150 x 228 x 23mm
Ken 'Arko' Arthurson was the face and voice of traditional rugby league through the disastrous Super League wars that ripped the game apart in seasons 1995, 1996 and 1997; confronted daily by the progressive dismantling of the game he loved and had helped to build for almost 50 years.
This is that story - a panoramic view of how a traditional working class game grew into a slick and successful business in the post-war years, and was then placed under siege by one of the most ruthless raids in Australians corporate history. Arthurson's joy in recounting the tales of the years as player, coach and administrator-supreme turns into despair in these pages as he tells for the first time his own unique inside story of what took place when Rupert Murdoch's News Ltd set its sights on capturing rugby league.
It is a remarkable tale of a remarkable sporting figure - the little battler who took on Murdoch and became almost a folk hero as a result of it. It is also the story of the rise and fall of a sport.
Contains black and white photographs.