective distributor of passes. 
H. Riley (Leicestershire and Rutland); Outside Right. Still at school this player is fast and elusive and has a powerful shot. Has played for his County Youth and Senior XI.
P. Brabrook (Middlesex); Inside Right. Has most of the attributes required of a good inside forward. Strong, forceful and has a neat body swerve.
B. Munday (Glouvestershire); Centre Forward. A small but most useful player this lad is very quick off the mark and wanders intelligently. A promising player.
A. Jeffery (Sheffield and Hallamshire); Inside Left. At home in either of the inside forward berths this lad is a most forceful player, possesses good ball control and a good shot. Was a former schoolboy international.
J. Love (Oxfordshire); Outside Left. Fast and elusive winger with and elusive body swerve. Possesses a good shot and has good ball control.
Reserves.
C. Tether (Staffordshire). Good defender and uses the ball well. Is young enough to develop into a first class full back.
D. Kerry (Derbyshire); Plays equally well in either of the inside forward positions. A strong player and was reserve to the England team that played in Holland in November last..

 

Welsh Youth International Cap
Wales v Ireland
19th March 1955

NEWTOWN & LLANLLWCHAIARN
URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL

HARRY NOCK, CLERK OF THE COUNCIL
Telephone 384

Town Hall
Newtown
Montgomeryshire
8th March , 1955

Dear David,

At the monthly meeting of the above Council held last evening, reference was made to the honour conferred upon you by being selected to play for the Welsh Youth International Football Team, and I was instructed to convey to you the congratulations and best wishes of the Council.

Please allow me to associate myself with these sentiments.

Yours sincerely,
Harry Nock.

Mr. David Powell,
Eagles Vaults,
Newtown





Third Class rail ticket
Dressing Room admittance Ticket

 

Pen Pictures of the Welsh Team
John Griffiths (Cardiff Exile - Goalkeeper). An experienced goalkeeper, John is first choice for the Cardiff Combination League in their Inter-League matches. A Cardiff boy who is an Apprentice Post Office Engineer. 6ft. in height and weighs 13st. Capped against England at Milford Haven
Tecwyn Pugh (Druids United - Right Back). Tecwyn gains his first Cap, replacing his team mate Colin Roberts. A member of the Druids United Welsh National League side for the past two seasons, and is captain of Druids Youth side for this season's Welsh Youth competition. Apprentice coalminer.
Craig Feranley (Canton Athletic - Left Back). Another new Cap. Craig is in his fourth season with Canton Athletic and captains the Cardiff Youth Team. Born Cardiff. 5ft 11ins., 11st 9lbs. A steelworker by trade.
Wynford Gullick (Cardiff City - Right Half). Making his second appearance for Wales in this series, Wynford has played for Wales in three Schoolboy international Matches, each time occupying the Centre Forward position. Another steelworker by trade, born Ebbw Vale, Monmouthshire. 5ft. 10ins, wt. 11st.
Trevor Davies (Mancot Juniors - Centre Half). Trevor will be playing in his own neighbourhood today in this, his second Youth International appearance. A promising centre-half, Trevor is at present undergoing his National Service with the Welsh Guards. Born at Hawarden. 5ft. 10.5ins., weighs 11st.
Melvyn Nurse (Swansea Town Juniors - Left Half Back). Former member of the renowned Swansea Schoolboys, during 1952/53 playing season represented Wales in Schoolboy International matches against England, Ireland and Scotland. Born Swansea, 5ft.9.5ins,. wt. 11st
Royston Vernon (Blackburn Rovers - Outside Right). Another local boy, who assisted Mostyn Y.M.C.A. After being capped at Milford Haven, Royston jumped straight into the Welsh Amateur International side at Bangor on March 5th. He was born in Ffynnongroew.
Dilwyn Wood (Druids United - Inside right). Last season Dilwyn was capped in all three Youth International matches and today returns  to the Welsh Team. A regular member of Druids United. Born Cefn Mawr. An apprentice miner  
Graham Bowkett (Pontypridd Boys - Centre Forward). Graham played against England at Milford Haven and was also honoured by the Welsh Association of Boy's Clubs recently at Hull against the English Boy's Clubs. Employed by Glamorgan C.C. as a clerk. Born Treforest, Glamorgan, 5ft. 8.5ins. and weighs 11st.
Clive Slocombe (Canton Athletic - Inside Left). A two footed inside-forward, Clive scored Wales' two goals at Milford Haven. Like Graham Bowkett is also a clerk at the County Hall, Cardiff. Born Nantymoel, Glamorgan, 5ft. 9ins., wt. 11st.
Clive Owen (Treorchy and Cwmparc Boys Club - Outside Left). Educated at Porth Grammar School where he played Rugby, but on leaving he joined his local Boys' Club, and today is a promising outside-left. This is his second cap.
David Powell (Newtown - Inside Right - Reserve). Capped at Milford Have, David stands today as reserve. Born Newtown, Montgomeryshire, 5ft. 10ins., wt. 11st.

Pen Pictures of the Irish Team.
Jim Dobbin (North East - Goalkeeper). A Larne boy who has made his name with Ireland's premier team, Cliftonville, this season and played against Scotland.
John Gore (North East - Right Back). Toured the continent last season with the Irish Youth side, though did not play in the British Internationals. Gets a deserved honour. Is a cousin of inside right John Parke.
Ronnie Ewing (North East - Left Back). Younger brother of Glentoran captain Sammy. Was considered for caps last season. A neat kicker, not unlike another famous Linfield and Irish International full back David Rollo, now a Hotelier in Blackpool.
Sammy Beggs (North East - Centre Half). Played in all three Irish Youth International last season and at centre half against Scotland this season. A strong player.
Sammy Chapman. (North East - Centre Half). Joined Manchester United after leaving School, and played in a few games for the "Busby Babes". Has had several games with Glentoran senior side. His first cap.
Eddie Nash (North West - Left Half). Discovered this season by Derry City scouts and gets his first cap.
Sam Wilson (Mid Ulster - Outside Right). Spotted by a Crusaders' scout in Youth Trials, he was signed immediately in February and received his first cap against Scotland.
John Parke (North East - Inside Right). A Bangor boy, spotted in a Summer League match by a Cliftonville scout, who beat the local club for his signature. He played against Scotland.
Bobby Irvine (North West - Centre Forward). Led the Irish Youth side all last season, and played against Scotland. In addition, gained Junior International cap against Scotland this season.
Sammy Quee (North East - Inside Left). Another discovery of the present season and has been marked for promotion to the Glentora senior side. Played against Scotland.
Bobbie Braithwaite (North East - Outside Left). Joined Crusaders this season when they formed a third eleven, and was quick to catch the eye of the club's chief scout, when he was promoted to the second string. Played against Scotland.

David Powell Shines in Defeated Welsh Team
Wales 1v3 Ireland
T. Pugh (Druids) received a leg injury and resumed a passenger at outside right early on in the match. David Powell reverted to left half.
The Irish attack always looked dangerous and on 12 minutes Braithwaite worked through alone to slam the ball into the far corner and in 34 minutes S. Wilson increased the lead, heading in a long centre.
Five minutes into the second half, Ireland went further ahead with a goal by Parke, hooking in from close range.
In the 55th minute, Wales were awarded a penalty, and Gullick scored.
From then, Wales did a lot of the attacks, but the Irish defence was cool and resolute.
Mr Milwyn Jenkins, F.A. of Wales, told the County Times this week that David Powell played well throughout and was as successful as any of the Welsh side.

Welsh Youth International Cap
Scotland v Wales
30th April 1955


Back; C. Fearnley, W. Narnikel, J. Griffiths, T. Arnold,
DAVID POWELL, C. Owen

Front: D. Tomkins, G. O'Carroll, M. Nurse (Capt), D. Wood, M.Lee

 




Liverpool Daily Post
May 2nd 1955
SCOTLAND WIN YOUTH INTERNATIONAL
Scotland 3v0 Wales
The home team were much superior in attack and but for several fortuitous saves by the goalkeeper, would have won by a greater margin. This victory gave Scotland the British Youth Championship.
Catterson opened the scoring on the 13th minute, increasing the lead on the 32nd minute. This second goal was his 94th of the season!
Welshman Fearnley made three goal line clearances.
In the second half, Tomkins, Wood and Lee all tried in vain to reduce the deficit.
Lawlor scored the third on 53 minutes following a Duncan cross.
Scotland:
D. Thompson (Whitehill Secondary School); D. Fulton (Partick Avondale) and D. Kidd (Broughton Star); E. McDonald (Drumchapel), S. Grimshaw (Queen's Park Secondary School), J. Baxter (Gordon Park); G. Dunca
n (Ballahouston Academy), A.M. Cousin (Alloa Y.M.C.A.), P. Catterson (Kilmarnock Amateurs); J. Lawlor (Kilmarnock Amateurs) G. McPhail (Glentyan Thistle)
Wales;
J. Griffiths (Cardiff Exiles); A. Fearnley (Canton Athletic) W. Barnikel (Monmouth Town); T. Arnold (Swansea Town), M.T. Nurse (Swansea Town), D. Powell (Newtown); D. Tomkins (Oswestry Town), G. O'Carroll (Cardiff Corinthians Juniors) , D. Wood (Druids United); J.M. Lee (Saltney Juniors) O. Owen (Treorchy and Cwmparc Boys' Club)

David's Welsh International Youth Cap
1954/55

Also representing Wales this season, were a couple of players who would grace the football field as full Welsh internationals.
Mel Nurse attained 12 caps with Swansea Town
and Middlesbrough, and Roy Vernon, 32 caps with Blackburn Rovers, Everton and
Stoke City
and played in the 1958 World Cup Finals in Sweden.

