Rugby

Lot 1452:
Lot 1452
John Wisden's Rugby Football Almanack 1923-24. Edited by C. Stewart Caine. Scarce first edition of the Almanack with original paper wrappers. Some breaking to spine block, wear and some loss to spine paper, contents becoming slightly loose, minor age toning to wrappers otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £80/120
Hammer price: £110
The Rugby Almanack ran for three editions, the 1925/26 edition was the last to be published due to a lack of subscribers
Lot 1453:
Lot 1453
John Wisden's Rugby Football Almanack 1924-25. Edited by C. Stewart Caine. Scarce second edition of the Almanack with original paper wrappers. Some minor wear with minor loss to spine paper, some age toning to spine paper and wrappers otherwise in good/very good condition
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £150
Lot 1454:
Lot 1454
John Wisden's Rugby Football Almanack 1925-26. Edited by C. Stewart Caine. Scarce third and final edition of the Almanack with original paper wrappers. Some minor wear with minor loss to spine paper, some age toning to spine paper and wrappers otherwise in good/very good condition
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £220
Lot 1455:
J.B.G. 'Bryn' Thomas. Rugby and cricket writer. Twenty eight titles by J.B.G. Thomas relating to British Lions tours, All Blacks, Australia, South Africa and British Lions tours and Welsh rugby, rugby history, clubs, players etc, all but three copies are signed by the author, and/ or with dedication. Titles include 'The Greatest Lions' London 1974, 'Wounded Lions and other 1980 rugby', London 1981, 'The Lions on Trek', London 1956. 'On Trek Again. The British Rugby Lions in South Africa 1968', London 1968, 'The Avenging All Blacks', London 1973, 'Lions at Bay', London 1966. 'Springbok Invasion', London 1970, 'Wallbies Walkabout', London 1976, 'Rugby in Black and Red', London 1968, 'The Men in Scarlet. The Story of Welsh Rugby Football', London 1972. 'Rugby: Men, Matches & Moments' 1970. 'Great Moments in Sport: Rugby Football' 1974, 'Great Contemporary Players' 1963, 'Great Rugger Clubs' 1962. 'Great Rugger Players' 1955 (2 copies). 'Fifty Two Famous Tries' 1966 etc. All titles in good condition with good dustwrappers
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £95
Born in Pontypridd in 1917, Bryn Thomas was chief rugby writer for the Western Mail from 1946, was appointed the Sports Editor in 1965, becoming as well known as many of the rugby players of the period, and highly influential with administrators
Lot 1456:
New Zealand rugby union programmes 1954-2008. A selection of over seventy official match programmes for international and tour matches played by New Zealand in England. Internationals include England v New Zealand at Twickenham 1954 (3 programmes), 1964 (5), 1967 (5), 1973 (8), 1978 (5), 1979 (5), 1983 (8), 1993 (5), 1997 (5), 2002, 2005 and 2006, also at Old Trafford 1997. New Zealand tour match programmes include v London Counties November 1963, v Midlands Counties December 1963 etc. Plus a programme for New Zealand v British Lions, Auckland, 18th June 1977. Sold with a collection of England v South Africa rugby union programmes 1952-2006. approximately fifty official match programmes for full internationals. Programmes are for matches played at Twickenham and include 1952 (3 programmes), 1961 (7), 1969 (6), 1992 (2), 1995 (6), 1997 (4), 1998 (7), 2000 (3), 2001 (3), 2004 (2) and 2006 (2). Also away programmes for South Africa v England, Port Elizabeth 2nd June 1984, and Newlands 4th July 1998 (2 copies)etc. Some duplication. Odd faults to some programmes, otherwise in good/ very good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £32
The following four rugby shirts worn by players in International matches were obtained by the late R. Paul Russell, former chairman of Glamorgan County Cricket Club, first class rugby union referee, an accomplished rugby referee, who officiating in national club and the odd international representative match in the 1970's and 1980's, he was also an excellent after dinner speaker and raconteur. He knew many of the players from that period and was often gifted shirts by them, sometimes even buying shirts at a charity dinner/auction at which he spoke
Lot 1457:
Lot 1457
