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

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

Bobby Windsor , Peter Jackson , Fran Cotton
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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"One of the best rugby books of any era. An epic story of how the game used to be, of laughter and tears, from one of the most colourful men ever to play the game" (Stephen Jones, rugby correspondent Sunday Times)

"A compelling autobiography (*****)" (Rugby World)

"[A] fascinating book" (Western Mail)

Book Description

A vivid account of Bobby Windsor's life as a rugby player in the pre-commercial era of rugby union

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 427 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Digital (18 Jan 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004H4WINW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #90,512 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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"The Iron Duke" is Bobby Windsor's story. The story of a rugby player from a time before professionalism. A time when the sport was played by ordinary men for little other reward than pride and passion.

Bobby Windsor was a hooker and, in his time, considered one of the best players in the world because of his ferocious tenacity. Windsor was a true master of 'the dark arts' (front row tactics) and his story will transport you back to a time before elite athletes, computer aided game analysis, massive pay days and strategic game planning. In fact, the nearest Windsor seemed to have been to a post match debrief was a sing-song and a punch up on the journey home. His were the days when the opposition were 'dealt with' on the pitch by the players and not 'talked to' by a referee. A hard game for tough men who left the rugby behind on the field and traded in match day aggravation for a laugh and a pint after the game.

This is a hard hitting book and it pulls no punches, like the man himself, but outside of the sporting elements it's also a moving tale of dreadful personal tragedy. Windsor has had more than his fair share of grief off the pitch and had to use every bit of his rugby playing grit and determination to survive. At times it looked as if he wouldn't make it and my hope has to be that writing the book has helped him deal with some of his issues.

Great insight into a much loved sport and a great character, a one off, with enough talent and grit to live his life like he played his rugby....hard!. Loved it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars What you see is what you get 27 Nov 2010
As i have said in the title what you see is what you get and i would not have expected any less from Bobby Windsor.
I have known Bobby for many years from working with him in the steelworks and playing a few games with him in the steelworks side and his story and what he achieved makes you wonder what he would have been worth if he was playing today.
Playing in those days was not for the faint hearted and this comes over really well in the book,He has also delt well with the personal tragadies in his life.
A really good read
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By Dewi
A rattling good read from beginning to end - good memories, clear insight, fabulous humour, far ranging,and straight talking over all the issues covered in a Golden Age of British, Welsh and Pontypool rugby. Reaches the tremendous highs of a superb rugby career and the heartbreaking lows experienced by personal tragedy with crystal clarity.Impossible not to feel pride at the achievements described and great sympathy for the hard road Bobby has travelled - thanks Bob, the memories and emotions all came flooding back.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 7 July 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent service 13 Jun 2014
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have been after this book for years very amusing read which takes me back to when rugby union was a sport not a buisness
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5.0 out of 5 stars The iron duke. Bobby windsor 20 May 2014
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A well written book giving the life, and rugby playing career of one of Wales best hookers in rugby union. No stone left unturned. Not afraid to tell the truth with his feelings made known about the hierarchy of the game..
Not just about the game, but his private life. Some funny, yet some tragic. Well worth a read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Master of the Dark Arts 25 April 2014
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This is a MUST read for any rugby player or fan of Bobby Windsor's era and, indeed, present day rugby players and fans who wonder what the game was like in its amateur days with only one referee and two "touch judges" ... no TMO, no multiple TV cameras, no interference from the touch judges, no big screen analysis of "dirty" play. The days when Hannibal Lechter could have been on the field murdering someone and the referee would ignore it. The days when Mike Burton was instructed to hit South Africa's Free State one-eyed lock, de Bruyn, to blunt his fearsome reputation ... Mick obliged, de Bruyn's false eye popped out and, when it was eventually found, he stuck it back in with a piece of grass sticking out of the side. A very entertaining book for any rugby forward and an eye-opener for a good few rugby backs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Book 7 April 2014
By J. Nash
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I enjoyed the book and it brought back many happy memories. It will be along time before we see a front row to compare with Bobby Windsor and his two great props.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars THE iron Duke: Bobby Windsor
Excellent book and the story of a exceptional man and his life the ups and downs of not just his life but his family and friends. Read more
Published 6 months ago by colin bevan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for any rugby fan
Super story and a reminder of how it was for the previous rugby generation. A Thoroughly enjoyable and compelling read.
Published 7 months ago by cjb
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. I Would recommend it to every one especially if you come from Pontypool. Well done to Bobby and Peter.
Published 7 months ago by K Hitchings
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant stories (Andy Ripley in S Africa and short one
What a story! A real journey through that last days of the amateur game, from one of the last real gladiators of the game. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Iestyn Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Bobby Windsor - The Iron Duke
Bought for my husband who is a loyal and dedicated follower of Welsh Rugby from way back!
He thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to any rugby enthusiast but I think... Read more
Published 10 months ago by katharine goodwin
5.0 out of 5 stars real rugby hooker
This book tells how players in this era had to make sacrifices if they wanted to play at the top level. Only hard men survived in the international game. Read more
Published 10 months ago by david fouracre
4.0 out of 5 stars salute the grand old duke....
An icon and real hard-man hero from my era. Fascinating insight and real nostalgia for a game that has changed hugely since those happy days. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Wrxhm man
5.0 out of 5 stars the iron duke
I really enjoyed this little book, very well written by a guy who is very down to earth. would like to read a bit more.
Published 15 months ago by James Stephens
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