David's Youth International opponents, included players who would also attain full International honours for their countries.
England
; Peter Brabrook, 3 caps with Chelsea.
Ireland; John Parke, 13 caps with Hibernian and Sunderland,
Sam Wilson, 12 with Glenavon and Dundee, Bobby Braithwaite 10 with Linfield and Middlesbrough and Bobby Irvine, 8 with Linfield and Stoke City.
Scotland
; a certain James Curran Baxter, better known as Jim Baxter, and arguably one of the best known Scottish international players of his era, gaining 34 full Scottish caps with Glasgow Rangers and Sunderland. Jim also played for Raith Rovers and Nottingham Forest, in a professional career lasting from 1957 to 1970.

 

Newtown A.F.C.

Express and Times, October 10th, 1953
WELSHPOOL OUTPLAYED
Welshpool Reserves 1v10 Newtown Reserves
Mainly due to being without the services of two of their top players for the first twenty minutes of their game with Newtown Reserves at Welshpool, on Saturday, Welshpool's second string gave a very poor display and as the score suggests, were completely outplayed.
With a seven clear goal lead at the interval, Newtown went on to register ten goals in reply to one from the home side.
The poor opposition did not belittle the obvious superiority of the Newtown force. They played exceptionally well, especially the forwards, who combined most effectively and were not afraid to have a shot from any angle.
Welshpool gave a slightly improved display in the second half but they were unable to  to prevent their opponents netting three more goals.
The scorers were A.E. Williams (6), D. Powell (2), E.T. Thomas (1) and J. Watson (1). Maldwyn Davies scored for Welshpool.
Welshpool: Glyn Evans:T. Evans, L. Thomas: D. Harry, T. Howells, E. Morris J. Pritchard, K. Fletcher, L. Hughes, M. Davies, D. Pritchard.
Newtown: T. Owen: P. Stephens, J. Hughes: O.B. Jones, C. Jones, K.A. Bowen: J. Watson, D. Powell, A.E. Williams, E.T. Thomas and D. Rigby.
Referee: Mr Barfield, St. Martins.

 


Express and Times, October 30, 1954
Newtown's up-and-coming teenagers 


In goal, 16 year old Roger Mellings put up the best individual performance against Llanidloes. What D. Ll. Jones lacked in experience, he more than made up for in persistence and enthusiam.
A. Davies produced some some delightful crisp touches.
B. Rimmer has show great promise this season.
Rimmer and Powell engineered some good movements, one of which resulted in Newtown's first goal. Newtown have adopted a wise policy in encouraging and introducing younger players.
Newtown defeated in 'razor edge' game
Llanidloes 3 v 2 Newtown
Peter Rees, Welsh Amateur International had Newtown's defence reeling in this game. He scored two of the Llanidloes goals, with M. Griffiths netting the other. Rimmer and Rigby scored Newtown's goals
16 year old Mellings in goal put up the best individual performance for Newtown.
Newtown: R. Mellings; G. Lumsden, D. Ll. Jones; D. Powell, E. Rigby, J. Evans; I. Oliver, A. Davies, D. Powell, R. Mellings, J. Richards. 

 


Newtown beat 'Gunners' and give their best performance of season.
Newtown 3v0 55th Regiment R.A. (Tonfannau)
Giving their best performance of the season, Newtown, defeated their formidable rivals by three clear goals in a Mid-Wales League game.
Special mention must be made of E.P. Williams, the Newtown pivot and captain, who gave a sterling display of marshalling his defence to cope with the Gunners' attacks.
Sixteen year old D. Powell, in his new position of right half, gave an exemplary display, while in the forward line F. Griffiths was at his best with strong, piercing runs which were a source of trouble to the visitors.
Wyn Nicholls led the line with dash and skill. Both goalkeepers were fully extended and brought off many splendid saves.
Newtown opened their account after three minutes. Williams put Purnell away with a perfect pass. His centre was trapped by B.F. Jones and pushed through to Nicholls, who crashed in a terrific drive which gave Guppy, in the visiting goal, little chance of saving.
In Newtown's next attack, B. Evans crossed the ball to Nicholls, w
ho volleyed it goalward, but Guppy saved brilliantly  at full length.
A minute before half time, Newtown increased their lead. Lumsden found B.F. Jones whose long pass was met by Nicholls and the home leader beat Guppy from close range.
Newtown had a goal disallowed for off-side, and the Gunners were now in an aggressive mood, and pressure was relieved when a Purnell free kick found Powell, whose final shot hit the crossbar and rebounded to safety.
In the 80th minute, the home side were awarded a free kick, which was taken by Richards. He placed the ball over the visiting defence, and B.F. Jones headed Newtown's third goal.
After Guppy had brought off two splendid saves from shots by Purnell and Nicholls, the visitors launched a strong attack, but Truett shot wide when well placed.
Newtown: Davies, Lumsden, Smith, Powell, Williams, Evans, Richards, B.F. Jones, Nicholls, Griffiths, Purnell.
55th R.A.; Guppy, R. Jones, Bytake, Oldfield, Fulbeck, Manley, Dawson, Mullen, Goundry, Truett, G. Jones.

 

Express and Times November 27, 1954
Williams should have his place
Reds 4v2 Blues
In a match, when goals are not important, the Reds beat the Blues in a Welsh Amateur International trial in Barmouth. The two teams were drawn from the Welsh League, Mid-Wales and Wrexham Areas, and the Cambrian Coast League.
Of the 22 players on view, thirteen have connections with Mid-Wales.
In the Reds were goalkeeper Meirion Griffiths (Barmouth), Gwilym Davies (Caersws), Arthur Evans (Flint United and Machynlleth), Trefor Owen (Loughborough  and Llanfair Caereinion), Edgar P. Williams (Newtown).
In the Blues K. Ll. Jones (Bryncrug and U.C.W.), Gwynfor Jones (55th RA), D. L Phillips (Bangor College and Barmouth), J. E. Richards (Barnouth), Des Morgan (Kington) and Peter Rees (Llanidloes).
The outstanding forward was undoubtedly Edgar Williams, the Newtown schoolmaster. His distribution and industrious play made him conspicuous and perhapps it is unfortunate that the present inside left berth appears to be Phil Woosnam's, but if at all possible, a place should be found for Williams.

Derek Williams scored all four goals for the Reds but he will be the first to acknowledge that two were gifts from E.P. Williams. Trefor Owen scored both Blues goals. 

 


1954/55
Welsh Amateur Cup

Welsh Amateur Cup
3rd Round, 6th November 1954
NEWTOWN 2v2 CAERSWS
Newtown's display in the first half was not impressive.
Inside forward B. Rimmer and D. Powell led wing backs Reynolds and D. Williams a merry dance. The whole Newtown attack moved with speed and precision and deserved a 2v0 lead at half time.
On 30 minutes, Oliver broke through and passed to E.P. Williams who found Stan Evans, who easily beat the Caersws keeper.
Rimmer made it 2v0 after a move involving Stan Evans and Powell.
3 minutes into the second half, Les Stephens evaded a tackle on the half way line and scored from 25 yards. The scores were levelled at 2v2 when D. Ll. Jones deflected the ball into his own net.
Rimmer playing delightful football, made it 3v2 to Newtown on 65 minutes, but Richards earned Caersws a replay with a header past Mellings from close range, 15 minutes from time.
Newtown; R. Mellings; G. Lumsden, D. Ll. Jones; E.P. Williams, G. Davies, D. Jones; I. Oliver, D. Powell, S. Evans, B. Rimmer, G. Davies
Caersws; H. Jones; M. Davies, G. Davies; D. Williams, W. Smith, K. Reynolds; I. Owen, W. Evans, G. Richards, L. Stephens, G. Mason 

3rd Round replay
CAERSWS 1v2 NEWTOWN
Both sides defied bad conditions to give 2 hours of highly skilled, clean football.
In the 68th minute, Les Stephens made a fine run down the wing, beating three defenders, centred to Richards whose shot gave Mellings no chance.
Six minutes from time, Oliver drove in an equaliser, and he also netted the winner in extra time.


