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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Scotland; Reprint edition (13 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755360974
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755360970
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 12.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 436,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'We Are Celtic supporters hits you in a flourish of green and white...you don't need to be a Celtic supporter to find this book an absorbing read' (John Gibson, Edinburgh Evening News)

'The book is an incisive, thoughtful and necessarily partisan look at one of the world's most recognisable clubs' (football-books.com)

'The book of the year... The book, like Celtic, is more than football' (Simon Dames, Catholic Times)

'There is no excuse if you haven't read this book' (Nathan Amin, TalkCeltic.net)

'Hoops fans are well represented in this heart-warming book... He seeks out the people, passion and humour and what it means to support the club' (John Murray, Leith F.M)

'This is a terrific, well written and beautifully pitched book, something football fans, especially Celtic fans have been waiting for; for a long time' (Andrew O'Hagan, author of The Missing)

'We Are Celtic supporters hits you in a flourish of green and white...you don't need to be a Celtic supporter to find this book an absorbing read' (Edinburgh Evening News)

'An excellent book which is part social history and part contemporary snapshot of the diverse nature of the Celtic support' (Not The View)

'The Celtic soul is all about the support & you'll feel & touch it here!' (Matt McGlone, Editor of the Alternative View magazine and author of Emotionally Celtic)

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The ultimate supporter's book for Celtic fans the world over.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By R T Cassidy on 22 Sept. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Be warned: this is not your average football book. In this book, Purden explores various aspects of the club from its charitable Christian roots in Glasgow's East End to its globetrotting successes on the football field. Through a series of interviews with prominent fans such as Rod Stewart, James MacMillan and Andrew O'Hagan the author reveals the fascinating truth of a Marist Brother who formed a club to benefit poverty stricken immigrants, which then became inextricably linked with the identity of the community, not just in Glasgow, but throughout the diaspora.
The romantic worldwide attraction of the club is demonstrated through interviews with fans in New York, Germany and Spain. Each provides a different perspective on why, in the age of the footballing megastar, Celtic still has the power to connect with fans and stir the passions. In interviews with musicians such as Jim Kerr, Eddi Reader, Noel Gallagher and Bobby Gillespie, each espouse the appeal of a team which has always held to an anti-fascist agenda and demonstrated socially inclusive policies.
Throughout the book Purden's narrative style is relaxed and conversational and the prose is by turns informative and poetic, as required when discussing an emotive subject such as Celtic. It is difficult not to be moved by the story of a club which has gained near mythical status; an underdog which became the first British team to win the European Cup consisting of players all born within a thirty mile radius of Glasgow.
This is not just a book for Celtic fans; this is a book for all football fans. If you want to read about statistics and multi-million pound transfer deals then look elsewhere. If you want to read a socio-historical document which stands as a testament to a cultural phenomenon then look no further. A thoroughly enjoyable read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jimbo1875 on 4 Oct. 2011
Format: Hardcover
A Celtic supporting friend recommended this book to me, hinting that there were mentions of my school within it. As is typical of me, I jumped straight to those parts to read them but so enjoyed what I was reading began thumbing my way through chapters in no particular order (I believe this book lends itself well to either that approach or the common garden cover-to-cover approach). As a Hibee from Leith, born and raised Catholic, with a thirst for Scottish culture and music, I identified with much of what was written in this book.

When looking at the Old Firm from the East we typically view them and "what they're all about" with similar disdain. This book opened my eyes to much more of what Celtic were (and in some areas still are) about. The chapter that Pat Nevin features heavily in was fascinating in this respect and Jim Kerr of Simple Minds makes you feel like you're missing out on something profound by not following this mob (feeling sorry for you if you didnae). Game for a man from Toryglen! I'll be honest and say that I've found the blue half of the Old Firm more distasteful over the years but on matchdays against one another they are as bad as each other. Celtic, however, tend less to sing about and advocate hate prefering songs about ancestors and their rich history. I'd agree that they are considered much more community-spirited than almost any other club on the planet. As Nevin points out, they've perhaps let that identity slip a little in the new century.

The stuff from guys like Noel Gallagher and Bobby Gillespie was new to me and there was a history to the whole book that any Hibee should appreciate. It doesn't disguise the fact that Hibs were first to wear the green and that in cultural terms are far more significant.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 27 Sept. 2013
Format: Paperback
An enjoyable book about Celtic through the eyes of the fans. Richard Purden's passion for Celtic makes the book come alive and shows how being a Celtic fan is about so much more than football. The historical and cultural aspects of the book give it a depth that allows it to be enjoyed by those who want to look at what exactly it is that makes Celtic great, and at the same time it appeals to any football fan who appreciates the rich history of the game. A must for any Celtic fan.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andy on 19 Nov. 2011
Format: Hardcover
As a wee boy growing up in the 70s in Lanarkshire you played football, football and more football and usually chose to support either Rangers or Celtic. I opted for the former Glagow team, but upon reading this book I was almost made to question that choice. Celtic fans are truly in for a treat!

This book is life affirming, charming, honest, and cleverly written. Richard Purden takes you on a journey where you find yourself seeing with new eyes and celebrating the unique community that is Celtic Football Club. Never a dull moment it reveals the Christian roots of the club, reminds us of its worldwide connections, captures the magic of Jock Stein and the Lisbon Lions and much of the football that followed; by way of revealing commentaries from famous rock stars, writers, the local chippie owner and many in between. I am not going to say anymore just read this glittering prize!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael on 18 Sept. 2011
Format: Hardcover
I got this book from Amazon last week and I thoroughly enjoyed reading through it. In my opinion it is the best Book of Celtric to date, and I have read a few in my years!
This book displayes great knowledge of not only the subject, but also great personal interest in what has been written, making it an experience to read.
I reccomend this book to anyone who loves Celtic and football.
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