Spirit of the Red V

A Century of Dragons Rugby League (Volume 2: 1968-2021)

Spirit of the Red V
Geoff Armstrong
NZ$ 54.99
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NZ$ 42.62
h245 x 180mm - 560pg
30 Aug 2022 AU
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The celebrated white with a Red V jumper that features on this book' s cover is proudly worn today by the St George Illawarra Dragons. The Dragons' fanbase is the biggest and most passionate in rugby league. ' There is something special at St George, a fellowship, a friendship,' League Immortal Reg Gasnier once said. St George made their premiership debut on St George' s Day, 23 April 1921. Seventy-eight years later, the club entered a joint venture with the Illawarra Steelers to become St George Illawarra. During the Dragons' first 100 years, a reputation for excellence was established, not just when they won 11 straight premierships (1956-66) but also in the successful seasons that followed. The fans' passion for the Red V is passed from generation to generation. Volume 1 of Spirit of the Red V was highly praised. The release of this book marks the endpoint of the Dragons' centenary celebrations. It covers the careers of Saints legends Graeme Langlands and Billy Smith, twin premierships in 1977 and 1979, 20 years of near misses in the 1980s and ' 90s when the Dragons made five grand finals, the Super League war, a triumph in 2010 under coach Wayne Bennett, and the frustrations of the past decade. Some critics argue that St George became defunct with the joint venture; in fact, the spirit proudly lives on. The Red V remains one of the most recognisable and loved brands in Australian sport.
Geoff Armstrong is the author of several best-selling sports books, including The 100 Greatest Cricketers, ESPN' s Legends of Cricket, the centenary history of the Sheffield Shield, and (with Peter Thompson) the definitive biography of Phar Lap and the story of Phar Lap' s Melbourne Cup. He has worked on books - as editor, co-author or publisher - with many high-profile identities, including Steve Waugh, Wayne Bennett, Anna Meares, Ricky Ponting and Peter Brock. He has worked on Olympic and Commonwealth Games coverage for Channels 7 and 9, SBS-TV' s Ashes cricket coverage in 2009 and Channel 7' s presentation of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, and was a regular columnist for Australian Golf Digest. He is currently the publisher at Stoke Hill Press.

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