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

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).