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…]

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: 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.

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.