Ray French on OUR latest book by Craig Halstead

DON’T take our word for it . . . read what Ray French wrote about our latest book, ‘Roughyeds, Against All The Odds’ if you are considering buying Craig Halstead’s second paperback on Oldham Rugby (£12.95), perhaps as a Christmas present.

Published by London League Publications Ltd to coincide with the 20th anniversary of Oldham RLFC (1997) Ltd, this 238-page story is well illustrated and will be a fascinating read for anyone with Roughyeds at heart.

Writing in ‘League Weekly’, the former St Helens, Widnes and Great Britain forward, later a renowned BBC broadcaster and commentator, described the book like this:

“It’s the story of a 127-year-old club, Oldham, which went into liquidation and out of which was born a new club which this year marked the 20th anniversary of its foundation.

“Though a roller-coaster ride for the Oldham club over those years, Craig and the amazing, willing band of volunteers who also have their say in the book, indicate just what support the club has been given by its many willing helpers; be they chairman, coaches, players, backroom staff, club volunteers or fans.

“All of them have much to say and all give a fine insight into the efforts needed, and the work behind the scenes required, simply to maintain a professional rugby league club — especially one with such a great history as Oldham.

“The story of Oldham’s resurgence, amply illustrated by many action photos, makes for thoughtful reading and is an example of the dedication to a club and the support of many and varied devotees.

“As volunteers, Sheila and Grant Somerville insist in the book: ‘Sport has character-forming qualities and we believe it has a big part to play in developing a good grounding for life.’

“Hence their final line of a poem dedicated to their club: ‘So whatever the score, its never a bore, IT’S ROUGHYEDS TILL I DIE’

“At £12.95, the book is a fascinating account of the club’s battle to progress over the past 20 years and an interesting insight into the hard work undertaken by many to maintain professional rugby league in Oldham, one of the traditional hot-beds of the 13-a-side code.”

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