Cardiff Blues have revealed what the ‘Walk of Legends’ tunnel at the Arms Park will look like as the club take another step towards properly embracing the history of the club.
Before Christmas supporters were asked to vote on which players from each era they would like to see on the wall of the tunnel at the historic ground with 37 men and women granted the honour of being recognised as legends.
From the pre-WW1 era Percy Bush, Gwyn Nicholls and Frank Hancock are included, while Maurice Turnbull is in from between the Wars, and Rex Willis, Cliff Morgan, Jack Matthews and Bleddyn Williams are included from the immediate post-War period.
Barry John, Gareth Edwards and Gerald Davies represent the 1960s and 1970s, Alan Phillips, Gerald Cordle, Terry Holmes and Mark Ring are included from the 1980s, while Rob Howley, Mike Rayer and Nigel Walker get the nod from the 1990s.
Into this millennium and Martyn Williams, Dai Young and Jonah Lomu are included from the 2000s, while Sam Warburton, Tom James, Gethin Jenkins, Rey Lee-Lo, Josh Navidi and Lloyd Williams are in from the last decade.
There are also four legends of women’s rugby in Cardiff, with Nadine Griffiths, Rafiuke Taylor, Gemma Hallett and Philippa Tuttiett honoured on the wall.
Finally, there are nods to Cardiff Rugby trophy wins as Mike Hall and Steve Ford celebrate the 1994 SWALEC Cup, Paul Tito holds the 2009 EDF Energy Cup, Ma’ama Molitika and Xavier Rush win the 2010 Amlin Challenge Cup and Taufa’ao Filise lifts the 2018 European Challenge Cup.
Of course there are a number of deserving names who miss out with Rhys Gabe, PL Jones, John Scott, Bob Norster, Nicky and Jamie Robinson, and Ben Blair amongst others not included, but the wall is not unlimited length in order to acknowledge every legend who has run out at the Arms Park.
The wall will also include the names of supporters who have supported the club financially over the last year by donating season ticket money to Cardiff Rugby when the 2019/20 season was cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.