Inside the Divide: One City, Two Teams ... The Old Firm Paperback – 2 Aug 2012
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* An insightful and wonderfully written account ... Richard Wilson, more than anyone in recent years, has told us why Celtic and Rangers matter and why their adherents have little of which to be ashamed and much of which to be proud. I salute him Observer * A measured and thought-provoking treatise on the legendary rivalry between Scotland's two most popular football clubs Scotland on Sunday * It is an intensity that has frequently scarred Old Firm collisions with the violent and the reprehensible. But the Rangers-Celtic rivalry is so deep in the bones of so many Scots that - amid a football culture transformed beyond recognition by the wholesale importation of foreign players - it effortlessly remains a focus of mass emotion. -- Hugh McIlvanney * There were times when we might as well have played the first 20 minutes without a ball. The match would commence and the fans would hardly notice. -- Sir Alex Ferguson, Former Rangers Player * I'd heard a lot about the Old Firm game over the years and of the rivalry that exists between the Celtic and Rangers supporters, but it's only when you live in the city and see it up close that the true extent of the bigotry and hatred hits home. The fans were frothing at the mouth and at each other's throats right through the warm-up. When we marched out to kick off, it REALLY got intense. -- Tony Cascarino, Former Celtic Player
A fascinating investigation into the rivalry between Glasgow's two biggest football clubs - Celtic and Rangers - and how that rivalry affects the whole of Scottish society
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It could be argued that it is impossible to understand Glasgow without appreciating the significance of the derby match between these two unique clubs. I would go as far as to recommend that the book is added to the high school curriculum in the West of Scotland as a first blow against the outdated religious apartheid that is perpetuated by our educational system and ignored by our political representatives.
Since the book was published Rangers have finally succumbed to administration after years of financial mis-management and, despite what the current Celtic chairman may say, the future of these two great clubs are as inextricably linked as their past. It is also therefore a prescient read while the future of Rangers and this historic match remains in jeopardy.
Highly recommended not just to the millions of Old Firm fans around the world then, but also to all football fans interested in the wider social and cultural impact of the game. A stark reminder of the depth of feeling that truly great clubs hold over the people that support them in a time when the wider game has spiralled out of control financially and lost touch with what made it special in the first place.
Wilson offers an excellent insight into the workings of both clubs, their histories, traditions and the mindset of their supporters.
The book does not seek to glorify or dress up the Old Firm as something that they are not and there is a particularly poignant passage about the Ibrox disaster which brought a lump to my throat.
All in all this is a fantastic book that I read in 3 days. I thoroughly recommend it to any football fan.
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I recommend this book to anyone with an interest in understanding the rivalry between the two biggest clubs in Scotland. Read morePublished on 21 July 2014 by Greenman
A VERY INTERESTING LOOK AT THE OLD FIRM WARTS AND ALL A MUST READ FOR ANYONE INTERESTED IN THE BACKGROUND OF THESE GREAT RIVALSPublished on 11 July 2014 by Mr. L. Thomson
Sums up the old firm well and gives an accurate description of Glasgow. Would recommend to any old firm supporterPublished on 25 Jun. 2014 by well good n at man. pure kwer