Lester: 'A Great Disservice to the Bulldogs'
Dogs of War, the latest book about the extraordinary history of the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs is now on sale in store and at Game Day!
With a particular focus on the past twenty years, Dogs of War captures all the highs and lows of premiership wins, super league battles, salary cap breaches and highlights the frustrations of leading police about the handling of investigations into the false accusations of rape levelled against Bulldogs players during a camp in Coffs Harbour.
Written by revered senior Rugby League journalist Gary Lester, the book details the remarkable 1995 premiership win and the seemingly against all odds run to the 1998 Grand Final, with coach Chris Anderson giving some frank insights into some of the bitter in-fighting between players during challenging times for the Club.
It also captures the loyalty and passion of Bulldogs fans through thick and thin and showcases some of their favourite players – Terry Lamb, Steve Price and Hazem El Masri.
Lester had no shortage of material to work with when compiling the book: the elevation of Steve Folkes to coach, being replaced by his brother in law Kevin Moore then the recruitment of Des Hasler, the controversial departures of Sonny Bill Williams and Willie Mason, the failed Oasis project, the uplifting partnership with Camp Quality, the tenure of Todd Greenberg, the appointment of Raelene Castle and of course the return to Belmore – the spiritual home of the Bulldogs.
Raelene Castle says the book is an important and honest history project for the Club.
“Dogs of War does an wonderful job documenting the history of the Bulldogs, the culture of the Club seeps through the pages. So many of the events captured in the book make for absorbing reading, it’s a compulsory addition to the bookshelves for anyone with a passion for the Bulldogs or an interest in Rugby League history,” Castle said.