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    Colin Meads, New Zealand rugby union legend, dies aged 81




    One of the greatest players in the history of rugby union, New Zealand's Sir Colin Meads has died, aged 81.

    Meads, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2016, was a second-row forward who played 55 Tests for the All Blacks from 1957 to 1971.

    The Pine Tree, labelled as such for his massive presence within his teams, captained the side 11 times, including in his final four Tests,
    when the British and Irish Lions travelled to New Zealand.

    External Link: Bill English tweet: My thoughts are with Sir Colin's wife Lady Verna, and his family and friends at this time.

    In 1999, he was named the country's greatest player of the 20th century and has also been inducted into the World Rugby hall of fame.

    Current All Blacks skipper Kieran Read said Meads "was an icon of our game" and coach Steve Hansen echoed the sentiment.
    "His achievements in the black jersey are part of the All Blacks legacy and his loss will be felt over the world," Hansen said.
    New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English said it was a sad day for New Zealand.

    "Sir Colin was not only a great All Black but also a genuinely good Kiwi bloke. He will be missed," he wrote.

    "Sir Colin represented what it means to be a NZer. He was no-nonsense, reliable, hardworking, warm and very generous with his time."
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    ^A great rugby player and more importantly, a genuinely good bastard.

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    Ireland and Lions icon Willie Duggan dies at 67



    One of the most charismatic figures of Irish rugby, former Leinster, Blackrock and Kilkenny number eight Willie Duggan, has passed away at the age of 67 from a suspected heart attack at his home in Dunmore, C. Kilkenny.

    Duggan, a four-time Lion during the 1977 tour to New Zealand, won 41 caps over a nine-year international career spanning 1975-1984.

    There are so many myths attached to Duggan, that of the drinker, the smoker and - as indicated by his sending-off along with Geoff Wheel in 1977 at the Arms Park in Cardiff to become the first Irishman ever to be dismissed - the brawler, that it would be easy to overlook what an outstanding footballer he was.

    Duggan was very much in the mould of a modern back-row forward with understated athleticism underpinning his robust approach. Even on that occasion of notoriety, Duggan punching Wales’ lock Allan Martin in retaliation for Wheel’s skulduggery, the Irishman had been the stand-out player on the field up to the incident just before half-time.

    Duggan was to be a constant presence across those years, the central cog in a formidable Irish back-row trio with John O’Driscoll and Fergus Slattery invariably alongside.

    His skills were appreciated down in New Zealand when Duggan was an ever-present in the Lions test team for a difficult tour, the All Blacks prevailing 3-1 in the series by dint of a hard-fought 10-9 victory in the final test in Auckland.

    Duggan’s "larger-than-life" persona, as described by Leinster CEO Mick Dawson on news of his passing, made an impact on all those who came into contact with him. He was a man who played hard on and off the field, as several of those of us who came into contact with him can testify.

    Stories abound, from the time during Ireland’s run to the Five Nations title and triple crown in 1982 - their first since 1949 - when Duggan emerged from the tunnel at Twickenham smoking a cigarette which he requested referee Allan Hosie to "hold for me", to his reported response when he was sent off, Duggan quipping that that he hadn't been sent off, but that referee Norman Samson had asked if he would "mind leaving the field".

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    Former Australian Test spinner Bob Holland dies

    Australian cricketer Bob Holland, who became his country's third-oldest Test debutant in 1984, has died at the age of 70.
    The legspinner had been battling an aggressive form of brain cancer and died after suffering a brain bleed at Newcastle Hospital on Sunday, according to cricinfo.com.
    He had attended a function in his honour, hosted by former Test captain Mark Taylor.
    "He had the best time of his life on Friday where he spent time with a lot of his mates at his dinner," Holland's son Craig told the Newcastle Herald on Sunday.
    "He showed no pain on the night and stayed till the end of the show. My family was amazed as we thought he might stay an hour or two."
    Holland made his debut for NSW at the age of 32, not playing his first Test until six years later against the West Indies at the Gabba.


    Known commonly as "Dutchy" Holland, he would go on to play 11 Tests.
    Only 46-year-olds Don Blackie and Bert Ironmonger in 1928 put on their first Baggy Green at an older age.



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    Jake LaMotta, Real-Life ‘Raging Bull’ Boxer, Dies at 95

    Jake LaMotta, the boxing champion whose memoir inspired Martin Scorsese’s 1980 film “Raging Bull,” is dead. He was 95.
    LaMotta’s daughter, Christi, confirmed the news in a Facebook post. “Rest in peace pop,” she captioned a photo of her late father. LaMotta’s wife told TMZ the late boxer “died in a nursing home due to complications from pneumonia.”

