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#1 Geoff Lee

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 07:36 AM

On Tuesday (September 24th) at the Select Security Stadium in Widnes, the launch of the book "Big Jim, Jim Mills - A Rugby Giant" written by Peter Lush and Maurice Bamford will be held. Starting time is 7 for a prompt 7.30 start  and in addition to Jim, the speakers will include Doug Laughton, Reg Bowden and Mike Nicholas.

All Rugby League fans are welcome to attend.


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#2 Bomb Jack

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 08:52 AM

This one is sure to be an interestring read!


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#3 Bulliac

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 09:49 AM

When Big Jim played for Bradford the then chairman Harry Womersley had a pub called the Kings Head. In the lounge was a shelf, mainly used to putting pints on when the pub was busy, and this shelf was bolted right through the wall into the music room. Jim came in one night, leant on the shelf and pulled the bolts right through the wall...he was a big sod was Jim! I mention this episode just in case Jim has missed it out of the book......


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#4 Bomb Jack

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 03:08 PM

When Big Jim played for Bradford the then chairman Harry Womersley had a pub called the Kings Head. In the lounge was a shelf, mainly used to putting pints on when the pub was busy, and this shelf was bolted right through the wall into the music room. Jim came in one night, leant on the shelf and pulled the bolts right through the wall...he was a big sod was Jim! I mention this episode just in case Jim has missed it out of the book......

 

Nice story, but I presume you meant to say he is a big sod?

 

He's not dead yet you know!  :sclerosis:  


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#5 TheTerminator

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 03:10 PM

The last Maurice Bamford work I read was Jeff Grayshon's biography. Quite frankly, given the number of grammar and spelling mistakes, it could easily have been penned be a 7 year old. A book that should have been interesting completely ruined. Hope this doesn't follow suit.

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#6 Bulliac

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Posted 21 September 2013 - 10:06 AM

Nice story, but I presume you meant to say he is a big sod?

 

He's not dead yet you know!  :sclerosis:  

Errm, yes I do know!!

 

It was back in the mists of time late 60s early 70s? when he played for Bradford, so he could have lost weight....

 

 

Thinking of mists though, the only one which ever bothered Jim was that red mist which descended from time to time....he would have spent most of the season suspended under modern rules, mind that said, he did spend quite a bit of time kicking his heels even back then!!


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#7 Bomb Jack

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Posted 21 September 2013 - 11:49 AM

Errm, yes I do know!!

 

It was back in the mists of time late 60s early 70s? when he played for Bradford, so he could have lost weight....

 

 

Nah, he's still a big fecker!  :lol:


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#8 Rodill Rover

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Posted 21 September 2013 - 04:30 PM

My greatest memory of Jim Mills was in the 1978 second test against Australia when a good few changes were made after the first test and included more mature and savvy players, a team which got the name Dad's Army.
My memory of this is a little faded but I remember a front row of Jim, ? Fisher and can't recall the other prop but they looked fearsome, Jim's opposite number made the mistake of biting his ear when packing down and Jim made him pay for it with a few quick returns. GB went on to win this game but lost the series.
He was a Rugby League giant and I look forward to his more accurate version of that test match

#9 Bulliac

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Posted 22 September 2013 - 10:35 AM

My greatest memory of Jim Mills was in the 1978 second test against Australia when a good few changes were made after the first test and included more mature and savvy players, a team which got the name Dad's Army.
My memory of this is a little faded but I remember a front row of Jim, ? Fisher and can't recall the other prop but they looked fearsome, Jim's opposite number made the mistake of biting his ear when packing down and Jim made him pay for it with a few quick returns. GB went on to win this game but lost the series.
He was a Rugby League giant and I look forward to his more accurate version of that test match

 

 

The other Prop was Brian Lockwood, with the rest of the pack being George Nichols and Phil Lowe in the SR and Steve Norton at 13.


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#10 HKR AWAY DAYS

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Posted 23 September 2013 - 01:04 PM

Does anyone know if it will be made available on Kindle? I am buying one tonight.



#11 Cumbrian Fanatic

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Posted 23 September 2013 - 05:06 PM

Didn't he once say something like he only ever deserved to be sent off once the other 18 occasions were mistaken identity


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#12 chrisl1

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 10:10 AM

All profits from Jim's book are going to Cancer Support.



#13 Futtocks

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 11:22 AM

Does anyone know if it will be made available on Kindle? I am buying one tonight.

There's a decent number of RL books available on Kindle these days. I've already bought a few. :) 


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#14 Wolford6

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 11:57 AM

My memory of Jim Mills was when the changing rooms at Odsal were at the the top of the terracing and, at the end of the game, the players walked through the crowd back up the slope.

 

After a typical dirty Widnes performance, with Jim's prominent involvement, an old dear called him all sorts of names and swung  her brolly at him.


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#15 latchford albion

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Posted 25 September 2013 - 04:01 PM

On Tuesday (September 24th) at the Select Security Stadium in Widnes, the launch of the book "Big Jim, Jim Mills - A Rugby Giant" written by Peter Lush and Maurice Bamford will be held. Starting time is 7 for a prompt 7.30 start  and in addition to Jim, the speakers will include Doug Laughton, Reg Bowden and Mike Nicholas.
All Rugby League fans are welcome to attend.


How did it go? Was there a decent turnout?

#16 Rodill Rover

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 07:15 PM

Does anyone know if it will be made available on Kindle? I am buying one tonight.

 

It's now available on Kindle, just bought one.



#17 chrisl1

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 11:14 PM

How did it go? Was there a decent turnout?

Around 300.



#18 Middleton Bull

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 11:27 AM

My memory of Jim Mills was when the changing rooms at Odsal were at the the top of the terracing and, at the end of the game, the players walked through the crowd back up the slope.

 

After a typical dirty Widnes performance, with Jim's prominent involvement, an old dear called him all sorts of names and swung  her brolly at him.

I remember Alex Murphy needing a police escort up the very same slope after one game against t'Northern in the early seventies.



#19 Tyrone Shoelaces

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 09:16 PM

My memory of Jim Mills was when the changing rooms at Odsal were at the the top of the terracing and, at the end of the game, the players walked through the crowd back up the slope.
 
After a typical dirty Widnes performance, with Jim's prominent involvement, an old dear called him all sorts of names and swung  her brolly at him.


Alan Hodkinson of Hornets got the same treatment apparently, maybe the same woman. He said to the woman " Is that your husband stood there ? " , when the woman replied " Yes ", Hodky said." Well if you don't stop hitting me I'm going to punch him ". The woman stopped !

#20 chrisl1

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 09:39 PM

I think there was a game which was televised some years ago by the BBC in which the landlady of a player came onto the pitch and assaulted a player who had punched her lodger who was playing on the opposing side..




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