27 October (1973) Jeremy Thorpe in the Cliff; (1970) Gareth Edwards in the Rugby Club

  • 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.
Delfryn Owens, Brynmor Williams, Gareth Edwards, Col. Ben Jones, D. P. Thomas, Dyfed Davies

Delfryn Owens, Brynmor Williams, Gareth Edwards, Col. Ben Jones, D. P. Thomas, Dyfed Davies

  • 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

8 August (1980) Bennett’s in the Eagle!

Phil Bennett pushing the pennies

Phil Bennett pushing the pennies

  • 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.

23 July (1970) Our Lady of the Taper officially opened at 6.30pm

  • 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.

16 February (1980) Paul Ringer – sent off?!

  •  16 1980 (Sat.) Paul Ringer sent off?!

Battle of Twickenham

Ringer’s Red

Paul Ringer
Paul Ringer

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.

Paul Ringer looks back

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