Dill Johnson

Dill Johnson

Position: Back Row

Date Of Birth 05/12/1923 (93)
Place Of Birth Pontarddulais

William Dillwyn "Dil" Johnson was born in Pontarddulais, West Glamorgan, Wales on 5th December 1923 and played for the Pontarddulais club and Gowerton Grammar School where he was educated. Dil made his Swansea debut in September 1945 against Llanelli as a flanker. He went on to make 240 appearances for the All Whites between 1945 and 1955 scoring 65 tries. Johnson was known as something of a speedster for the position he played in and had a reputation for scoring against the major touring sides. He holds the distinction of having scored for Swansea against the 1945 New Zealand Kiwis, the 1947 Australians and the 1951 South Africans. The try he scored against Australia for Swansea in '47 was an interception that saw his run 100 yards to cross the try line. Like his father before him, policeman by calling and later on, a security consultant, Dil also played for Swansea Police, Welsh Police and British Police. In Swansea's match against  Australia in December 1947 Dil Played alongside another policeman, Bryn Evans, who also went on to captain the first fifteen at Swansea. In 1951 he scored a try for British Police against Devon that the referee timed at 8 seconds! Dil johnson captained Swansea in the 1953-54 season and skippered them to a memorable six all draw with the third All Blacks at St Helens in 1953. Yet another policeman, Wyn Bratton (full back) was in the Swansea side that day. He gained a Welsh cap against England at Cardiff on 17th January 1953, playing in the pack alongside Swansea team mate Billy "Stoker" Williams. Swansea's Terry Davies also made his debut that day at full back (Wales lost 3 - 8). Dil Johnson was an obsessive trainer and kept in shape by running the 6 miles from Mumbles to Swansea every day, only being satisfied when he'd taken 5 seconds off his best time for the run. His appetite for the game was reflected in the positive and confident playing style which he evoked every time he played a rugby match. In later years  Dil was a founder member of the All Whites Former Players' Association and its secretary for many years. Dil Johnson died on August 23rd 2007 in Swansea aged 83.

Playing Summary
  Season P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  1945/1946 13 6 1 6 3 0 0 0 9  
  1946/1947 23 12 2 9 7 0 0 0 21  
  1947/1948 34 18 3 13 5 0 0 0 15  
  1948/1949 30 18 4 8 4 0 0 0 12  
  1949/1950 36 24 2 10 14 1 0 0 44  
  1950/1951 14 9 1 4 6 0 0 0 18  
  1951/1952 22 9 4 9 4 0 0 0 12  
  1952/1953 29 15 1 13 11 0 0 0 34  
  1953/1954 33 17 6 10 9 0 0 0 27  
  1954/1955 3 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 3  
  Total 237 129 24 84 64 1 0 0 195  

Click on a season for a match by match breakdown.

