Hope and Glory Book


Step into the world of “Hope and Glory. Rugby League in Thatcher’s Britain” by Anthony Broxton. A riveting chronicle of a sport battling against the odds in an era of upheaval and uncertainty.

Survival in Thatcher’s Britain

Rugby league should never have survived Thatcher’s Britain. Amid the decline of industries like textile mills and coal mines. The fate of this working-class sport seemed bleak. The year 1982 marked a devastating blow when the Australian team shattered any remaining illusions of ‘British exceptionalism,’. Pushing rugby league to the brink of collapse after its decline in the 1970s.

Hope and Glory – Rugby League

However, against all odds, rugby league defied fate. From the depths of pit villages grappling with industrial downturns. To the emergence of players who reshaped the sport’s professional landscape, the 1980s became the pivotal decade for rugby league’s renaissance. It was an era where the sport matured and flourished, defying its anticipated demise.

The Book covers the 1990s

Furthermore, as the 1990s dawned, an aura of optimism enveloped rugby league, hinting at its potential to surpass football and become the global game of the 21st century. In addition, Broxton’s narrative delves deep into this transformative period, capturing the resilience, struggles, and triumphs that marked rugby league’s evolution against a backdrop of societal and economic turbulence. Also, through meticulous research and vivid storytelling, “Hope and Glory” unveils a captivating tale of perseverance and resurgence. It celebrates the spirit of a sport that not only survived but thrived amidst adversity, painting a vivid picture of a bygone era where rugby league emerged as a symbol of hope and resilience.

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Anthony Broxton’s compelling account invites readers on an enthralling journey through history, offering profound insights into the heart and soul of rugby league during a defining era in Thatcher’s Britain. Furthermore, to acquire this compelling read, visit the AMAZON – Click HERE.

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