Biting Back: The Mike Gregory Story Hardcover – 14 Oct 2006
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A true Rugby League hero, Mike Gregory's deeds of bravery, courage, and valour despite injuries on the playing fields of Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and France gave him the ultimate honour of any sportsman, to captain both club and country. Playing for Great Britain, Warrington, Salford, Cronulla and Wigan St Patricks, never giving less than 100 per cent, he is respected worldwide by his peers and fans alike for never taking a backward step. At the end of his superb playing career Mike took the same ethos into coaching and following initial setbacks, he landed his dream job in charge of his home town club Wigan. Battling against a devastating illness resulting from an insect bite whilst undertaking international coaching duties in 2003, he guided the Wigan team to the Challenge Cup Final in 2004 before temporarily standing down to commence treatment in the USA. But on his return found he had to fight with the club to resume his work. Mike lost that battle for reinstatement but in a high profile legal case, gained recompense from the Wigan club.His path now, proving his doubters wrong and winning this final match against his illness with his loving wife, two young sons and supporters all behind him.
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Very rarely does a player from one club be universally liked by opposing fans. Mike Gregory was one of those type of people.
Taken far too soon.
I laughed at his memories of cup finals, cried when he was fighting his illness and cheered when he won his battle against Wigan and the despicable way he was treated by them as his illness worsened.
A fitting tribute to one of the greatest players - who will never be forgotten by any Warrington fan who watched him through the 80s and early 90s
What a great player and a devoted family man who received great support from his wife throughout his illness.
You can make your own mind up on the Wigan "bosses" who clearly failed to look after this sporting legend.
There are effectively 3 parts to this book, the story of Mike's playing career, then his coaching career and then an account of the debilitating illness that he is now struggling against. All three are worth reading and together they make this a must read for any Rugby League fan.
It would be easy to say buy this book because everyone who watched Mike Gregory play admired him and everyone who knows of Mike's current plight must feel sorry for him, but this book stands on it's own merits. The playing memories are an entertaining read and the bits about his coaching career are fascinating. His account of the behind the scenes goings on at Wigan must have been an embarrassing read for Dave Whelan and Maurice Lindsay, and gives a few pointers to the reasons for that club's relative lack of success in the Super League era.
Buy the book !