AROUND THE CLUBS. THE WELSH LEAGUES t C. AND D. R.U. I "THE OUTLOOK." I School and Ex-School Boys. I [BY SPOKES."] A LOOK ROUND. NEWPORT BRIGHTER. At last the leagues are in working' order, and it is possible to size up accurately the strength of league football in the various districts. The West of Llanelly League has made such rapid strides and done so much to popularise the game in a part of the country where the winter sport was dead so long, that we may confidently look to thie part, of the country ere long to produce players and clubs of note in Welsh Rugger. In the Swansea district there is a remark- a-ble revival in league football, and in point of club memhe-rship Swansea district now ranks second only to Cardiff. The new league at Aberavon and Port Talbot com- menceti its initial season .Infantile troubles are likely, but with a. little doctoring in the shape of physic from the money-bags of the Welsh Union a robust league is sure to result. bringing much benefit to the local senior clubs. Neath and District, excellently officered. did so well last season that thirs season they intend also studying the youngsters in addition. It will not be the fault of Neath if the "old boys" are not brought up in the path of Rugger. Cardiff, with its fifty odd clubs, is stronger than ever. With over 1,4C0 citizeiie playing the game, what a glorious opportunity Cardiff Keserves' committee have to transplant a few lads to their cwu preserves and coach them on for the premier club. Why, Cardiff, with its huge reserve of material ought to be easily the Welsh champions for seasons to oome-if they are not, the fault liee with the selectors. Later intelligence somewhat brightens the forebodings concerning the future of the c-arrying code at Newport. The little band of enthusiasts, headed by Messrs. A. E. Vale, J. E. Webb, and A..T. W. James, have -I am glad to be able to report, succeeded in re-I vising interest, and the league will run again, as usual, this reason. 'The following tlubs have entered: -P<)ntymister Juniors, St. Michael's, Machen Stars, Maindee Excelsiors, Christchurch F.C., Machen Old Boys, Com- mercial Juniors, and Christchurch Old Boys. Hurrah! Financial assistance ie now required to remove the existing debt. The Monmouthshire Valleys League will pursue the even tenour of its ways—there V no great advance and no retrogression, but I hardly think- the play of the leading slnbs in this league is as strong as it was last season. The Rhymney Valley League, with its adopted child—the junior league—is going strong. Rhymaey Valley, with its huge la,t,on,t supplies of coal, its enterprising inhabi- tants is bound to play a great part in the prosperity of Wales. In its games, therefore, the Rhymney Valley is the valley of the future. Although Soccer is strongly in evi- dence, the carrying code is making real pro- gress. The league has the advantage of really pattern officials in Reea Jones ("the old slave"), Llewellyn (the ideal chairman), a,nd E. P. Northcote (who looks after the Old Boys' clubs. Pontypridd District is a new league, but it has made itself so popular that it should become this season the Pontypridd and Rbondda League. A new name is certainly wanted, for the popularity of the manage- ment has extended miles, if not leagues, beyond the narrow confines of Coalopolis. Messrs. Will Gamlin and W. Potter should be proud men. The Aberdare and Merthyr League has worked under disadvantages, but the extension of the area should brighten up matters—even to the satisfaction of that hard-to-please individual. Secretary Rees. Bridgend and District league has go-ne ahead far fastei* than enthusiastic Tom Bennett, the hard-working secretary, even anticipated. Football in the district is looking up, and is played and supported in such a manner that Bridgend, -Iaesteg, Tondu, and other centres ought in tITe future to make far better nyhtB against Swansea than "T. D.'s"pets did last Saturday. The Sirhowy Valley pLt eague is a dead letter. The league, by its curious decisions, is unwept and unhonoured in its grave. UNION OF WELSH LEAGUEI. The monthly meeting of the Union of Welsh Leagues will take place at Cardiff on Saturday next. Business is important. Fore- most will figure the long-standing dispute regarding the cha mpionship of the Mon- mouthshire Valleys League remitted by the Welsh Football Union. The matter has been dealt with before, a nd the Welsh Football Union asked for an immediatk- settlement. I do not anticipate tho matter will take long. The Welsh Football Union has decided that the Monmouthshire League has a perfect right to decide what clubs they will accept as members ot' their league. This is up against the Valleys league, but, after all, it is pure logic. The Welsh Football Union allows rightly home rule in league affairs. Bather t-han further trouble the W.F.U. with the matter, it would be preferable if the Union of Leagues tried to convince the Monmouthshire league. Itore good would result than by an appeal to an outside body. IMTHVUASM IN PONTYPBIDD DISTRICT. Altogether, Rugby matters are lively in Pontypridd and district. A well-attended, meeting of the Pontypridd District League was the result of the gathering at the Ivor Arms Hotel. Mr. T. R. Thomas, of Ynysy- bwl, made an ideal chairman. The enthu- siasm which was shown by those present speaks well fcr this new body. ,It is interest- ing to note that representatives were present from Ynysybwl, Cilfynydd, Mountain Ash Juniors, Rhydfelin, Treforest, Taff's Well, Ferndale, Llwynypia, and Abercynon. Many more drubs have applied for membership. The Pontypridd District League will play the Cardiff and District League on Monday, October 18, at Ponstypridd. On Monday weok the Coalopolis league will play Cilfynydtl, as a trial preliminary to selecting the side to meet- Cardiff. Now, boys, get in rttle, and let us become champions of the Welsh. Union of Junior Leagues. Ynysybwl entertained. Dinas in a friendly at home last Saturday. The former deserved their victory. They are a smart lot again this season. Other clubs beware! Cilfynydd were at home to Abercynon, and deserved their win. The first half was very even, but on resuming after the interval Cil showed their superiority. Will club representatives make an effort to turn up to meetings in time? Then, again, an effort should be mad3 to work smoothly. Fixtures for the I-,ague have been arranged with Penygraig, Treorky, and Mountain Ash. It is to be hoped that Pontypridd senior club will follow suit. The .League is bound to do the club a great amount of good. A better understanding with the town club would be more to the 6etisfaction of all oon- 1 cerned. 1 6ARDIFF AND DISTRICT RUOBY UNION. The Cardiff Football Club has been asked to increase the matciies between the Reserves and the local clubs. It is hoped to secure at lea^t two additional matches. The membership of the Union is now over half-a-century of clubs. Ad,msdown, Lyn- dens, Pentyreh, Taff's Well, Tciigwynlais, and Cardiff We&t were admitted on Pmesday. The number not taking part in cup matches is i&n all. I am afraid that the chairmanship of the Union is on the way to become a permanency. i hardly care to count up the long number of years I have sat in the arnj-ohair, or of my "hardy annual" protests against re-elec- tion. It is kind; but I think the honour ought to go round, and also that I havo earned the right of a little rest from a. posi- tion which means much anxiety and some little work. However, as the members won't agTee, Spoles will have to continue his tenancy of the arm-ahair, and for another 'f3IOn listen to mild reproofs from the o-ou-?, pant of the arm-chair at home. The referees' society is to be taken under the wing of the Union. I fully anticipate that the result will be materially beneficial to the clubs. Messrs. W. J. Hart. G. W. Diek. G. Smith, and D. Williams are to meet the whistlers. Grangetown's latest recruit is Jules Forgue, > a- young Frenchman, who has played for Bordeaux. He has great. pace, and will strengthen the Bricklayers. Docks Temperance Institute, a new team, Joast Saturday drew with the s-enior lea-guers, Birchgrove. The Dockssmen a,re determined to gain a good reputation for sport. Despite depletions, Caniton made a. great show against Llwynypda. The Dervishes were beaten by a dropped goal, popped over by Griff Richards from the half-way line. Romilly were without Conway and half a dozen stalwarts at Tredegar. The Laughing Ones were weak in tackling—quite a novelty. Both their tries were the outoome of meri. torious back play. Garth drew a record crowd to Taff's Well, a-ad were brilliant in all phases of play. They deserved their score of two goals two tries. Harvey romped over with two tries. Vice-skipper Buffett was over twice. For the losers George Anthony was the choice until he was injured The list of club changes is a long one, due to this being the first o-coasion this sear 300 for transfers to be considered. The list is as follows:— W. E. Cornish (Grange) to Cardiff Thistles. P. CaUaghan. and J. Kenefig (St. Paul's) and H. Goodfellow and H. Hurst (Canton United) to Wanderers. M. Wa;tkins (St. Peter's) to Central Quins, P. Harris (Grange) to Docks. E. Boucher (Cardiff 'Quins) to Rumney A.C. A. Chriatenson (Windsors) to Grange. &. Sutherland CQutne.) to Canton. J. C. Jenkins (Canton povem) to West End. J. Brookman (ex-captain, Canton) to Wanaewia, W. Smart (United) to Cardiff Welsh. T. Boberte (Mackintosh) to Gartit. WOMW I?risk "udoinz), James lgh (Llandaff City), ta.?