Morgan, Noah

Morgan, Noah

The first season of the ‘football’ club at their new stadium was marred on March 21st 1891 by the death of 24-year-old Pontypridd threequarter, Noah Morgan, who collapsed towards the end of the home game against Llanelly.

The ‘Western Mail’ reported: -  

'Noah Morgan, 24 years old, one of the threequarters of the Pontypridd football team that played on their ground with Llanelly on Saturday afternoon, died at his lodgings in Rhydyfelin, a short distance from the town, at 7.30 on Sunday evening.

It appears that shortly before time was called, Morgan looked somewhat damaged, and he fell to the ground. A number of football friends ran to the spot, and carried him to a shed close by where the players generally change their costumes.

He soon became unconscious, and a doctor was immediately sent for, and a member of the team went for a conveyance to take him home. From enquiries amongst the combatants, it seems the poor fellow had not been hurt on the field of battle, and there was not the least mark of violence to be seen on him. 

He was carried home on a stretcher to his lodgings. Dr. Howard Davies, who attended him, stated that the deceased had apparently died from a compression of the brain, caused by a ruptured blood vessel.

Morgan worked at the Aberdare Tinworks, Treforest, and was well known in Pontypridd.' 

At an inquest a jury brought in a verdict to the affect that "the deceased died from a compression of the brain, caused by a rupture to a blood vessel resulting from a fall."

Mr. Edward Llewellin, Pontypridd Football Club secretary, expressed the deep regret of the team at the sad event. The game had been a pleasant one throughout, and there were no exhibitions of rough play on either side. 

A few weeks later, the ‘Glamorgan Free Press’ reported that the secretary of the Pontypridd Football Club had received from the Travelers Insurance Company, with whom the club were insured, the sum of £185, in respect of the death of Noah Morgan, which sum had been handed over to the mother of the deceased.

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