Gwilym Bowen

Gwilym Bowen

Position: Centre

Born in 1925 in Clydach near Swansea, Gwilym Bowen played his early rugby at the Swansea valley side of Vadre RFC , which club he also captained. He joined Swansea in the 1945-46 season, the last season that saw the great Haydn Tanner play for Swansea. Gwilym only played two games making his debut in a 12 - 11 win against Aberavon at St Helens on 17 November 1945, at outside centre. A second match selected on the wing at home to Rosslyn Park completed his contribution for the season.

But the following campaign he played regularly for the All Whites, notching up 11 matches, mostly at his best position of centre. He covered the full-back position in a couple of matches against Aberavon and Pembrokeshire. Missing the following term, Bowen made 10 appearances between 1948-49 and 1950-51 alongside such Swansea luminaries as Roy Sutton, Billy Williams, Bryn Evans, Dil Johnson, Len Blythe and Horace Phillips. Bowen's last match against Cross Keys saw Swansea score five tries in a satisfying 24 - nil win. Gwilym scored three of them, saving his only points for the club to his last match and leaving with a hat-trick!

Gwilym moved to the Professional Halifax RLFC during 1951-52 for a huge  signing on fee of £850 (£23,000 adjusted to today's rates) and completed that and the 1952-53 seasons at the Halifax club as a full-back, noted for his great crash tackling. He made 29 appearances, scoring 1 try and 6 goals. With the signing by Halifax of full-back Tuss Griffiths Gwilym's prospects declined and he went on loan to Castleford RLFC in 1953-54, though his playing conribution there is not known. He returned to Wales following this stint in Rugby League.

Gwilym Bowen also enjoyed a spell playing with Bridgend RFC.

Gwilym died in Rugby, Warwickshire in December 2013.

Playing Summary
  Season P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  1945/1946 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0  
  1947/1948 11 4 0 7 0 0 0 0 0  
  1948/1949 4 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0  
  1949/1950 1 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 9  
  1950/1951 5 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0  
  Total 23 11 1 11 3 0 0 0 9  

Click on a season for a match by match breakdown.

Season Breakdown for 1946
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  17/11/1945 Aberavon CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 11  
  01/12/1945 Rosslyn Park WI 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 6  
Season Breakdown for 1948
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  18/10/1947 Cardiff CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 32  
  25/10/1947 Blackheath CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 18 - 16  
  14/02/1948 Aberavon FB 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 0  
  13/03/1948 Pembrokeshire FB 0 0 0 0 0 L 5 - 9  
  26/03/1948 Newbridge CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 0  
  27/03/1948 Harlequins CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 21 - 7  
  03/04/1948 Coventry CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 9 - 15  
  08/04/1948 Scarlets CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 8 - 9  
  10/04/1948 Pontypool CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 5  
  17/04/1948 Cardiff CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 8  
  19/04/1948 Cross Keys CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 8  
Season Breakdown for 1949
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  09/10/1948 Neath FB 0 0 0 0 0 W 10 - 3  
  16/10/1948 Cardiff CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 11  
  06/11/1948 Cross Keys CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 5 - 8  
  30/04/1949 Pembrokeshire CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 3  
Season Breakdown for 1950
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  15/04/1950 Cross Keys CE 3 0 0 0 9 W 24 - 0  
Season Breakdown for 1951
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  09/09/1950 CA Bordeaux-Begles Gironde CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 17 - 5  
  23/09/1950 Newport CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 13  
  28/09/1950 Ranji Walker’s XV CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  30/09/1950 Cross Keys CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 5  
  28/04/1951 Plymouth Albion CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 13 - 3  
  Team P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
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