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The First Game with My Father

The First Game with My Father [Kindle Edition]

Michael Tierney
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A heart-rending but life-affirming story of love, loss, football and family set in the Catholic working-class community of Glasgow.

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In the early winter of 1983, a generous season for memories, Michael Tierney attended his first - and only - game with his father, John. For a self-employed electrician with nine children to support, this was the rarest of opportunities. Miraculously, Celtic overturned a first-leg deficit to thrash Sporting Lisbon, 5-0, with a team of home-grown talent, players that felt as one with the fans.

As the years pass, that one magical evening fades in the bustle of family commitments and the constant spectre of unemployment. Then, in 2002, John Tierney has a severe stroke that renders him immobile and unable to talk. For his wife Catherine, for Michael and his five sisters and three brothers, the landscape of life would change irrevocably. But three decades later, Michael and his wheelchair-bound parent would make an emotional return to Celtic Park.

The First Game with My Father is an evocative family memoir and a journey of discovery into lives that diverge, yet are knitted together by moments of sorrow and joy, and into the nature of identity, especially when tragedy renders a man voiceless. The most intimate portrait of a father and son and how a football team unites them in an unbreakable bond, it is also the story of a city, a community, and a treasured way of life.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 821 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (5 Jun 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #139,605 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot lemonade cures all 7 Jun 2014
Michael Tierney

I've sat here reading since 9am. Laughed out loud at the fathers cooking exploits and choked up at him saying thanks to the hospital staff.
You mention two of my dads hero's Roy Henderson (some say the best goalkeeper never to play for Scotland) and Jim Patterson.
I'm so grateful now I was able to take my son to Seville, he's 20 shortly and hopefully those memories will remain strong for him.
I can't say the last time I've sat and finished a book in a day. My wife who devours books just about fell off her chair.
The last was probably Gary Imlach My Father and Other Working Class Football Heroes, a sports book of the year winner. This was equally as good not a match by match analysis of a career but a bond between father and son. A bond through football and family and faith.

Ps hot lemonade really does cure everything.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful memoir 6 Jun 2014
This is a poignant, funny and lyrical memoir. Football is the hook, but family - in particular the father-son relationship at the centre - is the beating heart. Every time I put this book down I wanted to pick up the phone to my dad. Remarkable book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book,whoever you support 6 Jun 2014
Every fan of the game will recognize a little bit of their own life growing up,some more than others,an emotional roller coaster that brings back the good times and the sad times.
A must read in my opinion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Please read this beautiful book 23 July 2014
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I just wished my own Dad was here throughout the reading of this beautiful book and it took me back to my own childhood. Michael Tierney touches on the bond with a father and growing up in the west of Scotland so well. His father, John, I fell in love with immediately. This is a stunning book about a son's love for his father and a father's love for his children and one of the best I have ever read. I am sure John Tierney is very proud of his bhoy. Hail Hail.
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