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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd (7 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857330365
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857330369
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 1.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 282,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ronnie Esplin is a sports reporter who writes for the Press Association and who also has a weekly blog on STV's website, www.stv.tv. A former managing editor of Arena Leisure's football website, he has previously written for various publications including FourFourTwo, When Saturday Comes, The Scotsman, The Times, The Herald, The Sunday Herald, The Sunday Times and Scotland on Sunday. A keen Scottish football historian, who watched his first match more than 40 years ago, his books include 'Down The Copland Road,' 'Barcelona Here We Come', 'The Advocaat Years', 'Ten Days That Shook Rangers,' 'It's Rangers For Me?: New Perspectives on a Scottish Institution,' 'Totally Frank: The story of Frank McGarvey' and 'Rangers: Triumphs, Troubles, Traditions' with contributions to other publications such as 'Ten Days that Shook Scotland.' Ronnie has three children and lives in Glasgow.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Powell on 6 Oct 2010
Format: Hardcover
The pre release blurb promised a look at the history of the club and some great nostalgia, and loving the heritage and history of this great institution i snapped it up. When it arrived, Its pretty glossy and impressive cover gleamed....promising grandeur, even just that sparkly cover presents an appearance of style and in-tune with the grandeur of this almost uniquely historic and elegant club. It really shapes up to be a lavish volume full of photographs and an in-depth look at the history of the club. A peek inside though....

Well, the photographs are magnificent. It has to be said, they are beautiful and though many are well known and remembered moments you have seen published a million times before, there's also some rare and never-seen gems, all really terrificly impressive. But sadly, this book does not do justice to the fantastic photography on display due to being accompanied by a text that seems aimed at the average "match" or "shoot!" magazine pre-pubescent boy. There is never more than a cursory mention of the events and personalities captured in such great images as in this collection, apparently barely worth writing so sparse are they in any detail.
I would say, the editors should have gone for simply a photo book, full a4 prints seperate on each pages and drop the text altogether, it would be easy with fans help and donations to say, the Erskine Appeal and take some more time to compile another collection of top quality images. Its like an aopportunity has been missed to show the legacy of the club.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rattlesnake on 3 Nov 2010
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Chaps, do yourself a favour, and buy this book immediately! I am just writing to say just how much I enjoyed this new book. Some fantastic pictures, most of which I have never seen.

I got a great deal of pleasure from perusing this publication. My favourite picture has to be the snap of Jock Wallace taken at the Graham Roberts Falkirk match, May 1988. Even more than the picture of me on the pitch at Pittodrie, May 2nd 1987 (page 147). I am third on the right!

Shame there is no pictures from the early rounds of the 1971-72 Cup Winners Cup run. I have never seen any, perhaps they have destroyed or lost, as is sometimes the case of old newspapers/media.

My favourite picture of all time, which I bought as a present from the Scotsman for a mate, was a snap of Paul Gascoigne scoring September 1996 against Celtic, running alongside an advertising hoarding that said - What Everyone Wants, with the celebrating Rangers supporters in the background. The shot of the fans hugging their mates, ignoring the celebrating footballer only a few yards away, neatly catches the feelings engendered by that last-minute-goal feeling. I was in the West Enclosure that day, hugging a bearded stranger with the same joyful abandon!
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Excellent Overview of Rangers Football 24 Jan 2011
By J. Webb - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
These types of books are not designed to be in depth and penetrating. That said, the book provides an excellent and well illustrated overview of the essence of Rangers football and many of the highlights of the club over the years that are, I believe, the minimum essential knowledge required for a Ranger's fan.
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