-?N? J^JalSr &? t ? .Ca** (St. Paul's), Bert Coles (Grange Barbarians) and W. H. Mullett, J. Milte, and J. A.' Belmont (Canton) tso Cardiff West End. All clubs in. Cardiff and district except the Old Monktonians and Lutons are members of the Union. Canton league .trouble is, over, and they will carry out league matches with ail senior clubs. Whitchurch show little improvement on last season's form. They found Cardiff West far too hot on Saturday, especially in goal- kicking. I Grange-town took on Cardiff Barbarians as a preliminary canter, and the latter proved they are already fit, and made a draw. Sciut Bricklayers were palpably out of condition, and the team will need revision before it is up to its usual strength. Messrs. Barren and Ford realise this. Canton Wanderers were provided a good game by the local Institute. The latter have the making of a real clase f eide-, and a bright future can safely be pre- dicted. Ba.rry Parade, a team of young players. have for a couple of seasons kept amateurism a.live in Barry. This season they posers a clever lot of backs. Taff Juniors were beaten last Saturday by 16 points. t Cardiff 'Quins, believing that Dinas Powis were at sixes and sevens this season, antici- pated a walk-over, but 'twas the other way about. The villagers have seldom had a more capable side, and the Quins have 1 hardly yet got over their surprise. MEETING OF UNION OF LEAGUES. The monthly meeting of the Union of Welsh Lea,gues will take, place at Cardiff on Satur- day next. Figuring on the agenda is the dis- pute concerning the championship of the Monmouthshire Valleys League-a matter INvhich the Welsh Union ask to be "decided uon B.?aIIy. I LEAGUE'S OVERLAPPING. The conference between the Rhondda Valleys, Rhcndda Old Boys. Aberdare and District, and the Pontypridd District leagues ( called to map out the areas of these tour leases, was not attended by the Bhondda ) Senior League through the failure so far of that league to re-organiee their competition. The Union of Welsh leagues will be asked to sanction the following proposals:- (1) That the Rhondda Old Boys League be allowed to organise two leagne competi- tions, the junior composed of players with an age limit of seventeen years and the senior with an age limit of twenty. (2) That the Aberdare and District League be allowed to extend its territory from Aberdare to Cefn Coed and from Penrhiwceiber to Hirwain. (3) That the Pontypridd and District League control the competition in the dis- tricts not covered in the second proposal. Of course, if these proposals meet with the approval of the junior union it means that whilst the Rhoindda Valley League is snuffed out the Pontypridd and District league will gain a very large amount of territory, and will really become., th?Rhondda League as well. An official of the Pontypridd District League writes as follows on th& proposals:— Dear "Spokes,"—I think it is unwise to suggest that the Pontypridd League should take over the Rhondda League. There are quite enough clubs? in the valiey to form a league independently, for there are the folloCtng:—Dinas, Trebanog, Lewis-Merthvr (resurrected <iguin), TyloJstown (re-organised), Williamstown, Fern- dale, and Llwyirypia, with other! It would have been preferable for the. Aboitiare district to amalga- mate with Pontypridd, for I hesr Mountain Ash Juniors are going to join the Pontypridd League. If the proposals made at the conference are carried, I ffeat that before the season is out the usual discontent among Rhondda clubs (which I know so well) will break out, and there will be a split in the camp, which, possibly, may wreck the now healthy and vigorous Pontypridd District League.—I am. Src., OFFICIAL. I Other letters on the «une topic reach me from the Aberdare District. Summarised, they do not -speak hopefully of the prospects of the Aberdare and District League, one writer stating that not more th a trio of club; are likely to carry out fixtures in this league." I suggest an immediate Tncetinz of the Rhondda clubs to decide whether they are anxious to keep their league alive or not. Of course, such a meeting should be held before the Union of Welsh Leagues meet on Saturday next. PONTYPRIDD DISTRICT LEAGUE. Monday next is the latest date that clu,be can be accepted in the league. Clubs de- siring to join should s-end representatives on that evening to the head-quarters, Ivor Arms Hotel, Pontypridd, at seven p.m. sharp. RHONDDA DISTRICT OLD BOYS. Additional clubs have joined, viz., Tre- banog, Treherbert Ex-Schoolboys, Pengraig Lads, and Ferndale Lads. The membership is now very large. No clubs will be accepted after Monday next, so those wishing to join should attend at Coole's Reetaurant, Porth, ort that evening. The time is seven p.m. It would be a good thing for the Rugby code if the senior clubs would hand over their grounds when not wanted for home matches to the Old Boys' clubs. It is no u.se for the Welsh Union to spend money in promoting the game amongst the youngsters really to ultimately benefit the senior clubs —if the senior olubs are not wise enough to do their share by removing the present diffi- culty over playing grounds. Llwyinypia is in want of a around, and a. similar difficulty is handicapping Penygraig Lads. Will the two senior clubs in these towns come to the rescue? In the knock-out competition, RhydMa-n journeyed to Clymtch Vale, but the contest ended with scores level. A re-tplay must take place to decide which shall figure in the final. Cilfynydd could not play Treorky last Saturday owing to a difficulty over the ground. CLEVER CILFYNYDD. For -real class back play I have not seen for a long time a cleverer lot than Cilfynydd Harlequins. For two seasons the side won the Rhondda League championship, and last season carried off the Pontypridd' Dictriot Union competition without a defeat. On Saturday Cilfynydd opened their season as cleverly as ever by wailoping, Abercynon by eleven points. When will the club receive the medals due from. the Rhondda League? Congratulations to Mr. W. J. Rosser, the club president, upon being elected president of the Pontypridd Uiiion. Much of the club's success is due to the kind help of Mr. Llewellyn Mitchell. LEAGUES AS COUNTY COURTS. During the past week I have come across two cases in which players' transfers have been, objected to on the grounds that they owed money to their old ciluibs. I am glad tiha,t the leagues instantly overruled the ob. jections and granted both players their- transfers. My own opinion is that had the cases come before the Welsh Football Union something would have been heard by the clubs concerning tbe professional la.w. Any- way, the Cardiff and District R-ugbry Union have decided that dubs paying debts for players, or lending players money, shall be in future drastically dealt with. Oth-er or- ,ga-n.i--ations wou I'd do well to follow suit. Of c<>UTse. no objection can be taken to clubs reporting the non-payment of subscriptions or the withholding of club property. WESTERN VALLEYS OLD BOYS. The competition which proved so successful last season is to be carried on again-this in reply to two correspondents, dabs wish- ing to participate in league games should apply to Mr. A. Powell, 11, Argyle-street, Abertillery. at once. AFTER CYCLING RECORDS. Mr. J. Davies, of Tredegar, who for many seasons has been one of the chief promoters of junior football in the Sirhowy Valley, intends attacking the Welsh 100 miles un- paged record of 5h. 48min„ now held by A. Cobner, of Cardiff. In addition, the veteran has his eye on the London to Brighton ana back record, and the gold medal offered to the first rider to cover 100 miles on this road has been preparing for some time, anu during the pact summer, with a companion, spent some weeks studying Southern roads. He is one of the vory best road-riders wo have had in Wales, and, with a little lUCK, should bag a couple of these records. Cyclists willing to help on the road might ,c,amm-unicate with Mr. Davies at Coronation I Villa, Tredegar. RHYMNEY VALLEY OLD BOYS. I The Baj-goed Old Boys Club has decided to become affiliated to the Rhymney Valley Oid Boys' League. The officials elected are:- President, Mr. E. Bl«ayton (chairman), Mr. W. Williaans treasurer, and M1r. Bert Walters secretary. No meeting was held in connection with the Old Boys' League on Saturday last, as only three clubs put in an appearance. Surely. Bedwas will run a team, after win- ning the medals. Where's energetic "C. W."