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Graeme Souness: A Manager's Diary
Graeme Souness: A Manager's Diary
by Graeme Souness
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not exactly groundbreaking insight, 13 Sept. 2010
mmmm. I bought this hoping for a further insight into the Mo Johnston signing and the row with Butcher and Roberts that led to their departure from Ibrox. I did not find it here, and nor will you. Although those subjects are covered, there is just nothing you haven't heard a thousand times before already in the media. The book is obviously written a very long time after the events described and nothing particularly personal or insightful is described whatsoever. It does have its good moments and its not all bad, but it was pretty dull overall. Save your money and borrow it from a library maybe.


Rangers: An Illustrated History of Glasgow Rangers
Rangers: An Illustrated History of Glasgow Rangers
by Rab MacWilliam
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars beautifully illustrated but dry as a bone, 13 Sept. 2010
I, like most Rangers fans am fascinated by and very proud of the long and illustrious history of the club.

As soon as this book came out i bought it, because aside from the 1980's rather dated effort Rangers:An Illustrated history by Stephen Halliday, there wasn't a full and complete history of the Rangers available out there. This promised to deliver that but sadly i was very disappointed. The illustrations are excellent and there are some nice subsections here and there but the problem with this book is the manner in which it has been written. It is just so incredibly dull. Its almost a drone, a dirge, like a fly buzzing around your ear you just can't swat! This style of writing very quickly gets dull and irritating.
There are few (if any) opinions, players or managers opinions, anecdotes or stories to enliven the text and interrupt the almost incessant dull slog through the decades. Imagine 138 years of this kind of thing...."on the saturday Rangers travelled to Tannadice and a late Davie Wilson equalizer earned the light blues a point. Next Rangers played host to Dunfermline, winning 3-0 in front of 38,576 at Ibrox. The following Wednesday Rangers gained another 3 points when goals from Baxter Greig and Provan defeated Aberdeen". etc etc. This type of prose is just so dry and dull, it became a real chore and i eventually gave up and just skim read it after a while, taking more interest in the pictures than the dull as ditchwater prose.
I really wouldn't recommend this book to Rangers fans, If its the history of the club you want then go for Stephen Halliday's excellent 'The essential history of Rangers' instead.


The Essential History Of Rangers
The Essential History Of Rangers
by Stephen Halliday
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The glory and the stats, its all here... SIMPLY THE BEST, 13 Sept. 2010
This is quite simply the very best history of Rangers available on the market. Nothing beats it.
There are other similar books that look the part, lavishly illustrated etc, but this book is, to coin a phrase Rangers fans...Simply the best! As well as a thorough but never overwhelming or dirge-like history of all the triumphs, tragedies and successes of the Rangers, there is an excellent season by season statistics section that covers absolutely everything that was published in books such as Rangers:The Complete Record and Rangers:Player by Player. If you do not own those books there is no need to buy them as all the same information is contained in this handy one single volume. Everything Rangers is in this book, the complete and never dull story of the boys from Ibrox.

Bought in conjunction with a truly excellent new book, The Gallant Pioneers by Gary Ralston, the whole glorious 138 year history of this monumental club is shining from every page in a fast and entertaining manner and it's a must for anyone interested in the complete story of one of the worlds oldest and most traditional sporting institutions and bar none, the world's most successful football club. I cannot recommend this book highly enough for anyone interested in the legacy and all-important history of this fine club.
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Down the Copland Road
Down the Copland Road
by Ronnie Esplin
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a thoroughly entertaining oral history and insight into following the Rangers, 13 Sept. 2010
This review is from: Down the Copland Road (Paperback)
This is a hidden gem for any Rangers fan. I only discovered this book after several hours hunting in vain for another Rangers book on Amazon. I had no idea it had ever been released, but i am so glad i came across it and gave it a chance, buying it blind. Its turned out to be one of the best books about football I own.

