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Sunny Jim Young - Celtic Legend Paperback – 18 Sep 2013
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About the Author
David Potter is 65 and has supported Celtic all his life, a condition he inherited from his father. He is a retired teacher of Classics and Spanish, and first saw Celtic in 1958. He has written about 20 books on Scottish football, mainly on great Celtic players like Jimmy Delaney, Jimmy Quinn, Patsy Gallacher, Jimmy McMenemy, Tommy McInally and Bobby Murdoch. He is married to Rosemary, lives in Kirkcaldy, has three children and four grandchildren. His other interests are cricket, drama, the poetry of Robert Burns and walking his beloved dog.
Top customer reviews
My ongoing personal research into the club's history has gone back to the early fifties so Potter's biographies of Sunny Jim, Jimmy Quinn & Jimmy McMenemy (early 1900s), Tommy McInally (1920s) and Jimmy Delaney (1930s & 40s) are perfect foil to my own 1950s to 1970s studies.
To my mind, David Potter's Celtic biographies are invaluable additions to the Glasgow club's ever-increasing collection of literature and I look forward to reading more of his exemplary output.
Added to his long list of books is this new addition on Sunny Jim Young. This is a player who genuinely ranks as one of the greatest in our club's history and was very much in contention to becoming our manager. Yet due to his era occurring at the turn of the 20th Century, he is little known by the support in general and this book helps to nudge matters into the right direction.
As with anything written by David Potter, it is well written, slightly academic style but still accessible and readable. His books are always a fine retelling of the lives of many a player of whom we really mostly know little, and they are a wonderful overview without any need to resort to hagiography like other football biogs. That is a great talent.
The book is able to bring in some wonderful stories such as in the 5-0 win over Forfar in 1914 where Sunny Jim got assaulted by the mother of an opposition player with the gallas line of "Foul my Eckie wid ye, ye dirty Glesca bugger!", and the wonderful tale of Bobby Templeton who pulled the lion's tale.
What clearly stands out is the genuine love & pure dedication Sunny Jim had for Celtic, and this was thru what were some difficult times. Having been one of the first greats and being from a non-Irish background, it is important in a historical and social retrospective on the club. The author wonderfully ties in match reports, player anecdotes and social & political commentary to give us a vivid picture and impression of the time. Add in some great quotes, we get a good idea of the vernacular to give us a fuller picture.
It's hard to believe that there are many, if any others, who could have done as fine and personal a work as this on Sunny Jim.
Admittedly it can be a dry read but isn't as much as other historical books. If anything, it's good to have an escape from the tawdry celebrity tinted live of many modern footballers. Also, Jim Young was no maverick so the style matches the character.
Beyond that, only points of note are that there are a number of grammar & spelling errors, which is not characteristic of David Potter's books. Still it's a minor quibble.
It's another wonderful addition to David Potter's long line of books on sport (he's covered more than Celtic) and again this is well recommended by this reviewer.