Player

Charlie Arthur - Centre

Cardiff
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Charlie Arthur
Place Of BirthKing's Lynn
EducationQueen Elizabeth Grammar School, Carmarthen
ClubsCardiff, Carmarthen Quins, Bristol Bears
HonoursWales
Norfolk born Charles Suckling "Charlie" Arthur played 163 times for Cardiff between 1883 and 1891. Although born in England Charlie Arthur played international rugby for Wales and won his first international cap in the second of the 1888 Home Nations championship against Ireland at Lansdowne Road.
In December 1888 he was chosen for the Wales team to face the New Zealand Maoris (the first touring team from the Southern Hemisphere) at St Helens, Swansea. The crowd thought the Swansea backs had been overlooked and booed the Welsh players from other clubs. A week later Arthur was part of the Cardiff team to face the same Maoris team and, captained by Frank Hill, the Blue and Blacks were victorious. His last international was in 1891 against England which was lost 3 -7. Although he would never play for Wales again he was still a major part of his club side and was made Cardiff captain.
Charles Arthur was also an early enthusiast in rugby history, compiling one of the first rugby union books - ’Cardiff Rugby Football Club, History and Statistics 1876 –1906’ – a copy of which is in the club archives.
SEASON P W D L TRY CON PEN DG PTS
TOTAL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Cardiff 16 13 0 3 396 243 61
Carmarthen Quins 17 10 3 4 372 278 54
Aberavon 16 11 0 5 371 272 53
Llandovery 16 9 2 5 344 285 48
Pontypridd 18 10 0 8 394 376 47
Merthyr 18 8 0 10 362 374 44
RGC 1404 17 8 1 8 409 381 43
Newport 15 7 0 8 294 278 37
Swansea 17 7 0 10 246 292 35
Llanelli 15 6 0 9 293 412 27
Ebbw Vale 17 4 2 11 283 351 27
Bridgend Ravens 18 3 0 15 271 493 19