British and Irish Lions Shirt Signed By The 1974 Invincibles

The Auction of A Unique Item of Rugby Union Memorabilia

In July 2013, at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia, the British and Irish Lions won the final test 41-16 to secure the series 2-1.  I was there wearing my Lions shirt which my wife had bought for me for my birthday.  It was one of the most amazing days of my life.

Tom David and Greg Fears with the signed British Lions Rugby Shirt

Earlier this year I met Tommy David, a Wales and British Lions legend and one of the most generous and kind hearted men I have ever had the pleasure to meet.  I mentioned the local charity Touch Trust and he was keen to help in some way.  We talked about the forthcoming reunion of the Invincibles, the British and Irish Lions team of 34 players that travelled to South Africa in 1974 where they won 21 and controversially drew 1 in a brutal tour lasting over 2 months.  Undefeated, they are remembered as one of the greatest rugby sides of all time.

In June 2014, in an event organised by the Wooden Spoon charity, they reunited for the first time in Belfast and Dublin.  Tom was joined by other legends including Gareth Edwards, Phil Bennett and Willie-John McBride.  Kindly, Tom took along the British Lions shirt that I had worn at the final series winning test in Australia and had it signed by the whole squad.  On his return, Tom even took the shirt to Bobby Winsor to sign as Bobby had not been able to make the trip over to Ireland.  To help promote the shirt, Tom even had his photo taken with my son, Greg, in my studio.  Greg is proudly wearing the signed shirt.

The shirt is also signed by Syd Millar, Mike Gibson, Andy Irvine, Roger Uttley, JPR Williams, Dick Milliken, Alan Old, John Moloney, Fergus Slattery, Ken Kennedy, Chris Ralston, Tony Neary, Billy Steele, Fran Cotton, Tom Grace, Stewart McKinney, Alan Morley and JJ Williams.

That shirt, the same one that I had worn at that famous 2013 British Lions series winning test in Sydney and now signed by the players of one of the greatest rugby union teams of all time, is now framed and up for auction to raise money for the amazing charity Touch Trust.

Touch Trust, based in the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay, provides incredible support for individuals with learning difficulties, those affected by autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), complex needs, behaviours which challenge, and other vulnerable groups in the community.

We are thrilled to announce that the shirt raised £850!  Thanks to everyone who took part.

For any specific information please email me at paul@paulfearsphoto.co.uk.

 

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