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5.0 out of 5 stars Doug Laughton
A Superb read. Whether or not you are a fan of Widnes then this book is a real good insight into one of the games top coaches. The book takes you through Doug's upbringing in The Aves to his playing career with St Helens, Wigan and Widnes. Not forgetting of course his untouchable record as Widnes coach in which he won every trophy in the game between 1979 and 1991. Martin...
Published on 2 Jan 2004 by Vic King

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1.0 out of 5 stars Great Player/Manager......Awful Book
This could have been a great book. Laughton has so much to tell - what a great career with the great rugby clubs. But so little is revealed here. Why was Doug sent home from the Ashes tour and never played for GB again? The true story with Bobbie Goulding is not revealed. There are no insights into his personal life beyond the rubbish about his 'plumbing business'...
Published on 15 May 2004 by Leigh fan


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5.0 out of 5 stars Doug Laughton, 2 Jan 2004
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Vic King (Widnes, Cheshire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: A Dream Come True: A Rugby League Life (Hardcover)
A Superb read. Whether or not you are a fan of Widnes then this book is a real good insight into one of the games top coaches. The book takes you through Doug's upbringing in The Aves to his playing career with St Helens, Wigan and Widnes. Not forgetting of course his untouchable record as Widnes coach in which he won every trophy in the game between 1979 and 1991. Martin Offiah, Jonathan Davies, Emosi Koloto, Alan Tait, James Lowes and Adrian Morley being some of the players Doug was responsible for 'discovering'.
Upon reading this book you get a reminder of just how much of a character Doug was and how influential he was in guiding Widnes to the "Cup Kings" mantle of the late 70's and 80's.
Doug Laughton was the only player / coach ever to win both the Man of Steel AND Coach of the Year in the same year (1979) - something I didn't know prior to reading this book.
There is only one conclusion to draw after reading this book - Doug Laughton should be knighted.
Arise Sir Douglas. This man is a legend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Rugby League, 28 Dec 2003
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L. F. Carson (West Yorkshire) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: A Dream Come True: A Rugby League Life (Hardcover)
Doug Laughton played at the top level and coached the top teams and this book is a top autobiography.
You get an insight into how Rugby League was played un the 60s & 70s and how he coached both Widnes & Leeds to greater glory.
And the truth about the Bobbie Goulding affair is in there as well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Widnes fan must read book, 16 Nov 2005
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David Basnett "Bazzy" (Salford in England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: A Dream Come True: A Rugby League Life (Hardcover)
If you are a big Widnes fan . You must read this book . Even if you are not Chemic \ Viking fan . It is still a great read and hard to put down . It will make you laugh , think and amaze you (Offiah & nearly became Wigan's coach especially) in parts . Go on take the risk ?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rugby League Legend...with laughs, 24 Jun 2004
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This review is from: A Dream Come True: A Rugby League Life (Hardcover)
I can only assume the Leigh fan hasn't read this book properly. Doug clearly states he was sent home from the GB tour and subsequently never played for them again due to his long standing knee injury.
The Goulding incident is in fact discussed too. This book is a great read for anyone with an interest in Rugby League and some of Doug's humour is laugh out loud stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars On the march with Duggies army!, 30 Mar 2004
This review is from: A Dream Come True: A Rugby League Life (Hardcover)
A brilliant insight into the games best-ever coach.
I cant really add to what Vic King has wrote other than that, as a Liverpool fan, I see Doug Laughton in the same light as 'Sir' Bob Paisley, Shanks and King Kenny.
I would recommend the book to any fan of any sport.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Doug Laughton A Dream Come True, 6 Feb 2006
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Alan Davies (Melbourne Australia) - See all my reviews
This review is from: A Dream Come True: A Rugby League Life (Hardcover)
Read this cracking book during my flight to Australia and it was riveting. A fantastic read by a true rugby league legend.A former fisher and more school boy and a true chemic. Any true rugby league fan will love it !!!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Great Player/Manager......Awful Book, 15 May 2004
This review is from: A Dream Come True: A Rugby League Life (Hardcover)
This could have been a great book. Laughton has so much to tell - what a great career with the great rugby clubs. But so little is revealed here. Why was Doug sent home from the Ashes tour and never played for GB again? The true story with Bobbie Goulding is not revealed. There are no insights into his personal life beyond the rubbish about his 'plumbing business'.
Finally at 150 pages this book is well overpriced. The author even resorts to padding out the book with pages of statistics at the end. Great player...awful book
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