Gordon Wells

Gordon Wells

Position: Wing

Born 25/10/1928
Died 01/04/1995
Place Of Birth Porth
Height 180cm / 5' 11"
Weight 83kg / 13st 1lbs

Gordon Thomas Wells joined Cardiff comparatively late into his career at the age of 23 in 1952. He was a distinguished track and field athlete, winning the Welsh sprint title and was the United Kingdom record holder in the Triple jump. Before joining Cardiff, he played for Neath, including a game for the combined Aberavon and Neath XV against the 1951 Springboks. Between 1952 and 1962 Gordon spent 10 seasons with Cardiff, scoring 119 tries in 254 appearances, and was a popular captain in 1959 - 60. His international debut came against England in 1955 and he went on to gain seven Welsh caps, (four in the centre and three on the wing) and he also represented the Barbarians 14 times between 1955 and 1959. 

Playing Summary
  Season P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  1952/1953 5 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 3  
  1953/1954 8 6 1 1 3 0 0 0 9  
  1954/1955 34 28 3 3 17 0 0 0 51  
  1955/1956 34 24 0 10 20 0 0 0 60  
  1956/1957 29 23 2 4 11 0 0 0 33  
  1957/1958 29 24 3 2 14 0 0 0 42  
  1958/1959 22 12 4 6 7 0 0 0 21  
  1959/1960 42 25 7 10 16 0 0 0 48  
  1960/1961 34 24 4 6 21 0 0 0 63  
  1961/1962 17 11 3 3 10 0 0 0 30  
  Total 254 182 27 45 120 0 0 0 360  

Click on a season for a match by match breakdown.