? Foohriw will run an old boys' olub if a ground can be sjeenred. GLAMORGANSHIRE. I League doings are Hat. Things may liven mP. but the oompetition is only a shadow of its past as far as excitement runs. Liwynypia had the beet of the first half with Canton, but in the second portion on-ly Canton was in the hunt. A few of the "lscee- bead" forwards must go-only three out of the eight scrimmaa-ged last Saturday. Try (Home new ones. Griff Richards in two matches has kicked seven goals. Cardiff Whartons' visit to Mr. Hadyn Jones's team next Wednesday is causing great eomimotdou. RHYMNEY VALLEY SENIORS. I Aberbargoed and Caerphilly opened the league season by competing last Saturday at the Cheeeetown for the run/ners-up medals of last season. It was an evenly-contested game, and played in the be&t of spirit all through. Aberbargoed started very strongly, a id looked a.11 over a winning team. Tom "Wil- liams hpd the Hne at his mercy, but; unfor- tunately, stumbled, and, therefore, a rosy ohornce was lest. Thcr& wa.3 no score at half- time. On change of ends Caerphilly became aggressive. Porter burst through with a try, a.Dd Caerphilly just wen. George Thomas and Ned Rees got their team o-ut of difficul- ties on several occasions by good kicking. Reddick, for the homesters, was as safe as* a. house. The iorwarde were evenly matched. Rhymney Firsts journeyed en thejr initial long journey toO Bream, and were defeated by 14 points to 3. The gaime was not such a one-sided one as the score points out. Machen were visitors to Blaina, and by the fcore tihe homesters must have had rather an ea.sy time. Bargoed held a trial match, which resulted in the Proibaoleis wLn-:J:ing by six points to three. Many of last season's players did not turn up. W. H. Morgan, Roberts, and Car- penter were the pick of the upo; Roberts, Cobin,s, and Ricketts of the backs. BRIDGEND AND DISTRICT. I In connection with the above the season J was started in fine style, but in the majority of cases visiting teajns were victorious, much to the surprise of home clubs. Ala e.t cg Rangers journeyed to Ponty- cymmer, and defeated the homesters on their I favourite Spion. Kop by 5 points to 3. The result fairly staggered the home pa.r-ti,a,n¡;, who, in vilw of the way Han. Sec. Tom Jones has been strengthening the side, anticipated a sort of soft thing. The game was an excellent one to watch, play being fast, open, and full of exciting in- cidents. Air. George Evans, of Gil.'ach Goch, made an efficient whistler. Although defeated, the homesters will soon settle down to the big things expected of them. The full back position is capably filled by Eai Boots. Bert Feiven 4ave a brilliant dis- play in the centre, and Lloyd, apart from the mistake he made when the Rangers scored, did well on the wing. Tommy Leidke, as scrum half, did well. but was not suffi- ciently served with the ball by his for- wards; consequently, his partner, "E. J." was not a.bde to shine. The forwards are beefy enough, but they must learn the art of heel- ing quickly. The Rangers are to be congratu- lated on their performance, and look like h" aving a successful season. line Innocents ;frc.m lianharran jour- llh* Innoceri;, ,s i r c ?- neyed to LlarjgyRwyd to meet Tom Davies's pets, and won by eight points to four. A couple of smart tries were scored before the home side realised what had hapipened. The second half was fa-r advanced when the inimitable Reggie Hanson dropped a pretty goal that reminded one of the only "P.F.B." A feature of the game was trie excellent full- back play on bo-h sides.. tDai Jenkins and J. ShellibLer were the beat of the threes, but J. Evans is to be congratulated ca the way he adapted himself to,his new position on the wing. His try was a smart one. Tich Barkle and Baker were an ideal pair of halves, and Pascce, Bowden, North, and the "redoubtable Chen" played well in front. The best of the "Old Parish" was Bob, at back, Tom Cusee and Llew Evans in the three-quarters, whilst Reg. Hanson was easily, the best of the halves. Captain Jack Hanson tried to do too much on his own. Hopkins, Ackerman, Casey, and Daggworked ha-rd in the forwards. Bettws United, the team of "talents," railed down to. Bridgend, to meet Mr. Scho- fleld's second teamers. Much to his surprise, his pets were defeated by five points to three. The team from the little village on the hill are evidently going to have a good season. A better lot of "sports" it is hard to find. Good luck to them! Hon. sec. Will Richards is one who is not afraid of work. The game wa,s a very, keen one, and Referee T. J. Job had a handful to..manage. The Secotrds-were very much upset by having an alleged fair try disallowed. They need not despair, for they have a very smart side of youngsters, Who will yet create a few surprises. Captain Bert Rljrg-ood is very keen, and D. Daviea, Brown and John support him well in. the forwards. The halves corrld be improved upon. "Rrus^ian" Thomas and Biai Marks are smart in the "threes." Perhaps, the full back position could be strengthened by play- ing Tommy Pennell there, and patting "Barney" in his right position at three-quar- ter. Amongst the villagers Archie Burgess, Richards, Skinner, and Dacey were ?he pick Richards, look*? like a fine pack. Pnlhn, Wil- liams, Richmond, and Bailey are all good in the backs. The latter is a valuable acquisi- tion to his side. (out and home) under fh-e- hours. Mr. Davies The Riders of Cefn had the little Infants from- B'.aenga.rw as. visitors. Considering that th^ lat'ie.rw?r? weakly Teipre?eotCtL. Cefn can- not by any means be said to have shown championship form by scraping home victors by a try. This score was cleverly obtained by George Butcher. The Riders fielded their strongest side, but the form shewn will not brine? them gold medals. There was one pleasing feature I about them, and that was that they have a smart outside half in young Berto. He should receive a further trial. "T.A." wa-squite-,pleased.with the display given by his Infante.. It is to be hoped that Dick Phillips and Co. will rally round him, and make the season a highly successful one. i Does anyone know whether the Nanty- ffyllon team has arrived at Gilfacfr Goch y)et? They were seen in the neighbourhood of Tondu refreshing themselves, but whether they reached their destination safely has not yet transpired. The league champions, Nantymoel, are to be congratulated on runnxpg Treorchy to five points; and at Treorchy, too! ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS. "Player" (CarditT).-Dea-It with in notes. A. Powell (Abertillery).-Thanks. An appli- cation to Mr. John would probably meet the case. "Official" (-Rhondds).-No; although an official of the Union, I am at all times pre- pared to criticise the decisions of the majo- rity and express my own opinions or YOUTS. Do not think that because I am an official that I blindly follow. The members know toll well that I hold the position eolely on the understanding tha.t I am absolutely inde- pendent, and am at liberty to give vent to those opinions in this journal, "C. H." (Cardiff).-Sorry, but am not enthu- eiastic enough to aot as chairman of your "smoker." There are others seeking fame.
PERSONALPARAGRAPHS SMITH, Merthyr Reserves, gives promise of making a fine outside left. TOM COX, Nantyglo, is now assistant secre- tary. A thankless job, Tom! LEONARD, Merthyr Resejjves, fully ju&t!&ad his ?election against Brifhdir. TEDDY THOMPSON, of the now famous Ton Pentre Association Football Club, although only eighteen years of age and 5ft. 4in. in height and 8st. 121b. of bone and muscle, has already a good record. Commencing to play at nine years of age, he was the idol of his school's team, who won the local shield at Plasket-lane, and was chivsen for his county schools' combination at thirteen years of age in 1904, and the following year went on the ground staff at West Ham. Since then he has played for IKord—in some circles considered one of the best teams in its class in London—and after- 1 wards for Upton Park and Dartford. He has also distinguished himself in the cricket field, and is looked forward to as a coming wielder of the willow. TOM POXSFORiD is capital all round. As a forward he has had a splendid record; is a keen opportunist and a prolific scorer. A native of Crewkerne, Somerset. He has only played with the Penygraig. Club. He is 23 years of age, and weighs 12&t. ISAAC SAUNDERS is one of the most popular and consistant players in the I Risca team. He is extremely clever with his feet, and when he gets into his stride is I a difficult man to stop. Saunders plays I I [Photo, T. J. James, Risca. I in the centre, and was very prominent in the match with Cwmbran. He always appears to be fit, and the older he gets the better he plays. T. W. HOPKINS, vice-captain of the Yetalyfera Club, is a hard-working forward of the bustling type, very fast, and always on the ball. His following-up is a feature of local matches. For the last two years he has been a student in C-armarthien Training College, and played in the foot- ball fifteen each season. Last season aleo Photo by F'. Evans, Llangynwyd. he captained the cricket eleven, when they had a very successful season. He learned most of his football in Yistalyfera County School, and his oricket with the Ystalyfera Cricket Club, of which he has been a play- ing member for four seasons. He is 22 years of age and 5ft. 9in. in height, and turns the scale at list. 101b. CANTON INSTITUTE are very fortunate in securiing the services o.f Selwyn Cornish and J. Hopkins as half-backs this season. Cornish learned his football at King's Col- lege, Tau niton, and has eeveraf times assisted London Welsh, while Hop-kins assisted Swindon last season as half. Ca rdiif Reserves would do well to keep these two players before them.
