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Downfall: How Rangers FC Self Destructed [Paperback]

Phil Mac Giolla Bhain
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)
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Book Description

8 Sep 2012
Fundamental reading for anyone interested in the history of British football, Downfall - How Rangers FC Self Destructed contains a wealth of exclusive material as well as collecting the prophetic articles by investigative journalist Phil Mac Giolla Bhain. Phil gained the attention of notable writers such as James MacMillan, Professor Roy Greenslade and sports journalist Brian McNally - who compared his work to that of Woodward and Bernstein - by breaking the wall of silence of mainstream football journalism in Scotland, denouncing its corruption. With an introduction by Alex Thomson of channel Four News, Downfall. How Rangers FC Self Destructed has four sections which expose Rangers tax strategy and the luscious dinners for major reporters, as well as detailing the failure of corporate governance by the SFA and SPL and the culture of Ranger s supporters and how they failed to mobilise. The Fan's Revolution, when SPL fans held back from buying season tickets until they were sure their Chairmen would not let Rangers Newco back into the SPL, is documented also.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Frontline Noir; 1st edition (8 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904684262
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904684268
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 150,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Phil Mac Giolla Bhain is an author, blogger, journalist and writer. He is an active member of the National Union of Journalists and the Irish representative on the NUJ s New Media Industrial Council. He also is the editor of the NUJ's house magazine the Irish Journalist. An established print journalist for many years Phil's online writing has gained him a vast following as well as recognition by the national press and in the Tartan Blog Awards in 2010 and 2011. Phil lives and works in Donegal, Ireland. Downfall is his third book.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good 2 April 2014
By Martin
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Good read got slightly repetitive nearer the end just shows what happens when you bury your head in the sand and hope for the best
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Good insight into the "masters " that run Scottish football. Would make you think twice about parting with your hard earned supporting this mob.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Rangers 28 Mar 2014
By D
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Difficult to access the content because of the ongoing saga of overspending with this football club I bought this as a gift and the recipient said it was Ok and a salutory lesson should be learned by other overspending football clubs who seem to think budgeting is only for others!
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170 of 246 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lies, Damned Lies and Downfall 30 Nov 2012
Just what's needed in the season of goodwill, several hundred pages of unsubstantiated twoddle posing as investigative journalism from a self professed hater of all things British.

Contrary to the book's preamble, there is little in here for the football fan and nothing for a genuine British Football Fan.

The book, like the man suffers from a distinct identity clash.

Rather than the 3 barrel Irish nom de guerre widely employed; his original monikler is a simpler Phillip Gillivan.

55 year old Mr Gillivan is not an investigative journalist. He was a social worker. He has had no formal journalist training whatsoever. He is simply an internet blogger who writes his opinions. That is fine, as long as the distinction is clear - a blogger can 'publish and be damned' a journalist has to cite their sources and provide 3rd party evidence. Not so Mr Gillivan and certainly not this book. It is full of half truths, distortions and subjective opinions, which are constructed to appear factual.

Mr Gillivan claims to have fled the UK owing to threats over his anti-rangers blogs. This, like a number of Mr Gillivan's claims, has proven to be unfounded (see reports from the CPS and Procurator Fiscal Offices which found not one shred of evidence to support these claims). Moreover, Mr Gillivan's own blog posts point out that he moved to Letterkenny owing to an affinity with the area.

One would hope that affinity would be family roots or love of the natural environment. Indeed Mr Gillvan has stated he was leader of Donegal Mountain Rescue Team (although he is not listed on the DMRT website or known to the team). Rather, Mr Gillivan's blog posts make it clear, it is due to the historical affinity with militant Irish Republicanism in Letterkenny and Co.
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37 of 54 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Garbage 8 Dec 2012
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The author clearly loves himself and this book is just one long pat on the back simply for doing his job. Perhaps the recent HMRC decision will put an end to gloating drivel like this.
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41 of 60 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worthy of killing a tree 4 Dec 2012
Just a waste of good paper! An author with a sick and twisted hatred of all things Rangers, foreworded by a bigoted and discredited 'journalist'. Only to be read by the obsessed.
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30 of 44 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hugely Disappointing Read 25 Nov 2012
A poorly constructed critical review of events at The Rangers Football Club, the author seems blinded by bitterness to the point where reason and balance have been lost.
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54 of 79 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor effort 20 Nov 2012
The company which used to own Rangers entered administration due to the delays in giving a decision on the big tax case, had the result came sooner administration and liquidation of the old company would have been avoided as the judgement went in Rangers' favour. Everything else is up for debate. The author's views have been formed out of what is essentially gossip as the details of what went on that led to the downfall of the old company are mostly confidential, leaks of such information have now led to an investigation into where the leak came from and to find out if and whom will be held responsible.

If the author had waited until all facts were made public I have no doubt the book would still be average at best but at least he would have had the facts available and had the option to print them.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Biased and Bigoted
Wow picked up the book looking for a coherent slice of investigative journalism only got bigotry and bile. How did it ever get published
Published 13 days ago by Preston
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely superb
A fantastic account of what happens when you stick your head in the sand. A recommended read for all football supporters. excellently written, informative and amusing.
Published 2 months ago by Raymond
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Husband really pleased with this book and has read it several times already - he reckons he gets more out of it each time he reads it.
Published 3 months ago by Mrs Patricia Chalmers
1.0 out of 5 stars Pish and nonsense
The book was really funny. I especially liked how none of it was factually accurate and how it made wild allegations that have since been disproved. Read more
Published 3 months ago by C Armstrong
5.0 out of 5 stars The Struth, The whole Struth and nothing but the Struth.
The story the main stream media would not tell. Too feart!!! If Ranger's fans had listened to the truth, things might have been different. Not much, but a wee bit less painful!!!
Published 4 months ago by THOMAS COLLIN
5.0 out of 5 stars Shocking exposure of scottish cultural life
This book - and indeed the reaction to its publication - provides a chilling account of the extent to which the Scottish media is stricken by fear when it comes to publishing... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ian Hamilton
1.0 out of 5 stars Not so much a book as a list
poorly written poorly edited not prose just blogging saying nothing that neutrals did not already knew about one side of the green blue daftness implying in reality that he brought... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Braeriach
1.0 out of 5 stars obsessed nonsense
total and utter nonsence mr phil mac Pseudonym but dont let the truth get in the way of a story.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I had hoped
Phil writes a blog on not just Celtic but Irish and Scottish related stuff and I was looking forward to the book. It is in two parts. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Savo
5.0 out of 5 stars The Truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth!
Long before main stream media got onto this, the author was all over it.
You reep what you sow. Read more
Published 5 months ago by A. Young
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