Top Football Books to Read Right Now

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Explore a fantastic selection of Football Books tackling the beautiful game in days gone by. Eras full of memories, players, matches, football grounds and managers still discussed to this day.

1. David Halliday – Legend

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Discover the legend of David Halliday, one of football’s forgotten heroes in our first entry. One of only two men in history to be the outright top scorer in the English and Scottish top divisions, Halliday played for Sunderland and Dundee FC.

The forward has an impressive record on both sides of the border, scoring 165 goals for the Roker Park side and over a century of goals for Dundee FC during the first half of the 20th century.

 

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David Halliday during his playing days.

 

After hanging up his shooting boots, Halliday went on to manage Leicester and Aberdeen, building successful teams.

Explore the life and talent of David Halliday – the fastest man to 100 top-flight goals in England (in just 101 games!) with this fantastic release from Iain McCartney.


2. Lifted Over The Turnstiles - In the Black & White Era

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Firhill

 

Pundit Chick Young provides the foreword for the fantastic Lifted Over The Turnstiles - In The Black & White Era.

A must for football fans around the country, Steve Finan has put together a fantastic record of Scottish football grounds.

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Palmerston Park Grandstand as it stood in 1933.

 

Browse over 200 photos from the archive, many of which have lain unseen, and over forty stadiums.

The memories - those special nights, fantastic ‘away days’ and moments shared with family and friends will come flooding back when looking back at Scotland’s wee and big football grounds dotted all over the country.


3. Jim McLean - Dundee United Legend

Jock Stein (left) and Jim McLean (right) in 1979.Jock Stein (left) and Jim McLean (right) in 1979.
Jock Stein (left) and Jim McLean (right) in 1979.

 

A celebration of the greatest manager to sit in the dugout at Tannadice – Jim McLean.

Presented as a collection of tributes from rivals, former players, celebrity United fans, and media figures who Jim dealt with during his long career - all illustrated with fantastic photos from the archive.

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Hear from a host of famous faces including Paul Sturrock (pictured during his playing days)

 

This is must for United fans and football fans in general. Hear from Walter Smith, Paul Sturrock, Maurice Malpas, Lorraine Kelly, and others.

Allan Preston takes a look at Jim’s tactics, Dave Bowman his training techniques and Richard Gordon discusses the Fergie rivalry.

Ray McKinnon also explodes a few myths about the man along the way for good measure. We also hear from Jim’s family, shedding some light on his character and life away from the dressing room.

Last, not least, regular Arabs fans share their own memories of Jim and some of United’s greatest wins during his time at Tannadice.


4. Celtic In The Black & White Era

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Taken at an Old Firm Clash in 1957.

 

Delving into the history of one of Scotland’s (and the world’s) biggest clubs is no small task.

This is Celtic’s history during the Black and White era as you have seen before, aided by fantastic photos from the archive.

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Jimmy Johnstone looking stylish in 1962.

 

The Lisbon Lions, Stein, the 1970 Leeds European tie, ‘Jinky’, McNeill, and more. A chance to experience Celtic’s halcyon days for those who don’t know.


5. Rangers - In The Black & White Era

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Aberdeen v Rangers (7 November 1957).

 

Accompanied by wonderful photos that have lain unseen in the DC Thomson archives for decades, learn about legends in the history of Glasgow Rangers throughout the Black and White era.

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Jim Baxter (pictured in 1964) made over 100 appearances for Rangers across two spells. Sandwiched in between, the midfield maestro played for Sunderland, Nottingham Forest and enjoyed a short stint at Vancouver Royal Canadians.

 

Bill Struth, John Grieg, Jim Baxter, Eric Caldow, and more – read about famous Rangers men and the performances, matches, and stories that helped shape the history of one of the world’s most famous clubs.


6. It’s A Team Game - In The Black & White Era

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Morton FC in 1964.

 

Steve Finan brings together a wonderful testament to Scottish football line-ups throughout the Black and White era.

This book celebrates the stars, great (and not so great) footballers in days one by.

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Dunfermline Athletic FC team in 1973.

 

Hear about tales woven into the fabric of Scottish football when it was harder, muddier and (for some) better, reading about quirky line-ups and unsung heroes in the context of their team.

A wonderful nostalgia-fuelled trip down memory lane packed with stories fans still share decades on.


7. The Red Army - Celebrating Dons Fans

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Aberdeen FC Supporters in 1995.

 

Dedicated to you, the fans, The Red Army contains hundreds of photos from the archive.

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Alex Ferguson and Mark McGee hold aloft the European Cup in 1983 in front of the St Clair.

 

Looking at Aberdeen’s long history, all of those European adventures, cup finals, and celebrations are recorded right here in spectacular fashion.

Look out for photos of yourself, your friends and family, and historic moments in the Pittodrie club’s impressive history as you turn the pages of this essential football book.


8. Arabs Away - Celebrating Dundee United Supporters

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Dundee United supporters after their team won the Scottish Cup Final in 2010.

 

Originally released to celebrate Dundee United’s 110th birthday and the 25th anniversary of that famous Scottish Cup win, Arabs Away highlights the club’s loyal fans.

A record of the Arab’s experience, highlights from Hampden, European jaunts and celebrations all make an appearance in a book containing over 200 memorable photos.

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Dundee United Crowd at game against Berwick Rangers (30 April 1960)

 

Many featured have lain unseen. Read about breakthrough of the 1960s, silverware in 1979 and ‘80, the triumph of ’83, and the “at last” achievement of ’94.

Travel back to some of the club’s greatest moments. The Nou Camp, the Ullevi, the Hawkhill Tavern, and more all get a mention with noted fan, Jim Spence providing the foreword.


9. We Had A Dream - Scotland Internationals In The Black & White Era

 

Turning his attention to oor National Team, Steve Finan has brought together rediscovered photos from the archive, charting the highs and lows of Scotland throughout the Black and White era.

Iconic players and managers, great (and not so great) games, and moments in the team’s history are all here.

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Captain's George Young and Billy Wright lead out the teams for an Auld Enemy encounter in April 1956. Over 130,000 packed into Hampden to watch a 1-1 draw with goals from Graham Leggat and a last gasp equaliser from Johnny Haynes.

 

Jordan, Bremner, Czechoslovakia ‘73, the Wembley Wizards, King Kenny, and the ‘Lawman’ all feature during a fantastic journey back in time starting in the 1920s.


10. The Bird & the Feather

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Claudio Caniggia (The Bird) played 50 times for Argentina alongside famous faces including Diego Maradona. Here, the 1990 World Cup Finalist is pictured celebrating a goal against Motherwell

 

Capturing an incredible period in Dundee FC history, Argentinian hero Claudio Caniggia (The Bird) and Italian Champions League winner Fabrizio Ravanelli (The White Feather) were two world-famous signings, bringing a touch of glamour to Dens Park.

Fabrizio Ravanelli (The White Feather) won the Champions League in 1996. Here, the striker escapes the attention of Motherwell players in 2003 during his short stint playing for Dundee FC (2003).Fabrizio Ravanelli (The White Feather) won the Champions League in 1996. Here, the striker escapes the attention of Motherwell players in 2003 during his short stint playing for Dundee FC (2003).
Fabrizio Ravanelli (The White Feather) won the Champions League in 1996. Here, the striker escapes the attention of Motherwell players in 2003 during his short stint playing for Dundee FC (2003).

 

Their respective spells are the stuff of legend, during period that turned into a rollercoaster ride for fans and the club, serving up plenty of good and bad memories for different reasons.

Quite the story for fans looking to read up on the club or two global icons who made their way into Scottish football folklore.