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MaxPower75
17-02-2018, 11:37 PM
looking to get a few books in, preferably Scottish but not too fussed. Any recommendations?.

P.S. Apologies if this is the wrong place to put this I am a rookie poster here.

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LustForLeith
18-02-2018, 08:12 AM
I recently read a book about Brian Clough called Provided You Don't Kiss Me which was written by the journalist who covered Forest games for years. Quite a decently read.

Mr White
18-02-2018, 12:09 PM
The Greatest Footballer You Never Saw: The Robin Friday Story is a good read.

MaxPower75
18-02-2018, 12:44 PM
I recently read a book about Brian Clough called Provided You Don't Kiss Me which was written by the journalist who covered Forest games for years. Quite a decently read.Cheers, was thinking of getting a book about Clough as well.

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MaxPower75
18-02-2018, 12:45 PM
The Greatest Footballer You Never Saw: The Robin Friday Story is a good read.Cheers, might check it out.

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Mibbes Aye
18-02-2018, 04:59 PM
‘Left Foot Forward’ by Garry Nelson.

Excellent account of a season in the life of a self-confessed journeyman footballer, in the latter stage of his career as a forward with Charlton Athletic. From memory, they were flitting between the top flight and the second tier.

It’s a lucid, honest, detailed and self-decrepating tale of life as a pro.

lord bunberry
18-02-2018, 05:36 PM
Budgie’s book is good.

Mibbes Aye
18-02-2018, 06:59 PM
The Greatest Footballer You Never Saw: The Robin Friday Story is a good read.

I would second that.

hibsbollah
18-02-2018, 07:04 PM
It's been around a long time now but Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby is awfy good. Don't be put off if you've only seen the fairly rubbish movie.

Mibbes Aye
18-02-2018, 07:13 PM
It's been around a long time now but Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby is awfy good. Don't be put off if you've only seen the fairly rubbish movie.

:agree:

The chapter that talks about Gus Caesar is one of the best and most accurate things I've ever read about being a footballer.

MaxPower75
18-02-2018, 07:25 PM
Cheers guys, hope to see more coming. One I would recommend myself is "its not all about the old firm" by Scott Burns. Its a collection of non old firm Scottish success stories, a bit Aberdeen heavy but nonetheless very good read.

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Pretty Boy
18-02-2018, 07:52 PM
Inverting the Pyramid is a good read if you are into tactics, coaching, systems and the like.

Trautmanns Journey: From Hitler Youth to FA Cup Legend is a great book.

A Life Too Short about Robert Enke is very sad but a good read. It’s probably the best football book I have ever read and really explores the pressures of being seen to remain ‘macho’ in the game.

The Unstoppable Keeper almost seems too far fetched to be real but it’s a fun book.

There’s a bit of a theme there but I’m a self confessed goalkeeping geek and fascinated by the characters who make the position what it is.

McD
18-02-2018, 09:26 PM
The ripple effect is a really funny book

Haymaker
18-02-2018, 11:18 PM
I would second that.

Thirded.

My best mates Dad saw Robin play against Southampton, which I think the game is mentioned in the book, and maintains to this day that he never saw a better player.

bingo70
19-02-2018, 07:56 AM
Maradona ‘hand of god’ is a great read.

Much preferred that to his actual autobiography.

bingo70
19-02-2018, 10:26 AM
Bert Trautmanns book is really good and definitely worth a read.

Good mixture of world war/nazi life and football stories.

Not read a book for ages and the OP has got me thinking about getting starting reading again so cheers for that.

MaxPower75
19-02-2018, 11:03 AM
Bert Trautmanns book is really good and definitely worth a read.

Good mixture of world war/nazi life and football stories.

Not read a book for ages and the OP has got me thinking about getting starting reading again so cheers for that.No problem bud, Cheers for the recommendations

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johnbc70
19-02-2018, 12:43 PM
Tony Cascarino's autobiography is surprisingly very good. Not your typical footballers story but a glimpse into his personal life and the mental struggles he had throughout his career.

Greentinted
19-02-2018, 01:08 PM
The Miracle of Castel Di Sangro, for me, is one of the finest books I’ve ever read...and I’ve read a few.
Wonderful story, beautifully written.

Follow the links here for a sample chapter.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2014/mar/11/joe-mcginniss-us-journalist-soccer-fanatic

hibsbollah
19-02-2018, 02:36 PM
Tony Cascarino's autobiography is surprisingly very good. Not your typical footballers story but a glimpse into his personal life and the mental struggles he had throughout his career.

Forgot about that, a really compelling read.

bingo70
19-02-2018, 02:46 PM
Tony Cascarino's autobiography is surprisingly very good. Not your typical footballers story but a glimpse into his personal life and the mental struggles he had throughout his career.

Paul mcgraths was like that.

ancient hibee
19-02-2018, 07:15 PM
Ten Days that Shook Scotland various football writers on varied incidents in the game


The Final Whistle? by Harry Reid 40 years of following football

Mibbes Aye
19-02-2018, 08:51 PM
Graham McColl's "78: How a nation lost the World Cup" is an entertaining and not too arduous account of Scotland's ill-fated campaign in Argentina.

Peevemor
19-02-2018, 09:47 PM
I enjoyed Davie Farrell's book
It's nothing earth shattering but it's very honest and well written and changed my opinion of someone who wasn't one of my favourite players.

The_Exile
19-02-2018, 10:05 PM
The Miracle of Castel Di Sangro, for me, is one of the finest books I’ve ever read...and I’ve read a few.
Wonderful story, beautifully written.

Follow the links here for a sample chapter.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2014/mar/11/joe-mcginniss-us-journalist-soccer-fanatic

Agreed, a real rollercoaster of emotions reading that book. Also, ‘A Season With Verona’ is another great read. Italian fitba is bloody brilliant.

Hibby70
22-02-2018, 08:29 AM
Penthouse and Pavement: How to Survive in Football without Sucking Up to the Old Firm

It's a Bill Leckie book from 1999. Really enjoyed it at the time and it's a good read from a historical point in time.

bigwheel
22-02-2018, 09:32 AM
Agreed, a real rollercoaster of emotions reading that book. Also, ‘A Season With Verona’ is another great read. Italian fitba is bloody brilliant.


:aok: these are also two of my favourite football books of all time...another I would add is Simon Kuper's - Football against the enemy..great read.

hibsbollah
22-02-2018, 12:46 PM
Agreed, a real rollercoaster of emotions reading that book. Also, ‘A Season With Verona’ is another great read. Italian fitba is bloody brilliant.

The Dark Heart of Italy is a good one as well, touches on politics and culture but is mostly about football and a season following Parma in série a.

Hiber-nation
22-02-2018, 12:58 PM
I fancy having another read of Only a Game: The Diary of a Professional Footballer by Eamon Dunphy. It was basically the diary of a season back in the early 80s I think from the perspective of an average 2nd tier player in England. At the time it was my favourite football book.

Del Boy
12-04-2018, 10:10 AM
Miracle of Castel Di Sangro is brilliant

Read few Clough books and enjoyed them all

Andy McLaren’s autobiography is good

Recently read big mal, was decent

Love and loathing in La Liga is good

Mantis Toboggan
13-04-2018, 04:00 PM
The Ball Is Round- David Goldblatt.
Not even half way through this monster of a book yet but the content and writing are both superb. Must be the definite book about football and how it links with society.