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Bobby Windsor - The Iron Duke: The Life and Times of a Working-Class Rugby Hero

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Darren Moore is SACKED by Huddersfield with the Terriers one spot above the relegation zone in the Championship. Gloucester head coach George Skivington was happy to end a “painful” run of nine Premiership defeats with their bonus-point 32-20 win over Sale.

In this print from Memory Lane Prints, we are transported back to September 1975, where the legendary Bobby Windsor, a prominent figure in both Pontypool and Welsh international rugby, is captured in all his glory. favorite Wall Art and Photo Gifts from Memory Lane Bobby Windsor, Pontypool and Welsh international rugby player. The New Zealanders always go on about passion and pride and the Haka, but there wasn’t anything for them to be proud of in what happened that day. Rugby Union when Mr Windsor played was not for the faint-hearted and one had to be prepared to do things during a match that would no doubt today result in the 'aggressor' being sent to prison and the 'victim' claiming compensation and expensive trauma therapy!

The Lions would take the Boks so low in the scrum that Windsor would sometimes hook with his head before driving over them, there being no law then about keeping shoulders above the hips. His contributions extended beyond club level as he proudly represented Wales on the international stage. I know it sounds like sour grapes, but when you know it was planned on the Friday night that they were going to do it, that still rankles all these years later.

I will never forget that pack of theirs - Esteve, Bastiat, Cholley, Paco, Paparemborde, Palmie, Rives, Skrela. Clive Rowlands said for him to come in and I sat him in the corner and gave him a glass of champagne.Mr Windsor won 28 Wales caps between 1973 and 1979, claiming Grand Slams in 1976 and 1978 and toured twice with the Lions, winning five caps. While it contains a smattering of what life was like for a Rugby Great of those days - and very interesting those parts are - it also contains quite a bit of 'padding'! They rang the wife, told her what was happening and said, “We want you to come down here straight away because your husband’s not in a very good way at all”. no TMO, no multiple TV cameras, no interference from the touch judges, no big screen analysis of "dirty" play. Having played at Brynglas and Cross Keys his job as a steelworker soon developed him into a strong and muscular player.

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