George Latham to leave Cardiff City

April 29, 1932
Following quickly on the decision of the Cardiff City directors not to retain Billy Hardy, the veteran half-back, who has been with the club for 21 years, an even greater bombshell was released on Thursday (April 28, 1932) when it was announced that on the grounds of economy the club has decided to dispense with the services of George Latham, who has been head trainer for 22 years, and Dai Goldstone, chief groundsman for fifteen years.

In an interview Mr. Fred Stewart, manager, stated that he and his directors deeply regretted the decision, which was forced on them through the perilous financial position of the club. “We have made no reductions in our training and ground staff since our First Division days,” he said, “and we tried very hard to avoid doing so now, but the fact of the matter is we have been driven to it by bad gates; gates not justified on the form shown by the team during the past three months.”

Capped ten times
George Latham, who served with distinction in the Great War, receiving a captaincy in the Royal Welch Fusiliers and the Military Cross with bar, has also a brilliant record as player and trainer. He was “capped” for Wales as a half-back ten times between 1905 and 1913 whilst with Liverpool, Southport, Stoke and Cardiff City. As a trainer he needs no recommendation. It was he who worked so successfully behind the scenes in the years Cardiff City secured promotion, finished runners up in the First Division, and twice reached Wembley. Such a great and genial personality is bound to be missed by those of us who have known him well and looked upon him as an integral part of Cardiff City A.F.C.

New trainer
In a different way Dai Goldstone enjoyed almost as much popularity as George Latham. A most conscientious and likeable fellow, he has, behind the scenes, played his part well in helping to build the fame which Cardiff City won a few years back.

When he took over the control of the ground it was little more than a shingle, but to-day the turf at Ninian Park ranks as one of the best stretches played on by any football club. The credit belongs mainly to Goldstone.

It is understood Jack Kneeshaw will be the new trainer.
(Source: Western Mail: April 29, 1932)

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