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The late nineteenth century saw most of the popular team sports of the modern day, such as cricket, football and rugby, established at club level.
The game of cricket had been in existence well before the Victorian era, although many of today's first class cricket clubs were only established in the nineteenth century. This photo shows the South Wales Cricket Club.
The players listed are:
Top row L-R: Pullen (umpire), Jno Lloyd, H Grace, C W Fryer, P Lloyd, E Grace, S H Belcher, Capt Lloyd.
Bottom row: G C Williams, Capt. Homfray, G Worthington
There were professional cricketers living in Powys at the time of the 1891 census. One lived in Brecon, although the letters "ex" had been pencilled in after his profession:
Another team sport was rugby. The picture below is of the Christ College rugby team, Brecon, in about 1885.
Football was also popular. This photograph is of the private boys' school team from Traethllawn in Montgomeryshire.
Powysland Museum and Montgomery Canal Centre
An older team from Brecon was photographed in around 1895.
Brecon Football Club
Brecknock Museum and Art Gallery
There is more detailed information about the Newtown football team on a separate page.
However, there was also room for women's teams, as demonstrated in a picture of a ladies' gymnastics team from Brecon, detailed here.
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