Bill Ashurst Rugby League.
CHILL-OUT SUNDAY THE ELLIS RUGBY – BILL ASHURST RUGBY LEAGUE TRIES & PRAYERS BOOK PREVIEW
Bill Ashurst – Tribute to a great player and a great man
The world of rugby league has united in tribute to Bill Ashurst. One of the finest back-row forwards in the 1970s. And early 1980s . The former Wigan Warriors, Wakefield Trinity, Penrith Panthers, and Runcorn Highfield player. We preview the great man’s book.
Rugby League. Tries and Prayers Book Author – Steve Manning
Rugby League presenter at Radio City Talk. Vice-Chair of BARLA, sports freelancer & commentator. Author of The Mike Gregory Story & Biting Back. As well as Tries and Prayers.
The Outstanding Back Row Forward of his Era
Bill Ashurst is widely recognised as one of the outstanding second-row forwards in rugby league since the Second World War. This hard-hitting autobiography covers his full rugby league career and much more, including:
•Playing for Wigan, Penrith Panthers, and Wakefield Trinity
•His international matches for Great Britain
•Coaching at Wigan, Wakefield Trinity, and Runcorn Highfield
•The abuse he suffered as a child
•Growing up in Wigan and his time playing football
Bill Ashurst – Often Controversial Career
Bill’s career was often controversial. Firstly, his book pulls no punches. Secondly, he looks back on a bitter defeat in the 1970 Challenge Cup Final. A record unbeaten run with Wigan. Playing for Penrith and his relationship with Mike Stephenson. Finally, falling out with Vince Karalius.
In addition, leaving Wigan for a second time. Also, being an assistant coach at Wigan with Alex Murphy. Coaching at Wakefield Trinity. And being sent off in his final playing appearance for Runcorn Highfield at Central Park.
Playing Rugby League in Australia at Penrith
In 1973. Ashurst was signed by the Penrith Panthers. For a record fee of £15,000. He played three seasons in the NSWRL. In addition, he became a popular figure with the new club. Also, he was notable for his prowess as a goal-kicker. In 2006. Ashurst was named in the Penrith’s “Team of Legends”.
Bill Ashurst Turning to Christianity
Finally, the book also covers his family life. And how discovering Christianity has changed him. Every rugby league fan will enjoy this riveting book.