  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 CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  22/09/1952 Leicester Tigers CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 9 - 6  
  11/10/1952 Pontypool CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 3  
  22/04/1953 Bristol Bears WI 0 0 0 0 0 W 10 - 9  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  26/12/1953 Wasps WI 1 0 0 0 3 W 12 - 3  
  28/12/1953 Watsonians WI 0 0 0 0 0 L 5 - 13  
  02/01/1954 Moseley CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 0  
  03/04/1954 Scarlets WI 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 0  
  07/04/1954 Swansea CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 13 - 10  
  10/04/1954 Pontypool CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 5 - 5  
  19/04/1954 Harlequins CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 11 - 6  
  20/04/1954 Northampton Saints CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 9  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  01/09/1954 Cardiff & District CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 47 - 3  
  04/09/1954 Cheltenham CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 3  
  08/09/1954 Penarth CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 15 - 3  
  11/09/1954 Pontypool CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 17 - 6  
  18/09/1954 Coventry CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 19 - 8  
  20/09/1954 Leicester Tigers CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 11  
  25/09/1954 Aberavon CE 2 0 0 0 6 W 15 - 9  
  02/10/1954 Newport CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  06/10/1954 Aberavon CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 32 - 11  
  09/10/1954 Pontypool CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 24 - 0  
  16/10/1954 Swansea CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 14 - 3  
  23/10/1954 Neath CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 3  
  30/10/1954 Northampton Saints CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 6  
  04/11/1954 Oxford University CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 23 - 0  
  13/11/1954 Newport CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  20/11/1954 Scarlets CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 0  
  27/11/1954 Gloucester Rugby CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 8  
  04/12/1954 Swansea CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 8 - 6  
  18/12/1954 Rosslyn Park CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 31 - 0  
  27/12/1954 Wasps CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 17 - 3  
  28/12/1954 Watsonians CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 0  
  29/01/1955 Cheltenham CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 15 - 6  
  19/02/1955 Newport CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 0  
  05/03/1955 Newport WI 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 11  
  12/03/1955 Blackheath CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 6 - 6  
  26/03/1955 Leicester Tigers CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 32 - 9  
  31/03/1955 Birkenhead Park CE 1 0 0 0 3 L 8 - 9  
  02/04/1955 Halifax CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 27 - 9  
  09/04/1955 Barbarians WI 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 6  
  16/04/1955 Devonport Services CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  18/04/1955 Penzance & Newlyn CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 0  
  19/04/1955 St Ives CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 16 - 6  
  23/04/1955 Coventry CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 22 - 13  
  07/05/1955 Scarlets CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 3  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  01/09/1955 Cardiff & District CE 3 0 0 0 9 W 29 - 0  
  03/09/1955 Birkenhead Park CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 20 - 11  
  07/09/1955 Romania CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  17/09/1955 Coventry CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 9 - 16  
  01/10/1955 Newport CE 1 0 0 0 3 L 6 - 16  
  08/10/1955 Scarlets CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  15/10/1955 Swansea CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 9  
  22/10/1955 Cambridge University CE 1 0 0 0 3 L 3 - 12  
  29/10/1955 Neath CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 3  
  05/11/1955 Oxford University CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 23  
  12/11/1955 Newport CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 13  
  19/11/1955 Wasps CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 11 - 9  
  03/12/1955 Swansea CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 3  
  10/12/1955 Harlequins CE 2 0 0 0 6 W 13 - 0  
  17/12/1955 Rosslyn Park CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 18 - 0  
  24/12/1955 Bristol Bears CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 8 - 11  
  26/12/1955 Wasps CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 21 - 3  
  31/12/1955 Stade Nantais Université Club CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 26 - 9  
  01/01/1956 Paris University CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 6  
  14/01/1956 Scarlets CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 19 - 3  
  28/01/1956 Cheltenham CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 19 - 5  
  18/02/1956 Newport CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 3  
  25/02/1956 Neath CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 8  
  03/03/1956 Newport CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 10 - 9  
  10/03/1956 Bridgend Ravens CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 24 - 9  
  14/03/1956 Bristol Bears CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 13 - 6  
  17/03/1956 Gloucester Rugby CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 17 - 10  
  07/04/1956 Plymouth Albion CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 9 - 8  
  09/04/1956 Penzance & Newlyn CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 24 - 3  
  10/04/1956 St Ives CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 27 - 6  
  14/04/1956 Ebbw Vale CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 13  
  21/04/1956 Leicester Tigers CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 20 - 5  
