The Arms Park: Heart of a Rugby Nation
Bill O'Keefe, Emyr Young Other books by Bill O'Keefe, Emyr Young
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.
Category: History Sport