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XMAS DAY 3h AD
CHRISTMAS DAY. 3114 A.D. (Continued from Page 6). tions of Christmas in 1914 an awful war was in prog- ress. The capitalists, in search of new markets, had deceived the working- clas* of many nations into the belief that their country was in danger and that they had a grievance against men that they had never seen—workers like themselves. And thus the silly crea- tures rushed off to defend 'their' country, not an inch of which belong- ed to them. And these same workers butchered each other till the capital- ists cried Halt!' 1 Thi, was indeed a dark hour. but it was the hour before the dawn. Out of the ruins, desolation, poverty, mis- ery, sickness, and death, loss of liberty, destruction, and anguish that arose from that awful carnage, a new era was born. Step by step, and little by little, the people came to see that a new life, and a full life. for each and all was possible. Then they rose like giants refreshed with wine. Capitalism and its child. Militarism, were over- thrown. By the simple expedient of making land and capital the property of the nation, and by organising pro- duction by the whole people for the whole people, classes were for ever abo- lished poverty was banished. Prevent- ahJt, disease, crime and war were all swept away. REAL men and women' were the outcome of the social revolu- tion. Men and women who knew no fear of their fellows, and could s,*nd upright before God. Humanity has passed through the black night. Well may we now say. f Glory to God ft1 the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward man.' And so it shall be for evermore." That night, after the banquet was over. the two young friends wended their way home along the sea-walk. A brilliant moon was shining. Presently the girl said: To think that toi the year 1914. our ancestors should have had the audacity to keep Christmas and sing of peace and goodwill, while they were scientifically murdering their fel- lows. "Yes." rplie-d th voung in mi. there is a God in heaven, can He for- crive them for mocking Him thus?"
FOOTBALL NEWS AND NOTES
FOOTBALL NEWS AND NOTES By "Corinthian." The Town's on Satur- day at beating Fveles, under the most listresting conditions, must be regard- ed as very satisfactory, Imu-tictilarl)- as iiii-i- were without the captain and Lawrence. Gliddon, however, was not founding wanting. Ohivers. who was ptlaying against his old dub, also rendered a good account of himself. A few seasons ago the Merthyr half back was playing at centre halt for Eccles Borough. # # Clay was reported to have been the fce.st forward on the field. "Merthyr for the 'Coop' and Car- tfcff City for the League Champion- ship is a good double for the sea- son," says a supporter of the Town. This i-at l iei, optiniistic, but This may be rather optimistic, but if they so desire. and League chances are not to be seriously en- dangered. there is no reason why both eltit),s should not get through the next round. Dame Koi pumc" has again favour- ed the" Swans. What a record! Has ft ever heen beaten? » Probably two of the Welsh clubs wiH get through the first roukid of the tonrnament. Which two I leave my readers to guess. Cardiff City still pursue their victo- rious career, but despite collateral form, Plymouth Argyle will be sure to form a'stiff obstacle. Still, if the Citizens get a point away from home and two at home. their bid for the championship should prove great- ly enhanced, as their goal average was t'otill further improved by the five goals' victory over the Cobblers. It is difficult to co in pare the rela- tive strength of the Swansea and "Sown teams. Although there is but little to choose between the teams re- garding the League points, it is so long since the Town played a League game that it leaves one quite puzzled, particularly as the Cup games play- ed by both teams provide no sort of guide. I do not think the" SWMIS" are a.