Express and Times, November 20, 1954
Llanidloes are the only Montgomeryshire side to have a home draw in the fourth round of the Welsh Amateur Cup on Saturday December 4th. They entertain Dawley Athletic.
Welshpool will be away to Llandudno and Newtown are away to Market Drayton. Llanfyllin also make a long trip to Kington, a side well known to Mid Wales League fans.
Other local pairings include;
Joseph Sankey Works, Hadley v 55th RA Tonfannau
Chirk A.A.A. v Rhos Rangers
Forecasts?
Cup-tie football being what it is, they do not come easy. It would probably be safe to say that Kington should see the fifth round, but it is difficult at this early stage to estimate the chances of Newtown and Welshpool. 

Welsh Amateur Cup
4th Round
WELL DONE NEWTOWN.
Splendid  Performance in Cup Tie at Market Drayton
MARKET DRAYTON 1v4 NEWTOWN
Ground conditions were exceptionally bad, but Newtown were 2 goals up in the first 4 minutes.
Newtown kicked off with a good movement, and without a home player touching the ball, David Powell scored with a shot which completely deceived Drayton's goalkeeper.
Stan Evans got the second from an E.P. Williams and Oliver move.
Ten minutes before half time, Drayton reduced the arrears.
Stan Evans netted his second to restore Newtown's 2 goal advantage following neat movement between Rimmer and Richards.
12 minutes from time, Oliver beat the keeper from close range.
Newtown: R. Mellings; G. Lumsden, D. Ll. Jones; E.P. Williams, J. Evans, Austin Davies; I. Oliver, D. Powell, Stan Evans, B. Rimmer, J. Richards.
Reserve; K. Lewis


Welsh Amateur Cup
5th Round
County Times, 8th January 1955
NEWTOWN SOLE SURVIVORS IN WELSH AMATEUR CUP.
ABERYSTWYTH 0v2 NEWTOWN
All the Mid Wales clubs are dismissed. Newtown enter the quarter final of the competition for the second time since the war.
They sprang a surprise by scoring in the 2nd minute. The home team adopted a policy of long passes, while Newtown relied on a short, sharp passing movement.
Aberystwyth kicked off with the swirling wind in their favour. Edwards took a goal kick from an early Newtown attack - his weak shot found Stan Evans who beat the keeper with a low drive.
B.F. Jones was called into action many times to save the Newtown goal.
In the 68th minute, Newtown scored their second goal in a well planned affair.
Powell beat three opponents and passed accurately to Stan Evans who centred for Rimmer to head the ball into the home net.
Aberystwyth; G. Edwards; G.L. Thomas, T. Bevan; W. Hughes, W. Ryan, W. Lewis; G.R. Edwards, T. Masson, M. Evans, I. Oliver, I.F. Fisher.
Newtown; B.F. Jones; G. Lumsden, K. Lewis; E.P. Williams, J. Evans, A. Davies; I. Oliver, D. Powell, S. Evans, B. Rimmer, J. Richards,
Gate money £81.


NEWTOWN FOOTBALL CLUB (1945)
President; F.E.D. LEACH, Esq. JP
Chairman; E.D. James, Esq.
Vice-Chairman; Gomer Roberts, Esq.
Hon Treasurer; W.C. Evans, Esq, Barclays Bank Ltd
Hon Secretaries;
J. Lloyd Morgan, 9 Dysart Terrace, Newtown, Mont.
H.S. Lloyd Williams, 8 Dysart Terrace, Newtown, Mont.

4th February 1955
Dear David,
I am writing on behalf of the Committee, who wish to convey to you their heartiest congratulations on your selection for the North Wales Youth XI in the final Youth trial to be played in Caersws tomorrow.
Your successful application to be released from the above mentioned is now local news and we are all extremely pleased that you are available to assist, in what we hope to be, the defeat of Cardiff Corinthians tomorrow. I am sure, we as a club and our many supporters, do appreciate your very sporting gesture in applying for your release.
Finally, we hope that you will receive favourable consideration for the ultimate choice of representing Wales in the forthcoming Youth International matches,
Best wishes and good luck
Yours
J. Lloyd Morgan 




Notes
Newtown F.C. and its supporters are delighted to welcome Cardiff Corinthains to Latham Park this afternoon in the 6th Round of the Welsh Amateur Cup. The Corries are members of the Welsh League (South), Division II (East) and have a most impressive Welsh Amateur Cup record, of having made six appearances in the final and being winners of this coveted trophy on four occasions.
Our selected team for today's match, a combination of youth and experience, is similar to that of the Corries This season has seen much concentration on youth; and with strenuous training and coaching under the direction of our Player/Coach Ted Rigby, many of our young players have made appearnaces in the Senior XI.
Today proves no exception; B.F. Jones (20), A. Davies (18), G. Williams, D. Powell and B. Rimmer (17's) forming the youth element and with the older and more mature players, a useful combination has resulted.
Teams:
Newtown (Red Shirts, White Shorts):
B.F. Jones: G. Lumsden, B. Jones: G. Williams, J. Evans, A. Davies; I. Oliver, E.P. Williams (Capt.), D. Powell, B. Rimmer, J. Richards
Cardiff Corinthians (Cardinal and Gold Shirts, White Shorts);
R. Hanmer: D. Morgan, H. Brenton: T. Cunnungham, D. Hustwick, E. Westlake: H. Riley, H. Pritchard, R. Farrell, T.W. Rice (Capt.), R. Goulding

County Times 5th February 1955
Welsh Amateur Cup 6th Round
This was their finest hour ..... and half
Newtown's great display in the Welsh Amateur cup tie
Newtown 2v2 Cardiff Corinthians
Lucky, lucky Cardiff Corries. Newtown played their finest game this season, as Powell nearly bundled the ball into the net after a goalmouth scramble in the first minute.
On 5 minutes, Jim Evans brought the ball through from an interception - stabbed it to Powell, who whipped it across to right winge Oliver, and he, following a short fast burst, a low drive on the run and the ball was in the net before the keeper could move.
Corries applied pressure but right back Lumsden was in great form.
On 39 minutes, Cardiff's inside right Rice, scored from a penalty after a Newtown handling incident.
Newtown played right back into attack and visiting keeper Hammer got 'hammered' by Powell and Rimmer, who charged him at every opportunity.
Three times Powell dispossessed him, but the ball was somehow scrambled away. Great free kicks from Lumsden and Williams also fully tested Hammer.
Corries took the lead from their second corner of the game. Goulding slahed it into the net - an undeserved lead.
In the last 30 seconds, Austin Davies threw himself amongst the forwards in a further attack, this allowed Rimmer to equalise.

County Times 12th February 1955
Welsh Amateur Cup, 6th Round Replay
Newtown in the Semi-Finals - Thanks to E.P.s Late Goal.
Welsh Amateur Cup success fully deserved
Newtown 2v1 Cardiff Corinthians
A poorly placed corner by Corries in the opening minute was easily cleared to Austin Davies who put Stan Evans in possession. He slipped it to find David Powell who charged through the defence and left the Cardiff keeper helpless with a low drive into the net, giving Newtown the lead after 2 minutes. Powell missed tewo other opportunities in the next 3 minutes.
Newtown maintained pressure throughout the first half, but it was not all Newtown however and Pritchard made a great run and centred accurately for Hustwick to head home the equaliser.
During the first 15 minutes of the second half, great saves from B.F. Jones in goals, kept Cardiff Corries at bay.
With 25 seconds to go, a Newtown corner was taken by Edgar Williams. The ball sailed over Evans, Powell and Oliver, all leaping high in an effort to connect, but the ball connected with Hammer's hand and dropped into the net. Williams had scored direct from the corner.
A great win - a deserved win - now to the semi-finals.




ABOUT THE TEAMS...
Sankey's Hadley Castle Works F.C. (Wellington), which was formed at the start of this century, are noted cup-fighters in Shropshire. Last season they won the Shropshire League Cup, beating Shrewsbury 3v1 and were League runners-up. They also won the Bridgnorth Infirmary Cup and the Budd Cup. Inside left John Thompson, who has just completed his National Service, won his Youth International Cap in 1952. He also represented the R.A.F. while in Germany.
Like their opponents, a win today will mean their first Welsh Amateur Cup Final

Newtown, one of the most successful teams in Mid Wales this season, and already inthe final of two other competitions, have successfully experimented with youth talent under the guidance of player-manager Ted Rigby (ex-Manchester City). Twenty year old goalkeeper Jones is a former Welsh Youth International, and 17 year old D. Powell has represented Wales twice this season. The other young and promising players are 18 year old A. Davies and 17 year old B. Rimmer.
Skipper today is E.P. Williams, a Welsh trialist, who was considered one of the best prospects for the Welsh Amateur side this season. Inside left Ken Lewis plays cricket for Glamorgan.
If Newtown win today it will be their first appearance in the final.

