Howard Evans (Swansea Programme Notes)

Posted by Howard Evans on 10/02/2018

Welcome to the famous All-Whites from the famous old international ground of St Helen’s, who are currently one point ahead of Aberavon (7 to 6) after two matches plus the points brought forward in another crazy Premiership season.

Personally I cannot remember when we played last, as I discount a farcical cup-tie against Skewen Seconds, Thirds or even Veterans team.

When I used to report the games played by Bonymaen and Dunvant I got to know former Swansea players such as Malcolm Dacey, Simon Davies, Richard Webster, Tony Clement and Richard Llewellyn and what a splendid lot they were, plus of course Kevin Hopkins who coached both Swansea and Aberavon.

Malcolm, Simon and Richard were Bonymaen lads through and through, while I often sat next the late, great Dewi Bebb in press-boxes and he was a lovely man, being in my opinion the best putter-down of a try in those days of years gone by.

Another nice chap (off the field) was Keith Colclough, a great Swansea prop and how he did not get a cap I do not know. The great Western Mail writer, the late John Billot, always picked Keith out as one of his favourite players and Keith once praised the fact that I used to write about prop forwards – in the days when the Evening Post gave journalists room to write. 

I have watched both Rugby Union and Rugby League international matches at St Helen’s and seen midweek tour games there, but the crowd were always so far away from the players on the clubhouse side and behind the posts at the City (it was Town then) end.

As far as cricket went at St Helen’s, I much preferred reporting games there than in my home City of Cardiff. The walk to the wicket was murderous for young batsmen while the beer was always good there and at the Cricketers!    Happy Days.