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LC Thomas - Forward

LC Thomas
Date Of Birth06/08/1865
Place Of BirthMerthyr Tydfil
EducationLlandovery College, Aberystwyth University, University College, Cardiff
ClubsCardiff, Taunton, Neath
HonoursWales
Lewis Cobden Thomas was born in August 1865 and educated at Merthyr College, Queen's College, Taunton, University College, Aberystwyth, University College, Cardiff and University College, London
He played rugby for Cardiff (12 appearances in the 1883 – 4 and 1884 – 5 seasons) and Neath as well as winning two Welsh caps (against England and Scotland in 1885).
Thomas was also a powerful swimmer and on one occasion rescued a man who was drowning in the Deep Pool, Pontsarn in Merthyr. For his heroic action he was awarded the Certificate of the Royal Humane Society.
After graduation from Aberystwyth he became a solicitor in Neath and was elected to the town council in 1897 - by 1900 Lewis had been elected mayor.
Lewis Cobden Thomas died in Neath in April 1928 aged 62.

South Wales Daily News 10/11/1900 – L C Thomas elected Mayor of Neath
Councillor Lewis Cobden Thomas, who was born 35 years ago, is a son of the late Mr Thomas Thomas, of Merthyr Tydfil, who was widely known in commercial circles in South Wales. Educated successively at Merthyr College, Queen's College, Taunton, University College, Aberystwyth, and University College, Cardiff, he decided to adopt the legal profession, and was articled to Mr Charles Russell James, of the firm of Messrs Gwilym and Charles James, solicitors, Merthyr. He completed his course of study of the law by spending the last year of his articles with Messrs Schultz and Sons, the London agents of the Merthyr firm. In 1890 he entered into partnership with Mr S, T. Evans, M.P., Neath. This relationship with the member for Mid-Glamorgan lasted until Mr Evans retired from the partnership about twelve months later. In July 1891, Mr Thomas was appointed returning officer for the Glamorgan County Council. In July he received the appointment of clerk to the governors of the Neath County School, and he is also Iocal secretary to the technical classes. A few years ago Mr Thomas was one of the best known athletes in South Wales. Unfortunately, he met with an accident in the football field, which compelled his retirement from a game to which he was heartily devoted. He was elected a member of the Neath Town Council in November, 1897, and last week was re-elected by a large majority. In religion he is a Unitarian, and in politics a robust Liberal.
PLAYER FOR P W D L TRY CON PEN DG PTS
Wales 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Merthyr 27 21 0 6 798 501 107
Llandovery 28 20 1 7 803 492 98
Cardiff 26 19 1 6 771 547 95
Ebbw Vale 28 19 1 8 671 512 90
Pontypridd 25 18 0 7 840 480 89
Aberavon 26 17 2 7 612 490 83
Newport 29 16 2 11 726 678 83
Swansea 28 15 0 13 625 552 75
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 26 12 1 13 669 556 73
Carmarthen Quins 29 13 1 15 616 544 71
Llanelli 29 11 1 17 622 710 58
Bedwas 28 10 1 17 615 786 52
Bridgend Ravens 26 9 0 17 544 651 50
Cross Keys 27 5 1 21 552 925 35
Bargoed 27 6 0 21 522 872 33
Neath 27 1 0 26 379 1069 3