NEWTOWN (Red and White):
B.F. Jones; G. Lumsden, B. Jones; E.P. Williams (Capt.), J. Evans, A. Davies; I. Oliver, D. Powell, S. Evans, K. Lewis, B. Ri
mmer.
SANKEY'S (Green and White);
R. Dean; S. Humphries, S. Cartwright; R. Chesters (Capt.), A. Cartwright, T. Griffiths; J. Williams, R. Clarke, F. Gallatley, J. Thompson, H. Mapp

Welsh Amateur Cup
Semi Final
NEWTOWN 3
SANKEY'S 2
(after extra time)
(at Aberystwyth)

NEWTOWN REACH FINAL OF WELSH AMATEUR CUP
In this semi-final tie Newtown bewildered Sankey's Hadley Castle Works team by the finest craftmanship football I have seen for a long time, writes 'Criticus'
Newtown took the lead after 35 minutes. A free kick just outside the Sankey penalty box  was collected by inside right Powell, who sprinted through the defence to slide the ball into the net. 1-0.
Williams engineered  a sparkling attack 11 minutes into the second half, which resulted in an unmarked Ken Lewis side footing the ball into the net. 2-0.
9 minutes later, Sankey pulled one back when Jones was unsighted, following a corner. 2-1.
A defensive error in the closing seconds resulted in Sankey's equalliser. Extra time beckoned. 2-2
Stan Evans, pictured left, whose general play was unselfish, fittingly scored the winner when he flicked a cross towards goal, and the ball span out of the keeper's hands into the net.3-2.




ABOUT THE PLAYERS.
CHIRK A.A.A. (White Shirts, Black Shorts)
Now a 19 year old PT Instructor, Alf Turner has played for West Ham and London Schoolboys. In defence there is a happy combination of maturity and youth. Joe Mates having played for his village for no less than 20 years, whilst Clive Roberts, aged 21, is also a local boy upon whom scouts have cast covetous eyes. A useful half back line includes J. Walker, a fairly recent signing. Howard Jones, captain of the side is well known in Oswestry soccer circles, having played many games for the Birmingham League side, and Andrew Barr, a Scottish Amateur International, now in the R.A.F. D. Evans, a capable and distributive ball player, is partnered at inside forward by Derek Jones, an Oswestry boy, featured normally on the right wing. Derek was a Welsh Amateur final trialist whilst in the R.A.F. Pat Riley has proved himself a competent leader and goal getter, and recently had a trial with Arsenal. C. Davies, formerly of Llay United, a Welsh Amateur International, is at inside left, and with G. Porter, a speedy hard hitting winger, Chirk pride themselves upon having a nicely balanced team, who will undoubtedly give a good account.

NEWTOWN (Green Shirts, White Shorts)
B.F. Jones, aged 20, former Welsh Youth International centre forward, but has recently played with distinction in goal. Right back, Glynn Lumsden, a consistent performer for some years. The same applies to left back Bryan Jones. Edgar Pugh Williams, right half, and his present good form almost won him an Amateur International Cap. Centre half Jim Evans, former Welshpool player, wholehearted 90 minutes player. 18 year old Austin Davies is said by many to be the most classical wing half in local football. Outside right Iorrie Oliver, an elusive, hard shooting winger, is partnered at inside right by Welsh Youth International player David Powell. Centre forward Stan Evans has already appeared in one final for Caersws, and is small but dangerous leader. Inside left Ken Lewis, Glamorgan County cricketer, and a versatile player in any position. Outdide left is Gordon Stephens, who is presently playing for Caersws, and although not in his usual position, is an extremely dangerous forward.


NEWTOWN GAIN A DESERVED CUP WIN
GALLANT CHIRK MET THEIR MASTERS


For the first time in their history, Newtown are holders of the Welsh Amateur Cup. It reflects no discredit to Chirk to say they were beaten by the better team from an academic viewpoint, for Newtown worked on the ball, drawing the opposition out of position before the adroit pass.
From the kick-off Newtown made the first attack when Lewis and Stephens worked together well.
But bustling Chirk tried to 'blitz' their way through, only to meet stubborn resistence from Jim Evans and Glynn Lumsden.
Austin Davies and Edgar Williams were doing great interception work.

Newtown defence paniced at times, but on one occasion, Lumsden hooked the ball away as it was going into the net.

Chirk took the lead through a goal which should never have happened on 22 minutes. Evans in defence passed gently to Chirk's Riley, who sent a low shot, very mild in power, tottering into the net.
Newtown were denied a penalty after a defender appeared to punch the ball over the bar, However, Newtrown were awarded a penalty after Stephens was brought down in the penalty area. Bowen showed remarkable coolness  in placing the ball nicely wide of the keeper, into the net.
Newtown took the lead 10 minutes into the second half, when Stephens fired home a low drive.
Chirk paniced for a while, but a last minute goal by right winger Evans, brought them back into the game, and extra time.
During the first 5 minutes, Chirk threw everything into attack. However a precision pass by Stan Evans found Stephens on the wing who whammed a low searing drive in, after a sudden turn of speed which left the Chirk defence hypnotised.
Oliver, Williams Stan Evans and Davies all tested Turner in goal, but it was B.F. Jones who brought off a 'miracle save' from Walker.
The fight was soon over though, when Stan Evans crashed home the fourth goal.




Action shots from the
Welsh Amateur Cup Final 

Newtown's BF Jones in goal watches Riley's header go wide

BF collects a Riley header

Chirk's keeper Turner beats Stephens in this melee

Barr beats Newtown centre half Evans

Turner punches the ball away

Lumsden sends the ball over his own head to keeper Jones

Evans equalises for Chirk on 90 minutes

Victorious Newtown with their trophies

MONTGOMERYSHIRE
CHALLENGE CUP 1954/55

Express and Times, Saturday February 19th 1955
NEWTOWN IN MONTGOMERYSHIRE CHALLENGE CUP FINAL
Semi final result:
Newtown 6v1 Llanymynech
Newtown adapted themselves better to the snow covered pitch. Only three brilliant saves from B.F. Jones, stopped Llanymynech from taking an interval lead.
After 10 minutes, Holmes in goal, punched our a shot from Newtown's Stan Evans, and Oliver gathered the ball and centred for Richards to open the scoring for Newtown.
After strong Llanymynench pressure, Richards centred, Holmes only partially cleared the ball, and D.B. Jones was on hand to score the second Robins goal.
Four minutes later, Davies reduced the lead with a well placed shot.
The woodwork was hit twice by Oliver before half time.
Richards extended Newtown's lead 17 minutes into the second half and Williams netted a fourth with a powerful shot. 
B. Jones, the Newtown full-back was off the field when Stan Evans scored the fifth goal. Evans headed in an Oliver corner to complete the scoring in a well fought and sporting game.


Express and Times, April 16, 1955
MONTGOMERYSHIRE CHALLENGE CUP FINAL
THE ROBINS WERE MORE ACCURATE

Newtown 4v3 Caersws
(after extra time)


Newtown's Cup Winning Team
Newtown have won the Montgomeryshire Challenge Cup. Now it's up to them to add to it,  the coveted Welsh Amateur Cup by beating Chirk.
Newtown played nice to watch accurate football.
Oliver, the Newtown winger, notched the opener 35 yards out at an oblique angle.
Then Stan Evans picked up a pass on 29 minutes, and chipped it in over the advancing Harry Jones in the Caersws goals.
Soon after, Gordon Stephens fired a hard drive for Caersws which was saved by a spectacular dive from B.F. Jones. Stephens made no mistake with his second opportunity shortly after.
With the seconds flitting away, it looked as though Newtown had ensured victory, but a handball in the penalty area by Edgar Williams, gave Caersws a penalty, which Gwilym Davies scored, to level matters at 2v2.


B.F. Jones leaps to to the ball, covered by full back B. Jones.
Keith Bowen is right of picture, with Caersws forward
Gordon Stephens on the left.

