Ponkey United 1931

Ponkey United
Ponkey United 1931

The Rhos Charity Cup Competition was formed in the years of hardship following the General Strike of 1926 and helped provide boots for the poor children of the village. Groups of friends would get together to form a football team in order to enter the competition adopting names such as Ponkey Tigers, Rhos Victoria, Hill Street Rovers, Aston FC and even a team known as the Unemployed (which won the cup in 1933).

All the games were played on Cae Dwr and arranged by Tom Rowlands of Church Street, a local referee and secretary of the Charity Committee. The photograph was taken after Ponkey United had beaten Afongoch 3-1 in the final of the Cup in May 1931.


Ponkey United
Ponkey United 1931

Back row: T. Lloyd, E. Thomas, R. Jones, Harold Edwards, R. Jones, John Mitchel Jones. Jonathan Davies, Glyn Edwards, (unknown).

Front row: Jim Jones, C. Onslow, S. Jones, L. Griffiths, R. hughes.


Source: Rhos Herald; “Matthews, John E. (1991). From pit to pitch: a pictorial history of football in Rhos. Revloc Books.”