Raith Rovers Fc Since 1996


Author: Tony Fimister

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780752432397

Category: Soccer

Page: 128

View: 3441

A history of Raith Rovers Football Club since 1996



Author: Steven Lawther

Publisher: Pitch Publishing

ISBN: 9781909626645

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 224

View: 7061

From managerless crisis club to qualifying for Europe, the behind-the-scenes stories of the underdogs who defied the odds to win their first national trophy At the start of 1986 Raith Rovers were a club in crisis. Languishing near the bottom of Scottish soccer, they were managerless and playing before crowds of just a few hundred. Yet less than a decade on the club would defy the odds to win their first ever national trophy, the Scottish League Cup, defeating Glasgow giants Celtic and qualifying for Europe in one of Scottish soccer's most dramatic cup finals. Unthinkable tells the inside story of that remarkable journey and thrilling final from the perspective of the management and players of the Kirkcaldy club. Drawing on illuminating interviews with all the main characters, it reveals exactly what the players were thinking each step of the way and what drove them on to achieve their unparalleled success. The true story of underdogs battling against the odds to take their place in the history of the Scottish game.

It's Not All About the Old Firm

Defying the Odds in Scottish Football


Author: Scott Burns

Publisher: Pitch Publishing

ISBN: 1909178071

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 452

View: 5195

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.

El Clasico: Barcelona v Real Madrid

Football's Greatest Rivalry


Author: Richard Fitzpatrick

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408171090

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 256

View: 3588

Real Madrid versus Barcelona is regarded by many as the most captivating fixture in world football. But it is not only the on-pitch battles that have forged their rivalry. From General Franco and bloody civil war to the Catalan city of Barcelona's lukewarm reaction to Spain's recent World Cup and European Championship triumphs, bitterness is never far from the surface. In El Clásico, Richard Fitzpatrick charts the key political and historical flashpoints between the two clubs. With exclusive interviews with key figures, including Luís Figo, Hristo Stoichkov, Joan Laporta and Vicente del Bosque, El Clásico is the definitive guide to football's greatest feud.

In Search of Duncan Ferguson

The Life and Crimes of a Footballing Enigma


Author: Alan Pattullo

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1780577478

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

View: 4933

He was one of the hardest, most controversial footballers of his generation: the £20million man who became the first professional player to go to jail for an offence committed on the field of play. He was the fans’ hero who disappeared. Duncan Ferguson was an old-fashioned Scottish centre-forward who went from a boarding house in Dundee to the marble staircase of Rangers in a record-breaking transfer. His £4m move from Dundee United to Ibrox made him British football’s most expensive native player. But he would also become one of the most notorious footballers in the land. Sent to prison after head-butting an opponent during a Scottish Premier Division match between Rangers and Raith Rovers, Ferguson made history all over again. He served half of a three-month sentence in Glasgow’s infamous Barlinnie Prison. A twelve-match ban from the Scottish Football Association was later overturned following a long appeal process. Bruised by the experience, he turned his back on Scotland’s national team and the media. Ferguson reaped the riches of the Sky era. He was a folk hero at Everton, where he spent ten years either side of an injury-hit spell at Newcastle United. Although the game made him a millionaire, he rejected its new culture of celebrity and remained a fiery figure, racking up a Premiership record of eight red cards. And then, after scoring in the final minute of the last game of his career, he turned his back on football completely – or so it seemed.

Distant Corners

American Soccer's History of Missed Opportunities and Lost Causes


Author: David Wangerin

Publisher: Temple University Press

ISBN: 9781439906316

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 264

View: 5462

In Distant Corners, his follow-up to Soccer in a Football World, David Wangerin details several of the people, places, and events that shaped American soccer history. Despite its struggle for popular acceptance, soccer in the United States has a rich history. Wangerin profiles Tom Cahill, the almost-forgotten "father of American soccer," and writes passionately about the 1979 North American Soccer League season, the high-water mark of the game in the twentieth century. Wangerin shows how the American appetite for soccer has ebbed and grown over the years, chronicling the game at the college and professional levels and describing the city of St. Louis's unique historic attachment to the sport. Wangerin believes that the time is ripe for American fans to look into their own history and recognize the surprisingly deep connection their country has to soccer.

International Sport: A Bibliography, 1995-1999

Including Index to Sports History Journals, Conference Proceedings and Essay Collections.


