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Down the Copland Road Paperback – 15 May 2000
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"a unique new book that gauges the feelings of Rangers fans on everything from the monarchy to the media" -- Rangers News
"an honest attempt to get into the heads of the ordinary Rangers supporters" -- The Scotsman
"provocative, compelling and authentic" -- The Herald
'Down the Copland Road' gives space to that traditionally important section of every top professional football club - its supporters. Esplin addresses concerns about the commercialisation of football, Scottish football, the impact of a greater European focus and the highs and lows of following the team.
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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.