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The Greatest: Scotland's Best 11 [Kindle Edition]

Rab MacWilliam
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Book Description

Scotland has produced some exceptional footballers, players who stand comparison with some of the world's greatest. The nation may not be able to boast international trophies, but there have been many marvellous games and performances to savour.

But who were the greatest Scottish players? If the country could field the strongest eleven from its post-War history, who would get the call? And who would be on the bench?

The Greatest: Scotland's Best 11 is one fan's attempt to select, describe and celebrate the eleven finest footballer players, in team order, who have worn the blue shirt of Scotland from the end of World War Two until the present day.

Kenny Dalglish? Denis Law? Billy Bremner? Jim Baxter? Billy McNeill? Alan Hansen? Danny McGrain? Graeme Souness? Jim Leighton? Dave Mackay? Joe Jordan? Who will make the final cut?

The Greatest: Scotland's Best 11 is a considered and controversial reflection on the country's proud footballing heritage. It will provoke debate, discussion and argument, as well as provide nostalgic memories of the finest Scottish players to have graced the game.

It's a book no Scottish football supporter can afford to miss.

Rab MacWilliam is a book and magazine publisher, editor and writer. He has written several books on golf and football, including Rangers: An Illustrated History (which was short-listed for the 2003 WH Smith Sports Book of the Year), The Encyclopedia of World Football, Great Football Moments of the 20th Century, A History of the European Cup and Arsenal: The Essential History. The Arsenal book was described by Bob Wilson as 'a must for any football historian, let alone every follower of Arsenal FC'. Rab runs his own book publishing company, Clissold Books, and lives in North London.

Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent digital publisher.


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 210 KB
  • Print Length: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press Ltd.; 1 edition (9 Nov. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A51Z43M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #422,525 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Debatable. 13 Nov. 2012
By Chris
A fun concept, that's written with a knowledge and affection for the players the author profiles. Naturally most of the choices come from the sixties or seventies, but it's pretty difficult to argue that the period wasn't Scotland's golden age.
I wouldn't want to spoil things by naming players but there are some obvious and not so obvious choices. The book covers more than just eleven players too, as the author discusses the shortlist for positions too.
The players' club careers are often covered as much, or more so, than their success at international level but some readers may prefer this.
Worth a read and a debate down the pub. Also good to see that author isn't partisan towards Rangers or Celtic in his choices.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for every Scottish footie fan 7 Jan. 2013
By RobW
Great stuff. This is a book every Scottish footie fan will want to read - and plenty of non-Scottish fans too I reckon. It's full of sound info and fascinating facts and written with wisdom, wit and insight. Anyone interested in the history of Scottish football or the terrific players it has produced will find plenty to argue and agree with here. The book is sensibly divided up into goalies, midfielders, defenders and and forwards. Many hours of pleasure to be had reliving the dodgy hairstyles and memories of 1978!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing and affectionate 18 Dec. 2012
The author's knowledge of and enthusiasm for the beautiful game are readily apparent in this attempt to resolve a perennial matter of discussion in pubs frequented by those of a certain age. He tackles each position in the team with a fresh approach and manages to amuse and entertain the reader. His affection for the footballers who played in that 15 year period prior to the debacle in Argentina is clear and whilst his choices are often debateable - was Slim Jim really that good - that is all part of the fun. One message to be taken from this book is very clear. You don't want to mess about with Dave MacKay!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad.Worth a read. 11 July 2014
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Every Scotland fan would have their own team. A lot of the better players have not even been mentioned.
Jimmy Johnstone in my view was world class. I would agree with 7 out of 11 selected.
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