DUGGIE Greenall is now in his late seventies but his exploits as a Saints and Great Britain player are still talked about almost half a century after he finally hung up his boots.
He was one of the true legends of Knowsley Road – standing alongside the likes of Alex Murphy and Tom Van Vollenhoven.
A centre renowned for taking no prisoners, he was a key player in the Saints' team from 1946 to 1959 – a period in which they won, among other trophies, the 1956 Challenge Cup, the Championship in 1953 and 1959.
Duggie also captained his home-town club and represented Great Britain, but controversy was never far away from a player who played the game hard and tough and once was described by the media Down Under as 'a man-eater'.
He was also possibly the only RL player in history to play with a size eight right boot and a size nine left boot due to fallen arches!
These and many more fascinating stories about the Knowsley Road legend are recalled in his book, 'Duggie Greenall: A Rugby League Saint,' which will be officially launched at the Saints' Restaurant tomorrow night (Thursday).
The book, written by local journalist and Saints' historian Denis Whittle and published by London League Publications Ltd, costs 12.95 and its 130 pages cover Duggie's somewhat chequered life both on and off the field.
The Reporter has also three signed copies of the book up for grabs in a not-to-missed competition.
To have a chance of winning one of the books just answer the following question and send your entry to Duggie Greenall Competition St Helens Reporter, Bank House, Claughton Street, St Helens, WA10 IRL:
Q: Which legendary Welsh coach was at the helm when Saints lifted the Challenge Cup for the first time in 1956.
The closing date for entries is Friday, November 3.
It is also available from WH Smith's in the town centre and Saints Superstore at Knowsley Road.
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