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The Iron Duke-a story about life and a guy who has really lived it
on 5 February 2011
"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.