NEWS: Chisnall brothers story set for emotional Langtree Park launch

Neil Barraclough

Eric Chisnall, Mike Rush and boxer Martin Murray are among the guests set to celebrate the launch of Andrew Quirke’s new book, Balls, Gloves and Glory, on Saturday 2 March.

The book tells the tale of the four Chisnall brothers – Eric, Dave, Les and John – and is Quirke’s first biography, having previously worked on the autobiographies of Paul Loughlin, Graeme West and Doug Laughton.

Dave, who died aged 64 in January 2013, was best known for his spells at Warrington, Leigh and St Helens.

Les won the Challenge Cup with Leigh, while John, who died in 2005, was a professional boxer before becoming a boxing trainer who helped develop Murray during his early days.

Eric is a member of St Helens’ Hall of Fame, having been with the club for 45 years in playing, coaching and development roles.

Quirke said: “We’re starting at 11am in the Red Vee cafe at Langtree Park. Eric will say a few words and then sign any books.

“It’s a more poignant day because of Dave’s recent passing, but hopefully the book is something for his children and grandchildren. He’ll never be forgotten – hopefully this will help to keep his memory alive.”

Quirke added: “It was a challenge trying to tell four people’s stories and not make it too confusing for the reader, but hopefully we’ve cracked it.

“I’m really proud of how it’s turned out. I’ve got a lot of emotion attached to the book and I’m looking forward to celebrating it on Saturday.”

Order Balls, Gloves and Glory online here