All Time Players – Introduction

CARMARTHEN RFC

ALL TIME PLAYERS LIST

INTRODUCTION

Sadly, our club’s playing and administrative records from 1874 to 1965 no longer exist.

This list of All Time Players has been put together from names in team photographs and names in newspaper reports from my Step Back in Time section. Also from research done from 1874 onwards on microfilm at Carmarthen Library and on the National Library of Wales data base www.welshnewspapers.llg.org.uk which unfortunately only goes as far as 1920. Although we have an extensive collection of photographs, they do not reflect the total number of players who played for the club as many players would not have been present when photographs were taken.

I have also been fortunate to have access to comprehensive records compiled by ex-committeeman Mr. Keith Thomas (Keith “Burton” as he is known to his friends), which Keith collated between 1965 and 1995. One book is missing from season 1967/68 (see a copy of the 1966/67 cover below) as Keith lent it to someone in town and it was not returned. It would be nice to have it back to complete this collection.

Our records from 1995 onwards have been collated by our club’s statistician Mr Alan Bowen and that has allowed me access to the names of all players who have played for the club since 1965.

I hope to complete the research from 1920 – 1965 but that may well depend on the National Library of Wales extending their on-line service. Anyone interested in taking this on by researching on microfilm at the local library please get in touch, as it is likely we will find many more names of players as well as club officials whose names elude us.

If I have learnt anything from my 13 years as the club’s historian, then it is a message to all sporting organisations – please look after and safeguard your playing and administrative records as once they have gone, they cannot be replaced. We at Carmarthen RFC have learnt this the hard way! Also, make sure you get your teams photographed EVERY season because once players have left and the season is over, that opportunity has gone as well.

Percy Jones

Club Archivist

Up-dated January 2018

Please click here for the player list

TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Merthyr 23 18 0 5 651 393 91
Cardiff 23 18 1 4 696 469 89
Pontypridd 21 16 0 5 730 374 79
Llandovery 24 16 1 7 652 408 79
Newport 25 15 2 8 629 551 77
Ebbw Vale 24 16 1 7 541 423 76
Aberavon 22 14 2 6 485 415 69
Swansea 24 13 0 11 537 451 65
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 22 11 1 10 552 456 64
Carmarthen Quins 24 10 1 13 488 454 56
Bedwas 24 8 1 15 515 667 43
Bridgend Ravens 22 8 0 14 427 517 43
Llanelli 24 6 1 17 450 620 35
Cross Keys 22 5 1 16 452 681 34
Bargoed 23 4 0 19 400 756 22
Neath 23 1 0 22 335 905 3