Invincible: Brendan Rodgers' Historic First Season at Celtic

Author: David Friel

Publisher: BackPage Press

ISBN: 1909430285

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 224

View: 9021

47 domestic games. 43 wins. 134 goals. Zero defeats. Three trophies. Invincible. The Celtic team of 2016/17 became only the fourth in the club s history to win the Treble. Greater still, they completed the entire domestic season without losing a game and in the process rewrote the history of Scottish football. This is the inside story of the football revolution under Brendan Rodgers that transformed Celtic. We are inside the room as Rodgers signs Moussa Dembele; on the training ground as players such as Scott Brown and Stuart Armstrong are reborn; and inside the boardroom as Rodgers lays down the blueprint that he hopes will establish a dynasty at Celtic.
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Celtic: The Awakening

From East End Misfits to European Masters

Author: Alex Gordon

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1780577095

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 288

View: 413

Celtic strode majestically into the history books in 1967 as the first British club to conquer Europe, and the iconic photograph of captain Billy McNeill holding aloft the glittering European Cup in the Lisbon sunshine is the defining image of that footballing era. Yet at the start of the decade, Celtic were a team plagued by defeats and in disarray both on and off the field. What brought about their remarkable transformation? In Celtic: The Awakening, Alex Gordon enters uncharted territory to investigate the story of Celtic in the 1960s, an extraordinary decade in the club's roller-coaster 125-year history. Players of the era, good, bad and indifferent, are interviewed in depth in an attempt to unravel one of football’s greatest mysteries. Sweeping through the ’60s and beyond, Celtic: The Awakening details the previously untold story of how a proud club rose from grief to glory, from dismay to delight.
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The Century Bhoys

The Official History of Celtic's Greatest Goalscorers

Author: Paul Cuddihy,David Friel

Publisher: Black & White Publishing

ISBN: 1845026101

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 272

View: 6871

Since Celtic's formation in 1888, a total of seven hundred and seventy seven players have represented the club at first-team level and by the end of season 2007/08, Celtic had scored 10,883 competitive goals. However, just twenty-eight players have managed to score more than 100 competitive goals for Celtic throughout those 120 years. Century Bhoys celebrates each of these twenty-eight players, from the first player to hit 100 goals, Sandy McMahon (1890-1903), to the greatest goalscorer of all time, Jimmy McGrory with an incredible 468 goals in 445 appearances. It's an incredible list featuring famous Lisbon Lions such as Stevie Chalmers and Bobby Lennox and modern greats such as Brian McClair, Charlie Nicholas, John Hartson and, of course, the legendary Henrik Larsson, who scored 242 goals in 315 games during a seven-year period with the club. Each chapter focuses on an individual player, looking at their playing career with Celtic, with particular focus on their first goal, their 100th goal, the final goal as well as the highs and lows of their time at the club and one or two quirky and not widely known facts. Entertaining and informative, Century Bhoys is full of facts and anecdotes about the greatest goalscorers in the history of Celtic FC.
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Uniquely Celtic - The Soul and the Spirit

Author: Frank Rafters

Publisher: Grosvenor House Publishing

ISBN: 1786237024

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 556

View: 2868

"Uniquely Celtic: The Soul and the Spirit"" is the second book from Frank Rafters. On this occasion however, the author changes tack, focusing predominantly on players who were somewhat overshadowed by other legends in their eras at Parkhead. Included is one of the longest pieces ever penned on the life of Willie Fernie (with help from his family), the tales of numerous talented players, faithful supporters, and much more. In all, this book aims to give the reader a greater insight into the stories of some of the individuals who have helped to make Celtic Football Club so very special."
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The Sevenpenny Gate

A Lifelong Love Affair with Celtic FC

Author: John Cairney

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1780571607

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

View: 921

'Clutching in my hand my seven copper pennies, I ran down the two flights of stone stairs from our tenement flat and through the East End to Kinloch Street, where, puffing a bit, I joined the queue of other wee boys lining up to place their coins on the brass plate above the iron turnstile, push hard against it, then climb up onto the dirt terracing and into Paradise. The rest of the world called it Celtic Park.' This is a story seen through green-and-white spectacles. It begins when nine-year-old Glaswegian John Cairney walks through the boys' gate at Celtic Park and embarks on a series of adventures that, over the years, take him all over Scotland and beyond. The Sevenpenny Gate is about a search for heroes, Celtic heroes. It is also the tale of an East End club of humble Irish origins that has developed into a worldwide brand and continues to command the devotion of its fans, even with the Celtic diaspora now spread across the globe.
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The History Bhoys

Author: Alex Gordon

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781852176815


Page: 96

View: 3437

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Football Manager Stole My Life

20 Years of Beautiful Obsession

Author: Iain Macintosh,Kenny Millar,Neil White

Publisher: BackPage Press

ISBN: 0956497179

Category: Computer games

Page: 224

View: 3193

Football Manager stole my life reveals the cult behind a computer game that, since its debut in 1992, has sold 20m copies and become a part of football culture.
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A Year and a Day

