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

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Random House, Jan 18, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 240 pages

Lions legend Bobby Windsor has enjoyed triumphs beyond the dreams of most international players but has also suffered personal tragedy. His rugby career as the best hooker in the British Isles during the second golden era of Welsh rugby in the 1970s is a turbulent tale of blood and thunder on the pitch. There are riotous incidents off the pitch, including unscheduled fights with professional boxers, revelations about illegal payments during the so-called amateur era and what Windsor did to upset the Establishment and become blackballed by one of the most famous clubs in the world.

Windsor's irrepressible sense of humour comes shining through on every page, except when he gives chapter and verse on the personal crisis that drove him to plan suicide.

The Iron Duke is the no-holds-barred, warts-and-all story of a working-class Welsh folk hero who rose from humble beginnings to become a permanent member of the greatest Lions team in the history of rugby union.


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About the author (2011)

Bobby Windsor was born in Newport in 1948. He won 28 caps as a hooker for Wales between 1973 and 1979.

Peter Jackson, a sports journalist since he left school in 1960, retired last summer as rugby correspondent of the Daily Mail after 35 years. His books include Bread of Heaven and Lions of Wales.

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