Hopkin Jones, who played for the Welsh county against Carmarthenshire at Llanelli in 1920, was a leading figure in the sporting and public life of Aberavon, playing cricket and rugby for various teams in the town, before serving as mayor of Aberavon and Port Talbot during 1925/26.
He had a decent record as a batter either side of the Great War, playing for Taibach (Aberavon), Margam, Neath and Port Talbot, as well as in schools cricket for Queen’s College, Taunton. Like many of his generation his best years were lost to the War, but given his decent record, he was given a chance to display his talents in the friendly against Carmarthenshire at Llanelli in 1920. He made just 1 and 2, and never appeared again for Glamorgan in MInor County cricket.
His family owned Higher Tythegson Farm, situated between Bridgend and Aberavon, with Hopkin subsequently running the farm after the death of his father in addition to a business in Aberavon. He also played rugby for Aberavon. In later life, he was a leading member of the Royal Porthcawl Golf Club.
JONES, Hopkin Bevan Thomas.
Born – Pyle, 18 November 1883.
Died – Port Talbot, 2 August 1956.
Batting and Fielding Record
Minor County Friendly – 2 v Carmarthenshire at Stradey Park, Llanelli, 1920.