I’m a rugby and First World War historian. I have published several books and have written many newspaper, journal and on-line articles. I have given talks to a variety of organisations. I have also made many media appearances and assisted with the production of TV and radio documentaries.
Particular interests include: early rugby history, especially in Wales; 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 (Cardiff City) The Welsh Regiment; and the history of Cardiff.
BBC Radio Wales:
Good Evening Wales
Good Morning Wales
Jason Mohammad Show
Radio Wales Sport
Roy Noble Programme
Chronicle with Ceri Stennett
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 Interviews
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). (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; rugby in Victorian Cardiff; rugby and the First World War; and the 16th Battalion (Cardiff City) The Welsh Regiment:
British Society of Sports History Conference (2005) (Award for best postgraduate paper)
South Wales Branch Western Front Association
Gwent Branch Western Front Association
Cardiff and District Rugby Union
The Cardiff Story (Cardiff Old Library)
National Museum of Wales
St. Fagans National History Museum
Cardiff North Probus Club
Roath Local History Society
Cardiff 41 Club (Round Table)
Firing Line Cardiff Castle Museum of the Welsh Soldier
Canton Rugby Football Club
Docks Company of Pals, Cardiff
BBC: World War One at Home: The Welsh Rugby Stars Who Died in the Great War
BBC Wales: World War One: The Wales rugby caps who lost their lives
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
Wales Remembers 1914-1918 Programme 2017 (pages 16-17):
Welsh Rugby and the First World War: http://bit.ly/2kwoik5
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