Tom Clapp

Tom Clapp

Position: Forward

Place Of Birth Marylebone

Thomas John Sercombe Clapp (forward) was born at Portman Square, Marylebone, London. He attended Monmouth School and lived for a time in Nantyglo with his parents – father William born Exeter, Devon. Played for Nantyglo and Blaina. Captained Vale of Usk. Won 14 caps (2 tries vs Ireland 1882) for Wales 1882-1888 – first two from Nantyglo. Captained Wales 3 times including first ever win over Scotland at Rodney Parade Feb 4th 1888. Captained Newport 1884/5 and 1885/6. Played for Newport 1880/1 to 1887/8 and then left for new life in USA in May 1888. His brother David had emigrated the year before. Both were citrus farmers in California in 1920. Was an Articled Clerk. Nickname “Spicer”.

Newport RFC record :  1880/1-1887/8 : ca 129 apps - scoring ca 28t / 5c.

Playing Summary
  Season P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  1880/1881 4 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 0  
  1881/1882 16 11 3 2 4 0 0 0 0  
  1882/1883 11 6 1 4 5 0 0 0 0  
  1883/1884 18 15 1 2 4 0 0 0 0  
  1884/1885 19 14 0 5 3 2 0 0 2  
  1885/1886 19 11 2 6 5 3 0 0 0  
  1886/1887 23 18 2 3 2 0 0 0 2  
  1887/1888 19 12 3 4 4 0 0 0 4  
  Total 129 90 13 26 28 5 0 0 8  

Click on a season for a match by match breakdown.