How the Lisbon Lions Conquered Europe

Author: Graham McColl

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781471157103


Page: 320

View: 6493

Nowadays it would be unthinkable: a team of local lads, all born within 30 miles of the ground, challenging one of the world's superpowers, Inter Milan, for the biggest club trophy of the lot - and winning. But that's exactly what Celtic achieved in 1967, thanks to the inspirational management of Jock Stein. In the process they became the first British side to win the European Cup, and they remain the only Scottish side ever to do so. The contrast couldn't have been more vivid when the teams lined up at the start of the European Cup final in Lisbon: while several of the Celtic players searched for a place to leave their false teeth ahead of kick-off, the Inter stars seemed to tower above them, tanned and confident as they prepared for their surely inevitable victory. But it didn't work out like that, as goals from Tommy Gemmell and Stevie Chalmers secured the 2-1 victory for the Glasgow outfit. Graham McColl has interviewed all the players from the Lisbon Lions as well as many of their opponents from their European campaign. They help reveal how Stein blended the very different personalities and playing styles into one formidable unit that was capable of taking on and beating the best Europe had to offer. A Year and a Day is a wonderful celebration of a unique achievement.
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Pride of the Lions

The Untold Story of the Men and Women Who Made the Lisbon Lions

Author: Derek Niven

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780993555121

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 190

View: 9743

Derek Niven sets out to tell the history of the Lisbon Lions from a completely new slant. This book is not just about an immortalised game of football, it seeks to tell the story of the unsung men and women who made the 16 players that are the Lisbon Lions through the extraordinary tales of their family histories.
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The Five-a-Side Bible

Author: Chris Bruce

Publisher: Cargo Publishing

ISBN: 1910449296

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 240

View: 9932

If you play football, the chances are you play 5-a-side - it's by far the most popular version of the game in the UK. But it's much more than a game. It's an unbeatable fitness regime, it's a social club, it's an elite sport, it's what we do when we get too old for 'jumpers for goalposts'. The 5-a-side Bible tells the whole story. There's sports science, the low-down on tacti and nutrition, how to use warm-ups and warm-downs to optimise performance. But there's also the fun side of fives: crazy team names - The Neville Wears Prada, Murder on Zidane's Floor - wacky stories of ill-discipline and injuries, outlandish excuses for not playing, kit disasters and a bucket list of the world's most iconic 5-a-side pitches. Produced by BackPage Press (Football Manager Stole My Life), Freight and, this is the book 5-a-side has been waiting for.
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The Official History

Author: Brian Wilson

Publisher: Birlinn Ltd

ISBN: 0857909312

Category: History

Page: 336

View: 5995

Celtic is a club like no other. Its story is a unique one, of a football club founded to raise money to help alleviate poverty within the predominantly Irish immigrant community of Glasgow's East End. Yet, from its inception, Celtic has been a club open to all. From those humble and charitable origins, Celtic have gone on to become one of the most famous names in world football. In 1967, they became the first British club to win the European Cup, while domestically they have won, to date, 47 league titles, 36 Scottish Cups and 16 League Cups. The story of Celtic continues - of success on the field, backed by a strong organisation off it, and all underpinned by a commitment to remain true to the charitable roots of the club, this is just the latest chapter.
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Football 2.0

Author: Grant Wahl

Publisher: BackPage Press

ISBN: 1909430331

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: N.A

View: 6667

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Happy Birthday Dear Celtic

The Inside Story of the Hoops Momentous Centenary Season

Author: Douglas Beattie

Publisher: Vision Sports Pub Limited

ISBN: 9781905326709

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 288

View: 8399

For a club steeped in history like perhaps no other, Celtic's centenary season was always going to be notable. But to achieve a glorious league and cup double in the midst of a period of domination by arch rivals Rangers, against all the odds, made 1987/88 one of the Hoops' most memorable ever. In Happy Birthday Dear Celtic, Radio 4 journalist Douglas Beattie has tracked down the Celtic team of '88 to reveal the inside story of this thrilling and unexpectedly glorious period in the club's history. Not just the football but the big nights out, a court case, cutting a rap record, a brush with Maggie Thatcher, jumping out of a giant cake and some hairy encounters with Rangers fans. With a list of interviewees including Frank McAvennie, Mick McCarthy and Packie Bonner - not to mention manager Billy McNeill - Happy Birthday Dear Celtic is a wonderfully revealing account of an incredible season.
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How Dave Brailsford Reinvented the Wheel

Author: Richard Moore

Publisher: BackPage Press

ISBN: 1909430072

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 63

View: 3973

Dave Brailsford has spearheaded the track cycling revolution in Britain, helping turn the nation into a superpower. He is also head of Team Sky and oversaw Bradley Wiggins' victory at the 2012 Tour de France. But who is the man behind the mask? This is a portrait of one of the most enigmatic presences in world sport; an exploration of his background, a unique insight into the formation of his methodology and an analysis of how he has forged a new path in a sport riven with controversy.
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In Search of Alan Gilzean

