Byline: Brian Dick
Going into the 1980 Five Nations England had not won a Grand Slam since 1957 and could only claim the 1963 title and a one-fifth share in 1973 as reward for more than two decades of struggle.
That all changed as the 1980s dawned and Bill Beaumont famously led the Red Rose to four wins from four matches and that elusive Slam.
Ireland were England's first opponents that year and, having come in as a late replacement as Beaumont's second row partner, former Moseley man Nigel Horton was making his 20th appearance for his country.
The match kicked off and fullback Dusty Hare put the hosts 3-0 up in the seventh minute but Ireland came fighting back.
Ollie Campbell responded with three of his own in a six minute spell to make it 9-3 with just 13 …