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Headingley Heroes: Leeds RLFC in the 60s and 70s Hardcover – 1 Sep 2004

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Vertical Editions (Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904091105
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904091103
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 2.1 x 29.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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L P Hartley wrote, "the past is a foreign country. They do things differently there." For me this book was an unashamedly nostalgic trip down memory lane, and a fabulous journey it was. This book took me back to a time in the early seventies when players looked like the extras from an episode of Life on Mars,Leeds buses were only two shades of green and the players who wore the royal blue and old gold were (to an eleven year old) on my world but not actually of it.

The book covers twenty years and charts the rise of Leeds RLFC from being in the pack of the many rugby league clubs to being regular contenders for the games awards and trophies. The layout is easy to follow and it can be read as a story or dipped into and out of to explore a player or a match of particular interest. And there is much to explore in this book.

The story itself is part narration and part account by the players themselves which brings the book to life, and gives an insight to strategic decisions at the club level and the players perspective.There are heroes and fables on every page. For those who yearn for the days when it wasn't the automatic right of the small group of "big" clubs to win the games trophies, this book is splendid. Batley, Featherstone, Hunslet, Bramley, Rochdale, Dewsbury all have their part in this particular story.

Twenty years is a long time in the game and whilst my interest was very much the seventies my father loved the book too. His era was more rugby league of the fifties, when Brylcreme was the VO5 shockwaves of its day, but for him as for me this is a fabulous book - literally a book of fables.
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A wonderful piece of rugby league history that has been written with great care and equanimity by an accomplished and highly regarded rugby league writer. Excellent for ALL RL fans.
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