  26/04/1956 Pontypool CE 2 0 0 0 6 W 16 - 8  
  03/05/1956 Aberavon CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 13 - 3  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  01/09/1956 Germany CE 2 0 0 0 6 W 25 - 0  
  08/09/1956 Penarth CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 26 - 5  
  12/09/1956 Bridgend Ravens CE 2 0 0 0 6 W 28 - 5  
  15/09/1956 Coventry CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 14 - 3  
  17/09/1956 Leicester Tigers CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 18 - 9  
  22/09/1956 Aberavon CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 3  
  29/09/1956 Scarlets CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 21 - 13  
  03/10/1956 Italy CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 3  
  06/10/1956 Newport CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 6 - 6  
  13/10/1956 Halifax CE 2 0 0 0 6 W 36 - 14  
  15/10/1956 Bective Rangers CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 6  
  20/10/1956 Cambridge University CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 19 - 9  
  27/10/1956 Neath CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 17 - 6  
  24/11/1956 Blackheath CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 16 - 6  
  01/12/1956 Swansea CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 6  
  15/12/1956 Rosslyn Park CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 16 - 0  
  26/12/1956 Wasps CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 19 - 0  
  29/12/1956 Ebbw Vale CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  09/01/1957 South African Universities CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 18 - 8  
  19/01/1957 Bath Rugby CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 21 - 16  
  26/01/1957 Aberavon CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 6  
  02/02/1957 Cheltenham CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 3  
  09/02/1957 London Welsh CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 5  
  16/02/1957 Newport CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 0  
  23/02/1957 Scarlets CE 1 0 0 0 3 L 6 - 11  
  16/03/1957 Coventry CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 24 - 5  
  28/03/1957 Pontypool CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 10 - 5  
  30/03/1957 Neath CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 8  
  03/04/1957 Penarth CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 10  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  04/09/1957 Cardiff & District CE 2 0 0 0 6 W 33 - 3  
  07/09/1957 Auvergne CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 14 - 6  
  11/09/1957 Group Captains Walker's XV CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  14/09/1957 Bective Rangers CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  19/09/1957 Pontypool CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 3  
  21/09/1957 Neath CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 14 - 0  
  28/09/1957 Aberavon CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 17 - 8  
  03/10/1957 Swansea CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 6  
  05/10/1957 Newport CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  09/10/1957 Penarth CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 25 - 3  
  12/10/1957 Northampton Saints CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 3  
  19/10/1957 Newport CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  26/10/1957 Cambridge University CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 10  
  09/11/1957 Scarlets CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 5 - 3  
  16/11/1957 Wasps CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 6 - 3  
  23/11/1957 Gloucester Rugby CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 0  
  30/11/1957 Bristol Bears CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 18 - 6  
  01/12/1957 Swansea CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 9 - 3  
  14/12/1957 Australia CE 2 0 0 0 6 W 14 - 11  
  11/01/1958 Bristol Bears CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 19 - 9  
  08/02/1958 Aberavon CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 9  
  15/02/1958 Cheltenham CE 2 0 0 0 6 W 30 - 0  
  01/03/1958 Newport CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  08/03/1958 Bridgend Ravens CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 0  
  15/03/1958 Newport CE 1 0 0 0 3 L 6 - 14  
  22/03/1958 Coventry CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  05/04/1958 Barbarians CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 6  
  12/04/1958 Penzance & Newlyn CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  19/04/1958 Bath Rugby CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 17 - 0  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  06/09/1958 Swansea CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 11 - 11  
  20/09/1958 Coventry CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 13 - 13  
  11/10/1958 Northampton Saints CE 2 0 0 0 6 L 11 - 14  
  18/10/1958 Cambridge University CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 11 - 22  
  25/10/1958 Aberavon CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 11  
  01/11/1958 Oxford University WI 0 0 0 0 0 W 18 - 11  
  08/11/1958 Newport WI 0 0 0 0 0 L 8 - 9  
  15/11/1958 Wasps WI 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 0  
  24/01/1959 Cheltenham CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  31/01/1959 Neath CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 6  
  07/03/1959 Newport WI 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  14/03/1959 Cheltenham WI 1 0 0 0 3 W 19 - 3  
  21/03/1959 Coventry WI 0 0 0 0 0 W 28 - 9  
  28/03/1959 Barbarians WI 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 21  
  30/03/1959 Harlequins WI 1 0 0 0 3 W 8 - 3  
  04/04/1959 Penzance & Newlyn WI 1 0 0 0 3 W 13 - 6  
  06/04/1959 Camborne CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 16 - 0  
  07/04/1959 St Ives CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  11/04/1959 Gloucester Rugby WI 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 3  
  18/04/1959 Neath WI 1 0 0 0 3 W 11 - 3  
  27/04/1959 Bristol Bears WI 1 0 0 0 3 W 6 - 3  
  29/04/1959 Swansea WI 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 0  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  02/09/1959 Cardiff & District WI 1 0 0 0 3 W 30 - 11  
