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The Inside Story of How Wigan Became Rugby League’s Greatest Cup Team and Won Eight in a Row By Frank Malley


• Insider accounts from more than 20 Wigan cup winners

• Fascinating and new insight into transfers and sackings which will appeal to fans in the UK, Australia and NZ

• Intriguing sub-story of how an old coal town became the world’s greatest conveyor belt of rugby league talent

• Imbued with memories from Wigan-born author Frank Malley who has written extensively on sport for the Daily Express and the Press Association

• Colour photo section including pictures from inside the Wembley dressing room • Planned publicity campaign in rugby media


Simply The Best is the fascinating inside story of eight heady seasons when Wigan RLFC were undisputed kings of rugby league, going 43 consecutive Challenge Cup matches undefeated and winning a record eight Challenge Cup trophies in a row at Wembley. The secrets behind the signings of Martin Offiah, Frano Botica and Joe Lydon. The enigma that is Ellery Hanley. The emergence of rugby phenomenon Jason Robinson. The wit of master playmaker Andy Gregory. All are revealed, along with the fun, the egos, the fall-outs, the spectacular tries, the drinking, the sacking of head coach John Dorahy, the magic of John Monie and the local legend who is Shaun Edwards: the only man to play all 43 of those cup games and whose feisty spirit personified a team of charisma and panache. Edwards lifted the first and last of those trophies as captain before the greatest rugby league cup run in history was derailed by a swirl of complacency and revenge. At its heart, Simply The Best is a story of hard men and extraordinary achievement.


256 pages.





approx 14.55
approx USD 16.86
approx AUD 22.99
approx NZD 25.06
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