Old Barry in Pictures (Facebook)

I don’t do Facebook, but recently a photograph has been sent in to the excellent Old Barry in Pictures Facebook page that requests information on a photograph that has been submitted.

Here is the photo (used, hopefully, with permission)

The Barry Schoolboys Football Team (1916)
The Barry Schoolboys Football Team (1916)

I believe the photograph to be that of the Barry Schoolboys, who defeated the Cardiff Schoolboys at Ninian Park in May 1916 to win the Welsh Schools Shield.

The Final was originally held at Jenner Park, Barry, but with the game ending in a 1-1 stalemate, Ninian Park was the scene of the Replay.

J.Weston (Barry Island School) got the opening goal after 25 minutes, but when Pearce equalised for the Cardiff Schoolboys, the game again ended 1-1. The match went to Extra Time and the Barry Schoolboys were ultimately awarded a penalty which was scored by E.Griggs (County School), the captain, to give the Barry lads a 2-1 win. It was the fourth time Barry Schoolboys had won the Welsh Schools Shield.

The winning line-up was : W.Forbes (Holton School), Glyn Martin (County School), W.Perry (Hannah Street School), J.Johnstone (County School), E.Griggs (County School), I.Hayward (Holton Road School), J.Weston (Barry Island School), S.Cruise (Holton Road School), J.Phillips (Holton Road School), Trevor Evans (County School), and W.Davies (County School).

I’m afraid I don’t know if these names bear any correlation to the photograph, but it would be great to be able to put names to faces.

The Welsh Schools Shield competition had started several years before, in 1913, with Barry Schoolboys winning the first title, and again in 1914, losing out to Cardiff Schoolboys in 1915, before reclaiming it in 1916. Indeed, Barry Schoolboys would win the title five times in the first seven years of the competition existence.

There were four Barry lads selected to play for Welsh Schoolboys against England Schoolboys at Bolton in 1916, prior to the domestic final: Glyn Martin, E.Griggs, S.Cruise, and W.Davies. Barry schoolboys had a fine history in Welsh International Schoolboy football with Barry boys featuring in the side since the inception of games with England Schoolboys in 1907 at Walsall.


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