REVIEW: 20 Legends: Castleford Rugby League, by Phil Hodgson

20 Legends: Castleford Rugby League

20 Legends: Castleford Rugby League

We’ve all got them, locked away in the back of our mind somewhere.

Those misty-eyed memories from way back when, catching the rugby league bug and watching open-mouthed as our childhood heroes produced something in the heat of battle that we’d never even imagined.

Twenty Legends: Castleford Rugby League is a celebration of a group of players who’ve had that effect for generations of Tigers fans. [Read more…]

NEWS: Heroes turn out for launch of new Castleford book


Castleford legend Dennis Hartley

Castleford legend Dennis Hartley

News reaches Rugby League Books of the launch of Phil Hodgson’s latest book 20 Legends: Castleford Rugby League.

The event, which took place in Bridge Arts Centre in Castleford, attracted a mix of current and former Tigers heroes.

Karl Waddicor, of publishers Vertical Editions, said: “It turned out to be a superb event, with nine of the 20 legends covered in the book turning up to meet fans.”

Author Phil Hodgson promised plenty of “talking points” during an interview with Rugby League Books.

And his selections are bound to get fans arguing about Castleford’s greatest ever players.

Castleford legends

Castleford legends - Back row (from left to right): author Phil Hodgson, Ryan McGoldrick, Graham Steadman, Dennis Hartley, Kevin Beardmore, Brett Ferres. Front row (from l to r): Keith Hepworth, Roger Millward, Alan Hardisty, John Sheridan

Castleford legends

Castleford legends - Back row (from left to right): Dennis Hartley, Ryan McGoldrick, author Phil Hodgson, Brett Ferres. Front row (from l to r): John Joyner, John Sheridan, Mal Reilly

NEWS: “Talking points” promised in new Castleford rugby league legends book

20 Legends: Castleford Rugby League

Phil Hodgson's latest book, '20 Legends: Castleford Rugby League', is due out in March 2011

Rugby league author and journalist Phil Hodgson admits he won’t please everybody with his new book 20 Legends: Castleford Rugby League.

Hodgson told Rugby League Books: “Picking out 20 of Castleford’s finest ever players was a difficult task. I’m sure there’ll be a couple of talking points about who I’ve selected and who’s not in there.”

The new release is scheduled to hit British bookshops on March 12, 20111.

It will be Hodgson’s fourth title with publishers Vertical Editions, following on from Headingley Heroes, Odsal Odysseys: The History of Bradford Rugby League and High Ambitions.

“The idea came from Karl Waddicor at Vertical, but it’s just the type of book I enjoy doing,” said Hodgson. “I like doing a bit of research, pottering away in the library and pulling things together.

“I live near Castleford and they’re a well-known club throughout rugby league who’ve had plenty of fine players over the years. It was just a case of rooting through old records, newspapers and talking to players. I spoke to a lot of people who have been involved with the club for a long time, and that really gave me something to go on.”

Now Hodgson is eagerly awaiting his first glimpse of the finished product.

He said: “The final manuscript went in December. I’m looking forward to reading it because there’s a lot in there I’ll have forgotten about by the time it comes out!”

20 Legends: Castleford Rugby League’, by Phil Hodgson, is released on March 12, 2011. ISBN 978-1904091400, published by Vertical Editions. It is available to order here.