Author: James Morgan

Publisher: BackPage Press

ISBN: 095649711X


Page: 410

View: 4608

NOMINATED FOR BEST FOOTBALL BOOK OF 2010 IN THE BRITISH SPORTS BOOK AWARDS Updated second edition True greatness does not feel the need to proclaim itself from the rooftops. It is happy to state its case quietly, yet with utter conviction. Alan Gilzean was a truly great footballer. Every observer of his talent confirms this as an indisputable fact: from the legendary Jimmy Greaves, who regards him as the best striker he ever played with, to Don Revie, the former Leeds United and England manager, who described the former Tottenham striker as the best touch player in Europe, and Spurs fans whose spine-tingling refrain, Gilzean, Gilzean, Born is the King of White Hart Lane, continues to echo down the generations. It is now 36 years since Gilzean retired from professional football and his life and times have become shrouded in mystery and rumour. All that exists are the memories of his greatness ... but how long before even those are forgotten forever? After fans on Tottenham Hotspur online forums claim that Gilzean is living as a down-and-out, James Morgan, a lifelong Spurs fan and sports journalist with The Herald, Scotland's leading quality newspaper, is filled with a fierce desire to separate fact from fiction and sets out on a journey In Search of Alan Gilzean. The facts of his illustrious career are down in black and white: 169 goals for Dundee, including 52 in one season, a record that stood until Henrik Larsson broke it in 2001; a league championship medal with the great Dundee team of the early 1960s; then, a move to Spurs in December 1964, where, over the course of the next decade, he forms unforgettable partnerships with Greaves and Martin Chivers. Gilzean's greatness shines like a beacon, but where is the rest of his story? Morgan soon discovers that a sprinkling of newspaper cuttings, a Wikipedia page and idle internet chatter, are all that exist of a life less ordinary. The Scottish Football Association Hall of Fame website included a Swede, Larsson, and a Dane, Brian Laudrup, but no Gillie. Dundee FC has named lounges after former players who are not fit to lace Gilzean's boots. Spurs haven't heard from him in years. Former team-mates are none the wiser. One of the best British strikers of his generation is a forgotten man. Morgan's desire to change this, and find out the full story, takes him on an exhilarating personal journey all over Britain. From Gillie's birthplace, in the small Perthshire village of Coupar Angus, to Dundee, London and beyond, he leaves no stone unturned. Initially, Gillie hovers in the shadow before emerging as a fascinating and complex character whose natural reticence has obscured his legacy. Morgan's portrait of the original King of White Hart Lane restores him to his rightful place in football folklore and stands as the only faithful testimony to the life of a bona fide British football legend.
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Celtic: Pride and Passion

Author: Jim Craig,Pat Woods

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 178057763X

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 336

View: 5631

Celtic Football Club’s story is laced with drama and excitement, featuring a host of colourful individuals and a social history matched by few, if any, football clubs. In Celtic: Pride and Passion, Lisbon Lion Jim Craig and Pat Woods, a historian of the club, take a fresh look at several lesser-known episodes in Celtic’s history, including: the fascinating link between Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show and a dramatic Ne’erday match at Celtic Park; the unforgettable night the ‘playboy of the Eastern world’ lit up Parkhead with a performance that helped to sow the seeds for a revolution at the club; the remarkable story of a trophy that was such a source of friction that the club kept it locked in a safe; and the pivotal year in which the rivalry between Celtic and Rangers took on a darker hue. They also recount the revealing story, told through the eyes of the European press, of how Celtic captivated a continent in the annus mirabilis of 1967. Celtic: Pride and Passion is a book that no discerning fan of Celtic Football Club will want to be without.
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Celtic FC - the Ireland Connection

Author: Brian McGuirk

Publisher: Black & White Publishing

ISBN: 1845026306

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 224

View: 1535

Celtic Football Club has a huge support in Ireland, many of whom regularly travel to watch their team in Glasgow or follow them on TV. Now CELTIC FC - The Ireland Connection explores the deep-rooted links between Celtic Football Club, Ireland and the 90 million supporters of Irish descent throughout the world - links which include the club's founder Brother Walfrid from Sligo; the first sod of turf on Celtic Park in 1892 from Donegal; why the Irish flag flies over the stadium; Celtic's first manager, Willie Maley from Newry; emigration from Ireland to Scotland; and the many Irish players and staff who have played or managed at Celtic. A fascinating, must-read book for supporters of Celtic Football Club in Ireland, Scotland and around the world.
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The Making of the Greatest Team in the World

Author: Graham Hunter

Publisher: Backpage Press Limited

ISBN: 9780956497123

Category: Soccer

Page: 478

View: 7794

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Not Playing for Celtic

Another Paradise Lost

Author: Bennie

Publisher: Mainstream Publishing Company

ISBN: 9781840181128

Category: Soccer fans

Page: 259

View: 7206

Charting the ups and downs of being a Celtic supporter for almost 30 years, this book reviews the club's history. It is an account as much about growing up as a Glaswegian male as it is about being a long-suffering Celtic fan.
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