We would like to remind customers to check on our site before bidding on items on eBay, recently people have been paying way over the odds on second hand figures when you can have them shiny and new from us for a better price! Give us a ring if in doubt!
A big (belated) thanks goes to Rob over at the fan page http://thegroggblog.blogspot.co.uk/ for our early 50th Anniversary gift. This piece is unique and handbuilt by Richard & John around the late 70's, which we used in a principality or bank display. It's a great addition to our museum just in time for our big celebration!
Nigel Owens Red Card Unique Grogg
in aid of the Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust
Final bid £475 Thank you!
Welsh Rugby Writers Association
Richard was privileged to become an honorary life member of the Welsh Rugby Writers Association at their 40th Anniversary dinner this week. Further details on the night to follow.
The Grogg Blog Exclusive Interview
Richard gives fans and collectors an insight into past and present life at the Groggshop for fan page The Grogg Blog. We hope everyone enjoys reading it and seeing some rare and never seen before Groggs as much as Richard did putting it together. A big thanks to Rob Van Der Steen for the idea. Here's a sneak peek at some photo's and quotes from the interview.
'I’d like to quite simply thank you all. In my opinion, an artist can receive no greater compliment than someone buying their work.' - Richard thanks our collectors.
'I had vague notions of becoming the next David Attenborough but when you’re in an environment as exciting as the Grogg Shop it was an easy decision to make.' - Richard on deciding his future at the shop.
Paul James 7.8.14
We were delighted to receive a gift from Wales & Bath super prop Paul James when he dropped in to collect his players editions of his new Grogg. Paul presented us with his match worn shirt from Wales' momentous 2nd test against South Africa this summer. It is also our first 'All Red' Under Armour shirt and is now proudly displayed in a prominent position in the shop - Thanks again Paul!
Unique Gethin Jenkins Grogg Auction in aid of
The Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust
This is the only figure painted in the fully logoed strip worn by Gethin on the day he broke the Welsh Cap Record. This singular Grogg also incorporates the inscription:
‘Wales 51 Scotland 3
All proceeds going to The Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust http://www.wrct.org.uk/
Final Bid £900 - Thank you!
Richard presenting Leigh with the first ever Golden Grogg Award for Outstanding Achievement!
It was great to see Leigh & Jess, here's Leigh with the Brand New Merci Beaucoup Limited Edition!
World Of Groggs Special Announcement –
An exclusive opportunity to acquire this unique Grogg of Wales and British & Irish Lion Captain Sam Warburton, the proceeds from which will be going to the Rhian Griffiths Charity fund at Velindre. As our collectors know these unique pieces rarely appear so hopefully we can raise both awareness and funds for this deserving cause. The figure is painted in the full Admiral strip and features the Rhian Griffiths ‘Forget Me Not flower’ logo on Sam’s shirt. It is also signed by Wales’ super captain!
Words from Wayne Griffiths the Charities founder - “Sam Warburton at the Vale Hotel on the 4th February, just after he signed the unique exclusive Grogg of himself as made and kindly donated by Richard Hughes of the Grogg Shop Pontypridd (the emblem for Rhian Griffiths’ Charity Fund at Velindre Cancer Centre, the Forget-Me-Not Flower is emblazoned on the shirt). Sam is a hard working supporter of fundraising for Velindre Cancer Centre for which everyone at the Centre is so grateful. Grateful thanks is also owed to Richard and his family at the Grogg Shop for allowing this to be auctioned online and bids are now accepted for the Grogg. A certificate of authenticity will accompany the Grogg together with a framed photograph of Sam Warburton with the Grogg and the Grogg is signed, not only by Sam but also authenticated through signature by Richard Hughes as well”.
FINAL Bid - £1000 - Thank you!
Richard Hibbard - Iron Man 2013
Following in the illustrious footsteps of Leigh Halfpenny, Ospreys, Wales and Lions super hooker Richard Hibbard becomes the second player in history to receive our 'Iron Man Grogg Award'. Richard's crunching hits and rampaging drives made him the obvious choice for the year 2013. Fingers crossed he continues in his great form and good luck to the Wales team in the defense of their Six Nations title!
Gareth was recently presented with his Players Edition Real Madrid Grogg, all the best at the Club Gareth. With thanks to Les Miles.
Just a quick thank you to all our collectors and Grogg fans for all your patience and support this year. Many thanks to our Grogg team, moulders, grinders and painters for your sterling work and last but not least to our boys in red for your amazing feats on the field, which kept us going through what has been a challenging 12 months. I personally cannot wait to see what 2014 will bring – New Groggs for one!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,
World Of Groggs
The shape of things to come!
1st November - After the shave!
Richard and Simon are taking part in this years Movember campaign, raising money for Men's health - Prostate Cancer, Testicular Cancer + Mental Health. Together they have formed Team Grogg and would be appreciative of any kind of donation towards this campaign. You can help by donating either at this link https://www.movember.com/uk/donate/payment/team_id/1040573 or in the box at the shop. Make sure you check out their progress on Facebook, Twitter or at the shop! Team page can be viewed here http://uk.movember.com/team/1040573 .
