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Adventures in the Golden Age

Adventures in the Golden Age

Author: Archie Macpherson
Publisher: Black & White Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 1785302043
Pages: 352
Year: 2018-04-26
The enthralling inside story of Scottish football's golden age The 2018 World Cup Finals in Russia mark 20 years since Scotland last qualified for a major football tournament. It's a poignant, painful reminder of the state of our footballing nation. Qualification has never been easy, of course, but the golden age of many memorable and nail-biting nights is well worth remembering – in the hope that one day they may come again. Archie Macpherson commentated on all 18 of Scotland's World Cup matches during that purple patch from 1974 to 1998, and now in his Adventures in the Golden Age, he tells the story of the matches and the men that raised and dashed hopes in almost equal measure at the greatest tournament on earth. Between the 1974 clash with Zaire and the defeat against Morocco in 1998, there were adventures against Iran, Peru, Costa Rica, Brazil and many others. And, throughout it all, Archie was the voice of Scottish football. He knew the players, the managers and the fans. He witnessed clashes of personality, managerial rages, nocturnal antics, BBC wranglings, the shadiness of FIFA – and that last painful evening in France. Archie Macpherson's World Cup adventures are brilliantly entertaining, capturing a golden age in Scottish football that may never be seen again.
Scotland '74

Scotland '74

Author: Richard Gordon, Gordon Strachan
Publisher: Black & White Publishing
ISBN: 1845027930
Pages: 256
Year: 2014-05-08
For a small footballing nation, Scotland boasts the proud record of having qualified for the World Cup finals on eight occasions. But this fantastic feat is marred by the glorious failure of never having reached the latter stages of the tournament. Scotland '74 is a bittersweet celebration of an incredible team of world-class superstars -- Billy Bremner, Kenny Dalglish, Denis Law, Peter Lorimer, Joe Jordan and more -- who, in West Germany in 1974, managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in the dying seconds. It was Scotland's best-ever chance to progress in the finals for the very first time, so how did the only unbeaten team in the tournament fail? Forty years on, it still hurts. Richard Gordon now reveals how it all went wrong. Drawing on archive reports and the memories of squad members, Scotland '74 relates the story of that big adventure, encompassing a shocking start to manager Willie Ormond's reign (a 5-0 beating by England), frequent player indiscipline and, ultimately, the onfield heartbreak that left a nation in mourning for what might have been.
Game of Two Halves

Game of Two Halves

Author: Archie Macpherson
Publisher: Black & White Publishing
ISBN: 1845026934
Pages: 288
Year: 2013-02-21
For four decades Archie Macpherson has been one of Britain’s finest football commentators. Instantly recognisable, he’s never been short of an opinion or far from controversy. After joining the BBC full-time in 1969, he established himself not only as one of our foremost commentators but also as a cult figure in our national life. In A Game of Two Halves, Archie Macpherson gives us his unique perspective on his life and career. As well as brilliant anecdotes including his battles with Jock Stein, friendship and a spectacular falling out with Alex Ferguson, interviewing Terry Wogan in a jacuzzi in a limousine and the Scotland football manager who took delivery of a plain white envelope, Archie Macpherson also tackles tough issues like sectarianism and the future of the beautiful game. A Game of Two Halves is a candid, entertaining and thought-provoking autobiography which brings Archie Macpherson’s story and his passion for football to life with all his characteristic insight, humour and honesty.
Flower of Scotland?

Flower of Scotland?

Author: Archie Macpherson
Publisher: Highdown
ISBN: 1905156111
Pages: 320
Year: 2005-09
Flower of Scotland? offers an intriguing passport to travel in the footsteps of the distinguished football commentator Archie Macpherson, who looks to separate myth from fact in his personal odyssey through the last four decades of Scottish football. From the early 1960s Macpherson has witnessed almost all of the great events in the game and encountered, and clashed with, most of the major personalities who influenced the character of Scottish football. His compelling narrative evokes the atmosphere of triumph and failure that punctuated the past forty years.
Out of the Shadows

Out of the Shadows

Author: Gary Jordan
Publisher: Pitch Publishing
ISBN: 178531372X
Pages: 320
Year: 2017-09-24
Out of the Shadows: The Story of the 1982 England World Cup Team is a detailed account of how the national side - World Cup winners in 1966 - went through years in the football wilderness, missing two World Cup finals through inglorious failure. The appointment of Ron Greenwood as manager, replacing Don Revie who left unceremoniously in 1977, led to a change of fortune on the field as he restored faith amongst the fans - some of whom were themselves letting down the country off the field. During a tumultuous qualifying campaign that saw the manager resign on a plane journey home, only to be talked into staying by his players, the team rallied around and reached the finals in Spain. The gamble in taking two injured but hugely influential star players, Trevor Brooking and Kevin Keegan, almost paid off after they breezed through the early stages. Ultimately, the lack of firepower proved their undoing, despite a late rolling of the dice. They went out of the tournament unbeaten, but Out of the Shadows.
Hampden Babylon

