The School of Hard Knox

The Autobiography of Archie Knox

Author: Roger Hannah

Publisher: Birlinn Ltd

ISBN: 0857909460

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 304

View: 8975

The School of Hard Knox chronicles the life and career of one of the most admired and respected coaches ever to grace Scottish football, Archie Knox. After his early days at Forfar Athletic, Archie became a key ally for Alex Ferguson at Aberdeen and Manchester United. Together they won the Scottish league title, Scottish Cup and, of course, on a never to be forgotten night in Gothenburg in 1983, they led the Dons to European Cup Winners' Cup glory against the mighty Real Madrid. FA Cup success followed with United as Archie played a vital role in resurrecting the fortunes of a sleeping giant at Old Trafford. On his return to Scotland, he assisted Walter Smith - a one-time teammate at Dundee United - to historic triumphs at Rangers. They clinched Nine in a Row, won the Treble and came within 90 minutes of reaching the first-ever Champions League final. After moving to Everton, Archie also had spells with the Scotland national team as well as Motherwell and an emotional return to Aberdeen with Craig Brown. From Willie Miller and Alex McLeish, Bryan Robson and Ryan Giggs, Paul Gascoigne and Brian Laudrup, Archie has worked with some of the greatest players ever to grace British football. Through his own words and those who witnessed his wit, his work and his wisdom, this is the untold story of a remarkable career.

Tougher Than Bullets

The Heroic Tale of a Black Watch Survivor of the Korean War

Author: Harold Davis,Paul Smith

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1780573782

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

View: 3140

As Harold Davis fell under heavy machine-gun fire, his body riddled with bullet wounds and life seemingly slipping away from him, he could not have realised that he was one of the Korean War’s more fortunate soldiers. American medics sprang into action and, against all odds, saved the plucky young Scot, a man who proved tougher than the bullets the brutal enemy showered him with. Unlike tens of thousands of those who fought in Korea in the 1950s, he lived to tell the tale of his horrific experiences on the front line. Now, for the first time, the Black Watch hero shares his vivid and harrowing memories. A man of tremendous grit and determination, Davis was pieced back together during almost two years in hospital. He defied doctors to return to his pre-war career as a professional footballer, building a reputation as one of Scotland’s most feared and revered defenders at Rangers FC.


The Gospel According to our Football Heroes

Author: John Smith,Dan Trelfer

Publisher: Pitch Publishing

ISBN: 1785314742

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 300

View: 4142

Booked! The Gospel According to our Football Heroes is a funny, fascinating digest of over 120 footballer autobiographies. Authors John Smith and Dan Trelfer have forensically examined the life stories of legends, hard-cases, cult heroes and one or two players they vaguely remember playing for Portsmouth - so you don't have to. Along the way, they discovered answers to questions they never knew they needed to know. Which coach has a tattoo inked by Mickey Rourke? Which maverick witnessed his gaffer murder an animal in a team talk? Yes, the revelations from this Pandora's Box may melt the reader's face, like at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark. But they also offer an insight into the strange world that footballers inhabit, using their very own words. What drives star players apart? And what binds them together, beyond an almost universal love of Rod Stewart? Booked! investigates a unique world full of sex, booze, cash, fights, glory, bitterness, fame - and incessant, relentless banter.

Reimagining Greenville

Building the Best Downtown in America

Author: John Boyanoski

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 162584042X

Category: Photography

Page: 160

View: 8994

People everywhere have hailed downtown Greenville as one of the best in America. From its tree-lined Main Street to its bustling riverfront to the gardens around its cascading waterfalls, the city inspired numerous other cities to try and duplicate its success. Using unique public-private partnerships, the revitalization of downtown Greenville was a true collaborative effort that helped to create a walkable and livable downtown. The city also boasts amazing modern and traditional art as well as a host of top-notch restaurants. Once considered just a business-only town, Greenville has emerged as a metropolitan destination. In this updated edition, authors John Boyanoski and Mayor Knox White detail the toils and tribulations that produced a world-class city.