  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  06/11/1880 Weston Rangers CE 1 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  11/11/1880 Irish Wanderers PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  20/11/1880 Weston-Super-Mare CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  26/03/1881 Cardiff FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  24/09/1881 Aberavon FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  01/10/1881 Kidderminster N8 1 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  08/10/1881 Swansea HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  29/10/1881 Swansea FH 1 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  10/12/1881 Cardiff FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  26/12/1881 Scarlets FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  27/12/1881 Newport Crusaders FL 1 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  07/01/1882 Clifton SR 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  30/01/1882 Irish Rovers HK 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 0  
  04/02/1882 Gloucester Rugby CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 0  
  18/02/1882 Cardiff FL 1 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  25/02/1882 Neath FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  04/03/1882 Scarlets N8 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  11/03/1882 Cardiff FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  18/03/1882 Scarlets N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  08/04/1882 Cardiff SH 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  30/09/1882 Cardiff Wanderers PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  04/11/1882 Gloucester Rugby FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  11/11/1882 Swansea SH 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  13/11/1882 Halifax CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 0  
  09/12/1882 Cardiff FH 1 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  06/01/1883 Gloucester Rugby FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 0  
  10/01/1883 Halifax SR 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 0  
  03/03/1883 Swansea FH 1 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  10/03/1883 Neath CE 3 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  17/03/1883 Blackheath CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 0  
  31/03/1883 Cardiff SH 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  20/10/1883 Weston-Super-Mare SH 2 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  26/10/1883 Harlequins CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  27/10/1883 Swansea FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  03/11/1883 Cardiff FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  10/11/1883 Swindon Rangers FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  17/11/1883 Gloucester Rugby FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  08/12/1883 Neath FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  22/12/1883 Scarlets FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  26/12/1883 Neath FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  29/12/1883 Weston-Super-Mare FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  19/01/1884 Gloucester Rugby FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  26/01/1884 Cardiff FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 0  
  02/02/1884 Swansea N8 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  09/02/1884 Neath CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  16/02/1884 Abercarn CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  23/02/1884 Scarlets CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 0  
  02/03/1884 German Gymnasium CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  18/03/1884 Swindon Rangers CE 2 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  02/10/1884 Wakefield Trinity PR 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 0  
  04/10/1884 Bristol Arabs PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  11/10/1884 Neath PR 1 0 0 0 1 W 0 - 0  
  18/10/1884 Pontypridd PR 0 2 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  25/10/1884 Clifton CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 0  
  01/11/1884 Swansea PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  08/11/1884 Scarlets HK 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 0  
  15/11/1884 Gloucester Rugby PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  22/11/1884 Cardiff WI 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 0  
  27/11/1884 Lampeter College PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  06/12/1884 Swansea N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  20/12/1884 Neath PR 1 0 0 0 1 W 0 - 0  
  26/12/1884 Carmarthen PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  27/12/1884 Clifton PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  31/01/1885 Cardiff PR 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 0  
  07/02/1885 Pontypridd PR 1 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  28/02/1885 Neath SR 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  14/03/1885 Neath PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  21/03/1885 Scarlets PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  19/09/1885 Cardiff Harlequins PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  21/09/1885 Batley PR 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 0  
  26/09/1885 Pontypridd PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  03/10/1885 Neath PR 1 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  10/10/1885 Carmarthen PR 1 3 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  17/10/1885 Neath PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  24/10/1885 Scarlets PR 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 0  
  31/10/1885 Swansea PR 1 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  07/11/1885 Cardiff PR 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 0  
  14/11/1885 Swindon Rangers SH 1 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  21/11/1885 Lampeter College CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  05/12/1885 Scarlets CE 1 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 0  
  26/12/1885 London Welsh CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  16/01/1886 Cardiff PR 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 0  
  06/02/1886 Neath PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  08/02/1886 Dewsbury PR 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  18/02/1886 Carmarthen PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  27/02/1886 Scarlets PR 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 0  
  13/03/1886 Swansea PR 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  02/10/1886 Swansea SR 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  09/10/1886 Pontypridd PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  16/10/1886 Neath PR 1 0 0 0 1 W 0 - 0  
  23/10/1886 Swansea HK 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 0  
  28/10/1886 Conservative WMC HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  30/10/1886 Swindon Rangers SR 1 0 0 0 1 W 0 - 0  
  06/11/1886 Scarlets HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  13/11/1886 Cardiff HK 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  20/11/1886 Gloucester Rugby FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  25/11/1886 Maindee HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  27/11/1886 Cardiff Harlequins HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  04/12/1886 Pontypridd HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  11/12/1886 Neath PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  18/12/1886 Swansea HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  26/12/1886 London Welsh PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  22/01/1887 Cardiff PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  29/01/1887 Gloucester Rugby HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  05/02/1887 Penarth HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  07/02/1887 Brighouse Rovers HK 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  12/02/1887 Swansea SR 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 0  
  26/02/1887 Fossils PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  12/03/1887 Maindee N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  19/03/1887 Scarlets FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 0  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  01/10/1887 Scarlets N8 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  08/10/1887 Cardiff HK 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 0  
  15/10/1887 Cardiff Harlequins HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  22/10/1887 Gloucester Rugby HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  29/10/1887 Swansea HK 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 0  
  12/11/1887 Cardiff PR 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  19/11/1887 Cardiff Harlequins N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  26/11/1887 Neath PR 1 0 0 0 1 W 0 - 0  
  03/12/1887 Scarlets HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  17/12/1887 Kingston on Thames PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  26/12/1887 London Welsh PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  27/12/1887 Kensington HK 2 0 0 0 2 W 0 - 0  
  31/12/1887 Gloucester Rugby PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  14/01/1888 Middlesex Hospital HK 1 0 0 0 1 W 0 - 0  
  21/01/1888 Cardiff HK 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  28/01/1888 Swansea PR 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 0  
  11/02/1888 Cardiff HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  10/03/1888 Swansea HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  17/03/1888 Swansea HK 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 0  
  Team P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  Wales 14 4 2 8 2 0 0 0 0  
Clubs: - Abergavenny - Blaina - Nantyglo - Newport - Blaina Ironsides -
Education: - Monmouth School -
Honours: - Wales -

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