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'We lost match but I won a wife'
Gwyn and Enid Jones
Wales lost against Scotland in 1975, but Gwyn and Enid found love
Gwyn and Enid Jones' eyes met across a crowded room after the rugby international between Scotland and Wales in 1975.

Although Wales lost 12-10, the day had its positive side - they found each other.

The Ceredigion couple are re-tracing their steps by joining an estimated 40,000 Welsh fans in Edinburgh for the crucial Six Nations match on Sunday.

They hope there will also be a better outcome on the pitch, 30 years on.

Gwyn and Enid, both 51, from Llanrhystud, near Aberystwyth, married three years later and have visited Edinburgh many times since, but said this trip would be particularly special.

In 1975, although the pair lived just 15 miles apart and belonged to young farmers' clubs in the area, they had never met.

There are a lot more girls going now..they all have their tops on with make up - they're clearly on a mission
Gwyn Jones

Enid travelled up with friends by train from Barry, where she was in college, while Gwyn drove up with two friends from near Lampeter in a Ford Capri.

A then world record crowd of just over 104,000 packed into the stands at Murrayfield to watch the spectacle.

During the 1970s, Wales were considered one of the best rugby sides in the world.

The couple's match programme, which cost 10p, reads like a who's who of rugby greats - Gareth Edwards, JPR Williams, JJ Williams, Gerald Davies, Steve Fenwick and the famous Pontypool front row all played in the game.

"Back in 1975 expectation was high," said Gwyn. "We lost the match but I won a wife.

"Wales had already beaten France and England, as they have done this season, and were expected to beat Scotland.

"But John Bevan and Steve Fenwick went off and after that we were never really in the game."

He added: "After the match we were shattered and went for a few drinks. We were in the Mount Royal Hotel when I met Enid."

Gareth Edwards and JPR Williams
Gareth Edwards and JPR Williams were two of the stars from 1975

Enid described how she spotted one of Gwyn's friends first of all.

"I recognised Geraint, Gwyn's friend, because I used to be in school with him.

"Then I saw Gwyn and thought: 'He's quite nice.'

"He used the usual chat-up lines and a few weeks later we met again at a dance and it all went from there."

The couple have two children - Gareth and Nerys - and run a caravan park and a farm in Llanrhystud.

"There were 104,000 at Murrayfield in 1975 for the match," said Gwyn, who played rugby for Lampeter.

"We'd left home at 2am and arrived later in the morning in Edinburgh."

But how have rugby weekends changed since the 1970s?

Gwyn said: "There are a lot more girls going now. They all have their tops on with make up - they're clearly on a mission.

"One thing that hasn't changed is the atmosphere which remains good.

"It'll be nice to reminisce and we intend to go to a few old haunts."

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