MEMORIES of the hey-day of senior and schoolboy soccer in Aberdare are revived by the death of 81-year-old Mr. William Caswallon Jones, 13, Herbert Street, Aberdare, who, as an ideal secretary, did much to put Aberdare on the soccer map nationally.
He was closely associated with Messrs. Jack Havard, Illtyd Williams and Dr. J. M. Wilson in the days of Southern League football at Aberdare. In 1919, he became secretary of Aberdare Athletic A.F.C., a post he held until 1924.
He also did wonderful work for the club, particularly with reference to the election to the Third Division of the English League.
His work as secretary brought tributes from many English F.A. officials.
He was also keenly interested in schoolboy football and was the Aberdare Schools’ League treasurer until he retired in 1939. In his younger days he played soccer for Chester College and was given a trial with Manchester City A.F.C.
He was also interested in athletics activities in local schools.
A man of many other interests he was active in religious, cultural and musical activities in the district. He conducted several school musical festivals at Aberdare and was the conductor of local women’s choirs in the twenties. He was also for many years the precentor at Nazareth Welsh Presbyterian Church.
He was a keen gardener, and a successful exhibitor at many horticultural shows.
Born at Penrhyndeudraeth, North Wales, he was educated at Chester College and taught at Connah’s Quay and Llangefni where he was the conductor of the Llangefni Ladies Choir.
In 1906 he joined the staff of the National School at Aberdare, under Mr. J. C. Poole. Later, he was promoted to the headship of Llwydcoed School, eventually becoming the headmaster at Blaengwawr. He retired in 1939.
Mr. Jones was extremely proud of the fact that all four of his sons were graduates of the University of Wales.
His death occurs only five weeks after the death of his wife, Mrs. Jane Jones.
Burial took place at Aberdare Cemetery, the funeral taking place from 11, Gospel Hall Terrace, Gadlys, the home of his son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Jones.
The Rev. Emrys Evans, B.A. (Bethania Welsh Presbyterian Church, Aberdare) officiated at the house and graveside.
Bearers: Messrs. G. Davies (Nazareth), D.B. Davies (Cwmbach) and D.R. Davies (headmaster of Llwydcoed School).
Friends present included Messrs. L.N. James, J. Eiddig Davies, G.H. Evans, G. Evans, S. Lewis and D. Davies.
Mourners: Victor, Trefor and Robert, sons; Arthur Jones Humphries (Portmadoc); Mesdames Ann Davies and Jennie Wigley, daughters; Edgar Davies and Trevor Wigley, sons-in-law; Mrs. Marion Jones, daughter-in-law; Alan Jones, grandson; Ceridwen Davies, niece; Mrs. Gaynor Jones Humphries (Portmadoc).
At the house: Mesdames Nesta and Mattie Jones, daughters-in-law; Mesdames J. Davies, A. Davies and P. Owen, friends; Mrs. Jones and Miss Evans, neighbours.
Unable to attend were Mr. and Mrs. Idris Jones, son and daughter-in-law, of Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Floral tributes: Robert and Mattie; Victor, Nesta and Colin; Trefor, Marion and Grandchildren; Idris and Eurfron; Ann, Edgar and Gaynor; Jennie, Trevor and Menna; Arthur and Gaynor; Helen and Gwilym, Mair, Emyr and Kenneth; Ceridwen, Alwena and Richard; J. Davies, Bopa, Ann and Dave, Gwilym, Phyllis and Carol; Miss Evans and family (Ammanford).
Funeral arrangements were by Mr. John Condon, Gadlys Road, Aberdare.