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We Are Celtic Supporters, by Richard Purden 0

Posted on September 21, 2011 by samh

We Are Celtic Supporters, by Richard Purden, with a foreword by Rod Stewart (2011)

This book, published in September 2011, examines what created the culture, ideas and beliefs around Celtic football club. Author Richard Purden travels the world to find fans far and wide, from the ordinary to the celebrity. And there are indeed a wealth of the latter – as well as rocker Rod Stewart, who writes the foreword, there are exclusive interviews with famous fans such as Billy Connolly, Jim Kerr and Noel Gallagher. Read more…

The Doc: My Story – Hallowed Be Thy Game, by Tommy Docherty 0

Posted on August 29, 2011 by samh

The Doc: My Story – Hallowed Be Thy Game, by Tommy Docherty (2006)

‘The Doc’ is one of the most colourful characters in football. Always outspoken and honest, headlines have followed him throughout his career.

He achieved success on the pitch with Preston and Scotland, but it is as a manager that he secured his place in football history. The remark that he has had more clubs than Jack Nicklaus cannot be disputed: 14 teams in four different countries. He resigned from Chelsea; he was sacked by Manchester United within two weeks of winning the 1977 FA Cup and at Derby he became embroiled in a bitter legal dispute. Docherty tells all about his life in football and those he has shared it with – including Shankly, Busby, Clough, Ramsey and Stein.

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Jock Stein: The Definitive Biography 0

Posted on August 28, 2011 by samh

Jock Stein: The Definitive Biography, by Archie Macpherson (2004)

This is a definitive biography of one of the most influential managers in the history of British football and the first British manager, in 1967, to win the European Cup.

By the time of his death at the side of a pitch in 1985, Jock Stein had become a legend. He redesigned the landscape of the Scottish game as the great innovator, and successfully exported his values outside the country when European football was in the grip of an ice-age of defensive negativity.

This compelling biography reappraises Stein’s career and looks closely at the personality of the man whose shrewdness and cunning stamped him with greatness. The author worked his entire professional life as a contemporary of Stein and travelled the world with him. He was present at nearly all of the great triumphs associated with the Celtic and Scotland manager.

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Jock Stein: The Celtic Years, by Tom Campbell and David Potter 0

Posted on August 28, 2011 by samh

Jock Stein: The Celtic Years, by Tom Campbell and David Potter (1998)

During his long reign at Celtic, Jock Stein was a legendary figure in the world of football.

He led a youthful Celtic side to a memorable European Cup triumph in Lisbon in 1967, and was in charge of the home-grown Celtic teams which won nine Scottish league championships in a row as well as numerous domestic trophies.

Tom Campbell and David Potter have produced an affectionate and in-depth portrait of Stein, but are not afraid to delve below the surface of the legend to examine the manager’s mistakes and failings as well as his triumphs and strengths. Calling on such expert witnesses as Bobby Murdoch, Ronnie Simpson and Charlie Gallagher, as well as a host of other important figures in the game, this book presents a detailed picture of a man who, at the height of his powers at Celtic Park, revolutionised the game of football in this country.

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