Evans put Newtown ahead again 10 mins into extra time.
A remarkable goal by Les Stephens for Caersws on 18 minutes, when he scored direct from the corner - the ball appeared to swerve in at the last moment. Caersws jubilation was short lived however, as Evans  threw himself forward to head in a Iorrie Oliver cross, sealing the Cup for The Robins.
Generally, the entire team played well and it would be wrong to single out a single player.
Best Caersws forward  former Robin, Gordon Stephens.
Newtown: B.F. Jones; G. Lumsden, B. Jones; E.P. Williams, K. Bowen, A. Davies; I. Oliver, D. Powell, S. Evans, K. Lewis, J. Richards.
Caersws: H. Jones; M. Davies, B. Jones; D. Williams, W. Smith, B. Rees; G. Jones, L. Stephens, G. Stephens, G. Jones, G. Mason.

Herald of Wales
Saturday September 3rd, 1955

Gunners' Win Was Not Quite Justice


MAKVEE Cartoon

Newtown 2v3 55th T.R.R.A. Tonfannau.
As forecast in last week's column the return Mid Wales league match between these two clubs, only just gave the Gunners the points.
It was a miscarriage of justice that denied Newtown a draw.
Left back Bob Pratt confirmed after the game, that he had knocked the home centre forward's goalbound shot out of the net, after his keeper was beaten, with his hand, and the referee failed to notice the infringement.
During the week the 55th followed up their goal avalanche of 8v0, against Newtown the previous Saturday, by beating Aberystwyth 4v0. But on Saturday it was Newtown who scored first through a fine Gordon Stephens header, from an Oliver centre, which easily beat the keeper after nine minutes.
Ten minutes later, Roberts put the Gunners on level terms, and shortly before the interval, right half Birkenshaw scored a fluke goal with a lob that bounced awkwardly to gently float over the home keeper's outstretched fingers to insinuate itself into the net.
For long periods after the restart, the home forwards lacked cohesion, and their defence suffered from overwork. That Newtown only conceded one goal in this half, is an eloquent tribute to the defenders against the speedy, tricky Gunners. 
Inspiration at length  came to the homestirs when in the last quarter, David Powell, from the halfway line, ran through the entire Gunners' defence to slip the ball past a hypnotised goalkeeper.
Fair play to the large gate. It gave Newtown much vocal encouragement, and, despite this narrow defeat by probably the the strongest team in the league, the fans will be rewarded in the near future by excellent displays, take it from me.

 

Shropshire League
Newtown's Shropshire League side also suffered a narrow 2v1 defeat at Gay Meadow, Shrewsbury.
I anticipated them returning with a point, but it was none the less a fine effort to peg down a strong Shrewsbury team to a one goal margin.
The grand inside trio, mentioned last week, was unfortunately broken up by the illness of Ken Reynolds, though his deputy, G. Williams played well. I am glad to learn that Reynolds is now out and about, and trust he has a speedy return to soccer.


Herald of Wales
Saturday September 17th, 1955

The gate was there and so was the quality in this game


MAKVEE Cartoon

The visit of Dawley to Latham Park for their Shropshire League encounter with Newtown, provided excellent fare for a good gate. Both sides played entertaining, thrilling, football and the home time just deserved their 4v2 win.
Fine understanding  between player-coach Ted Rigby, at inside left and David Powell, who each scored twice, was the decisive factor in Dawley's defeat. Then Rigby again sent the speedy Powell through to give the Robins the lead. Towards the end, Powell was badly sandwiched in the penalty box and Rigby emphasised the home win with the penalty award.
Full backs Glynn Lumsden and Brian Jones - two 'veterans' with skill, showed youthful zest.
Gentle giant Billy Purnell at outside left also played well. Ted Lewis, a young inside forward is going to be a real good one.
Newtown took the lead when right winger Bryn Richards crossed the ball to Rigby, who slid a pass to Powell to burst through and score with a hard low drive.
Fine goals by P. Davies and Hayton for Dawley, gave them the lead, but just on half time, Powell repaid Rigby by crossing the ball for the latter to steer it into the net.
Newtown's youth teamers, G. Williams and G. Jones with Mike Watson dominated the Dawley attack.

 

Mid Wales League
Newtown, after a record of one walloping, two hairsbreadth defeats have won their first game of the season. Visiting Machynlleth on Saturday, they beat the home team by 6v0.
Centre forward Stan Evans scored two, reserve winger M. Owen scored his first goal for the club in the Mid Wales League.
Other goals were added by Les Stephens, E.P. Williams and Gordon Stephens.

The youth team whose first three games have yielded an average of 19 for 0 against, are in a class of their own.

The Reserve team in the Montgomeryshire Amateur League have not yet settled down. 

 

NEWTOWN A.F.C 1956


                              NEWTOWN A.F.C.

Goalkeeper; H. Jones, 26, Van driver, holder of Welsh Amateur Cup Medal, losing finalist 1952/53
Backs; T. Evans, 26. Builder. Ex-Welshpool player. Amateur trialist. Toured I.O.M. last season with Newtown. Formerly an outside right.
G. Lumsden, 29. Local Government Officer. Amateur triallist. Plays either left or right back. Toured I.O.M. last season. Winner of W.A. Cup last season.
Half backs; E.P. Williams,29. School teacher. Welsh Amateur International v England 1954-55. Utility player.Toured I.O.M. last season. Winner W.A. Cup last season. Captain this season.
D. Jones, 20. R.A.F. National Serviceman. Had trial with Reading.
G. Jones, 18. Recently called up for National Service with Royal Artillery. Had trial with Middlesborough.
K. Bowen, 10. Royal Artillery Serviceman.
A. Davies, 19. Student at U.C.W. Aberystwyth.
Forwards; I. Oliver, 30. Bus driver. Amateur trialist. Toured I.O.M. last season. Winner W.A. Cup last season.
B. F. Jones, 20. R.A.F. National Serviceman. Welsh Youth International v England 1951-52. Goalkeeper of no mean ability. Winner W.A. Cup last season.
S. Evans, 25. Factory Employee. Amateur triallist. Winner W.A. Cup last season.
G. Stephens, 22. Factory Employee. Amateur triallst. Toured I.O.M. last season. Trial with Leyton Orient. Winner W.A. Cup last season.
L. Stephens, 24. Tractor driver. Equally at home on right wing. Toured I.O.M. last season. Losing Cup finalist 1952/53
D. Powell, 19. Student Birmingham University. Welsh Youth International v England, Scotland and Ireland 1954/55. Winner W.A. Cup last season.
J. Richards, 35. Post Office and Telegraph Officer. Toured I.O.M. last season. 

                              SWANSEA TOWN

Goalkeeper; J. King, 22. 6 Welsh Schoolboy Caps. Represented British Army, Gt Britain A.C.F.,and Welsh representative side. Represented Wales v England last season.
Backs; A. Willis, Joined Swansea from Tottenham last season. Represented England v France 1951. Equally distinctive at either back position.
D. Thomas. Joined Swansea 1948. Played also as winghalf. Reserve for Wales on two occasions.
S. Leavy. Signed from Sligo Rovers Eire Amateur International. Represented League of Ireland. Also played as centre half. Captain of the Combination side.
Half backs; M. Charles, 20. Brother of John Charles, Leeds United.Represented Wales against Ireland, England, Scotland and Austria. Centre half in first team at 17. Also plays centre forward.
R. Henning, 24. Welsh Schoolboy International.  
T. Brown, 25. Centre or wing half. Signed from Doncaster Rovers, a was a regular player of theirs in 1953-54. Has since played non-League football with Llanelly in the Southern League.
T. Kiley, 31.Reserve for Wales. With club since 1945. Playing brilliantly at beginning of season until injury kept him out of team.
C. Jones, 20. Welsh Schoolboy International. In first team since he was 18. Capped for Wales last season. Has produced many scintillating performances this season.
It should be noted that the whole forward line are ex-Swansea Schoolboys, as are B. Jones, T. Kiley and M. Charles. 
T. Medwin, 23. Welsh Schoolboy International. Had three caps for Wales as left winger 1953. Scored 13 goals this season.
Ivor Allchurch, 26. Needs no introduction. Regular choice for Wales since 1950.
R. Burgess, 39. Team Manager. Transferred from Tottenham 2 years ago as Player-coach. Representes Wales over 30 occasions, laterly as Captain. Captain of Tottenham in most successful seasons after War (they won the Div 1 Championship). Represented Gt. Britain v Rest of Europe 1947.
B. Jones, 24. Elder brother of Cliff Jones and son of Ivor Jones ex-Swansea, West Bromwich Albion and Wales player. Brilliant ball player, destined for international honours in the near future.
Forwards. L. Allchurch, 22. Younger brother of Ivor, comes from footballing family. Welsh Schoolboy International. Brilliant ball player who has represented Wales on two occasions.
H. Griffiths, 24. Capped for Wales as right winger in 1953. Last season made the inside right position his own. Is playing very well this season.