  05/09/1959 Ebbw Vale WI 0 0 0 0 0 W 19 - 5  
  12/09/1959 London Welsh WI 0 0 0 0 0 W 16 - 6  
  17/09/1959 Pontypool WI 1 0 0 0 3 W 8 - 3  
  19/09/1959 Coventry WI 2 0 0 0 6 W 8 - 3  
  23/09/1959 Gloucester Rugby WI 2 0 0 0 6 W 17 - 9  
  26/09/1959 Aberavon WI 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 9  
  30/09/1959 Penarth WI 0 0 0 0 0 W 16 - 3  
  03/10/1959 Newport WI 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 9  
  10/10/1959 Northampton Saints WI 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 8  
  17/10/1959 Bective Rangers WI 1 0 0 0 3 D 9 - 9  
  24/10/1959 Cambridge University WI 1 0 0 0 3 W 15 - 6  
  28/10/1959 Penarth WI 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 8  
  31/10/1959 Neath WI 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 9  
  07/11/1959 Oxford University WI 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 22  
  14/11/1959 Newport CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 8 - 12  
  21/11/1959 Wasps CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 16 - 11  
  28/11/1959 Scarlets CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 5  
  05/12/1959 Swansea CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 18 - 12  
  12/12/1959 Harlequins CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 14 - 5  
  19/12/1959 Rosslyn Park CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 9  
  26/12/1959 Wasps CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  28/12/1959 Watsonians CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 10 - 0  
  09/01/1960 Bristol Bears CE 1 0 0 0 3 D 6 - 6  
  16/01/1960 London Welsh CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 0  
  23/01/1960 Neath CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 0  
  30/01/1960 Bristol Bears CE 2 0 0 0 6 W 13 - 5  
  13/02/1960 Aberavon CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 6 - 6  
  20/02/1960 Newport CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 6 - 6  
  27/02/1960 Scarlets CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 11  
  05/03/1960 Newport CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 3  
  12/03/1960 Cheltenham CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 0  
  19/03/1960 Swansea WI 1 0 0 0 3 L 3 - 8  
  02/04/1960 Pontypridd WI 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  06/04/1960 Pontypool WI 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 3  
  09/04/1960 Gloucester Rugby WI 1 0 0 0 3 L 6 - 10  
  13/04/1960 Bridgend Ravens WI 0 0 0 0 0 L 5 - 14  
  16/04/1960 Barbarians WI 0 0 0 0 0 D 10 - 10  
  18/04/1960 Harlequins WI 0 0 0 0 0 W 17 - 6  
  19/04/1960 Ebbw Vale WI 0 0 0 0 0 W 5 - 3  
  23/04/1960 Penzance & Newlyn CE 1 0 0 0 3 L 3 - 11  
  25/04/1960 Camborne WI 0 0 0 0 0 W 23 - 0  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  01/09/1960 Cardiff & District WI 2 0 0 0 6 W 34 - 3  
  03/09/1960 Ebbw Vale WI 0 0 0 0 0 W 16 - 3  
  07/09/1960 Gloucester Rugby WI 3 0 0 0 9 W 14 - 0  
  10/09/1960 London Welsh WI 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 0  
  14/09/1960 Penarth WI 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  17/09/1960 Coventry WI 2 0 0 0 6 W 21 - 13  
  24/09/1960 Aberavon WI 1 0 0 0 3 W 9 - 6  
  08/10/1960 Northampton Saints WI 0 0 0 0 0 D 6 - 6  
  15/10/1960 Cambridge University WI 3 0 0 0 9 W 12 - 9  
  22/10/1960 Neath WI 1 0 0 0 3 W 12 - 3  
  29/10/1960 South Africa WI 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 13  
  05/11/1960 Oxford University CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 16 - 14  
  12/11/1960 Newport WI 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  19/11/1960 Wasps CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 17  
  10/12/1960 Harlequins WI 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 8  
  14/12/1960 Newport WI 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  17/12/1960 London Welsh WI 0 0 0 0 0 W 21 - 8  
  24/12/1960 Bristol Bears WI 2 0 0 0 6 W 21 - 9  
  26/12/1960 Wasps WI 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  31/12/1960 Neath WI 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 0  
  07/01/1961 Ebbw Vale WI 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 10  
  14/01/1961 Bristol Bears WI 1 0 0 0 3 L 5 - 6  
  28/01/1961 Bective Rangers WI 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 0  
  11/02/1961 Aberavon WI 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 12  
  24/02/1961 Scarlets WI 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  04/03/1961 Newport WI 2 0 0 0 6 W 16 - 9  
  18/03/1961 Swansea WI 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 8  
  25/03/1961 Bridgend Ravens CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 0  
  08/04/1961 Penzance & Newlyn WI 0 0 0 0 0 W 15 - 3  
  11/04/1961 Penryn WI 1 0 0 0 3 W 28 - 3  
  15/04/1961 Gloucester Rugby WI 1 0 0 0 3 W 14 - 3  
  20/04/1961 Pontypool WI 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  22/04/1961 Abertillery WI 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  03/05/1961 Scarlets WI 1 0 0 0 3 W 6 - 3  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  20/09/1961 Gloucester Rugby WI 1 0 0 0 3 W 10 - 6  
  23/09/1961 London Welsh WI 1 0 0 0 3 W 20 - 0  
  27/09/1961 Cardiff & District WI 2 0 0 0 6 W 13 - 0  
  30/09/1961 Aberavon WI 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  07/10/1961 Newport WI 1 0 0 0 3 W 9 - 3  
  14/10/1961 Northampton Saints WI 2 0 0 0 6 D 9 - 9  
  21/10/1961 Bective Rangers WI 1 0 0 0 3 W 14 - 6  
  04/11/1961 Oxford University WI 1 0 0 0 3 W 13 - 3  
  11/11/1961 Newport WI 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  18/11/1961 Wasps WI 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 3  
  25/11/1961 Scarlets WI 0 0 0 0 0 W 19 - 0  
  02/12/1961 Swansea WI 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  09/12/1961 Harlequins WI 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 14  
  16/12/1961 Ebbw Vale WI 0 0 0 0 0 L 5 - 13  
  23/12/1961 Neath WI 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 6  
  13/01/1962 Coventry WI 0 0 0 0 0 W 10 - 3  
  20/01/1962 London Welsh WI 1 0 0 0 3 W 19 - 13  
  Team P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  Wales 7 5 1 1 1 0 0 0 3  
Clubs: - Cardiff - Neath - Penygraig -
Education: - Porth County School -
Invitational: - Barbarians - Crawshays -
Honours: - Wales -

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