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4.0 out of 5 stars Fitba daft
Great point of reference. Information provided is very good on the established international players and those ones you forgot we're even capped.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing
The author claims to be presenting an authoritative Who's Who, but the more you look at the detail, the more you find that is missing, misleading or plain wrong. This is a well-presented and attractive book to look at, but Scottish football is still waiting for a definitive account of its international footballers.

While not expecting him to have found dates of...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fitba daft, 15 Jan 2014
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This review is from: Scotland's Who's Who: One Hundred and Forty Years of Scottish International Footballers 1872-2013 (Paperback)
Great point of reference. Information provided is very good on the established international players and those ones you forgot we're even capped.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing, 11 May 2014
This review is from: Scotland's Who's Who: One Hundred and Forty Years of Scottish International Footballers 1872-2013 (Paperback)
The author claims to be presenting an authoritative Who's Who, but the more you look at the detail, the more you find that is missing, misleading or plain wrong. This is a well-presented and attractive book to look at, but Scottish football is still waiting for a definitive account of its international footballers.

While not expecting him to have found dates of birth and death for obscure Victorian one-cap wonders, the author doesn't seem to have done much original research at all, and copies Doug Lamming's 1987 Who's Who frequently - including many mistakes which have since been rectified elsewhere. He also plagiarises other information without acknowledgement of the source.

Some random examples:

Archie Gemmill: "His 46 caps won him a place on the SFA roll of honour". Archie won 43 caps (correctly stated next to his name), and in any case the roll of honour is for those with 50 caps; he is actually in Scottish Football Hall of Fame.

David McLean (capped once in 1912): "his successful stint with Rangers, in which he scored 29 times in 24 games, was during the break in competitive football in the war years". In fact, the Scottish League continued right through World War One. He also gets his year of birth wrong, copying Lamming with 1887 when later books, eg the Alphabet of the Celts, correctly say 1890.

John Cameron (two caps 1904-1909): the author gives place of birth as 'Kirkwoodin' which copies a typo in Doug Lamming's book which should have read 'Kirkwood in Lanarkshire'; (the actual birthplace was Bothwell in 1879).

In terms of the way the information is presented, total number of caps is given for each player, but there is no list of their matches (not even first cap/last cap). The player list is alphabetical, but all the Macs are listed before the Mcs, which are before Macari and Mackie. He chooses not to use full names, just a first name (often abbreviated, eg Ally McCoist and Dougie Freedman, but Patrick Stanton and James Gabriel).

Even the publisher's blurb on Amazon is misleading: "plus all the stats on Scotland's unofficial, Under-21, Under-23 and 'B' internationals. .... Includes lists of most cap winners, top goalscorers, sendings-off, captains, greatest wins, heaviest defeats, and a great deal more." Not one of these stats are in the book.
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