• President
    • Gerald Davies CBE
  • Vice Presidents
    • Andrew Brace
    • DE Brierley
    • Jack Evans
    • Bob Garwood
    • Simon Gulliford
    • David Harries
    • Owain Harries
    • Dr Keith Hughes
    • Peter Jackson
    • W Hopkin Joseph
    • Gerry Latham
    • Ian Lewis
    • Byron Light
    • Greg Lock
    • Nigel Perris
    • Martyn Ryan
    • Anthony Tarr
    • Denys Thomas
    • Richard Whiting
    • John Williams
    • Nick Williams
    • Gary Witchell
  • Life Members
    • Malcolm Baker
    • Gerald Davies CBE
    • Jack Davies
    • Leighton Davies
    • Denis Evans
    • Dennis Gethin OBE
    • Wyn Oliver
  • Chairman
    • Jack Davies
  • Hon Secretary
    • Denys Thomas
  • Treasurer
    • Jon Davis
  • Vice Chairman
    • Tim Lowe
  • Match Secretary
    • Dr Keith Hughes
  • Head Coach
    • Adrian Evans
  • Executive Committee
    • Jack Davies
    • Denys Thomas
    • Jon Davis
    • Tim Lowe
    • Steve Williams
    • Adrian Evans
    • Dr Keith Hughes
    • Rhys Evans
    • Gethin Evans
    • Alun Wynne
    • Dr Brian Rees OBE
    • Wyn Hughes
    • David Williams
    • Gareth Nicholas
    • Richard Emms
    • Steve Whitehead
    • Paul Evans
    • Colin Workman
    • Bob Dyer
    • Paul Jones
    • Simon Thomas

Welsh Academicals History : Gerald & Gareth Meet Gaston

Andy Chinn

 

Although never serving the Club in an official capacity Andy Chinn can claim a connection with the Welsh Academicals going back to 1961 (augmented by his own son Jonathan during the 80s). In a career that lasted more than twenty seasons he turned out for Swansea University, Maesteg, Glamorgan Wanderers and finally Bridgend Sports. His theme is that, when on tour with the Accies, you never know who might be sitting next to you.

 

It was the beginning of September in the nineteen-sixties when I boarded a bus in Cardiff to join another Accies' tour in Cornwall . Besides a number of hardened old tourists whose faces were familiar to me there were two young schoolboys who looked decidedly out of place.

The pair were very quiet on the long journey to Truro on pre-motorway roads, made even longer by the obligatory comfort stop at the Jamaica Inn on Bodmin Moor. They were still subdued when we arrived at the Trygie Hotel and Country Club, to be greeted by its owner Tony and his famous three-legged Graet Dane, Gaston. Our host was one of those rare hotel owners who actually enjoyed a visit by the Accies and was happy to join in the banter and fun of the tour party. Gaston had lost a hind leg in a road accident, but this in no way impaired his ability to run around. In fact he was clocked at 27mph when following Tony's sports car up the hotel drive.

The first night was traditionally a time for the whole party to gel socially. The consumption of a fair amount of Cornish ale accompanied by good Welsh singing got the evening off to a fine start and our two youngsters began to relax and enter into the spirit of the party. However, I will never forget the wide eyed look on their faces as they were introduced to some of Paul Holland's more bizarre party games

Next day we took on Truro RFC and I recall being surprised to see that both our teenage recruits were selected to play against a side which was then among the top teams in the south west. However, once the match started it was the rest of our team, and the opposition, and the spectators, who had the look of wide eyed wonder in ther faces - when they witnessed the pace, power and skill of the two youngsters. On the side - lines people hurriedly consulted programmes - to find that their names were Gareth Owen Edwards and Thomas Gerald Reames Davies.

Will the Accies (or anybody else) see their like again? I wonder.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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