Our History

The History of Waunarlwydd RFC

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the club in 1975 a commemorative brochure was published imaginatively entitled 'Waunarlwydd RFC 1900-1975'! It was compiled by Eldred Bayliss and Howard George and featured articles on the club's history that were based on discussions with former players and both past and present officials.

Frozen in Time

Selected articles appear here in this section 'frozen in time' as they appeared in 1975 although some minor alterations have been necessary for various reasons. The features look at the club in 25 year bands with additional sections outlining the fight for WRU status and accounts of significant matches that firmly placed Waunarlwydd on the Welsh rugby map.

Centenary Year

In the centenary year a final article outlining developments in the closing quarter of the 20th century brings the 'history' section up to date. Please note that the 'summary' that closes the section is a subjective view and some opinions expressed may not necessarily be shared by all club members.

Finally, the saddest part of reviewing the brochure referred to above was the realisation of how many of the officers and committee of the time are no longer with us. Their contribution and the efforts of the people who have followed in their footsteps have ensured that the game of rugby union at all levels thrives in the village today.

This section of the site is dedicated to the men and women who have given and continue to give their free time to ensure this is possible.

Many thanks to Kevin George for preparing the information for these pages.