Kenilworth: Course open. Trolleys allowed. 2 seat ride on buggies not permitted.
Tuesday 11th September 2018
35 seconds to go; this is the one. It’s coming back for Johnny Wilkinson. He drops for World Cup Glory.
HE’S DONE IT.
Johnny Wilkinson is England’s Hero yet again and there’s no time for Australia to come back. England have just won the World Cup.
To Rugby fans these words are equally as famous as the words of Kenneth Wolstenhome back in 1966 : “They think it’s all over – it is now”.
Ian Robertson described the flight of Johnny Wilkinson's kick
Ian Robertson was on the mike during those last seconds of the Rugby World Cup Final and he began his talk at Kenilworth Golf Club by replaying the famous words he spoke – or rather, those he shouted – to millions of viewers all around the world as the 2003 Rugby World Cup came to it’s climax. He described to us Johnny Wilkinson’s drop goal as he saw it – the kick that took England 3 points clear of the Aussies and brought the World Cup to England.
Ian has worked for the BBC for over 40 years and has been their official rugby union correspondent since 1983. He has toured the world in that position and told us many amusing anecdotes from that time. He recounted stories from international matches amongst the 5 nations. He spoke of British Lions tours and gave us examples of Willie John McBride’s leadership on a tour of South Africa.
He told us of the time when one of the local nations instigated their line-out calls in a very simple way. The name of a car would mean the ball would be thrown to the front of the line. The name of an insect meant the middle and, to keep it simple, they would not use the back of the line. Tremendous confusion was caused when the call went out “Volkswagen Beetle”.
In his work with the BBC he has also been privy to incidents in other sports. When Frank Bruno was told he couldn’t beat another fighter because he was invincible, Frank was alleged to have replied “Well, if he’s invincible I can’t beat him – cos I can’t hit him if I can’t see him.”
Ian's talk was followed by the comedy of Leslie Gibson from Liverpool – a finalist in Britain’s Got Talent in 2011. Often called “the man of a 1000 voices”, Leslie entertained us with some of his many impressions.
A great evening all round was concluded when the Captain thanked Sportman’s Dinner Chairman Derek Richardson for his work in arranging and hosting the dinners – not just for this year but for the 18 years over which they have occurred at Kenilworth Golf Club.
|Derek Richardson with Ian Robertson|