Donato Nardiello has recently retired as a police officer with the West Midlands Police. He used to play for Coventry City (1977–81) and twice appeared in a Welsh shirt (1977). He was born in Cardigan on 9 April 1957. He left the area when he was 6 years old? Anyone have any further information on the Cardigan connection? Is there a house in the town with a plaque??
See: Birmingham Mail
- 26 1936 (Sat.) Cardigan County School reunion of old pupils with a hockey and rugby match. Tea in Central Hall at 4.00
- 30 1898 (Wed.) Cardigan Hockey Club at Parc-y-Rifle: Cardigan 0 v. Newcastle Emlyn 2
- 27 1973 (Sat.) Cardigan & District Liberal Association are addressed by Rt Hon Jeremy Thorpe at the Cliff Hotel. Additional entertainment provided by Blaenporth Male voice choir.
- 27 1970 (Tues.) Visit of Gareth Edwards to the Rugby Club to present coloured portraits to 3 local schoolboys: Brynmor Williams, Delfryn Owens and Dyfed Davies
- 10 1986 (Fri.) Jonathan Jones, World Formula II Grand Prix powerboat champion, receives a civic reception.
- 20 1985 (Fri.) Revd D J Roberts celebrates 50 years in the ministry.
- 20 1946 (Fri.) Dai Rees plays a round at Gwbert Golf Course
- 18 1964 (Fri.) The Children’s Corner in Parc y Rifle moved from the lower field to near the Tennis Courts to make way for the Bowling Green.
5 1969 (Fri.) Rugby Clubhouse opened by Osmonde G. John, Llangwm – WRU’s district H representative.
- 19 1936 (Wed.) Golf Club House opened at 7.00 p.m. by Mrs Berrington Davies, Llangoedmore. Mr Leslie Mouland and his wife were in charge of the bar.
- 8 1980 (Fri.) Phil Bennett visits the Eagle Inn to push a column of coins over in aid of Kidney research
- 8 1976 (Sun.) National Eisteddfod: Children’s Cymanfa Ganu 2.30; Cymanfa Ganu at 8.00.
- 8 1901 (Thurs.) Burial of Pleybert Ives, 36, a vendor of French Onions, who drowned in the Teifi.
- 7 1901 (Wed.) 8th Annual Sports and Bicycle Races at Cardigan
- 23 1970 (Thurs.) Our Lady of the Taper officially opened 6.30. The ceremony was conducted by Rt Rev John E Petit MA, Bp of Menevia, assisted by Rt Rev Langton D Fox auxiliary Bp of Menevia.
- 23 1968 (Mon.) Fire damages Rugby Club
- 23 1678 (Tues.) Neptune of Ilfracombe took 15, 000 hilling stones to Dublin.
- 15 1953 (Wed.) Glamorgan Cricket Club scored 172 runs against Cardigan.
- 13 1991 (Sat.) Clwb Pêl Droed Cwmderi (Pobl y Cwm) v. Barbariaid Aberteifi.
- 13 1984 (Fri.) Final Service of Revd Tom Roberts, Tabernacle.
- 13 1951 (Fri.) Visit of Duchess of Kent. Received at King George V playing fields (Parc y Reiffl).
- 30 1950 (Fri.) Clr Rosina Davies resigns from the Town Council because the Cardigan Boxing Club wished to use the Council’s Meat Market. Revd Rosina Davies was born at St. Dogmaels, and later moved to the Rhondda Valleys. She was baptised on 27 August 1911 and began preaching that evening. She was pastor at Bryn Seion, Cwmtwrch, 1926–8, where she was ordained. She returned to St Dogmaels in 1930 with her widowed mother. She was assistant minister Blaenwaun 1930–40, and similarly at Bethania, 1941–60. In 1933 she married David Evan Davies, who kept a butcher’s shop (opposite Shire Hall) . She was the first woman member of the Town Council, and in 1943 the first female mayor. She died on 3 July 1983, aged 87 years.
- 30 1921 (Thurs.) Cardigan Liberal Club Company Ltd formed.
- 9 1939 (Fri.) ‘Gwraig y Ffermwr’, performed by the Cardigan County School Dramatic Society, under Miss Gwennant Davies. Proceeds towards liquidation of debt on town tennis courts
- 2 1926 (Wed.) New Bowling Green opened by Clr J E Jones, Shop Penbont.
- 13 1966 (Fri.) New Bowling Green blessed
- 28 1985 (Sul) Celebrating the Centenary of local Baptists’ Cymanfa Ganu
- 28 1951 (Sad.) Mammoth Boxing Tournament: Market Hall on Barley Saturday. Popular Cardigan boxer Haydn Gwyon, and Owen Edwards, who is due to appear at Albert hall in final of British Railways Championship.
- 28 1938 (Thurs.) Amy Johnson passes through Cardigan as part of RAC Car Rally.