Bobby Brown

A Life in Football, From Goals to the Dugout

Author: Jack Davidson

Publisher: Pitch Publishing

ISBN: 1785313460

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 254

View: 3349

This is Bobby Brown's remarkable life in and out of football, highlighting his debut as Scottish manager in the famous Wembley win over world champions England in 1967. The book charts his progress from schoolboy playing for Queen's Park to Scottish international goalkeeper in wartime and after. Bobby's Fleet Air Arm service is recounted, as is his honours-laden Rangers career, including the first 'Treble' in 1949, as part of their fabled 'Iron Curtain' defence. As a PE teacher he was a part-timer in a full-time team and reveals the pressures that created. His first managerial job at St Johnstone preceded being national manager whose 'highs and lows' are recalled, along with insights into many of the Scottish game's leading figures. In 1971 Bobby left football to be a successful restaurateur and businessman. His non-football interests are covered including the outdoors, the church and family life - along with his delight at his induction to the Scottish Football Hall of Fame.

Graeme Souness – Football: My Life, My Passion

Author: Graeme Souness

Publisher: Headline

ISBN: 1472242513

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 4581

Graeme Souness is a Glasgow Rangers icon, and a Liverpool legend in the same bracket as Kenny Dalglish, Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher. He has racked up getting on for fifty years in and around the world of professional football. The game has been his life, and his enduring passion. Souness has written a perceptive and opinionated autobiography. It chronicles one of the most successful and colourful careers in the history of British football. But it also provides an intriguing assessment of the game which has dominated his existence, drawing extensively on his incredibly rich and varied experiences as a player, manager and pundit. The result is a shrewd, incisive and hard-hitting memoir, at times tinged with hindsight and regret, which also grapples with many of the major talking points affecting the game today. It is shot through with Souness' trademark tenacity and wisdom, and with fantastic anecdotes from his glittering career. In many ways, Football: My Life, My Passion is the story of the last half-century of British football writ large.

The Super '70s

Author: Tom Danyluk,Paul Zimmerman

Publisher: Mad Uke Pub

ISBN: 0977038300

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 320

View: 4843

Set in an easy-to-read Q&A format, this volume is full of the stories and firsthand accounts from many of the men who helped shape the 1970s into one of the most exciting and memorable eras in National Football League history.

Stand by Your Reds

An uncompromising history of the Dandy Dons

Author: Bryan Cooney

Publisher: Luath Press Ltd

ISBN: 1912387107

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 331

View: 8539

Stand By Your Reds, written by award-winning sports journalist Bryan Cooney, takes readers to locations where few have ventured – notably, the sacrosanct dressing room and those secretive corridors of power. This engaging narrative, built from a chronology of forensic interviews, ranges from the fifties to the present and tells the stories of an idiosyncratic team and an inveterate fan. Although it never neglects the triumphs, it refuses to ignore the turbulences. Cooney features: The incendiary reign of Eddie Turnbull, manager, martinet Stuart Kennedy – the first player to front up Furious Fergie Why Jim Bett was unable to forgive the directors Steve Paterson makes an extraordinary drinking debut Leigh Griffiths – why he was the one who got away The loneliest, most intimidating sacking of Milne’s life and McInnes reveals what makes him really see red. Stand Free. Stand By Your Reds. Enjoy.

Adventures in the Golden Age

Scotland in the World Cup Finals 1974-1998

Author: Archie Macpherson

Publisher: Black & White Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1785302043

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 352

View: 4144

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.

Dundee FC On This Day

History, Facts & Figures from Every Day of the Year

Author: Kenny Ross

Publisher: Pitch Publishing

ISBN: 1785313487

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 181

View: 1407

Dundee FC On This Day is a journey, in diary form, through the history of the famous Dark Blues. All the major events are covered in detail to give the reader a feel for the ups and downs experienced by The Dee since its formation in 1893. With individual entries for every day, the book includes all the club's big matches - from the joy of title wins and cup runs to the pain of relegations and administrations. Dundee FC has enjoyed a long, rich history and the book records the five major trophy wins, the runs to two European semi-finals, the Dee-Fiant season, the promotions, significant events, sensational signings and memorable derby wins over Dundee United. The Scottish League championship win in 1962 and the Scottish and League Cup victories are countered by the turmoil of relegations, missed promotions and the two administration periods which almost saw the Dens Park doors closed for good. Being a Dundee fan is a rollercoaster journey, and Dundee FC On This Day perfectly captures the thrill of the ride.

