REVIEW: The Official Super League Annual 2012, by Neil Barraclough

The Official Super League Annual 2012

The Official Super League Annual 2012

This review, by Tony Hannan, first appeared in the November 2011 issue of Forty-20 magazine.

For decades young British football fans have had a guaranteed inclusion on their Christmas list: the Shoot Annual. Finally, rugby league has its own.

Attention rugby league fans with dustbin lids! Along with the selection box and lump of coal this year, why not find room in Santa’s stocking for the Official Super League Annual? [Read more…]

REVIEW: The King of Brilliance: James Lomas – A Rugby League Superstar, by Graham Morris

The King of Brilliance

The King of Brilliance, by Graham Morris

Rarely can a rugby league book have required such research and dedication, but in The King of Brilliance author Graham Morris has produced a work that is worthy of its subject – the early 20th century star James Lomas – as well as providing a remarkable insight into British rugby league before the first World War.

The King of Brilliance is a grand tome from the moment you set your eyes on the 272-page, nearly A4-sized hardback.

It’s the kind of book that is fitting of a man who captained the Northern Union team on its first tour of Australia and New Zealand back in 1910. Tales from that tour are outlined in Tom Mather’s Best In The Northern Union, another worthy historical title from London League Publications. [Read more…]