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  • Published: 12 September 2013
  • ISBN: 9781780577623
  • Imprint: Mainstream Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The Rise and Fall of Pontypool RFC




The eventful journey of Pontypool Rugby FC, by the award-winning authors of Seeing Red

What made Pontypool such a great seam of talent for the Welsh national team? Why were they hated and feared in equal measure by other clubs in Wales and across the Severn? What made Ray Prosser a coach ahead of his time?

In this engrossing book, Alun Carter and Nick Bishop recount the dramatic story of the rise and fall of one of the great enigmas of Welsh club rugby: Pontypool RFC. They chart the glories and violence of the amateur era in the 1970s and ’80s before the club entered a period of steady decline in the age of professionalism, reaching the point of bankruptcy after a crippling legal battle with the Welsh RU. It is a symbolic tale of the disintegration of the social fabric that held a once-great club together, both on and off the playing field – often irresistibly funny, eventually tragic, but always larger than life.

  • Pub date: 12 September 2013
  • ISBN: 9781780577623
  • Imprint: Mainstream Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

About the Authors

Nicholas Bishop

Nick Bishop has worked as a rugby analyst and scout for Graham Henry and for the Wales national squad. He is the author of four other books, including Henry's Pride with Graham Henry.

Alun Carter is a former Wales international who also played for Pontypool, Newport, SO Millau and UWIC. He later worked for the WRU for 12 years, fulfilling the role of head analyst from 1998 to 2007. Together, they were the authors of Seeing Red: Twelve Tumultuous Years in Welsh Rugby.

Alun Carter

Alun Carter is a former Wales international who also played for Pontypool, Newport, SO Millau and UWIC. He later worked for the WRU for 12 years, fulfilling the role of head analyst from 1998 to 2007. Together with Nicholas Bishop, he wrote Seeing Red: Twelve Tumultuous Years in Welsh Rugby and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: The Rise and Fall of Pontypool RFC.


Praise for The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

“What makes the book so compelling and readable is the window it opens on to the rugby and the imperatives, still relevant today, behind great teams and institutions...Fascinating and affecting”

Paul Ackroyd, Times


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