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Don't eat the pies
on 1 February 2015
This book does what it says on the cover. Gary Sutherland visits every football league ground during one Scottish football season. Each chapter has a match report, a fan report and a "pie report". We also get a fleeting impression of each club's home town. I now know where to find Stenhousemuir and why I probably would never want to.
Scot's cuisine comes out poorly, with the match day pies being distinctly unappetising. Even accounting for the ones Sutherland rates the most highly, I reached the conclusion the pies were best avoided.
I doubt the Scottish tourist board would commend this book. Matches are dour spectacles in sparsely populated grounds played out in inhospitable weather.
The book covers the 2006-07 season, though revised in 2012, so is a bit dated now. Yes, Rangers were in the Premier League back then.
This is a gently humorous safari. If, though, you are interested in the eccentric underside of Scottish football, reading the book is a pleasant way to spend a few hours.