Scotland in the 60s

The Definitive Account of the Scottish National Football Side During the 1960s

Author: Ronnie McDevitt

Publisher: Pitch Publishing

ISBN: 1785312456

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 254

View: 8032

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.

Russian Winters: the Story of Andrei Kanchelskis

Author: Andrei Kanchelskis

Publisher: Decoubertin Books

ISBN: 9781909245495


Page: 250

View: 4008

Kanchelskis was one of the stars of the first great side Sir Alex Ferguson built at Old Trafford, the team of warriors, built around Peter Schmeichel, Roy Keane, Mark Hughes and Eric Cantona that won the Double in 1994. Here he tells the story of his career at Manchester United, Everton, Fiorentina, Rangers, Manchester City and in Saudi Arabia. With Russia due to be the centre of the football world when hosting next year's World Cup, Kanchelskis examines the sad decline of one of the game's great powers told through his time as a manager in his native land, a story of ignorance and corruption.

A Season To Be Cheerful

Glasgow Rangers 1992/3

Author: Jeff Holmes

Publisher: Pitch Publishing

ISBN: 1785313592

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 256

View: 5830

1992/93: It was the season to be cheerful if you were a Rangers fan. Walter Smith assembled a squad full of courage, and no shortage of skill. A combination of both qualities would see the Light Blues complete arguably the finest season in the club's long and illustrious history. The Treble of Premier League, Scottish Cup and League Cup was secured - and a 44-game unbeaten run meant Rangers ruled the roost in Scotland. But it was in the first-ever Champions League where Rangers came within a whisker of making their mark. Ten matches unbeaten - often achieved with an injury-hit side - would have been enough to make the final most other years, but Marseille, with the help of some friends, prevented Rangers enjoying their finest hour. The chief protagonists of season 1992/93, including Ian Durrant, John 'Bomber' Brown and Dave McPherson, help tell the story of a campaign that still occupies a prominent place in the minds of Rangers fans. Was 1992/93 Rangers' greatest season in living memory?


The Autobiography of Paul Sturrock

Author: Paul Sturrock,Bill Richards

Publisher: Pitch Publishing

ISBN: 1785311115

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 221

View: 4887

Paul Sturrock is widely admired as a manager, having turned around football clubs' fortunes both in England and his native Scotland. As a player he represented his beloved Dundee United and Scotland, and later managed the Tangerines after leading St Johnstone into the SPL. Moving south, he led Plymouth Argyle from bottom place in the basement division to the Championship within four seasons. Sturrock's uncompromising managerial style didn't fit with Southampton's players or owners; however Saints' loss was Sheffield Wednesday's gain, and promotion was again won to the Championship against all odds. Having stabilised Swindon Town and taken Southend United to a Wembley play-off final, he returned to Plymouth for a sad swansong dominated by the club entering administration and Sturrock's own revelation that he was suffering from Parkinson's disease. Paul's warts-and-all autobiography will both touch and inspire fans at all his clubs, and supporters of the beautiful game everywhere.

Flawed Genius

Scottish Football's Self-Destructive Mavericks

Author: Stephen McGowan

Publisher: Birlinn

ISBN: 0857901516

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 256

View: 8766

As Rangers manager Walter Smith once put it, Scottish football supporters have always liked their footballing superstars to come complete with very human flaws. But what is it that makes the seriously flawed footballer so intriguing? From Hugh Gallacher, the Wembley Wizard who died of shame, to George Best, Hibernian's ageing lothario, to the Three Amigos - Celtic's trio of wayward overseas mercenaries - the great entertainers have always come with baggage. Never before have the individual stories of these mavericks of Scottish football's past been collated and told in one place. "Flawed Genius" does just that. Through the words of the men themselves - allied to testimonies from friends and close colleagues - McGowan recounts the in-depth stories of Gascoigne and Goram, Best and Baxter, Charnley and Cadette and the equally wayward figures of Paolo Di Canio, Andy Ritchie, Pierre van Hooijdonk, Willie Johnston and Willie Hamilton. Here, together for the first time, the colourful contributions of each and every player in the Scottish game's rich tapestry of flawed geniuses are brought vividly back to life.

