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Journal 137 - March 2020

We asked for sporting stories for the first journal of this new decade, and we have them, not only from the established sports of rugby and football, but from cycling, boxing, tennis and some less orthodox versions of racing!  Members can access copies of our current and previous journals here:  Journal Archive.

Rhian Diggins of the Glamorgan Archives reminds us of the amazing spread of sporting activities that grew up in and around the valleys of south Wales during the heyday of the industrial period. It would seem that wherever a patch of ground was available (and it would rarely be flat, so much levelling or shoring up was needed to produce any sort of pitch), then a game of some sort would take place. If a pitch was not to be found, then contests would take place in the street, on the hillside, or outside the pub.

Not all activities surrounding these games were legal and there was a fair amount of skullduggery going on, but the following articles give a flavour of how communities were brought together by practically any sporting activity.  

Away from sport, we have an article on the Welsh ironworkers who went to France in the early 19th century, the Welsh miners who were involved in the terrible Avondale pit disaster, and for contrast a story of a WW1 postcard that went missing 100 years ago, and has just turned up!

Our June journal is open for any topic, so please let us have your stories, anecdotes, and photographs for a bumper 2020.