Llewellin, "Ack"

Llewellin, "Ack"

Alfred "Ack" Llewellin, was one of the great early players and administrators of the Pontypridd RFC and Welsh Rugby union.  His mother was from Wooten-Under-Edge, while his father had been born in Southminster.

Ack Llewellin was born at 23 Chapel Road, Abergavenny in December 1866. His parents were Edward and Elizabeth, and worked at the County Court. 

He and his brother Edward moved to Pontypridd from Abergavenny in the early 1880s, and soon started playing for the town team.  Edward was the first to arrive in the town, and is first recorded playing for the club in the 1883-84 season, and was captain for season 1885-86.  

Ack was later arriving in Pontypridd, and first played for the club against Newport in 1888, on the Trallwng Field, just north of the town, and where the Central Hotel now stands.

Around Christmas 1888, due to lack of interest, the Pontypridd Rugby club folded, and some of the players, including Ack and Edward Llewellin, went to play for the Treforest club at Robert’s Field, which would be later renamed Taff Vale Park. However, Edward was soon planning to revive the Pontypridd team, and with his brother's help, managed to secure land in Treforest to build a field that would become known as the Taff Vale Park, and the club was reformed for the 1890-91 season.  The first two seasons Ack was club captain and Edward secretary, and when the latter moved to the North of England in early 1893, his brother took his place.  

The 1892-93 season saw the Pontypridd amalgamate with the Maritime Colliery team, a great deal of negotiating involving the Llewellin brothers.  

Half way through this important season the new captain, Steven Sullivan, moved from the district and once again Ack Llewellin, who had retired during the Summer of 1892, was persuaded to return as club captain for a third term, and in his playing days was 6ft tall and weighed 11st- 8lbs, and was regarded as one of the town’s finest athletes.  

Ack Llewellin died January 1933, age 66. After Alfred’s his playing days were over he took an active part in the management of Welsh rugby and was vice-president of the WRU for many years. and he also represented the Welsh Union on the International board for a considerable period. 

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