Round the Leagues. f [By SOCCERITE."] I FIRST DIVISION REVERSES. I Nearly a million and a half spectators have atteuded the 144 matches played in the league matches up to Monday last. This is remark- able considering that the season is barely a month old. The two biggest attendances were at iStamford Bridge, where Chelsea effected a di-aw pf 2 goals each against Sheffield United, and at Roker. Park, Sunder- ¡ land, at the local "Derby," against New- castle United. Here 35,000 people witnessed I the Novooaatrians' victory, and had the ex- citement of a. tussle with the police thrown in. Sheffield Wedneeday have made a I poor starti They were badly beaten at Owlerton (4—1) by Bury, who provided the sensation of the-week. I have no doubt the Blades will speedily get out of the net, and maintain their reputation as one of the most consistent teams in the league. Bristol City gave a grand display against Middlesbrough, routing the North Country- men by 4 goals to 1. Hardy and Burton re- appt 2<red for Bristol, their presence putting r-life into the players. Powell was at the top of his form, and scored three of the four goals. The veteran Bloomer, for Middles- 'brough, found the net once, but the dash of the Bristolians gave the classic combination opposed to them no chance to add to the score. Tottenham Hotspurs visited Valley Parade with a determination to gain two points at the expense of Bradford City. They received a rude Shock, Bradford winning easily, before 30,000 spectators, by 5 goals to 1. It was a great game, full of finesse, Whittingham per- forming the hat trick for the home club. Woowi-ch Arsenal are at the bottom of the league table, losingto Bolton "), who won their first match. The Londoners share with Preston North End and the Spurs the three lowest rungs of the ladder. Each have a point to their credit out of a, total of twelve matches. I Aston Villa came a "cropper" at Black- burn, losing by the odd goal in five. This was burn,- los"n g4 ￼ 4?at this season. their first defeat this season. Manchester United were checked by Preston North End, who shared the points. Billy Meredith turned out for United, and just missed scoring by inches. Will he score this season and break the long spell of ill- luck that has attended his efforts during the last couple of years? "Everton gained first place by winning against Notts County (2—0), a.nd Sheffield Wednesday (3--1). SECOND DIVISION. r The surprise of the Second Division was Lincoln City's viotory over Leicester Fosse The ex-first division club were outplayed, only getting a, single goal, while the new- oomers to the league obtained three in a game winch show-ed them to be far and asway the -beet team. -Cit.I4_t1»-1b:G division lost season, had to knuckle under I to Clapton Orient in a hard-fought game, the Orients winning before their own sup- I porters by 3 goals to 2. SOUTHERN LEAGUE. I Queen's Park R-amgers tie with Swindon for top position, the Rail way men being pulled up by Southend ill a drawn match (1-1). The Rangers surprised Plymouth by winning 2—0, and they must have received a. shock when they journeyed to Tor Pentre on Mon- day to get trounced by the Rhonddaites. Ton Pentre achieved a great feat, and teir enterprise is bound to add to the further popularity of the game in South Wales. Of the eleven games played in the Southern League five were drawn, vizMillwall 0, Exeter City 0; Coventry City 2, West Ham 2; Reading 1, Crystal Palace 1; Southend 1, Swindon 1; Norwich City 1. Bristol Rovers 1. Northampton have again a winning stride. and Southampton went under to them by an odd goal. the score being 3-2. I have been asked by A Reader to give the three home and three away teams that I think have the best chance of winning. It is a difficult matter to decide, but they will bo found in capital letters in my lusual fore- casts. SOCCERITE'S' FORECASTS FOR MATCHES PLA YED SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2nd. ENGLISH LEAGUE-DIVISION 1. ♦Blackburn Rovers v. Woolwich Arsenal. •Bradford City v. Notts County. Bristol City v. "Tottenham Hotspurs. *Bury v. Middlesbrough. Chelsea v. Bolton Wanderers. "Everton v. Liverpool. Manchester United v. *Newca-stle.-United. •Notts Forest v. Sheffield United. HEFFIELD WEDNESDAY v. Preston North End. Sunderland v. *Aston Villa. DIVISION II. •BIRMINGHAM v. Leeds City. •Barnsley v. Bradford. ♦Clapton Orient v. Lincoln City. ♦Derby County v. Grimsby Town. Glossop v. ♦Wolverhampton Wanderers. Hull City v. Manchester City. Oldham v. *Fulham. •Stockport Oonnty v. Gainsborough Trinity. WEST BSOMWICH ALBION v. Burnley. ♦Blaokpool v. Fulham. SOUTHERN LEAGUE. Brentford v. ♦NORWICH OITY. Southend United v. ♦Brighton and Hove. Coventry City v. •Bristol Rovers. Croydon Common v. "'QUEEN'S PARK BANGERS. -Ley ton v. Crystal Palace. •New Brompton v. Exeter City. •Southampton v. Luton Town. Millwall v. ♦NORTHAMPTON. Plymouth Argyle v. Swindon Town. •Watford v. Portsmouth, Reading v. ♦W-est Kaon. Piayied on ground of ftrsfc-jMBned- club. Asterisk deootes- probable winaier, Iirawfi lefliaooea.
CARDIFF WEDNESDAY LEAGUE r [By "SOCCERITE."] I On Wednesday next all the sixteen clubs will be engaged in league matches. Some in- teresting encounters are expected, and will prove an entertaining way of spending the half holiday. It will be a difficult matter to find the winning teams, but some of last. year's foorm will be re-produced in the case of Cardiff Thistles and Penarth Wednesdays. I hear a good account of Canton Institute A.F.C. It is an amalgamation of last season's Canton Wednesdays and Clare Gardens. They are extremely fortunate in having such- a man as Mr. John Cory as president. He has presented them with a set of jerseys, goal posts, and balls. The cost of dressi'ng rooms, etc., has also been borne by him. With such ) a nucleus the cluib ought to go with a swing. 'I F. W. BRADFORD (Vice-chairman Cardiff and District I Wednesday Lea-gue). 1 Charlie Hqccdn,, is chairman; E. Radley, secretary; a-nd Mansel Hósgood, treasurer. W. Hill ("Butober"), last season's Clare Gardens goal keeper, has been elected captain, with Ted Forse as vice-captain. The players include H. Hall, E. Rowles, V. Norman, F..Woods, and C. Moore, names well knflhvn in Wednesday football. They hope to have a rattling good season in Division.1, The Direot Trading Company's team, known as the D.T.C.'s, is in the First Division. They have few chances for practices, and they be- gin the season expecting very little, but they are as determined as if they were at the game every day, and I expect them to do far better in the League than last season. "We play to win" is their motto, and with such ALL P:Qj.at-iye.thQ-.1ril1 .sofceeed.
