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
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