John Charles Clay> was a cricketer who played for the Glamorgan county cricket club and also one test match for the England cricket team. Born in Bonvilston in Glamorgan, John was a right hand batsman and also a right arm offbreak, googly, legbreak and a fast medium bowler.
Having played for Glamorgan in 1920, John remained with the team till 1949 and captained the county team from 1924 to 1927 and again in 1929 and in 1946. He was the treasurer of the club from 1933 to 1938 and helped raise money through functions and contacts which kept the club intact along with Maurice Turnbull.
It was in 1935, that he was called up to play a test match against South Africa for the England cricket team at the Oval ground. However, neither did he get a chance to take a wicket nor did he get a chance to bat. It was in 1937 that he was a successful bowler taking 176 wickets, which still remains a Glamorgan record.
Johnnie as he was fondly known by became a test selector in 1947 and in 1948 and the President of Glamorgan team from 1961 till his death in 1973.