On Saturday, March 25, members of the rugby community gathered together at Abergavenny RFC’s newly refurbished Mike Aylett Lounge to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the legendary Abergavenny vs. Llanelli Scarlets Welsh Cup match

Abergavenny RFC: Llanelli: Scarlets: rugby
(Delwyn Edwards)

With the first team and the Harlequins playing at home, the clubhouse was busy, contributing to a buzzing atmosphere.

Eighteen of the twenty-one selected for the match forty years ago attended, in addition to three who had played in the previous rounds. Four committee members who were present on that day also made the event, along with eight guests.

The day was commemorated by Delwyn Edwards, who came along to photograph the occasion. This reunion was an opportunity to remember what is believed to be one of the greatest days in the club’s long history.

Saturday, January 22, 1983 saw Abergavenny RFC travel to Stradey Park and push the mighty Scarlets - who at the time, contained eight current or future Wales Internationals, including British Lions Ray Gravell and Peter Morgan - all the way before bowing out at the last 16 stage 17-6.

En-route to that epic match, Abergavenny had beaten Abertillery (then a Snelling club) 13-9, Ynysddu 19-9, Llanharan 10-3 — all at home — and Pembroke Dock Quins 18-0 away. 

A commemorative board of the famouus match, designed by former players Geoff Williams and Johnny Morris, was presented to the club, in recognition.

Commem plaque
(Delwyn Edwards)

Former Captain of the club, Nigel Evans said: “It was great to see everyone, some of the team hadn’t seen each for over thirty years! 

“There was plenty of reminiscing  and some great stories told. We watched the first team match and then carried on back in the clubhouse for several hours...”

A fantastic day to mark an epic event.