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FOOTBALL CAMPAIGN OPENS. [By "FORWARD."] Fixtures have been arranged, captains and other officials have been elected, and everything is in readiness for another season's campaign. Summer has been short-lived, and cricketers, as they make their reluctant exit, have to be content with the recollection of having snaked i spells of play between the showers during the past four months. They have reason for envying footballers that they can play in any weather and on any ground except that which is submerged or frost- bound, and that eight months out of the twelve are taken up by the winter game. There is no hope for a redress of this state of things until the seasons change, and there is no sign of that phenomenon yet awhile. From the first day of Sep-1 tember until too last day of April King Football reigns supreme, and his loyal Bubjects are to bs eountsd by the million. His vast kingdom is one upon which the sun never Gets, and it is steadily expand- ing as the years roll on. In another column will be found the elaboration of a suggestion to form an Imperial Football Parliament, and some of us may live to see what is to-day a Utopian ambition an actual reality. It is only a matter of momentary significance that the Welsh Union of this season has failed to see its way clear to send out a team to Australia in ilIIO. The fact rema ins that for the first time in football history Wales has been invited to do so by our kinsmen across the seas, and that invitation in itself justifies the oppor- tuneness of the "Evening Express" sug- gestion. What the season holds in store for the different clubs is the problem of greatest moment. Wh* is the outlook? Are things likely ttl pan out as they have been doing for generations—Cardiff, Swansea, Newport, and Llanelly making the first bunch, with Neath, Pontypool, Abertillery, and Aberavon in more or less close attendance? That, in a nutshell, eeems to ue the prospect once again so far as one can peer into futurity. Cardiff will be under the leadership of a. popular skipper in J. L. Williams, who was well worthy of che honour of cap- taincy recently conferred upon him by a decisive majority of the members of the Cardiff club. Most of last season's players will turn out, and the outlook is brightened by the definite promise of Percy Bush to support his successor regu- larlv. Whether the Welsh Metropolitans will retain the championship is a matter upon which it is obviously too early to speculate. With such a born leader and brilliant player as Willie Trew in command once again, there is not much doubt about Swansea sustaining their wonderful record for consistency, and who knows that by the end of the season they will have regained those laurels which they surrendered to Cardiff through their memorable downfall, at Neatn. Trew will be able to lead a fine side into the field, especially if a couple of young three- quarters of the right stamp can ba found. The Swansea forwards have always been good, and they will be good again. T. H. Vile will be the proud skipper of the famous Usksiders, and his splendid services to the club have fully entitled him to the honour. With a fair share of luck, and the cordial support of his comrades, he stands a good sporting chance of rehabilitating the black and amber brigade in the enviable position they held for so many years among the leading clubs of the kingdom. He will have a lot of sturdy and speedy young forwards in front of him, and with J. P. Jones, D. P. Jones, and Melville Baker in his year, he will have something more than the nucleus of a really -powerful side. Llanelly will come up smiling with Jack Auckland as leader, and it counts heavily in his favour that there is not a more popular player wearing the scarlet jersey. Besides, he will have as his first lieutenant that sprightly youth, "Fisb- guard" Thomas,whose perennial keenness, to say nothing of his fitness, is the marvel of Rugby football. Room will have to be found in the team for a good many youngsters, and if they show the right aptitude for their work the side will hold its own with the usual reservation to spring an occasional surprise upon unsus- pecting opponents. Neath are confidently looking forward to another successful season under the captaincy of Frank Rees, but it is to be regretted that for reasons which are already well known they will not ha/e fixtures with Swansea or Llanelly. In our international engagements there is a fair prospect of winning the Triple Crown once more. England and Ireland will have to be met "away," but that will be counterbalanced by having the redoubtable Scotsmen as our guests. It will fall to the lot of Wales to enjoy the honour of playing the opening match on the new ground of the English Union at Twickenham. England, as may be easily imagined, will make a superhuman effort to win that match and thus break the long and monotonous sequence of her defeats at the hands of the Welshmen. There will be no Colonials over this season, but we shall have Continentals instead, and they will sport the tricolour ■>f France.

i Cardiff's Chances, i

I , S tic k i 11 9) T 0 Q…

.Eager Usksiders. I

Brynmawr. I

I Neath as Spry as Ever



Abertillery's --Losses -d.I

IBridgend's Young SideI

I _Pontypool Promising.

I Pill -Harriers' Record.…

I-"All's Well " at Penarth.-I

I Llwynypia Looking UpI

"Old Firm's " New Ground.…


-' I Tredegar's Gloomy -Outlook.…


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Barry District's Chances.…

Cwmpark Study Rivais. I

Good Results Expected.1


Tredegar -Takes -Up -Soccer.____I

|Revival at Ebbw Vale..

! Treharris Better Than Ever.

Pengam Turns to Soccer.