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A Dream Come True: A Rugby League Life Hardcover – 31 Oct 2003

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: London League Publications Ltd; First Edition edition (31 Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903659124
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903659120
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,178,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Autobiography of rugby league player and coach Doug Laughton. Played for St Helens, Wigan, Widnes & Great Britain. Coached Widnes & Leeds.

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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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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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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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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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