Rugby Memorabilia Society

Cecil Clifford Pritchard

Cecil Pritchard Collection

Cecil Pritchard - Rugby Memorabilia Society
Cigarette Card of ‘Cecil Pritchard’
No:37 in a series of 50 Wills Cigarettes ‘Rugby Internationals’ issued in 1929

Cecil Clifford Pritchard was born at Tranch, Pontypool on 1st May 1902. Cecil started his career with Tranch Rovers and joined Blaenavon in 1922-23. The following season he joined Pontypool and played against the Maoris and the Waratahs in 1927. A goal kicker, he was chosen to play for Wales in 1928 when Rowe Harding, the Welsh captain, asked him to hook against England’s Sam Tucker (Bristol) and so Cecil became the first Welsh player to be selected as a specialist hooker.

Cecil Pritchard - Wales Jersey - Rugby Memorabilia Society Cecil Pritchard - Welsh Cap - Rugby Memorabilia Society
Wales Jersey & Honours Cap

Scotland Jersey - Rugby Memorabilia Society Ireland Jersey - Rugby Memorabilia Society
Scotland & Ireland (worn by J.B Ganley)
International Jerseys swapped with Cecil Pritchard

England Jersey - Rugby Memorabilia Society France Jersey - Rugby Memorabilia Society
England & France
International Jerseys swapped with Cecil Pritchard

He won 8 consecutive caps from 1928 to 1929, represented Monmouthshire on five occasions and was Pontypool club captain in 1928-29. He also played for Barnstaple, Cross Keys and Talywain. After the Second World War he served on the Pontypool club’s committee. Originally a collier, and later a council worker, Cecil Pritchard died at Newport on 27 August 1966.

A huge thank you to Ray Ruddick for the above info.
Peter Douglas-Davies