« strong this season as last, and look to the Town' to make a great effort and obtain three points out of the four. I am convinced that the forwards are good enough to do this if the half back line can be relied upon to hold the 'c Swans'" front rank, and give Stoodley and ao. a fair share of op- portunities. This would appear to be the crux of the Town's chapce of success. If the halves are at all im- proved, then the prospects of promo- tion are bright. If not ? The Merthyr and Rhymney School- boys meet on Thursday next, at Peny- darren Park, in the Welsh Schools' League Shield Competition, and an excellent game is assured. The price of admission, 3d. for adults and Id. for boys, is within the reach of most, and a large crowd should be present to see the lads perform. Merthyr Town 4, Eccles Boro 2 Scorers: For Merthyr—Kirby, Stood- ley, Yanv()()(! and Clay. For Eccles— Toms (2). Last ¡.:cai;OIl Merthyr met Staly- bridge Celtic in the last Qualifying Hound of the English Cup Tourna- ment. This season they were again faced with Lancashire opposition. Gliddon and Kirby played vice Nic- ■Gormack and Lawrence for the To n whilst Eccles relied upon the same team which defeated Barrow in he previous round. Eccles had pre msiy beaten Walkden, Widnes Town, Al- trincham. Hurst, Southport Central, and Barrow in the Cup Tournament, four of these game having been away from home. The teams were:- Merthyr Town: Gibbon; Johnson and Gliddon; Yarwood, Chivers, and Westwood; Morris, Clay, Stoodley, Kirby and Reid. Eccles Borough Foote Parkin and 'Oornack; Siddall, A. Walker and A. Wilkinso: Leigh, Schofield, Corcoran, Tom, and H. S. Walker. Referee: 0. R. Beattie. Rain was Sailing heavily when the teams turned out, and there was only an attendance of about 1,200. Mer- thyr were first dangerous, and cJever- V fed by Yarwood, Morris carried the hall along the right wing, and from his centre Kirby headed over. The bonne forwards immediately responded, ut Corcoran's final effort proved fu- e- the ball going yardll outside. Play wae very fast, and Eccles eenbroMed the ball better than the visitors. Wil- kinson was paying a sound game at left half fur the home team, and b\Vi in quick succession he placed the b,4 ￼ well up the centre. The home for- wards were providing the vis-iting de- fence with plenty to do, and the ef- forts were deservedly rewarded after 10 minutes play. A. Walker, with a fine swinging pass, put R. S. Walker in possession, and carrying the ball close in. that player transferred to Toms, who heat Gibbon from short range. Merthyr were awarded a free kick close to the home goal, but Foote cleared. The players were finding it very hard to keep their feet, and many times the state of the ground made it impossible for them to make any progress. Securing the ball in midfield. Morris beat Wilkinson and Cornoch in turn, and centring judiciouslj', Kirby headed past Aforris, equalising the scores after 1.) minutes' play. The home forward swung the ball I a bou t a great deal, causing the Mer- thyr defence mujch anxiety. After A. Walker had stopped Stoodley Ec- cles took the lead again. Leigh re- ceived from Schofield, and centring left Toms with an open goal. and he made no mistake with his header. R. S. Walker was giving a good display on the home left, but centred weakly af- ter beaming the Merthyr backs. Reid broke away on the Merthyr left, but