Olympic Bronze

News of an Olympic Bronze Medal comes not from Sochi but from the London Games of 1908.  Rhyl Hockey Club member Llewelyn Blackwell Evans represented Wales and was a Bronze Medal winner.

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The 1908 Olympic Games were originally awarded to Rome but were relocated on financial grounds to London after the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 1906.  The games ran from April 27th – October 31st.  2,008 athletes took part – 1,971 men and 37 women.  It was the first time there was a purpose built stadium, The White City Stadium with a capacity of 68,000.

The following is from the Rhyl Record and Advertiser, 7th November, 1908:

HOCKEY

The Olympic Games

“The international matches between Germany, France, England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland were the last of the 1908 Olympic Winter Games.  Wales were drawn against Ireland and the match was played on Friday, October 30th.  A keenly fought game resulted in victory for Ireland by 3 goals to 1.  The Welsh forward line was somewhat weakened by the absence of the chosen centre forward H. Connah, who was unable to play.  But still the game was the most closely contested of all the ties.”

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“It is not often one town in North Wales is honoured by having three representatives selected for such an important match – Messrs Ll. B. Evans, H. Connah and F. Connah* are the trio, which proves that Rhyl are well up in this interesting pastime.  H. Connah being in the forward line, F. Connah half back and Ll. B. Evans, back.  Mr Connah (senior) was also asked to referee one of the matches, but was unable to do so.”

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image shows the match between Germany and Scotland at the 1908 Olympic Games

* online research shows Ll. B. Evans affiliated to Rhyl Hockey Club, F. Connah affiliated to Colwyn Bay Hockey Club and no reference to H. Connah (presumably because he was unable to play in the final)

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