Jack Matthews

Jack Matthews

Position: Centre

Date Of Birth 21/06/1920 (97)
Place Of Birth Bridgend
Height 161cm / 5' 3"
Weight 93kg / 14st 9lbs

Dr Jack Mathews born 21st August 1920 in Bridgend, nicknamed "The Ironman" who played for Cardiff and Newport RFC.

Along with Bleddyn Williams, Mathews formed a centre partership, which is regarded as one of the finest in the game. Mathews won 17 caps for Wales and 6 with the British Lions.
A general practitioner by profession he travelled with the 1980 Lions on their tour of South Africa as team doctor.

From a youth he was a keen sportsman and in 1937 he won the Welsh AAA junior 220 yds title, a year later after spending three seasons in the Welsh Secondary Schools rugby team, he played in a senior Welsh trial at just 18 years old.

Whilst stationed with the RAF at St Athen in 1943, Mathews fought future world champion boxer Rocky Marciano in an amateur boxing match and held him to a draw. Mathews continued his connection with sport after retiring from rugby. he maintained links with boxing becoming medical officer to the Welsh boxing association.

In 1981 he received the OBE in the Queens honours list. Chairman of CRFC 1954/55.  Appointed Hon. physician to WRU in 1974/75.

Playing Summary
  Season P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  1945/1946 23 19 0 4 12 0 0 1 40  
  1946/1947 19 15 1 3 5 0 0 0 15  
  1947/1948 25 23 0 2 12 0 0 0 36  
  1948/1949 28 25 2 1 10 0 0 0 30  
  1949/1950 21 16 1 4 6 0 0 0 18  
  1950/1951 18 15 1 2 2 0 0 0 6  
  1951/1952 39 30 3 6 8 0 0 0 24  
  1952/1953 4 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0  
  1953/1954 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  
  Total 178 147 8 23 55 0 0 1 169  

Click on a season for a match by match breakdown.

