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Supercoach: The Life and Times of Jack Gibson [Paperback]

Andrew Webster
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11 Jan 2011
Like most of the bouncers in town, Bobby Lee was an ageing boxer, but was as tough as they come. He was the muscle on the door at Thommo's, the illegal two-up game held in secrecy in Surry Hills in Sydney's inner city. It was owned by Joe Taylor - 'The Boss' as everyone called him. In May 1951, Bobby Lee was shot five times. He didn't survive. Jack Gibson got his job. 'Big Jack' was the original supercoach, but before that he was one of the toughest men in Sydney. It was there for all to see as a brutal front-row forward for Easts, Newtown and Wests during the 1950s and 1960s. As a coach, he was a revolutionary, adopting methods from American football and innovating heavily in his own right to win back-to-back premierships with Eastern Suburbs in 1974 and 1975, and then three with Parramatta from 1981 to 1983-giving the Eels their first ever premiership win. Yet behind his gruff exterior and trademark kangaroo fur coat was a generous and warm family man, whose life was changed forever by the death of his son Luke from a drug overdose. With the cooperation of Jack's family and friends, and unprecedented access to Jack's scrapbooks, journals and private photographs, Andrew Webster has written the definitive account of the 'Coach of the Century' Jack Gibson.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin (11 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1742378099
  • ISBN-13: 978-1742378091
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 835,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Andrew Webster is a senior sportswriter at The Daily Telegraph and has been covering rugby league at the highest level for the past 15 years. Supercoach is his first book.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Insight 18 Jun 2013
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I'd heard of Jack Gibson but wasn't altogether sure on how his career in rugby league had panned out. This book paints the perfect picture and can only be described as a fascinating read about one of the truly iconic names in the world of rugby league. If u love rugby league, you'll love this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Supercoach 6 Mar 2013
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This book concentrates as much on the man as the sport of rugby league itself. Absolutely engrossing read from start to finish. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars NRL before full time 2 Mar 2013
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Fascinating insight into the beginnings of someone who became probably the most respected coach of all time, with all his dealings of the Australian 'underworld' of drinking and gambling never far away. He developed the talents of several teams into championship sides maintaining his beliefs and always remaining loyal to those who coached along side him. A must read for fans who have an interest in the NRL.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Good RL Read 17 Oct 2012
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A very good read telling the story of a sport being pulled into the 20th century it would appeal to any sports fan not just RL
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not Super 15 April 2012
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Jack Gibson dabbled in sp bookmaking but this tabloid journalist over played that part of Jack's life all through this book. The author should stick to writing for tabloid newspaper papers. This book would have been a great read if written by a quality writer like Chris Master's or Peter Fitzsimmons, at least then we could expect to get an accurate narrative of Jack's life and career.
1.0 out of 5 stars Gibbos 3 Dec 2011
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The hack author of this book is a toss , his fake empathy aSupercoach to the reader made what could have been a good book even better. The Gibbo story in itself was worth the cost of the book only another journalist oops writer should have authored this book, woud have a better job
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