|Place Of Birth||Swansea|
Pos: half back
Dob: Apr/June 1891, Swansea
Died: 1959, Swansea (aged 67 – 68)
S. D. (Sydney, George) “Syd” Jerram was born in Swansea in 1891 and entered the Swansea RFC 1st XV in the 1911-12 season when Welsh international scrum half Dickie Owen was given the captaincy in his last season as a player. His debut came toward the end of an indifferent season for the club, against the Barbarians at the Easter Holiday match in 1912. Ostensibly introduced as an outside half, he formed a thriving partnership with young scrum half “Dodger” Owen (who had played in the Swansea seconds since 1909-10).
In the 1912-13 season, Billy Trew was recalled to the captaincy for a record sixth time. Under his leadership, Swansea regained some of the dash of earlier years, winning the 1912-13 Championship and in a rain soaked pitch on Boxing Day 1912, beat the touring South Africans 3 – 0. Syd Jerram played in this match without his natural partner “Dodger” Owen but with Oswald Jenkins at outside half and Jerram at scrum half. The two outplayed their opponents on the day and a D J Thomas try secured the win. The papers were full of praise for the young half-backs.
This naturally drew the attention of the ‘northern poachers’ who descended on St Helens in the close season. Although forwards were signed from Welsh clubs to the Northern league, it was half-backs, and especially club pairings that commanded the greatest fees. Swansea was unfortunate to have had the young upcoming pair noticed so early on in their careers at St Helens. Rumour was rife that Syd Jerram and “Dodger” Owen had signed for a northern club. Following a meeting with a Wigan RL Club representative at the Bush Hotel, Swansea on 28th September 1913, the rumours became reality and the Swansea 1913-14 season was to start without the two who had signed for the Lancashire club for £180 each down payment with win bonuses guaranteed and jobs at £2 per week cash. For young working men at this time, it was an irresistible offer. Syd Jerram would surely have been capped in the Union game had he remained at the St Helens ground.
Syd Jerram had a very successful career with the Wigan RL club either side of the Great War. He played in their Lancashire League victories of 1920-21, 1922-23, 1923-24 and 1925-26. He also had a 24 – 4 win with Wigan in the 1923-24 Challenge Cup Final against Oldham at the Athletic Ground Rochdale on 12th April 1924. he played in his preferred position of stand-off (five eighth) for the Wigan club and also represented Wales in the rugby League code against England & Australia in 1921, against England twice in 1923 and again twice in 1925. He had also been capped for “Other Nationalities” against England in 1921.
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