his centre was cleared. Two corners in quick succession were taken by the visitors, but availed them nothing. Reid was pulled up for off-side. Short- ly after this the scores were again brought level. Morris was chiefly re- sponsible iior the equaliser, for aftes a smart run he centred finely, and presented Stoodley with an open goal, and the Merthyr centre headed into t.he net. Foote being given no chance to save. Half-time score Mifthyr Town 2 Eceles 2 The players were in a pitiable state at the interval, and both teams had a complete change of clothes. Snow started to fall before the re-start, and the conditions got worse as the game proceeded. Eccles were, the first to attack, but both R. S. Walker (the old Bury wing) and Schofield missed badly on the treacherous ground. Merthyr now be- gan to take matters in hand, and gradually wore down the Lancashire boys Mak ing spnledid use of their wings, the Town were continually dan- gerous. Heed centred finely on one oc- casion, but this was cleared by Wal- ker as Stoodley dashed in to take it. R. S. Walker compelled Johnson to kick into touch near the goal line. Play was taken into the home half, Wh;l' on-sidc play by Clay prevented the visitors from progressing. Wilkin- son, in tackling Clay, received the heavy ball full in the stomach, and some minutes elapsed before he was able to proceed. Morris made good use of the ball, and sent across a dan- geious centre, but Parkin clear id Snow had now commenced to fall heav- ily. A corner to Eccles resulted in a melee round the visitors' goal. R. S. Walker put weakly past, but had an- other glorious opportunity a minute later, but again sent wide. Eccles had the best of the exchanges, but the forwards were poor in front of goal. Schofield twice had splendid open- ings, but each time failed to score from close range. From a corner the visitors took the lend. The ball came to Yarwood, and that player beat Foote with a high dropping shot from &boiit 20 yards' range. This was ab- out half-way through the second half, and with a goal lead, Merthyr played with confidence. lriroi-n a fast break- away by the visiting forwards another goal was scored. This time, how- ever. it was a. penalty, as Walker trip- ped Clay in the penalty area, and the inside right made no mistake in beat- ing Foote. There was little of note after this, the prevailing conditions having badly taken the steam out of both sets of players. Final score: Merthyr Town 4 Eccles Borough .I. 2
Merthyr Schools League I
Merthyr Schools' League. I CYFARTHFA SCHOOL JUNIORS v. PENYDARREN. This match was played on the Cy- farthfa Ground on Monday, and a veiry interesting game was witnessed. One marvelled at the unconquerable spirit of the tiny tots from Penydar- ren as they continually broke up the attacks of their big opponents, S. Xavieur, their goalie, and Prosser, the left back, performing marvellous feats. In the first half the Qyfarthia lads continually attacked rlown the J slope. Their centre forward. Williams, I and the wing players fosced then- way OJiJ- to be repeatedly cliecked by the above mentioned defenders. Willicyms did drive the attack home three times, thus performing the hat. trick, but this did not in any way dishearten the lit- tle days from Penydarren. In the sec- ond half both sides attacked in turn, and came within an ace of scoring. The Penydarren lads not only defend- ed vigorously, but broke away several times, and kept the big 'uns on the move right up to the call of time. No one .would say that we were a de- cadent race if they saw those twenty- two healthy lads playfeig with such vigour for an hour in the snow, nei- ther shoukl we have the tickets for the coming shield match returned! from certain persons on the ridiculous plea that football should be disconti- nued at present, if the immense value of the game it the training of lads was appreciated. Result: Cyfarthfa School 3. Penydarren 0.