I Billiards. I 48.—CROSS CANNONS. I By RISO LEVI (Copyright). Diagram 638 illustrates one of these short cross-cannons. The position with slight variations is a constantly occurring one amd should not present any difficulty to very moderate players. With the object balls to the measurements given under the diagram the cannon is a half-ball stroke with a little rumind-n,g-kde--that is, with the side which will 'be running side off the side cushion. Very good after-positiop can be obtained as the result of this cannon, but in order to ensure this the stroke should be played in a different way when the object bail near the cushion is the white from what is neces- sary when the red lies there. When the oannon is played quite slowly, the ball near the cushion is dribbled' up to the corner pocket. This stroke is Ishown on Diagram 638, and when the red is the first object ball it is a good enough stroke to play, for pro- vided the red comes to rest quite olose to the pocket either a pot or an in-off will be on for the next stroke. If, however, the red should enter the pocket the result of the cannon the after-position m&Y or may not be good, as it will depend upon how the cue ball has taken the object white. Conse- quently, when playing to dribble the red up I to the pocket care must be taken that it does not fall in,. In strokes of this nature, Dt?am M8.—A oaMMn, dribbin? the red up to ctlhoe se l??kteh ? st pd Ta sySh:Fit? riai.m?ide. Red ball close to the side cushion and 43 inches fiom the top cushion. Object white 11 inches from the side cushion and 37 inches from the top cushion. very many good amateurs are quite con- tent to take the risK of the red entering the pocket. On the face of it. it certainly looks a very slight risk to take, for it would be long odds against the red going down if a,ny ordinary player played for nothing else than the pot. It is, however, remarkable how often a ball will enter a' pooket when in positions of this nature no attempt is made to keep it out. In fact, even when the player has ia-ayed to prevent it fro-m entering the pocket it will often still go in. Just the same thing occurs in top-of-the-table pla.y. The position may be such that a cannon has to be played off the red, but the red must be kept out of the pocket for the sake of the after-position. The pot by itself may not be an easy stroke, yet the player playing to keep the red out often gets the five shot. Even great players .like Stevenson and Dawson occasionally get a five shot at the top of the table when playing to avoid the pot. A pot with the object ball a considerable distance from the pocket and with the cue ball at an angle with the object ball and the pocket is a difficult stroke, focr the reason that unless the object ball is hit on one particular spot it must fail. When, however, a cannon is of such a nature tha-t the object ball must be hit somewhere near what may be called the potting spot, it -is easy to understand how a slight error in judgment or in aim may otuuse the object ball to be hit exactly on this potting spot, with the reeult that it enters the pocket. When playing to dribble the red to the pocket, as shown on Diagram 638, drag øbGukl be used in order to render & slow stroke a safe one. ■ Hr. Last's articles %ppmr enrety Saturday in the Ewnta? ,EI:pA!Ia:. :1,1 Qt Jtbia. atnw
GLAMORGAN LEAGUE CHAMPIONS, MOUNTAIN ASH. BACK ROW: G. Gregory, J. Keena,n, D. Davies, J. Peirkins, D. Griffiths, E. Clodd, W. Mo-rgan, D. Lewis, and W. Cress-well. MIDDLE ROW: Arthur Parry (trainer), Alfred Price, P.C. H. John, D. A. Davies, P.C. A. Hill, C. Stone, P.C. Bevan, Alfred Fryer, J. Eillery. D. Davies, Morgan, and —. Wheeler (treasurer). FRONT ROW: J. Jfvnios (assietant trainer), J. J. Jasper (secretary), A. Jenkins, G. Edwards, E. Admisfworth, G. Oaple, Wyndbaan: Jones (last sea-soois captain.), J. Benjaoiim, Harry Johm, R. Jarman, T. Sheppard, Harry Ha.le, amd H. Carpenter llast season's cihairmaini) The two in a reclining a.ttitude are J. Do-novan and Johnny Thomas. PI,yed 34, won 21, loaf 10, drew 3. H. John was the highest try-getter, -with 14 to his credit. P.C. Dic-k Thomas caane next with 8 tries, and E. Airaswortih with 7. Wyndham Jones, the popular captain, was responsible for 4 tries, and the same number was scored by D. Arthur Davies and G. Gaple. T. Sheppard I scored 3, and all the other players had 1 or 2 tries to their credit. Total points for, 246 against, 155.
My FOOTBALLCAREER BY "ANDY" AITKEN. I FAMOUS INTERNATIONAL HALF-BACKS' REMINISCENCES. [ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.] Towards the end of the season 1898-9, the race for promotion between Manchester City and Newcastle United was so close that when they came to St. James's Park to play the concluding League match both sides were equal in points, so that a win qualified the fortunate club to take part in the test matches. Like us, the City had strengthened their team by the acquisition of St. Clair, a full back from Stoke, and George Dougal, a forward from Hibernivcns. They had also at that time one of the finest right wings in existence, the famous Welsh couple, Meredith and Pininerhan. The match was played on a windy day, but though we lost the toss, for- tune favoured us a'nd we won by two goals- scored by Peddie and myself-to nil, and thereby qualified, along with Burnley, to meet Blackburn Rovers and Stoke in the test matches. We played Stoke in the Potteries and drew with them, and in the return at St. James's Park a draw was again the result. At Blackburn we lost 4—3, our goal-keeper having the misfortune to get kicked oh the head in the first half and being of little use to us. Indeed, he was suffering from slight concussion of the brain, and at the finish of the game had no idea what the result was. I just omitted to mention that previous to the test matches we had secured the transfer I of Jacliy Harvey, outside right, and John Campbell, centre-forward of Sunderland. Campbell was supposed to be done when we got him, but anyone who watched him play in the return match against Blackburn Rovers at St. James's Park would have laughed that idea to scorn, for the ghat Ren- tonian played ideal football, scoring. I think, three of the four goals by which we won. He was a magnificent player, and one of the finest fellows it has ever been my lot to meet. lie, too, has passed to that land from whence no traveller returns, but his life, though a compairatively short one, was not lived in vain, for deep down in the hearts of all who knew him a corner will be kept for Johnnie Cfampbell. Jacky Harvey was also a big success for us. He, too, was a Ren- tonian, and had learnt his football in a good school, and, although only a little chap, he took a good deal of stopping. What Aston Villa Missed. I Regarding his lack of stature, the follow- ing incident will show what a prominent club missed by judging Jacky by his appearance. After spending a. season, with Sunderland he returned, to Scotia'nd and played for the Clyde, but he never felt at home with them, and, making up his mind to return to Eng- land, communicated with a friend who was in touch with the leading clubs. The result was that Aston Villa was soon on his track, and a representative was despatched to Glas- gow to interview Harvey, but on meeting him was so disappointed that he would not come to terms. He is far too small," he told the agent, and would iieVfef suit the Villa.- It is big men we want and must have," and he went back to Birming'ham a sorely dis- appointed man. On the journey home he chanced to come across Tom Watson, the'n manager for Sun- derland, and in the course of conversation told Tom the mission he had been on and the outcome, and Tom agreed with him that a player like Harvey would never suit the Villa. The news was interesting indeed to the wily Tom, who had no idea Harvey had tired of Glasgow. So 'alighting at the first stopping station he excused himself to his Birmingham friend and wired home to Strn, derland to send someone to Glasgow to fix up Harvey without delay, and this was done so speedily that within twenty-four hours Jacky was again located on Weirside. Curiously enough, Sunderland were meeting the Villa at Birmingham on the Saturday, but history docs not repeat what the Villa man said when he saw Harvey included in the Sunderland team and realised how Tom Watson had "spoofed" him, and the same history remains a discreet silence as to what our friend said as he watched the Wear- siders rubbing it into the Villa to the tune of six goals to nil; but his cup of bitterness must have been overflowing, more especially as it was the d-espised little one that did most of the damage. The air was certainly sul- phurous round where he stood, and Tom Watson showed himself an astute judge by keeping cut of harm's way. The Last of the Test Matches. The test matches that year were interest- ing from the fact that they were the last ones played, as the Management Committee of the League came to the conclusion that Captain Barney" had appeared on the bridge at one of the matches-in other words, that the result was per arrangement, and everything pointed to it being so. When Stoke met Burnley at Stoke in the final game, Burnley, Newcastle, and Stoke were standing equal with four points. Naturally, everyone looked for Stoke winning, as they had beaten the Lancashire men at Burnley, and by doing so they and Newcastle would have qualified for the First Division; but after a, farcical game the match ended in a draw, and so Burnley and Stoke qualified with five points each, Newcastle United having four and Blackburn Rovers two points. This fiasco, in my opinion, was a blessing in disguise, as it put ah end to the test matches, and drectly led to the top clubs of the Second Division auto- matically securing promotion. By the irony of Fate, this same rule was responsible later on for Burnley and Stoke being relegated to the Second Division. Recognising the injustice that had been done to Newcastle United, it was decided the League should be increased to eighteen clubs, and they and Blackburn Rovers were voted in to the charmed circle. I u'nderstand the late Dr. Morley, of Blackburn, brother to Lord Morley, was instrumental in getting this inorea.s-e made, so that the Tynesiders owed a. debt of gratitude to the dootor. Our first season in the First Division was not attended by a great deal of success, a'nd we very soon found the difference between the two classes of football, and towards the new year we were-in danger of being relegafeditô the Second Division. If memory serves aright, it was .about this time we secured Sandy Macfarlane, now of Dundee, and Jimmy Stevenson, from Derby County, two of the cleverest forwards I have ever seen. Indeed, Stevenson was quite the cleverest player I have come across, and he had wonderful control over a ball. I remember when we played that dusky band from Afric's golden shore, The Kaffirs," Jimmy had a regular day out, and more than once he had practically the whole of his ebony opponents prancing around him in a vain I effort to get the ball, while the crowd and his fellow players simply shriefked with laugh- ter; but the farce cost Jimmy dear-his an'kiles were so badly kicked by the im- petuous. niggers- that he did 'not play for some time. A Wonderful Goal. I Jack Peddie had reason to bless tHe advent I of Macfarlane and Stevenson, for sandwiched between two such artists the lengthy centre forward, who was an exceedingly good shot, got a regular crop of goals. I remember see- ing him score a goal at St. James's Park against Bolton Wanderers which was the best I have ever seen taken, and notable by reason of the flight which the ball took. I was not playing that day and watched the game from behind the goL: FCddie shot from about twenty-five yards out, and the ball flew straight as an arrow to the waiting Sutcliffe, who seemed certain to save, for ferw straight shots beat the great John Willie. But just as the ball neared the custodian it suddenly swerved right away, and it was with thr- utmost difficulty he maztaged to touch it the tipe of his Angers, being utterly
ERNEST GOODE. the left-back of the Aber- dare Association Football Club, came from the Nottingham district. He has played in class football for some considerable time, but this season he made a change and rrhoto, The Peveril and ftegent Studios. joined the ranks of the 'Darians. Being of a fine build, he will make a good back once he has found his true form. He is 23 years of age, and stands 5ft. 9in. in height. DAVID FOSTER (Pontlottyn) from early life has taken a keen interest in all classes of sport. He can play a decent game of Soccer or cricket, but prefers watching others. He seldom fails to put in an appearance at any match, either home or I away. He is an ardent supporter, and I Pontl-ottyn Sbutbend are fortunate in I having his services.
