The Lansdowne Road stadium was at the heart of so much of Irish sport for over a century -- from athletics to rugby and soccer it has seen the hopes of a nation raised and dashed: as well as the esctacy of victory! This lavishly-illustrated history covers it all, right up to the new Aviva stadium.
Lansdowne Road has long been renowned as a sacred place for international rugby and soccer. In this affectionate history, the authors lift the lid on its greatest days and nights.
From the birth of the stadium in 1873 till it closed for rebuilding in 2006, they bring to life fascinating stories such as that of the Native American lacrosse team, the brilliant athletic stars of the 1940s and 1950s, and the American Football experiment.
The triple crowns, stirring victories and memorable goals and tries that brought the crowd worldwide fame as ‘The Lansdowne Roar’ are all here, as well as the moments of comedy and tragedy that marked the life of Ireland’s oldest stadium.
'all the comedy and tragedy of generations of handed-down stories are in this book'
'a fond look back at the life that once pulsed through the stadium ... heaves with stories and trivia'
'an engaging look at the history of the beloved sports ground'
Siggins and Clerkin 'punctuate the tale of the most traditional rugby arena with a host of intriguing gems'
'eclectic ... remarkable'
'surely the outstanding sports book of the year
'lavishly illustrated ... coupled with some very fine writing'
'history of Lansdowne Road vividly captured'
'sports fans are sure to find plenty to entertain them in Lansdowne Road, the marvellous history of the stadium by Ger Siggins and Malachy Clerkin'
'a sports fan's delight'
'the Siggins-Clerkin book is a comprehensive and well-written account of the history of Lansdowne Road'
'excellently researched and highly entertaining’ '
'pleasantly offbeat and immensely informative'
'superb ... fascinating'
'A fascinating collection of stories focusing on the finest moments that occurred in the Stadium that sold its soul to an insurance company. Even the biggest rugby or soccer anorak will find something new here.'
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