Sam Warburton 30.10.13
British & Irish Lions and Wales Captain Sam Warburton took time from his busy schedule yesterday to pay us a visit and collect his Lions Grogg. Sam was delighted with the result! Good luck for the forthcoming Internationals to Sam and the boys!
Hibbard & Faletau
It was great to get a visit from Toby and Richard after their succesful Lions tour of Australia. Both coming to the shop to collect their Limited Edition Groggs. All the best for the new season boys!
World Of Groggs - Special Exhibition!
Just before Pontypridd, Wales and Lions legend Neil Jenkins left for Australia in his capacity as Lions Kicking Coach he found the time to loan us a small portion of his own remarkable memorabilia collection ie. his Groggs! Illustrating Neil’s long and successful career this temporary exhibition offers a fascinating review of the development of the Grogg figure over the last 23 years. Spanning the transition from stoneware clay figures to the more detailed cold cast resin Limited Edition, try not to miss this special insight into one of the Groggshop's most loved subjects.
Two Lions loose in the Groggshop!
Soon to be joining the shelves themselves, Wales' Championship Winners, Justin Tipuric & Richard Hibbard.
Richard checks out his Groggs progress and is happy with the work so far!
Justin Tipuric signs in at the Wall of Fame
Ryan Jones Testimoinal Grogg
Please click here for further details on the special Welsh Guards Limited Edition Grogg made for his Testimonial year.
Photo courtesy of Ben Evans @ Welsh Picture Agency
We love this quote from the man himself - 'World of Groggs hold a special place in the hearts of everyone who loves Welsh rugby and have become as familiar and as much loved as the Pontypool front row or the sight of Neil Jenkins slotting a kick between the posts, so it’s always something special to be told that they are making a figure of you. It’s happened a few times for me now, and the novelty and excitement never wears off!'
Richard Hibbard Friday 15th March
Ospreys & Wales super Hooker Richard Hibbard paid us a call on the eve of the big game to sign in and have his photos taken for his up & coming Grogg!
Wales 6 Nations Champions 2013
To celebrate Wales' unforgetable win over England at the weekend, we recreated the moment at the Millennium Stadium by turning the lights off and launching streamers! To see how we are celebrating this historic win go to Richard's Grogg Blogg.
Daily Mail Article 13.3.2013
It was a great suprise to see this 1978 JPR Grogg made by Richard featuring in today's Daily Mail. Photo by http://www.welshrugbypics.co.uk/
For the article see here http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/rugbyunion/article-2292320/Six-Nations-2013-JPR-Williams-says-Wales-ruin-Englands-Grand-Slam-chances.html#comments
Around Town RCT March Edition
We are currently featuring in the March to May edition of Around Town RCT magazine, check this link or pick up your copy in the shop to read Richard's interview.
Sam's Coat 16.10.2012
We recently won a Twitter auction run by Sam's Dad Jez, for Sam's World Cup Coat that he wore after his red card against France. We bid £400 for the coat and the money has gone to Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action. Now the tricky task of finding the best spot for this piece of history among our collection. More details here http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/need-to-read/2012/10/15/the-groggshop-snaps-up-sam-warburton-s-world-cup-coat-91466-32035483/
Donation's to Jo's cause here http://www.justgiving.com/Jo-Mcguigan
Ironman Leigh 20.9.2012
Leigh Halfpenny receiving our inaugural 'Man of Iron' Award for the Grand Slam season 2012. Leigh beat off some fierce competition but in the end his amazing head first tackle on David Strettle was the clincher!
Rhys Priestland 13.9.2012
Rhys popped in to the shop yesterday to collect his Brand New Grogg!
Jon & Sam 23.5.2012
It was great to see two of our Grand Slam Heroes yesterday prior to Wales' trip to Australia. Scarlets super centre Jon 'Fox' Davies called in to collect his unique players strips which included (l-r) Wales World Cup, Scarlets and Wales Grand Slam strips. Foxy was delighted with his figures and presented us with his shirt from Wales' win in Murrayfield in 2011 - Many thanks again Jon and good luck down under! Later in the day 'Super Sam' himself arrived for a closer look at the double trophy Grogg of our Captain Fantastic. It was great to see Sam looking fit, well and busting to get on the plane to Australia. Good luck to all the boys taking part on the tour - we can't wait to see them play again!
Richard receives Jon's Welsh shirt and would have liked his t-shirt as well!
Sam and his commemorative Grogg at the Wall of Fame.
World Of Groggs Statement to Collectors
Due to the increased pressure involved in making the remaining Grand Slam figures we unfortunately will have to rein in producing commemorative pieces of players in low numbers. As our collectors are aware we have a very limited capacity and our painters will be under considerable pressure to produce what we are currently making. This has and will continue to be our policy as keeping our product hand crafted and made in Wales is our priority. We are a small family team and we would ask our collectors to remember how much work goes into every Grogg made. In the meantime we would like to thank you for your patience and hope you appreciate what we are trying to achieve here at the World Of Groggs.
A few shop announcements..
Closed 10th August
Richard's lucky shirt!
