James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants
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International football

MM Morgan-Owen, Wales 1900 'MM' Morgan-Owen, Wales 1907 Morgan won twelve Welsh international caps in the period 1897-1907 in three different positions, centre forward, right half-back and centre half-back. During that time the number of spectators grew from just a few thousand to over 25 000. His leadership and organisational skills were highly valued by the national team. He scored in matches against Scotland in 1897 at the Racecourse, Wrexham (2 – 2) and in 1898 at Fir Park, Motherwell, (lost 5 – 2) but a highlight of his football memories was when he captained Wales to their first ever win against Scotland on Scottish soil in March 1906 which followed Wales’ first ever victory over Scotland at Wrexham the previous season. In 1906-7 Wales won the Homes International Championship for the first time.

The National Screen Archives of Wales has a very short film of the international between Wales and Ireland on Monday, 2 April 1906, at The Racecourse, Wrexham. Both Hugh and his brother Morgan were playing. According to the Western Mail (3 April 1906)[3/4/06], the weather was delightfully fine and the ground in perfect order. The crowd of 5-6000 witnessed a drawn game, 4 – 4, and the bursting of the ball which stopped play just before half-time.

In 1903, ‘MM’, as he was known, and his brother ‘H’ (Hugh) had withdrawn from the Welsh international team to play England, choosing instead to play for the Old Salopians (Shrewsbury School Old Boys) in the first ever final of the Arthur Dunn Cup; Morgan later became President of Old Salopians. In the final years of his playing career he was instrumental in the formation of the Amateur Football Association and became one of its Life VPs. Morgan’s last representative match for Corinthians was for 'Corinthians Under Arms' against 'Aldershot Command' in 1915. From 1921 he was President of Corinthians and in 1933 chaired a dinner to celebrate fifty years of that distinguished club; his bother Gethin, then a Brigadier-General, was one of those present.