Season Breakdown for 1946
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  22/09/1945 Scarlets FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 19 - 6  
  29/09/1945 Newport FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 8 - 9  
  06/10/1945 Penarth FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 35 - 9  
  13/10/1945 Richmond / Blackheath Combined FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 11 - 8  
  20/10/1945 Cardiff FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 17  
  27/10/1945 New Zealand Army FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 22  
  03/11/1945 Cross Keys FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 12 - 3  
  17/11/1945 Aberavon FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 11  
  01/12/1945 Rosslyn Park FL 1 0 0 0 3 L 3 - 6  
  15/12/1945 Newport FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 3  
  22/12/1945 Cardiff FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 10  
  26/12/1945 UAU FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 16 - 3  
  27/12/1945 London Welsh FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
Season Breakdown for 1947
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  17/09/1946 Falmouth SR 2 0 0 0 6 W 25 - 5  
  21/09/1946 Bath Rugby FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 3  
  28/09/1946 Newport FL 1 0 0 0 3 D 14 - 14  
  30/09/1946 Cross Keys FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 7 - 0  
  05/10/1946 Rosslyn Park FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 3  
  19/10/1946 Cardiff FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 7 - 5  
  26/10/1946 Scarlets FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 7 - 11  
  02/11/1946 Pontypool FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 3  
  09/11/1946 Neath FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 12  
  16/11/1946 Bristol Rugby FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 5 - 11  
  23/11/1946 Newbridge FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 6  
  07/12/1946 Guy's Hospital FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 19 - 0  
  14/12/1946 Cardiff FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 8 - 13  
  21/12/1946 Newport FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 5 - 14  
  25/12/1946 Watsonians FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 17 - 8  
  28/12/1946 London Welsh FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 24 - 15  
  04/01/1947 Penarth FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  11/01/1947 RAF FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 13 - 11  
  01/03/1947 Neath FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 3  
  22/03/1947 Aberavon FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 6  
  05/04/1947 Harlequins FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  07/04/1947 Barbarians FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 7  
  10/04/1947 Scarlets FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 4 - 6  
Season Breakdown for 1948
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  11/09/1947 Pontypool FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  20/09/1947 Bath Rugby FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 21 - 3  
  27/09/1947 Newport WI 1 0 0 0 3 L 16 - 33  
  04/10/1947 Rosslyn Park FL 1 0 0 0 3 L 11 - 24  
  11/10/1947 Richmond FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 8  
  18/10/1947 Cardiff FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 32  
  25/10/1947 Blackheath FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 18 - 16  
  01/11/1947 Aberavon FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 6  
  08/11/1947 Neath FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 0  
  15/11/1947 Bristol Rugby FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 8  
  22/11/1947 Leicester Tigers FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  29/11/1947 Cross Keys FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 15 - 8  
  06/12/1947 Guy's Hospital FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 6  
  13/12/1947 Australia FL 1 0 0 0 3 L 8 - 11  
  25/12/1947 Watsonians FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 19 - 3  
  27/12/1947 London Welsh FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 0  
  03/01/1948 Stade Bordelais FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 3  
  10/01/1948 RAF FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  17/01/1948 Penarth FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  24/01/1948 Coventry FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 3  
  31/01/1948 Gloucester Rugby FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 3  
  14/02/1948 Aberavon FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 0  
  21/02/1948 Leicester Tigers FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 5 - 3  
  28/02/1948 Bristol Rugby FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 4 - 3  
  06/03/1948 Scarlets FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 4 - 6  
  13/03/1948 Pembrokeshire FL 1 0 0 0 3 L 5 - 9  
  20/03/1948 Neath FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 9  
  26/03/1948 Newbridge FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 0  
  27/03/1948 Harlequins FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 21 - 7  
  29/03/1948 Barbarians FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 12  
  10/04/1948 Pontypool FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 5  
  19/04/1948 Cross Keys FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 8  
  22/04/1948 Newport FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 18 - 11  
  24/04/1948 Pembrokeshire FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 0  
Season Breakdown for 1949
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  11/09/1948 Bristol Rugby FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 5 - 8  
  13/09/1948 Torquay FL 1 0 0 0 3 D 11 - 11  
  18/09/1948 Bath Rugby FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 0  
  02/10/1948 Rosslyn Park FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 11 - 21  
  09/10/1948 Neath FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 10 - 3  
  16/10/1948 Cardiff FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 11  
  30/10/1948 Scarlets FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 3  
  13/11/1948 Pontypool FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  20/11/1948 Aberavon FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 3  
