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GOULD , ARTHUR JOSEPH ( 1864 - 1919 ), Rugby footballer ;

b. at Newport, Mon. , 10 Oct. 1864 . One of a family of athletes and footballers , he was in first class football from 1882 till 1898 , playing his first game for Newport , as a fullback , at the age of sixteen. He played in the Newport XV for three seasons as a full-back , and it was in that position he got his first ‘ cap ’ for Wales . But it was as a centre three-quarter that he became famous. Between 1885 and 1897 he represented Wales on twenty-seven occasions.

Gould was gifted with tremendous speed and was always a prolific scorer and, for some time, held the record with forty-four tries in one season against the principal Welsh clubs . He played for Newport during the greatest part of his career, but he had also played for Richmond ( 1886-7 ) and Middlesex ( 1887-8 ). In his day Gould was also one of the greatest runners in Wales . He d. 2 Jan. 1919 ; to perpetuate his memory a memorial bed was endowed at the Royal Gwent Hospital , Newport .

Sources:

  • W. J. T. Collins , Rugby Recollections , 1948 , 9-10;
  • The Times , 3 Jan. 1919 ;
  • Western Mail , 3 Jan. 1919 .

Author:



He had an elder brother ROBERT GOULD ( 1864? - 1932 ), a Rugby forward who played for Newport from 1879 to 1889 , and represented Wales on eleven occasions between 1882 and 1887 ; he d. 29 Dec. 1932 .

Sources:

  • Rugby Football Annual , 1932-3 , 12;
  • The Times , 1 Jan. 1932 ;
  • Western Mail , 2 Jan. 1932 .

Author:

Dr Moelwyn Idwal Williams, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959