Author: Richard William Cox

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135775338

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 200

View: 9401

There has been an explosion in the quantity of sports history literature published in recent years, making it increasingly difficult to keep abreast of developments. The annual number of publications has increased from around 250 to 1,000 a year over the last decade. This is due in part to the fact that during the late 1980s and 90s, many clubs, leagues and governing bodies of sport have celebrated their centenaries and produced histories to mark this occasion and commemorate their achievements. It is also the result of the growing popularity and realisation of the importance of sport history research within academe. This international bibliography of books, articles, conference proceedings and essays in the English language is a one-stop for the sports historian to know what is new.

Scottish Football Quotations


Author: Kenny Macdonald

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1780570015

Category: Reference

Page: 224

View: 6019

In this, the follow-up to the critically acclaimed first volume of quotations about our national sport, Kenny MacDonald delves once more into Scotland's sweaty, smelly football dressing-rooms and emerges with a batch of statements which are profond, amusing, acerbic and sometimes plain bizarre.

Marvellous Marvin

The Life, Football and Faith of a Soca Warrior


Author: Marvin Andrews,Tom Brown

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1780573189

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 208

View: 8103

Marvin Andrews is an extraordinary footballer whose talent has seen him quickly progress from barefoot kickabouts on the dusty streets of his Caribbean neighbourhood to top-flight Scottish football and 99 international appearances with 'Soca Warriors' Trinidad and Tobago. Beginning his professional career with Trinidadian club San Juan Jabloteh in 1995, he came to Scotland in 1997, where his achievements include a Scottish Cup win with Livingston in 2003-04 and a Premier League title win with Rangers in 2004-05. In Marvellous Marvin, Andrews reveals what it felt like to play alongside some of the greatest names in the modern game, frankly opines about playing in the notorious Rangers-Celtic Old Firm clashes in an atmosphere of religious rivalry and discusses how his faith has led him away from a wild life of women, alcohol and gambling to one of high morals and born-again Christianity. Marvellous Marvin is a football autobiography with a difference by one of the game's true characters. Nicknamed 'Dog' in Trinidad due to his fierce-but-fair defending, and known as the 'Gentle Giant' amongst Scottish fans, this is the story of Marvin Andrews: preacher, pastor, healer . . . and top-class footballer.

Education and Schooling

Myth, Heresy and Misconception


Author: John MacBeath

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135039070

Category: Education

Page: 224

View: 7040

Written in an easily accessible style, each chapter of this book illuminates deeper lying issues about the nature of schooling, learning, leadership, research, and the impact of globalisation on the lives of schools, teachers, children and families. Each of the seven themes, or lenses, through which the education system is viewed, will be of value to teachers and school leaders, as well as to academics and students on education programmes.

Sports Geography


Author: John Bale

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0419252304

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 196

View: 1131

Looks at the impact geography has on sports around the world.

Kirkcaldy Remembered


Author: Kirkcaldy Civic Society

Publisher: Nonsuch Publishing, Limited

ISBN: 9781845883867

Category: Kirkcaldy (Scotland)

Page: 224

View: 6462

The Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) were the precursors of arguably the finest, most efficient and certainly the oldest, independent air arm in the world – the RAF. The RFC was formed in 1912, combining the Air Battalion of the Royal Engineers and the Naval Air Organization, and embracing a Central Flying School and Royal Aircraft Factory. Two years later, just before the First World War, the RNAS was created as an independent unit. By then it was already predicted that battles for supremacy of the air by armed aircraft were only a matter of time.This book explores a wide range of subjects – from aircraft, airships and balloons, to pay, rank, uniforms, motor vehicles, the women’s branches, minor conflicts and even the songs which were popular in the Mess. The text is fully illustrated with many previously unpublished photographs, line drawings and maps.

The People's Game?

Football, Finance and Society


Author: S. Morrow

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 9780333946121

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 244

View: 8647

The beautiful game is big business. Football leagues worldwide are being dominated by clubs who are becoming richer and more powerful. Enormous corporate investment, deals with media giants, huge volumes of merchandising and dedicated TV channels mean that football teams are as concerned with the affairs of the boardroom as what is going on on the pitch. In this dynamic new book, Stephen Morrow examines the changing face of football, looking at issues such as the role of the stock exchange, the viability of the stakeholder approach, the 'new economics' of football including the role of media firms and the social impact of the sport.


