REVIEW: A Welshman in Halifax: Garfield Owen – rugby footballer, by Andrew Hardcastle

A Welshman in Halifax, by Andrew Hardcastle

A Welshman in Halifax, by Andrew Hardcastle

It is a measure of Garfield Owen’s quality and profile as a rugby union player in the 1950s that his signing of a Halifax rugby league contract was televised live on the BBC’s Sportsview programme.

One of the most gifted full backs of his generation, Owen moved north from Newport and fell in love with West Yorkshire, where he still lives now. The title of his biography, A Welshman in Halifax, could not be more apt. [Read more…]

NEWS: Garfield Owen launches ‘A Welshman in Halifax’

Garfield Owen at the launch of 'A Welshman in Halifax'

Garfield Owen at the launch of 'A Welshman in Halifax'

Welsh rugby great Garfield Owen has launched his authorised biography, A Welshman in Halifax, during a function at Halifax’s Shay Stadium.

Full back Owen played rugby union for Newport and won six caps for Wales in 1955-56 before switching to Halifax.

A Welshman in Halifax, by Andrew Hardcastle

A Welshman in Halifax, by Andrew Hardcastle

Owen signed his rugby league contract live on the BBC’s ‘Sportsview’ programme and stayed with Halifax for five years. He later joined Keighley as a player coach, before retiring in 1965.

Author Andrew Hardcastle produced A Welshman in Halifax in conjunction with Owen, detailing his early life in South Wales through to his present day fundraising for research into Parkinson’s disease.

The book is published by London League Publications and is available to buy now. We hope to review the title soon on Rugby League Books.