I’m a rugby and First World War historian and have written several books and many newspaper, journal and on-line articles. I have given talks to a variety of organisations; have taken part in many media interviews; and have assisted with the research for several TV and radio documentaries. I am a member of the Cardiff Rugby Heritage Committee (Cardiff Rugby Museum).
Particular interests include: early rugby history, especially in Wales; the history of Cardiff RFC; rugby in Victorian and Edwardian Cardiff and Newport; rugby’s first superstar, Arthur Gould; rugby and the First World War; Cardiff in the First World War; the 16th Battalion The Welsh Regiment (Cardiff City); the First World War in general; and the history of Cardiff.
BBC Radio Wales:
Good Evening Wales
Good Morning Wales
Jason Mohammad Show
Radio Wales Sport
Roy Noble Programme
VCS Radio Cardiff:
Chronicle with Ceri Stennett
Come On In
RADIO DOCUMENTARIES: INTERVIEWS
Radio Wales documentary on Owen Rowe, Allez Monsieur Roe (2007).
Radio France, France Culture: L’Arms Park: au Coeur de la nation galloise (2014).
TELEVISION NEWS INTERVIEW
Made in Cardiff TV.
TELEVISION DOCUMENTARIES: INTERVIEWS AND RESEARCH
Appeared in, and assisted with the research for:
Y Pymtheg Olaf (2014) produced by Stefan Morgan for S4C about the last Welsh international XV before the First World War.
Rugby at War (2014) produced by Chris Perry for ITV Wales about the Welsh rugby internationals who died in the First World War.
The Forgotten Warriors of World War One (2016) produced by Siân Roderick for BBC Wales about black servicemen from south Wales in the First World War.
Wales and the Great War (2014) produced by Greg Lewis for ITV Wales.
Great British Railway Journeys: Pontyclun to Ebbw Vale Town (2018) presented by Michael Portillo for BBC2. (Series 9:7). (Interviewed about Wales v New Zealand 1905).
Assisted with the research for:
The First Fifteen (2008) produced by Jonathon Hill for ITV Wales about Welsh rugby internationals and the First World War.
TALKS AND PRESENTATIONS
On: early rugby history; the origins of Cardiff RFC; rugby in Victorian Cardiff; rugby and the First World War; and the 16th Battalion The Welsh Regiment (Cardiff City):
British Society of Sports History Conference (2005) (Award for best postgraduate paper)
Canton Rugby Football Club
Cardiff and District Rugby Union
Cardiff 41 Club (Round Table)
Cardiff Castle Museum of the Welsh Soldier (Firing Line)
Cardiff Docks Company of Pals
Cardiff North Probus Club
The Cardiff Story (Cardiff Old Library)
CF10 Arms Park Rugby Trust
National Museum of Wales
Roath Local History Society
St. Fagans National History Museum
Western Front Association Gwent Branch
Western Front Association South Wales Branch
BBC: World War One at Home:
The Welsh Rugby Stars Who Died in the Great War:
World War One: The Wales rugby caps who lost their lives:
Cardiff Rugby Museum blog:
Dai Westacott’s Gold Watch: https://bit.ly/2MVXxnF
Wales Remembers 1914-1918 Programme 2017 (pages 16-17):
Welsh Rugby and the First World War: http://bit.ly/2kwoik5
World Rugby Museum blog:
Charles Gerald Taylor: http://bit.ly/22bKALK
William Purdon Geen: http://bit.ly/2bKAqe0
Richard Davies Garnons Williams: http://bit.ly/2bdhrKc
Louis Augustus Phillips: http://bit.ly/1RgEHaP
Richard Thomas: http://bit.ly/29jFdjS
John Lewis Williams: http://bit.ly/29F9sVX
David Watts: http://bit.ly/29DUVGt
Charles Meyrick Pritchard: http://bit.ly/2aVk7L6
Horace Wyndham Thomas: http://bit.ly/2bQ8cCZ
Brinley Richard Lewis: http://bit.ly/2pwpmqq
David Westacott and Passchendaele: http://bit.ly/2BwSVSn
Philip Dudley Waller: http://bit.ly/2BnXjmu
Brecon RFC website
Cardiff and District Rugby Union website
Cardiff Harlequins RFC website:
Cecil Rhys Davies (Wales):http://bit.ly/1PkdjnS
Glamorgan CCC website
South Wales Branch Western Front Association website
Glamorgan Family History Society Journal
South Wales Echo
Touchlines, Rugby Memorabilia Society Magazine
Wales Remembers 1914-1918 Programme 2017
World Rugby Memorial Brochure 2017
Assisted journalists from:
Der Standard, Vienna
Scottish Daily Mail
South Wales Echo