Tackling Scotland's Towns and Teams


Author: Daniel Gray

Publisher: Luath Press Ltd

ISBN: 190991228X

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 192

View: 5497

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

Football in the Blood

My Autobiography


Author: Tommy McLean

Publisher: Black & White Publishing

ISBN: 1845027485

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 256

View: 8533

Tommy McLean is proud to be from one of Scotland's most famous footballing families. Along with brothers Jim and Willie, the McLean's have had a huge impact on the Scottish game. Now, in Football in the Blood, Tommy tells his story for the first time and reveals the highs and lows of a remarkable career. After success with Kilmarnock as part of the 1964/65 Championship-winning team, Tommy moved on to Rangers and was an integral part of the European Cup Winners' Cup team in 1972, later also becoming one of Jock Wallace's treble-winning heroes. Later, when he hung up his boots, Tommy moved into management, firstly at Morton and then at Motherwell where he brought the club from the brink of bankruptcy to a Scottish Cup final and European football. Now Tommy McLean discusses openly his and brother Jim's courageous decision to face each other as opposing managers in the Scottish Cup final just days after the death of their father, and describes the personal turmoil behind the scenes during one of the most difficult periods of his life. He also reveals the real ins and outs of his Hearts managerial stint, his controversial six days as manager of Raith Rovers and what it was like to work with his brother Jim McLean at Dundee United. And he explains why he had to step away from football to concentrate on more important family matters. Honest, heartfelt and compelling, Football in the Blood offers a unique insight into the life and times of one of the best-known names in the Scottish game.

Open The Door!


Author: Catherine Carswell

Publisher: Canongate Books

ISBN: 1847675085

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

View: 5891

Joanna Bannerman, capricious, selfish and warm-hearted, passionately seeks life and ‘loveliness’. Certainly the bustling streets of Glasgow at the turn of the century promise much greater excitement than the solid evangelical background she has known hitherto. Her studies in the School of Art open up new horizons – of independence and love – and Joanna reaches for them all. First published in 1920, this novel powerfully evokes the image of a young woman ensnared yet ultimately released by her capacity for emotion. It contains a strong autobiographical element and is also a powerful evocation of the life and industry of the Second City of the Empire.

Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2016-2017


Author: Headline

Publisher: Headline

ISBN: 9781472233943

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 1056

View: 7059

The market-leading book of football statistics. 1056 fact-filled pages with everything you need to know about domestic and international football. This 46th edition of the football bible brings you all the Premier League, Football League, Champions League and Europa League stats. Plus the complete qualifying and final tournament record of the 2016 European Championships. The Yearbook never fails to deliver with unrivalled stats and information including a comprehensive season-by-season players' directory with an invaluable A-Z of all entries; the most informed stats for English and Scottish league and cup matches, and English and Scottish important dates at home and abroad for the 2016-2017 season. As ever, this is the first reference book you should turn to.

Scottish Football

It's Not All about the Old Firm


Author: Scott Burns

Publisher: Pitch Pub

ISBN: 9781908051493

Category: History

Page: 285

View: 7957

Heroes and legends of the Scottish game unite to share their stories and memories, in their own words, as they helped their respective clubs step out of the shadows of Rangers and Celtic Offering a true behind-the-scenes story of some of the game's greatest achievement, this history covers every title, European, Scottish Cup, and League Cup triumph from Sir Alex Ferguson's time at Aberdeen to Dundee United's Scottish Cup heroics of 2010. The triumphs of Motherwell, Kilmarnock, Raith Rovers, St. Mirren, Dundee United, Aberdeen, Livingston, Hibs, and Hearts are covered extensively by the very people who helped write themselves into the history books of the Scottish game. The likes of Alex McLeish, Willie Miller, Paul Lambert, Jimmy Nicholl, Stevie Kirk, Stuart Lovell, Paul Wright, Steven Fletcher, Jim Jefferies, David Goodwillie, and Maurice Malpas give a unique insight into some of their greatest footballing moments. Fans finally have access to the inside story of each glory run, from stays in haunted hotels to the dressing room and tunnel bust-ups to the illegal betting scandals, as well as the joy and pain as individuals and teams overcome the odds and adversity to come out on top.