Position: Back Row
|Date Of Birth||21/09/1941 (76)|
Born on 21st September 1941, openside Wing Forward Mike Thomas was a product of Neath Grammar School. His early rugby experience included playing for Neath Y.M.C.A. Colts and he gained Welsh Youth and Boys Club caps in 1959-60.
The following season Mike started his Swansea RFC career, making his debut on 26th October 1960 against Bridgend as a flanker. He played in the Club's 8 - 0 win over the Barbarians that Easter in April 1961. He made a total of seven appearances for Swansea against the invitation club in his time at St Helens
In the 1962-63 season at St Helens he was not only the top try scorer ( 9 ) but was also the player to make the most appearances. On 14th December 1963 Mike played for Swansea in the match at St Helens against Wilson Whineray's (5th) All Blacks. The game, won by New Zealand by 16 points to 9, was famously known as "Dai Parkhouse's Match" for the outstanding effort put in by the little man. But Mike Thomas, along with the other "All Whites" put everything into the brutal struggle that day. An exotic highlight at this time was the win against Rugbi Roma Olympic at St Helens in september 1963.
In the 1963-64 season Mike Thomas was again top try scorer ( 8 ) and had again most appearances for Swansea. 1964 saw him play for the Glamorgan / Monmouthshire combined XV against the Fijian tourists. In fact Mike played over 50 games for Glamorgan and also had the honour of skippering the County side. He was also a Welsh trialist and Wales Reserve.
In the 1964-65 season Mike achieved a record of appearing in every game for Swansea, including the Snelling Sevens. That season he also played for the "All Whites" against an International XV (September) and against Swansea old boy Dewi Bebb's XV (October).
Mike Thomas captained Swansea RFC in 1966-67. The season saw Swansea tour in Czechoslovakia where Mike played in the club's two matches against Spartak AZKG and the Prague Districts Rugby Team. The pre-season tour was good preparation for the St Helens club as they hosted the Australian Tourists on 26th November 1966. Mike Thomas had the honour of leading the Swansea side that day as they came out of a rough match in which he was targetted ("I had a right tuning that day!") as 9 - 8 winners.
In the 1967-68 season Mike Thomas again made a high number of appearances ( 40 ) and scored 8 tries for the club. His last season with Swansea saw him make another 40 appearances in 1968-69. During his time with Swansea RFC, Mike played about 20 games for Capt. Crawshay's XV invitational side and toured Devon and Cornwall with them. He also played for the Irish Wolfhounds and represented the B.P. United Kingdom team.
Mike Thomas moved to Neath RFC in 1969 where he equalled Dai Morris' ("The Shadow") record for a forward of 23 tries in a season. He played in the first Welsh Cup Final when Neath in their Centenary season beat Llanelli (1971-72). Mike Thomas also toured Zambia with the Public School Wanderers and was the tour's leading try scorer. He retired from playing in 1975. Mike coached Neath for the next two years along side Martyn Davies. For the following 10 years he was Team Secretary of Neath RFC.
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