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The Arms Park: Heart of a Rugby Nation

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Author: Bill O'KeefeBinding: PaperbackNumber Of Pages: 120Release Date: 01-03-2012Details: Product Description It's the hallowed turf that's been called "the most renowned piece of real estate in Wales". For generations of rugby fans it's quite simply a place full of magical rugby memories. Built on land given by the Marquess of...

Author: Bill O'Keefe

Binding: Paperback

Number Of Pages: 120

Release Date: 01-03-2012

Details: Product Description It's the hallowed turf that's been called "the most renowned piece of real estate in Wales". For generations of rugby fans it's quite simply a place full of magical rugby memories. Built on land given by the Marquess of Bute for the exclusive development of recreation for the people of Cardiff, it was first used by cricketers. Then the rugby and football came, with some other sports making occasional appearances, including the famous greyhounds. But it's the rugby that has made the place its own. From the famous win against the All Blacks in 1905, when the Welsh fans started to sing "Hen Wlad fy Nhadau", to legendary tries by Gareth Edwards and Shane Williams, Cardiff Arms Park has proved to be the beating heart of Welsh rugby. But it has also seen legends from Billy Meredith to Ian Rush, Tommy Farr to Lennox Lewis, David Bowie to Bryn Terfel and a myriad of other stars that make up the Arms Park galaxy. This fascinating account of the Arms Park's history is illustrated throughout with archive and new photographs, combined with a laively narrative to tell the story of a patch of land central to our collective rugby experiences and, through that, our national identity. Review ...to the generations of men and women who have brought our citadel of sport to life since 1876 as the Romans would say we salute you --Carolyn Hitt About the Author Emyr Young is a professional photographer with a passion for rugby football. Before turning professional in 2002 he worked as an actor, presenter and voice artist. Between 2000 and 2010 he helped establish tours and work as a part time guide at the Millennium Stadium. You can view his work on www.emyryoung.co.uk Bill O'Keefe is one of Wales ' most experienced tourist guides. After graduating in history from Cardiff University he gained a Masters in Tourism and qualified as an Official Wales Blue Badge Guide. Having worked in a wide variety of guiding roles, including nine years at the Millennium Stadium where he helped establish the tours, Bill now runs Planet Wales (www.planetwales.co.uk) providing highly acclaimed tours on the history and wildlife of Wales , including the Official Guides Cardiff Walking Tour, the city's popular history walk.

Package Dimensions: 8.2 x 7.7 x 0.5 inches

Languages: English

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