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