Rare rugby caps found
FOR any sports player winning a cap is something to treasure for the rest of their lives but these three have lost their owners.
They were discovered in a drawer - along with other items of sporting memorabilia - when the Evening Post packed up to leave its Adelaide Street office block for a new home in High Street this week.
The first cap is made of purple velvet with gold trim and a three feathers badge that looks like the Welsh Rugby Union crest but has the letters WFU instead of the usual WRU. It also has the word trial and the date 1927-8 emblazoned underneath.
The second cap is blue velvet with silver trim and is dated 1923-24. The badge is very similar to that of the famous Barbarians invitation rugby side.
While the third cap, possibly for football, is green velvet, with a red dragon and the lettering WSFA and W v S (Wales v Scotland?), dated 1920.
The name AA Parker has been handwritten inside the first two caps.
Amongst the other items are a photograph of a player wearing a 1927-8 trial cap and a 1932-33 Llanelly RFC blazer as well as Llanelly programmes for games against the Maoris, Bedford and Coventry all of which list Alf Parker as playing in the forwards for Llanelly.
It is not know whether it is the same AA Parker as written inside the two rugby caps.
Former Llanelli, Wales and Lions fullback Terry Davies said: “Before the war you used to get caps for playing in welsh trials and for the Barbarians but they then did way with them.”
Mr Davies, now aged 80 and living in Bynea, said that he still treasured his caps.
He said: “You only get one cap and it’s there for a lifetime. It shows that you have played for your country and it doesn’t get any better than that for a Welshman.
“You treasure the and they are passed down your family.
I really hope that someone comes forward and claims these caps.
“They are important pieces of history that should be kept in the family.”
Evening Post editorial assistant, Jan Jenkins, added: “Over the years we have been handed lots of sporting memorabilia to photograph and write about and it looks like this it has been over-looked.
“I really hope that someone comes forwards and claims it as they deserve better.”