Nick Farr-Jones. Australia 1984-1993 (63 caps). Barbarians rugby shirt worn by Farr-Jones in the Wales v Barbarians match at Cardiff Arms Park on the 6th October 1990 in the Barbarians Centenary season. The Barbarians beat Wales 31 points to 24. The black and white hooped shirt, by Nike, with embroidered Barbarian emblem and '1890-1990' beneath to chest and large number '9' in white to the back of shirt. The shirt attractively mounted, framed and glazed with plaque giving details of the shirt to lower border of the frame. Overall 22"x30". Very good condition
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £420
Farr-Jones scored one of the Barbarian tries in the match
Lot 1458:
Lot 1458
Brian Christopher Moore. Nottingham, Harlequins, Richmond and England (1987-1995- sixty four caps). England rugby shirt worn by Moore in the Wales v England, Five Nations match played at Cardiff Arms Park on the 18th March 1989. Wales beat England 12 points to 9. The white shirt, by Nike, with embroidered England emblem of the white rose to chest and large number '2' in black to back of shirt. The shirt attractively mounted, framed and glazed with plaque giving details of the shirt to lower border of the frame. Overall 23"x31". Very good condition
Estimate: £140/180
Hammer price: £300
Lot 1459:
Lot 1459
Arthur Smith. Scotland (1955-1962- thirty three caps). Scotland rugby shirt worn by Smith in the Wales v Scotland, Five Nations match played at Cardiff Arms Park on the 6th February 1960. Wales beat England 8-0. The navy blue shirt with embroidered Scottish emblem of the thistle to chest. The shirt attractively mounted, framed and glazed with plaque giving details of the shirt to lower border of the frame. Overall 22.5"x31". Good condition
Estimate: £140/180
Hammer price: £280
Lot 1460:
Lot 1460
Ian Watkins. Wales (1988-1989, ten caps). Wales 'B' international rugby shirt worn by Watkins during the 1988 rugby season for Wales. The red shirt, by Umbro, with embroidered Welsh emblem to chest. The shirt attractively mounted, framed and glazed with plaque giving details of the shirt to lower border of the frame. Overall 22.5"x31". Good condition
Estimate: £140/180
Hammer price: £120
Lot 1461:
Lot 1461
Australia. Rugby Union World Cup Winners 1999. An Australia gold and green rugby shirt by Reebok with 'Australia Rugby Union' and 'Wallabies 100 Years 1899-1999' emblems to chest. Signed to the chest by thirty one members of the Australia World Cup squad. Signatures include Eales, Roff, Paul, Gregan, Larkham, Foley etc. Originally given to the late Paul Russell. Unidentified name handwritten to label. Framed and glazed, overall 36"x46". Very good condition
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £85
Australia beat France 35-12 in the final played at the Millenium Stadium, Cardiff, 6th November 1999
Lot 1462:
Lot 1462 Lot 1462
'Football. The Rugby Union Game'. Rev. F. Marshall. First edition, London 1892. Original blue cloth with gilt titles to cover and spine. Presentation copy with dedication to J.H. Murray, Hon. Secretary, Swinton Football Club. Wear to covers, slight breaking to internal hinges, otherwise in good condition. Sold with 'Rugby- The Game' by Ompax. First edition, Glasgow 1927. Original brown cloth, titles on paper labels to front cover and spine. Spine label detached but retained. VG
Estimate: £70/100
Hammer price: £100
Lot 1463:
Lot 1463
Welsh rugby greats biographies and autobiographies. Three titles, each signed by the featured player. Titles are 'Number 8', Mervyn Davies 1977. 'JPR Given the Breaks. My Life in Rugby', J.P.R. Williams 2006. 'Barry John. The King', Barry John 2000. G/VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £15
Lot 1464:
Lot 1464
Welsh rugby greats. Three titles, each signed by the subject. Titles are 'Price of Wales', Graham Price 1984. 'Gerald Davies. An Autobiography' 1979. 'Shane. My Story', Shane Williams 2008. Sold with six further titles relating to Welsh rugby, one signed 'Decade of the Dragon', John Taylor 1980, signed 'JT' etc. Qty 9. G/VG
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 1465:
Lot 1465
