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The Ballad Of Mad Dog McLeod [Kindle Edition]

Billy McLeod
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'The Ballad’ is the autobiography of a larger than life character who hails from the Scottish town of Arbroath. In his local vernacular, Billy ‘Mad Dog’ McLeod tells his life story: a riotous series of highs and lows that has Mad Dog rampaging around the North Sea, enjoying less than harmonious relationships with the police, and invading the Vatican. Many of the stories recount tales from Mag Dog’s active service with the The Famous Tartan Army, the world-renowned and much-loved travelling supporters of Scotland’s national football team. Mad Dog’s Ballad stands as a wholly authentic, and therefore important, insight into the culture of The Tartan Army. Fellow footsoldiers and civilians will warmly welcome the book. It is a bawdy trove: human, hilarious and true.

At the time publication Mad Dog is living with cancer. All royalties from The Ballad are being given to Macmillan Cancer Care.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5694 KB
  • Print Length: 534 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G4BIIXK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #153,016 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bad company but a great companion 23 Oct 2013
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This autobiography will be a great companion when you want to drop in and join the rather dodgy company of Billy 'Mad Dog' McLeod and his mates for a few shenanigans. The author takes you on a very funny walk though his life which is, at times sad, but usually hilarious and very often bizarre. After an account of his early life, during which time he was able to avail himself of 'Her Majesty's Pleasure', for much of the book you find yourself on tour with Mad Dog and his equally mad collection of pals as they make their way around the World to support the Scotland football team. This is the Tartan Army, which Mad Dog has tattooed prominently on his arm. One of my favourite stories is when they meet a stray dog in Italy. Caesar, the dog, becomes just one of the boys as the group find themselves causing havoc in the south of France. This is just shortly after they have laid a wreath at the grave of Bonnie Prince Charlie in the Vatican City in Rome...yes, I do mean 'in' the Vatican. In fact you get the feeling that the author would have fitted in quite well back at the time of Bonnie Prince Charlie and Culloden. And you are left with the lingering suspicion that if he had the outcome of the battle might have been a bit different. The book is a treasure trove of stories. The narrative flows along very well. You feel that you are sitting there listening to McLeod himself talk in the accent of his local part of Scotland. While many of the antics he recounts are hair raising to say the least, you are strangely drawn to the guy. He may not have been the type of chap your Mother would have been happy you were going out to play with, but it would have been a fast learning curve and you'd have probably ended up the better for it....had you survived to tell the tale! Well Mad Dog has, thankfully, and this book proves it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly funny 24 Oct 2013
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Funny and heart warming story of a doon tae earth man from being a wee scamp to adventuring around the world with the one and only Famous Tartan Army - we're the famous tartan army and we could nae give a jot lol
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5.0 out of 5 stars An honest account by an honest man 23 Oct 2013
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Great book by a great character. Oh the life he has led. Hope this book has the success it deserves.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT READ 31 Oct 2013
THIS IS A GREAT READ I HAD THE PLEASURE TO READ THIS BOOK OF BILLYS IN ITS NAKED FORM AND FOUND IT TO BE A GEM IT IS BETTER NOW THAT IS BEEN SET OUT RIGHT AND AM SURE THE AUTHOR WILL AGREE HOW EVER BILL IF YOU HAD SERVED IN THE REAL ARMY YOU WOULD HAVE ADORNED EVERY MEDAL THERE WAS YOUR WIT CUNNING DAREDEVIL ATTITUDE YOU WOULD HAVE BEEN A CERT FOR EITHER THE GLASSHOUSE OR THE SAS I AM PROUD TO CALL YOU FRIEND HOPE AND PRAY THIS IS AN OUTSTANDING SUCSESS
CHEERS FOR THE LAUGHS BILL
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Ballad of Mad Dog McLeod 29 Oct 2013
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A Fantastic Read for any Tartan Army foot soldier Follow Mad Dog McCleod around Europe and beyond as he Travels supporting Scotlands National football Team the highs the lows and the sometimes down in the Gutter experiences of a supporter of The Worlds finest football Team.(I did say Finest not BEST..Humerous heart warming and sometimes quite unbelievable but every word written is true story told.As Billy is fighting (what a brave Fight)terminal cancer, he is donating all proceeds to Cancer Research and McMillan Cancer care Nurses,believe me money you spend on this book will be one of the most well worth money you'll spend... KEEP FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT BIG MAN. WE'LL BE COMING.
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A great read from a well known character from Arbroath .lots of laughs,don't know how he managed the drink for so long.
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What can I say a brilliant read from who I can call a friend and fellow tartan army footsoldier, the memories he remembers from Italy 90 are the honest truth cause I was there,and what id forgot the big man has filled in the gaps all the best billy. alba gu brath (malcky gall)
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5.0 out of 5 stars unforgettable!! 12 Nov 2013
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Great read written with honesty and humor about the life and times of a lovable rouge my ''cousin bill''well done billy xx
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Ballad of mad dog McLeod
A very well written book, humerous and a very interesting account of Billys work and footie travels around the world. A great read.
Published 28 days ago by Brian Mann
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic read
Jist this second finished readin this book,a worthy read of the exploits of a true foot soldier,hilarious at times,,and know Starry of the Peterhead gang,,
Published 1 month ago by ian peck
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute hoot!
Very, very funny. Actually enjoyed the offshore stories better, especially the whiskey swilling helicopter pilot. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Keith Grubb
5.0 out of 5 stars A sair face wi' laughin' so much!
If you're in the mood for a chuckle while shaking your head at the same time, Billy's trip down Memory Lane is for you! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ms Lola Sweetheart
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining tales of shambolic travel across Europe with the Tartan...
A very entertaining read for anyone who's ever been abroad to watch their football team. Sometimes has to be read phonetically, but still easy to follow and there are a good few... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny
I actually know the people in the book and reading about my own dad back in the hay day was hilarious. All proceeds of this book go to charity. Good money for a good cause
Published 3 months ago by Samantha Mcneilly
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BALLAD OF MAD DOG McLEOD
I BOUGHT THIS BOOK AS I KNOW BILLY McLEOD AND IT IS A TRUE STORY OF HIS MAD TIMES FOLLOWING THE SCOTLAND SQUAD I WOULD RECOMEND THIS BOOK TO ANY OF THE TARTAN ARMY.
Published 4 months ago by elizabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars Fanastic Read
Fantastic book really enjoyed every bit, made me laugh,so much, also a great charity the Macmillan Cancer . Well done Billy.Mcloed
Published 4 months ago by kay
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining from start to finish.
I have to lay my cards on the table first of all to say that I know many of the Tartan Army characters here due to my own association with attending away games in the early-mid... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Graeme Jessiman
4.0 out of 5 stars Cracking Tales
I would like to think my life story is somewhat similar to Mad Dogs. However I was able to control my nervy sessions. Read more
Published 4 months ago by BWC
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