Sunday, 25 October 2009

FOOT NOTES # 2

Football, soccerDiana Jones (was Roberts) has been researching her family history and discovered that an ancestor William Roberts, pictured above, was a soccer player of note.

He was born in Rhyl in 1863 and played for Rhyl from 1880 to 1885 including in a Wales v England match in 1883. William was a captain of the Rhyl club and the town’s first international player. He was a butcher by trade and moved eventually to Manchester and played for Manchester Welsh 1885-91.

William was the youngest brother of butcher E.P Roberts who had a High Street shop and a stall in the market that used to be in the square behind the Town Hall. The High Street shop was on the site of the present Cooltrader frozen-foods place near Jobcentre.

To round off a good story, Diana has supplied the above photos of the old shop and that end of High Street as it would have looked in William’s time.

The High Street photo includes Free Trade Hall on your left, and Gwalia Stores at No.37 on your right.

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