REVIEW: No Sand Dunes in Featherstone: Memories of West Yorkshire Rugby League, edited by Robert Light

No Sand Dunes in Featherstone, edited by Robert Light

No Sand Dunes in Featherstone, edited by Robert Light

No Sand Dunes in Featherstone is a wonderful collection of nostalgia for those old enough to remember some of the moments recalled.

For those born more recently, it provides some vivid imagery and misty-eyed romanticism to dwell on in direct contrast to the modern era of Super League and full time professionalism.

Editor Robert Light interviewed dozens of rugby league personalities to put together this work.

The list of contributors is more than impressive; Great Britain legend Mick Sullivan, referee Billy Thompson, Leeds president Harry Jepson OBE, Ikram Butt, Trevor Foster MBE and BBC commentator Dave Woods are just some of those to have shared their memories. [Read more…]

FEATURE: Five Bradford rugby league books

Iestyn Harris - There And Back

Iestyn Harris - There And Back

Bradford Bulls – or Bradford Northern, for readers of a certain age – is one of the most famous clubs in British rugby league.

Some of the game’s greatest players, including the likes of Ellery Hanley, have worn the red, white and black with distinction.

Two modern day Bulls have written autobiographies that are bound to be of interest for both Bradford fans and rugby league aficionados with a wider interest.

Iestyn Harris never reached his previous rugby league heights when he returned to Odsal from Welsh rugby union. Harris had been a superstar during his early years at Warrington and Leeds, and Bulls fans had big hopes for the talented stand-off.

But Harris’ timing was unfortunate, joining the club at the start of its recent decline. Nevertheless, while at the Bulls he won the Super League Grand Final in 2005, the World Club Challenge in 2006, and remained one of Bradford’s most reliable performers even when the efforts of his team-mates were not on the same level. His book, Iestyn Harris: There and Back, charts his cross-code career in revealing detail.

Odsal Odysseys - The History of Bradford Rugby League

Odsal Odysseys - The History of Bradford Rugby League

Terry Newton played alongside Harris at the Bulls. His book, Coming Clean, details his own career and subsequent fall from grace when he tested positive for human Growth Hormone (hGH) during his time at Wakefield. (See our full review of Coming Clean here.)

There’s also plenty out there for those looking for some Bradford nostalgia. Bradford Rugby League (Archive Photographs: Images of Sport) is 128 pages’ worth of fascinating photography, while Odsal Odysseys: The History of Bradford Rugby League brings the club’s history to life.

And no Bradford history would be complete without mention of Trevor Foster, arguably the club’s greatest ever servant. Trevor Foster: The Life of a Rugby League Legend would be a welcome addition to any rugby league bookshelf.