SUNDAY READ? CLIVE SULLIVAN TRUE PROFESSIONAL
Need an uplifting story? Then it’s time to relax, enjoy a coffee and a good book. Read the story of Clive Sullivan True Professional.
The first-ever black Briton to captain a British sports team – the legendary Clive Sullivan.
Written by a friend of Ellis Rugby James Oddy, available from Amazon to VIEW.
Also, why not take a look at our Ellis Rugby Vintage 1972 RLWC T-Shirts celebrating Clive’s greatest achievement captaining the Rugby League World Champions. We offer the 1972 RLWC T-Shirt in either White or Navy. Plus we have many other vintage international Rugby League styles available. These include our vintage 1954 Rugby League World Cup T-Shirts,. Retro Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand and France shirts. And the 1980 Hull KR Rugby League inspired Wembley shirt that Clive Sullivan was a member of the winning team alongside Hall of Fame inductee. The great Hull KR Robins Captain Roger Millward.
Here’s the Book Preview –
True Professional tells the story of Clive Sullivan, who emerged from one of Cardiff’s toughest neighbourhoods to become an icon of rugby league. Overcoming a major childhood injury and a car crash early in his career, he was a ruthless and thrilling presence on the wings of both Hull FC and Hull KR teams for over 20 years, scoring over 300 tries.
The first-ever black Briton to captain a British sports team, Sullivan did so with great success, even lifting a World Cup and being awarded an MBE. He was loved by rugby league fans and revered following his untimely and tragic death. Yet the wider sporting public overlooked his achievements at the time and his name is rarely mentioned when discussing Britain’s sporting greats.
The book is a snapshot of the working class Northern towns that have long been the heartland of rugby league, and the communities that gave them their unique character. It is also a look at how Clive’s career developed against the backdrop of a declining fishing industry, the lifeblood of the city of Hull.