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BOOTS , JOHN GEORGE ( 1874 - 1928 ), Wales and Newport Rugby forward .

Born 2 July 1874 at Aberbeeg, Mon. He first played Rugby for Aberbeeg in 1890 and in 1895 made his first appearance for the Newport XV . He became an outstanding player and was known as the ‘ Peter Pan of Rugby Football ,’ having played in first class football for thirty seasons, twenty-seven of which were spent with the Newport team. Between 1898 and 1904 , he was ‘ capped ’ sixteen times for Wales . He was vice-captain of Newport for five seasons and in 1903-4 succeeded Llewellyn Lloyd as captain . In 1915-16 he played for Cross Keys , who won the Western Valleys Challenge Cup . Later, in 1918-19 , he captained Pill Harriers . At one time he also played for Blackheath . He d. 30 Dec. 1928 .

Sources:

  • W. J. T. Collins , Rugby Recollections , 1948 , 77-9;
  • South Wales Argus , 31 Dec. 1928 ;
  • The Times , 31 Dec. 1928 .

Author:

Dr Moelwyn Idwal Williams, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959