1878-79 Season

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Club Captain : Fred Meager
The 1878-79 Season saw F.F. (Fred) Meager again at the helm. It was his third consecutive season as captain and having been preceeded by C.C. (Charlie) Chambers in the first two seasons under the Rugby football code, he was only the second ever captain up to this point (he again held the honour in 1880-81). Meager was a keen cricketer as were most of the early Swansea players who regularly played (association) football in the close season. He had been responsible for putting the motion at an 1874 meeting (see 1873-74 Season), that the Club should adopt Rugby Union rules instead of Association Football. Meager was prominent in promoting a more serious attitude to fitness at Swansea, having put recent defeats to Newport in his earlier tenure as captain down to the better fitness and passing dexterity of the Gwent side. Determined to bring Swansea to the forefront of Rugby Football, he insisted on attention to passing skills as well as general fitness in training sessions which paid dividends as Swansea were able to match their opponents in skill and stamina to build a strong reputation under his guidance. His greatest contribution was to come in his last tenure of the captaincy when he helped guide the forming of the WFU (see 1880-81 Season). Swansea and Neath were drawn together in the South Wales Challenge cup and played six matches to try and settle tie. Eventually the Match Committee disqualified both sides but later relented to allow them to settle the impasse which fell at the seventh attempt to Neath. . Newport had already beaten Cardiff in the final by then. Swansea were to gain revenge over both sides in the 1879-80 season. At an Easter Monday Athletics Meeting at St Helens, the Club made £60 – £70 profit from a gate of £130 while 3,000 spectators had turned out. Profits were given to the Cricket Club illustrating that the Football Club was no longer the junior partner at St Helens Ground in financial terms which was largely down to the guidance of the committee who also garnered funds for the ground improvements of the early days.

TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Merthyr 30 23 0 7 885 593 117
Cardiff 30 22 1 7 991 660 111
Pontypridd 30 22 0 8 1015 580 110
Llandovery 30 21 1 8 856 551 104
Ebbw Vale 30 20 1 9 762 594 95
Aberavon 30 18 2 10 698 603 90
Newport 30 17 2 11 759 700 88
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 30 14 1 15 852 650 85
Swansea 30 16 0 14 674 594 81
Carmarthen Quins 30 13 1 16 637 584 71
Bridgend Ravens 30 12 0 18 689 714 66
Llanelli 30 12 1 17 679 723 63
Bedwas 30 12 1 17 681 830 62
Cross Keys 30 5 1 24 586 1093 36
Bargoed 30 6 0 24 576 1003 35
Neath 30 1 0 29 406 1274 3