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Hampden Babylon: Sex And Scandal In Scottish Football
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This is the story of a country and an incurable condition ...From the "messianic" Hughie Gallagher, through to Jimmy Johnstone and Jim Baxter, from Andy Goram and Ally McCoist to imports Paulo Di Canio and Paul Gascoigne - this title gives all Scottish football's rogues a good going over. Cosgrove lampoons Ramon Vega's cross-dressing, Billy Bremner's benders and the playing-up-enhancing drug use of Willie Johnston and George O'Boyle. It looks at the antics of the "unholy trinity" - Frank "whurz and burdz" McAvennie, Champagne Charlie and a certain Maurice Johnston. Never mind the disappointments of Germany 1974 or Argentina 1978 - of Spain 1982 or France 1998 - here, in all its squalid glory, is everything we hold dear about Scottish football.
About the Author
Stuart Cosgrove is from Perth. In the '80s he worked as an editor for the NME and The Face, establishing a reputation as one of Britain's leading pop culture commentators and in the '90s he has worked for Channel 4, for 8 years as Controller of Arts and Entertainment, and is currently Head of Programmes (Nations and Regions).
Every Saturday Stuart co-presents BBC Scotland's multi-award winning weekly radio entertainment show On the Ball, which in 2000 won the prestigious Sony award for interactive media. Stuart is an ardent fan of St Johnstone and lives in political exile in Glasgow.
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