Alun Thomas

Alun Thomas

Position: Centre

Born 03/02/1926
Died 08/05/1991
Place Of Birth Cwmavon

Alun Gruffydd Thomas was born in Cwmavon in 1926 and gained a Welsh Secondary School cap against England in 1945 whilst attending Port Talbot County School. When he left school he went to Aberystwyth University and played for Llanelli Wanderers, Llangennech and Swansea. In 1950 he joined Cardiff making the traditional debut for Cardiff Athletic against Old Edwardians in November 1950 and going on to make 82 appearances for the first team, making his debut against Cheltenham - his first XV cap was awarded at the end of his first season. In the game against the touring South African team in 1951 he played on the wing but when he played in the legendary Cardiff side that beat the 1953 All Blacks he was playing in the centre. His international debut came against England at Twickenham in 1952, the first of 13 appearances for Wales.  Alun moved to Llanelli in 1955 and was selected for the Lions tour of South Africa. Unfortunately, injury restricted him to only 5 games on tour. and gained 14 caps for Wales

From 1963 - 1968 he was a Welsh Selector and was Assistant Manager on the first ever Welsh tour to South Africa in 1964, he was President of the Welsh Rugby Union in 1985. Two well-known relatives of Alun Thomas were the great Swansea player Len Blyth and Len’s son, the full back Roger Blyth.

Playing Summary
  Season P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  1950/1951 15 10 4 1 5 0 0 2 21  
  1951/1952 23 17 1 5 6 0 0 0 18  
  1952/1953 20 15 1 4 2 0 0 0 6  
  1953/1954 22 15 2 5 5 0 0 3 24  
  1954/1955 2 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 6  
  Total 82 59 8 15 18 3 0 5 75  

Click on a season for a match by match breakdown.

  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  21/12/1950 Cheltenham CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 13 - 0  
  26/12/1950 Wasps CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 14 - 13  
  30/12/1950 Northumberland CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 10  
  01/01/1951 Watsonians CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 0  
  20/01/1951 Bath Rugby CE 1 0 0 1 6 W 25 - 11  
  03/02/1951 Sale Sharks CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 20 - 0  
  24/02/1951 Gloucester Rugby WI 1 0 0 0 3 W 6 - 3  
  03/03/1951 Newport WI 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  17/03/1951 Coventry WI 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 0  
  26/03/1951 Harlequins FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  27/03/1951 Northampton Saints WI 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 3  
  03/04/1951 Penzance & Newlyn FH 0 0 0 1 3 D 3 - 3  
  07/04/1951 Aberavon FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  14/04/1951 Blackheath CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 17 - 12  
  23/04/1951 Neath CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 6 - 6  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  01/09/1951 Bristol Rugby FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 16 - 8  
  05/09/1951 Cardiff & District FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 33 - 0  
  08/09/1951 Swansea FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 6  
  15/09/1951 Neath FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 6  
  19/09/1951 Aberavon CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 5 - 6  
  06/10/1951 Newport CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 3  
  10/10/1951 Gloucester Rugby CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 24 - 3  
  13/10/1951 Wasps CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 9 - 11  
  20/10/1951 South Africa WI 0 0 0 0 0 L 9 - 11  
  27/10/1951 Cambridge University WI 1 0 0 0 3 W 29 - 13  
  29/10/1951 Northampton Saints WI 1 0 0 0 3 W 20 - 0  
  03/11/1951 Oxford University CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 11 - 8  
  15/12/1951 Newport WI 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 5  
  26/12/1951 Wasps WI 2 0 0 0 6 W 21 - 0  
  27/12/1951 Watsonians FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  29/12/1951 Coventry FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 0  
  12/01/1952 Newport WI 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  26/01/1952 Swansea FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 5 - 3  
  16/02/1952 Penarth WI 0 0 0 0 0 W 18 - 0  
  01/03/1952 Newport WI 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 6  
  15/03/1952 Neath FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 11  
  05/04/1952 Bridgend Ravens CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 6 - 6  
  15/04/1952 Northampton Saints CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  03/09/1952 Cardiff & District CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 22 - 0  
  17/09/1952 Cheltenham FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  20/09/1952 Coventry CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 13 - 3  
  29/09/1952 Nantes / Cognac CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 36 - 11  
  04/10/1952 Newport CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 3  
  11/10/1952 Pontypool CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 3  
  18/10/1952 Gloucester Rugby FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 0  
  25/10/1952 Scarlets FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 6  
  08/11/1952 Newport FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 0  
  15/11/1952 Wasps FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 16 - 5  
  22/11/1952 Scarlets FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 5  
  29/11/1952 Neath FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 8  
  20/12/1952 Swansea FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  26/12/1952 Wasps FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 27 - 0  
  24/01/1953 Swansea CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 17 - 0  
  31/01/1953 Aberavon CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 9 - 11  
  14/02/1953 London Welsh CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 3  
  28/02/1953 Gloucester Rugby CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 9 - 14  
  07/03/1953 Newport CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 5 - 5  
  04/04/1953 Barbarians CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 0  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  05/10/1953 Scarlets CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 8  
  10/10/1953 Bristol Rugby CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 3  
  17/10/1953 Swansea CE 1 0 0 0 3 L 9 - 11  
  24/10/1953 Neath CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 6 - 6  
  31/10/1953 Cambridge University CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 9  
  07/11/1953 Oxford University CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 30 - 0  
  21/11/1953 New Zealand CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 3  
  26/12/1953 Wasps CE 0 0 0 1 3 W 12 - 3  
  02/01/1954 Moseley CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 0  
  09/01/1954 Aberavon CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 8 - 11  
  23/01/1954 Sale Sharks CE 2 0 0 1 9 W 31 - 3  
  13/02/1954 London Welsh CE 0 0 0 1 3 W 17 - 11  
  20/02/1954 Old Belvedere CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 9  
  22/02/1954 Bective Rangers CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 8 - 21  
  27/02/1954 Gloucester Rugby CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 17 - 5  
  06/03/1954 Newport CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  17/03/1954 Newport CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 13 - 9  
  20/03/1954 Neath CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  31/03/1954 Penarth CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 20 - 6  
  03/04/1954 Scarlets CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 9 - 0  
  07/04/1954 Swansea CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 13 - 10  
  17/04/1954 Barbarians CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 16 - 0  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  01/09/1954 Cardiff & District FB 0 3 0 0 6 W 47 - 3  
  04/09/1954 Cheltenham WI 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 3  
  Team P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  Wales 13 11 0 2 1 0 0 1 6  
Clubs: - Cardiff - Llanelli Wanderers - Llangennech - Swansea -
Education: - Port Talbot County School - Aberystwyth University -
Region: - Scarlets -
Invitational: - Barbarians -
Honours: - British and Irish Lions - Wales - Wales Schools -

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