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The History of Sunderland Rugby Football Club RFC reviewed by The Northumberland Journal

A History of Sunderland RFC

“Books on North East rugby are few and far between, but the trend has been bucked by a fascinating history of Sunderland RFC. Titled One Among Many, Keith Gregson’s release uses the Wearside club as the focus for a much broader work, giving a superb insight into the development of the game in the region.”

The Journal reviewed the book in their Scrumdown section of the paper, a detailed full page review, and the full review is available online at JournalLive.

One Among Many is available from all good bookstores including on Amazon UK , Amazon USA, Amazon Japan, Amazon France, and Waterstones.

The book is also available in electronic formats – Amazon Kindle UK (and all Kindle countries), Barnes and Noble Nook, and via iTunes for the iPad and iPhone.

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Posted by on November 5, 2011 in Book Reviews, Rugby History, Sport


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The History of Sunderland Rugby Football Club RFC by Keith Gregson nears completion

A History of Sunderland RFC

MX author Keith Gregson is currently putting the final touches to his history of Sunderland RFC ‘in its historical context’. Keith says that he is really pleased with the outcome.

“At first I thought that it would only be the Victorian and Edwardian periods that would be appealing with rugby union’s battle with soccer,  rugby league and  the question of professionalism, However I have found equal interest in the lmost recent  three or four decadeswith the reality of rugby union leagues, union professionalism and the growth of mini and junior rugby. Also what has happened to those in the older age brackets who now want to keep on playing competetive rugby till pensionable age”.

Keith’s book is timed nicely to be published during October’s World Cup and is already available on Amazon UK .


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Sunderland Rugby Club RFC History Book Makes Great Progress

One Among ManyKeith Gregson’s book on Sunderland Rugby Club is making good progress. It’s due for launchon the 10th October in time for the Rugby World Cup and is called ‘One Among Many – The story of Sunderland Rugby Football Club (1873) in its historical context

Keith told us this week;

‘This comes on the back of a book I’ve been doing on British sport in general. I am conscious of trying to produce a work that is both interesting and useful to those with an eye to wider sport history. So far so good as the club archives are throwing up fascinating material on the split over professionalism in the late nineteenth century, relations between the club and the RFU and the early development of schools and youth rugby. I hope this may act as a stimulus to other clubs to look at their past and to see if their experiences are similar or different from the Sunderland one.There are also useful lessons to be learned from the past in relation to running a rugby club as should become clear from the finished work’.

Keith’s published works over the years show that he is equally happy working as a popular historian as an academic one and he is trying to find a happy balance in this publication.An interesting challenge. You can contact him through his blog ‘History of Sunderland RFC‘ if you have interesting information for the book.

Following the popularity of the Clifton RFC History – ‘For College Club and Country‘ we are certainly looking forward to our second major club history. Sunderland won the publishing contract through a tough fought competition with Rugby World magazine.

The competition was formed after MX’s first rugby history book ‘Rugby Football in the 19th Century‘ was nominated for Rugby Book Of The Year 2010.

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Posted by on March 16, 2011 in Rugby History


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