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Old 6th July 2017, 18.51:03   #397-0 (permalink)
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The Majestic theatre closed in june 1960, so i'm assuming late 1960?.

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Thats a great photo too. I have not seen that before.
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Leigh Richard Roose. Born Holt, near Wrexham; 24 caps; died 7 October 1916.

One of the most flamboyant personalities of his era - Roose made headlines on and off the pitch as a goalkeeper for clubs from Wrexham, Stoke City to Aston Villa. This son of a pacifist minister always wore the shirt of his old university Aberystwyth under his jersey. Ambitions to become a doctor were diverted by football and a love of the London life. Girlfriends included music hall star Marie Lloyd and he wore Savile Row suits. Roose once hired a train at huge expense so he could get to an away match in Birmingham on time.
He joined the Royal Army Medical Corps, and latterly the Royal Fusiliers, for whom he earned the Military Medal during his first engagement with them.
Roose's abilities as a goalkeeper to throw a ball it appears extended to grenades.
"Though nearly choked with fumes with his clothes burnt [he] refused to go to the dressing station," says the citation. "He continued to throw bombs until his arm gave out, and then, joining the covering party, used his rifle with great effect."
But just weeks later L/Cpl Roose was killed in the final stages of the first battle of the Somme at Gueudecourt, one of 190 dead or missing that day.

World War One: Wales footballers who never came home - BBC News
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Roose did play for Wales at The Racecourse but he never played for the Wrexham club. He was of course born in Holt.
There is a very good book about his life and times.
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is that Pryce Griffiths laying the concrete
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Yes, I think the name gradually changed, but I done a quick search on Wales newspaper archives too and found the term 'football shorts' being used in 1910. So have assumed that the term gradually evolved after the rules were changed in 1904.
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Sorry to be pedantic ESR but that doesn't say that the term shorts came in to being in 1904. In fact it confirms that they were "still known as knickerbockers or knickers".
Wiki states that they were still called knickers through to the 1960's TT, but just done a quick search of the national newspaper archives and it seems that the term football shorts starts appearing around 1910, but soon after there are numerous football short makers advertising their wears. Football shorts were also commonly used when bathing at the seaside from around the 1920's and there was a famous (at the time) raid by The Somerset light infantry in the first world war who twice raided the enemies trenches in 1918, wearing only football shirts and shorts. From around 1910 onwards, the term knickers seems to be replaced more and more by the term Football shorts, so I believe the Wiki page to possibly be incorrect. From 1910 people seem to be almost always refering to football shorts, rather then knickers, and manufacturers and sellers advetiise them as shorts. From this point, the word knickers seems to refer more to what we might call underpants.
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Thats a great photo too. I have not seen that before.
Same here. Got any more of these?
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Wrexham v Flint 1950.

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Not exactly Wrexham and Football, But it is the Racecourse.

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Wow. That's great.
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That is the American import game of Push ball. Many towns had push ball teams and it seemed to be around in the 1920's 30's.
In America it was also played by men on horseback and also featured as a circus act. It weasels known to be played by women teams and I saw a picture once of native african women playing the game.
It is claimed that the ball was 6ft in dia and was of 'association' style i.e. a large football.
Just one of many games and events to have taken place at The Racecourse.
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