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Through Adversity: The Fight for Rugby League in the RAF Paperback – 31 Oct 2013
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
. 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!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Had the pleasure of reading this whilst on holiday with Damian, Lorraine and her brother Craig.
Was a little apprehensive about reading this book as it's not my usual... Read more
Well written, Well done!
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.
Got to say this is a great read even if your not a rugby fan. It shows how a motivated individual can get results 'Through Adversity' and against the system. Read morePublished on 28 Dec. 2013 by Dave IYC
A great read, detailing the efforts and everything Damian Clayton had to go though in getting Rugby League off the ground in the Armed Forces. Read morePublished on 24 Dec. 2013 by david garner
excellent book from a person I know....through him and a few others, rugby league is well and truly established within the RAF and other armed forcesPublished on 17 Dec. 2013 by Dave G