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  1. Scotland: Club, Country & Collectables David Stuart & Robert Marshall Pitch Publishing 2019 Hardback 208pp £19.99 When four of the first six club entries in a book about Scottish football are English, then it’s clear that this is an unconventional look at the game north of the border. The result is a wide ranging, intelligent and fascinating review of the ups and (many) downs of Scotland the football nation. Matches, tournaments, individuals and all the ephemera and collectables associated with them are encompassed in this well written and illustrated volume. This isn’t a comprehensive guide to Scottish football, but it is an entertaining, informative and, at times, personal and subjective panorama of the Caledonian game. Don’t expect to see every club written about but the contributions made by players and managers from Airdrie to Tottenham are chronicled, always with nostalgic illustration. Charlie Cooke on the cover of Soccer Star, Willie Carr in the Coventry programme, or Robert Orrock (one cap in 1913 as a Falkirk player) on a Churchman’s cigarette card, indicate the span that there is. Most of the images come from the authors’ own collections, wide-ranging and replete with both historical and more recent material. The narrative too covers the decades: Willie Paul of Partick Thistle scored four times in his third international but was never picked again, apparently not unusual at the time, and Joe Craig, exThistle playing for Celtic, came on for 14 minutes against Sweden in 1977, scored and, again, was never chosen afterwards. The book’s second half is an “alternative A to Z”. O is Oceanian opponents, B is Beer and Spirit Labels, and Y is You’ll Never Swap Alone. A wonderful collection of memories, memorabilia, and nuggets of information. Edinburgh brewers Robert Deuchar produced a “Hampden Roar” ale label and Rutherglen Scotch Whisky the “Flower of Scotland” miniatures with labels of legends like George Younger. Graeme Souness got his 50th cap in a 0-0 draw against Australia in Melbourne, a country that’s appeared at four consecutive World Cup Finals, 2006-18, with Scotland absent each time. If you’ve ever looked at some items in your collection and wonder “Why ?”, then you’ll identify with the notion that Craig Brown’s tie and a vinyl 45 recorded live at Gartcosh Social Club to celebrate Scotland’s win at Wembley in 1977 may not be that outlandish. The presence of the authors at the scenes of Scotland’s more recent ventures on the world scene is used to bring to life tournaments like World Cup 98. The travails of travel and tickets from the days of transit vans heading to Wembley through to Easyjet and packages to away matches are well told. In earlier times the challenges didn’t exist as Scotland’s first 143 internationals were against other British Isles teams. The first official “foreign” opposition was in 1929 in Norway, a match won 7-3 in front of 4,000. A fascinating, intelligent and pleasing book, full of interest for collectors of all sorts, and for football supporters Scottish or not.
  2. Sorry to be nerdy but Accrington Stanley were a different club to Accrington ( founder members of the League)... Edit: Accrington resigned from the FL in 1893 so were I suppose the first founder members to leave, though Notts County have the dubious record of being the first to be ejected.
  3. Jake Cassidy signs for Stevenage https://twitter.com/stevenagefc/status/1217055380095799296?s=21
  4. Silly boy. What was the name you posted under when writing almost exactly the same a few months ago? Oh, tell us, how would matches be supervised in your referee free utopia? Edit: Here we are, as Kusunga is God ( Agnus Uk anagram) on Oct 19. “Referees in general are egotisical pricks. Anyone who wants to be a referee was obviously the last pick on the play ground. They seem to forget we are there to watch theplayers, not them. Cunts every single one of them.”
  5. Not necessarily the case. The red card could have been overturned on the basis that it was not deliberate. Under the “double jeopardy “ interpretation, a player can’t be sent off if a penalty is given and the offence wasn’t intentional . So if the ball came off his thigh onto in arm then yes a penalty but no sending off.
  6. On sale from 10am on Monday. https://salfordcityfc.co.uk/ticket-info-2911/
  7. Er no. Downright offensive to supporters who have been going for donkeys years and are still there, home and away. I don’t personally get to as many away matches as many of them but reckon I can be classed as die hard. That doesn’t make us acolytes of AL , don’t suggest we are to be despised.
  8. Looks like a leaner Jimmy Bullard The new lad from Salford that is!
  9. But they didn’t. Before Johnstone signed we had over 9000 for our previous home game and all other gates were between 6400 and 10860. Johnstone did boost support but let’s not overegg the pudding - or expect something similar in much altered times.
  10. If the ball hits an official on the field of play the drop ball is uncontested and given to the team that last had possession. Law change for this season I thought a Latics player had last kicked it and if so we should have had it.
  11. Not being pedantic but it won’t be lifelong then . If you stop something it can’t be.
  12. Me And My Big Mouth Graham Denton Pitch Publishing 2019 Softback 320pp £12.99 Brian Clough was rarely lacking in self-confidence and seldom ignored an opportunity to share his opinions with others. At a time when a weekly TV listings magazine was to be found in most households then a column in TV Times in 1973 was a high-profile outlet for the highest profile manager in the game. From September of that year until the end of 1974 Clough wrote a weekly set of thoughts, judgements and ideas ranging over football as a whole or particular aspects that were in the news. At times dogmatic and doctrinaire, often constructive and insightful, they became talking points in themselves, fuelling even more debate about the man and his “big mouth”. Clough was manager of Derby County and making frequent appearances on ITV’s “on The Ball” programme when, in September 1973 his first “Clough Sounds Off” column was published. The next 15 months not only saw the failure of England to qualify for the World Cup finals at the same time as Scotland did so, but Clough as a manager moving to Division 3 Brighton and then to reigning League champions Leeds United. Turbulent times and constantly reflected in his column and tv appearances. Whether it is about the selection of players for the national team, the relationship between television and football, or his views on a What Graham Denton has ably done in this book is not just reproduce many of Clough’s pieces but to develop a narrative of the context in which they were written. In this way there is a look at some of the most pressing issues and events in football in the early 70s. Clough’s columns set up a review of the background to them or what happened a bit further down the line. Prior to the Scotland v England game in May 1974 he writes about whether the home team are good enough to be the standard bearer for British football in the imminent World Cup. The book then studies those World Cup finals with Scotland’s performance gaining especial scrutiny. When it came to TV coverage of football then Clough didn’t exclude himself from the debate. He was worried that television was trying to make the game looked too perfect and that it should be shaken up with more controversy (hardly unsurprising from the man) yet was unhappy with criticism of referees. The author then widens out the topic into examining the changing relationship between the medium and the game and what were the concerns and opportunities of the time. A long way from the camera saturation that we have today. Clough was definitely the man the media went to for a story or a quote. A man who was unashamed of his self-described “big mouth” and who backed up his opinions with success as a manager. And in his apparent failures at Brighton and Leeds there was still copy on a weekly basis before he bounced back with Nottingham Forest. As a book that ably illustrates the thought of “Old Big Head” and chronicles football in the 1970s, then this delivers well.
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