    LaMotta was born in the Bronx in the early ’20s to Italian immigrant parents. He became a professional boxer at 19, and fought most of his career as a middleweight. His career was highlighted by a rivalry with Sugar Ray Robinson, which led to a six-fight series, of which LaMotta won only one. He did, however, win the world middleweight title in 1949, defeating Marcel Cerdan. Over the course of his career as a boxer, LaMotta earned the nickname “The Raging Bull” for his rough and aggressive fighting style.
    After retiring from the ring, LaMotta continued to entertain as a comedian, actor, and bar manager. His credits include playing a bartender in the 1961 film “The Hustler,” starring Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason.
    In 1970, LaMotta wrote a memoir, titled “Raging Bull: My Story,” which would inspire the feature film, released a decade later. Robert De Niro played LaMotta in the film, and won an Academy Award for the part. Scorsese’s movie also won an Oscar for editing, and was nominated for six other awards, including best picture and best director.
    De Niro wrote the following tribute upon hearing of LaMotta’s dead: “Rest in peace, champ.”

    Jake LaMotta Dead: ?Raging Bull? Boxer Dies at 95 | Variety

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    That man had an iron chin.

    One of the greatest.

    RIP.

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    That's one of those weird ones where I'd just presumed he had died years ago.

    Don't really follow boxing much but not sure how many times I've seen that movie.

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    I'm guessing even Ant could spot the howler in this one....

    'Raging Bull' boxing legend Jake LaMotta dies aged 95


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      September 21, 2017 02:59 BST

    Jake LaMotta, known as "The Raging Bull," has died at the age of 95 on Sept. 19. LaMotta's daughter, Christi, posted the news on Facebook. Giacobbe "Jake" LaMotta was nicknamed "The Raging Bull" for his rough and brawling style. The former World Middleweight Champion had many tough battles against some of the best middleweights of all time, including his six-fight rivalry against "Sugar" Ray Leonard. LaMotta finished his career with a record of 83-19-4, with 30 wins by KO. LaMotta's story inspired the movie "Raging Bull," starring Robert De Niro. Hollywood stars paid tribute to one of the greatest boxers in history.
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    La Motta claimed he hated the movie which showed him as a violent wife beating maniac but later admitted De Niro portrayed him exactly as he was at the time. A sad maniac.

    At the end an honest bloke who could take a punch and give more back.

    Sugar Ray Robinson had his measure though.

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    I won't post the whole thing, but this is a good read:

    https://www.theguardian.com/sport/th...valentine-1951

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    Britain's oldest former world champion Terry Downes who defeated Sugar Ray Robinson at middleweight dies aged 81



    Terry Downes, Britain's oldest world champion, has passed peacefully away at 81.
    Much-admired for his brave, aggressive style, Downes shares with Randolph Turpin the distinction of having achieved a British victory over Sugar Ray Robinson.
    Equally loved for his quick wit, Downes had this to say of his defeat of the legend considered by many the greatest boxer of all time, when Robinson was 41 years old: 'I didn't beat Sugar Ray, I beat his ghost. '


    Downes won his world middleweight title by beating the brilliant Paul Pender and also recorded a win over a third great champion, Joey Giardello.
    He leaves his wife Barbara, five children and eight grand-children, as well as the boxing world in mourning.
    A statement from his family read: 'Terry Downes BEM, the former world middleweight champion, has died aged 81.
    'Terry passed away peacefully on the morning of 6th October. At the time of his death he was Britain's oldest living world champion
    'Terry was a beloved husband, father and grandfather to his wife Barbara, his five children and eight grandchildren, and will be enormously missed.
    'The family ask for their privacy to be respected at this time.'

    Former world champion boxer Terry Downes dies at 81 | Daily Mail Online
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    Group One-winning former trainer Pat Haslam has died aged 69, his son Ben told Press Association Sport.



    Haslam, who was based in Middleham, North Yorkshire, was a respected dual-purpose handler and trained over 1,000 winners, including 2005 Prix de l'Opera heroine Kinnaird.
    Haslam's other star performers included Godstone, Pipe Major, Maroussies Wings, Hawkley and Mummy's Pleasure.


    He also achieved a landmark feat of training a winner at every British racecourse - with the exception of recent additions Great Leighs and Ffos Las.
    Haslam first took out a trainer's licence in 1972 and retired in 2010, when his son assumed control of Castle Hill Stables.