NEWTOWN 4v9 SWANSEA
1v0 (5 mins) Stephens crosses ball to Stan Evans, who ran a few paces and drove the ball wide of King in goal, into the corner of the net.
1v1 (9 mins) Jones in the Newtown goal made a partial stop of Ivor Allchurch's shot, Griffiths followed up to score.
1v2 (17 mins) Griffiths, close on goal gave Jones no chance.
1v3 (20 mins) Cliff Jones hits the ball high into the net follwing a Len Allchurch cross.
1v4 (23 mins) Griffiths and Medwin burst through with Griffiths netting his hat trick.
2v4 (25 mins) Glynn Lumsden set up Les Stephens who unleashed a 40 yard drive past King - an amazing goal.
2v5 Len Allchurch fires Swansea further ahead.
2v6 Griffiths nets his fourth to make this the half time score.
3v6 (47 mins) Edgar Williams and Iorrie Oliver dazzled 4 defenders, with Oliver crossing the ball for Brian F. Jones to head into an empty net.
3v7 Overhead kick by Williams gave Swansea an own goal.
3v8 (75 mins) Ivor Allchurch broke through Newtown's defence to score an easy goal.
4v8 (77 mins) Stan Evans swivelled round and drove the ball hard into the Swansea net from 20 yards
4v9 (87 mins) Ivor Allchurch, after a brilliant solo run in which he beat several defenders, added the ninth.

David Powell and Austin Davies had trials with Swansea.
Keeping an eye on the canny players, Cardiff City are casting their net  for left wing Jackie Evans and partner Clive Lloyd.
The Robins will be running out of proteges soon - they may struggle to field a team each week.
County Times 14th February 1959


Montgomeryshire Challenge Cup Final
1960/61
Llanymynech v Newtown

How the Finalists reached the Final:

Llanymynech:
1st Round beat Forden 2v1 at Home
2nd Round beat Llansantffriad 6v1 Away
Semi Final beat Llanrhaeadr 3v0

Newtown
1st Round beat Llanfair 7v1 at Home
2nd Round beat Berriew 2v1 at Home
Semi-Final beat Caersws 3v2

Since the inception of the competition in 1907, only 9 clubs have won the cup:
Llanidloes 18, Newtown 9, Llanymynech 4, Llanfyllin 3, R.W.W. 3, Caersws 2,
Montgomery 2, Machynlleth 1, Welshpool 1

Newtown have been in the final 19 times.
Previous Cup Final results between the clubs:
1936: Llanymynech 2v1 Newtown
1946: Llanymynech 3v2 Newtown 


Llanymynech
Green Jerseys, Black Shorts.
1. Ivor Jones, 2. Doug Harrison
3. Dennis Macrae, 4. Fred Jones,
5. Nev Kynaston (Capt), 6 Brian Owen,
7. Ken Morris, 8. Doug Hughes
9. Mervyn Bromley, 10. Les Davies,
11 Vernon Biggs

Newtown
Red shirts, White Shorts
1. Roger Mellings, 2. Alec Hughes,
3. D. Ll. Jones, 4. David Owen,
5. Colin Williams, 6. Mike Lewis
7. A.N. Other, 8. Ivor Evans,
9. Wyn Owen, 10. Howard Williams,
11. Trevor Pugh 

County Times,  18th April, 1961
Montgomeryshire Cup Final
Mynech ram in 6 in one-sided game.
Faded shirts, faded glory and faded Newtown.
Llanynymynech 6v1 Newtown

 
The Robins trooped onto the field in a set of faded pink shirts, which looked as though they'd been thrown out by the Arsenal 30 years ago.

Newtown sent its team out like a poverty stricken ragged boy's club from a slum area in the county's premier cup final.
Newtown kept Mynech at bay for 17 minutes, when winger Ken Morris flashed the ball into the net. Mervyn Bromley headed a second.
Roger Mellings in goal, who deserved a new sweater that fitted him and Colin Williams, were the two stars in the Robins defensive firmament.
Iorrie Oliver and David Owen supplied Ivor Evans with the move which resulted in Newtown's only goal..
Nev Kynaston made it 3v1 before Brian Owen scored from the penalty spot for the next Mynech goal.
Mervyn Bromley cracked in the fifth with a low cross and V. Biggs scored the sixth a few seconds before time.
Official attendance; 1618. Gate receipts £120.

 


 

1985/86

Back row: David Powell, Brian Rowlands, Ian Corfield,
Alan Jarman,
Andrew Lloyd, Paul Hawthorn, Neil Shearer, David Inns,
Nigel Price, Winston Mantle

Front row: Colin Reynolds, Barry Mantle, Guy Jones,
Adrian Swinbourne, Marcus Canning
(Names courtesy of Paul Hawthorn)
 

 

 

IN CHARGE NOW
Popular 24 year old David Powell has been elected skipper of Newtown's Mid-Wales League XI.
A product of the youth team and a former Welsh Youth International and Montgomeryshire schoolboy, Powell has played in practically every position, with the exception of goal, for Newtown. A teacher at Priory School, Shrewsbury, he is also a competent cricketer, and has represented Montgomeryshire.


 


University of Birmingham
Association Football Club 1st XI 1955-56
A.S.D. Powell seated third from right.


University of Birmingham
Association Football Club 1st XI 1957-58
Inset W.W. Walton
Back Row: Dr T. Wright (President), D.J. Angove, D. Butler,
K.H. Tipples, W.J. Meek (Treasurer), J. Archer, D.G. Moyes,
Front row: S. Tooke, D.K. Morris, A.S.D. Powell (Vice-Captain),
P. Hill (Captain), A.W. Fay (Secretary) B.T. Walsham, K. Glew

 




Match v London F.A.
To be played at "The Moorlands",
the Ground of Moor Green F.C.
The following team has been selected
BIRMINGHAM & DISTRICT A.F.A.
(Colours; Dark and light blue shirts, white shorts)
Goal: P. Maycock (Handsworth Wood)
R. Back: M. Fenton (Walsall Phoenix)
L. Back: R. Bench (Moor Green)
R.H. Back: A. Pennell (Birmingham University) Vice-captain
C.H. Back: I. Evans (Birmingham University) Captain
L.H. Back: M. Walker (Moor Green)
O. Right: K. Brown (Moor Green)
I. Right: D. Powell (Birmingham University
C. Forward: K. Figures (Boldmere St. Michaels)
I. Left: P. Hare (Boldmere St. Michaels)
O. Left: D. Enefer (Aston Villa Amateurs)

Reserves to travel;

P. Pioli (Moor Green)
K. Williams (Tamworth G.S.O.B.)
G. Green (Moor Green)
G. West (Birmimgham University)

Official in charge: C. F. Ewins
Team Manager: G.A. Stafford
Referee: Mr E.T. Jennings (Stourbridge)
Linesman G.W. Blower
Team Attendant: S.G. Colby
Hon. Secretary: R. H. Ne
ale

LONDON .F.A.
(Colours; White shirts, dark knickers)
1 S. Homan (Clapton)
2 D. Clarke (Walthamstowe Avenue) 
3 E. Cross (Ilford)
4 D. Munday (Wimbledon)
5 P. Carey (Barking)
6 D. Evans (Hounslow Town)
7 R. Hill (Bromley)
8 L. Champelovier (Hayes)
9 A. Biggs (Hounslow Town)
10 R. Beever (Walthamstowe Avenue)
11 D. Neate (Hayes) 

 


Hon. Sec., D. Powell, Students' Union, Edgbaston Park Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham 15. (Telephone Selly Oak 1841). Colours, Red and blue halves, dark knickers, Ground, University, Bristol Road, Bournbrook, Dressing room on ground or in Union. Buses Nos 61, 62, 63 from Navigation Street..



SPORT AT BIRMINGHAM UNIVERSITY
Notable Win for the Footballers
By Our Own Correspondent
By scoring 15 goals in their last two matches, the Association football eleven have taken another step towards consolidating their claim to be the best team the club has produced for several years.
Admittedly the Military College of Science, who lost 2v9, were not strong opposition, but the same can hardly be said of Saturday's opponents, the Birmingham A.F.A. representative eleven. They won 6v1.
Brilliant University football baffled the A.F.A. in the second half. Within a few minutes, D. Powell scored twice, G.A. West, D. Angove and I.T. Evans (penalty) scored three more and the sixth was an own goal.
It's a pity that no Universities Athletic Union selector happened to be present. It is also a little curious that not one member of this team - who have also accounted for London Universitty 2v0, and a Birmingham Works representative eleven 4v2, was included in the U.A. team. 




