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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Black & White Publishing (15 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845023471
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845023478
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 802,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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As a member of Hibernian's iconic Famous Five forward line in the 50s, and as a Scotland internationalist, Lawrie Reilly gained the soubriquet 'Last Minute Reilly' for his habit of scoring crucial goals in the dying seconds of games. Perhaps it's not surprising, then, that he's left the production of his autobiography till his 82nd year.

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.
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THEY TALKED ABOUT THE CHICAGO WHITE SOX,AND ITS 88 YEAR WAIT FOR A WORLD SERIES,OF BRAZIL AND ITS SHAME OF 1950,....BUT HIBERNIAN AND THE SCOTTISH CUP!!!!!!....NOW WE ARE TALKING HOLY GRAIL...THE SAD PASSING OF A TRUE FOOTBALL LEGEND FROM OUR SHORES..WHICH CAME AROUND THE TIME OF A 9-0 AGG DEFEAT TO MALMO AND ENDED WITH RELEGATION ALONG WITH THE JAMBO'S, THE LAST THING PEOPLE IN EDINBURGH WANT TO TALK ABOUT AND READ ABOUT IS FOOTBALL (I SHOULD IMAGINE),BUT THEN THIS TIME MACHINE WILL RESTORE THE FAITH OF ANY FAN LAWRIE REILLY WAS A MAN WHO NEVER DRANK,WAS NEVER SENT OFF,AND NEVER SWORE (HE SAID) BUT WAS A 3 TIME CHAMPION,A SCOTLAND THORNE IN THE SIDE OF THE AULD ENEMY...THOUGH AFTER ENGLANDS LATEST EFFORT,ENEMA WOULD BE MORE USEFUL! AND WAS PART OF SOMETHING AND IN AN ERA I COULD ONLY AND DO DREAM OF BEING PART OF.AFTER SENOR SUAREZ PUT ME OFF FROM WATCHING ANY MORE OF SOMETHING I LOOKED FORWARD TO ABOVE ANYTHING ELSE (FOOTBALL RELATED,)AND TO THINK £350-OOO A WEEK FOR THAT DECORATED VAMPIRE BAT IS BEING SPOKE OF,MR REILLY NEVER EARNED MORE THAN £16 QUID A WEEK,AND WHAT IS MORE NEVER WANTED TO LEAVE EASTER ROAD,DESPITE THE WHO'S WHO (INC.MATT BUSBY),WANTING HIM.AND IF HIBERNIAN FANS WANT ANYMORE REASON TO KEEP THE FAITH,IT WAS IN HIS PARTING WORDS....I WAS BORN A HIBEE,AND I WILL DIE A HIBEE! LAWRIE REILLY A REAL FOOTBALL LEGEND R.I.P. VIA BETTER WORLD BOOKS.
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Last minute Reilly, what a man !! Just recently gone to that big football pitch in the sky so it was nice to read about him. This book is great if you are interested in football, not just HIBERNIAN FC. He was a big part of Hibernians famous Five !
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A superb autobiography by one of Scotland's greatest ever players. A fascinating insight into the life of Lawrie Reilly and a remarkable insight into how the game has changed so dramatically over the years. A "must read" for every Scotland fan and Hibernian supporter.
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Great book about a Scottish football legend. My dad used to tell me all about his all time favourite Hibs centre forward. This book brought it to life. GGTTH !
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