    Ben Haslam told Press Association Sport: "He was fighting an illness for a long time and passed away yesterday.
    "He was a very shrewd trainer. He had a lot of bad horses, but it was all about winning with what you had, and he did that so successfully.
    "He also had many good ones, though, and Kinnaird was a great horse.
    "He bought her very cheaply at the breeze-ups and she ended up winning the May Hill and then the Prix de l'Opera - she would have the biggest spot in terms of achievements.
    "King Revo was also an important winner for him. He always wanted to train a winner at Cheltenham and when AP (McCoy) won on him, that completed the full set of training winners at all the racecourses in Britain.
    "He was a top trainer, a great man and a great father."

    Death announced of former trainer Pat Haslam | Racing News | Sky Sports
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    Y.A. Tittle, the Hall of Fame quarterback and 1963 NFL Most Valuable Player, has died. He was 90.

    His family confirmed to Louisiana State University, where Tittle starred in college, that he had died. No details were immediately provided.

    Known as "The Bald Eagle" as much for his sturdy leadership as his prematurely receding hairline, Tittle played 17 seasons of pro football. He began with the All-America Football Conference's Baltimore Colts in 1948 and finished with the NFL's New York Giants. He played 10 years in between with the San Francisco 49ers, but had his greatest success in New York, leading the Giants to three division titles in four years in a remarkable late-career surge.

    Tittle never won a championship, but came to personify the competitive spirit of football, thanks to an iconic photo taken by Dozier Mobley during Tittle's final season in 1964.

    The frame caught the then-37-year-old quarterback, who looked older than his years, after throwing an interception returned for a touchdown by Pittsburgh's Chuck Hinton. Tittle is seen kneeling in exhaustion and pain from an injured rib, blood dripping down his face from a head gash.

    Tittle, also called "YAT" by his teammates, was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971. He threw 36 touchdown passes while winning the MVP award in ’63, and held the NFL record for most touchdown passes in a season until Dan Marino threw 48 in 1984.

    Tittle passed for 33,070 yards and 242 touchdowns in two leagues during his career, including 13 300-yard passing games in an age when the running game dominated the sport. Tittle was the only quarterback of his generation to throw at least 30 touchdown passes in back-to-back seasons when he did it with the Giants.

    Born Yelberton Abraham Tittle in Marshall, Texas, on Oct. 24, 1926, he led LSU to the Cotton Bowl before he was drafted by the NFL's Detroit Lions in 1948. He joined Baltimore of the AAFC instead, sticking with the Colts when they joined the NFL in 1950 until they temporarily disbanded the following year, when he was redrafted by San Francisco, another former AAFC club.

    Tittle then started 78 games and earned four of his seven Pro Bowl selections during a decade with the 49ers. He even became the first pro football player to be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1954.

    For three seasons, he was part of the 49ers' "Million Dollar Backfield" with Hugh McElhenny, Joe "the Jet" Perry and John Henry Johnson — the only full backfield in NFL history with every member in the Hall of Fame.

    The group was broken up in 1957, and Tittle lost his job to John Brodie for most of his final three seasons with San Francisco. Tittle still teamed up with receiver R.C. Owens to create another piece of football history with the "alley-oop" pass — a high-arching downfield throw with Owens' exploiting his superior jumping ability against smaller defensive backs.

    Tittle's career appeared nearly finished when San Francisco traded him to New York, but the quarterback was an improbable hit in the Big Apple. He became the Giants' starter in 1961, winning over fans and teammates who had favored 40-year-old Charlie Conerly.

    Tittle became one of the NFL's most dependable passers, and New York reached the league's title game from 1961 to 63, but lost each time, leaving Tittle agonizingly short of his only remaining goal. The Giants plummeted to 2-10-2 in 1964, and Tittle retired after one of his worst pro seasons.

    Tittle established Y.A. Tittle & Associates Insurance Services during his playing days, and he ran the business in Palo Alto well past the standard retirement age. He appeared briefly in the 1999 movie "Any Given Sunday," playing a coach, and was a favorite presence at memorabilia shows and NFL alumni functions.

    Y.A. Tittle, Hall of Fame quarterback and 1963 MVP, dies at 90 - LA Times
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    Tony Madigan, enduring amateur boxer faced Ali twice

    Tony Madigan, who died in the south of France at the weekend after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease, was Australia's most enduring and successful amateur boxer.
    Madigan will long be remembered for having faced Muhammad Ali (as Cassius Clay) twice. There was much more to his story, however, including a number of comebacks which enabled him to prolong his remarkable championship fight career.