Hampden Babylon

Author: Stuart Cosgrove
Publisher:
ISBN: 1841953334
Pages: 160
Year: 2002-11
Hampden Babylon is widely respected as one of the best books on Scottish football. Based on Kenneth Anger's infamous Hollywood Babylon, it takes a celebratory journey through the back streets of sex and scandal in the Scottish game, providing a popular and intelligent romp through the lives of the losers, boozers and substance abusers that populate the nation's sport. First published in 1991, Hampden Babylon was met with a phenomenal critical reception and was hailed as 'the first sadomasochistic history of football'. It is a book that not only loves the game but lusts with a taste for the perverse and the scandalous. Hampden Babylon is dedicated to the human imperfections that make the game great. Fully updated and revised from the original 1991 publication, which has been unavailable for years, Hampden Babylon remains one of the funniest books ever published on football.
Scotland in the 60s

Scotland in the 60s

Author: Ronnie McDevitt
Publisher: Pitch Publishing
ISBN: 1785312456
Pages: 254
Year: 2016-07-27
The 1960s heralded a golden age of players who wore the dark blue of Scotland. Law, Gilzean, Baxter, Greig and Johnstone are just some of the names still familiar to supporters today. Bookended by heavy defeats against the Auld Enemy, the decade witnessed just one other defeat in the annual fixture against England and contained both the most-celebrated and horrific of Wembley encounters. The '60s also included a brief spell with Jock Stein as manager and the only Scotland international to date to be decided in extra time. Valiant but ultimately failed World Cup campaigns included memorable matches against Italy, West Germany and Czechoslovakia; an embarrassing loss to the amateurs of Norway was offset by a six-goal spree in Spain a matter of days later. Set against the backdrop of the Swinging Sixties, Scotland in the 60s looks at each of the 64 matches played by the national side during the period and the consequences of those results. Extensive newspaper and video archive research is complemented by the memories of the players who took part and the reminiscences of supporters and journalists who were there.
If Only

If Only

Author: Simon Turner
Publisher: Pitch Publishing
ISBN: 1785313355
Pages: 278
Year: 2017-04-03
If Only: An Alternative History of the Beautiful Game is a fiercely original counterfactual history of football. It is often tempting to believe in the grand sweep of history; to conclude that the triumphs of football's greatest teams were simply inevitable. The truth, however, is that history can turn on what appear, at first glance, to be infinitesimally small events. Behind all those triumphs lie the countless disappointments of teams that were denied glory by a cruel bounce, the width of a crossbar or a dubious refereeing decision. Challenging the perception that the outcome of great clashes could never have been any different to what they were, If Only reflects on what our football history could have been, what it might have been and, in some cases, what it probably should have been. Boldly turning football history on its head, it imagines a world in which Scotland win the first-ever World Cup, Derby County are champions of Europe and 1966 isn't the only year that England win anything.
It's Not All About the Old Firm

It's Not All About the Old Firm

Author: Scott Burns
Publisher: Pitch Publishing
ISBN: 1909178071
Pages: 452
Year: 2017-09-28
It's Not All About The Old Firm tells the inside stories of some of the Scottish game's greatest achievements - how heroes and legends have overcome the odds, plus Celtic and Rangers. It covers every league title, European, Scottish Cup and League Cup victory from Sir Alex Ferguson's time at Aberdeen to the most recent Hampden wins. Aberdeen and St Mirren's League Cup wins are brought back to life along with the landmark triumphs of St Johnstone, Inverness, Ross County and Hibs' historic 2016 Scottish Cup win. History makers such as Willie Miller, Steven Fletcher, Rudi Skacel, Gordon Dalziel, Stevie Kirk, David Goodwillie and Ian Ferguson offer insights into their greatest footballing moments. This updated edition includes a whole new batch of heroes such as Stephen Thompson, Stevie MacLean, Graeme Shinnie, Adam Rooney, Jim McIntyre and Alan Stubbs. From the goals and glory to the behind-the-scenes stories - from haunted hotels, and dressing-room bust-ups to betting scandals and personal heartbreak.
The History of the Scottish Cup

