Pill Harrier Invincible side 1919.
Played for Newport RFC 1919-20 to 1921-22. Invited to play for Wales but had already accepted to play for England. (8 caps 1920-1922 / 6c).
Played for Wales Amateur Soccer and also Newport County. Also played for Blackheath.
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In the 1946-47 series 'A Peep in my Diary' the following appeared in the match programme for Newport v Plymouth on 2nd November 1946:-
"No. 7. - E. D. G. HAMMETT"
"(The former Newport and English International Centre-three-quarter)"
"It is a painful coincidence that I should be asked to "peep in my diary" on the occasion of Plymouth's visit to Newport."
"Only last week, playing "at" the game (for such it must sadly be admitted to be these days), I came an awful "purler" (and how it hurts nowadays!) in very similar circumstances to what happened once when Butcher, that very fine Plymouth centre, made a mess of me in a desperate but highly successful tackle. (I can even now hear "Jerry," Jack Whitfield, Bill Radford, etc., just roaring with laughter as I picked myself up.)"
"Always a grand side Plymouth, always a hectic struggle we had - especially at Plymouth. And, oh! what visits those were to Devon! Shades of the "Albion." My first visit was to join our side straight from an England Trial Match, I arrived in the early hours of the morning, to he "assailed" by all the team who had so great-heartedly awaited my return. There - Reg. Plummer, Harry Uzzell, etc., can relate this episode - but perhaps Herbert Wreford best of all!"
"The game that stands out in my memory is the Newport v. Swansea match at St. Helens in February, 1920. As always, we went there with no misgivings, but particularly so on this occasion, for we were short of "Jerry" Shea, Neil Mac., Tom Jones, and Harry Uzzell - the latter a grievous loss, for our pack was always an inspired one with Harry leading."
" "What a game it proved to be! In rain and mist, and with even more than the customary terrific vigour and not a little measure of skill! One series of frustrated efforts - and half-time arriving with a blank sheet. The second half continued in the same "tempo" - protracted thrills by both sides - so that it was alwavs anybody's game. Walter Martin called back after crossing the line; Fred Birt narrowly missing with 3 drop at goal; Jack Wetter held up inches from the line, etc., etc. But it was not our day - we simply could not break down that stubborn defence - and so the battle continued a-pace."
"Meanwhile let it forthright be said, Swansea were having a full measure of the game, and to such a purpose that with but a few minutes to go their efforts met with success in the shape of a penalty goal. And as so frequently happens in such circumstances, another score followed immediately - but - again to Swansea, a dropped goal from Joe Rees."
"Well, that was that, and all visions of invincibility for season 1919-20 had disappeared."