GLOUCESTERSHIRE
(White shirts & Black Shorts)

G.  D. Randall       Bristol University
RB. A. Broom        Pucklechurch
LB. J. Stark            Weston Super Mare (Capt)
RH.  R. Parker        St Philips Marsh A.S.
CH. J. Gibbs          Clifton St Vincent's
LH. A. Ashenford   Hoffman Athletic
OR. G. Chivers     Charlton Kings
IR. D Thomas         Sharpness
CF. C. Mitchell       Clifton St Vincent's
IL. K. Holder          Viney Hill St. Swithin
OL. P. Egan            Stonehouse
Team Attendant.  Mr J.S. Taylor

BIRMINGHAM AM. F.A.
(Light & Dark Blue Quarters, White Shorts)
G.  F. Flynn             Aston Villa Amateurs

RB. M. Fenton        Walsall Phoenix
LB. D. Gough          Aston Villa Amateurs
RH.  D. Morris        Birmingham University (Capt)
CH. K. Jones          Silhill
LH. A. Angove       Birmingham University
OR. K. Adams       Birmingham University
I.R. D. Powell         Birmingham University 
CF. R. Smith           Cresconians
IL. D. Roberts        Handsworth G.S.O.B
OL. G. Barlow        Tamworth G.S.O.B.
Team Attendant. Mr S.G. Colby

Referee: Mr R.L.J. Hamblin
Linesmen:
E. Stangroom & C.W. Walker    

TODAY'S EVENT.
A hearty welcome is extended to all our friends from Birmingham who are visiting Moreton today. No better fixture could be staged to introduce the "County" Amateur game to the delightful environs of North Gloucestershire


BIRMINGHAM AND DISTRICT
AMATEUR FOOTBALL LEAGUE
5 St. Helen's Road, Solihull, Warwickshire
Telephone: Solihull 2396
27th February 1957

CAMPBELL-ORR SHIELD - SEMI-FINAL
Wolverhampton & District Amateur Football League
v
Birmingham & District Amateur League

To be played on Marston Excelsior Ground,
Fordhouse, Wolverhampton
on Saturday, 9th March 1957
Kick-off 3.00pm
The following team has been selected:
Goal: F. Flynn (Aston Villa Amateurs)
R. Back: M. Fenton (Walsall Phoenix) Captain
L. Back: A. Fay (Birmingham University)
R.H. Back: G. Betteley (Cresconians)
G.H. Back: K. Jones (Silhill)
L.H. Back: K. Smith (Aston Villa Amateurs)
O. Right: A. Parry (St. Philips G.S.O.B.)
I. Right: D. Powell (Birmingham University)
C. Forward: R. Smith (Cresconians)
I. Left: J. Lane (Silhill)
O. Left: P. Yates (Aston Park Rangers)

Reserves to travel:
T. Lock (Silhill)
W. Baugh (Aston Villa Amateurs)

Official in Charge: C.F. Ewins
Team Managers: N.A. Jeffs & H.S. Smith
Linesman: J.A. Mackay
Team Attendant: S.G. Colby
Hon. Secretary: R.H. Neale


BIRMINGHAM AND DISTRICT
AMATEUR FOOTBALL LEAGUE
5 St. Helen's Road, Solihull, Warwickshire
Telephone: Solihull 2396
27th February 1957

MATCH v LONDON F.A.

To be played at the Ground of Hounslow Town F.C.
on Wednesday, 20th March, 1957
Kick-off 3.00pm
The following team has been selected:
Goal: F. Flynn (Aston Villa Amateurs)
R. Back: M. Fenton (Walsall Phoenix) Captain
L. Back: W. Hingley (Boldmere St. Michaels)
R.H. Back: T. Coleman (Moor Green)
C.H. Back: J. Parkes (Boldmere St. Michaels)
L.H. Back: A. Fay (Birmingham University)
O. Right: A. Parry (St. Philips G.S.O.B.)
I. Right: D. Powell (Birmingham University)
C. Forward: K. Figures(Boldmere St. Michaels)
I. Left: W. Meek (Birmingham University)
O. Left: A. Harmes (Moor Green)

Reserves to travel:
G. Betteley (Cresconians)
C. Middleman (Boldmere St. Michaels)
D. Morris (Birmingham University)

Official in Charge: C.F. Ewins
Team Managers: G.A. Stafford
Linesman: W.P. Judd
Team Attendant: S.G. Colby
Hon. Secretary: R.H. Neale


County Times
21st December 1957

FA of Wales XI 2v2 Welsh Universities

Of the forwards, only Dave Roberts of Leytonstone is retained.
He did not however play in the game.
R. Lovegrove (Gwynfi Welfare)
E. ap Iorwerth (Arsenal)
H. Woods (Ton Pentre)
A. Evans Capt. (Bangor)
D. Parry (Bala Town)
Glyn Owen (Bangor)
J. Richards (Portmadoc)
J. Reybould (Cardiff Corinthians)
David Powell (Newtown)
Gordon Stephens, (Caersws Amateurs)
B. Jones (Llay Welfare)


We welcome tonight the Luxembourg Universities XI
on their first visit to this country. Their football ability
is known, for it was the Luxembourg National XI
that put the Great Britain team out of the
Olympic competition in 1952.
The U.A.U. team has not appeared in London
for a considerable time, but a number of its players
are well known to local followers of the Amateur game.
The U.A.U. XI has not, so far, been beaten this season
and includes in its successes
a win by 3v1 over the F.A. of Wales Amateur XI
and a 1v1 draw with the F.A. Amateur XI.
Two of the U.A.U. 'stars' have been withdrawn from tonight's team,
as they (J. Valentine & A. Peel) make their debut for
England against Scotland at Wembley on Saturday.
We are indebted to the Chairman and Directors of the
Queen's Park Rangers Club
for permitting us  the use of this ground's facilities.
The U.A.U. wishes to give its personal thanks to
Mr G. Hurley for considerable assistance given
in the arrangements for this match. 

Amateur International Trial Match
North Wales v South Wales
Llandrindod Wells, 27th September 1958

Amateur Representative Match
THE F.A. OF WALES XI
V
WELSH UNIVERSITIES
Barmouth, 13th December 1958


 Other Programmes and Photographs
1953/54 Welsh Amateur Cup

Welcome
We are again honoured with the privilege of promoting the Semi Final of the Welsh Amateur Cup and the selection of Latham Park as a suitable venue is very much appreciated by the Officials and supporters of Newtown F.C. and in general other football enthusiasts of Mid Wales.
Ton Pentre, members of the Welsh League (South) Division 1, make their second apprearance at Latham Park, having defeated Connah's Quay Albion 3v1 in the semi final. 
Overton St. Mary's participate in the Welsh National League (Wrexham Area) Division 1. Last season they were League Champions.
Both clubs, by overwhelming formidable opposition in previous rounds, have qualified and won their way into the semi-final. This game should produce a very high standard of football and a keen tussle.
Best wishes and good luck and may the better team win.

Challenge and Identify the Gentleman present at this afternoon's match and win a prize of 7/6. You must be in possession of a Programme.
Clues. He played against Newtown fifty seven years ago, also for E.W.S. F.C. v Newtown North End 1905, and in the replay which E.W.S. F.C. won by 4v2.


Welcome!
Today we are  privileged to stage the final of the Welsh Amateur Cup and feel extremely proud and highly honoured that Latahm Park has been selected as a suitable venue for so an important fixture. Our endeavours to provide Newtown with a first class football ground have entailed considerable efforts on the part of football enthusiasts in this town, but we feel that our labours have been well justified and it gives us much pleasure to act as hosts to this afternoon's match.
We wish to tender our sincere thanks and appreciation to the members of the Football association of Wales for this recognition, and to them, the players, officials and supporters of our visitors, Lovell's Athletic and Overton St Mary's, we extend a very warm and cordial welcome. 

LOVELL'S ATHLETIC.
Members of both the Southern League and Welsh League (South) Division 1, hold the unique record of winning this trophy three times in succession, in 1926-7-8. To reach the final this season they have defeated Caerau Athletic, Gwynfi Welfare, Llanidloes, UCW Aberystwyth and Treharris and their team includes no less than six Welsh Amateur Intenationals, Morgan, Burch, Clarke, Robling, Griffiths and Paul. Also many of  their players on view today have had experience with their Southern League XI.

OVERON ST. MARY'S
Participate in the Welsh National League (Wrexham Area) Division 1 and appear assured of being League champions for the second consecutive season. They have overcome formidable opposition defeating Llay United, Chirk A.A.A., Penycae, Bagillt United, Donnington Wood and the much fancied Ton Pentre to make their first appearance in the final of this competition. Their playing record this season is excellent having lost only one game to our near neighbours, Welshpool.
Today's encounter between the representatives of North and South Wales football should reach a very standard and a big gate is anticipated.

To both Clubs we offer Best Wishes and Good Luck.
Newtown F.C.

