The John Holmes story doesn’t need marketing because its something that a majority of people who support Leeds Rhinos wanted to read before it was even thought about including myself.
Reading the book I found it humbling that they was youngsters of Leeds in the 1950s playing with makeshift rugby balls (rolled up newspaper tied by string) that is similar to the bottles wrapped up in cloth that are still used today in order for the kids to play the game in Papa New Guinea. Its just shows what people will use to play this wonderful game of ours. However I also find it saddening that some kids in the world have to have poorly home made rugby balls when the game is beaming with wealth.
Whilst I’m sure many kids of the 50s in Leeds wouldn’t change their childhoods of playing with Newspaper stringed up. I highly doubt many kids in Papa New Guinea want to carry on with something that’s from the dark ages of rugby league. Maybe a charity rugby league match to raise funds for proper rugby league equipment would be a start?
Another pointer in this book was that John Holmes smoked in the height of his career. Whilst it wasn’t displayed in front of fans in order to upheld a clean image for the young ones. I find it disturbing that smoking is still frowned upon in this society. Whilst it can be bad for your health but so can so many other things that are viewed as healthy. Try eating an apple in one and you could choke.
Finally on the behalf of myself and the rest of the Leeds Rhinos fans I’d like to Phil Holmes Senior and Junior for bringing this book to life. Its brilliantly written and given those who’ve read it much joy.
To John Holmes Memory.