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4.0 out of 5 stars An essential history, 11 Dec 2005
This review is from: Twickenham: The History of the Cathedral of Rugby (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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Twickenham: The History of the Cathedral of Rugby
Twickenham: The History of the Cathedral of Rugby by Ed Harris (Hardcover - 1 Sep 2005)
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