  27/11/1948 Richmond FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 6  
  04/12/1948 Plymouth Albion FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 3  
  11/12/1948 Coventry FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 16 - 3  
  18/12/1948 Newport FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 3  
  28/12/1948 London Welsh FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 0  
  01/01/1949 Penarth FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 5  
  22/01/1949 Coventry FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 9  
  29/01/1949 Gloucester Rugby FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 8  
  05/02/1949 Cross Keys CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 6 - 6  
  12/02/1949 Guy's Hospital FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 0  
  19/02/1949 Leicester Tigers FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 14  
  26/02/1949 Bristol Rugby FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 21 - 13  
  19/03/1949 Scarlets FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 6  
  26/03/1949 Leicester Tigers FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 15 - 12  
  02/04/1949 Cardiff FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  07/04/1949 Pembrokeshire FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 21 - 3  
  09/04/1949 Aberavon FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 5  
  16/04/1949 Harlequins FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 21 - 3  
  18/04/1949 Barbarians FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 10  
  23/04/1949 Pontypool FL 1 0 0 0 3 D 11 - 11  
  25/04/1949 Neath FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
Season Breakdown for 1950
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  03/09/1949 Abertillery FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 10 - 6  
  10/09/1949 Pembrokeshire FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 29 - 3  
  15/09/1949 Aviron Bayonnais FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 21 - 3  
  17/09/1949 Bristol Rugby FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 16 - 3  
  24/09/1949 Newport FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 8  
  01/10/1949 Rosslyn Park FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 22 - 5  
  08/10/1949 Wing CDR. Walker's XV FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 5  
  10/10/1949 Bective Rangers FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 5  
  15/10/1949 Cardiff FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 18 - 12  
  22/10/1949 Scarlets FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 5  
  05/11/1949 Coventry FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 6  
  19/11/1949 Aberavon FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 3  
  26/11/1949 Richmond FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 25 - 3  
  03/12/1949 Cross Keys FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  10/12/1949 Neath FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  17/12/1949 Newport FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  24/12/1949 Watsonians FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 16 - 8  
  26/12/1949 UAU FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 13 - 8  
  27/12/1949 London Welsh FL 2 0 0 0 6 W 14 - 11  
  31/12/1949 Pontypool FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 16  
  14/01/1950 Aberavon FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 3  
  28/01/1950 Cardiff FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 13 - 0  
  11/02/1950 Pontypool FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 5 - 11  
  18/02/1950 Gloucester Rugby FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 5 - 3  
  25/02/1950 Bristol Rugby FL 1 0 0 0 3 L 3 - 11  
  04/03/1950 Blackheath FL 2 0 0 0 6 W 25 - 11  
  09/03/1950 Pembrokeshire FL 1 1 0 0 5 W 14 - 3  
  11/03/1950 Bath Rugby FL 2 0 0 0 6 L 8 - 26  
  18/03/1950 Scarlets FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 0  
  25/03/1950 Leicester Tigers FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 25 - 8  
  01/04/1950 Plymouth Albion FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 22 - 0  
  03/04/1950 Newbridge FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  08/04/1950 Harlequins FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 11  
  10/04/1950 Barbarians FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 11 - 11  
  15/04/1950 Cross Keys FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 24 - 0  
  22/04/1950 Coventry FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 6  
Season Breakdown for 1951
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  09/09/1950 CA Bordeaux-Begles Gironde FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 17 - 5  
  16/09/1950 Bristol Rugby FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 5  
  23/09/1950 Newport FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 13  
  04/11/1950 Aberavon FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 9  
  18/11/1950 Coventry FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 6  
  23/12/1950 Penarth FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 18 - 3  
  25/12/1950 Watsonians FL 3 0 0 0 9 W 26 - 3  
  06/01/1951 RAF FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 3  
  03/02/1951 Aberavon FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 5 - 3  
  10/02/1951 Scarlets FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  17/03/1951 Leicester Tigers FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 8 - 3  
  24/03/1951 Harlequins FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 19 - 0  
  26/03/1951 Barbarians FL 1 0 0 0 3 L 9 - 17  
  31/05/1951 Cross Keys FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 5 - 0  
Season Breakdown for 1952
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  08/09/1951 Cardiff FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 11  
  22/09/1951 Newport FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 8 - 21  
  29/09/1951 Neath FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 11 - 15  
  13/10/1951 Scarlets FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 6  
  20/10/1951 Cheltenham FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  10/11/1951 Pontypool FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 3  
  15/12/1951 South Africa Fwd 1 0 0 0 3 L 3 - 11  
  25/12/1951 Watsonians FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 5  
  27/12/1951 London Welsh FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 0  
