The Life and Times of Last Minute Reilly (Life & Times of) Paperback – Illustrated, 15 Aug 2011
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About the Author
Co-author Ted Brack is a retired headteacher and a lifelong Hibs supporter. He is the author of the bestselling Hibs books There is a Bonny Fitba Team and co-author of Pat Stanton's Hibernian Dream Team.
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For all the long wait, this volume is worth reading for its depiction of a time in football which is slowly slipping beyond the memory of those who still attend stadia around the country - with gates of 50,000 or more a frequent occurrence at Easter Rd, and Hampden hosting more than twice that for internationals and even some club games. It's hard to imagine today's stars arriving at Tynecastle at 2.30pm, fresh from Best Man duties, in full wedding gear, and turning out half an hour later in an Edinburgh Derby, as Lawrie did. Likewise, you can't help but think that footballers, who travelled to the ground on buses alongside the fans who were paying to see them, may have had a greater understanding of the privilege it is to hold supporters' dreams in your hands - or at least at your feet.
Lawrie played 355 times for Hibs between 1945 and 1958, scoring an amazing 238 times. For Scotland he scored 22 goals in 38 games. Legends such as Tom Finney, Stanley Matthews and Matt Busby all rated him as up there with the best centre forwards they'd seen, and a raft of top teams tried unsuccessfully to lure him away from his beloved Hibees. He operated in an age of soon to be extinct 'one club men', before the abolition of the minimum wage, and betrays absolutely no regrets at all.Read more ›
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brought as a present, but item looks good & arrived very swiftly.Published 13 months ago by Gillian Leslie
Probably okay for Hibs and Scotland supporters , but did nothing for me . I have read and enjoyed many football books but found this one boring ,Published on 8 May 2013 by alan d