The History of the Scottish Cup

Author: John Fuller
Publisher:
ISBN: 1785312146
Pages: 320
Year: 2016-10

Tales from the Dugout

Tales from the Dugout

Author: Richard Gordon
Publisher: Black & White Publishing
ISBN: 1785300180
Pages: 256
Year: 2015-10-19
*** INTRODUCTORY OFFER PRICE *** The dugout can be a fearsome place. When the action heats up on the pitch, emotions in the dugout boil over. Grown men lose control. The normally sane turn into irrational agitators. And every decision, no matter how minor, is hotly contested. Tales From The Dugout is a fantastically entertaining collection of incidents and memories gathered from managers, players, referees, linesmen and broadcasters, which encapsulates the unique environment of the technical area and reveals how even limited exposure to it can transform people unrecognisably. And when the red mist descends, the consequences can be almost unbelievable - and frequently hilarious. With contributions from a host of those who have been at the sharp end and lived to tell the tale, Tales From The Dugout is a unique insight into life in the technical area. There are tales from Scotland manager Gordon Strachan, Craig Brown, Pat Nevin, Kenny Clark, Pat Bonner, Scott Booth, Terry Butcher, Jimmy Calderwood, Billy Dodds, Jim Duffy, Alex McLeish, Alex Smith, Willie Young and Chick Young - amongst many others. And brilliant stories about legends of the game like Tommy Burns, Walter Smith, Martin O'Neill, Ally McCoist, Jim McLean and, of course, Sir Alex Ferguson. And it explains why that small area by the side of the pitch is no place for the faint-hearted.
Scotland

Scotland

Author: Robert Marshall, David Stuart
Publisher:
ISBN: 1785313312
Pages: 224
Year: 2017-10-20
Scotland - Glory, Tears & Souvenirs is an offbeat collection of memories, mementos, rants and aspirations relating to Scotland's national football team. A "look back in hunger" on the post-war era, with emphasis on the 1970s to date. A reminder of the way football was, the way it is now and the way we'd like it to be!
Jock Stein

Jock Stein

Author: Archie Macpherson
Publisher:
ISBN: 1909471712
Pages: 320
Year: 2014-07-18

Stramash!

Stramash!

Author: Daniel Gray
Publisher: Luath Press Ltd
ISBN: 190991228X
Pages: 192
Year: 2013-07-22
Fatigued by bloated big-game football and bored of a samey big cities, Daniel Gray went in search of small town Scotland and its teams. At the time when the Scottish club game is drifting towards its lowest ebb once more, Stramash singularly falls to wring its hands and address the state of the game, preferring instead to focus on Bobby Mann's waistline. Part travelogue, part history and part mistakenly spilling ketchup on the face of a small child, Stramash takes an uplifting look at the country's nether regions. Using the excuse of a match to visit places from Dumfries to Dingwall, Gray surveys Scotland's towns and teams in their present state. Stramash accomplishes the feats of visiting Dumfries without mentioning Robert Burns, being positive about Cumbernauld and linking Elgin City to Lenin. It is ae fond look at Scotland as you've never seen it before.REVIEWS: 'There have been previous attempts by authors to explore the off-the-beaten paths of the Scottish football landscape, but Daniel Gray's volume is in another league' - THE SCOTSMAN'Truly splendid' - ARTHUR MONTFORD'An excellent book about the country's smaller teams - [Stramash] captures the vague romance that still clings to these smaller Scottish clubs. It will make a must-read for every non-Old Firm football fan - and for many Rangers and Celtic supporters too' - DAILY RECORD'As he takes in a match at each stopping-off point, Gray presents little portraits of small Scottish towns, relating histories of declining industry, radical politics and the connection between a team and its community. It's a brilliant way to rediscover Scotland' - THE HERALD'A great read, because Gray doesn't write about just football, he uses football as an excuse to explore the histories of small towns in Scotland' - THE SKINNY'Why do the Gers and Hoops have retail outlets in the capital? Why do buses depart for Glasgow on a Saturday morning from every corner of Scotland? Gray's book is a splendid attempt to answer these questions, and more besides - The result is sociology at its best, which is to say eminently readable - Stramash may turn out to be a memoir of the way we were, and an epitaph' - SUNDAY HERALD'I defy anyone to read Stramash and not fall in love with Scottish football's blessed eccentricities all over again - Funny enough to bring on involuntary laugh out loud moments' - THE SCOTTISH FOOTBALL BLOG
Death Or Glory

Death Or Glory

Author: Jon Spurling
Publisher: Vision Sports Pub Limited
ISBN: 1905326807
Pages: 242
Year: 2010
Jon Spurling has travelled the world to scratch beneath the glossy, confetti-strewn surface of the world's biggest sporting events to uncover their dark secrets. Did Argentina's fascist Junta really bribe Peru with grain and arms to facilitate victory in a crucial match on their way to winning the 1978 World Cup? Which country's players were sent to work in a chicken plucking factory as punishment for a poor result during the 2010 tournament? Part travelogue, part history, Death or Glory is based on more than 100 exclusive interviews.