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This photograph of Newtown Football Club
was taken during the 1895-6 season and the players were named as follows:
Back row: F R Lloyd (Hon Sec), J
Harper, R Goodwin, A Townsend,
T Worthington, W Stokes (Trainer).
Middle row: E Morgan, A
W Pryce-Jones, W E Pryce-Jones (Captain), H F
Mytton, W Parry.
Front: T Chapman, H
Newtown Football Team, 1895
Powys County Archives
By this time soccer in general was becoming
popular, and players were drawn from the skilled working classes. These
Newtown players probably did receive some form of payment, but likely they
continued with their jobs, perhaps in the woollen industry. Although this
photograph is interesting from a sporting point of view, it is unlikely
that many of these working class men would have been photographed in any
other context, be it with their families, at home or in their everyday work.
Until the 1920s and the development of snapshot photography, photographs
of ordinary people were rare, as it was largely the gentry and middle classes
who could afford photographs by specialised photographers.
Some of the players can be found on the
1891 census for the parishes of Newtown and Llanllwchaearn:
there are two possibilities
for this player, John Harper, 21, a tailor living in Dysart Terrace, Llanllwchaearn,
with his parents John and Mary, and two other children, Elizabeth and
The other was John Harper, 26, a bricklayer who lived with his wife Sarah
and son John in Frolic Street, Newtown.
R Goodwin: again there are
two possibilities: Robert Goodwin, 21, a tweed spinner living at Bryn
Street, Llanllwchaearn, with his mother Catherine, and siblings Martha,
Abraham, Edward and Maggie.
The other is Richard Goodwin, 22, a reporter, living with his parents
Richard and Alice, and other children Edith, Albert, Amy and Charles,
in Crescent Street, Llanllwchaearn.
Alfred Townsend, 27, a painter living in the Canal Basin, Llanllwchaearn,
with his wife Caroline, and daughter Emily.
Thomas Worthington, 25, loom jobber, living at Crynfryn Place, Newtown,
with his step father Edward Lewis and wife Martha, other children, Richard
and Annie, and his brother David. Worthington gained an international
cap against Scotland in 1894.
(trainer): William Stokes, 34, licensed victualler living at Severn Street,
Newtown, with his wife Sarah, and children, Gertrude, William and Elliott.
He ran the New Inn pub there.
There are four possibilities for this player, the first is Edward Morgan,
17, a woollen operative living in Greens Court, Newtown, with his parents
William and Eliza, and three other children Samuel, Elizabeth and Jane.
The second is Ernest Morgan, 20, an accountant from Upper
Bridge Street, Llanllwchaearn. He lived with his father Cornelius, and
The next possibility is Edward Morgan, 25, a grocer's
assistant. He lived with his wife Sarah, and daughter Louisa in Market
The final E Morgan is Edward H Morgan, 30, a clerk living
at Crescent Street, Llanllwchaearn, with his wife Catherine and sons Edward
A W Pryce-Jones:
probably Col A W Pryce-Jones from the Pryce-Jones
family. In 1859, Pryce Jones established a flourishing mail-order business,
and by 1895 goods were sent by post to all parts of the world. The early
prosperity was based almost entirely on Welsh flannel - Welsh tweeds,
shawls, hosiery etc. The flannels were made at the textile mills that
Pryce Jones operated in Newtown and Welshpool, whilst the finished products
were manufactured at one of the factories in Newtown. Several members
of the Pryce-Jones family were keen sportsmen and subsequently they formed
a recreation society for their employees. A W Pryce-Jones gained an international
cap against England in 1895.
W E Pryce-Jones
(captain): almost certainly William Ernest Pryce-Jones, third son of Sir
Pryce and Lady Eleanor Pryce-Jones. Born 29 December 1867, and according
to the monumental inscriptions for the parish church of Llanllwchaearn
he died 14 March 1949. William gained three international caps.
William Parry, 20, a telegraph clerk. He lived in Commercial Street, Llanllwchaearn,
with his grandmother Hannah, his uncle Owen, aunts Catherine and Annie,
and brother Albert.
Thomas Chapman, aged 19, living in the Canal Basin in Llanllwchaearn with
his mother, Ann Chapman. He was a cloth dresser by trade. Chapman gained
several international caps and went on to play for Manchester City in
Henry Tucker, 19, a woolsorter who lived with his parents William and
Emily, in Gas Street, Newtown, and two other children, Alfred and Frederick.
contributed by Catherine Richards,