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4.0 out of 5 stars The Iron Duke-a story about life and a guy who has really lived it
"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...
Published on 5 Feb. 2011 by JK

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3.0 out of 5 stars Welsh Rugby history
I grew up through the era of the Welsh Rugby Greats of the 60's and 70's, so I was intrigued to buy this book by one of those sporting heroes. 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'! An interesting story, but maybe not worth the full price of...
Published on 11 April 2013 by Scorpio


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4.0 out of 5 stars The Iron Duke-a story about life and a guy who has really lived it, 5 Feb. 2011
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding book- tremendous insight into rugby how it was., 18 Jan. 2011
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 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 The Iron Duke - Bobby Windsor, 20 Sept. 2011
The Iron Duke: Bobby Windsor - The Life and Times of a Working-Class Rugby HeroI have read hundreds of rugby biographies of some of the game's greatest rugby stars but this is by far the best, as it includes warts and all. It takes the reader through this great Welsh rugby player's life, including his scrapes with the law and rugby authorities, it also takes you through some of this player's saddest moments, which is written thoughtfully and at times with great sadness.

If you like rugby you will love 'the Iron Duke', especially as it was only written in 2010 and not at the height of his rugby fame during the golden period of Welsh rugby. You will laugh, frown and maybe even cry at his life but whatever you do, buy it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars salute the grand old duke...., 1 Sept. 2013
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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. Even at my lowly level of playing you felt part of one big community that included internationals at every-day club levels.
I couldnt put the book down and enjoyed it immensely - by the end however I had had enough of too much criticism of colleagues and an over-egging of the violence - no need - we all knew how hard these men were.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous read and an eye opener to the double standards of the union game pre professional era. Long live the duke. Great read., 21 Mar. 2013
A genuine account of a rugby legend. I never realised the sacrifices made by the hands on workers to go on those Lions tours, the stringent rules of the home unions that ensured financial poverty for some, and the ways these draconian rules were shamelessly administered by the committee's, while they and their entourage enjoyed it to the full.
I take my hat off to you Bob, a great book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE iron Duke: Bobby Windsor, 3 Mar. 2014
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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. This book certainly opens one's eyes and mind a very personal account and a very moving book that you do not want to put down and also shows the softer and generous side of the hard man and his feelings nothing is held back in this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant stories (Andy Ripley in S Africa and short one, 26 Nov. 2013
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What a story! A real journey through that last days of the amateur game, from one of the last real gladiators of the game. Brilliant stories (Andy Ripley in S Africa and short one, but a favourite), from a man with great adversity in later life. Well worth the read - the best rugby book since winter colours by donald mcrae.
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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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