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Melting hearts with The Raging Bull !

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I had the joy of Phil Vickery in the studio with me this morning.

He is a local legend who has just quit rugby because of another neck injury. Despite being from Cornwall and ending his career with Wasps we love him here in Gloucestershire.

One of my radio highlights was an hour spent with Phil when he came back from the World Cup as a winner. The reaction from listeners that day was amazing. It was similar today...have a listen to him talking about his love for his family and Gloucestershire...dreams for the future...the magic moments of his career...and getting punched in the scrum!

If you have ever met the man, or simply enjoyed watching him play for Gloucester or England ...do leave a comment or email me cummings@bbc.co.uk.
Here are just a few of the comments about him from this Friday's show.

Yvonne from Gloucester still has a framed photo of Phil with her grandson when her grandson was in plaster after a rugby injury...he went down to meet some of the players...

Tom said that he thinks it's so important to remember that Phil is Gloucester's most capped player ever...what a great man and truly unique - being a man who has played in two world cup finals...Tom takes his hat off to Phil for playing through all the injuries he's had...what a legend.

Bob from Mitcheldean says that he would like to pass on his best to Phil...great player...he met Phil in the Highnam Garden Centre and shook his hand...Bob says that Phil's hand engulfed his!!! Lovely guy.

Dusty from Highnam says he lives just down the road from Phil...he went round to his house to get Phil's autograph on a recipe book for old spot pork... apparently Phil had a recipe in there...Dusty says it's sad to hear he'll no longer be playing and sends his best.

Glenys in Hucclecote says that everyone knows Vickery had his beginnings in Cornwall and finished his career at Wasps...but Phil is one of Gloucester's most loved adopted sons...please pass on all best wishes for the future and his good health.

Graham in Whitcombe says he can remember the applause that Phil got shortly after England won the world cup...he came on as a replacement with Trevor Woodman when Gloucester played Northampton and the noise was a memory he'll have for a long time.

Taken from http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/markcummings/2010/10/melting_hearts_with_the_raging.html

 

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