REVIEW: Gillette Rugby League Yearbook 2012-2013, by Tim Butcher and Daniel Spencer

How will you remember 2012?

The year of Super League’s ill-fated sponsorship deal with Eddie Stobart? Bradford’s dance with disaster? Or the season of booming TV viewers and ever-increasing attendances?

Whatever your memories, they’re all covered in the Gillette Rugby League Yearbook 2012-2013, League Publications’ exhaustive and indispensable guide to another summer of rugby league action from around the world.

Mick Potter, Kevin Sinfield, Scott Dureau, Sam Tomkins and Chris Hill are named as the five personalities of 2012, having all enjoyed seasons they are unlikely to forget.

A section of full-colour action photographs brings to life a detailed account of the year just gone, while at the back is the usual comprehensive collection of statistics that now put the Gillette Rugby League Yearbook up there alongside the old Rothmans Yearbooks from years gone by.

Every match across Super League, Championship and Championship One is covered, along with a list of every player to have featured in the history of Super League and a club-by-club breakdown of the 2012 season.

And at 320 pages there is surely enough to keep everyone going until the new season begins.

Get it on your Christmas list now.

 

The Gillette Rugby League Yearbook 2012-2013, by Tim Butcher and Daniel Spencer, is available now. ISBN 978-1901347265, published by League Publications. Buy now and save on the cover price.

REVIEW: Being John Stankevitch, by John Stankevitch

Being John Stankevitch

Being John Stankevitch

As a player, John Stankevitch was honest and tough. Being John Stankevitch is exactly the same.

Stankevitch wrote the book himself, sitting down after work every day for two months to complete what he labelled as “therapy” during an earlier interview with Rugby League Books.

When Stankevitch’s career came to a premature end aged just 25, it sent him on a downward spiral from which it took years to recover.

Details of contract negotiations, mounting debts and wrong decisions are all laid bare with brutal candour. [Read more…]

INTERVIEW: Former St Helens star spills all about Being John Stankevitch

Being John Stankevitch

Being John Stankevitch hits the shops this summer

John Stankevitch was only 25 when a serious shoulder injury forced his retirement from professional rugby league.

In this first installment of a two-part interview, the former St Helens and Widnes forward, who is now head coach at Rochdale Hornets, tells Rugby League Books about the ‘therapy’ he gained from writing his upcoming autobiography ‘Being John Stankevitch‘.

With 125 St Helens appearances under his belt, John Stankevitch never envisaged that a single tackle at Wigan would end his career in such juddering fashion.

Stankevitch was just 23 years old when he collided badly with Wigan’s Craig Smith in a Super League play-off back in 2003.

He went on to make 22 appearances for Widnes in 2005, but he never fully recovered from the devastating blow that left him with nerve damage in his left arm.

By August of that year, he’d called time on a promising career and was left to find his own way in the big, wide world.

Therapy

Now, nearly six years on, League Publications are preparing to release his autobiography Being John Stankevitch.

Rather than use a ghost-writer, Stankevitch opted to write the book himself. It was a process he now looks back on with great pride.

He said: “It was a bit of therapy really. It was good to sit down, have a look through time and consider what’s happened.

“It meant I could just go over things in my own mind, and come up with reasons why I did certain things.

“I was so low at points after retiring, I was almost panicking. I bought a bar after I finished playing at Widnes, which looking at it now was a ridiculous decision. Financially there was just nothing in it.

“There is no way I’d have made some of the decisions I made then if I’d have been in the frame of mind I’m in now.” [Read more…]