NEXT WEEK: Lost in London—The Man who Knew—The Squirrel and the Maids—Dodging tlhe Tra,ia?r—My Discovery as a Half-Back.
Air Rifle Notes. [By BULL'S EYE."] By the time these lines are in my readers' hand, Welsh air rifle shooting will have opened its fourth league season, the Cardiff and District League having made a serious start last Thursday with a fine swing of matches, 'which, if they had been arranged instead of being fixed in accordance with the dra.w, cotfld not have been improved upon, for the teams all round are vastly souperior to last year, and there is every indication of the winning pmrgins this year being very much smaller than has been the case in pre- vious years. Not only in Cardiff is this the case, for I am told oil good authority that it is the same throughout the area governed by the Welsh Aesooiattion. This improved form on the part of the olub man is not the only sign of the times. In addition to all last year's leagues forming up, two new leagues- one at Bridgend (the Licensed Victuallers, who number twelve oLubs), and one at Fern- dale (numbering eight clubs)—have come into being this season. These two facts are indicative of the increasing popularity of the pastime. The Welsh Association hold their usual monthly meeting next Thursday at the York Hotel, Cardiff. The chief business on the a.genda is the election of officers. This Ehould have taken place at the August meeting of the body, but as there was only a small attendance of delegates, it was thought better to postpone the matter. The officers of the association will be glad if all affiliated leagues will make it a point of being represented. The meeting of) the Cardiff and District League this week was only of minor impor- tance, the final arrangements for the opening of the season having been finished at the pre- vious meeting. In the case of the Cardiff Licensed Victuallers who met on Wednesday evening, the entries were closed at the list of teams given in my notes list Saturday. It was also decided that the match night should be Tuesdays, and the first league oon-tests will take place on October 5. MERTHYR AND DISTRICT LEAGUE. There are no signs of a start being made for the forthcoming season. An earlier start in the arrangements might have been made but for considerable time having been given to the much-debated question of the number to constitute a team for next seaSo'n. Everything has now been decided, however, the teams next season to consist of eight men aside. It is hoped that the minority will fall in line with the majority, and work ha'nd in hand tfco make next season the best in the annals of the league. It has also been decided not to affiliate with the Welsh National Air Rifle Association this season. The next meeting is at the new head- quarters, the Bee Hive Hotel, Castle-street, on Tuesday evening next at 8 p.m. Clubs please note that this is the closing date for joining the league. I CARDIFF AND DISTRICT LEAGUE. I A brilliant start was made in the Cardiff and District League matches last Thursday, good scores being witnessed right round the clubs. The chief interest naturally oentred round the Atlas and Alberts, which ended disastrously for the cuipholders, the famous fighting brigade of the Atlas pulling it off in the last stages with 367-360. The result came aid a surprise to the Alberts, who fully expected to annex points for their first engagement, 370 be,ing the least they thought of putting up. The Atlas took the lead at the start, Tommy Parkin leading Lew Dicken 33-29, and Holloway following with a lovely 34 against 32 by Thomas. These early reverses set the Alberts thinking, but through- out the match they could not get in front, though they drew level on the eighth man. Then their skipper, Fred Skinner, dropped dve to Rabori, and it was all over bar sJ-wUlt.l¡ ing. '1? was a splendid match, and, with few, exceptions, all the men engaged showed good form..D. Davies, W. Smith, and Lagoo sh*>t magmfioon,Ùy for the winners in the second haU, and the pick of the Alberts were T. W. Jones, E. Edwar& (33's), and Thomas (32). The Napiers arc once more with us, and, judging from their form against the Duke of York, their popular Slkipper, Con. Hopkins, has a nice team behind him. They ran the Duke boys on their own range to. 15, with the I scores 368-343, by no means a bad perform- ance. This early form if maintained will CaJuse trouble to some of the craoks. The win new with their 358 had a Z3 and 27, and but f0? these they would have been near 370. Jack Mfil.Ia.r opened w?U with a SPI,??,.d 34, and Turner, the old Atlas man, finished 33. For the Napders Con. as usual, beat 30, but Diimmook and Lane were highest with 32's. The scores put up in the Splott Conserva- tive amd Tudor match will come as a sur- prise to the majority of the league olubs. The Tudors with a 24, 25, and 26 finished 358, and the Tories, whose first two men fired off under difficulties—the sight having been tam- pered with—finished 366. Though they have lost two good men in Smart a,nd Wood, this opening form shows that the remainder of the team ha.ve improved considerably since la,st seazon. S. Chedgey, a new member, opened well with 33, and, with H. C. Parsons, was highest score on each side. The Tudors last half shot wonderfully well with three 32's and three 31's. In addition, they had two 31's and a 32 in the first half, a total of 283 for nme men. Hod the three ifiaoluires r-e ached 30's the TuidcrcB would have beaten- axt average-
Mainly Cross-Country By "HARRIER." Quite a record number of member* attended the annual meeting of the Roath Harriers, Mr. George St rattan, the hon. secre- tary of the A.A.A. South Wales Committee, being in the dhair. Mr. Jack Hedden wae elected captain, with Mr. A. C. Bishop and Mr. J. Parsloe his aides-de-camp, Mr. C. V. Hansen, 33, Llandaugh-street, being the new eoribe. Many matters appertaining to the conduct of the club's business were decided, t,he most important being a mere stringent rule with regard to overdue subscriptions. The question of Unpaid subscriptions is a most important one to most clubs, and, although not affecting Roath (whose finances are in an excellent condition) so much as the majority of other local clubs, still even they could find a use for all the money due to them, and in Euturp expulsion will be the fate awaiting the defaulters. I fear that many clubs, especially in dis- tricts where there is an opposition organisa- tion, are not keen. enough on this matter, and are only too glad to TtSceive into meliibfer- ship any applicant, especially if he be likely to strengthen their racing pack. Club oommittees should bear in mind that cross- country running is one of the most amateur sports in existence, and, as such; eooh member should be willing to pay his way—if not, then there should be no place for his like in any harrier club. I am glad to note that the Roath Harriers' general meeting instructed their ooammittee to consider the question of holding a club sports next season at which championships of the club at all distances .should be com- peted for. This is as it should be. The oldest and strongest harrier club in Wales, as the Roath organisation is, should cater for amateur r-unai ng at all distances, and I am pleased to see that they are snowing the way in this most important matter. The Brynmawr Harriers are a most enthusiastic lot—perhaps rather too much so —for I see that, early though it be in the season, they have already decided a fifteen mile Marathon race—twice over the moun- tain to Ebbw Vale andfinisb, on the football field. Allan Martin and D. Davies were favourites for first plaoe, but Joe" Morgan., who wal; second last week in. the match with Tredegar, excelled himself, and covered the distance, evidently shorter than anticipated, in the excellent time of 96 minutes. Morgan has all the makings of a tip-top man, and if he does not overtrain himself, should make them all run very fast to beat him in the junior championship next March. The club have been lucky in being able to secure Lord Glanusk as their president—not in name only, but a president who really takes an interest in the doing of his proteges. Allan Martin, the captain, and T. J. EUery, the hon. secretary, are both great favourites, ,and if the members will only follow their lead, success is assured: Pontnewydd Harriers had a well-attended run out from headquarters last Saturday. Two packs were sent out, and amongst the "slows" were noticed some very promising novices; the best of whom were C. Webb, E. Jones, and C. Barnaby. The fast pack, under the leadership of the captain, P. Wood, went well, T. Elsmore and T. Lippiatt, in particu- lar, showing good form. Their secretaries, Messrs. Rogers and Parfit, are arranging a strong fixture list, including home and home matches with Abertiltery, Cathays, Blaen- avon, Brynmawr, and