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Warrington Wolves fan's book Spirit of '55 now on sale
2:34pm Thursday 14th February 2013 in News
SPIRIT of '55 hits the book shelves today.
It is the story of how Warrington Wolves leapt out of the pack.
The book is the work of Rob Watson, a dedicated Warrington Wolves fan who has a weekly column in Warrington Guardian's print and online editions.
In 2009, Warrington Wolves reached the nadir of their long-term, chronic underachievement, prompting Rob to write to Warrington Guardian questioning the players' commitment.
He signed the letter 'Spirit of '55' - a reference to the year the club were last champions.
Results began to improve dramatically, with back-to-back Challenge Cup wins followed by a League Leader's Shield - but still no championship.
Spirit of '55 follows Warrington's quest to become champions in 2012, as seen through the eyes of this most passionate fan.
But are the team cursed by the town's expectations, and the ghost of '55?
Laced with terrace humour and tempered by the expert eye of a professional coach, the team's record of failure and the 'curse of hope' will strike a chord with fans.
The book builds to the climax of the play-offs and the Grand Final showdown at Old Trafford.
Rob is a lifelong Warrington rugby league fan, having spent the majority of his 35 years in the town, and made a living coaching the game in local schools, universities and youth clubs.
The author of three novels to date, Rob's twin passions for sport and storytelling come together to produce the fan's-eye-view drama of the Spirit of '55.
The book will be launched in the Warrington Wolves club shop tomorrow evening, prior to Wolves' Super League clash with Catalan Dragons.
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Pitch Publishing Ltd (14 Feb 2013)