George Swain, who played in one Minor County friendly for Glmaorgan in 1894, was a leading light with Mackintosh CC which had created during 1890 in the suburb of Roath in Cardiff. Based at the former Plasnewydd House, the creation of the club followed a decision by the owner, the Mackintosh of Mackintosh, to meet the leisure and recreational needs of those living in the rapidly expanding residential area. Like hundreds of others living in Roath, George worked in Cardiff Docks and the Middlesex-born civil servant, rapidly became one of the stars of the Mackintosh club, with his batting and wicket-keeping impressing several good judges.
His success led to selection in the Colts Trial in May 1891, but he bagged a pair in the match at the Arms Park and did not feature in the corresponding feature the following year. However, a good run of scores in 1892, and early in 1893 saw George chosen as the wicket-keeper in the Colts trial in 1893, besides an appearance for the scratch county XI against a Cardiff and District side during August. This was more of a social jamboree than a series game of cricket but he was able to show his credentials, opening the batting with scores of 24 and 19.
His name had clearly gone down in various notebooks as he joined the Cardiff club for the following summer, and after further impressive innings George made his Glamorgan debut in August 1894 against Wiltshire at Swindon, making 12 in what proved to be his only innings at county level.
George subsequently rose to the rank of superintendent in the Mercantile Marine Department at Cardiff Docks.
SWAIN, George William.
Born – Stepney, Middlesex, April 1872.
Died – Sheffield, 12 February 1951.
Batting and Fielding Record
Career best performance
Minor County Friendly – 12 v Wiltshire at Swindon, 1894.