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Wrexham Old Boys
« on: Wednesday 27 February 19 15:19 GMT (UK) »
 This  part of a report in the Wrexham advertiser  October 1895
WREXHAM RESERVE V. WREXHAM OLD BOYS  During the progress of this match on Wrexham Race- course, on Saturday afternoon ....

Who were the Old Boys team  ?
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Re: Wrexham Old Boys
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday 02 April 19 17:33 BST (UK) »
They seem to have first appeared for the start of 1891 football season. and by the 1892 season they were playing teams like Wrexham Olympic (now Wrexham AFC), with players such as Sisson, possibly the ex international Herbert Sisson who had previously played for Wrexham Olympic from 1884-86. https://newspapers.library.wales/view/4593641/4593644/21/

In this game against Wrexham Olympic, the Wrexham Old Boys team was Whitehouse, goal; Walker and Ralph, backs; A. Evans, Gratton, and Fraser, half-backs; Jones, Meddicott, Fraser, Sisson, and Powell, forwards. 
Other Internationals such as Llew Davies and Arthur Davies had also played for Wrexham Old Boys.
https://newspapers.library.wales/view/4246712/4246716/8/


https://newspapers.library.wales/view/4245492/4245494/3/

By 1895, Wrexham Old Boys also had their own Reserve Team
https://newspapers.library.wales/view/4594117/4594122/45/
 
Wrexham Old Boys had been founding members of The Welsh Junior League in 1896
https://newspapers.library.wales/view/3753154/3753159/47/
and in 1897 Mr. Harold Davies, secretary of the Wrexham Old Boys' Club, said it was their ambition to become the second (feeder) team of the Wrexham Football Club. It was decided to hold a meeting between representatives of the former club, and the committee of the latter, with a view to that suggestion being put into practice.

https://newspapers.library.wales/view/3662056/3662064/115/

Horace Blew was also a Welsh International who had played for Wrexham Old Boys. Blew played for the old boys in his first season after leaving Grove Park Grammar School and an interview with Blew, reported in The Wellington Journal on 9th December 1905, stated 'Horace showed some of the qualifications which make for success as a full back, and he was accordingly transferred to that position where he did yeoman service for his school. Having entered upon the serious business of life, the subject of this sketch allied himself with the Wrexham Old Boys, a club which was then in a flourishing condition'.
It seem highly likely that Wrexham Old Boys were 'Grove Park Grammar School' Old Boys.
I can find no mention of Wrexham Old Boys Football team after 1919, but found Wrexham Old Boys Polo team (associated with Grove Park School) in 1936 and from 1942 found an article about a missing soldier who had been a well known rugby player in Wrexham and Chester but had also been a prominent member of Grove Park Wrexham Old Boys Association.

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Re: Wrexham Old Boys
« Reply #2 on: Thursday 11 April 19 20:51 BST (UK) »
Thank you, very interesting info.
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