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5.0 out of 5 stars A gift that keeps on giving, 14 Sept. 2012
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This review is from: Downfall: How Rangers FC Self Destructed (Paperback)
There has been negative publicity for this author prior to release of this publication. Indeed, there have been negative reviews accepted and posted here on Amazon PRIOR to release of this publication. If only those psychics had lifted their heads out of the sand a tad sooner, there may have been no need to write the book at all...

I have actually read it - couldn't put it down once I started. Phil has a gift for setting out the complex, murky and quickly changing world of planet fitba' as simply as possible without condescending to the reader or ever losing sight of the need to tell the story.

The book is set out in 4 main sections - Finance, Media, Fans and the SFA, each following a straightforward chronological path through his blog postings relevant to the topic at hand and the timeline of destruction of 'Oldco' Rangers F.C. (1872). Each page, each section is annotated with footnotes leading you back to the rabbit hole of internet links and postings on this story.

Much of the material has been posted online, however the format of a book and the wisdom of hindsight make this a different experience again. More than one blog reads differently looking back than it did at face value at the time. He can be very subtle.

A book by a blogger which encourages you to get back on the net and find out more.
This book is about much more than football. There is a side to Scottish society which, sadly, has to be witnessed to be believed. This volume bears witness - no wonder so many wanted to undermine it's publication. In terms of financial collapse of an 'institution' and the online media which broke and analysed the stories it really is a tale of our times.
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Initial post: 23 Sep 2012 15:43:04 BDT
T Trower says:
Does the book give any details of the link between David Murray and the ex-boss of HBOS,There are rumours that their relationship is under scrutiny by Barclays bank after they roof over HBOS.No other company on these Isles was allowed to accrue such massive debts over such a short time

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Sep 2012 20:56:50 BDT
Beeegajay says:
The book has a whole section on the finances of the club on the road to it's demise. Whilst mentioning that 'the bank loved David' on several occasions, it doesn't mention any particular individual whom I can recal. Finance section covers investors at various stages and shufflings of money and valuations within MIH.
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