A Game for Hooligans: The History of Rugby Union

The rugby union has undergone immense change in the past two decades introducing a World Cup accepting professionalism and creating a global market in players This resource covers all of the great matches teams and players while also placing them in the context of the social political and economic changes which have affected the course of rugby s development International in scope this history includes not only Britain and France but also the great rugby powers of the southern hemisphere and other successful rugby nations such as Argentina Fiji and Japan Rich in anecdotes including the story of why is the most important date in both the rugby union and rugby league history allegations of devil worship at a Welsh rugby club the game s contribution to the Cuban Revolution and why the most fearsome of all New Zealand forwards was also a proficient knitter this reference is a must read for any fan of the oval ball


Heart and Soul: The Character of Welsh Rugby

The changing nature and fortunes of Welsh Rugby since the s are here traced through the careers on and off the field of some of its most interesting and controversial characters Each player s style and personality are evoked his rapport with fans and the media examined and his career and interest off the rugby field traced


More Heart and Soul: Character of Welsh Rugby

Heart and Soul the character of Welsh rugby published October was defined in terms of the relationship between players and supporters Individual authors evoked the memory of favourite players and went on to trace the differing ways in which the careers of their heroes had shaped their own perception of the game and their sense of Wales In this new volume similar themes will be investigated Again chosen players are favourites men who played the game delightfully and effectively whilst at the same time exuding a degree of authority and confidence that inspired a grateful nation Moreover many of the subjects were to have second careers when their playing days were over as administrators coaches or pundits they still played a part in moulding the rugby culture of Wales


Dragons and All Blacks: Wales v. New Zealand: 1953 and a Century of Rivalry

The Bounce of the Century they called it A ball kicked across Cardiff Arms Park in the dying minutes of a match between two of international rugby s fiercest rivals i Dragons and All Blacks i tells of what happened when Wales played New Zealand in The story is written from the memories of the men who played that day including Bob Scott and Bleddyn Williams and features contemporary accounts by those for whom the match was the highlight of a career The book relays the story of two teams and the men who played for them and charts the events of their lives how they got to that meeting point in Cardiff in December and what has happened to them in the half century since Dragons and All Blacks examines the remarkable relationship between two countries on opposite sides of the world showing how their rivalry has developed and changed over a century


The Red And The White: A History Of England Vs Wales Rugby

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The Bloody Circus: The Labour Movement and the Popular Press

This text investigates why the Left has failed to develop a lasting popular journalism in Britain when at one point The Daily Herald jointly owned by the Labour party and the TUC was outselling any other newspaper in the world with the exception of Pravda The Herald is viewed as the leading example of the Left s attempts to redress the imbalance of rightwing political bias in the press in the UK From its role in as an independently owned radical paper aimed at political activists to its transition into commercial publishing and its subsequent demise in the author examines the paper s content and background using source material in the Labour Party and TUC archives The story of the paper s rise and fall sheds light on the wider history of the popular press and its often problematic relationship with British society and politics


Guardianship in Scotland

To contribute to the debate on guardianship in Scotland this publication brings a historical perspective an account of problems in practice and a census of Scottish guardianship cases together It concludes that the current debate on guardianship within the context of decision making for mentally incapacitated adults and its relation to fund management provide an opportunity to establish a new balance between public and private guardians to clarify the legal status of wards to include both cognitive and functional aspects of capacity and their relationship through guardianship to welfare benefit and to create ease of access to such a framework via courts tribunals or hearings


The Bloody Circus: The Daily Herald and the Left

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My Favorite Year: A Collection of Football Writing

Roddy Doyle s account of the Republic of Ireland s triumphant journey through Italia is just one of the many first class pieces in this anthology of original football writing Contributors include Harry Pearson Harry Ritchie Ed Horton Olly Wicken D J Taylor Huw Richards Nick Hornby Chris Pierson Matt Nation Graham Brack Don Watson and Giles Smith


Getting the Measure of Your Business

Understanding how your manufacturing business performs is essential to remain competitive but extremely difficult to do The main purpose of this book is to provide directors managers change agents and consultants with simple but effective tools to help design and implement performance measurement systems such as the Balanced Scorecard It contains specific tools which will be of interest to practicing managers and consultants These tools and techniques have been developed over many years and honed through application in companies such as Rolls Royce Aerospace and Federal Mogul Besides large multi nationals the techniques have also been used effectively in medium and smaller sized entreprises and are appropriate to any manufacturing company employing people or more