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The Glory of their Times; Crossing the Colour Line in Rugby League
The Glory of their Times; Crossing the Colour Line in Rugby League

Editors: Phil Melling and Tony Collins
Foreword by Billy Boston

From Lucius Banks to Billy Boston, Wally McArthur, Clive Sullivan, Joe Levula, Martin Offiah, Jason Robinson and beyond, this book tells the story of the hidden history of black, Asian, Maori and Aboriginal players in British rugby league.
Fifty years before the first black footballer represented England, Jimmy Cumberbatch was scoring tries for the England rugby league team. In the 1950s Roy Francis became the first black professional coach in any British team sport. And in 1972 Clive Sullivan lifted the World Cup for Great Britain as the first black player to captain a British national side.
With contributions from notable writers including Dave Hadfield of the Independent newspaper, Peter Lush of Our Game rugby league magazine, Harry Edgar from the Rugby League Journal, and former players Clive Griffiths, Bev Risman and Cec Thompson, this book tells its story from the inside. Featuring sixteen of the game's greatest stars, it recounts their lives, warts and all, from their struggles to incomparable achievements. It also tells the story of how rugby league opened its doors to black sportsmen when other sports turned their backs on them.

Hardback - Size: 234 x 156mm - 224 Pages - Approx. 30 photographs - ISBN: 1-904091-07-5

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16 January 2015
Danny Malloy

We were saddened to learn of the passing of Danny Malloy this week, Dundee and Cardiff City’s great defender who captained the Bluebirds to the top division in 1960.

 We certainly enjoyed working with Danny and his son, Andy, on Danny’s autobiography, Memoirs of a Hard Man, and the overriding characteristics that came through from his story was of a great footballer, a tough character and a real gentleman.

We wish Andy and his family all the best at this difficult time.