Tredegar. They- met Cwmbran at Cwmbran to-uay, and are con- fident of giving that strong lot a fine race. T. Elsmore will be well up at the finish. The Treharris HarrieTS met last week, and changed their club's title to that of Treharris Harrier and Athletic Club. This with a view of inducing cyoldsts to join and the estab- lishment of a gymnasium in connection with the club. Edgar Price, the ex-Newport harrier" is one of the leading lights of the club, and his experience and. enthusiasm should go a long way towards making the new combination the success it deserves to be. The club members are proud-and justly so—of the fine effort made in the recent Blaekheath Harriers (open) twenty-four hours' walk by one of their members—J. Isles. Islet; took the lead from the start, and kept it for 51 miles, which he covered in 8hrs. 46min., beating liammond Ir, record, made in last year's race, by 57sec. However, it seemed as if he was only out for record, for, after covering 51 miles 586 yards, he retired, although leading by over a mile from W. Brown (Polytechnic). Isles made several attempts to again get going, but failed. It is not often that we poesess athletic record holders in Wales, and the 51 miles record will not be the only one standing to Isles' credit at the end of the season. I beg of him to accept my hearty congratulations on -his excellent performance. I I Trail Papers. NII. Herring, who. was.reported to lia-ve-.Ieft ■Pontnewydd to join Cwmbran, defies the impeachment,-and "will turn-out- for his old club against Cwmbran to-day. The Roath Harriers, ever willinjg; to help the cause of amateurism, had a quiet stroll, as a preliminary to the more arduous cross- country work to come, down to Barry to "watch some of their- club mates "oompe.te at the Barry Lifeboat Demonstration^Sports to- day. I trust that they will be rewarded by seeing their wasp-like colours carried to vic- tory in more than one compititidn. The Roath wit and vice-captain—Jack Parsloe—kept his club members in a good humour at the general meeting lost week. The rumour that he is "going on the stage" is quite unfounded.. Abertillery are about to lode the services of that sterling runner, A; 8; Wilson, their club champion. WiteOn goes up to oollege in October, and should make a, name for him- self in univereity athletic circles. St. Saviour's Harriers had a good muster at their annual meeting, and so popular are their old officials, that they were practically all re-elected. Mr. C. V. Sederman, the Welsh Gymnastic Champion, is the captairt, with Mr. W. Witt as his vice. The Cathays Wesleyan Harriers go in for the sport more as an exercise than as a hard pastime, and consequently they are not so well known as some of their local rivals. Nevertheless they are going strong, and their general meeting is well attended. The Rev. J. W. Armstrong is their president, and Mr. H. S. Pryce their captain. Messrs T. H. Faulks and E. Rumbelow share the vice-captain's duties, while Mr. S. J. Male, is their hard working hon. secretary. The cross country spins have commenced and new members are .invited.
Miniature Rifle Notes. By -22 It is to be hoped that other Welsh clubs will follow the example of the Chep&tow üLub. and arrange poet matches with clubs in over- sea dominions. The Chepetow v. Canterbury (New Zealand) match was arranged through, the Welsh Miniature Rifle Association, whicli body was asked to select a team to shoot against the champion province down under. At the time the invitation was received Ohepetow had just won the Welsh club caam- pionehip, and, naturally, they were asked to represent Wales. Our fellow subjects, through Mr. James Perrie, the secretary of Canterbury .Assocla- tion, thanked Chepstow for. the match and giving them a good beating," and hotpad. other Welsh clubs would give the New Zea- land Association a few matches, Sure'y. Maesteg, Ogmore Vale, Mountain Ash, Nelson, Pengam, and either clubs can oblige. Mr. A. W. Wilde, the only ordina,ry indivi- dual m-ember of we W.M.R.A., who won the Welsh championship at St. Julian's last year, has just put on oIL world's record at lCO yards range et the Society of Almiature iiiiie Club's meeting at Market Ra-sen (Lincts.). In the ordinary competition at 103 yards, Wiide did not appear in the prize list, and the top score was 98. The annual dinner of the Welsh Association, next Saturday promises to be an enjoyable one. The majority of clubs in South Wales wall be represented, and some clubs will have a dozen members. Apparently, Mr. George Lewis will preside over a big gathering. The municipal officers of Liverpool, Man- chester, Leeds, Bradiord, Birmingham, and Bristol each have an excellent minoature tufie olub, and have now formed a municipal officers' miniature rifle league, and shoot. post watche5 throughout the winter for a. -cropby and medals. The league is very anxio'ua to have a branch in South Wales, and, surely, the municipal officers of Cardiff. Swansea, and Newport could each form A cani). A number of village clubs in South Walas are considerably hampered owing to the Lack c,f a -good light on the range. Quite a num- ber use paraffin oil with reftectorflv but the result is not wholly iatisfactoTy. It is noW stated that a club, which will shortly adver- tise its discovery in this paper, has dis- coveted a wholly satisfactory method of Lighting a range. The light is claimed to be bright, white, and steady, and the total cost of the generator and fittings is less than £ 5. Miniature rifle leagues throughout England and Wales will probably be shortly invited to send representatives to e, coilfer-enee in Lon- don or Birmingham with a, view of adopting a real ohampionahip league shoot for the kingdom. In brief, the proposals are that the beat team in a league should shoot against the best teams in other leagues only. The best team in a local league would drop ,mt to make room for another. It should shoot next in a county league only. The best league in each county to pass on the next season to a northern, southern, or other league, yet to be formed. In the course of a tew seasons clubs of every edose would be provided 16r. T'he best veam would find its way to the top every year, but not reach the pinnacle at once- New clubs would find a place vacant in the local league every season. A team knocked out in a divisional shoot would have to sheot against .the best team in its county league and win to maintain its position in the divi- sional league. One knocked out in a oounty league would contest agiain in order to repre- sent the country, and so on right- down through the organisation to the amolleu^ local league. The plan would soon work automatically, and the "beet shots in the country would thus reaoh BisAey or some other championship neeting each year. In the details of the plan provision is made for handsome prizes for the ultimate champion league team each year, and all teams eligible to compete in the final would be assisted financially to travel to the venue of the championslyip meet- ing. A movement is on foot throughout the kingdom to induce miniature rifle clubs to allow boy scouts in their districts free mem- bership and tuition in the way to hold a rifle. The Maesteg Boy Scouts, at the WeLsh meeting, were the first scouts in the kingdom to be identified with the miniature rifle movement, and, doubtless, Maesteg. Newport, Ponty- pridd, and other Welsh clubs will allow any- boy soout desirous oif joining to do so. I shall be glad to hear of any club offering1 the privilege in South Wales. following their successes in the Christmas prize shooting', the miniature rifle club men of the headquarters companies of the 2nd Monmouthshire Regiment have again carried all before them in the competition for the fine prizes offered annually by Mr. J. G. Han- bury, D.L., Pontypool Park. The top men in each company are again well-known amongst miniature ritle shots, viz., A Brace, 59; H. Cross, 59; A. E. Morton, 59. and G. Jarvis, 56. Mountain Ash Constitutional Club hoW to induce the Welsh Miniature Rifle Association to adopt a new rule, whereby members of the various league teams which compete in the championship must shoot shoulder to shoulder, one or two from each together. Hitherto, in the final for the league cham- pionship, teams have been allowed to shoot on one of two days, which was the most con- venient if or the club members. A number of Welsh clubs, apparently, are •under the imipressiou that the new target adopted by the Welsh Miniature Rifle Associa- tion will be much more expensive than the old ones. This is not so, as, although the price of the new targets will be 12e. 6d. per 1,000. one target can be used for ten practiced ,by club members shooting at one carton afl in the past. One important change not generally known is that targets are being prepared for ranges of 20 yards length aa well as for 25 yards.
