Aberavon began life in the late 1870’s as Afan, and then became Aberavon Red Rovers before settling as Aberavon RFC and finally gaining WRU status in 1888. In the same way the club has played at different venues including Mansel Field, Daycock’s Field, Central Athletic Ground and then the Talbot Athletic Ground where they still play today.
Probably the Golden Age of Aberavon RFC was in the 1920’s when they won the Welsh Club Championship on four occasions and boasted eight Internationals. Indeed the club was so successful it seems, that due to a fixture blunder, they beat two teams in one day. In the morning they beat Exeter and then, after a light lunch, beat Guy’s Hospital.
After the Second World War Aberavon became known as the Wizards and adopted the Wizard as the official club emblem. Despite producing many fine players including Tony O’Connor, the first Wizard to become a British Lion, Aberavon have so far failed to emulate those glory days of the 20’s although they did become Welsh Club Champions again and then Floodlight Alliance winners in the 1960’s.
In more recent times Aberavon have been Welsh National League Division 1 Champions on four occasions and since the inception of Regional Rugby have been ever present in the Premiership only once being outside the top six.
Aberavon have provided over 30 International players including:
Billy James (the only Aberavon captain of Wales), Gareth Baber, Onllwyn Brace, John Bevan, Billy Mainwaring, Tony O’Connor and Allan Martin.
Quins’ recent record against Aberavon:
Won 5 Lost 12 Drawn 1
Quins beat Aberavon 13~12 in 2002/03 Cup.
This year Aberavon are having a poor season so far, based on their high standards, but last week had a narrow victory over Bedwas and will be throwing everything at us in order to improve their own league position.
Reporter – Keith Bond