On the eve of the France game Groggshop favourite and Grand Slammer Ryan Jones paid us a visit and presented us with not only our first ever Golden Wales shirt but his No 18 shirt from the Wales Australia game this Autumn. As superstitious as I am I have never tried a players shirt but couldn't believe how small Ryan's was - so I did the unthinkable and put it on - suprise suprise it fit! I was so chuffed I took it home to watch the game on Saturday and who should come on to play a blinder in a No 18 shirt - Triple Grand Slammer Ryan - spooky. Needless to say the shirt is still at home. Thanks again Ryan!
Richard and Ryan
Dragons and Wales No 6 Dan Lydiate took time out of his busy training schedule today to collect his first Grogg and presented us with a Groggshop first - a Gwent Dragons shirt!
Many thanks again Dan and have a great day Saturday!
'Enter the Dragon' Richard and Dan with his historic shirt.
The Italian Captain was presented with his Grogg over the weekend in Cardiff and gave us a training jacket to add to the collection, thank you Sergio! Also a big thanks to Les Miles for the photo!
Richard explains how hard his job is!
Your Groggy Team, L-R John, Pamela, Cathy, Carly, Simon, Sophie, Gail, Richard and pack leader Sam.
Last week we had a team/family meal out, which we turned into the 'Official Groggy Rugby World Cup Awards', we all voted and wanted to share the results with you. Here's our winners...
Player of the Tournament : Sam Warburton
Most Improved : Jamie Roberts
Best Newcomer : Rhys Priestland
Unsung Hero : Huw Bennett
Best Try : Mike Phillips - Ireland
Best Team : Wales
Best Referee : Nigel Owens
Best Overseas Player : Richie McCaw
Christmas Late Night Openings
As of Wednesday 2nd Nov we will be open every Wednesday, until Christmas, 9am-7pm for late night shopping! We'll see you then.
World Of Groggs World Cup Announcement
In light of Wales’ amazing progress in the World Cup 2011 we have decided to make 9” figures of all the players who took part in the historic win over Ireland on Saturday. As you know we have already begun George North but will also be making : Huw Bennett, Luke Charteris, Dan Lydiate, Toby Faletau, Rhys Priestland and Jonathan Davies, as you are probably aware already available are Adam Jones, Gethin Jenkins, Alyn-Wyn Jones, Bradley Davies, Sam Warburton, Mike Phillips, Jamie Roberts, Shane Williams and Leigh Halfpenny. Obviously this is a huge undertaking and will take many months to complete, these pieces will not be available this side of Christmas and we must ask all our collectors to be very patient with us! To pre-order any of the above, email in with a telephone number on email@example.com .
New Leaflet & 'Your Grogg' Bookmark.
We have a brand new Poster Leaflet ready for Christmas and a new idea of Richards, the 'Your Grogg' Bookmark which comes with every Grogg bought. It explains a little on the work that has gone into each piece and makes a great page keeper! Get yours now by ordering online!
Log onto our FACEBOOK page to join in voting for how you think will win the RWC 2011!
For more regular updates on what's going on here at the Groggshop please 'Like' us on Facebook and 'Follow' us on Twitter - these are updated mostly daily.
Micky Steele-Bodger & Richard
Micky Steele-Bodger, President of the Barbarian Football Club paid us a visit this morning prior to Wales' game with the Barbarians on Saturday. Micky presented us with a signed Baa-Baa's shirt for our collection and signed in at the Wall Of Fame himself!
If you missed our appearance yesterday you can view it on S4C's Clic service using this link!
Sam presents Richard with his match worn Shirt from this years clash with France in Paris.
Sam joins the 'Grogg Gang'
In Safe Hands!
Sam with his story so far in Groggs from Whitchurch, Blues to Wales.
Customers may have seen our drive under heavy construction yesterday morning, but the good news is a day later and we're happy to unveil our brand new forecourt! Work was carried out by Topcoat 029 20 883688 and we were very impressed with the skill and little time it took. Now we just need you to come and try it out!
Reach for the Stars!
Blues and Wales Second Row Bradley Davies signs in at the Wall Of Fame.
Adam Jones 24.2.11
Wales and the Groggshop's favourite tighthead, paid us a surprise visit today with some special memorabilia for us - Our first 'Admiral' Wales shirt from the Wales V Australia Autumn Test. Adam is looking fit and assured us he'll be back soon!
'An Admiral Shirt'
Adam presents Richard with a Groggshop first.
Adam and his new 9" Action Limited Edition.
Paul and his 2010 Ltd Ed Grogg - Photo courtesy of Les Miles.
Happy New Year! No VAT Increase!
We hope you've all had a great Christmas and we wish you a Happy New Year. Some good news to welcome 2011 - we are not putting our prices up due to the VAT Increase, all prices will stay the same! Remember we re-open on Monday 3rd Jan 9am - 5pm, see you then!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our fans and collectors. We've had a great 2010 and are looking forward to a even better 2011, thanks for all your support we couldn't do it without you! We are now closed for the Christmas holidays until Monday 3rd Jan, any orders placed during this time will be dealt with on that date. Have a Groggy Christmas!
Our Christmas Cake!
Many thanks to Ros, our family friend and specialist cake maker for this amazing cake for John and the family! Note the MBE on the front and newspaper that read's John Hughes the Grogg Man receives MBE Congratulations'.
You can contact Ros on 01443 205422 for birthday cakes and wedding cakes.
