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  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: BackPage Press; First edition (8 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1909430013
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909430013
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.2 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Magnificent... an important and eloquent account of arguably the greatest talent-spotter in British football history." Tony Barrett, The Times
"A remarkable redefining of a true giant of the game." John McGarry, Daily Mail
"If you are going to read one football book this year, this should be it. Beautifully written, an incredible story." Gregor Kyle, Daily Record
"Wonderful... a fitting tribute to the remarkable life and career of Sean Fallon. There can be no stronger recommendation." The Celtic Wiki
"An amazing story about an amazing man. A must read." Matthew Lindsay, Evening Times
"A tale well told, lovingly so, about the most hard working, humble and modest man who ever served Celtic and their supporters. It is thoroughly recommended. Every Celtic household should have a copy." Celtic Underground
"Brilliant... When you get yourself a copy, don't lend it to your mate. You ll never get it back." ETims.net
"A superb book... a must have." TheFootyBlog.net
"An affectionate yet also well-balanced biography of a man who was an integral element of Jock Stein s success as Celtic manager." The Scotsman --Reviews

About the Author

A lifelong Celtic supporter, Stephen Sullivan has been an editor with FIFA.com since 2006. He previously spent seven years writing for the Celtic website and club magazine, and it was during this time that he first met and interviewed Sean Fallon. This, his first book, is based on interviews with Sean - plus family, friends and former colleagues - in the final year of the Celtic legend's life.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stephen R. Ryan on 11 Nov. 2013
Format: Hardcover
Sean Fallon was my late father's favourite Celtic player, and one of his heroes. My dad didn't do heroes, "they don't pay your wages" he used to say, but Sean was different, the mention of his name was enough to turn him back into a wee boy with pictures on his wall, and a Celtic scarf hanging out of his school bag.

Now having read this marvellous and poignant first book by Stephen Sullivan I fully understand why.

Footballers' life stories now are full of salacious gossip and nonsense about how they had always wanted to play for Club A/Club B/Club C/whoever offered them the biggest signing on fee, and more often than not are written by ghost-writers who have to spoon feed the words into these spoilt heroes' mouths.

Not this book. The biggest compliment I can pay to Stephen is to say that I felt I was sat in that room next to Sean on the sofa as he took us throughs the highs and lows of his life with Celtic.

The 7-1 game and Lisbon are two of the finest moments in Celtic's illustrious history, and, in this regard, the book does not disappoint in revisiting stories that most Celtic fans may have heard before, but with a new slant. The best parts though are the stories we haven't heard, about Sean's amazing eye for talent, his bravery and his over riding modesty.

Sean Fallon. A man who was as important in the history of Celtic as any other.

I get it now Dad.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By GG of Glasgow on 22 Oct. 2013
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This is an extraordinary book, beautifully written and not just a story about a great football man. The wonderful humanity of Fallon lights up the book.

Irish politics at a personal level. His father fighting for Britain in WW1, coming home wounded to a very mixed reaction but a man of great principle who went on to be the Mayor of his home town of Sligo. Sean himself transcending the petty politics of Irish football by offering to play Internationals for the North. The book details his fine playing career mainly with Celtic, where he cheekily deducted 6 years from his age to make sure they signed him. It is though his partnership as assistant with Jock Stein and the Lisbon Lions which marked him out as someone special and the insights and revelations he gives about that time are surprising, debunking lots of myths.

Probably his greatest gift was the ability to see at a very early stage which players would make it and the testimonials from Dalglish, McGrain, McStay, Hay, Macari, Packy Bonner and many many more, mark him out as possibly the greatest talent spotter ever in British football. The love and affection he is held in by these men is a joy in what can be a cynical business.
Sean clearly loved Celtic unconditionally but his natural love of people meant his popularity spread well beyond the East End of Glasgow.

Sullivan has produced a brilliant read and Sean Fallon comes across as smart, tough and altruistic. I loved this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By EtimsNet on 4 Nov. 2013
Format: Hardcover
It was an honour to read this biography of a brilliant modest man.
A man who inspired and still inspires by actions and deeds.
A true gentlemen who is captured brilliantly by this biography.

A must read for all Celtic fans.

Proud to say an Author Podcast interview and reviews available at [...]
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. E. Rooney on 3 Nov. 2013
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An extremely enjoyable read which brought the memories flooding back. A must read for all Celtic fans of that era.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael Hastie on 30 Oct. 2013
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It's incredible that this story is one that Sean himself didn't want to tell for many years. I am very glad that he changed his mind.
As a 26 year old Celtic fan his story is one that I certainly didn't know and many people would say exactly the same as Sean's humility meant that he was happy to let all the attention go to others such as Jock Stein. Yet the work he done for Celtic is hard for others to match. Testament to this is the fact that the majority of the team that the fans voted as the greatest ever were brought to the club by Sean.
A great book about a great man. Well done to Stephen for telling Sean's story brilliantly. A must read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By CC on 3 Nov. 2013
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A remarkable book about an incredible man. I particularly enjoyed the way Sullivan was able to seamlessly weave Fallon's words throughout, making the stories so captivating.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barry McGonigle on 10 Dec. 2013
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An absolutely brilliant book by Stephen Sullivan. Being a young Celtic fan of only 33 I knew who Sean was but not a lot about the man. With a thirst for Celtic history and knowledge I jumped straight into this book hearing great things about it. I'm glad I did, what a fantastic read from start to finish. I couldn't put it down once I started. A truly great book that all Celtic fans should own young and old.

Thank you Stephen

Hail Hail
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By frank donohoe on 9 Jan. 2014
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Having read a lot of football related books, i can honestly say this is the best i have read. The way the book is written regarding Sean Fallons life and career, interspersed with interviews with him regarding different events is superb. This book shows why Sean was, and still is, held in such high regard. It goes a long way to explain the type of man he was. Highly recommended read.
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