- 28 1197 (Mon.) Death of Lord Rhys
- 27 1967 (Thurs.) Rugby Club opened: Osmond John, District Representative of the WRU officially opened the place, and Brian Thomas, Neath brought down a XV of celebrated players (including Hywel Williams!) to play against Cardigan.
- 27 1826 (Thurs.) Death of Charles Symmons born in 1749.
- 25 1949 (Mon.) Cardigan Town AFC v Swansea AFC. KO at 6.00 p.m. Anyone remember the score?
- 25 1949 (Mon.) Funeral of Revd Esaia Williams, Bethania
- 13 1921 (Wed.) Cardigan Flat, Hurdle and Trotting Races in Greenland Meadows
- 13 1878 (Sat.) Police Inspector Davies resigns on a full pension of £1.2.7.
- 12 1985 (Fri.) Civic reception for Hywel Davies, winner of the Grand National on Last Suspect.
- 10 1970 (Fri.) The price of the Tivy-side goes up to 8d (3p)
- 10 1950 (Mon.) Easter Monday Cup Final at Cilgerran. A crowd of 1400 watch a ‘9 goal thriller’. Cardigan Town 6 Aberaeron 3
- 10 1680 (Sat.) Diligence of Lancaster, master Richard Reeder sailed to Beaumaris with a cargo of 8 tons of salt.
- 30 1985 (Sat.) Hywel Davies’s big day winning the Grand National on Last Suspect at 50-1
- 30 1908 (Mon.) Freemasons formed at Black Lion. Earliest members included William Woodward, David Davies solicitor, Llewelyn Davies, schoolmaster, D. Lloyd Jones, bank manager, G. W. Potter, Dr George E. Jones, Jenkin Jones, H. Nicholson, and M. L. Jones.
- 30 1970 (Mon.) Tudor James, 7 Priory St., takes over newspaper round from J. C. Roberts, High St.
- 21 1953 (Sat.) Amateur Boxing Tournament at Drill Hall. Come and see the Navy Boys knock seven bells out of each other!
- 21 1951 (Wed.) Prize distribution County Secondary School. Gueast Speaker: Capt. Roderic Bowen MP.
- 9 1957 (Sat.) Happy birthday Jonathan Jones, World Powerboat Champion.
1979 – World Sprint Champion, T2; runner-up in National Championships, T2
1980 – National Champion, T2
1982 – 3rd in National Champonships, Formula Grand Prix ON.
1983 – 4th overall in Rolatruc National Grand Prix Series.
1984 – 4th overall in Rolatruc National Grand Prix Series; 4th overall Formula Grand Prix World Series.
1985 – 2nd Overall in Formula Grand Prix World Series.
1986 – Winner formula Grand Prix World Series.
1989 – Winner formula Grand Prix World Series.
1991 – Formula 1 World Champion.
1993 – 3rd in Formula 1 World Championship.
1994 – 2nd in Formula 1 World Championship.
1996 – 3rd in Formula 1 World Championship.
1998 – Formula 1 World Champion.
- 9 1653 (Wed.) Town Council sworn at the Leet Court in the Castle.
- 1 1983 (Tues.) Robin Morris-Jones starts his job as Town Clerk.
- 1 1963 (Fri.) Visitor Dick Richardson, heavyweight boxer guest of Cardigan branch British Legion at Cliff Hotel.
- 1 1880 (Mon.) Dr. John Thomas, age 49 was the first to be buried in the new cemetery.
- 1 1879 (Sat.) Masons went on strike. The walls were cracking as soon as they were built. The trouble stemmed from the fact that the bricks and copings were not sufficiently burnt at the Brickworks.
- 18 1983 (Fri) Wrestling in the Pav (and not on film!) Popular during the late sixties and then revived in the early eighties. On the bill on this night Tony St Clair; Mad Rasputin; and Princess Cherokee. Great fun!
- 16 1980 (Sat.) Paul Ringer sent off?!
Battle of Twickenham
Paul Ringer, a former Cardigan Secondary School pupil playing for Wales v. England at Twickenham in 1980 was sent off in the 13th minute by an Irish referee, David Burnett, for allegedly making a late challenge on England’s fly-half, John Horton. Wales came second 9–8.
A slightly (!) controversial incident which gained further notoriety when Max Boyce wrote a song ‘Ringer was to blame’. As Max wrote: ‘He got there as fast as he could’.
Or as Wales prop Graham Price said of the game: ‘It was like World War Three but in them days referees didn’t tend to send players off, no matter what they did’.
“It was disgraceful refereeing,” recalls Ringer.”Their captain, Peter Wheeler, came over and said to the referee that if he didn’t send me off it would turn into a bloodbath. And that made up his mind for him.”
John Carleton, England winger: “I have discussed it time and time again and I am still not sure. He did run at John and he was quite high and there may have been some intent. But he did not make much contact.”
Ringer was banned for eight matches and failed to make the Lions Tour of South Africa.
He retired from the game in 1984 after a spell in rugby league playing with the Cardiff Blue Dragons.
Have you got one of these? Paul Ringer is innocent badge? Wear it today with pride!