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Pocket Guide Series, A: Sport in Wales
Martin Johnes
ISBN: 9780708319468 (0708319467)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi Tachwedd 2005
Cyhoeddwr: Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru / University of Wales Press, Caerdydd
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Ysgrifennwch Adolygiad Cwsmer
Cyfeirlyfr cryno ond cynhwysfawr i hanes chwaraeon yng Nghymru ers 1800 a'r dylanwadau cymdeithasol, gwleidyddol ac economaidd sydd wedi llywio datblygiad chwaraeon a diwylliant poblogaidd Cymru. 8 llun lliw.

A concise history of sport in Wales since 1800 and an appreciation of the social, political and economic influences that have shaped sport and popular culture in Wales. 8 colour illustrations.
Martin Johnes’ book may only be 122 pages but is the work of detailed research, as evidenced by the 17 pages of chapter notes and 9 of further reading. It is also highly readable and he has the gift of selecting keynote and illustrative quotations from his references. It is a significant contribution to those studies which embrace sport in a wider social and economic context.

In 1800 sport in Wales took place on a few festive days - Christmas, New Year, Shrove Tuesday. It involved group or even village participation in cnapan and primitive football. These were the gatherings of a rural society. Then came industrialization – the development of the north-east rim of the South Wales coalfield so that by 1840 150,000 people lived in the arc between Hirwaun and Blaenavon. With urbanization and population concentration came the evolution of rugby, football and cricket, apart from the popular prizefighting. There was disharmony and violence but by the 1870s organised regular fixtures were in place despite strong nonconformist disapproval.

In 1801 80% of Wales’s population was rural; by 1911 it was 80% urban with 49% of Glamorgan’s population English born. Johnes states that 'industrialization underpinned the establishment of a sporting culture in late Victorian and Edwardian Wales.' 1876 saw the establishment of the FA of Wales, 1881 the WRU and 1888 of Glamorgan Cricket Club.

Perhaps it is the 1918-58 era that encapsulates best the link between economic prosperity and social success. Bankruptcy was faced by soccer clubs in the 20s and 30s and rugby union saw many players leave for rugby league. The post World War II comparative prosperity brought sporting uplift and development.

The final forty years of the 20th century saw the increasing influence of the media. It saw the third rugby Golden era of the 70s, two County championships, 1969, 1997 for Glamorgan and individual glory for Colin Jackson, Mark Williams and Tanni Grey Thompson: all to be watched in glorious colour.

In his final overview, Johnes looks at sport and Welsh identity – how much of a nation are we? Two quotations sum it up: Johnes’s final sentence ‘sport is a rare refuge where Welsh people can unite if only temporarily’ and from Gwyn A Williams ‘Wales is an artefact which the Welsh produce, the Welsh make and remake Wales day by day and year by year’.

This commendable and highly enjoyable book deserves a wide public.

Geoff Edwards

It is possible to use this review for promotional purposes, but the following acknowledgement should be included: A review from www.gwales.com, with the permission of the Welsh Books Council.

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