The launch of leading Huddersfield-born rugby league administrator Maurice Oldroyd’s autobiography will take place at the Senior Giants meeting at Canalside next Wednesday – and is expected to be well-received throughout the game.
Guest speakers, including the man himself, former Rugby Football League chief David Oxley and Peter Lush from book publishers London League Publications will set the scene for the official unveiling of ‘Building the Family Game – A Rugby League Memoir’ by Maurice Oldroyd from 2pm.
And interest in the book will be high.
Oldroyd was one of the key people involved in the development of amateur rugby league since the foundation of the British Amateur Rugby League Association (BARLA) in Huddersfield in 1973.
He was the Association’s first full-time employee, and played a major role in its development until his retirement in 2000.
However, he then became the Association’s chairman from 2001 to 2005, and today is the Association’s patron.
His fascinating memoir reflects on his life and involvement in rugby league, including his role in the formation of BARLA in 1973, campaigning to end the discrimination that stopped amateur rugby league players playing
rugby union, building the international game, winning funding for the development of amateur rugby league and BARLA’s relationship with the RFL.
The book will be available at next week’s launch for £12.00, or can be ordered from the London League Publications Ltd website, www.llpshop.co.uk or £12.00 post free in the UK. It will also be available from all good bookshops and Amazon.co.uk
An E-Book version is available for Kindle readers on Amazon.