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Blue Thunder: The Jock Wallace Story [Kindle Edition]

Jeff Holmes
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Former miner Jock Wallace worked his way up from football's coal face to become one of Scotland's greatest ever managers. As a player he had a love of giant-slaying, while a fruitful coaching apprenticeship included European glory before he won two unprecedented trebles with Rangers. At the height of his popularity in Glasgow he quit for Leicester City, where his typically brutal training regime guided the Foxes to the English First Division. After a spell at Motherwell, he moved back to Ibrox but was sacked after just two trophies in three seasons. Seville was the next port of call, followed by Colchester where he worked wonders to keep the Us in the Football League. Sadly, the great man was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease during his time at Layer Road. When he died in 1996, his popularity in Glasgow gave rise to a suitably huge and colourful shrine at Ibrox.


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"Any number of former City players hold Jock in high regard and and are keen to point out how much they learnt from him and how much of their career progression is down to him, which is testimony to his management skills. Rangers fans will love this biography as it covers his time at the Gers in minute detail. The final word should go to Domingo Perez, Jock's second in command at Atletico Bilbao. He touches on a theme that we can all agree on when he says: 'Jock has no trouble with Spanish at his team briefings. But when he talks in English we all get a bit lost!'" --The Fox, The Leicester City Fanzine

"Of great interest to all City fans, full of anecdotes about a cult figure from the past. Inevitably emphasises the legendary manager's incredibly successful time at Rangers, but explains why he forsook Rangers for Leicester, and evokes memories of the 1980 Second Division title season." --City, Leicester City matchday magazine

"Blue Thunder is predominantly an account of Wallace's considerable success with Rangers, it is nonetheless a revealing throwback to a time when life was very different at the Us and a fascinating read for Colchester supporters." --Colchester Daily Gazette

About the Author

Jeff Holmes is the author of the biography of former Aberdeen and St Mirren striker Frank McDougall. After a long career in TV, Jeff became a newspaper reporter and is now part of the team at Media Scotland, covering football for the Daily Record and Sunday Mail. He remains, as ever, a staunch fan of Rangers.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 26526 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Pitch Publishing (23 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JWUPB6W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #207,027 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Battle Fever 6 May 2014
Format:Hardcover
After many years of waiting for a book on the late great Jock Wallace I was not disappointed. The author done the memory of big Jock and his family proud with this book.

It is a great read with great photos

As Big Jock famously said "I was confident before it started son" !!

would recommend to all....
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best football books I've read 6 May 2014
Format:Hardcover
A great read, giving a fantastic insight in Rangers managerial legend Jock Wallace's life. A must read for every Rangers fan, The author captures Jock's true grit & determination throughout his life & career with some good insights from former 'Gers legends. All in all a brilliant book!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just fantastic 11 May 2014
Format:Hardcover
I'm writing this review on behalf of my father in law. Jock was his hero. He was lucky enough to meet him in the Mayfair bar with his wife one evening.
They became close friends for many years. My wife still gets emotional talking about the times they shared in the 1980's.
The greatest praise I can give this book and I quote from my father in law" its brilliant. Its like Jock is talking to me".
The author deserves a big thank you from my wife's family. His timely detail and love of the big man shines through in his well researched words.
Highly recommend.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blue Thunder :The Jock Wallace Story 6 May 2014
Format:Hardcover
Just finished reading Jock Wallace :Blue Thunder fantastic book extremely well written & loads of interesting facts & pics about the late great Jock Wallace This book has managed to encapsulates Big Jock warts & all ...... Def well worth reading ..Well Done Jeff Holmes
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 17 Jun. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
An absolute must buy for any Rangers supporter Jock Wallace was one in a million, a pity he was not around today.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Jock Wallace 21 May 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
def recommend to any bluenose.absolute legend-2 trebles in 3 years -what an achievement,About time book out about Jock.Remeber the one in 1984-Football is the wallace religion-but this ones far better.
"We Got The Battle Fever On "
No Surrender
WATP
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read! 6 May 2014
By ladymac
Format:Hardcover
I bought this for my dad, and he loved it so much I ended up reading it too. The book is descriptive and enthralling. A great tribute to a giant of the game. A must for football fans everywhere as Jock rubbed shoulders with so many legends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars blue thunder 6 May 2014
By wullb52
Format:Hardcover
First class in depth book of a true rangers legend.Written very well and so much input from ex platers.Which goes to show the respect jock had from others . recommended to all sports fans
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