The Rugby Football Annual 1914/15-1939/40. Run of this rarer annual for 1914/15 (second year of issue), 1923/24, 1926/27-1939/40 (23rd and final year of issue). Issues for 1914/15, 1926/27, 1927/28, 1928/29, 1929/30 and 1930/31 in original pale blue paper wrappers, the 1923/24, 1931/32-1937/38 in original boards, the 1938/39 and 1939/40 with beige cloth and blue spines). Some age toning to the boards of the 1923/24 and 1931/32 editions, otherwise in good/ very good condition. Qty 16. Sold with an almost complete run of The Playfair Rugby Football Annual from 1948/49-1972/73, lacking the 1959/60. All large issue. Qty 24. Good condition
Estimate: £200/300
Hammer price: £320
The Rugby Football Annual was founded by Charles Marriott in 1913 and ran for twenty three issues to 1939-40 and was the primary reference for rugby in this period
Lot 1466:
Lot 1466
'Rothmans Rugby Yearbook'. 1972 to 1988/89 plus 1999/2000. Run of hardback editions for 1972 (first year of issue), 1975/76, and 1977/78-1988/89. Also soft cover issues for 1972, 1973/74, 1975/76, 1978/79, 1979/80, and 1981/82-1999/2000. Sold with the 'Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook' for 1982/83 in soft covers. Qty 60 in three boxes. Some duplication. Odd faults otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £10
Lot 1467:
Lot 1467
Signed rugby books. 'The Barbarians. The Official History of the Barbarian Football Club', Nigel Starmer-Smith, London 1977. Sixteen signatures to the front endpaper including David Duckham, Gerald Davies, Cliff Morgan, Geoff Windsor-Lewis, Micky Steele-Bodger etc. Also signed by Harry Walker (England & Barbarians 1947-1948). 'The Book of English International Rugby 1871-1982), John Griffiths, London 1982. Signed to front endpaper by Harry Walker. Qty 2. Good condition
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £12
Lot 1468:
Lot 1468
Rugby in Wales 1911. Selection of three original 'Great Western Railways' printed paper handbills advertising travel to watch 'Wales v England' at Cardiff 11th March 1911, Cardiff v Bristol at Cardiff 4th February 1911, and Swansea v Barbarians at Swansea 13th April 1911. All issued from Paddington Station. Some faults, generally in good condition
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £30
Lot 1469:
Lot 1469
Rugby in Gloucestershire and Bristol 1911. Original 'Great Western Railways' printed poster advertising travel to watch Gloucestershire v Somerset at Bristol 22nd November 1902. Also an original printed paper handbills for Newport v Bristol at Bristol 15th November 1902. Both issued from Paddington Station. Some splitting to folds of the poster, otherwise in good condition. Qty 2
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £48
Lot 1470:
Lot 1470
Rugby World Cup 2003. Collection of twenty eight official programmes for the tournament held in Australia from 10th October to the 22nd November 2003 including the semi-finals and Final, Australia v England. Programmes numbers 1-15, 17-25, 45 (2 copies), 46 and 48. VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £10
England won the World Cup 20-17 with Johnny Wilkinson kicking four penalties and the historic drop goal in the last minute to win the World Cup for England
Lot 1471:
Lot 1471
England v Wales international match programmes and tickets 1954-2006. Twenty three official match programmes for matches played at Twickenham, each with a corresponding original match ticket. Programmes and tickets are for matches played in 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1978, 1980 (2 programmes each with a different ticket), 1982, 1984, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2006. Also an England v New Zealand programme and ticket, Twickenham 24th November 1979. G/VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £32
Lot 1472:
Lot 1472
England v South Africa rugby union programmes 1952-2006. Approximately fifty official match programmes for full internationals. Programmes are for matches played at Twickenham 1952 (3 copies), 1961 (7), 1969 (6), 1992 (2), 1995 (6), 1997 (4), 1998 (7), 2000 (3), 2001 (3), 2004 (2) and 2006 (2). Also away programmes for South Africa v England, Port Elizabeth 2nd June 1984, and Newlands 4th July 1998 (2 copies). Also programmes for England 'B' v South Africa, Bristol 7th November 1992, and South Africa 'A' v England, Hoffe Park 31st May 1994. G
Estimate: £25/35
Withdrawn
Hammer price: withdrawn
Lot 1473:
Lot 1473