    Once described in the US "as the first fighter since Gene Tunney to admit to even a nodding acquaintance with the written word", Madigan resisted the temptations and many offers to turn professional and remained an erudite, well-read man with an interest in journalism and a passion for boxing history and literature. He remembered having fantasy fights in front of a full-length mirror in his mother's bedroom in Sydney in 1942. He pretended to be Jack Dempsey.
    An international-class middleweight and light-heavyweight for a remarkable 14 years, Madigan was big on mateship. Seeking retribution for a friend, he once wore a pink suit to the Newport Arms to incite notorious homophobic bouncer Tim Bristow. According to Madigan's fellow Waverley old boy Charles Waterstreet, Bristow ended up in the gutter.



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    Legendary baseball star Roy Halladay dies in plane crash


    FORMER Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay died Tuesday after a plane he was piloting crashed in the Gulf of Mexico, authorities confirmed.
    The 40-year-old two-time Cy Young winner, who retired four years ago, was the only person on board the single-engine ICON A5 plane, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Department confirmed.
    The Phillies issued a statement of condolence soon after news of the crash emerged.
    “We are numb over the very tragic news about Roy Halladay’s untimely death,” the Phillies said.
    “There are no words to describe the sadness that the entire Phillies family is feeling over the loss of one of the most respected human beings to ever play the game.” Halladay played for the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia in a 16-year career which included a perfect game in 2010 and a no-hitter in the playoffs the same year.

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    Jana Novotna: Former Wimbledon champion dies at 49, Tennis world mourns passing

    FORMER Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna has died aged 49.




    The WTA announced the news on Monday morning in a Twitter post.
    The statement read: "It is with deep sadness that the WTA announces the passing on Sunday, November 19, of Jana Novotna, aged 49."
    Novotna won the Wimbledon women's singles title in 1998 and was beaten by Steffi Graf in the 1993 final.
    The tennis world is mourning her passing after a long battle with cancer.
    Steve Simon, WTA CEO, said: "Jana was an inspiration both on and off court to anyone who had the opportunity to know her.
    "Her star will always shine brightly in the history of the WTA. Our condolences and our thoughts are with Jana’s family."

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    Naim Suleymanoglu, 3-time Olympic gold weightlifter known as 'Pocket Hercules,' dead at 50

    Naim Suleymanoglu, the Turkish weightlifter who won three Olympic Gold Medals and was known as “Pocket Hercules,” died Saturday. He was 50.
    Suleymanoglu was considered one of the sport’s greatest athletes and earned his nickname for his strength and diminutive size. He died at an Istanbul hospital where he was receiving treatment for cirrhosis of the liver. He had been in intensive care since Sept. 28 and received a liver transplant in October, according to Turkey’s official Anadolu news agency.
    The 4-foot-10 weightlifter won three straight Olympic gold medals for Turkey between 1988 and 1996. The Bulgarian-born Suleymanoglu could lift three times his weight.
    He came out of retirement to try for a fourth gold at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 but missed all three of his lifts.



    Naim Suleymanoglu, 3-time Olympic gold weightlifter, dead at 50 - NY Daily News

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    ^ I was in Istanbul visiting a shopping centre back in the day and this massive crowd were outside, which promptly burst into "spontaneous" applause.

    Turned out that it was this midget who had just defected from Bulgaria.

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    If he was 6 foot tall he would lift a car above his head.

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    Peter Walwyn, who was crowned champion Flat trainer in 1974 and 1975, has died. He was 84.


    Walwyn will forever be linked with the brilliant champion Grundy, who captured the Derby, Irish Derby and Irish 2,000 Guineas in 1975.

    Grundy went on to defeat Bustino in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot after his Classic successes, in a contest dubbed 'the race of the century'.
    Grand National-winning trainer Nick Gaselee, whose sister was Walwyn's late wife Virginia, although more widely known as 'Bonk', said: "He hadn't been good for some time, but his record speaks for itself. In his heyday at Seven Barrows he was a wonderful trainer and he was particularly loyal to his jockeys.


    "When Mr Wildenstein criticised Pat Eddery, he asked him to take his horses away. He was passionate about Lambourn and started the Lambourn Trainers Association and he was passionate about the countryside."
    He added: "He was a complete one-off, a unique character and he was affectionately known as 'Big Pete' by some and 'Basil Fawlty' by others, which was obvious if you knew some of his exploits, which were legendary."
    Walwyn spent his entire career in Lambourn and retired from training in 1999. He was awarded a MBE in 2012 for services to horseracing.
    Walwyn is survived by two children, Edward and Kate, and two grandchildren. No funeral arrangements have been made.

    https://www.racingpost.com/news/news...aged-84/311461

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    Stan Pilecki was a one-of-a-kind character who defied the odds in life and in rugby

