Ray Cheney

Ray Cheney

Position: Fullback

Date Of Birth 01/08/1936 (81)
Place Of Birth Porth

Ray Cheney was born in Porth in 1936. He showed exceptional all round sporting abilities and played football at Ton Pentre. As a soccer player he represented Welsh Youth, winning an international youth cap at centre forward and being good enough to attract the attention of Tottenham Hotspur.

National service in the RAF caused a change of direction when he represented them at rugby. On returning to civilian life Ray joined Pontypool and set a club, scoring a record, at the time, of 169 points. In 1962 he moved to local rivals Newport and amassed 40 points in 11 games. The following season he played in the successful Newport side that beat the 1963 All Blacks, hitting the cross bar with an attempted drop goal.

He joined Cardiff in 1965, running out 69 times and playing in the side that beat Australia in 1966. Unlucky not to be capped by Wales (he was reserve Full Back on 23 occasions) he represented Crawshays Welsh XV and Monmouthshire as well as playing County cricket for Monmouthshire.

His Grandson Lee Thomas played for Cardiff Blues. 

Playing Summary
  Season P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  1965/1966 17 11 1 5 0 17 9 0 61  
  1966/1967 31 21 3 7 0 32 26 3 151  
  1967/1968 10 8 1 1 0 17 7 1 58  
  1969/1970 10 9 0 1 0 12 15 0 69  
  Total 68 49 5 14 0 78 57 4 339  

Click on a season for a match by match breakdown.

  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  02/10/1965 Newport FB 0 1 1 0 5 W 17 - 8  
  06/11/1965 Oxford University FB 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 9  
  27/11/1965 Scarlets FB 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 6  
  11/12/1965 Harlequins FB 0 2 0 0 4 W 16 - 0  
  27/12/1965 Liverpool FB 0 1 0 0 2 W 11 - 3  
  08/01/1966 Coventry FB 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 5  
  15/01/1966 London Welsh FB 0 0 2 0 6 W 12 - 3  
  22/01/1966 Gloucester Rugby FB 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  29/01/1966 Aberavon FB 0 1 0 0 2 W 5 - 0  
  10/02/1966 Bridgend Ravens FB 0 1 0 0 2 L 5 - 11  
  12/02/1966 Bristol Bears FB 0 3 1 0 9 W 27 - 0  
  19/02/1966 Newport FB 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 8  
  26/02/1966 Scarlets FB 0 1 2 0 8 W 14 - 3  
  09/03/1966 Neath FB 0 1 0 0 2 L 5 - 6  
  15/03/1966 Ebbw Vale FB 0 6 2 0 18 W 42 - 8  
  19/03/1966 Swansea FB 0 0 1 0 3 W 6 - 5  
  30/03/1966 Penarth FB 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 0  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  21/09/1966 Bridgend Ravens FB 0 1 2 0 8 L 14 - 16  
  24/09/1966 Aberavon FB 0 0 3 0 9 L 12 - 15  
  28/09/1966 Gloucester Rugby FB 0 2 1 0 7 W 37 - 3  
  01/10/1966 Newport FB 0 3 1 0 9 W 27 - 0  
  08/10/1966 Northampton Saints FB 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  15/10/1966 Cambridge University FB 0 0 1 0 3 W 6 - 3  
  22/10/1966 Cardiff College of Education FB 0 3 2 0 12 W 21 - 6  
  29/10/1966 Bristol Bears FB 0 1 0 0 2 W 11 - 8  
  05/11/1966 Australia FB 0 1 1 0 5 W 14 - 8  
  09/11/1966 Oxford University FB 0 1 0 0 2 W 14 - 8  
  14/11/1966 Newport FB 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 8  
  19/11/1966 Wasps FB 0 1 1 1 8 W 17 - 5  
  26/11/1966 Scarlets FB 0 2 0 0 4 W 22 - 14  
  02/12/1966 Swansea FB 0 0 1 0 3 L 3 - 12  
  10/12/1966 Harlequins FB 0 2 0 0 4 W 13 - 0  
  17/12/1966 Neath FB 0 0 2 0 6 W 9 - 6  
  26/12/1966 Liverpool FB 0 2 0 0 4 W 19 - 6  
  31/12/1966 London Welsh FB 0 0 1 0 3 W 6 - 0  
  11/01/1967 Aberavon FB 0 0 1 0 3 L 6 - 12  
  14/01/1967 Coventry FB 0 2 0 0 4 L 10 - 12  
  21/01/1967 Newbridge FB 0 0 2 0 6 W 15 - 6  
  06/02/1967 Neath FB 0 0 0 1 3 D 3 - 3  
  11/02/1967 Bristol Bears FB 0 4 0 0 8 W 23 - 21  
  04/03/1967 Newport FB 0 0 1 0 3 D 3 - 3  
  18/03/1967 Swansea FB 0 1 0 0 2 W 14 - 13  
  12/04/1967 Pontypool FB 0 1 0 0 2 W 8 - 3  
  19/04/1967 Bridgend Ravens FB 0 1 1 1 8 W 14 - 3  
  22/04/1967 Torquay Athletic FB 0 1 0 0 2 W 17 - 8  
  06/05/1967 South West Africa FB 0 1 1 0 5 D 11 - 11  
  10/05/1967 North West Cape FB 0 1 4 0 14 W 23 - 12  
  20/05/1967 Northern Transvaal FB 0 1 0 0 2 L 5 - 25  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  02/09/1967 Headingley FB 0 5 1 0 13 W 31 - 6  
  06/09/1967 Neath FB 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 6  
  09/09/1967 London Welsh FB 0 3 1 0 9 W 27 - 12  
  16/09/1967 Coventry FB 0 3 1 0 9 W 27 - 8  
  20/09/1967 Gloucester Rugby FB 0 1 2 1 11 W 20 - 9  
  30/09/1967 Aberavon FB 0 1 0 0 2 D 5 - 5  
  07/10/1967 Newport FB 0 0 1 0 3 L 6 - 11  
  23/12/1967 Welsh Academicals FB 0 1 1 0 5 W 17 - 3  
  27/12/1967 UAU FB 0 1 0 0 2 W 11 - 0  
  09/02/1968 Bristol Bears FB 0 2 0 0 4 W 13 - 0  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  24/09/1969 Abertillery FB 0 1 0 0 2 W 14 - 9  
  21/02/1970 Newport FB 0 0 2 0 6 W 9 - 3  
  28/02/1970 London Welsh FB 0 1 2 0 8 W 17 - 14  
  07/03/1970 Newport FB 0 1 2 0 8 W 14 - 3  
  15/03/1970 Bective Rangers FB 0 1 2 0 8 W 14 - 9  
  21/03/1970 Swansea FB 0 0 1 0 3 W 6 - 3  
  08/04/1970 Bridgend Ravens FB 0 0 1 0 3 L 3 - 14  
  18/04/1970 Paignton FB 0 7 0 0 14 W 41 - 8  
  20/04/1970 Exeter Chiefs FB 0 1 1 0 5 W 14 - 6  
  21/04/1970 Newton Abbot FB 0 0 4 0 12 W 18 - 8  
  Team P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
Clubs: - Cardiff - Newport - Pontypool -
Region: - Monmouthshire -
Invitational: - Crawshays -

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