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Albert Fear

Albert George Fear was born 25 August 1907, the fifth child of collier James Fear and his wife Hannah who resided at 8 Park Place, Abertillery, Monmouthshire. Albert and his older brother James (Jim) played rugby at Gelli Crug school and Albert went down the mines at an early age.
Albert first played club rugby for Abertillery as a full back, picked to play when his brother didn't turn up, he moved to centre-threequarter but left Abertillery for Cilfyynydd along with six other players when there was no work at the local mines.
Albert was persuaded to return to Abertillery when the pits resumed production.
On 21 March 1930, Abertillery played Pontypool at the park and won by a try to nil. Before the game started the teams lined up in front of the grandstand and observed two minutes silence as a token of sympathy to Albert and Jim Fear, on the death of their father James at the Arael Griffin colliery 10 days earlier. As a further sign of respect, all the Abertillery team wore black crepe armbands.
Although Albert started playing in the backs it was as a wing forward where he was to gain notoriety. Albert played a massive part in the combined Abertillery-Cross Keys team that held the 1931 Springboks to 10-9, giving skipper Bennie Osler a terrific battering and the great fly half called it his side's hardest game of the tour.
At the end of the 1933 season Albert was unemployed and Newport came a calling with offers of work, and he helped build the Town Hall as well as being the Newport club's groundsman. He made 86 appearances, scoring 12 tries, for Newport and not only played for Crawshay's Welsh regularly, but later became a vice-president of them.
Albert Fear made his Welsh debut at Murrayfield in 1934 with Cliff Jones playing outside half, Cliff's mother wrote a letter after the game to Albert, thanking him for 'Looking after my boy' and Albert kept it near to him until the day he died. All his 4 caps were won from Newport and he scored a try against Ireland in 1934 while he was moved out to the wing when Cliff Jones was injured against Scotland in 1935.
Albert Fear married Martha Angel of Pump Street, Blaina, on 04 August 1935 at St. Peters in Blaina.
Albert returned to Abertillery for the 1935-36 season and had his nose broken by Jack Bennett, a Welsh full back and captain of Penarth. Albert appeared against the Kiwis and NZ Services in 1945 (the latter as scrum half) and played one game in 1947-48 for Abertillery as well as being touch judge that season in the combined Abertillery-Cross Keys match with Australia.
Following his wife's death Albert moved to live near his son, Albert, at Glanynant, Pencoed until his death. His grandson, Julian, won a Wales Schools cap.
Albert George Fear died at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Bridgend on Thursday 27 July 2000, just 29 days short of his 93rd birthday, (Gwent Gazette 03 August 2000)

Albert Fear

1911 Census - 8 Park Place, Abertillery.

James Fear - 46 - (D1930)
Hannah Fear - 47 - (D1933)
Florrie Fear - 21
James Fear - 14 - (D1982)
Mary Ann Fear - 9
Lily Fear - 6
Albert George Fear - 3 - (D2000)

Book reference - Rugby Recollections - Page 87

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