Player

Charlie Arthur - Centre

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
Merthyr 23 18 0 5 651 393 91
Cardiff 23 18 1 4 696 469 89
Pontypridd 21 16 0 5 730 374 79
Llandovery 24 16 1 7 652 408 79
Newport 25 15 2 8 629 551 77
Ebbw Vale 24 16 1 7 541 423 76
Aberavon 22 14 2 6 485 415 69
Swansea 24 13 0 11 537 451 65
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 22 11 1 10 552 456 64
Carmarthen Quins 24 10 1 13 488 454 56
Bedwas 24 8 1 15 515 667 43
Bridgend Ravens 22 8 0 14 427 517 43
Llanelli 24 6 1 17 450 620 35
Cross Keys 22 5 1 16 452 681 34
Bargoed 23 4 0 19 400 756 22
Neath 23 1 0 22 335 905 3