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November Round-up 0

Posted on December 01, 2011 by samh

In November, Jonathan Wilson revisited the legend that was Brian Clough in Nobody Ever Says Thank You: The Biography. It claimed to be ‘the final word’ on the man, while the Sunday Times hailed it as “the most comprehensive account we have had of this remarkable man so far”. Read more…

Fallen Idle, by Peter Marinello 0

Posted on August 28, 2011 by samh

Fallen Idle: Fighting Back from the Booze, Swindles and Drugs That Ripped My Life Apart, by Peter Marinello (2007)

Peter Marinello was the footballing sensation of 1970 and was instantly hailed as the new George Best – but, like the great Northern Irishman, drinking and reckless behaviour ultimately proved to be his downfall.

But one could argue that Marinello’s fall from grace was even more spectacular than Best’s – he was kidnapped in Nigeria while on tour with Hibernian and lost his virginity in front of six teammates. Read more…

Bobby Johnstone: The Passing of an Age 0

Posted on August 25, 2011 by samh

Bobby Johnstone: The Passing of an Age, by John Leigh (2007)

More than a century ago, Bobby Johnstone became the first player to score in consecutive FA Cup finals at Wembley. Today, such an achievement would bring worldwide fame, yet Bobby Johnstone did not earn his fortune.

Johnstone was born at the end of the 1920s in Selkirk, in the Scottish borders. After the war, He began his football career with Selkirk FC, but the mighty Hibernian soon noticed his talent. Hibs had not won a major trophy for more than 40 years, but they assembled the all-international forward line of Smith, Johnstone, Reilly, Turnbull and Ormond, known as the “Famous Five”, and their golden age began. Read more…

My Story: The Rough and the Smooth, by Alan Rough 0

Posted on August 23, 2011 by samh

My Story: The Rough and the Smooth, by Alan Rough (2006)

Alan Rough is the best-loved Scottish goalkeeper of all time – not just for his shot-stopping skills, but also for his ability to laugh at himself when some of those shots did manage to sneak past his trademark perm into the net.

In a career that spanned three decades Rough kept goal for Partick Thistle, Celtic and Hibs as well as earning 53 caps for Scotland.

He played with some of the biggest names in the game – including Alan Hansen, Graeme Souness, Kenny Dalglish and George Best – and was between the posts for some of the classic moments in Scottish football in the 70s and 80s, such as Thistle’s 4-1 League Cup victory over Celtic, the 1977 Wembley classic and the ’78 and ’82 World Cup campaigns.

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