Lifted Over The Turnstiles Volume 3
The foreword is an insightful, clever piece of writing from former Scotland international, Motherwell coach and BBC TV personality Leanne Crichton. Leanne is a student of the modern game but points out the long history of football grounds, and what they mean to fans.
Volumes 2 and 3 expand and improve upon the first book. These books show the grounds the way they were meant to be experienced, when they were full of supporters cheering their heroes on.
There are hundreds of photos you will never have seen before. Author Steve Finan has spent three years immersed in photo archives looking for never-before-published material.
The clubs are evenly distributed over the two books.
Volume 3 includes Celtic Park, Tynecastle, Love Street, East End Park, Dens Park, Broomfield, Muirton, Firhill, Douglas Park, and a dozen more.
There is also a lengthy chapter on the most famous game played in Scotland. Never-before-seen photos of Real Madrid 7, Eintracht Frankfurt 3 – the 1960 European Cup Final.
Perhaps the most intriguing chapters, however, are: Weather (football was played in conditions you wouldn’t believe) and Things You Don’t See Any More. Invacars, massed pipe bands, snowball fights, a potato patch at the side of a First Division team’s pitch . . . and where did all those dogs come from?
These are books which are unashamedly nostalgic. There has never been a look at the history of football in Scotland that is quite so candid, shows so many famous names, and stirs so many memories.