Archie Pritchard was a fast bowler with Swansea CC either side of the Great War, and served as their professional from 1902 until 1912 when he badly fractured his bowling hand. It meant he was unable to bowl again at express pace, and continued to play after this unfortunate accident but as an amateur rather than a paid player.
It was in this capacity as an amateur that Archie played for Glamorgan in 1920 in the Minor County Friendly against Carmarthenshire at Llanelli. By this time Archie was 43 so it was no surprise that he only claimed three wickets and was not called up again by the county’s selectors.
After retiring from playing in 1925, Archie became an umpire and latterly a coach. He lived in Sketty and supplemented his earnings from cricket by acting as a hay merchant. During the 1940s, Archie also acted as a cricket coach at Christ College, Brecon.
PRITCHARD, Archibrook Jefferies (‘Archie’).
Born – Swansea, 12 April 1877.
Died – Tycoch, Swansea, 2 February 1953.
Batting and Fielding Record
Minor County Friendlies – 2 and 3/44 v Carmarthenshire at Stradey Park, Llanelli, 1920.