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 30 23 0 7 885 593 117
Cardiff 30 22 1 7 991 660 111
Pontypridd 30 22 0 8 1015 580 110
Llandovery 30 21 1 8 856 551 104
Ebbw Vale 30 20 1 9 762 594 95
Aberavon 30 18 2 10 698 603 90
Newport 30 17 2 11 759 700 88
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 30 14 1 15 852 650 85
Swansea 30 16 0 14 674 594 81
Carmarthen Quins 30 13 1 16 637 584 71
Bridgend Ravens 30 12 0 18 689 714 66
Llanelli 30 12 1 17 679 723 63
Bedwas 30 12 1 17 681 830 62
Cross Keys 30 5 1 24 586 1093 36
Bargoed 30 6 0 24 576 1003 35
Neath 30 1 0 29 406 1274 3