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Great Scot: The James Scotland Symon Story

Great Scot: The James Scotland Symon Story [Kindle Edition]

David Leggat
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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A remarkable record of fifteen trophies in thirteen seasons at Ibrox, plus two with East Fife, should be enough to give any manager legendary status. Especially when the same man became the first manager in Britain to take his club to a European final. Scot Symon did all that and more – and yet he is now an almost forgotten Rangers manager. Scot Symon actually took Rangers to two European finals and had he won one, his place in history would have been assured. Instead, he became Ibrox’s forgotten man, his contribution woefully neglected. Now, in Great Scot, David Leggat tells the fascinating story of Scot Symon and shows how he helped shape the history of Rangers, managing legendary players such as John Greig, Willie Henderson and the greatest of them all, Jim Baxter – who gave his genius to Symon’s most outstanding team. And among the biggest names in Scottish football, past and present, who tell their Symon stories, there is a heartfelt tribute to Scot Symon from the last signing he made for Rangers – Sir Alex Ferguson. With such support, Great Scot sets out to show that James Scotland Symon was one of the most remarkable managers Scotland has ever produced and why he now deserves his rightful, prominent place in the history of Rangers and Scottish football.

About the Author

David Leggat is a retired journalist. He started his career in 1966 with the Glasgow Evening Times and has worked for the Birmingham Evening Mail, the Daily Express in Fleet Street, the Sunday People, the Sunday Mail, Scotland on Sunday, the Scottish Daily Express and the Scottish Sunday Express. A fan of football, jazz and Winston Churchill, David would like a voice like Sinatra, a left foot like Slim Jim Baxter and Churchill's powers of oratory, if it's not too much to ask. David Leggat lives in Glasgow.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 379 KB
  • Print Length: 275 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1845024737
  • Publisher: Black & White Publishing (10 Oct 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009SMA90W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #153,839 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Kenny
I am an avid reader of football biographies. I picked up Mr Leggat's book in a Salvation Army shop in Edinburgh. I confess I have never heard of Mr Symond but I persevered and read the entire book. Unfortunately I found the book to be too solemn and uninvolving to say that I enjoyed it. I'm not sure if the problem was the author's plodding writing style or the narrow interest subject matter. In any case I found it to be a book to be endured rather than enjoyed.
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28 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Success 4 Nov 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
For years Scot Symon's record as manager of The Rangers has been obscured by two events Berwick and Nuremburg.David Leggat's book tells the full story of Mr.Symon's tenure in the Ibrox managers chair.From the rebuilding job he had to undertake after Mr.Struth to his disgraceful sacking and the manner it in which it was carried out by the club.
It is a fantastic book which will be of interest to all with an interest in Rangers history.
David Leggat has done us all a favour with the book.
Rangers Then,Rangers Now,Rangers Forever
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Might help with a wobbly table... 13 July 2013
By Tommy D
This has to be one of the worst 'books' ever seen. Quite simply one can only assume that most of these reviews have been submitted by the author himself, or some of his friends. It's bad.

The author should have perhaps titled the book 'Jock Stein - The Man I Jealously Hate' as more time is actually spent talking about Mr Stein than James Symon! It's just ridiculous and reads like a bitter, hateful and twisted pile of utter nonsense that a 12 year old has written.

I did as another reader suggested an did a google search on the author. Oh my goodness. I had no idea it was THAT David Leggat! This guy is better known as an alcoholic unemployable 'journalist' and a bitter individual - to say the least - and this book's only honest function is use as a prop for a wonky table perhaps, or maybe to burn when their being sold for a quid...which will be soon enough by all accounts.

Avoid this book as you would with the author himself.
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10 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT REALLY WHAT IT SEEMS 31 Jan 2013
Bought this book knowing nothing about the author but interested in Scot Symon - without doubt a great man. Having grown up with football through the fifties and sixties he was part of my childhood despite not being a Rangers fan.

I am now almost finished it and feel that it is basically a half-decent fan's view of Rangers in the 60s but it gives absolutely no depth or insight into the man himself. No family members interviewed, no documents quoted. Nothing. Interviews with a few players and an old reporter.

The really sinister thing about the book though is that the author really brings out incredible spite against a few people - George Mince Maclean for one but above all, Jock Stein.

I find it very difficult to read when phrases like "a fly man", "poisonous" are regularly appearing and so far nothing to back this up. Really comes over as paranoid.

I have since Googled the author - I'll leave you to make your own mind up on him - but this is not a book I will be keeping.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 2 Sep 2014
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Fantastic book.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scot Symon Underrated Manager 17 Jun 2014
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A first class book. Coming from the approximate same age as the writer and for the first time as far as I am aware the writer has given greater credit to the trophies won by Scot Symon that no other journalist has done. He has also asked relevant questions about Jock Stein which others in particular sycophants such as Archie McPherson chose to ignore.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Utter garbage. 21 Sep 2013
By Ranger
I was very disappointed with this book. It is extremely badly written and goes along in bumps. I would not be recommending this rubbish to any of my fellow Rangers supporters.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Insightful. 25 April 2014
By gordon
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well researched and makes some compelling arguments that should be heard. Although I think it lets itself down by denigrating Stein, the book is about Symon not a tell all about Stein. The history of Symon is excellent
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Scot - Great Story
Got book as a relaxing night time read. Iv'e learnt a lot about Scot Symon and have enjoyed reading about the great man. Read more
Published 2 months ago by WILLIAM THOMPSON
4.0 out of 5 stars great book
Great book giving a good insight into mr symon and rangers history really enjoyed it relating to rangers finest team in my opinion
Published 6 months ago by william boyle
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommend
Excellent condition and delivered on time as promised. A most enjoyable read about one of the most famous, but quietest manager of Glasgow Rangers. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Alan Love
5.0 out of 5 stars this book is about a real football gaint
sadly today there are no footballing gentlemen but mr symon was one and this book presentation reflects the man who had few if any equals
Published 15 months ago by David Mcclean
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant story of a managerial legand
This was a surprising well written story of a hidden hero, who because of his shy nature never received the acclaim that he was due. Read more
Published 16 months ago by 1952rangers
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
A great read full of excellent stories and inside information.

Well worth the purchase price on Kindle a great bargain
Published 17 months ago by James Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Scot Symon
Excellent read, Symon was a true Ranger and certainly deserved better. Why though Mr Leggat do you insist on repeating yourself (as you also do on your blogs) so often. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Iceman
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
Good book to read never new so much before my time lots about the best loved it what more can you say
Published 19 months ago by I. anderson
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