Wales and Spurs superstar Gareth Bale paid us a surprise visit this morning 1.12.10 and in return for his Spurs and Wales Groggs, presented us with two match worn shirts, the Wales shirt being from the Bulgaria game in October. Needless to say we were over the moon! Thanks again Gareth.
Hello Old Friends and Congratulations!
It was great to see our old friends Raewyn and Graham Henry who called in to see us before flying off after their Grand Slam Tour of the UK. Saturdays game against Wales was Graham's 101st Test in charge of New Zealand and the win crowned what has been an amazing year for the former Wales Coach and the All Blacks.
It was great to catch up and reminisce about old times especially the 'Perfect Day' in Wembley '99! Thanks for the memories Graham & Raewyn.
More great Memorabilia
Ma'a Nonu sent us a thank you gift prior to the All Blacks Grand Slam win at the Millennium Stadium - his signed boots from the England Test in Twickenham - thanks again Ma'a!
Now showing at a Groggshop near you! A full set of Nonu's plus his boots complete with Twickers grass!
81 times capped All Black scrum half and Sky Sports presenter Justin Marshall called in for a quick look around in the week prior to the All Blacks final game and found time to sign our Wall Of Fame.
We were surprised and delighted to receive a flying visit from All Blacks star centre Ma'a Nonu today. Ma'a had already been presented with his New Zealand figure at the Hilton Hotel on Monday but was delighted to pick up his Barbarian (Blackheath sock) and Hurricane figures at the shop. Ma'a enjoyed his tour of the museum and studio signing the Wall Of Fame in time honoured fashion!
Another All Black Legend makes his mark. Joining Ian Jones, Grant Fox and Frank Bunce.
Ma'a checks out the museum.
We were blown away to be presented with a signed 'played in' pair of Ryan Giggs' boots this week. Ryan's Grandad Dennis was so pleased with his AON strip figure of Ryan that he sent us Ryan's boots complete with tufts of grass on the studs. Now on display in our new cabinet!
'Heels of Gold' (Spot the grass!)
John and the whole family made the journey last weekend to Buckingham Palace to receive his MBE from Prince Charles. Congratulations John! We would also like to thank our Collectors, who made us what we are today. Cheers!
Pamela, John and Richard at the Palace
Pamela, John and Cathy.
'Reach for the Stars'
All Blacks legend Ian Jones signs in!
Two of the All Black squad to play Wales on Saturday paid us a visit today to do some filming with New Zealand second row legend Ian Jones. Try scorer from the Irish test Anthony Boric and 43 times capped prop Neemia Tialata signed our Wall of Fame before rushing off to their training session.
More Groggshop improvements, getting ready for our 40th Anniversary (being in the shop!) in 2011.
Two new cabinets to help display our growing range of Limited Editions and our 'Groggy' Christmas tree!
Additions to the museum include our new 'Celebrities Squares' Wall.
Some great new shirts are now on display from left to right, Filo Tiatia's Classic All Blacks, Cory Harris' Warriors Away strip, Filo Tiatia's 2009 Ospreys, Dafydd Jones' Gold, signed, Wales Strip and our signed Help For Heroes shirt.
Shane Williams & His 'Career of Groggs'
Shane called in this morning to collect his unique set of his 'Career in Groggs'. Includes Amman Utd, Neath RFC, Wales, Ospreys, Lions and Barbarians.
Welsh Charitables John Dawes
An unusual and unique Grogg has been created to be auctioned on behalf of the Welsh Charitables Organisation on Friday 5th November at Llandovery RFC. The dinner is being held to honour London Welsh, Wales and Lions legend John Dawes in the presence of his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales. This figure is the only one of it's kind to be made in the Welsh Charitables own strip. Any Grogg collectors wishing to bid for it prior to the dinner can contact David Power at http://www.welshcharitablesrfc.com/ .
Congratulations to Matthew Rees on being chosen as Wales' Captain for next weeks Autumn International against Australia.
British Lions, Wales and Blues legend Martyn Williams called in today to collect two special pieces reserved for his Testimonial. Martyn was on his way to the Marriot Hotel, Grosvenor Square, London where the No 7 of 7 Bust in Barbarian Strip will be auctioned tonight.
"In the footsteps of the greats" - Martyn with his 'Man of the Match' Barbarians Bust.
The unique Bust in the Amlin Challenge Champions Strip will be on display at the Cardiff Blues ground until auctioned later this year.
Ryder Cup Grogg Found!
Richard recently rediscovered this photo of the unique figure he made of Sir Terry Matthews not long after the Celtic Manor was awarded the Ryder Cup.
Craig Bellamy signing in at the Wall Of Fame today after having his photos for his up and coming Grogg - 'This place is Rugby heaven' he said on arrival! Even though the figure has not been started yet, we are taking names and numbers if you are interested, email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Captains Climb Kilimanjaro 2010
Bob Norster & Ieuan Evans
Many thanks to Bob, Ieuan and Huw for visiting us before their Climb. Good luck to everyone who is making the trip up!
The World Of Groggs has decided to put this piece for sale to the public after much demand. We will be making a donation to Velindre, Stepping Stones Appeal from each piece sold. - All pieces now sold.
