International Caps and Honours Caps

The World's First and Original Website dedicated to traditional velvet Honours Caps

About the curator

Hello! Just a bit of background about me!

I am a Consultant Solicitor and have worked in the legal profession since 1991. I was initially a criminal lawyer but moved into personal injury work and now specialise in personal injury claims and general civil litigation.

My first love is motorcycles. From a very young age I attended motorcycle racing events around the UK with my father and bike mad uncles throughout the 1970s and 1980s. My love of bikes has never dwindled and I still attend motorcycle events whenever I get chance, enjoy some down time racing mini motos, and I actually sponsor a few up and coming youngsters and some riders who race in the British Superbike Championship and Isle of Man TT Races.

I was first introduced to rugby union in 1980 whilst a pupil at Brackla Junior School in Bridgend, playing scrum half and outside half for the U11 1st XV. During this period I became a big fan and supporter of Bridgend Rugby Football Club, and was a season ticket holder throughout the 1980s and 1990s.

After leaving Brackla School I went on to play outside half, full back and right wing for Brynteg Comprehensive School 1st XV in Bridgend alongside the likes of future Welsh internationals Robert Howley and Neil Boobyer.

Whilst at Brynteg School I played on the wing for Mid Glamorgan U17s and was a Welsh Schools U18 Trialist - but I never got my hands on the ball!

During the late 1980s/early 1990s I played centre and full back for Llanharan RFC at Youth, U21 and Senior levels, before joining Bridgend RFC in 1993-94. I made one appearance for Bridgend playing the first half at full back and then the second half at outside half. Pulling on the blue and white shirt was my proudest moment on a rugby field.

Whilst at college I played outside half for West Glamorgan Institute 1st XV and Cardiff University 1st XV, and played in a Welsh Universities Trial - again on the wing!

In 1990 I helped organise and run "Team Iwanski-Meaden" a motorcycle sidecar racing team based in Mountain Ash. Between 1990-1993 riders Paul Iwanski and Roger Meaden won 3 Welsh Championships, the 1991 British Clubmans Championship, and competed at the 1992 Isle of Man TT races. The team also featured in a BBC TV documentary called "A Bit on the Side".

In 1993 I competed at a local Karting event in Llandow winning all my qualifying heats and finishing 2nd in the Final. I then went on to win numerous indoor and outdoor events all around the country which eventually led to drives in the British and European Pro Kart Championships.

In 2000 I bought my dream car: a Ferrari 348ts. I subsequently attended numerous track days and Ferrari events at all the UK's major circuits.

I am also a cycling fan. I am a member of Cardiff Ajax Cycling Club. I have ridden in numerous charity events and Sportives throughout the UK since 1987. Since 2007 I always makes a point of lapping the legendary Isle of Man TT course every year. 

After a break from motorsport for several years I returned to the racetrack in 2008 testing Supercars such as Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Porsches, BMWs, Ariel Atoms and Caterhams at track days throughout the UK and Europe. 

In 2009 I raced 125cc Senior Rotax Max karts for the Pro Tec Motorsports team in the Welsh and South West Kart Championships.

In 2010 I turned my attention to racing cars and specifically single seaters. I now attend circuits all around the World testing all types of racing car including Formula Ford, Formula Vee, Radicals, JP-LM's, Formula Renault, F3, F3000 cars, and historic Formula One cars. In 2012 I tested two 2004 Lucky Strike BAR F1 cars at Anderstorp in Sweden, and in 2015 two 2007 Williams FW29 F1 cars at the Auto24 Ring in Estonia.

In 2014 I started learning to drive LGV's and began flying lessons in Piper Tomahawk aircraft.

In 2015 I became a qualified WRU Level 1 Rugby Coach and Referee (up to U13 level).

Believing my rugby playing days were completely at an end, in 2014 I was invited to play for a BaaBaas team in the Welsh Rugby Union Touch Rugby leagues. Playing in the Ospreys region our scratch team of various ages won our league and in 2015 I had the privilege and honour of playing for the BaaBaas at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff on WRU Touch Rugby Finals day. A dream come true! I can now retire happily!

Throughout my rugby career I have always been a huge fan of traditional velvet honours caps. I went through a phase of taking photographs of caps wherever I went. I built up a collection of thousands of photos of caps, and also built up my own private collection of honours caps which were generally bought at auction. In 2009 my brother suggested I put all my photos onto a website and hence 'internationalcaps.webs.com' was born! The World's first website dedicated purely to 'honours caps'!

After numerous requests from all over the World I began researching materials, construction methods and embroidery techniques so I could satisfy requests for honours caps. I have now gone from supplying a handful of small school teams to becoming the official supplier to numerous international teams, unions and associations throughout the World. I am massively proud of this and take great pride in preserving this unique and wonderful tradition.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! 

Thanks for your interest!

 

Mike Willliams

c/o internationalcaps.webs.com

37 Angel Way

North Cornelly

Bridgend

South Wales

United Kingdom

CF33 4PB

(Please note this is the business correspondence address, not the manufacturing address! There is nothing to see here!) 

 

Tel: 07795 234253 

email: honours.caps@hotmail.co.uk