Outside my life as Dalesman editor I’m a great sports fan and enjoy nothing better than relieving the pressures of my job by heading down to the Galpharm Stadium to watch my beloved Huddersfield Town. Perhaps I should replace ‘enjoy’ in that last sentence with endure, but nevertheless sport has always been important in my life. So I was delighted last week to join in the launch of Harry Gration’s book, Yorkshire’s Sporting Heroes, at Headingley-Carnegie. A host of former sports stars turned up and chatted about the glory days… cricketers Brian Close, Dickie Bird and Bob Appleyard were there alongside the families of the late Sir Len Hutton and Fred Trueman. RL stars Lewis Jones, Roger Millward, Gary Schofield and Neil Fox turned up along with RU international John Spencer. Footballer Eddie Gray was there too, and Tony Currie showed Norman Hunter his battered shins which accrued during their last meeting on the football field. Harry names in the book his top thirty sporting heroes who have graced Yorkshire over the years and although I might disagree with one of two choices you can’t argue with his reasoning and I have to say it is one of the best sport books I’ve read for many a year… shame there aren’t any Huddersfield players in the top thirty but at least he does figure the old Leeds Road ground amongst his favourite venues – ahh, those were the days in the old Cowshed.
(Harry Gration’s Sporting Heroes is published by Dalesman and available for £9.99 from 01756 701033 or on www.dalesman.co.uk)
Photo: Harry managed to frighten Dickie Bird by saying he’d have to pay for his copy of the book. Picture by Linda Viney.