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JENKINS , THOMAS JOHN PRICE ( 1864 - 1922 ), physician; Wales and London-Welsh Rugby centre three-quarter, and founder of the London-Welsh Football Club ;

b. 1864 , son of Dr. Jenkins , rector of Llan-llwch and vicar of Llan-gain, Carms. He was educated at Llandovery , Cambridge University , and S. Bartholomew's Hospital , London . Jenkins was considered among the best of Welsh international three-quarters in his day, but he was known chiefly for his work in founding the London-Welsh Football Club , having previously played for a Rhondda club , for Blackheath , and for Middlesex . He also played for Wales against Ireland in 1888 , and in the same year against Scotland , whom Wales then beat for the first time; it was Jenkins who scored the only try of the match. A damaged knee cut short his football career. In later life, having gained the M.R.C.S. and L.R.C.P. diplomas, Jenkins became the chief medical officer of the Army recruiting staff in London . He d. 6 Aug. 1922 .

Sources:

  • Cardiff Rugby Football Club History , 18.;
  • The Times , 7 Aug. 1922 ;
  • South Wales Daily News , 7 Aug. 1922 ;
  • The Illustrated sporting and dramatic news a high-class weekly journal of sport, art, literature, music and the drama , London, 1874-1942 , 12 Aug. 1922 ;
  • The Medical Directory , London , 1922 .

Author:

Dr Moelwyn Idwal Williams, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959