To celebrate the launch of our book Lifted Over The Turnstiles, we ran a competition to give 10 copies away. We asked you to send us your favourite Scottish football memories to be in with a chance of winning a copy. The book is a celebration of Scottish football stadiums of the black-and-white era, with fantastic never-before-seen pictures and anecdotes about the highs and lows of following a fitba team.
With football stadiums having hosted so many unforgettable moments and good times shared with friends and family, it’s no wonder you shared scores of your favourite memories. These ranged from incredible cup wins, iconic goals and some of the unique moments that make our game so well-loved (including some personal highlights, like meeting future spouses).
Best moments in Scottish football
We enjoyed reading every single one of your competition entries, so we’ve taken some of them and added our own favourites to create the ultimate list of the best moments in Scottish football. This interactive archive shows exactly why we have the best supported leagues per capita in Europe. There are goals that have been immortalised in popular culture, dazzling displays of individual brilliance, the realisation of life-long dreams, plenty of humorous incidents and even a World Cup win for Scotland (seriously!).
If that doesn’t get you searching out your scarf and looking forward to a half-time pie and Bovril at a match soon, then maybe a word from Steve Finan about writing Lifted Over The Turnstiles can convince you:
“This football book writing lark is a bit of a… errr... lark. I’m not exactly an expert at it, in fact in footballing terms I’m an S-signing (remember them?). But I’ve written a football book, Lifted Over The Turnstiles. The book is a collection of pictures of Scottish football grounds from the black-and-white era. You might not think that the likes of Cappielow, Links Park and Gayfield are the prettiest things to take pictures of. And you’d be right! No Scottish football ground has ever been a candidate in the Miss World Pageant. But then, Scottish fitba punters have got more chance of getting in about a football ground than a Miss World contestant. But we love our football stadiums. We feel proud of them, we are attached to them. So, a collection of “new” old photographs is catnip for football geeks like me. And new old photos aren’t easy to find. Football fans collect, pore over and treasure photos of their team’s home. To find a couple of hundred that no one has seen before is a bit like finding buried treasure. I delved in many a dusty archive, visited many a club historian, and had many a blether about fitba past and present.”
As we enter stoppage time at the end of this blog post, we’d like to thank you for sharing all your memories and congratulate to those that won copies of the book. Take a look at our interactive list of the greatest moments in Scottish football history and let us know your favourite over on our Facebook page.