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The Official Biography of Rangers, by Ronnie Esplin and Graham Walker 0

Posted on October 30, 2011 by samh

Hot on the heels of We Are Celtic Supporters comes this ‘official’ story of bitter Glasgow rivals Rangers. Whereas the former was a rather abstract look at the club’s culture and history through a series of interviews with diverse followers, this is a more traditional chronological history – though it still boasts a number of exclusive interviews with the likes of Sandy Jardine and Ally McCoist. Read more…

Terry Butcher: My Autobiography 0

Posted on August 29, 2011 by samh

Terry Butcher: My Autobiography (2005)

Terry Butcher is a name that resonates with all football fans of a certain age, instantly bringing to mind the pictures of the giant central defender, fists clenched, bloody head bandaged, his once white England shirt streaked with claret.

Butcher has earned his stripes and his reputation over the years not only as an honest and committed footballer but also as a broadcaster who says it exactly as he finds it and a manager who never asks for more or less than 100% from his players. This autobiography chronicles – with candour and a great sense of fun – Butcher’s playing days with Ipswich and England before his momentous move to Scotland where he led a rampant Rangers side to just about every domestic prize.

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Bhoys, Bears and Bigotry: Rangers, Celtic and the Old Firm in the New Age of Globalised Sport 0

Posted on August 25, 2011 by samh

Bhoys, Bears and Bigotry: Rangers, Celtic and the Old Firm in the New Age of Globalised Sport, by Bill Murray (2003)

Rangers entered the new world of sport and big business in April 1986 when they signed Graeme Souness, a man with no previous connections to a club steeped in its own historical traditions.

These traditions are ineluctably intertwined with those of their great Glasgow rivals, Celtic, whose origins as an Irish Catholic club set up the rivalry that became known as the Old Firm, one said to be “a business based on bigotry”. Read more…

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