Bath: Ace of Clubs - Brian JonesDerby: The Breedon Books Publishing Company, 1993, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper, lightly pulled at the foot of the upper panel. Text complete, clean and tight.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Tables;
From the cover: “A hat-trick of Courage Clubs’ Championships was the latest feat at the end of a remarkable ten seasons in which Bath became the outstanding club side in the game’s history. Seven Twickenham Cup Final victories, and four Courage titles in the first six league seasons, including two league and cup ‘doubles’ — that’s the success story now told in detail for the first time.
Bath: Ace of Clubs is a feast for all who admire great rugby and for every Bath supporter in particular. This was the decade when the game marvelled (sometimes grudgingly) as Bath’s players sweated and starred under the guidance of a coaching genius from the North-East, Jack Rowell.
But the teams that Jack built began before the first Twickenham Cup win, and famous games and names of the past are recalled, including such former stars as Horton, Beese and Palmer, Trick and Halliday, Simpson and Spurrell. More recent triumphs feature such players as Barnes and Webb, Guscott and Robinson — and the remarkable Gareth Chilcott, like Hill, Hall, and Redman, spans the years.
There’s controversy too — including the rumpus with England selectors, the Horton-Barnes ‘swap’, the walk-out of two senior coaches, and the famous ‘lost’ league point. Author Brian Jones also reveals a common factor in Bath’s three cup defeats in the decade (No, it’s not one involving Stuart Barnes).
There’s a cumulative league table covering the first Courage league seasons; analysis of Bath’s record against other leading clubs during the decade; pages of fascinating statistics; a quiz to test your knowledge of Bath’s decade of rugby glory; nearly 200 photographs; and the chance to match the experts in choosing your best Bath team of the decade.”