Welsh Schools AssociationI ShieldI
Welsh Schools. Association Shield. SEMI-FINAL TIE. I An error appeared in our Sports' Column last week to t'he effect that this iiiatdli would be played this week. It is reserved a a special treat for Thursday afternoon, Dec. 31. at 2.30 p.m., when Rhymney Schoolboys meet Merthyr Schoolboys on the Penydarren Park, by the khid permission of the Merthyr Town Directors. The public can be assured that it will be a treat. ^i'he forward line of the loeal League is well known, and those who have seen the Rhymney lads declare that they ha|c a marvellous pain of tiny lads playing on their left wing, and also an excellent centre forward a.nd cen- tre half. None will be giving awav a threepenny bit. They will have a sparkling display for the money, as both sides a.re equally keen on meeting Cardiff or Swansea in the final. to> Practice^Match. In connection with the above semi- final match, a practice game will be played on Hill's Plymouth Ground, Pentrebach, at 10.30 a.m. on Monday next, Dec. 28, when the following lads are requested to attend — W. Ainswotrh and W. Sullivan. Merthyr Vale; C. Jones, Troedyrhiw; A. Morgan and L. O. Morgan, Aber- c-anard: S. Scott, Aberfan; H. Hug- hes, Abermorlais; D. Prosser. Peny- darren: V. Jones and Ivor James, County School; R. James, E. Jones R. Owen,W. Williams. Tyd Jones, Ivor Thomas, J. T. Williams, T. T. Davies, Wyndham Davies, T. B. Thomas, T. H. George, W. Webber, and A. Powell Cyfa.rthfa School. The Probables' team will be picked on the field to play the remainder of the above list. Saturday's Results. I SOUTHERN LEAGUE.-DIV. II. Newport County 1, Ton Pentre 2. Abertillery 0, Barry S. SOUTHERN LEAGUE.-DIV. I. Gillingham 0, Plymouth Argyle 0. Cardiff Oity 5, Northampton 0. Southend U, Millwall 0. Crystal Palace 2, Queen's P.R. 2. Exeter C. 1, Soutbampt,on 2. Norwich C. 0, West Ham Utd. 0. ENGLISH LEAGUE.-DIV. I. Aston Villa 3, Manchester U. 3. Bradford C. 5, West "Bromwich A. 0. Burnley 2, Sheffield W. 3. Chelsea 2, Everton 0. Liverpool 1, Oldham Ath. 2. Alanchester C 2, Bradford 3. Middlesbro' 1, Blackburn R. 4. Newcastle U. 1, Notts County 1. Sheffield U. 3. Bolton W. 1. Tottenham H. 0, Sunderland 6. ENGLISH LEAGUE.-DIV. II. Barnsley 2, Leeds City 1. Black pool 2, Fulham 2. Bristol City 2, Birmingham 3. Huddersfield T. 3, Grimsby T. 1. Preston N.E. 1, Derby County 3. Wolver. W. 4, Stockport C. 1. ENGLISH CUP. Sixth Qualifying Round. Goole Town 2, Chesterfield 0. Lincoln C. 0, Rotherham 0. Luton 5. Bromley 1. Croydon 4, Barnet 0. Notts F. 6, Shrewsbury Town 1. Eccles Borough 2, Merfhyr Town f Bristol Rov. 3, Boscombe 0. North Shields 1. South Shields 3. Glossop 3, Coventry City 1. Swansea Town 1. Leicester Fosse 0. Rochdale 2, Watford 0. London Caled. 0. Darlington 1. Holiday Matches. I SOUTHERN LEAGUE.-DIV. II. I Friday, Deck murk 25. Brentford v. Stoke, J. Lilley. J. North and G. R. Pullen. Llanelly v. Stalybridge Celtic, D. J. Sambrook. H. R: Watts and D. Jen- kins. Pontypridd v. Barry, W. R. David. A. W. Stevens and R. Batty. Swansea Town v. Merhyr Town, W. E. Russell. E. J. Morgan and T. Reed. Ton Pentre v. Mid-Rhoiidda, A. E. Farrant. E. H. George and W. L. Jones. Saturday. Beoejiber 26. Llanelly v. Pontypridd. E. H. Rog- ,er-e. F. H. Hudson and P. J. Beynom. -)[(,rt h ,vr Towii N- .Merthyr Town v. Swansea Town. E. H. Russell. W. H. Richards and H. H. Merrett. Newport County v. Abertillery. W. Osborne. J. Long a.nd E. IJ. Willianis. Stoke v. Brentford. J. Lilley. W. Richardson and S. Allen. Ebbw Vale Y. Stalvbridg-p Oehte. W. R. Davicl. League Tables. SOUTHERN lEAGUE-DIV. II. —Goals— P. W. L. I). F. A. P. Stoke 12 11 1 0.33 4.