REVIEW: The Warrior: Jeff Grayshon MBE, by Maurice Bamford

The Warrior: Jeff Grayshon MBE, by Maurice Bamford

The Warrior: Jeff Grayshon MBE, by Maurice Bamford

Only a select group of British rugby league personalities have been recognised with an honour from the Queen.

The Warrior: Jeff Grayshon MBE tells the tale of how a Yorkshire lad rose from Batley High School to Buckingham Palace, stopping off at Dewsbury, Cronulla, Bradford, Leeds, Featherstone and Batley on the way.

During a remarkable career that eventually came to an end at the unbelievable age of 45 – at least 10 years more than most of today’s rugby league players manage – Grayshon established a reputation as a powerful forward who could split the tightest of defences with his exemplary distribution. [Read more…]

NEWS: Jeff Grayshon biography set for release

Publishers Vertical Editions have confirmed plans to release The Warrior: Jeff Grayshon MBE in March 2011.

Rugby league author Maurice Bamford has produced the biography of Grayshon, a former Dewsbury, Bradford, Leeds, Featherstone and Great Britain forward.

It will be Vertical Editions’ second rugby league release of 2011, coming on the same day as 20 Legends: Castleford Rugby League is also due to hit the shops.

Grayshon famously played professional rugby league beyond his 45th birthday. He went on to make the switch into coaching, before resigning as Batley boss in July 1996.

During an illustrious career, Grayshon earned 13 GB caps and enjoyed a brief spell with Sydney club Cronulla.

He won back-to-back titles with Bradford, having earlier been a young star in Dewsbury’s famous 1973 Championship Final victory against Leeds.

When he did finally hang up his boots, Grayshon had accumulated 776 professional appearances – putting him fourth on the sport’s all time list behind only Jim Sullivan, Gus Risman and Neil Fox.

As ever, Rugby League Books will be among the first to review The Warrior: Jeff Grayshon MBE.