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Llewelyn Kenrick (1847 – 29 May 1933)[1] was a solicitor and international footballer.

He was born into the land-owning, industrialist Kenrick dynasty of Wynn Hall, Ruabon, Wrexham, Wales. After attending Ruabon Grammar School he trained as a solicitor and practiced at Ruabon but always remained a keen football player, playing for Druids, Ruabon and Shropshire Wanderers. Kenrick was instrumental in forming the Football Association of Wales in 1876 and helped draw up its constitution at a meeting in the Wynnstay Arms Hotel in Ruabon.

"Sadly we have no record of the words actually used by the police constable as he stood sternly surveying the scene in the Wynnstay Arms, Ruabon, on that May night in 1876; but what they amounted to was that even if the gentlemen were busy forming the Football Association of Wales it was past closing time so would they mind forming it somewhere else… " [2]

The Welsh national side played for the first time in March 1876 in Glasgow, with Kenrick as captain, but lost 4-0 to Scotland.

Kenrick was appointed Coroner for East Denbighshire in 1906 and died in Ruabon in 1933.

International appearances

Kenrick made five appearances for Wales as follows[3]:

Date Venue Opponent Result[4] Goals Competition
25 March 1876 Hamilton Crescent, Partick  Scotland 0–4 0 Friendly
5 March 1877 Racecourse Ground, Wrexham  Scotland 0–2 0 Friendly
18 January 1879 Kennington Oval, London  England 1–2 0 Friendly
7 April 1879 Racecourse Ground, Wrexham  Scotland 0–3 0 Friendly
26 February 1881 Alexandra Meadows, Blackburn  England 1–0 0 Friendly

External links


  1. ^ Davies, Gareth; Garland, Ian (1991). Who's Who of Welsh International Soccer Players. Bridge Books. pp. 119–120. ISBN 1-8724-2411-2. 
  2. ^ 100 Years of Welsh Soccer - The Official History of The Football Association of Wales. Peter Corrigan, 1976.
  3. ^ Samuel, Bill (2009). The Complete Wales FC 1876-2008. Soccer Books. pp. 5–6. ISBN 1-8622-3176-1. 
  4. ^ Wales score first


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