But for the Welsh

Gloucester had a pretty good season at the turn of the 20th century, playing 32 matches in the 1899-1900 season, winning 23 of them, drawing 2 and losing 7.

However, all 7 defeats came at the hands of Welsh clubs – home and away to Swansea, Cardiff and Newport, and away to Llanelly, the only relief coming at home to Llanelly with a 7-3 victory.

The record against the big 4 Welsh clubs was played 8, won 1, lost 7; points for 16, against 85. The record against all other clubs was played 24, won 22, drawn 2; points for 390, against 25. This did at least include the double over Penarth by 26-0 and 16-4, and a win over Treherbert 26-0.

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  • You have spelt LLanelli incorrectly – there is no Y

    By Martin Mitchell (19/06/2010)
  • Thanks for pointing that out, Martin. We agonised over which way to spell it, and as somebody who grew up in a strongly Welsh speaking part of Wales, I entirely agree that the accepted correct spelling is now Llanelli. However, in the era to which the item refers, all the references we’ve come across referred to the team as Llanelly, and Wikipedia confims that from 1918 to 1966 the official spelling of the constituency name was Llanelly. So for historical accuracy we’ve stuck with that spelling for that era - even though it makes me wince!


    By Dick Williams (19/06/2010)

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