LEEDS RHINOS legend Rob Burrow has given his backing to a new book that not only celebrates the club’s treble success but will help raise funds for rugby league journalist Gary Garter who remains in hospital recovering from injuries suffered in a brutal street attack.
Treble! The story of the 2015 Leeds Rhinos is the complete record of a record-breaking season for the Super League club in which they lifted their seventh Super League title in 12 years, retained the Challenge Cup at Wembley and led the table for the vast majority of the season before clinching the League Leaders’ Shield a Huddersfield on a dramatic final night of Super 8s action.
Each report and many of the features, including articles from the YEP’s Peter Smith and The Yorkshire Post’s Dave Craven, are set in the moment allowing readers to relive the journey as it happened through the eyes of those who covered the game week in, week out.
There are also exclusive articles with the men who made the season so memorable as well as special insights that take you behind the scenes, into the dressing room and onto that helicopter as it hovered across the Pennines one autumn night waiting to see if the League Leaders’ Shield was destined for Huddersfield or Wigan.
All the articles have been kindly donated by members of the rugby league media in support of their colleague and friend Gary, who is a mainstay of the press bench, a regular attendee at matches at Headingley Carnegie and press conferences.
Whilst in London for the Autumn Test between England and New Zealand, Gary was attacked brutally in the street and left in a coma.
This book, the brainchild of Rhinos Head of Media & PR Phil Daly, was produced to raise funds for the appeal set up to support Gary and his family as he looks to overcome his injuries. Burrow, the Leeds hooker who played such a fulsome role in their treble success, said: “
Burrow said: “I know Gaz through the job – him reporting on Rhinos – but he actually stayed at our villa in Florida as well so I got to know him a bit more through that.
“He’s a great guy and we’re all feeling for him and his family after what happened.
“It’s a great idea to do this book for him. The club is good generally at fundraising for people at times like this and it is a great time to do it with Christmas coming up.
“It’s a brilliant look back on our treble-winning year and hopefully it will raise plenty of money as Gaz and his family will need that as he continues his recovery.”
Commenting on the publication, Daly added: “I floated the idea of the book about three weeks ago to our friends in the media and everyone immediately gave their backing to help support Gary and his family.
“We are hoping to raise at least £1,000 for Gary’s fund. As well as a great read during the close season, the quality of the writing and the insights provided by the journalists will be something that will remain a permanent record of an incredible season.
“In 10 or 20 years, when you’re thinking to yourself ‘Did that really happen?’ this book will be a reminder that it did!”