on 7 October 2014
In my mind the book should have been called "More than Ayr United" as my footballing passion was born when Ally was Mr Ayr United. What I didnt know was that it was his 3rd spell in Ayr. In fact great parts of this book alerted me to a story of Scottish football outside of the old firm and not just Ally McLeod. That story however was a side story to the incredible career of Ally both at club and national level. You can always tell a model professional, and more importantly, human being, when no matter where they went or what they did they left friends and admirers and Ally did that. This is a great read and a tale no just of a professional life in football but also that of a true gentleman.
on 14 August 2014
A genuine wonderful warm and heartfelt biography of a genuine wonderful and warm man. The author captures the essence of Ally and gives us a well written and fair story of Mr Ayr United. Always generous with his time I particularly remember the launch of the Ayr fanzine 4-1 when we invited the club to attend or launch party at Northfield bowling club. Two hours before an important match ally himself turned up, helped himself to a pie and regaled the audience with his stories. He always turned up to supporters events and was the glue that connected the club to the town and it's supporters. Oh yes, we criticised him but we never stopped loving him. I cried at least twice reading this book; mainly in laughter but more poignantly at the touching nature of the tribute the people of Ayr paid to his funeral cortège. He truly was special. He enriched my enjoyment of football, my love of Ayr united and Ronnie and Andrew have done him proud. Ally, it was a pleasure to have meet you so many times. A good man. A kind man. An honest man.