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.

FEATURE: Revealed – the top 10 rugby league books of 2010

Rugby League Books has been busy doing some research (no laughing at the back, please).

According to Amazon*, here are the 10 bestselling rugby league books (in Britain) published in 2010:

We realise this is a far from perfect exercise. It doesn’t take into account high-street sales from giants such as WHSmith or Waterstone’s, nor does it include figures from heroic independent book shops.

But hopefully it gives us at least some kind of a flavour of what’s been selling well in 2010.

And we’re sure there’s something on this list to keep interested even the most discerning reader until the start of the new season.

Enjoy!

* List compiled on January 4, 2011. Sales figures and/or rankings may have since altered.

REVIEW: The Rugby League World Cup, by Tim Butcher and Malcolm Andrews

The Rugby League World Cup, by Tim Butcher and Malcolm Andrews

Originally published after the 2000 Rugby League World Cup, and updated after New Zealand’s stunning triumph in 2008, League Publications have produced another triumph for anyone interested in the history of the greatest game.

Starting with the first World Cup back in 1954, when Scotsman Dave Valentine lifted the trophy for a Great Britain side widely written off before their exploits in France, Tim Butcher and Malcolm Andrews expertly guide us through each of the 13 Rugby League World Cups.

And while The Rugby League World Cup has a comprehensive stats and results section, it still brings to life some of the human stories involved with rugby league’s most significant tournament. [Read more…]

REVIEW: Gillette Rugby League Yearbook 2010-2011, by Tim Butcher and Daniel Spencer

Gillette Rugby League Yearbook 2010-2011

The Gillette Rugby League Yearbook is now firmly established as a must-have annual purchase for rugby league’s most committed fans.

And when you see the dedication, hard work and attention to detail that goes into producing each season’s effort, it’s easy to understand why.

Rugby league experienced some exhilarating highs and gut-wrenching lows during 2010 – all are captured and recorded in this comprehensive review of the season.

Tim Butcher looks back on 2010 month by month, starting at the turn of the year with Steve Prescott’s MBE, Jamie Peacock’s call for Super League to be reduced to 10 clubs and Brian Noble’s desperate scrabble to assemble a Crusaders squad in just six weeks. [Read more…]