LOVELLS'S ATHLETIC White Shirts, White Shorts
1 W. Horner: 2 G. Morgan (Capt.), 3 L. Burch; 4 W. Clarke, 5 I. Robling, 6 J.B. Griffiths; 7 A. Paul, 8 B. Reynolds, 9 S. Kemp, 10 D.O. Reynolds, 11 R. Hawthorne.

OVERTON ST. MARY'S Red Shirts, White Shorts
1 L. Keenan; 2 H. Roberts (Capt.), 3 R. Jones; 4 E. Baker, 5 H.R. James, 6 F. Robinson; 7 D. Jones, 8 W. Torrence, 9 T. Fearnall, 10 A. Hewitt, 11 D. Williams.

Referee; Mr E.S. Sanders, Saltney Ferry
Linesmen; L.R Davies, Machynlleth, J. Marsh, Brecon.

At Latham Park on Easter Monday, Montg. Challenge Cup Final,
Caersws v Llanidloes K.O. 3.15PM .


TODAY'S FINAL
In welcoming our youthful visitors in today's final of the Welsh Youth Cup, to the Maesydre Ground, let it be remembered that this is a unique occasion in Welshpool F.C.'s history - the forerunner, we hope of many similar occasions in the not too distant future.
We also extend a hearty welcome to the F.A.W.  members present at this match. Most of them are no strangers to the Maesydre Ground, and have previously attended various functions in post-war years.
Today's game has a slight 'international' flavour, when one realises that the finalists come from as far afield as Saltney in Cheshire, and Swansea. Anyhow, we shall look forward to a good game, and may the best team win.
 
SALTNEY JUNIORS Green Shirts, White Sleeves, White Shorts
John Bennett; Raymond Bradshaw, Noel Shickell; William Speed, Ronald Davies, Derek Smallman; Alec Croft, David Cooper, Bernard Evans, James Lee, Bryan Ratcliffe.

SWANSEA TOWN JUNIORS  White Shirts, Black Shorts
John Brereton; Grayham Chislett Noel Augustus (Capt.) Tom Arnal, Ray Davies, Melvyn Nurse; Tony Phelps, Len O'Shea, Gwyn Davies, Peter Hill, Billy Rees.

PEN PICTURES
Swansea Town Juniors
GRAYHAM CHISLETT, right back, has played for Swansea Schoolboys and is a strong forceful defender.
NOEL AUGUSTUS, left back, also of Swansea Schoolboys, has played for the Great Britain Army Cadet Team.
TOM ARNAL, right half, Welsh and Swansea Schoolboy Shield Winner, 1952/53
MELVYN NURSE, left half, Welsh and Swansea Schoolboys and English Shield Winner, 1952/53
TONY PHELPS, outside right, Swansea Schoolboys and English Shield Winner, 1952/53
LEN O'SHEA, Swansea Schoolboys and English Shield Winner 1952/53
BILLY REES, outside left, Welsh Youth and Welsh and Swansea Schoolboy 1952/53 - 1953/54
This lad created a good impression on T.V. for the Welsh Schoolboys v English Schoolboys at Wembley in1952/53

We apologise that no pen pictures were received from Saltney
Swansea reached the final by a grand semi-final win over Aberystwyth by 6 goals to nil.
Saltney defeated Caernarvon Grammar School 3v2 in the other semi-final.

Other Photographs
from David Powell's Collection


David Powell, Austin Davies and B.F. Jones 


Wonderful shot of David Powell in action.


Les Stephens turns away narrowly failing to score 

Newtown trial match

David Powell in a mid air tussle against Caersws

Goal!!!

A close shave!!

EDGAR PUGH WILLIAMS'
FOOTBALL FOCUS PHOTOS

Harry Gregg in action
P.N. Rees (Machynlleth) in a duel with Harry Gregg, the Irish goalkeeper in a Youth International played at Aberystwyth in 1951. Wales won the match 1v0. Wales drew with England 1v1 at Wrexham and beat Scotland 4v2 at Falkirk the same season.

This Machynlleth attempt was foiled by Jones' boot.

Les Stephens scores a terrific goal against Wrockwardine.


Keeper Arthur saves this shot from Ivor Evans, but the next shot by David Powell ended up in the net.


A corner kick by D. Owen greased the top of the bar, beating Cardiff Corries keeper, Raymond Vaughan


A Stephens' shot cleared by the Peritus Keeper  


Defensive clearance away from Newtown forwards Evans and Rigby.

Express and Times November 27, 1954
Williams should have his place
Reds 4v2 Blues
In a match, when goals are not important, the Reds beat the Blues in a Welsh Amateur International trial in Barmouth. The two teams were drawn from the Welsh League, Mid-Wales and Wrexham Areas, and the Cambrian Coast League.
Of the 22 players on view, thirteen have connections with Mid-Wales.
In the Reds were goalkeeper Meirion Griffiths (Barmouth), Gwilym Davies (Caersws), Arthur Evans (Flint United and Machynlleth), Trefor Owen (Loughborough  and Llanfair Caereinion), Edgar P. Williams (Newtown).
In the Blues K. Ll. Jones (Bryncrug and U.C.W.), Gwynfor Jones (55th RA), D. L Phillips (Bangor College and Barmouth), J. E. Richards (Barnouth), Des Morgan (Kington) and Peter Rees (Llanidloes).
The outstanding forward was undoubtedly Edgar Williams, the Newtown schoolmaster. His distribution and industrious play made him conspicuous and perhapps it is unfortunate that the present inside left berth appears to be Phil Woosnam's, but if at all possible, a place should be found for Williams.

Derek Williams scored all four goals for the Reds but he will be the first to acknowledge that two were gifts from E.P. Williams. Trefor Owen scored both Blues goals. 

I am very grateful to Mr Edgar Pugh Williams for sharing his selection of wonderful photos with the Keith Harding Selection.



Keith Harding

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Newtown Whitestars became the junior section of
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      WELSH FOOTBALL DATA ARCHIVE
THE Welsh Football Data Archive (WFDA), which involves a number of researchers and historians within Wales and beyond, has a number of aims. The project began with an intention of compiling a full list of Welsh Cup match results from 1876 to the present day, and details of each final. This has now been achieved and the end product is a more comprehensive set of results than that held by the FAW.

In due course the archive will include the full results of all Wales international matches complete with team line-ups, but the present focus is to produce an archive of all the leagues that have existed in Wales and their histories, from the early attempts in the 1890s to the present day.

For the leagues, the intention is to record the history including the formation of the league, its development and in most cases its demise, with as many final tables from the league's lifespan as possible. Where tables are not available, a list of champions and member clubs for each season in question is the desired alternative. A list of the 90 or so leagues that are known to have existed in Wales has been compiled and work on this part of the project is now reasonably well advanced. Details of individual leagues will be added to the website as the work is completed.

The Welsh Football Data Archive will be a major resource for football fans, historians, the media and of course the Football Association of Wales and will provide a readily accessible source of detailed information on soccer, past and present, in Wales.

Keith Harding

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Photograph and other copyrights;
We are grateful to;
The County Times and Shropshire Star for permission to use their photographs which appear on this webpage.
The Robin, Newtown FC Match Programme and its printers,
Welshpool Printing Co. Ltd
for permission to use information, photos and team details.
Welsh Football Data Archive for permission to access League Tables and Welsh Cup Results.
Clifton Press,
Neil Badger, Grant Studios, Kim Davies
 for photos
Football Club History Database for details of various leagues
Russell Gerrard and the RSSSF for HFS Loans League details


Acknowledgements;
Mrs May Harding, Nicky Morris,
Elwyn Preece, Chairman Newtown F.C., Phil Williams,
Mel Thomas, Ian Garland, Gareth M. Davies, Terry Foulkes, Steve Jones,
David Pugh, Barry Gardner,
Newtown A.F.C.
Age Concern, Montgomeryshire
Newtown White Stars F.C.
Mr and Mrs Edgar P. Williams, Brian Rees, Brian F. Jones,
Mrs Megan Powell, Gordon Stephens, Frank Clayton, Arthur Powell,
Dave Rowlands, Marie Williams, Mike Lewis, Mike Wray, Frank Capener,
Gareth Owen, David Davies, Gareth Hughes, Maurice Glyn Jones, Nigel Bevan, Edward William Griffiths, Gareth Griffiths, Colin Love,  Chris Reynolds,
Jonathan Reynolds,  Peter Davies, Chris Brown, Elaine Orrells,
Dylan Green, Anne Bayliss, David Phillips (Llanidloes), Keith Powell,
Gordon Breese, Mike Williams, Adrian Williams, Howard Johnson, 
John Williams (Llandeilo)
Keith Pratten, The Black Boy Hotel, Newtown