After months of hard work, this piece has finally been completed. It took ten hours for our head painter Sandra to complete!
Mount Groggmore Certificate
Anyone waiting for a Limited Edition Certificate for the Mount Groggmore it is now on it's way to you! These in their own right are Limited Edition pieces as they are designed and printed in house and of course there are only 45!
FILO TIATIA 5/7/2010
Double delight! Two great shirts!
Ospreys forwards coach and Magners Champion Filo Tiatia came to the shop on Monday morning to collect the missing piece in his set of Groggs. The Toyota Verblitz strip was difficult to track down but Filo eventually got some images for us to complete his career in Rugby Union. We were also able to add another with his Ospreys Magners Champions White Strip Grogg. Filo surprised us with two maginifcent contributions to our ever growing shirt collection. His No8 Ospreys Shirt from season 08-09 and a very unusual Classic All Blacks Shirt. Thanks again Filo - Keep your boots clean - that 100th appearance for the Ospreys might just happen!
Verblitz at last!
Gareth Bale 25.6.10
Spurs and Wales star left back Gareth Bale called in to sign our Wall of Fame and have his pictures taken for his forthcoming Grogg. Gareth will be only the second Tottenham Grogg ever made following in Paul Gascoignes footsteps.
Bob Dylan Bust
Richard's tribute to his favourite Dylan Album 'Blonde on Blonde' has finally been finished, mostly down to the persuasive efforts of Mr & Mrs Bodman. The 'Mask of Dylan' had been in a bag for a record breaking 2 years waiting to be finished and Richard eventually completed it in time for Mr Bodmans 60th Birthday!
Only 45 of these pieces will be produced reflecting next years 45th Anniversary of the releasing of this iconic album.
We are pleased to announce Mr John Hughes has been awarded an MBE as part of Her Majesty the Queen´s 2010 Birthday Honours List for services to the Ceramics Industry in Wales.
After John´s illness last year, it´s a huge boost for us as a family and the business. Well done John!
To celebrate the Ospreys Magners League Championship we will be launching only 10 Editions of every Ospreys player we currently make who played on Saturday in the White Kit with 'Magners League Champions 2010' on the back bases, this includes Adam, Goughy, Alun-Wyn, Tiatia, Hook, Shane, Byrne, Mike, Tommy, Jono T and Ryan. To be priced roughly at £150. Please let me know if you are seriously interested on email@example.com
'The Maestro meets the Mountain!'
Fittingly Gareth is the first player to see himself 'carved from stone' on Mount Groggmore. Gareth dropped in on his way to the Cardiff Institute for the Blind Launch in Sardis Road today.
Now the piece is finished we would like to finalise the orders, so if you are one of the lucky 44 (the 45th being donated to Velindre) can you please get in touch with us to confirm and arrange the payment.
'Secret' Project Revealed! 10.5.10
Things have been a little quiet on the Work In Progress front because Richard has been working on a new 'Secret' project. We can now let you know that another Mountain is involved. As most people are aware Huw Evans of Welsh Rugby Pics Fame is taking 15 ex Captains of Wales on the 'Brains Captains Climb' to conquer Mount Kilimanjaro in September. On behalf of the Stepping Stones Appeal, Velindre , the historic climb is raising funds for Lung Cancer Research. Having known Huw and being fans of his work for years we were delighted to be involved and are making a unique record of the event.
Instead of making just one figure at the summit - Richard thought it would be fun to make all the players participating including Huw at the peak taking a snap shot! What Richard didn't realise is that each figure would only be 6 cms high, making them the smallest Groggs in history. It's just as well he's just had his eyes tested and has some new glasses!
'With a little help from my friends' Huw gets his shot!
Limited Edition Update 10.5.2010
Miniature Lions Front Row Limited to 100 - 20 Left
New Website April 2010
for his speedy hard work that he's put into this site and getting it up and running quickly for us.
We are going to be introducing a few new things along the way like our 'Archive' section, which will illustrate all the sold out or no longer available figures seen in our museum. If you need any help with the new site or have any queries just drop me a email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Richard's Grogg Blogg Feb 2010
Richard begins his ascent of Mount Groggmore!
Well - here we go again, the Six Nations is upon us and the nerves are kicking in. It's at times like this I find it doubly hard to concentrate on work with customers getting excited about the forthcoming matches. It's just as well then that I have Mount Groggmore to keep me busy. As you know the votes are in and I have got to grips with the basic shape and size and I am now down to refining the features on some favourite subjects. In the end I think we have the best mix of old and new and I personally wouldn't argue with any of the choices. Many thanks again for everyone who voted - we had a great response. Gareth was the only certainty but JPR, Neil and Shane have definately earned their place in Rugby history. I do feel a little sad that there is no forward involved - but it's not our fault that the USA ran out of money whilst creating the original otherwise we could have had 5 or 6 more to choose from!
Anyway it's starting to come together and should look great in it's final stone finish. I'm toying with putting a scale model of myself in it to give it some perspective but you would need a microscope to even see me, so maybe not!
One more thing we would like to do as a tribute to our old friend Bill McLaren, is to incorporate on the back of each player a quote from the 'Voice of Rugby' referring to them. We already have the quote for Gareth and Neil but if you can help us with JPR and Shane we would be very grateful.
