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Is the Baw Burst? A Long-Suffering Supporter's Search for the Soul of Scottish Football Paperback – 17 May 2012

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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Luath Press Ltd; 1st Edition edition (17 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908373229
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908373229
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.6 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 818,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the book, Iain looks at the histroy of Scottish football, falling attendances, crumbling stadiums, the pies, the fans and the changes that need to be made. SUNDAY MAIL Has Iain Hyslop got some news for you: Scottish football is not as broken as many people think it is. It is, though, in need of some urgent love,care and attention. SCOTSMAN An amusing, episodic account of the state of the game, it also has some important observations from the point of view of the people who keep the game alive - the fans who buy the tickets and pies. SCOTSMAN

About the Author

Iain Hyslop is a football fan and has been all of his life. From as early as he can remember, he has been obsessed with the beautiful game and this obsession continues unabated to this day. Neither the glorious failures of the national team or the usual disappointments for the club sides in the annual European sorties have dimmed the enthusiasm. He has followed Scotland and one of the Old Firm clubs since childhood and is a fully paid up member of the Scotland Travel Club. Born in Glasgow, in the year the Old Enemy won the World Cup, Iain grew up in the east end and served an apprenticeship in Govan Shipbuilders on the Clyde. Nowadays, he operates as a Health and Safety professional for one of the UK s largest construction firms and is a tutor at Strathclyde University. He lives in Prestwick with his long suffering wife Debbi (she hates football) and their two Tibetan Terriers.


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As a regular visitor of Scottish lower league grounds I was intrigued at the premise of this book, purporting to be a serious response to Henry McLeish's white paper in the state of Scottish football from a fan's perspective.

Sadly, as noble an endeavour as this book is, the writer lacks the knowledge and sophistication to really make much of a proper fist of it and it becomes pretty laborious very early on.

The first thing that grates is the repetition. This is less of a serious investigation of Scottish football and more of travelogue account of an attempt to visit each ground in the top four Scottish Divisions in a season and write around 1500 - 2000 words on each (he admits to writing the pieces in the immediate aftermath of each visit). After only three or four matches we begin to see that the writer is following a rather shallow template of boxes which he feels he must tick in each "review". As he finds any visit to a team below, say top six in the SPL, is a similar experience to the one before the reader quickly gets the sense that the writer himself is fed up quite early on with the task as he resorts to tedious, hackneyed reviews of the pies at each ground (at least fifty words on ALL of them which becomes quickly tiresome) and sums up his diagnosis of every club by stating, rather obviously, that they ought to work closely with the local community to stir interest (again, he does this on over forty occasions).

The problem here is that this is a Rangers fan effectively touring Scottish grounds like a fish out of water, standing back and observing the goings on at lower league matches rather than a lower league regular with years of experience of the scene.
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A first class mostly serious but occasionally humerous account of a seasons worth of football through the Scottish senior leagues through the eyes of an ordinary fan.
The book refreshingly deals with a look at the basic problems within Scottish football and offers an opinion on how things could be improved.
A great read that certainly gives the reader some food for thought...................on the off chance you get sick of pies!!!
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Even as a Sassenach I have always been interested in Scottish football and have followed the fortunes (and otherwise) of Stenhousemuir FC from afar. So with an Amazon token to use I bought Iain Hyslop's 'Is The Baw Borst'. I read it with interest. The book records Iain's travels to every ground in the Scottish Premier and Scottish League all in one season to watch a live game. Each chapter tends to follow a similar format, but none the worse for that as Iain seems to be a man of habit - steak pie and Bovril at almost every ground. The book offers a fascinating glimpse of the various and varied grounds of Scotland, some large, some small, some grand, most not so grand. I read the book with an AA map at hand to help me see where he was travelling, for despite my interest in Scottish football, my experience of Scotland is generally restricted to the western coast and Islands of Scotland, an area sparse in its football teams.

My main criticism of the book is that Iain has probably not envisaged people south of the border reading it, otherwise he might have been more explicit with his locations. Many of the names of Scottish teams give little clue as to their location: Raith Rovers, Ross County, St.Johnstone, Queen of the South and so on. Also the nick names he gives as subtitles gave me little clue and so I had to cheat by turning to the end of the chapter to look up who was playing.

As someone who has never watched a live Scottish game and has seen only a handful of Scottish grounds, including those of past memory, Third Lanark and Gretna, this was a first class and enjoyable tour. Iain's dedication and determination have proved worthwhile and I recommend this book to anyone with an interest in Scottish football.
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Excellent Read - Iain knows his football! My husband could not put this book down. This book went into great detail, he must have spend months and months researching all these clubs. Looking forward to the next one...
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If you are a football fan you'll love this book. A frank and honest account of the Scottish game from a fan's perspective. Loving the quotes.
Buy the book and join the debate - is the baw burst??????
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