1957-58 Season

P W D L Pts. For Pts. Ag. T P D C
41 19 3 19 333 322 66 19 10 24

CAPTAIN : TEIFION WILLIAMS
MOST APPEARANCES : 35 (DUDLEY THOMAS)
MOST TRIES : 11 (TEIFION WILLIAMS)
MOST POINTS : 50 (JOHN FAULL)
WALES CAPS :
v A : John Faull & Clem Thomas
v E : John Faull & Clem Thomas
v S : John Faull & Clem Thomas
v I : John Faull & Clem Thomas
v F : John Faull & Clem Thomas


1957-58 season: Played:40, won:17, lost:19, drawn:4. Points for:333, against:322.

Back Row L to R: W O Williams, G Morris, I Hopkins, C Johnson, Rev. R H Lloyd.
2nd Row L to R: L G Blyth(Match Sec.), D P Price(Hon. Sec.), Vivian Davies(Com.), L Davies, Gordon Lewis, V Elias, D Thomas, D Parkhouse, R Harding, R Dobbs(Trainer), Judge Rowe Harding(Com.).
Front Row L to R: Trevor Davies(Com.), Alun Jones, A Prosser-Harries, T Williams(Capt.), R C C Thomas, H Pugh, I Bruce Barter(Com.).
Inset L to R: M Rogers, B Mullins, John Jeffries. (Club Archives).


 

Swansea Athletic 1957-58 season: Played:26, won:18, lost:5, drawn:3. Points for:201, against:132.

Back Row L to R: J Morris, M Jones, W Alexander, D John, B O’Shea.
2nd Row L to R: R J Pinney(Trainer, J Jeffries, I Jones, R J Davies, K Jenkins, V Elias,C Hopkins(Referee).
Front Row L to R: R Bolch, E Burns, J Llewellyn(Captain), B Harrop-Griffiths, Ivor Rees(Com.), Brian Jones.
Inset: R L Matthews. (Club Archive).


 

On January 11th 1958 Swansea were hosts to the touring Australian side that had the previous week beat Wales 6 – 0 in Cardiff. Swansea’s Clem Thomas had Captained the Welsh side on that day in which fellow All White John Faull also played. Hopes of a victory at St Helens were not to be realised however on a windy afternoon where both sides oddly, ‘won’ the half playing against the wind. Unfortunately for The Whites, Australia scored more points against the wind and led by twelve points to nil at one point. Despite a second half fight back with Teifion Williams and Billy Williams scoring for Swansea, Australia held them to win by 12 – 6. For the Australians, this was a landmark game at it was forward Nick Shehadie’s 100th appearance.

The Swansea team on that day was: M Rogers, B Mullins, J Jeffreys, G Lewis, T Williams (Captain), B Richards, J Hopkins, W O Williams, H Pugh, D Thomas, I Hopkins, C Johnson, G Morris, J Faull, R C C Thomas.


Jersey – Australia 1958: Swansea played host to the touring Australians on 11th January 1958 having beaten them in 1908 and narrowly lost to them in 1947. On 4th January, Wales had beaten the tourists 9 – 3 at Cardiff and Swansea’s Clem Thomas now lined up against them for the second time in 7 days. In a genuine game of two halves Swansea rallied from a 0 – 12 defecit to score tries by  prop Billy Williams and wing Teifion Williams. Bt it was not enough and Australia won 12 – 6 to go 2 – 1 ahead in matches between the two… but not for long. (Club Archive).


Swansea captain Teifion Williams stretches to score against Australia, note Len Blythe as touch-judge. (Club Archive).

Below: Teifion Williams discusses the image above where he is seen scoring against Ranji Walker’s XV. He is talking about Kingsley Amis who is in the crowd  on the Tanner Bank.

 


 

Billy Williams gets a try for Swansea against Australia. (Club Archive).


 

TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Merthyr 21 17 0 4 612 340 86
Cardiff 21 16 1 4 647 430 81
Pontypridd 20 16 0 4 714 357 78
Ebbw Vale 21 15 1 5 474 348 71
Llandovery 21 13 1 7 572 381 66
Aberavon 20 13 2 5 440 382 63
Newport 21 12 2 7 526 489 63
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 19 10 0 9 496 410 56
Carmarthen Quins 22 10 0 12 456 420 53
Swansea 20 10 0 10 467 416 51
Llanelli 21 6 1 14 411 546 34
Bridgend Ravens 19 6 0 13 362 472 33
Cross Keys 20 5 1 14 432 648 33
Bedwas 21 5 1 15 441 614 30
Bargoed 20 3 0 17 361 683 18
Neath 19 1 0 18 287 762 3