Cliff Morgan is interviewed about his rugby career by the sports journalist, Ian Wooldridge. “Morgan the Magnificent” was the title given to Cliff Morgan by South African newspapers when he toured the country with the British Lions team in 1955. His success in that tour earned him the captaincy of Wales the following season. Cliff was born into a mining family in the Rhondda in 1930 and joined Cardiff Rugby Club straight from school, playing at fly-half. When his playing career ended in 1958 he joined the BBC, working as a TV commentator and producer. For the last ten years of his BBC career he was Head of Television Sport and Outside Broadcasts, with overall responsibility for the coverage of state occasions, as well as all major sporting events. After he retired from the staff of the BBC he became the presenter of the popular Radio 4 programme "Sport on Four". Ian Wooldridge was widely recognised as the best sports writer of his generation. When he died in 2007 the many tributes spoke of his honesty, his fairness and his enthusiasm for sport. He particularly loved rugby, cricket and golf. Ian was born in 1932 and after an undistinguished school career he entered journalism, working on several local papers. In 1961 he joined the Daily Mail where he first made his name as a cricket correspondent. He stayed with the paper for the rest of his career as a sports writer and columnist, covering every major sporting event and winning numerous awards for his journalism. He wrote his final column the week before he died.
|Publisher||Crimson Cats Audio; 2011|
SPORTING LEGENDS MARY PETERS
Cliff Morgan talks to sporting personalities of the past. In this recording he is in conversation with the Olympic Pentathlon champion, Mary Peters. Mary Peters won the gold medal for the Pentathlon at the Munich Olympics in 1972, beating the West German favourite by the narrowest of margins with a performance which also broke the world record. Mary was born in Liverpool in 1939. Her family moved to Northern Ireland when she was eleven and she represented the Province at every Commonwealth Games between 1958 and 1974, winning medals in the shot as well as the Pentathlon. After retiring from competition she remained involved in athletics. She managed the women’s teams at the Moscow and Los Angeles Olympics and has served on the governing bodies of numerous sports associations. She was awarded the DBE in 2000. “Morgan the Magnificent” was the title given to Cliff Morgan by South African newspapers when he toured the country with the British Lions team in 1955.
SPORTING LEGENDS STIRLING MOSS
Cliff Morgan talks to sporting personalities of the past. In this recording he is in conversation with the legendary racing driver, Stirling Moss. Stirling Moss is often described as the best driver never to win the Formula 1 World Championship. He was runner-up four times, winning 16 Grand Prix races, before a serious crash in 1962 ended his career. Born in 1929 his interest in cars started at an early age. He was only eighteen when he first drove competitively, taking part in Hill Climb events. During the 1950s he won many Sports Car trophies and events, as well as pursuing his Formula 1 career. Following his retirement from top flight motor racing Stirling Moss continued to race “for fun” in events for touring cars and historic sports cars. He still travels widely to promote motor racing and was knighted in 2000. “Morgan the Magnificent” was the title given to Cliff Morgan by South African newspapers when he toured the country with the British Lions team in 1955.