  29/12/1951 Wasps FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 10 - 5  
  05/01/1952 RAF FL 1 0 0 0 3 D 8 - 8  
  26/01/1952 Cardiff N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 5  
  16/02/1952 Gloucester Rugby N8 0 0 0 0 0 D 8 - 8  
  23/02/1952 Bristol Rugby N8 0 0 0 0 0 D 11 - 11  
  01/03/1952 Blackheath N8 2 0 0 0 6 W 23 - 16  
  08/03/1952 Bath Rugby FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  15/03/1952 Leicester Tigers FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 8  
  29/03/1952 Cross Keys FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 8  
  03/04/1952 Newport FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  12/04/1952 Harlequins FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 5  
  14/04/1952 Barbarians FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 18  
  15/04/1952 Aberavon FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 14  
Season Breakdown for 1953
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  13/09/1952 Aberavon FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 6 - 6  
  16/09/1952 Halifax FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 16 - 8  
  18/09/1952 Scarlets FL 1 0 0 0 3 L 8 - 11  
  20/09/1952 Bristol Rugby FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 13 - 3  
  27/09/1952 Newport FL 1 0 0 0 3 L 5 - 8  
  04/10/1952 Rosslyn Park FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 17 - 0  
  11/10/1952 Scarlets FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 8  
  18/10/1952 Penarth FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 13 - 0  
  25/10/1952 Blackheath FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 3  
  01/11/1952 Wasps FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 6  
  08/11/1952 Aberavon FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 13 - 3  
  22/11/1952 Richmond FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 20  
  06/12/1952 West Wales FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 10  
  20/12/1952 Cardiff FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 3  
  25/12/1952 Watsonians FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 8 - 6  
  27/12/1952 London Welsh FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 6 - 0  
  24/01/1953 Cardiff FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 17  
  31/01/1953 Plymouth Albion FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 0  
  14/02/1953 Scarlets FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 9  
  21/02/1953 Gloucester Rugby FL 1 0 0 0 4 L 8 - 10  
  28/02/1953 Bristol Rugby FL 2 0 0 0 6 W 13 - 8  
  07/03/1953 Pontypool FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 8  
  21/03/1953 Leicester Tigers FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 3  
  28/03/1953 Cross Keys FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  04/04/1953 Harlequins FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 12 - 8  
  06/04/1953 Barbarians FL 1 0 0 0 3 L 8 - 18  
  11/04/1953 Neath FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 13 - 6  
  15/04/1953 Cross Keys FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 6  
  18/04/1953 Coventry FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 5  
Season Breakdown for 1954
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  03/09/1953 Ammanford FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 26 - 6  
  05/09/1953 Swansea & District FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 27 - 3  
  07/09/1953 Cross Keys FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 6 - 0  
  12/09/1953 Group Captains Walker's XV FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 3  
  17/09/1953 Newport FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 14  
  24/09/1953 Aberavon FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  03/10/1953 Pontypool FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 11  
  10/10/1953 Scarlets FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 0  
  17/10/1953 Cardiff FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 9  
  24/10/1953 Harlequins FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 8  
  31/10/1953 Neath FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 14  
  07/11/1953 Blackheath FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  14/11/1953 London Welsh FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 6 - 6  
  21/11/1953 Coventry FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 14 - 12  
  28/11/1953 Richmond FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 8 - 13  
  05/12/1953 British Police FL 1 0 0 0 3 L 5 - 13  
  12/12/1953 New Zealand FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 6 - 6  
  25/12/1953 Watsonians FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 21 - 11  
  26/12/1953 UAU FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 5 - 5  
  28/12/1953 London Welsh FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 9  
  02/01/1954 RAF FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 11 - 6  
  13/02/1954 Scarlets FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  20/02/1954 Gloucester Rugby FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 8  
  27/02/1954 Bristol Rugby FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  06/03/1954 Penarth FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 5  
  13/03/1954 Bath Rugby FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 10 - 0  
  20/03/1954 Leicester Tigers FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 6 - 6  
  27/03/1954 Wasps FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 10 - 8  
  03/04/1954 Neath FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 8  
  07/04/1954 Cardiff FL 1 0 0 0 3 L 10 - 13  
  17/04/1954 Harlequins FL 2 0 0 0 6 W 11 - 3  
  19/04/1954 Barbarians FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 16  
  27/04/1954 Pontyberem FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 27 - 9  
Season Breakdown for 1955
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  23/10/1954 Aberavon FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 5  
  13/11/1954 Plymouth FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 19 - 3  
  04/12/1954 Cardiff FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 8  
  Team P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  Wales 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0  
Clubs: - Pontarddulais - Swansea -
Education: - Gowerton Grammar School -
Invitational: - Barbarians -
Honours: - Wales - Welsh Police -
Services: - British Police -

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