    ONLY Stan Pilecki’s giant heart gave him an extra 14 years of life but the Australian rugby community is mourning the loss of the former Wallabies and Queensland prop

    ONLY Stan Pilecki’s giant heart gave him an extra 14 years of life and all those who called him a teammate, laughed with him or enjoyed his generosity knew how big it really was.
    The Australian rugby community is mourning the loss of the former Wallabies and Queensland prop, a true one-of-a-kind character who died on Wednesday at 70 at his Brisbane home.
    When “The Pole” spent three weeks in intensive care with acute septicaemia in 2003, many thought they’d lost him then, when less than 10 per cent survive from those levels.
    Pilecki defied the odds as he so often did during his rugby career.
    He didn’t play the first of his 18 Tests until he was 31, was 35 when he became the first to play 100 games for Queensland and was still helping out his beloved Wests in the top grade at 39.
    “We’ve lost one, if not the greatest character of our sport,” said Rugby Australia president Tony Shaw, a long-time representative teammate.
    “His impact on the field was more than matched by the contributioon he made away from rugby, embodying the great spirit of the game.”



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    Tommy Lawrence, former Liverpool and Scotland goalkeeper, dies at 77




    Former Liverpool and Scotland goalkeeper Tommy Lawrence has died at the age of 77, the club have announced.


    The Scot made 390 appearances for the Reds between 1962 and 1971, helping Bill Shankly’s side win two league titles and an FA Cup.


    Lawrence, affectionately nicknamed ‘The Flying Pig’ due to his ability to make spectacular saves despite his stocky build, subsequently played for Tranmere, and he was capped three times by Scotland.

    Having signed professional forms with Liverpool in October 1957, a few months after his 17th birthday, Lawrence made his debut five years later in a 1-0 loss at West Brom.

    He rarely sat out a game in his years with the Anfield outfit that followed, missing only four league matches in the six seasons between 1963 and 1969, including three ever-present campaigns.
    Lawrence played every game when Liverpool won the league in 1965-66, reclaiming the trophy he had also helped them secure two years earlier.


    And in the season between those successes he was part of the club’s first ever FA Cup triumph.
    In early 1970, Ray Clemence came into the team and the following year Lawrence left Liverpool to join Tranmere, for whom he would make 80 league appearances.


    He then played for non-league Chorley, before taking up the role of a factory quality controller in Warrington until his retirement.
    Liverpool said in a statement on their official website on Wednesday: “Liverpool Football Club is deeply saddened by the passing of former goalkeeper Tommy Lawrence, aged 77.


    “The thoughts of everybody at the club are with Tommy’s family and friends at this sad time.”
    Tranmere said on their official Twitter feed: “We send our sincere condolences to Tommy’s family and friends #RIPTommy.”


    In his later years, Lawrence was the subject of a viral video after he was stopped in the street by BBC journalist Stuart Flinders.
    Flinders asked Lawrence: “I’m just wondering whether you remember the derby match in 1967 at Goodison, FA Cup fifth round, and it was shown on a big screen at Anfield at the same time? Do you remember it?”
    To which Lawrence replied: “I do, I played in it. I was the goalkeeper for Liverpool.”




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    Cyrille Regis, former England and West Brom striker, dies aged 59








    Former England and West Brom striker, Cyrille Regis, has died at the age of 59.


    Regis, who made five senior appearances for England, suffered a suspected heart attack on Sunday night.


    Regis, who started his career at West Brom, went on to play for Coventry City, Aston Villa, Wolves and Wycombe Wanderers, before finishing his career at Chester City.


    In 2008, Regis was appointed an MBE by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace for his services to the voluntary sector and football.


    Speaking in 2008, after receiving his MBE, he said: "You go as far back as being born in French Guyana in a little town called Maripasoula and coming over to England.


    "It just shows you that dreams can be fulfilled if you have the drive and support of people around you."


    ‘Three Degrees’


    In the 1978-79 season, West Brom became the first English club to field three black players, under then manager Ron Atkinson.


    Regis, alongside Laurie Cunningham (who would later join Real Madrid) and Brendan Batson.


    They would become an inspiration for thousands of black children.


    Atkinson, who named them ‘Three Degrees’ after the infamous Motown band, said of them: “They could have been yellow, purple, and have two heads," he says, "So long as they could play and they were good lads - and they were.

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    ^That's sad news. Regis and Cunningham were excellent players for WBA. They were inspiring for a lot of coloured kids playing footie way back when i was at school in the late 70's.

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    Regis fondly remembered a great character and sportsman and not just for baggies

    His tribute to Tony Brown gives the class of the man.


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