In the meantime the clock is ticking and kick off time is drawing near - good luck to the boys and everything crossed except my busy fingers!
Fresh from Irelands historic win over the World Champions, Ospreys Super winger called in to collect his 'players' set of unique Groggs. While here Tommy helped us out by choosing our competition winner.
A tricky choice for Tommy
A tough call Tommy finally went for Barry Frost's masterpiece with Dion Steven and Chris Buckley being placed second and third. Many thanks to all our entrants in what proved to be a fascinating challenge!
Thanks for all your entries, we've enjoyed them all!
Here's a selection for you to admire!
1st Place chosen by Tommy Bowe!
Jamie gets a eye full in a cold Cornwall, unfortunately they didn't manage to persuade Jamie to get his kit off! Picture by Barry Frost.
Titled 'Hunting Groggs in the Jarrah', the mascot Wallaby gets a direct hit from a traquilizer gun out in the Jarrah Forest, Western Australia. Picture by Dion Steven.
The mighty Pontypool Front Row visit rugby's founder William Webb Ellis grave, Menton, Cote D'Azur. Picture by Chris Buckley.
Shane visits the Overtoun Crags in Dumbarton and overlooks the River Clyde and Dumbarton Castle. Bet he had fun running down there! Picture by Owain Williams.
Gethin judging at the Talybont Agriculture & Horticulture Show in Ceredigion recently. Picture by Janet Fry.
Groggy Sheep spying on the New Zealand Rugby Union Headquaters for some top secret information! Still waiting though! Picture by Denise Evans.
'A Scary Pair' As always Lee Byrne is still red hot on and off the pitch as he cosies up to a firey Pumpkin! Picture by Sian Jenkins.
Gareth gets a full tour of the Dubai Sevens Rugby ground where Wales recently won the 7's World Cup. Largest Grogg unleashed yet! Picture by David & Daniel Pearce.
Sheepy trying his hardest to get a bit of colour down under stops at the Tropic of Capricorn for a photo op. Picture by Lisa Evans.
Jiffy takes on Phil, Gareth and JPR on the karaoke in a Cardiff nightclub, but who won? Picture by Jonathan Fry.
Dan Carter & Richie McCaw
Many thanks to our old friend Les Miles for these great pictures of Dan Carter and Richie McCaw being presented with a pair of our 45th Anniversary Retro T-Shirts at the Hilton before the Wales game. The boys also signed a white New Zealand training shirt and some Groggs for the musuem
Golden Boy! Daniel with his Uni style Grogg Shirt
Magnificent 7! Richie and his retro tee.
Ospreys, Wales and British and Irish Lions super tighthead and Groggshop favourite Adam Jones called in last week to collect his special 'One off' HSBZ Lions Figure and his Ltd Ed all Welsh Lions Front Row.
Best Wishes for a speedy recovery Adam - your country needs you!
Richard's Grogg Blogg October 2009
I think it's safe to mention Christmas now - so as usual we would like to warn everyone to order early to avoid disappointment - especially with some of the unusual strips and low Limited Editions we are launching for the festive season.
In particular the new Mini Front Row in Lions Strip limited to only 100 pieces. As you can imagine the hand painted badges on these figures are extremely complicated, but we feel that Adam, Matthew and Gethin's achievement being the first all Welsh Lions Test Front Row since 1955, deserves every brushstroke!
Just in time for the Autumn Internationals I have finished two new Mini's in Blues, Wales and Lions ace Jamie Roberts and
complete with his headgear Ospreys, Wales and Lions second row Alun-Wyn Jones. With th exciting first leg of the European Cup over, check out our new look regional strips . All the Welsh regions did well and I can't wait for the next batch of fixtures in December. Some unusual new additions to our Limited Editions range of Soccer figures are the 16" "Cantona Noir" being only 7 pieces painted in the infamous Manchester United black strip. Also Michael Owen in Manchester's current strip limited to only 50 pieces is now available to order through the shop. Seven of the eleven unique 14" Ryan Giggs strips have been spoken for and a special warning must go out for the Gareth Edwards Barbarian Try which has only 4 editions left before the 300 limit is reached and the mould is destroyed!
I have almost finished Ospreys, Lions and Grand Slam Irish star Tommy Bowe and I will just have time to add two long overdue editions to our collection before Christmas - namely a new 9" Ryan Giggs (circa 2009) and for our veteran collectors, a 6" Llanelli and Wales No8 Derek Quinnell. I have also started Martyn Williams' much awaited Testimonial piece which will not be ready until the New Year. Seven of these complicated Action figures, showing Martyn breaching the French line before scoring to seal the Grand Slam in 2008, will be painted in unique strips for Martyn and Limited Editions in Wales strip will be available to collectors.
Finally the Mervyn Davies Bust which has been made for a special series of Dinners to honour Wales' Grand Slam Captain of 1976 is now available to order.
Cheers for now and have a Groggy Christmas!
Scarlets, Wales and British Lions super hooker Matthew Rees called in to check out his new Mini Lions Front Row and collect his special HSBC Lions Grogg.