The book is seperated into several sections and the idea of the book is to just let the fans talk unprompted about different subjects related to following Rangers, which are....
Rangers fans and religion
Rangers fans and politics
Rangers fans and Scotland
Money in the game
The SPL and the future
Rangers fans and the Media
Memories are made of this...

the fans are not interviewed as such, its all just left as well-edited monologue. All contributions are kept fairly brief so there is no waffle or chance of getting bored. There is a broad range and cross section of Rangers fans represented, with many differing views on the subjects from all kinds of people. I found it really fascinating, funny, sad, enlightening and most of all highly entertaining.

It can easily be read in a single day. I would really recommend this to any Rangers fan, student of the Old Firm, or footy fan in general as a great insight into how Rangers fans feel about their club and the Scottish game in general. Rangers (and Celtic for that matter) is a unique football club unequalled anywhere else in the world for their political and religious aspects amongst the support. Its this which is explained through the eyes of the fan's in fine style throughout this excellent book from Ronnie Esplin. Snap it up second hand while you still can as its unlikely to get a second print run now (it was released in 2000). A great wee book.


Rangers Fc - 9 in a Row the Complete Collection [10 DVD Box]
Rangers Fc - 9 in a Row the Complete Collection [10 DVD Box]
Dvd ~ Rangers Fc

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious !, 21 Jun. 2010
This is an absolute classic, the pinnacle of any Rangers DVD collection. I bought all of these season reviews on VHS originally and to have them all put onto a collection of DVDs and boxed up together is truly excellent. Some of the DVDs (the music etc) have dated a wee bit over time, but its to be expected in a way, after all the first title in the sequence was 21 years ago now! (wow, that makes me feel really old, was it that long ago?!) There is footage from so many unforgettable games and unlike the more modern Rangers season review DVDs there is less talking and more action, just the goals goals goals without the over-the-top 5 different replays of one single goal. 9 in a row was an era at Ibrox never to be bettered probably in terms of the quality of football on display, and this collection is watchable over and over and over again. I've never got bored of watching them through the years. All the discs run at about an hour or hour and a half and i recommend watching them back to back on a Sunday afternoon in the summer, relive all the magnificence that was nine in a row and soak in the glory.
My only gripe with this box set is maybe the producers could have digitally remastered the original video standard quality film, but nobody bothered so the quality is not so great by todays HDTV digital standards, especially the first 2 videos, 88/89 & 89/90. It would have been a nice touch to do a bit more with the packaging and perhaps have included a booklet or something with all the line-ups, attendances etc of all the matches that constituted the 9 titles. But overall, buy this if you're a bluenose, you will not be disappointed! Brilliant stuff.
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England V Argentina: World Cups and other small wars
England V Argentina: World Cups and other small wars
by David Downing
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars another view from first hand experience, 16 Aug. 2009
This book does not offer a balanced argument and although i was looking forward to a great read, i was very disappointed. Like another reviewer stated, it does not give a balanced argument.

I have visited Argentina and to my amazement, I found the people incredibly friendly and warm. When my partner at the time and I said we were from England, we were expecting distrust and aggression at every corner,but we never came across it even once. The "war" and rivalry (so-called) between the two countries comes from the English tabloid/pub racists and xenophobic football fans, not from the Argentinians. The Argentine people on the whole are too worried about their Countries' unemployment, frail economy and corruption to worry about the English, who they view as simply a bit boring, backward/insular and arrogant, and not really worth hating. Of course there are exceptions to this but this enmity or "hatred" generally stems entirely from the English people's backwardness/insularity, arrogance and bitterness about losing out to Maradona in the 1986 World Cup - which they wouldn't have won anyway.


Morbo: The Story of Spanish Football
Morbo: The Story of Spanish Football
by Phil ball
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An intelligent, well-written football book.....miracle !, 5 Aug. 2009
Let's face it, football books are generally aimed at complete morons. The premise seems to be that if you're into football then you must be an ill-educated, lager-swilling idiot full of testosterone, itching for a fight, some alpha male gorilla who can't even handle words over three syllables. In reality, we know that's not exclusively true and a massive cross-section of society both watch and follow the game. The beautiful game is a passion for people of all faiths, intellects, colours, nationalities, and of varying economic status all over the world. This book is for a true lover of the game. Most people want to read only about their favourite club, but many of us just love to learn and immerse ourselves in football, whichever team or country is concerned, it's all football. This book is a treat for anyone who simply loves the game and can use their brain as well.

