Stan The Man : The Life Story of Stan Wall, from Top Rugby League Referee to Super League's Most Famous Kitman Paperback
This is the story of a life well lived and a true character of the game of rugby league.
Stan Wall is today best known as the oldest kitman in Super League still working part-time at St Helens RLFC at the age of 79.
However, Stan's amazing story encapsulates so much more. Starting deep underground covering Stan's days as a miner, the book details Stan's work as member of Mines Rescue, a team first on the scene after any incident in the pit. Stan's lifelong passion for rugby league saw him become a top first grade referee bringing him into many colourful situations with the top players and coaches of the sport. Once hanging up his whistle, Stan became an assistant coach at Leigh and St Helens, the latter club eventually giving him the role of kitman, a role he has fulfilled for two decades.
As a vital part of the successful St Helens backroom team, Stan was also appointed in the same role for both England and Great Britain. This book lifts the lid on what really goes on in the dressing room of a top Super League club, on international team tours and all the characters contained within. Indeed, Stan has a tale on many people in rugby league and in turn, they have one to tell on him too! This fascinating book features a foreword from Sean Long and contributions from legends of the game including coaches such as Alex Murphy, Ian Millward, Brian Noble and David Waite, former players Barrie MacDermott, Phil Clarke and Brian Carney as well as current stars Jamie Peacock, Jon Wilkin and Paul Wellens.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 200 pages, 20 photographs
- Publisher: Vertical Editions
- Publication Date: 12/04/2014
- Category: Autobiography: sport
- ISBN: 9781904091837