History of Sport in Wales (University of Wales - Pocket by Martin Johnes

By Martin Johnes

The heritage of activities in Wales because the nineteenth century is charted during this concise consultant for either lecturers and avid activities lovers. An research of the position of industrialization at the formation of recent activities is equipped in addition to an research of the emergence of prepared gaming within the past due Victorian and Edwardian interval, the jobs that immigration performed in introducing new activities to Wales, and the way activities helped bind the commercial groups of Wales jointly. details at the upward push of commercialization and tv within the twentieth century and its results on Welsh activities tradition can be supplied.

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Nonconformity also feared the growing popularity of sport, not just because of how spectators and players behaved, but because it tempted them away from the chapel pews. The Revd John Rees of the Rhondda declared that football was ‘the dullest and most senseless game the world had ever seen. Even an ape . . would not disgrace itself by seeking its pleasures in kicking a football. 17 The close links between alcohol and rugby also upset the Nonconformists. Clubs, small and large, used pubs and hotels to change in, while many spectators drank before, during and after matches.

Above all, it was perhaps the sport’s ability to promote community loyalty and identity in the burgeoning urban areas that won it middle-class support. At the beginning of the nineteenth century, only one in five people lived in towns. The massive urbanization that accompanied industrialization meant that only one in five lived in rural areas by the outbreak of the First World War. Rugby offered a useful way of binding the new urban communities that were made up of an agglomeration of people from different classes, localities and nations.

But it also created bad feeling between teams and led some to think that cricket was losing its gentlemanly image. The cup was disbanded in 1886 after many teams pulled out to avoid arguments over fair play and accusations of shamateurism. In 1888, Glamorgan County Cricket Club was formed at the Angel Hotel in Cardiff after the old South Wales club collapsed. It played its first match in 1889 against Warwickshire and entered the Minor Counties competition in 1897, a competition in which it never excelled.

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