Is the Baw Burst? A Long-Suffering Supporter's Search for the Soul of Scottish Football Paperback – 17 May 2012
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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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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.Read more ›
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!!!
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.Read more ›
Buy the book and join the debate - is the baw burst??????