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Melville De Lloyd

Melville De Lloyd
Personal information
Full name Melville De Lloyd
Nickname Mel
Born 2 April 1917
Resolven, Wales
Died 1985 (aged 67–68)
Playing information
Rugby union
Years Team Pld T G FG P
≤1936–≤36 Resolven RFC
≤1936–36 Llanelli RFC
Total 0 0 0 0 0
Rugby league
Position Stand-off/Five-eighth
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1936–47 Warrington 176 27 7 27 140
≤1942–≥43 Keighley (Guest) 86 13 95 229
1947–52 Keighley 100 15 30 105
Total 362 55 132 27 474
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1945 Wales 1

Melville "Mel" De Lloyd (born 2 April 1917 in Resolven[1] — died 1985 aged 68 in Resolven) was a Welsh rugby union and professional rugby league footballer of the 1930s, '40s and '50s, playing club level rugby union (RU) for Resolven RFC, and Llanelli RFC, and playing representative level rugby league (RL) for Wales, and at club level for Warrington, and Keighley, as a Stand-off/Five-eighth, i.e. number 6.[2]

Playing career

International honours

Mel De Lloyd won a cap for Wales (RL) while at Warrington in 1945.[3]

Club career

Mel De Lloyd began his rugby union career playing alongside his brothers at Resolven RFC, aged seventeen he then played alongside Bill Clement for Llanelli RFC, he was spotted by Eddie Waring and was recommended to rugby league club Warrington, making his début for them on 26 September 1936, during World War II he appeared as a guest player for Keighley, during a game against Hull on Saturday 3 January 1942 he was sent off after disputing a decision by the referee, Mr L. Dolby, who alleged that De Lloyd had later "struck him", on 7 January 1942, the Rugby Football League disciplinary committee suspended him indefinitely (sine die), the suspension was lifted 10-months later in October 1942, he resumed playing having missed 14-games, he scored 1-try, 3-conversions, and 3-drop goals for a total of 15-points in the 21-0 victory over Huddersfield in the first leg of the Yorkshire Cup semi-final at Lawkholme Lane on 13 November 1943, during his time at Keighley they appeared in two Yorkshire Cup finals, the only Yorkshire Cup finals that Keighley have appeared in, the 7-10 aggregate defeat (2-5 and 5-5) to Bradford Northern during the 1943-44 Northern Rugby Football League Wartime Emergency League season, and the 3-17 defeat to Wakefield Trinity during the 1951–52 season, after the war he resumed playing for Warrington, playing his last game for them on 11 October 1947, he then signed for Keighley in 1947, eventually retiring from playing in 1952.[4]

Genealogical information

Mel De Lloyd's marriage to Thelma Smith was registered during January–March 1940 in Warrington district,[5] and his marriage to Mary Fagan was registered during October–December 1948 in Newton district,[6] he is buried alongside his second wife in St. David's Cemetery, Resolven.


External links

  • Statistics at
  • Cymdeithas Hanes Resolfen History Society: Mel de Lloyd
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