Monday, 28 February 2011


Rugby a hooligans game played by gentlemen ,apparently....Bloody big ,psychotically deranged gentlemen maybe ,but there y'go. I was watching the 6 nations games ,over the weekend and noticed how the players nowadays are a lot more muscely and hard n meaner looking than in days of yore. It also adds to the meaness when you've got these French eight foot fifteen fellahs with hair down around their shoulders and everyone calling them 'horse' , or some animal name.
It also strikes me as odd ,when i used to watch and ,yes ,once upon a time play rugby ,the players would all be covered in mud and green grass stains. But not now ,yellows ,blues ,purples a variety of pastel shades from the pitch adverts.
I remember working at a caricature'gig' up in Scotland a number of years ago and while i was scribbling away the Englih squad arrived to play Sotland the following day. Jeez! they were big bastards, not just big ,but ,big!...I was passing by a hallway in the hotel and the players lined the hall waiting to get into their rooms. A little maid had to 'run the gauntlet', of walking down the length of the hall with these leering monsters either side. She looked absolutly terrified.
As i've been a little lazy of recent i've put on a few rugby cartoons wot i done over the life of this here blog. Hope ya like 'em!


john said...

Great cartoons Tim.I agree with your comments on the size of these blokes...BIG...... Prefer league myself ..a big St Helens supporter.....come on you SAINTSSSSSS...

Thud said...

As a late joiner to west park and rugby I was innocent as to the subtleties of the game, in my first scrum my friends? cosi and gull thumped the hell out of me....what fun.

Tim Leatherbarrow said...

In the glory days of the 80's i got dragged to watch Widnes as my sister loved the RL. A few years back i got a few invites to the hospitality suite as i was doing a newspaper comic strip for them. The ground and the hospitality was a lot better than the games. Widnes wasnt having the best of times shall we say at the time. Thanks for those few kind words ,mon ami.

Ah Gull ,i imagine he's away doing missionary work helping the poor n needy somewhere in the world ,he was that kind of guy. Cosie ,was up until a few years ago ,so i was told running a furniture shop in Widnes with Pete McGenitty, but i believe they've upped sticks and shifted to that quaint little Huyton village ,which i'm sure you've heard of. But yes ,wot fun ,i've still got the bumps in my nose and a few scars about the old body to vouch for how much we enjoyed ourselves.

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