Wales Player of the Year
Gethin Jenkins called in yesterday to finally catch up with his 'Man of the Match' award for the England - Wales game in February. He also collected his HSBC Lions Figure and suprised us with a signed training shirt complete with his embroidered monogram - Thanks again Gethin and get fit soon!
Double trouble - Gethins special Groggs
Suprise - another great shirt for our collection!
Looking for Eric!
Many thanks to Melanie and Richard Andrews for this great picture of star of field and big screen Eric Cantona. The French enigma was appearing at the premier of Ken Loach's film 'Looking for Eric' in Bath and Melanie had the foresight to take along her beloved Grogg which he duly signed!
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Blues, Wales and Lions No 8 Andy Powell called in at the Groggshop on Saturday to collect his 'Players only' Lions figure. Andy assured us that the goatee will be back before long!
Ian Gough & Alun-Wyn Jones
Wales and Ospreys powerhouse second row unit arrived in tandem on Saturday to collect their respective Groggs. Goughie's patience has finally paid off and he was delighted with his new 9" Limited Edition Grogg, as was his club and Grand Slam buddy Alun-Wyn Jones who was also presented with his special 'HSBC' Lions Grogg.
Alun-Wyn checks Goughie's profile!
Ospreys, Wales and British Lions tighthead Adam Jones was also pleasantly surprised at Abercrave RFC during his tribute night recently, when he was presented with a special Abercrave RFC figure - Best wishes for a speedy recovery Adam!
Many thanks to Steve Phillips of the South Wales Evening Post for the great picture!
Jamie popped in this week to receive his Limited Edition Groggs!
Richard's Grogg Blogg July 2009
Well the Lions Tour is over for another 4 years and the new domestic season is almost upon us. Congratulations to all the Welsh Lions - they did us proud and quite a few had a truely remarkable tour. As to the result - I think we were very unlucky not to get at least a drawn series - if there had been a fourth test like the old tours I'm sure it would have happened.
Special mention must go to Lions Player of the Tour Jamie Roberts and we have made a special figure for Jamie celebrating this event - we can't wait to present it to him! Also many thanks to an old friend and Lions legend Neil Jenkins for a special 50th Birthday present - a signed training shirt from the tour - I think this is going up in my studio!
We have finally decided to part with the unique Bridgend V New Zealand JPR Williams Bust making it available for public auction. All the proceeds from this first ever Groggshop Auction will go to JPR's charity namely - Spinal Research, so we hope it does well. As I have explained to many collectors we thought it was time Grogg fans got a chance at owning some of these very special pieces, so fingers crossed! We will let the auction run to the end of September and bids can be made by email or directly in the shop. There will be a running total online so everyone can see whats happening http://www.groggs.co.uk/page.charities .
On the new Grogg front I have been busy trying to finish the 15" Ryan Giggs but have also decided to finish our old buddy Goughie. Goughie has been very paitent and his 9" Limited Edition should be ready in a couple of weeks - fingers crossed. A bust of Mervyn Davies has to be ready in time for a function being held in his honour in November. 38 of these pieces will be made in Welsh strip, 8 in Lions and some unique pieces in London Welsh, Swansea and Barbarian strips. Anyone interested in these needs to get in touch ASAP to reserve numbers.
Amongst all this I will hopefully be starting some new figures in time for Christmas, only 23 weeks away! A mini Jamie Roberts and finally the long awaited Del Boy Grogg. We did also think a Mini Lions Front Row featuring Gethin, Matthew and Adam is richly deserved - please let us know if you agree as it could swing the decision.
Well back to the clay face,
Cheers for now,
Pleased as punch
Richard sees there are some benefits to getting old!
Richard's Grogg Blogg June 2009
We are all quietly ticking along here at the shop, enjoying the weather and the rugby. Well done to the new look Wales team in Canada, tough team to beat in their own back yard and nice comments on 'our Neil's coaching from Man of the Match Dan Biggar. Lions looked a bit shaky but all the Welsh boys did really well especially our hero from Tondu, Lee Byrne - great game! On the new Grogg front Mini collectors will be pleased to hear that Andy Powell will be ready very soon as he has been fired and moulded. In the Limited Edition range Jamie Roberts is needing some last minute detail ready to join his Lions pals in our new Lions 2009 Collection. Sadly we didn't get to see Leigh Halfpenny for his pics but I will probably start
him next anyway. We will obviously be adding Hooky to our Lions range also so watch this space, Lions 2009 Collection .
The new Ryan Giggs figure is coming along and I have received some help on the 11 unique strips illustrating Ryans long service at Manchester United. Many thanks to our great friend and Grogg fan Jeff Thomas for his research and print-out of all the Man U strips Ryan has played in - I think the Newton Heath one in particular will look great.
Latest news on the Bust of JPR in Bridgend strip, is that it will be auctioned online and at the shop with all the proceeds going to JPR's Spinal Research Charity - an announcement will be made soon on how bids can be made. Great news also from the 'Help the Heroes' figures of Lawrence Dallaglio and Scott Gibbs which were auctioned recently. They did very well raising £600 and £450 respectively, which in this current climate is excellent - Thanks again to Geryn Jones for his involvement. Well that's all my poor brain can think of for now - the next time I update this I'll be 50 years old, so look out for a special announcement!
"Mentioned in dispatches!"
