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 16 13 0 3 396 243 61
Carmarthen Quins 17 10 3 4 372 278 54
Aberavon 16 11 0 5 371 272 53
Llandovery 16 9 2 5 344 285 48
Pontypridd 18 10 0 8 394 376 47
Merthyr 18 8 0 10 362 374 44
RGC 1404 17 8 1 8 409 381 43
Newport 15 7 0 8 294 278 37
Swansea 17 7 0 10 246 292 35
Llanelli 15 6 0 9 293 412 27
Ebbw Vale 17 4 2 11 283 351 27
Bridgend Ravens 18 3 0 15 271 493 19