'Scottish Rugby Memories 1934-1939' and '1946-1950'. Two hardbound limited editions of programmes for International matches 1934-1939 and 1946-1950. R.W. Forsyth. February 1945 and February 1951. The Scotland programmes are as officially issued, all away programmes have been mocked up in matching style. Slight breaking to page block with tape repair and slight wear to covers to the 1934-1939, the 1946-1950 in very good condition
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £25
Lot 1474:
Lot 1474 Lot 1474
Scotland international rugby union programmes 1955-2009. Fifty two official match programmes for home and away international matches. Matches include home internationals and Test matches. Murrayfield matches include v France 11th January 1958 (covers detached), v Wales 7th February 1959, v Wales 11th February 1961(front cover detached, lacking rear cover), v Wales 6th February 1965, v South Africa 6th December 1969, v New Zealand 12th November 1983, v Australia 8th December 1984, v Australia 19th November 1988 etc. England v Scotland matches at Twickenham include 19th March 1955, 18th March 1961,16th March 1963, 18th March 1967, 15th March 1969 etc. Odd duplication. Also an official match ticket for Scotland v Wales, Murrayfield 8th March 2003. Some wear to earlier programmes, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £25/35
Hammer price: £25
Lot 1475:
Lot 1475
British Lions tour to Australia and New Zealand 1966. Three official programmes for matches played at Lancaster Park, Christchurch. Matches are v New Zealand Universities, 22nd June 1966, v Canterbury 23rd July 1966, and the third Test v New Zealand 27th August 1966. Scores annotated to front cover of two programmes, light folds, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £25/35
Hammer price: £22
The All Blacks won all four of the Test matches in the 1966 series
Lot 1476:
Lot 1476
Scotland v England international rugby programmes 1953-1999. Three red folders comprising a collection of forty four official match programmes for matches played at Murrayfield and Twickenham. All programmes are signed or multi signed by players who took part in the respective match, with the exception of the 1955 and 1957 Twickenham programmes. Over three hundred and thirty signatures in total. England signatures include Lewis (1953), Risman (1959), Philips, Sharp (1960), Sharp, Rogers (1961), Sharp (1962), Weston, Rogers (1963), Philips, Rogers, Ford (1964), Horton, Richards, Rogers (1965) etc. Scotland signatures include Brown (1964, 1965, 1969 & 1970), McLaughlan (1969, 1972), McGeechan (1974), Morgan 1975 etc. Odd minor faults to earlier programmes, overall in good/ very good condition. Sold with a good quantity of unsigned official programmes for Scotland home and away internationals 1930s onwards. Good condition
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: £180
Lot 1477:
Lot 1477
Wales international rugby union programmes 1950 onwards. Two boxes comprising a comprehensive selection of Welsh international programmes, the majority with original match tickets. Programmes include complete sets of official match programmes for the Grand Slam winning seasons of 1950, 1952, 1971, 1976 and 1978, also 2008 (2 programmes) and 2012 (3). Also programmes for Triple Crown winning seasons of 1965 (2), 1969 (2), 1977 (3 plus one duplicate), 1979 (3) and 1988 (4). Also international home matches for the period v New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Romania, Japan etc. Good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £340
Lot 1478:
Lot 1478
Signed Wales international programmes 1948-1986. Ten home programmes and one away for Wales internationals, all signed or multi signed. Programmes include Wales v France, Swansea, 21st February 1948 (7 signatures), v England, Cardiff Arms Park, 15th January 1949 (5), v England, Swansea, 20th January 1951 (6), v England, Cardiff, 17th January 1953 (10), v Ireland, Swansea, 14th March 1953 (9) etc. Earlier signatures include Tanner, Cleaver, Williams, Anthony, Manfield etc. including Williams, Matthews, Cale, Gwilliam etc. including Thomas, Jones, Matthews, Robins etc. Also Barry John, J.P.R. Williams, Phil Bennett etc. Qty 11. Good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £95
Lot 1479:
Lot 1479
Welsh Rugby Union Challenge Cup Final programmes. A complete set of thirty two official match programmes for all finals from 1972 (inaugural season) to 2003, twelve with original match tickets. The 1973 programme signed to the front cover by Tom David and Phil Bennett of Llanelli. Good/ very good condition
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £28
Neath won the first Challenge Cup Final in 1972 beating Llanelli 15-9 at Cardiff Arms Park
Lot 1480:
Lot 1480
England Rugby Union tour to Argentina May/ June 1981. A good collection of over seventy original mono press photographs, the majority featuring match action from the two Test matches against Argentina and tour matches against Southern Regions, San Isidro Club (Buenos Aires), Northern Region, Littoral Region etc. Players featured include Bill Beaumont (captain), Mike Rafter, David Trick, John Fidler, Steve Bainbridge, Nick Jeavons, Clive Woodward, Nigel Melville, John Horton etc. 10"x8". Heavy duplication of images. Very good condition
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £25
The first of the two match Test series ended in a 19-19 draw. England won the second Test 12-6
Lot 1481:
Lot 1481
Welsh Rugby Union 'Probables v Possibles' 1937-1978. Six official match programmes for trials matches played at Cardiff Arms Park on 2nd January 1937, 1st January 1938, 3rd January 1970, 5th January 1974, 3rd January 1976 and 21st January 1978. The 1970, 1976 and 1978 programmes signed by players. Signatures include J.P.R. Williams, Gareth Davies, Alan Phillips, Steve Fenwick, Alex Finlayson, Mike Watkins etc. Some folds and annotations, overall in good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £38
Lot 1482:
Lot 1482
Cornish rugby union programmes 1930-1958. A collection of official match programmes for the period. County matches include Cornwall v Gloucestershire, Bristol, 11th January 1930 (2 copies). Also five club programmes for Camborne R.F.C. home matches v Redruth 9th November 1936, v Redruth 15th November 1937, v St. Mary's Hospital 16th April 1938, v Cross Keys 29th September 1947, v Capt. Crawshay's XV, 5th April 1950. Fifteen Redruth home match programmes for v Swansea 16th September 1946, v Aberavon 30th September 1947, v Abertillery 14th October 1947, v Maesteg 8th March 1948, v Cross Keys 28th March 1949, v Maesteg 11th April 1949, v Swansea 27th April 1950, v Llanelly [sic] 3rd March 1952, v Mountain Ash 23rd April 1953, v Ebbw Vale 12th April 1958, v Penarth 16th April 1958, v Crosskeys 23rd April 1958, v Welsh Academicals 1st September 1958, v J.M. Williams' Int. XV 8th September 1958, and v Cambridge University 22nd September 1958. Also one programme for Cornwall Grammar Schools v Monmouthshire Grammar Schools played at Redruth 1st April 1950. Wear and rusting to staples to earlier programmes, otherwise in generally good condition. Qty 23
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £150
Lot 1483:
Lot 1483
James Frederick 'Fred' Byrne. Moseley and England 1890s. Two original mono studio portrait photographs, one of Fred Byrne, three quarter length wearing and England jersey and cap, the other of Fred with his brother, Francis one other, all three in England jerseys and caps. Framed and glazed, 10"x15" and 11"x14" respectively. Odd surface marks, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £25/35
Hammer price: £52
Fred Byrne played for and captained Moseley R.F.C. and made seventeen Test appearances for England. He was also a member of the British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa in 1896, being the only England representative in the team. He also played cricket for Warwickshire 1897-1912, captaining the side 1930-1907 and had the distinction of dismissing W.G. Grace twice in a match Warwickshire v London County in 1902
Lot 1484:
Lot 1484
Rugby ties. A good selection of approximately one hundred international, club, county and overseas rugby ties. Clubs include Wasps, Launceston R.F.C., Long Buckby (Northampton), Harrogate R.U.F.C., Broadstreet R.F.C., Nottingham R.F.C., Banbury R.U.F.C. etc. New Zealand clubs include Otago R.F.U., Blues, also Eemland (Holland) etc. Good condition
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £70

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