120 seasons ago: Dicky Owen

favAs supporters of The Whites will know, there is a tremendous amount of history at the club and the Memorabilia Community Interest Company (CIC) is always striving to protect and enhance it.

Just because rugby is suspended, it doesn’t follow that our activities are! The CIC continue to go through the vast number of artifacts and record and preserve them. While we are all on ‘lockdown’ this offers the opportunity to restore an old image of a famous player who joined the Swansea first fifteen 120 seasons ago – R. M. ‘Dicky’ Owen.

The club are fortunate to possess two of his international jerseys as well as an old original photograph by the famous Swansea photographer H. A. Chapman. Chapman’s old premises in Swansea High Street can still be picked out, with his name in bold lettering on the first floor. Look out for it when passing. The portrait of Dicky Owen, taken in 1901, the year he won his first Welsh cap, has now been digitally restored to its former glory and a copy, along with his jerseys, will go on display at the club when rugby activity resumes, as part of a ‘Golden Era’ display.

For supporters unfamiliar with the name and reputation of Dicky Owen, he was one of the greatest scrum-halves ever produced by Wales or any other rugby nation and was an internationally renowned player in his day. You can read more about this uniquely talented player here: DICKY OWEN PROFILE.

As we all try to keep spirits up and adapt to the unusual situation we find ourselves in, supporters may rest assured that plans are afoot with the CIC, to further promote the club and its history via a new online museum and extensive physical displays as we emerge from a difficult time, optimistic for the future. A revamped Mervyn Davies display is prepared and other projects in the pipeline.

So Whites supporters should look forward to the resumption of our game and bright days ahead. SUPPORT THE WHITES!