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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Frontline Noir; 1st edition (8 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904684262
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904684268
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.1 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (205 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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By Sgithanach on 18 Dec 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Buy this if you like fairy stories. An attempt to placate Celtic fans. Quite ironic that the author hates bigotry. He should come out and admit he got it wrong. A shame it can't be awarded zero stars.
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180 of 269 people found the following review helpful By Tracey Smith on 30 Nov 2012
Format: Paperback
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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60 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Beeegajay on 14 Sep 2012
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There has been negative publicity for this author prior to release of this publication. Indeed, there have been negative reviews accepted and posted here on Amazon PRIOR to release of this publication. If only those psychics had lifted their heads out of the sand a tad sooner, there may have been no need to write the book at all...

I have actually read it - couldn't put it down once I started. Phil has a gift for setting out the complex, murky and quickly changing world of planet fitba' as simply as possible without condescending to the reader or ever losing sight of the need to tell the story.

The book is set out in 4 main sections - Finance, Media, Fans and the SFA, each following a straightforward chronological path through his blog postings relevant to the topic at hand and the timeline of destruction of 'Oldco' Rangers F.C. (1872). Each page, each section is annotated with footnotes leading you back to the rabbit hole of internet links and postings on this story.

Much of the material has been posted online, however the format of a book and the wisdom of hindsight make this a different experience again. More than one blog reads differently looking back than it did at face value at the time. He can be very subtle.

A book by a blogger which encourages you to get back on the net and find out more.
This book is about much more than football. There is a side to Scottish society which, sadly, has to be witnessed to be believed. This volume bears witness - no wonder so many wanted to undermine it's publication. In terms of financial collapse of an 'institution' and the online media which broke and analysed the stories it really is a tale of our times.
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24 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Objectivity on 10 Dec 2012
Format: Paperback
A worthless pile of nonsense written by a strange character who has been exposed in Scotland as a sad laughable fantasist. The only people who could possibly get any pleasure out of this garbage are the collection of obsessive trolls who spend the vast majority of their lives exploring more and more ludicrous ways of trying to convince themselves, and constantly repeating, that Scotland's most successful club is "dead" despite clear evidence that this club remains the best supported in the country by a distance. It can be seen from some of the reviews that there is some effort by the very same trolls to try to fool people into thinking this drivel has some credibility and may be a worthwhile read. Please, for the sake of your self respect, don't fall into that trap.
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48 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Malcolm Tucker on 21 Nov 2012
Format: Paperback
This book should be re-classified and listed under 'Fiction'.

Rangers have been cleared of alleged tax liablities; this book was written based on a foundation of sand.

Note to author - Hatred and blind bigotry are a terrible thing.
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32 of 49 people found the following review helpful By BlueDevil69 Mac Gola Binn on 30 Nov 2012
Format: Paperback
...or to start a fire.
The writings of a delusional Rangers hating bigot with half a brain and no clue.
The liquidators have launched an investigation and all the guilty parties will be rounded up and made to pay, even those who Lie-well.
Any of Phil's friends fancy a wager that neither our club, it's previous/current owners, or it's fans will be amongst them?
It's an insult to fiction.
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