The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and over 2 million other books are available for Amazon Kindle . Learn more
Buy Used
£5.56
+ £2.80 UK delivery
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by reusabook
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Product dispatched in UK within 48 hours. Thanks.
Trade in your item
Get a £0.34
Gift Card.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: The Rise and Fall of Pontypool RFC Hardcover – 10 Oct 2013

25 customer reviews

See all 4 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
£6.99 £5.56

Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • Win a £5,000 Amazon.co.uk Gift Card for your child's school by voting for their favourite book. Learn more.
  • Prepare for the summer with our pick of the best selection for children (ages 0 - 12) across Amazon.co.uk.


Trade In this Item for up to £0.34
Trade in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: The Rise and Fall of Pontypool RFC for an Amazon Gift Card of up to £0.34, which you can then spend on millions of items across the site. Trade-in values may vary (terms apply). Learn more

Product details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing; First Edition edition (10 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780576374
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780576374
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.4 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 258,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Authors

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description

Review

"

What makes the book so compelling and readable is the window it opens

on to the rugby of that period and the imperatives, still as relevant

today, behind great teams and institutions ... Fascinating and affecting

" (Paul Ackford The Times)

"...absorbing work that aims to get to the heart of what made the club tick." (Iwan Gabe Davies South Wales Argus (Newport))

"... immensely readable and enjoyable second book ... tells the history of the great club through the voices of former greats ..." (Iwan Gabe Davies Free Press (Pontypool))

Book Description

The story of one of the founding member clubs of the Welsh Rugby Union, Pontypool RFC, from the 1970s to the present day

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5 stars
5 star
23
4 star
2
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 25 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
First half of the book charts the story of the Pooler with Ray Prosser's uncompromising fitness and need for southern hemisphere intimidation on field. I was surprised by the revelations about the "extras" handed out by my childhood heroes - it does explain why so many teams cancelled fixtures. I remember so well opposition supporters calling us animals - always thought it was down to our superior fitness, strength and uncompromising pack - but the book reveals that we set out to deliberately hurt the opposition, by fair means or foul. Having just watched the Autumn internationals, so much rings true - the first dilemma faced by WRU (and the Northern unions), to beat the SH, we've got to be willing to embrace the extras.

The second half jumps swiftly, and I think appropriately past the management issues on and off the field at Pooler - just a few facts covered in enough detail to not leave gaps, now we're onto professionalism in Welsh Rugby. From the outset, it seems like the WRU focused on the Welsh team, then the big clubs, then the players when implementing professional rugby. No mention of supporters. Just a basic analysis to say 30 elite players = 2 or 3 regions. A few parochial arguments later and we end up with 4 regions with the same supporter base that they always had. As long as the national team does well, then all is rosy in Welsh Rugby. This book explains the physics and economics of why this is unsustainable and a doomed plan. We can see it today with elite players following the money to the big English/French clubs.
All in all an easy read with contributions from great players and minds in valleys rugby - its great to know that the glaringly obvious solution to professional rugby in Wales is simple and known to everyone in Wales except the WRU.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Roberts on 20 Oct. 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I thought this was excellent.As an Englishman who has never lived in Wales but has always followed Welsh Rugby and used to go into Wales to watch the big clubs and has even been to watch Pontypool at home now and again,including the famous match when Gerald Davies scored for tries to beat them in the Welsh Cup,I was fascinated to find out about the internal life of the club,both the positive and the negative,the role of certain individuals and the economic and social context in Pontypool and the area.It is interesting too on how it fitted into the community and how the community influenced the character of the club.Definitely one to keep and read again with profit.

One of its strengths is that you get to see the club from so many aspects and that there are so many individual views and experiences expressed in people's own words.It is also the more informative because it is not just a glorification,a hagiography if you can have such a thing of an institution,but because those who were part of it but who found that there were things they did not like have a fair say.It also feels that everyone in it is being open and honest without exaggerating their own part or being embittered by resentment.We are given the virtues and shortcomings of the club and prominent individuals,often by the same witnesses without rancour orresentment.

This is a really good book on a club who rose and declined in a comparatively short time without ever being as well known or glorified as some of the other clubs in Wales,and therefore with some mystery to many of us.It is astory vividly conveyed here by those who were part of it,and very will written and organised between a great deal of information and intelligent themes by people who use their enthusiasm and inside knowledge to make a perceptive and penetrating book.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ceri-cwmavon on 27 Oct. 2013
Format: Hardcover
I was looking forward to buying this book after it was announced by the publisher and it exceeded my expectations. The story of how the team was built under Ray Prosser is beautifully told and I was especially touched by the way the stories were related to the geography and history of the Pontypool area. The stories themselves, well so many I'd never heard before, and not just from Poola greats like Eddie Butler, Terry Cobner and Graham Price, but from lesser known players like Brandon Cripps too. They give the chapters about the club in the glory years real substance and a feeling of how it was built around its characters, men like Eddie Mogford and Ivor Taylor and of course Ray Prosser.

But the book will appeal to more than fans of Gwent rugby as there is a deep analysis of how regionalisation affected the valley clubs, and Welsh rugby as a whole from 2002 onwards. Again the opinions of Kevin Bowring and Terry Cobner are eye-opening here, and the western regions like the Scarlets and Ospreys come out of it surprisingly well.

All in all one of the best books I've read, not just on welsh rugby but all of rugby! Big recommend.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roger on 26 Nov. 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
An excellent well written book. Very informative behind the scenes stories about Pontypool R.F.C. Such information not known to the general Poola supporter. I now know of some reasons for "The rise and fall of PONTYPOOL R.F.C." Also personally it was pleasing and surprising to read a couple of pages relative to my experiences with the co author Alun Carter during our employment in the Police Service. Thankyou Nick and Alun for a very good rugby book. You both did your homework
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews



Feedback