$! Merthyr T. 10 6 2 2.21 14.14 Swansea T. 10 -3 0.25 12.14 Bi-eiitf(ird 10 6 i 2.21 14.14 Coventry C.. 12 6 5 1.37 17.13 Stalybridge C. il 6 1 4.19 S5.13 Ton Pentre 10 4 2 4. 14 15. 12 Barry 10 4 4 2.17 8.10 Llanelly 10 4 6 0.19 15. 9 Newport C. 11 3 6 2.13 20. 8 Mid Rhondda 10 2 4 4.12 20. 9 Pomypr-did .12 1 7 4. 17 29. 6 Ebbw Vale 10 2 8 0.10 30 4 Abertillery If) 1 9 0. 7 54. 2 (.he records of Caerphilly. Leyton. and Mardf have been deleted). SOUTHERN LEAGUE.-DIV. 1. -Goals- P. W. L. D. F. A. P. Reading. 18 12 4 2.37 19.26 Millwall A. 17 10 3 4.20 15.24 Portsmouth 18 9 4 5.25 17.23 Brighton & H. 18 10 5 3. M 20.23 Cardiff C. 17 10 5 2.83 13.22' Watford 17 8 4 5. 23 13 21 West Ham U. 18 9 6 3.27 25.21 Northa.mptou 17 7 5 5.25 24. 19 Exeter C. 17 S 7 2.28 20.18 Sonfampton 18 7 8 3.30 38.] 7 Swindon T. 17 6 7 4.28 30.16 Crystal P. 17 5 7 5.22 :25.1.5 Southend U.. 17 5 7 0.17 21.M Queen's P. R. 17 3 7 6.21 27.14 Norwich C. 17 3 0 8.17 25.14 Britol Rov.17 6 9 2.29 40.14 Plymouth A..18 3 7 8.25 29.14 Luton T. 18 5 9 4.26 36.14 Croydon C. 17 3 10 4.21 28.10 Gillingham. 18 212 4.18 39. 8 ENGLISH LEAGUE-DIV. I. Goals P. W. L. D. F. A. P. Oldham A. 17 11 2 4.41 26.26 Manch. C. 17 9 3 5.24 16.23 Blackburn R. 18 10 5 3.43 26.23 Sheffield W..18 9 4 5.35 24.23 Everton 19 9 5 4.38 19.22 Bradford C.. 18 8 4 6.38 25.22 Aston Villa 17 7 5 5.31 31.19 Bradford 17 7 9 1.27 32.19 West Br. A..18 7 7 4.25 21.18 Sheffield IT. 17 6 6 5.22 20.]7 Sunderland 17 8 8 1.33 36.17 Burnley 17 6 7 4.28 25 16 Middlesbro' .17 4 5 8.23 31. 16 Newcastle U.. 18 5 8 5.22 21. 15 Chefsea. 17 4 7 6.23 29.14 Bolton W. 19 6 11 2.37 47. 14 Liverpool 18 4 9 5.28 42.13 Tottenham H. 18 i 10 4.24 47.12 Manch. U. 17 3 9 5.20 31.11 Notts C. 17 2 9 6.16 28.10 ENGLISH lEAGUE-DIV. II. Goals P. W. L. D. F. A. P. Derbv C. 17 12 3 2.35 12.26 Hudd'eld T.. 18 11 5 2.29 16.24 Preston N. E. IS 8 5 5.24 22.21 Birm'gham 17 8 5 4.29 18.20 Barnsley 17 9 <5 2.20 23.20 Arsenal. 18 8 6 4.32 23.20 Bury 17 8 6 3. 32 31.19 Wolv. W. 18 8 7 3.31 22.19 Fulham 18 8 7 3.29 23.19 Bristol C. 17 7 6 4.31 25.18 Hull City 16 7 6 3.23 21.17 Grimsby T. 18 6 7 5.18 31.17 Clapton O. 17 5 6 6.19 20.16 Stockport C.. 17 6 7 4.20 23.16 Lincoln C. IS () 8 4.21 27.16 Notts F. 18 5 8 5.24 32.15 Lewi s C. 18 5 9 4.30 29.14 Blackpool 17 5 10 2.19 30.12 Leicester -F.. 17 4 11 2.17 38.10 Glossop 17 3 11 3.16 33. 9 English Cup. DRAW FOR FIRST ROUND. The draw for the first round proper of the F.A. Cup was made on Monday afternoon as follow — Bristol City v. Cardiff City. Merthyr Town r. Woolwich Arsenal. Swansea Town v. Blackburn Rov. West Ham v. Newcastle. Everton v. Barnsley. Burnley v. Huddersfield. Bolton Wan. v. Notts County. Liverpool v. Stockport County. Birmingham v. Crystal Palace. Hull Oitv v. West Bromwich. Sheffield W. v. Manchester U. Preston N.E. v. Manchester C. Reading v. Wolverhampton W. Aston Villa v. Exeter City. South Shields v. Fulham. Bury v. Plymouth. Goole Town v. Middlesbrough. Blackpool v. Sheffield United, z Derby v. Leeds. Queen's P. R. v. Glossop. Croydon Common v. Oldhafn. Darlington v. Bradford City. Br.stol Rovers v. Southend. Rochdale v. Gillingham. Millwall v. Clapton Orient. Tottenham v. Sunderland. Southampton v. Luton. Bradford v. Portsmouth. Swindon v. Chels8Il. Grimsbv Town v. Northampton. Brighton v. Lincoln City. Notts Forest v. Norwich City. To be played on Jartnary 9.
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