Geoff Lee

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  1. The biography of Harry Pinner. A born leader has just been published by London League Publications. It is now on sale in the club shop and Wardleworths. Also from London League at and for Kindle readers as an E book through Amazon
  2. This coming Saturday (October 15th) from 10.30 onwards, the next programme fair to be organised by the RLCF will be held at the home of the Hunslet RLFC. On show to look at or buy wiil be a varied selection of programmes, magazines, books, novels, badges, photographs and other items with a rugby league connections. Admission is free to what is always a very sociable affair.
  3. To morrow (Saturday July 2nd) the anniversary of the Rugby League Lions Tour of of Australia and New Zealand will be celebrated at an event in the Heritage Quay. Among those in attendance will be the 93 year old Frank Muggleston who will be flying in from Canada to relate some stories from that epic tour. Everybody is welcome to this historic event which will run from 12 until 4.
  4. The biography of Mark Forster by Gary Slater "Wire Till I Die. My Life In Rugby League" will be held on Wednesday 20th April (7 for a 7.30 start) in the Martin Dawes Lounge at the Halliwell Jones Stadium. Among the speakers will be Mark along with Paul Cullen, Paul Sculthorpe and Tony Barrow and compere Angela Powers. All Rugby League supporters are welcome..
  5. Former Wakefield and Wigan player Bill Ashurst will be signing copies of his acclaimed biography "Tries and Prayers" on Sunday before the Wigan game from 1.30 to 2.30 and after the game in the Past Players Bar.
  6. The next Rugby League Collectors Fair will be held on Saturday January 16th from 10.30 onwards at the Heritage Quay, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate Huddersfield HD1 3DI. There will be around 10 stalls exhibiting programmes, magazines, biographies, novels, badges, photographs, items of clothing, menu cards and other items of interest, some old and some very old to look at or purchase. At the same time the Rugby League Archives are also having an open day there. All rugby league fans are invited to attend what is always a very sociable event. High quality tea and coffee will also be available and a number of former players will also be around to talk with.
  7. There is no published auction list because the sad death of Richard Bailey has meant that at present there is no one in a position to organise the running of the auction, which was always one feature of these fairs. Peter Lush has sort of taken over for the time being helping to bring things together.
  8. I tend to spend much of my time writing novels rather than reading them but broke off recently for a while to read "Rugby Football: A United Game". It's a novel based around the idea what might have happened if the northern clubs had been in the majority in 1895. It should interest most people who have contributed above. No one yet however seems to have read my latest novel "Two Seasons" with its background of "Work, Family, Old Friends and Rugby League". I would certainly be interested in some feedback.
  9. The next Programme Fair will be held in St Helens at Langtree Park on Saturday June 13th. and will run from 10.30 until 1 p.m. On sale will be many programme, some newish, some oldish and some which are very old, Also on sale will be magazines, books, photographs, badges and other items of interest. All Rugby League fans are invited to attend what is always a very sociable event. Admission is free but there will be a raffle to cover costs and tea and coffee will also be available.
  10. On Thursday May 28th from 11 till 2, there will be a holiday fun day for children aged between 5 and 12 in Touchstones. No doubt many of the children will be brought by a parent or relative and it is with them in mind that, as an author of five Lancashire based novels, I will be around signing copies of three of my novels One Winter, One Autumn and Two Season. I will also be talking to anybody who might be interested in doing what I have done, which is writing fiction based around my own life and time. My material includes romance, family life, work, northern humour, redundancy, stonies, football, crown green bowls and rugby league which I have been associated with since 1947.
  11. In this election I would seriously consider voting for a party that is prepared to raise with the electorate the issue of the Transatlantiv Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). This is currently, secretly being negotiated between the EU and American corporate business and if passed will give legal powers to big business to sue governments if they take any action to harm their profits. For those who want to know more of it's dangers have a look at the 38 Degrees web site. It's an eye opener.
  12. Unlike many posters, I was fortunate enough to have known Ray quite well as we did a lot of work together on our joint projects. As a child he lived for a while a couple of doors away from my grandparent's house in Horace St. He went to Knowsley Road school like I did although around 7 years later. However I first got to know him well when he was looking for a publisher for The Petition and I introduced him to the Parrswood Press, who were also my publisher. On one occasion in 2002 we even did a joint book signing session in WH Smith in St Helens sat at tables opposite each other, with me signing copies of "One Spring" and him "The Petition". We also worked together for a while on early drafts of "Rugby League In Its Own Words". After a while though it became clear that it wasn't going to be successful as a joint venture between me and him so we went our seperate ways but never fell out and still helped each other and remained good friends for the rest of his life. Rugby League has produced some great characters and he was certainly one of them. I was pleased to have known him and have worked with him. And if there is a place called Heaven, then he will be in his element now with all the old Saints who are already up there.
  13. Yes, South Stand Loiner, I will have those books you want. Both are novels set against a strong though quite different rugby league background.. . "Rugby Football. A United Game" is based on the idea what might have happened if the Northern clubs had been in the majority around the time of the great split in 1895. "The Glory and The Dream" is a novel set in the early post war period of rationing and shortages about a young lad growing up in South Lancashire wjth a dream to follow his Dad's success playing rugby league. Interestingly Roy Chesters fictional town of Garton is not very far from my fictional town of Ashurst.
  14. Not quite, Parksider. It was Peter Lush who circulated a dozen or so of the old RLCF regulars and so helped organise this event albeit from his home in North London. When the word started to go round , a Keighley fan told me about a possible problem with parking near to the ground. I had a walk round to check, put messages up on the internet and so hopefully made sure that no one finished up paying a parking fine. On Saturday we will collect the names of all those who might be interested in getting the organisation going again on a more regular basis but I am not sure how early it will be before we can reintroduce the auction. You will find me and Peter there on the London League Publications table.
  15. Admission to the programme fair at Keighley this coming Saturday (January 10th) will be at the back of the ground on Royd Ings Avenue. Parking at the ground may be limited and most of Royd Ings Avenue has yellow lines. Three other nearby places to park are on Royd Way, in the small car park of the firm DMP or to go to the end of the road, turn left and then turn right just before the bridge.