  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  01/09/1945 Cardiff & District CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 43 - 3  
  08/09/1945 Leicester Tigers CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 6  
  15/09/1945 Royal Australian Armed Forces CE 3 0 0 0 9 W 28 - 3  
  22/09/1945 Neath CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 9  
  29/09/1945 Wasps CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 27 - 0  
  06/10/1945 Newport CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 28 - 17  
  13/10/1945 Gloucester Rugby CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 40 - 9  
  20/10/1945 Swansea CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 17 - 6  
  27/10/1945 Scarlets CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 35 - 3  
  03/11/1945 New Zealand Services CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 3  
  10/11/1945 Newport CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 10 - 6  
  17/11/1945 Coventry CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 16 - 3  
  24/11/1945 Pontypool CE 2 0 0 0 6 W 25 - 0  
  26/12/1945 New Zealand Army CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 3  
  31/12/1945 Stade Nantais Université Club CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 29 - 8  
  01/01/1946 US Cognacaise CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 18 - 19  
  26/01/1946 Neath CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 5  
  09/02/1946 Gloucester Rugby CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 18 - 3  
  16/02/1946 Newport CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 7  
  23/03/1946 Coventry CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 3  
  01/04/1946 Penzance & Newlyn CE 2 0 0 0 6 W 19 - 8  
  02/04/1946 Redruth CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  20/04/1946 Barbarians CE 1 0 0 1 7 L 9 - 10  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  03/09/1946 Cardiff & District CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 24 - 3  
  07/09/1946 Plymouth Albion CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 3  
  14/09/1946 Bristol Rugby CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 0  
  21/09/1946 Neath CE 1 0 0 0 3 L 8 - 14  
  28/09/1946 Coventry CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 0  
  05/10/1946 Newport CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 8 - 6  
  19/10/1946 Swansea CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 5 - 7  
  09/11/1946 Newport CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 0  
  11/11/1946 Stade Nantais Université Club CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 22 - 5  
  26/12/1946 Wasps CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 14 - 3  
  06/01/1947 Dublin County CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 18 - 6  
  25/01/1947 Neath CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  08/02/1947 Gloucester Rugby CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 11  
  05/04/1947 Barbarians CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  07/04/1947 Harlequins CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 4  
  14/04/1947 Devonport Services CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 27 - 3  
  26/04/1947 Pontypool CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 3  
  28/04/1947 Scarlets CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 6  
  02/05/1947 Penarth CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 32 - 3  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  06/09/1947 Pontypool CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 14 - 17  
  13/09/1947 Bristol Rugby CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 29 - 6  
  20/09/1947 Nantes / Cognac CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 18 - 0  
  27/09/1947 Australia CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 3  
  04/10/1947 Newport CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 29 - 0  
  11/10/1947 Gloucester Rugby CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 6  
  18/10/1947 Swansea CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 32 - 3  
  22/11/1947 London Welsh CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 14 - 0  
  29/11/1947 Leicester Tigers CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 8 - 4  
  26/12/1947 Wasps CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 20 - 4  
  27/12/1947 Watsonians CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 0  
  03/01/1948 Neath CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  14/02/1948 Plymouth Albion CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 41 - 7  
  13/03/1948 Penarth CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 15  
  18/03/1948 Oxford University CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 3  
  20/03/1948 Coventry CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 33 - 8  
  28/03/1948 Barbarians CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 13 - 3  
  29/03/1948 Harlequins CE 2 0 0 0 6 W 31 - 5  
  30/03/1948 Devonport Services CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 32 - 10  
  05/04/1948 Penzance & Newlyn CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 30 - 0  
  06/04/1948 Falmouth CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 17 - 0  
  17/04/1948 Swansea CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 3  
  21/04/1948 Penarth CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 29 - 3  
  24/04/1948 Pontypool CE 4 0 0 0 12 W 30 - 3  
  28/04/1948 Gloucester Rugby CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 33 - 3  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  01/09/1948 Cardiff & District CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 49 - 6  
  18/09/1948 Scarlets CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  25/09/1948 Neath CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 32 - 8  
  02/10/1948 Newport CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 0  
  09/10/1948 Gloucester Rugby CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 20 - 6  
  16/10/1948 Swansea CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 3  
  23/10/1948 Rosslyn Park CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 24 - 0  
  30/10/1948 Bristol Rugby CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 18 - 3  
  02/11/1948 Oxford University CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  13/11/1948 Newport CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 5 - 3  
  20/11/1948 Leicester Tigers CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 0  
  11/12/1948 Cambridge University CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 8  
  18/12/1948 Harlequins CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 19 - 3  
  24/12/1948 Penarth CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 11  
  27/12/1948 Wasps CE 3 0 0 0 9 W 29 - 15  
  28/12/1948 Watsonians CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 22 - 3  
  08/01/1949 Bristol Rugby CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 3  
  22/01/1949 Leicester Tigers CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 22 - 6  
  29/01/1949 Pontypool CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  12/02/1949 Plymouth Albion CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 32 - 0  
  19/02/1949 Newport CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  26/02/1949 Gloucester Rugby CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 8 - 0  
  05/03/1949 Newport CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 5 - 0  
  19/03/1949 Coventry CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 27 - 3  
  09/04/1949 Plymouth Albion CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 0  
  11/04/1949 Penzance & Newlyn CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 16 - 3  
