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Twickenham: The History of the Cathedral of Rugby [Hardcover]

Ed Harris
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1 Sep 2005
A home and headquarters for the England game and the Rugby Football Union was conceived in 1905 when England had not once won the international championship and in five seasons had been beaten by every one of the home countries. The following year, Billy Williams happened upon a cabbage patch and a century later, with 22 consecutive Tests unbeaten in a home ground, the England team have become Rugby World Champions and ‘Fortress Twickenham’ part of the everyday vocabulary. Author Ed Harris, who worked formerly for the BBC, can see the stands from his bedroom window and it gave him the idea to write a book on the history of the world’s most famous rugby ground. He was allowed to trawl through the Rugby Football Union’s archives, uncovering much about the ground that was previously unknown.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Sportsbooks; 1st ed. edition (1 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1899807292
  • ISBN-13: 978-1899807291
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 16.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,082,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ed Harris, who worked formerly for the BBC, can see the stands from his bedroom window and it gave him the idea to write a history of the world's most famous rugby ground. He was allowed to trawl through the Rugby Football Union's archives, uncovering much about the ground that was previously unknown.

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4.0 out of 5 stars An essential history 11 Dec 2005
Format:Hardcover
There have been attempts to write histories of Twickenham rugby stadium in the past, but all of them were poorly researched and a waste of paper. However, this is not one to join that list. The book begins with a chronology before delving into the lives of the two men whose vision and determination gave England a home ground, the last of the home unions to do so. It then follows the trials and tribulations of Billy Williams as he worked within the RFU’s budget set by William Cail to find a suitable ground.
It is after the ground has been purchased that the book starts its whirlwind ride through the story of the stadium itself and the rugby really does take a backseat, only being mentioned to help the prose flow along. What follows is the story of the trials and tribulations of a stadium that was initially seen as being too far from London to one that is now too near to London but I will not spoil the story further by repeating any of it here.
I have deducted one star because there were a couple of mistakes about the game played there, but as the main focus of the book is the stadium, this is a minor thing.
This is an excellent read, well researched and I recommend it highly.
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