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Struth: The Story of an Ibrox Legend

Struth: The Story of an Ibrox Legend [Kindle Edition]

David Leggat
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Bill Struth was one of the most successful, outstanding and charismatic managers in football history. He won an astonishing eighteen league championships, ten Scottish Cups and two League Cups with Rangers, as well as being the visionary behind the building of the magnificent Main Stand at Ibrox, which now bears his name. His career with Rangers spanned an incredible forty-two years, beginning as Rangers trainer in 1914 and only ending when he died in 1956. Now, in Struth, the full story of his remarkable life is revealed for the first time, from his beginnings as a champion runner, to his first days at Rangers and his incredible time as manager from 1920 to 1954. Included too are interviews with some of the legendary stars who he managed, such as Bob McPhail, Tiger Shaw, Willie Waddell and Willie Thornton. And there are fascinating insights into his private life, his wife’s tragic suicide and the personal battles he fought later on. Struth: The Story of an Ibrox Legend is a compelling account of a unique man who kept his private life strictly off limits while living in the full glare of the public eye as one of football’s most successful and revered figures.

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. David Leggat lives in Glasgow.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 382 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Black & White Publishing (10 Sep 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EN8OTY8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #176,823 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Struth: The story of an Ibrox legend 15 Oct 2013
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I was looking for a biography for my kindle for the October holiday period . . . and i got a superb book about a Legend I'd only heard of through my Granda. The story not only tells you about a man who managed Glasgow Rangers for 34 years but his team won 18 championship titles and many Scottish, Glasgow, League and wartime cups. Mr.Struth also brought in many of the great players that we, as Rangers supporters, know through our history. Such as Shaw, Morton, Meiklejohn, McPhail, J. Smith, Archibald, Cunningham, English, Dawson, Waddell, Woodburn and this is just a small selection of those men who have had an input into a fascinating story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars From The Other Side 13 Jun 2014
May I be allowed, writing from the other side, to contribute this review of Mr Struth by David Leggatt? I am impressed by Struth's achievements and his ruthless determination. (Sometimes he was called "Ruthless Struth"!), and I think David Leggatt, clearly a true Blue from birth, does a good job on him. There are a few errors that I can spot - Celtic beat Rangers 2-0 on New Year's Day 1921 not when Mr Leggatt says, and Mr Leggatt says that Rangers lost 6 Scottish Cup finals between 1903 and 1928 whereas I can only count 4 - 1904, 1905, 1921 and 1922. (1909 does not count, because they didn't lose that one - it was the year of the riot - and I think Mr Leggatt is possibly also thinking of the semi final of 1925). And although I appreciate Mr Leggatt's desire to keep sectarianism to the minimum, surely the "No Catholics" policy is worth a mention - and to what extent was Struth the instigator, I wonder? I did not know until I read this book of the tragic circumstances of his wife's death, but I have noticed that some people dispute this. Also did Struth father an illegitimate son? Such things should at least be mentioned, I feel.
Maley, Celtic's equivalent, was never close to Struth in the sense that he had been with William Wilton, Struth's predecessor. Mr Leggatt attributed this to the "I hope it was an accident" remark after the death of John Thomson. Maley should never have said this, of course, but possibly too much is read into it. Maley was clearly upset, and gave a few signs of lapsing into depression at about this time. But, yes, I agree, that remark did not help. On the other hand, Meiklejohn, a fine man rightly praised by Mr Leggatt, read a lesson at Thomson's memorial service, and that was after he had quietened the bawheids behind the goal.
Had I been a Rangers man, I would have worshipped Struth. As it is, I respect him, and I found Mr Leggatt's book to be, to a very large extent, informative.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read 23 Oct 2013
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it was a well researched book,full of interesting facts i had not previously known,would rec to any genuine football supporter
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1.0 out of 5 stars We Deserve Better 10 Oct 2013
What an appalling attempt at a book full of more holes than a golf course. The claim that Mrs Struth committed suicide is despicable and I hope Mr Leggat will offer a public apology to Mr Struth's grandaughter and her family.

Nothing more than an exercise in making money out of Rangers fans full in the knowledge there was a book due out that was years in the making rather than any attempt to write a true account of the man and the rangers of his time.

Avoid at all costs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars struth legend book 28 April 2014
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well pleased. will certainly use this service again always on lookout for book bargains in particular about rangers football club
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't listen to the negative comments 15 Oct 2013
Fantastic book, A must read for all Gers fans.
Pay no attention to any of the negative comments from the Celtic fans in disguise.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A shocker 11 Oct 2013
There is no question that Bill Struth was a legend who made Rangers a powerhouse in Scottish Football. A book about this man has been long overdue. However this poorly written book is an affront to his memory. Factually questionable, I would direct potential leaders to an alternative book officially backed by the club. The difference between the books is chalk and cheese.
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