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AUDIO: Packed house for Big Jim Mills' book launch
4:30pm Thursday 3rd October 2013 in Sport
IT was standing room only at Widnes Vikings last week when hundreds of supporters and dozens of Big Jim Mills’ former opponents and teammates attended the launch of the former prop’s biography, writes Mike Critchley.
The book, published by London League Publications and priced at £14.95, charts the almost half a century of fearsome front rower’s life since heading north from Cardiff.
In an evening full of humorous anecdotes, the Welsh man-mountain was joined on the platform by former adversaries – Wigan’s Bill Ashurst and Warrington’s Mike Nicholas.
But there were plenty of words of support there too from his former Chemics skipper Reg Bowden who told the packed house: “Before Jim signed we were known as Doddy’s Diddy Men because there was me, Alan Ashton and Keith Elwell - so we lacked a bit of size.
“But Jim looked after us.”
A larger than life character in his adopted town, Mills looks back with fondness on what the 13-man code has given him.
In a funny and warmly received speech in which he poked fun at his former coaches, the disciplinary, the modern blood-bin and sin-bin, Mills said: “I have had a great life in rugby league and met some great friends.”
The book is on sale at Vikings club shop, WH Smith Widnes and the Curiosity Bookshop in Runcorn.
Listen to the speeches below.
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