1907-08 Season

Club Captain : Billy Trew

Playing Record : P32, W28, D1, L3, Pts for 373, Pts against 65.

Leading Try Scorer : Billy Trew 14

Leading Points Scorer : Jack Bancroft 66

Capped v England : Billy Trew

Capped v Scotland : George Hayward (d), Billy Trew

Capped v France : George Hayward, Dicky Owen, Dick Jones, Billy Trew

Capped v Ireland : George Hayward, Dicky Owen, Dick Jones, Billy Trew

(d) = International debut, (c) = captain of international side.



1907-08 season- played 32, won:28, lost:1, drawn:3.
Top Row L to R: D J Thomas, E Morgan, R Jones, W Trew(Capt.), R M Oewn, F C Rees, J Bancroft.
2nd Row L to R: E Morgan, D Davies, F E Perkins(Sec.), F J Gordon, H Thomas, H Toft.
3rd Row L to R: P Hopkins, G Hayward, F Lewis, F G Scrine.
Bottom Row L to R: R Dowdle(Trainer), D Griffiths, A Smith, I Morgan, B Davies, W H Hunt.

 (Club Archive).


1907-08 Swansea RFC 1st XV

A recently rediscovered photograph of the 1907-08 1st XV taken in front of the Pavilion at St Helens. Note cricket pads used as seating for front row players.

Back Row L to R: F J Gordon (Touch Judge), Dai (Port Tennant) Davies, George Hayward, F E Perkins (Hon. Sec,), W H Hunt, I Williams, Ben Davies.
2nd Row L to R: . Jack Bancroft, D J Thomas, Phil Hopkins, W J Trew (captain), Harry Hiams, Ivor Morgan, Evan Davies , Bob Dowdle (Trainer).
Front Row L to R: Harry Toft, Dickie Owen, Dick Jones. (Club Archive).


1907-08 Swansea RFC 2nd XV
Captained by Fred Rees, later a club committee member. (Club Archive).


In the first ever rugby International against France (at the Arms Park in cardiff), Swansea was well represented in the backs by Billy Trew, Dicky Owen and Dick Jones whilst George Hayward represented the Swansea forwards. (See Commemorative medal above). (Club Archive).


Match programme from the first ever Wales France fixture which was played at St Helens on 1st February 1908. (Courtesy Ellis Rugby)


TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Cardiff 11 9 0 2 374 210 46
Newport 11 9 0 2 337 214 45
Aberavon 11 7 0 4 322 243 37
Llandovery 11 6 0 5 303 287 31
RGC 1404 11 6 0 5 286 244 31
Merthyr 11 5 0 6 329 294 31
Pontypridd 11 7 0 4 239 259 30
Carmarthen Quins 11 6 0 5 232 254 30
Bridgend Ravens 11 4 0 7 186 276 18
Swansea 11 3 0 8 212 269 18
Ebbw Vale 11 3 0 8 157 263 14
Llanelli 11 1 0 10 189 353 10