  12/04/1949 Falmouth CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  30/04/1949 Pontypool CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 17 - 10  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  01/09/1949 Cardiff & District CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 37 - 6  
  17/09/1949 Pontypool CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 8  
  19/09/1949 Amman Valley CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 14 - 6  
  24/09/1949 Coventry CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 9  
  26/09/1949 Leicester Tigers CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 6  
  01/10/1949 Newport CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 14 - 5  
  05/10/1949 Bristol Rugby CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 22 - 3  
  08/10/1949 Neath CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 0  
  15/10/1949 Swansea CE 1 0 0 0 3 L 12 - 18  
  12/11/1949 Newport CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 0  
  19/11/1949 Blackheath CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 19 - 0  
  26/11/1949 Scarlets CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 3  
  03/12/1949 Rosslyn Park CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 3  
  10/12/1949 Gloucester Rugby CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 11 - 0  
  31/12/1949 US Cognacaise CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 6 - 6  
  02/01/1950 Stade Nantais Université Club CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 20 - 3  
  28/01/1950 Swansea CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 13  
  11/02/1950 London Welsh CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 14 - 6  
  18/02/1950 Harlequins CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 8  
  25/02/1950 Gloucester Rugby CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 3  
  18/03/1950 Coventry CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 11  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  04/11/1950 Bridgend Ravens CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 21 - 12  
  11/11/1950 Newport CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 8  
  18/11/1950 Leicester Tigers CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 17 - 6  
  26/12/1950 Wasps CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 13  
  27/12/1950 Watsonians CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 24 - 0  
  27/01/1951 Swansea CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 19 - 6  
  10/02/1951 London Welsh CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 26 - 0  
  17/02/1951 Newport CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 8  
  24/02/1951 Gloucester Rugby CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  03/03/1951 Newport CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  17/03/1951 Coventry CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 0  
  24/03/1951 Barbarians CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 13 - 3  
  26/03/1951 Harlequins CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  27/03/1951 Northampton Saints CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 3  
  31/03/1951 Plymouth Albion CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 16 - 3  
  18/04/1951 Bristol Rugby CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 10  
  21/04/1951 Scarlets CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 27 - 6  
  28/04/1951 Pontypool CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 6  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  01/09/1951 Bristol Rugby CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 16 - 8  
  05/09/1951 Cardiff & District CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 33 - 0  
  22/09/1951 British and Irish Lions CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 12 - 14  
  26/09/1951 Cheltenham CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 8 - 0  
  29/09/1951 Pontypool CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 3  
  06/10/1951 Newport CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 3  
  20/10/1951 South Africa CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 9 - 11  
  27/10/1951 Cambridge University CE 3 0 0 0 9 W 29 - 13  
  29/10/1951 Northampton Saints CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 20 - 0  
  03/11/1951 Oxford University CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 8  
  10/11/1951 Rosslyn Park CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 11 - 11  
  17/11/1951 Scarlets CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  24/11/1951 Coventry CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  01/12/1951 Bridgend Ravens CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 19 - 9  
  15/12/1951 Newport CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 5  
  22/12/1951 Bristol Rugby CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 3  
  26/12/1951 Wasps CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 21 - 0  
  27/12/1951 Watsonians CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  29/12/1951 Coventry CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 0  
  05/01/1952 Moseley CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 3  
  12/01/1952 Newport CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  26/01/1952 Swansea CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 5 - 3  
  02/02/1952 Sale Sharks CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 0  
  16/02/1952 Penarth CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 18 - 0  
  23/02/1952 Gloucester Rugby CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 14  
  01/03/1952 Newport CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 11 - 6  
  08/03/1952 Blackheath CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 14 - 6  
  15/03/1952 Neath CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 11  
  24/03/1952 Scarlets CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 13  
  29/03/1952 Leicester Tigers CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 8  
  05/04/1952 Bridgend Ravens FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 6 - 6  
  12/04/1952 Barbarians FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  14/04/1952 Harlequins FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  15/04/1952 Northampton Saints FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  19/04/1952 Plymouth Albion FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 5  
  21/04/1952 Penzance & Newlyn FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 10 - 5  
  22/04/1952 Falmouth CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  26/04/1952 Pontypool FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 11  
  28/04/1952 Aberavon FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 6  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  26/03/1953 Birkenhead Park FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 6  
  28/03/1953 Sale Sharks CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 3  
  13/04/1953 St Ives CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 22 - 0  
  14/04/1953 Penzance & Newlyn CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 3  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  21/09/1953 Leicester Tigers CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 3  
  Team P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  Wales 17 8 2 7 4 0 0 0 12  
  British and Irish Lions 6 2 1 3 0 0 0 0 0  
Clubs: - Bridgend Ravens - Cardiff - Newport -
Education: - Bridgend County School - University College, Cardiff -
Region: - Hampshire -
Invitational: - Barbarians -
Honours: - British and Irish Lions - Wales - Wales Schools -
Services: - Combined Services - British Army -

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