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Through Adversity: The Fight for Rugby League in the RAF Paperback – 31 Oct 2013
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What I didn’t expect, nor did I really appreciate was how I was able to return to my roots in 1997 whilst serving in Germany. This frustrated Union playing Northern lad from Bradford was amazed to see a Rugby League team built on strong foundations and it was there I was introduced to “Clacker”; also known as Mr RAF Rugby League, who was flying through the ranks and could play a bit. Our paths crossed many a time since them heady days, right up to my Medical Retirement from the RAF in 2008 whilst we were both serving in Northern Ireland. He was still at it then, striving forward with his career, struggling against “adversity” to set up yet another League team that became “Aldergrove Storm”, as well as flying home from Northern Ireland whenever he could to be with his fantastic family.
“Clacker”, this book was a pleasure to read and brought home to me what I already knew. You are a smashing lad that many owe a debt of gratitude to. From those high standards and work ethics that you maintain in your career in the RAF, together with the leadership on the field (and off it for some of us) and working so hard through all that adversity to allow many of us to play and enjoy our love of all things Rugby League. I am proud to have known and played alongside you.
This book is something you should be extremely proud of as it is a cracking good read that I would recommend to anyone. Whether you like Rugby League, have an interest in the Military or find this book on a coffee table in some Dr’s waiting room, give it a read. It will leave you with nothing more than incredible admiration for a man that triumphed through utmost adversity to achieve the impossible. Mr Clayton, it has been a pleasure and you still owe for that last ever RAF Germany game against BAOR!
. Rugby League
. Royal Air Force
. Family Life
. Mate ship
And much more, you can't call it a sports book and you can't call it a biography, I don't really know what to call it other than a really great read! Make your own mind up!
It really is a compelling book of how Rugby League was foundered in the RAF.
Great synopsis of a boy from bradford, playing for brighouse rangers all the way to a 38yr old Warrant Officer in the Royal Air Force.
My hat truly goes off to the author Damian Clayton, a real true reflection of his life and the battles faced both through the service in getting rugby league officially sanctioned in the RAF, to the adversity he faced with his family closer to home.
funny, emotional and inspirational to say the least!!
I will be keeping an eye out for a sequel!!....
10-10 in my eyes!!
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An honest account of how tough it is to recognise Rugby League not only in the RAF but in the Armed Forces. A good read.