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This revised and updated edition of Stephen Walsh's Voices of the Old Firm tells the history of Rangers and Celtic in the words of those who can say, 'I was there'. By interviewing players, managers and, above all, supporters of the great Glasgow clubs, Stephen Walsh has built up a unique picture of 60 years of football and football culture in the city. Full of historical detail, the book surveys all the great moments since the war - the ups and the downs, the triumphs and disasters. The voices which describe these events include some of the greatest players who have pulled on the green or the blue during the last 60 years. From Shaw and McPhail through Greig and McNeill to those of more recent vintage, the players interviewed have vivid and unique stories to tell of encounters on the field. But the book also focuses on the voices of those who have spent that time on the terraces and in the stands. The book gives space to the ordinary supporters and allows them to tell their stories of adventures at home and abroad as they follow their clubs with sometimes ridiculous levels of devotion. In their own words, they tell of great games of football, but while also describing the travelling, the songs, the drink, the clothes, the bigotry and the emotion. This is a football book, then, but it is also a social history in which the ordinary people of Glasgow find their 'voices'. This classic oral history has been brought fully up to date with the addition of new material reflecting the way the two teams have come to dominate the Scottish scene in the last ten years. Highlights include Rangers' unforgettable 'last day' championship of 2003 and Celtic's long journey from the humiliations of the John Barnes period to the UEFA Cup final in Seville.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781840189513
ISBN-10: 1840189517
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 18mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Mainstream Publishing
Publisher: Mainstream Publishing
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Stephen Walsh

Stephen Walsh was brought up in Glasgow but was born in Edinburgh; consequently, he regards both halves of the Old Firm from a perspective of lofty neutrality. He was educated at Oxford, has a day job as a housemaster in a boarding school and is married with five children.

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