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John Lloyd Mathias


He was born on in 1878 in Cardigan, Wales.


Career Record: P4 W0, D0, L4, Tries 0, Cons 0, Pen 0, DropG 0

14th Jan 1904 v Wales (Cardiff) (FN) L 0-25

11th Feb 1905 v Ireland (Cork) (FN) L 3-17

18th March 1905 v Scotland (Richmond, London) (FN) L 0-8

2nd Dec 1905 v New Zealand (Crystal Palace, London) (FN) L 0-15



For the England match v Ireland the England team were forced by the RFU to travel in 3rd Class Railway Coaches from Dublin to Cork.

He played 186 times for Bristol and was Captain between 1901 and 1903. He also played for Gloucestershire.

Back Row (L-R): W.T.Pearce, J.W.Jarman (Bristol), E.S.Bostock-Smith (President), R.A.Roberts (Hon.Sec.), C.J.Woolf. Standing: F.J.Hannam (Clifton), A.E.Wood, W.Johns (Gloucester), J.Nelmes, V.F.Eberle (Clifton), H.Quixley, A.Hall, A.Redding (Cinderford), A.Hudson, J.H.Tratt. Seated: J.Hart (Hon.Treas), E.F.Eberle (Clifton), G.Cook (Gloucester), D.Hollands, J.L.Mathias (Bristol) (Captain), A.Teague, F.Niblett, J.Hyndham (Cinderford), C.E.Brown (Vice-Pres)

Above the Gloucestershire side that played Cornwall on 20th February 1908, in front of 4,000 spectators, with Cliftons Francis Hannam, Victor and Ellison Fuller-Eberle. Captained by Lloyd Mathias. Cornwall, despite playing with only 14 men for 60 minutes, won by 3 goals to 1 penalty goal. Cornwall went on to beat Durham 17-3 on March 28th 1908 to win the County Championship. They then represented England in the Olympic Games at White City Stadium on October 26th and 27th, 1908. They lost the final to Australia 32-3 and were awarded the Silver Medal.

He played for Clifton in 1910-1911

He died on the 21st November 1940.