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Rugby was first played in Cwmcarn in the 1880's and in 1888 the Cwmcarn Stars Rugby Football Club was formed from which Cwmcarn United developed. Not much of the history of this club is known and is lost in the annals of time, what we do know is that the team was in existence until the outbreak of the the Second World War having won the Monmouthshire Rugby Cup in 1917 and the Cyrus Davies Cup in 1933. The Clubhouse for many years for the "Stars" was Cwmcarn Hotel and they played their home games on a field adjacent to Chapel Farm, where which later became the Abercarn and Cwmcarn Miners Welfare Ground "The Welfare". We also know that they played in black kit with a amber star emblem.| One notable player from this time was John William Taylor who was a schoolmaster at Pontywaun Intermediate School, Mr. Taylor had been a reserve wing threequarter in 1901 for the Welsh national side and captained the Cwmcarn Rugby team where he played at both wing and outside half, he was also a Lieutenant in The 2nd Battalion The Monmouthshire Regiment, a TA reserve regiment which was called up at the beginning of The First World War, Lt Taylor was Killed in action at Ypres on the 12th of March 1915 and is remembered with many other men of Cwmcarn on the war Memorial in the "flower park" Cwmcarn, we can only wonder how many more of the remembered played for the "Stars"...
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