Gareth EDWARDS MBE (1947-)

Gareth Edwards
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THIS IS YOUR LIFE - Gareth Edwards, Welsh rugby union player, was surprised by Eamonn Andrews in central London.


Gareth made his debut for Cardiff RFC in September 1966, and won his first international cap for Wales in April of the following year. He became Wales’s youngest ever captain at the age of 20 in February 1968, and led the national team through a hugely successful period in the 1960s and 1970s.


He is considered by many as the ‘greatest player ever’ and his try for the Barbarians against the All Blacks in 1973 at Cardiff Arms Park, often referred to simply as ‘that try’ is regarded as the greatest try ever.


“Dirty trick that!”

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On a business trip to London, Gareth stepped out of an office building, and a motor coach pulled to a halt. Led by Mervyn Davies - another Life subject - the whole Welsh squad piled out [Bigredbook editor: Actually, Mervyn Davies was unwell and unable to make the recording].


British Lion's captain, Willie John McBride - whom we surprised in front of the crowd at Dublin's Lansdowne Road when his turn came - described Gareth as 'the linch-pin of the side'.

programme details...

  • Edition No: 436
  • Subject No: 433
  • Broadcast: Wed 7 Apr 1976
  • Broadcast time: 7-7.30pm
  • Recorded: Wed 31 Mar 1976
  • Venue: Euston Road Studios
  • Series: 16
  • Edition: 22
  • Code name: Ball

on the guest list...

  • Welsh Rugby Team
  • Mervyn Davies
  • Steve Hamer
  • Maureen - wife
  • Ann – mother
  • Glan – father
  • Gloria - sister
  • Gethin - brother
  • Huw Davies
  • Darryl Cole
  • Geoffrey Davies
  • Bill Samuel
  • Alan Pascoe
  • Nick Williams
  • Lynn Davies
  • Barry John
  • Willie John McBride
  • Cliff Morgan
  • Kay – sister-in-law
  • Owen - son
  • Rhys - son
  • Roger Young

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production team...

  • Researcher: Marilyn Gaunt
  • Writers: Tom Brennand, Roy Bottomley
  • Director: Philip Casson
  • Producer: Jack Crawshaw
names listed in bold indicate subjects of This Is Your Life
Series 16: Ronnie Dukes > Ray Milland > Mike Hailwood > Frank Windsor > Magnus Pyke > Bill Tidy > Gladys Mills > Andy Stewart > Windsor Davies > Ray Reardon > Patrick Mower > Alberto Remedios > Susan Masham > Betty Driver > Henry "Shrimp" Davies > Gwen Berryman > Vince Hill > Arnold Ridley > Beryl Reid > Alan Mullery > Percy Thrower > Gareth Edwards > June Whitfield > Terry Fincher > Richard Dunn > Norman Croucher