1956-57 Season

P W D L Pts. For Pts. Ag. T P D C
43 23 8 12 374 295 77 19 4 37

CAPTAIN : W.O.‘Billy’ WILLIAMS
MOST APPEARANCES : 42 (JOHN HOPKINS)
MOST TRIES : 14 (TEIFION WILLIAMS)
MOST POINTS : 119 (ALAN PROSSER HARRIES)
WALES CAPS :
v E : Clem Thomas
v I : John Faull (d)
v F : John Faull


1956-57 Season: Played:42, won:22, lost:12, drawn:8. Points for:324, against:289.

Back Row L to R: R Bolch, D Thomas, C J Rees, N G Davies, C Johnson, J Jeffries.
2nd Row L to R: T J V Davies(Com.), R J Dobbs(Trainer), J Llewellyn, A Prosser-Harries, E Burns, I Hopkins, B Ford, GbLewis, D P Price(Hon. Sec.), T Davies(Com.).
3rd Row L to R: B Mullins, R C C Thomas, L Bruce Barter(Com.), W O Williams(Capt.), Judge Rowe Harding(Com.), T Williams, D Rowlands.
Front Row L to R: R Harding, M Rogers.
Inset L to R: J Hopkins, J Faull, B Richards. (Club Archive).


 

In these games Germany were defeated 10-0 on 6th September 1956 and an Italian XV  13-5 on 29th September. This was the 2nd occasion for a German team to be welcomed at St. Helen’s, as in the previous year the German youth team played their 1st ever game in Wales there. This was also the 1st occasion for an Italian XV to play in Wales. (Club Archive).

 

Swansea v Italy at St Helens 29th September 1956.

Swansea won 13 – 5, The Italians going into half-time with a 5 -0 lead. Italy went on to play Cardiff on the 10th Oct losing by 8 points to 3 (0-0) and Harlequins on the 6th Oct losing by just 15 points to 14 (9-3). The Italian team v Swansea:
Back Row (L to R):Simonelli, Zanchi, Raise, Pancaro, Levorato, Taveggia, Annibaldi.
2nd Row(L to R): Perrini, Pescetto, Mancini, Barbini, Vergnano, Luise.
Front Row(L to R): Comin, Bottacin. (Club Archive).


 

The Swansea team v Italy: The Swansea side was Captained by Billy (‘WO’) Williams (middle row 3rd from left) and included Islwyn Hopkins and Bryan Richards at half-back. Dai Parkhouse, Brian Mullins and ClemThomas also played. (Club Archive).

 

Swansea Team v Barbarians, Easter Weekend 1957.

Back Row (L to R): Vivian Davies (Com.), Haydn Mainwaring, Gwyn Lewis, Bryan Ford, Gordon Morris, N G Davies, Colin Johnson, Dudley Thomas, Ronnie Bolch, Malcolm Rogers, Bruce Barter (Com.), D P Price (Com.), Len Blyth Com.).
2nd Row (L to R): R J Dobbs, Alan Prosser Harris, Teifion Williams, W O Williams (Captain), Clem Thomas, Brian Richards, Trevor Davies (Com.).
Front Row (L to R): Brian Mullins, John Hopkins, Cyril Davies, David Rowlands.

(Courtesy John Blyth)


 

The Swansea squad prepare for their game versus Padua, Italy. The club embarked on a 3 game tour of Italy in May 1957. Swansea defeated Milan 6-0, lost 8-5 to Rome and beat Padua by 21 points to 9. (Club Archive).

 

Swansea v Italy at St Helens 29th September 1956.
Swansea won 13 – 5, The Italians going into half-time with a 5 -0 lead. Italy went on to play Cardiff on the 10th Oct losing by 8 points to 3 (0-0) and Harlequins on the 6th Oct losing by just 15 points to 14 (9-3).
Action from an Italian newspaper report of the match. An Italian player breaks from a lineout.

Action shot from the Swansea v Italy match (Courtesy SWEP).

 

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 20 12 2 6 501 461 61
Carmarthen Quins 22 10 0 12 456 420 53
Swansea 20 10 0 10 467 416 51
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 18 9 0 9 468 385 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