Some press clippings, old and new.
Cliff Morgan, Sunday Times, May 31st 2009
The Wales and British Lions legend is shown at home with his Limited Edition Action figure made by Richard in 1998. It was commissioned by the Wooden Spoon Society, for a special presentation honouring Cliff's long and illustrious career in rugby and broadcasting.
Brian & Nigel Clough, Daily Mail, January 2009
Nigel Clough shown here with his famous father and his 'Starfacts Player of the Month Award' made by Richard in the late 80's. This portrait was unique and was one of the series made including John Barnes, Paul Gascoigne and Peter Shilton.
John, Carly and Michael Jackson! Western Mail, 1992
Carly, aged 6, holds aloft the first Michael Jackson Grogg made by Richard in 1992 which was presented to him after his concert in the Cardiff Arms Park. Although no picture of the presentation was taken, Michael sent his personal camera man to the Groggshop to film where it had been made! Carly has recently re-acquired one of these very rare figures for our museum, being one of only 22 made this is quite a coup!
Richard's Grogg Blogg April 22nd 2009
Firstly congratulations to all the Welsh boys on being selected to tour with the Lions this summer
in South Africa - especially the first timers. In Groggshop tradition we hope to present all the boys with figures of themselves in their Lion's strip which of course will mean us making another new Limited Edition in Leigh Halfpenny. Leigh has been in outstanding form this year and thoroughly
deserves his Lion's selection. Busy as he is we will hope to coax him up to have his photos taken
before they fly off to Africa! As you have probably seen on Work in Progress I have started the 15' Limited Edition Ryan Giggs
which is being made to commemorate him breaking Bobbie Charlton's all time appearances record for
Manchester United. It is also being designed as a companion piece to the Limited Edition George Best but (unlike George) will only be Limited to 100 pieces. We do plan on making a few unique strip within that limit which will be available later including 11 pieces in Wales strip. On the 9" front work on Jamie Roberts and Goughie is ongoing but the first Brian O'Driscoll with the Six
Nations trophy will be painted later this week. The hard work then starts in catching up with the orders. I hope everyone is as understanding as usual as the painting on each of these pieces will be very complicated. In the same vein the double mascot Springbok v Lions is finished but will be a while coming through - again your patience would be greatly appreciated!
On the Ospreys front we were delighted to see Filo Tia Tia back in the shop after his visit with Scrum Five in December 2008. We had finally got round to painting Filo's set of club strips which included Wellington Lions and
the Hurricanes. Filo was delighted with his full set and it was lovely to meet some of his family who enjoyed their tour of the museum and studio.
News of the special JPR bust depicting the infamous New Zealand v Bridgend stamping incident is iminent. Including all the blood and gore involved this is sure to be a fantastic piece - a decision about it's destiny has yet to be
made so watch this space.
This Blogg will be updated on a regualar basis to keep you in touch with our plans and any future unique items and low numbered Limited Editions.
In the meantime,
Fresh from his close encounter in Paris, Blues and Wales No8 Andy Powell called in to collect his Limited Edition Action Grogg. Don't worry Grogg fans - he's promised to grow his beard back!
JPR or Bust!
Picture courtesy of the Huw Evans Picture Agency
Wales' legendary Full back JPR Williams came to the Groggshop on Friday the 27th of February to unveil his 60th Birthday Bust. JPR, an old friend of the World Of Groggs, was delighted with the finished piece and is looking foward to seeing the unique strips, including the Bridgend (post John Ashworth) Bust! We were also delighted to receive on loan two of JPR's own collection of vintage Groggs which are now on display in our museum.
Created to commemorate the 60th Birthday of Wales' legendary Fullback JPR Williams this new addition to our collection of Limited Edition Busts is now available to order here
Picture courtesy of the Huw Evans Picture Agency
On Friday 27th February Wales' Grand Slam Captain Mervyn Davies also paid us a visit just in time to check out the progress on a Bust being created for a series of functions planned in his honour later this year. The experience proved invaluable for Richard who rarely gets chance to work from life!
Gethin Jenkins World Of Groggs Man of the Match
Although delighted with the result of the England Wales game we were a little confused by the Man of the Match award. Taking nothing away from Mr Worsley's preformance we did think however the Man of the Match by a country mile was our own son of Pontypridd Gethin Jenkins. In true Groggshop fashion we decided to so something about it and have made a special one off figure with a unique inscription commemorating the game, to present to Gethin. This is a World Of Groggs first but any further anomalies will be addressed in a similar fashion!
Daniel Gets Carter!
Merci Beaucoup to Bertrand Guillemin, Canal + Jour De Rugby sports presenter and Grogg fan for these great pictures of Dan Carter with his Grogg. Dan was presented with his figure after the Perpignan V Castres game on the 23rd of December 2008 at the stadium Aimé Giral.
The worst kept secret in Wales was finally revealed last week when Ospreys and New Zealand star no 8 Filo Tiatia was presented with his Limited Edition Groggs at the shop during filming for the Scrum V Christmas Special. The episode goes out on Sunday the 21st of December so keep your eyes peeled for some Groggy Christmas magic!
Unfortunately due to the Christmas rush figures will not be available before Christmas but please feel free to ring for details of the strips available.
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