Aberdare Boys’ Grammar School
The last game of rugby football that Jim Excell refereed, 1958
from Roger Excell
E.J. Excell, the schools sports master, retired at the end of the academic year 1957-58. These two photographs were taken on the day he refereed his last match of rugby football at the school’s ground at Robertstown.
Ernest James Excell was raised in Twyford in Berkshire. He trained at Sheffield City Training College, and arrived at the school in 1922, having already spent two years in Glamorgan employed by the county council as a ‘Travelling Teacher of Physical Exercises’. His first task on his arrival was to re-introduce rugby football as a team game. He also developed both cricket and athletics but had to do so with meager resources.
In the latter stages of his career, he also taught Art at the school, and after his retirement was an active member of the Aberdare Art Society.
Mr Excell, who was honoured in the New Year Honours of 1961 with an MBE for services
to physical education and sport in Welsh schools, died in 1977. He lived at
8 Belmont Terrace in Aberaman.
E.J. Excell with Keith Rowlands in Tudor Terrace.
E.J. Excell with John Oliver