Minety RFC

Books

We now have two books on sale relating to Minety RFC.

The newest book, published in April 2020, “The Green and Purple” tells the story of the 2018 / 19 and the 2019 / 20 seasons.  212 pages long, this A4 sized book is packed with match reports, details, photographs and statistics relating to these last two seasons.

As a special offer to Minety RFC members and supporters, this book is available for just £6.50 (plus postage and packing) from my website at “Bustard Productions”.  It is soon to be made available on Amazon and through Barnes and Noble and Lulu Publishing, but has been priced at £10.99, a price set by Amazon and the others.

“There wasn’t supposed to be a follow up book to the “Three Years Behind the Camera” volume that covered the years 2015 – 2018 at Minety RFC, but with the curtailment of all rugby because of the COVID-19 virus, I suddenly had time on my hands and plenty from the last two seasons to celebrate. As I write this we are all facing a very uncertain and unsettling time. The world is a significantly different place from how it was just a matter of weeks ago and aspects of our lives that we once took for granted now take on an added importance. When I left the club house at Minety on Saturday 14th March I had no idea that I wouldn’t be back for some weeks, months or even ever. It was the end of a supremely successful day, for the 1st XV at least. The record will show that Minety RFC ended their 2019 – 2020 campaign with a 38-0 home win over Frome II and secured 8th place in D&W1N with 36 league points from their 18 matches. This is the story of Minety RFC 2018 – 2020.”

Click here to go to Bustard Productions website for more information about “The Green and Purple”.

 

The previous book, covering 2015 – 2018, entitled “Three Years Behind the Camera” is 262 pages long, again in an A4 format, with a huge number of match reports, photographs and statistics covering those three seasons, including the historic Dorset and Wilts Vase campaign leading to the victory over Lytchett Minster at Warminster.

This title is available at a discounted price of £8 plus postage and packing, down from the £17.99 set by the major distribution services, if ordered through Bustard Productions’ website.

“One evening in early 2015 when I picked up the telephone to hear Cliff’s lilting Welsh tones… Dave would soon be returning from university and Cliff was looking to form a team of background staff for the start of the 2015 – 2016 season.  Would I be interested and if I was, would I be prepared to film the matches, like I used to and perhaps write some reports for the press?  It didn’t take long to say yes.

At the first pre-season practice I was introduced to: Andy Ward, coach for the coming season; Dave Peirce, the newly elected Club Chairman; Andrew Hibbard, known to everyone as Wallace, the club captain; and many of the players.  It felt as if I had never been away – the atmosphere was still there, the Minety atmosphere.

The irony of today’s life style is that we can record so much, whether it be on film or on a website or in the press.  Yet, we are so careless with those memories.  DVD’s are lost or left in the sun until the data breaks down; newspapers are read and the re-cycled; and web pages disappear into a digital void after a matter of weeks.

And so the reason for this tome; a chance to make the past three years at Minety just a little bit more permanent.”

Click here to go to Bustard Productions website for more information about “Three Years Behind the Camera”.

Written by Graham Cooke

April 24th, 2020 at 11:38 am

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