I'm a Barca fan, and a regular visitor to Barcelona to watch matches and I know a fair bit about the history of Catalonia and the club. But i was delighted to discover and learn a lot more of the intricate and complicated politics of many other clubs in Spain, far removed beyond the well-known rivalry of Barca v Real Madrid. I also enjoy history and politics, so this book was a treat. footy plus politics plus history...a truly fascinating combo. The story of the Rangers/Celtic old firm rivalry is but one of many similar highly-charged and politically motivated football rivalries in the world that go far beyond just having a favourite football team. Football in the UK (with the exception of the Old Firm) does not carry a political or social aspect or importance, and in some ways we're missing out on all the fun. This will be explained in the books chapters.

Football is often both unifying and divisive of loyalties to regional history, economics and nationality and this is especially true in Spain and Italy. Clubs are not just teams, they are a crucial part of regional and political identities, a focus and rallying point for a collective ideology or yearning for independence. Even the club colours are steeped in history and carry great significance. This is fully and entertainingly explained in the author's travels around Spain, looking at various clubs and their rivalries, gathering opinions and anecdotes of the complexity of Spanish football. I loved it, my only complaint would be that it was a little short and slightly anglocentric in its target audience, but that's a small criticism of what is one of the finest football books I've ever read. excellent stuff. If you like football, history and politics, buy it right now, you won't regret it.


Football For Dummies (American Football - US Edition)
Football For Dummies (American Football - US Edition)
by Howie Long
Edition: Paperback

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars an excellent but sometimes flawed intro for beginners and the already-initiated alike, 22 Oct. 2008
This is a good book for newbies, and also for people who already know a thing or two about the game. Unfortunately it is also pretty flawed. For example, the absolute beginner will have a hard time with the start of the book.
The first chapter should start with the basic essentials of the game step by step. i.e you have four downs to move the football, you have to gain 10 yards for another 1st down, its 6 points for a touchdown, 3 for a field goal etc. all this IS explained, but the structure of the chapters make this essentail information scattered around and tough to follow for a true beginner.
Having said that, this book is also a great educator. i have followed the game for 23 years, and like other people, you think you know a lot after that amount of time. But i still learned new things and information i hadn't come across before, especially in the sections on formations and sets. If you think you already knew it all, you'd be wrong!

Football is a very complicated game and your education in it's complexities will never stop. This a great first attempt at a book of this genre and if you are just getting into the NFL, it's a great place to start learning all about this incredibly entertaining and complex game. I also recommend buying the latest official NFL Rulebook too, it's really cheap and compliments this book perfectly. You'll be amazed at what you didn't know!


NFL Record and Fact Book (NFL Record & Fact Book) (Official NFL Record & Fact Book)
NFL Record and Fact Book (NFL Record & Fact Book) (Official NFL Record & Fact Book)
by NFL Magazine
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's got the lot NFL fans!, 22 Oct. 2008
EVERYTHING you can possibly imagine regarding the NFL is contained in this book. Not just a vital reference for statistics, but also has all the latest up to date information on the game, history, TV, the Super Bowl and all football related matters. THE DADDY, THE KING of the NFL, buy it.


The Football Book
The Football Book
by Rob Fleder
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a beautiful must-have book for any NFL fan. Fantastic., 22 Oct. 2008
This review is from: The Football Book (Hardcover)
This is a lavishly presented coffee table tome dedicated to the greatest game of all. It has terrific sports journalism pieces, incredible photography and a full record of every NFL team since the inception of the league. This book is really about the history of the game rather than the present day. Its large format size give justice to the quality of the classic and breathtaking photographs, both black and white and colour.

At such a cheap price, It's one of the best buys i have ever made on Amazon and I guarantee that if you truly love NFL football, you are in for a real treat here.


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