The Bear Hunter

The Search for Rangers' Nine-in-a-Row Heroes

Author: John Irwin,Murray Scougall

Publisher: Pitch Publishing

ISBN: 1785312898

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 200

View: 5859

The Bear Hunter is the fascinating and unlikely seven-year story of one football fan's devotion to his team. In 2009, John Irwin began a mission to track down every one of the 86 players who featured in Rangers' nine league title wins between 1988 and 1997 and have them sign his favourite strip. From legends like McCoist, Laudrup and Gough to journeymen, loanees and youngsters who only turned out for one match, John vowed to find them all. His obsession took him around the world. From a nightmare trip to Ukraine and a whistle-stop tour of Dubai, to a mayor's office in America and 13 trains across Holland, the number of John's adventures was equalled only by the miles clocked up. Whether it was a fire station in Sheffield or a shortbread factory in the Highlands, amateur detective John left no stone unturned to find each of his heroes. On the 20th anniversary of Rangers' greatest achievement, this is the nine-in-a-row squad then and now - seen through the eyes of one super-fan who turned Bear Hunter to meet his heroes.

The Penalty King

The Autobiography of Johnny Hubbard, Rangers' Star of the 1950s

Author: Johnny Hubbard,David Mason

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781785312304

Category: Soccer players

Page: 256

View: 2147


The Away Game: The Epic Search for Soccer's Next Superstars

Author: Sebastian Abbot

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393292215

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 336

View: 3798

The gripping story of a group of boys discovered in what may be the largest talent search in sports history. Over the past decade, an audacious program called Football Dreams has held tryouts for millions of 13-year-old boys across Africa looking for soccer’s next superstars. Led by the Spanish scout who helped launch Lionel Messi’s career at Barcelona and funded by the desert kingdom of Qatar, the program has chosen a handful of boys each year to train to become professionals—a process over a thousand times more selective than getting into Harvard. In The Away Game, reporter Sebastian Abbot follows a small group of the boys as they are discovered on dirt fields across Africa, join the glittering academy in Doha where they train, and compete for the chance to gain fame and fortune at Europe’s top clubs. We meet Diawandou, a skilled Senegalese defender whose composure makes him a natural leader on the field; Hamza, a midfielder from Ghana with great talent but a mercurial personality to match; Ibrahima, a towering striker who scores goals by the bucketload; Serigne Mbaye, who glides by players effortlessly but happens to be deaf; and Bernard, often the smallest kid on the field but a sublime playmaker who invites constant comparison to Messi. Abbot masterfully weaves together the dramatic story of the boys’ journey with an exploration of the art and science of trying to spot talent at such a young age. As in so many other sports, data analytics in soccer have expanded in the wake of Moneyball, with scouts employing more sophisticated metrics like "expected goals" and tracking data to judge players. But, as The Away Game chronicles, soccer genius depends more on intangible qualities like "game intelligence" than on easily quantifiable ones. Richly reported and deeply moving, The Away Game is set against the geopolitical backdrop of Qatar’s rise from an impoverished patch of desert to an immensely rich nation determined to buy a place on the international stage. It is an unforgettable story of the joy and pain these talented African boys experience as they chase their dreams in a dizzying world of rich Arab sheikhs, money-hungry agents, and soccer-mad European fans.

Walter Smith the Ibrox Gaffer

A Tribute to a Rangers Legend

Author: Scott Burns

Publisher: Black & White Publishing

ISBN: 1845023994

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 272

View: 800

Rangers stars past and present unite to honour one of the most decorated and successful managers in Scottish football - the legendary Walter Smith. Ibrox favourites from across the decades, including heroes like Ally McCoist, Jorg Albertz, Madjid Bougherra, Ian Durrant, Brian Laudrup, Andy Goram, Richard Gough, Nacho Novo, Lorenzo Amoruso, Stevie Naismith and countless others, give their own unique insight into the man they affectionately call their 'Gaffer'. The Light Blue legends offer their candid views on Walter Smith and tell a host of tales from behind the scenes about the man who led Rangers to their nine-in-a-row success and then returned for his second spell at Ibrox to deliver domestic and European success against all odds. And the one thing they all agree is that Walter Smith is simply the best!