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Abertillary Football Club 1920s
« on: Monday 10 July 17 12:15 BST (UK) »
Hi there.

I'm looking for information on a relative of mine who apparently played "professional" football for Abertillary Football Club possibly in the 1920s - 30s.  It could even have been earlier.

His name was George Holborn and he lived in Sunderland.  Why or how he came to play for Abertillary is a complete mystery. 

I was wondering if anyone knows where I can access photos and information of the club at that time.  I understand that it was "football" and not rugby, although I am not entirely sure.

Thanks
Mo

Holburn - Sunderland
Parker - Silksworth, Sunderland
Darling - Northumberland/Tyne and Wear
Forsyth - Northumberland/Tyne and Wear
Childs - Northern Ireland/Co Durham
Nicholson - Lanarkshire/Sunderland
Williamson - Sunderland
Bullen - Norfolk/Co Durham
Fatherley - Co Durham

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Re: Abertillary Football Club 1920s
« Reply #1 on: Monday 10 July 17 18:01 BST (UK) »

Hi Mo
There is a forum which I had some success with regarding the local rugby club; worth a look

http://tilleryonline.myfreeforum.org/
anything and everything to do with the village of Brithdir, near New Tredegar in Gwent.

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Re: Abertillary Football Club 1920s
« Reply #2 on: Sunday 04 March 18 15:59 GMT (UK) »
A club was in being in Abertillery in December 1908. They joined the Southern League in 1913 and returned to that league after the war. They were also members of the Western League for one season - 1920-21. At one time the club's player-manager was James Blessington (ex Scottish international).  At the end of the 1920-21 season they (ambitiously) applied for election to the Football League but received only four votes.  In 1922 they finished in the penultimate place in the Southern League and the following season failed to complete their fixtures.  By 1923 they were defunct.   The team would have been professional and signed players from anywhere in the country. Lots of north east players were lured to south Wales by the money but it didn't last and by the mid to late 1920s most of these pro clubs had collapsed.


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Re: Abertillary Football Club 1920s
« Reply #3 on: Tuesday 06 March 18 14:55 GMT (UK) »
Cheers Canary - food for thought.......

and you too Dannemois (sorry, forgot to thank you last time).

Mo
Holburn - Sunderland
Parker - Silksworth, Sunderland
Darling - Northumberland/Tyne and Wear
Forsyth - Northumberland/Tyne and Wear
Childs - Northern Ireland/Co Durham
Nicholson - Lanarkshire/Sunderland
Williamson - Sunderland
Bullen - Norfolk/Co Durham
Fatherley - Co Durham

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Re: Abertillary Football Club 1920s
« Reply #4 on: Wednesday 07 March 18 10:05 GMT (UK) »
Glad it was of help.

anything and everything to do with the village of Brithdir, near New Tredegar in Gwent.

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