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Glyn Jones (Vice Chairman)

As we all know Glyn, our vice-chairman, passed away on Friday 7th July after a short illness.  He served on the management committee for over 20 years but only became vice-chairman at the AGM in November 2005.  He led the league's annual Under 14's coaching trip to the Lords Indoor Cricket School since it started around 13 years ago, but had to drop out this year.

Glyn was fully committed to the development of young cricketers throughout South West Wales, and was involved in Regional Cricket with West Wales and lately Carmarthenshire.  Along with Robert Green, another member of our Management Committee, he was one of the management team behind West Wales winning the Welsh Cricket Board's Under 12's Swansea festival for the first time in 2000.  The side also went on to win the Under 13's festival in Wrexham the following year.

A qualified cricket coach he would spend much of his spare time travelling around the junior schools in the Carmarthen area coaching the young boys and girls, and he run the County softball championships for many years.  A former captain and life-member of the Carmarthen Wanderers Cricket Club, he played cricket regularly up until 2001.

The league held their annual indoor net trials at Coedcae School in early April and Glyn was as enthusiastic as ever, looking forward to the season ahead when he would be in charge of the league Under 10's.  After selecting the teams for the 2 matches against Mid Glamorgan and Pembrokeshire his deteriorating health and untimely death meant he was unable to be present at either match.  The boys selected did him proud as they won both matches.

A dedicated family man, Glyn was delighted this year when his grandson Daniel was selected to play for the Wales Under 11's team, a year above his actual age group, and he was looking forward to seeing him play at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff in August.

I first came across him when he was refereeing football matches in the Cardiganshire League in the 1970's, and our paths crossed again when we both joined the management committee of the junior league in the mid 1980's.  I raised a smile, when the vicar at the crematorium said the story about Glyn on the football field blowing his whistle and shouting at the player "I'm the only one who can ********* swear on this football field"  and could actually see him doing it.

The cricket scene in South West Wales will be a poorer place for his passing, and Glyn will be greatly missed by all who knew him.  A testament to his popularity was shown in the numbers that attended his funeral, with different people attending the church and the crematorium.  Among those who attended were Phil Bennett, former Wales & British Lions outside half, who is a Sports Development Officer with Carmarthenshire County Council, and has worked closely with Glyn in developing cricket in the county, and Anthony Cottey, the former Glamorgan and Sussex county cricketer.  Before the first final in our 2006 finals week the teams of Carmarthen Wanderers U14's and Gowerton U14's observed a minutes silence in memory of Glyn.  His grandson Daniel, aged 10, was in the Wanderers team.

John Davies, Secretary

Below is the article published in the Carmarthen Journal on Wednesday 19th July, and is reproduced with permission of the editor Rob Lloyd.



Glyn Jones with Ysgol Griffydd Jones pupils
George Lewis, Celia Noblett and Freddy Payne.

Photo courtesy of and Carmarthen Journal

Tributes have been paid to one of Carmarthen's well-known sportsmen who lost his brave battle with cancer.  Glyn Jones, of Hendre Lodge, Llanybri, a life member and past captain of Carmarthen Wanderers Cricket Club, passed away on Friday, July 7.

Glyn was also vice-chairman of the South Wales junior cricket league and a former referee for the Football Association of Wales.

His funeral took place at Llangynog Parish Church, on Thursday 13th July, followed by a cremation at Parc Gwyn crematorium, Narberth.

He had a keen interest in most sports, playing football for Carmarthen and Aberystwyth Town, and after his retirement from the game he became a referee, then a referees' assessor.

South Wales, junior cricket league spokesman Ieuan Hughes said: "It is very sad news and a great loss. Carmarthen and the junior league will miss him greatly. There are many young cricketers who owe him a great debt for introducing them to the game."

Carmarthen Town AFC chairman Jeff Thomas said Mr Jones was a keen supporter of the club.  "I knew Glyn as a supporter at the club and he was always at the home games.

"No matter what the results, he always managed to put a smile on our faces with his humour.  He also refereed Carmarthen Town games and was a good-natured referee."

Vice-chairman of the Costcutter Ceredigion Football League and FUW county executive Peter Davies said: "Glyn was well respected by everyone and hugely popular.  I have known him a long time, and got to know him when I played in the Ceredigion league.  He was a superb referee and will be very badly missed by everyone."

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