"Everyone who is invited to play for the Barbarians is aware of the Club's history and its ideals. It is especially pleasing that the IRB has recognised the role of Percy Carpmael in the founding of the Barbarians 120 years ago." - Barbarians' chairman John Spencer
Rugby Football History The now demolished Esplanade Hotel, photographed in 1970 and seen here just on the other side of the Penarth swimming pool and baths. "The Esp", as it was known, was the spiritual home and headquarters of the Barbarians Football Club for over 75 years Picture Courtesy of Ben Salter
Rugby Football History Squad in no programme number order: Federica Pucciariello, John Smit (c), Census Johnson, Bakkies Botha, Johann Muller, Jeyy Collins, Richie Mccaw, Schalk Burger, Fourie Du Preez, Francois Steyn, Bryan Habana, Jean De Villiers, Rico Gear, Joe Rokocoko, Percy Montgomery, Mark Regan, Rodney Blake, Chris Jack, Nick Koster, George Gregan, Ollie Smith, Shane Williams
shield In 1929 a club member, I.M.B. Stuart designed a club emblem consisting of two shields. One had the emblems of the home nations on it and the other, emblems from the commonwealth. The gamboling lambs were kept and were depicted jumping between the shield chasing after a rugby ball.
baa-baas Baa-baa team vs. Swansea 1901 The Baa-Baas In 1925 they introduced a blazer which was dark blue with gilt buttons and a pocket badge of two lambs gamboling with a rugby ball. Although it should not need explaining the two lambs were a play on the word Barbarian which starts with 'Bar' and 'Bar', hence the two sheep. The club has affectionately been called 'the Baa-Baas' ever since.