AIR RIFLE SHOOTING, I CARDIFF AND DISTRICT LEAGUE. Owing to the fixture books not being abty to be placed in the hands of the clubs unti text week, the league committee ask tht clubs to note that the following are the list of matches for Thursday next:- Don v. Tudor. Barry Dock Conservative v. Atlas. Albert v. Victoria. Coldstream v. Three Horse Shoes. Caerphilly Workmen v. New Park Liberals. Engineers v. Duke of York. I Napier v. Adelphi. Splott Conservative, bye. All matches to be shot on the ranges of the first-named.
SKITTLES. The final arrangements for the opening oi the Cardiff Skittle League season were mad4 at a meeting of the management committei on Friday evening. The membership is nino teen clubs, Fennys and Barry Dock Con&er- vatives not being accepted. The season will ol,on, on October 4. and clubs are reminded that on that same evening there is also a general meeting to be held in accordance with the rules of the league. One representative only from each club need attend. The club secretaries are altso reminded that October 1 is the latest date when affiliation fees can be paid. Any c, ub failing to do so by that date will be struck out Otf the league.
| SECRETS OF SWANSEA'S SUCCESS. g Why has the Swunea Foottall Team been ? the mœt ccosMtentty Wcc-"ti "Puobr team ??' sj 111. Gr0e,a.,t t ??l=f?Nhe pa6t twenty YeWa? ￼ S READ THE S "WESTERN MAil H FOOTBALL ANNUAL and you will find revealed the secrets of the w A methods pursued by the wonderful "All ? Whlw." It 18 a remarkable story, wblch Nj <? no football enthuslut should rate& <5: » The Fixture Lists of all the prominent @ Clubs are contained In the Hand-book. « I BUY-ITI PRICE ONE PENNY. I Printed and published by Thomas Jones for the pro- prietors, at .62a, St. Mary-stroet, in the City of Car- diff; by James Norman, Castle-street, Swansea; by It. G. Williams, Glebeland-street, Mertliyr Tydfil; at the shop of Mr. Wesley Williams, Brjdfrend—all in the County of Glamorgan; by Jabez Thomas, 22, High-street, Newport; at the shop of Mr. J. F., Caffrey, Moniiiouth-both in the County of Mon- mouth; at the shop of Ir. David John, Llanelly, in the Connty of Carmarthen; and at the offices of Mr. T. A. Davies, H?h-street, l?moon, in the County ?t Brectmook. I k SA-TUiBDAY.jgiiPTEiMBER 25, 1903, K
T. SIMMONDS (Blairt4 ) ohows splendid pace, and seems to have improved since last season. MILLER, who played throughout last season for Pontlottyn Firsts, has this year joined Rhymney Town. GEORGE WEBB and W. HALE are two pro- mising young 'Tillery forwards. VALLAS and PROSSER, New Tredegar Thistle, play splendidly together at back. JOE HOWELLS is going to be one of Aber- tillery's best scrimmageis again this season. MELVILLE BAKER is the fastest man play- ing in the Newport team. He scored three times last Saturday against Cwmbran. JOE RICHARDSON and FREDDY COATES will probably be Abertillery's halves this season. Both are young, and born foot- ballers. IKE THOMAS, of Penygraig. was not able to do himself justice last aSturday, as he ha,d travelled a long distance to be at the match. IF EBBW VALE TOWN win their match to- day against Caetrleon at Ebbw Vale, Cwm will bo the "winners of the Monmouthshire League. D. G. THOMAS, one of the old scarlets' pack, will this season assist Ferndale Rovers, and was seen to be as good as ever at the trial on Tuesday. YOUNG DICK HUGHES, who did such splen- did work at full-back for Aberavon during the latter part of last season, will be again available for that position. "BULLER" JONES and D. J. EVANS have promised to assist Ferndale Rovers. This capt-ure should prove valuable. THAN RICHARDS, Nantyglo, has a good notion of how to look after the boys when they are knocked out or have black eyes, I &c. BIFFER, N-antyglo, is a rattling good vice- captain. His idea of sport is the gool, clean, healthy style, which creates good feeling. R. L. MASTEiRS (president), Nantyglo, is a j rare old sport. He has lately retired from the R.A.M.C., where he has seen 22 years' service. DAI COCKNEY, Nantyglo, is a hard-working forward. There is only one fa oAt—not understanding the game, being an old Soccer forward. WILL H. LUKE has this season thrown in his lot with Pontlottyn Town team. He has played for Barry West End and Caer- philly Association Football Clubs. SYD JAMES, the Merth-yr Northern Union three-quarter, sustained an injury in the Hull match, and did not turn out against Halifax at Halifax last Saturday. JIM DALE, who played for Leominster Con- stitutionals a few seasons ago, has this season thrown in his lot with Pontlottyn Southend. JIM WEBB, A.beoI"til.lNY'@ skipper, is in fine fettle already. He played a great ga.me against Gloucester, and his brainy cap- taincy was a feature cf the match. JACK POWELL, the Cardiff forward, although not able to play because of an injury, 'was given a very large number of votes in the "Express" competition this week. HARRY GREENAWAY, last year's capta-in and right wing forward of the Barry Dis- trict Reserves, has thrown in h'is lot witlh the Barry West End team this season. ADDIS, who smartly &cored I try againet Gloucester, is a, speedy and plucky wing, and he would well repay feed- ing by his centre. He must, however, be- ware of overdoing the cross-kick. W. WILLIS JAMES, the old Rugby player ¡ and Welsh Union referee, has been elected captain of Crumlin Soccer Club. His deputy is S. G. WHITE, who did so remark- ably well last season at centre-half. JACK POWELL, the Cardiff forward, doesn't seem to be very keen on starting this season. In fact Powell is half inclined to give up the game for good. He has been a clinking forward in his time. BOOCER WAS "TOP DOG" at Newport rn Saturday last, when the Newport Barba- rians opened the season with a match with Abertillery. It was a creditable start, and the Ba-Bas gained their first two points in the Monmouthshire League to the tune of HLLIjIE DANDO is doing good work for Blaenau Gwent behind the scrum, and seems at home in anY position behind. He is very clever and nippy, and is always giving trouble to his opponents. TOMMY NORRIS was given amother trial as custodian for Abertillery last Saturday, and although the Gloucester back, W. Cook, played a fine game, he was not, on the whole, the equal of the promising 'Tillery junior, who played the game of his life. EVERY FOOTBALLER should read the Western Mail Football Annual. It is the best penny handbook dealing with the great winter pastime ever produced. Percy Bush tells of the illimitable joys of Rugby football, All Whites reveals the secret of the wonderful success of the Swansea team, R. T. Gabe writes of My Moat Memorable Game," and Mr. George Mercer talks about the prosperous future of the Association .code. In addition, the ■fixtures 6f more than i- 100 clubs are given.
the net. Afterwards, Sutcliffe confided to me that it was the most wonderful goal ever scored against him.-and we came to the con- clusion that the bålf bad so much side on it that as the propelling force wore off its flight altered to one almost at right angles -to its original course. Peddie had a penchant for scoring goals of this sort. I once saw him score a couple against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park, which incidentally led to the goal-keeper, a young fellow named Thompson, getting his walking ticket; and here, let me add, never was a greater injustice committed, for the poor goal-koeper had not a dog's chance with either shot. Though the ball did not swerve as mudl as it did against Sutcliffe, yet it went away so suddenly that no keeper could have stopped it.