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The Glory Years of Cardiff AAC

25/11/2020 00:00, In Blog /

Clive Williams, a member of Cardiff AAC’s team in the early 1970s when they were British Athletics League champions for three successive years, has put pen to paper to record those achievements in a 100 page booklet called “The Glory Years of Cardiff AAC.”

He says that he was influenced to write it by the apparent lack of interest amongst modern-day officials and athletes of “all things historical.”

The book contains match results from 27 League and cup matches including the very first European Clubs Championship in Belgium in 1975 when they were Britain’s representatives. A schedule of most appearances during the glory years is also included. 

1964 Olympic long jump champion Lynn Davies was a key member of the team and has written a welcome message, in which he says that he was amazed at the attention to detail contained in the booklet.

The club was formed out of the merger of the two Cardiff clubs, Roath and Birchgrove Harriers in 1968, and within 3 years they had effectively become  Britain's top club. The story of the merger is covered in the booklet.

Williams has been writing on Welsh athletics for almost 60 years, and his first report appeared in the South Wales Echo when he was just 18. 

He is a former British team selector and author of numerous articles and booklets on the sport. He was co-author and editor of “The History of Welsh Athletics” a 640 page, 2 volume book published in 2002. He is also a former Welsh correspondent for Athletics Weekly and one of only 10 life members of Welsh Athletics – the governing body. 

It’s available from the Cardiff Athletics canteen on club nights for £10, or direct from Clive for £13 to include postage: 

78, Cranbourne Drive,



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