Edgar Cooper – a member of Glamorgan’s inaugural Championship team during 1921 – was a lively right-arm seam bowler who had a decent record either side of the great war for Llanelli and Briton Ferry Steel. During this time, Edgar also played as a professional for Glamorgan in three Minor County matches as well as four County Championship games during 1921.
All of his appearances in Minor County games came against Monmouthshire, and duting 1920 Edgar took 5/45 against them in a spell of sustained fast bowling at Ebbw Vale. The Glamorgan selectors called upon his services in 1921, with the seamer taking eight wickets in Glamorgan’s inaugural match as a first-class county against Sussex at the Arms Park.
However, he only made three subsequent first-class appearances during 1921, against Leicestershire and Gloucestershire at Swansea, besides travelling to Kidderminster for the match with Worcestershire.
Had he been ten or so years younger, Edgar could have made a significant impact with Glamorgan during their early years in the County Championship.
Born – Briton Ferry, 12th November, 1891
Died – Kettering, 15th March, 1959
Minor County: 14 v Monmouthshire at Arms Park, 1912; 5/45 v Monmouthshire at Ebbw Vale, 1920.
First-class: 14 v Gloucestershire at Swansea, 1921; 4/61 v Sussex at Arms Park, 1921.