Blue Thunder: The Jock Wallace Story

Blue Thunder: The Jock Wallace Story

by Jeff Holmes


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Blue Thunder: The Jock Wallace Story by Jeff Holmes

From a humble miner to one of Scotland's greatest ever soccer managers, Jock Wallace worked his way through the ranks, proving himself more than worthy of his team's name

As a player, Jock Wallace had a love of giant-slaying, while a fruitful coaching apprenticeship included European glory before he won two unprecedented trebles with Rangers. At the height of his popularity in Glasgow he quit for Leicester City, where his typically brutal training regime guided the Foxes to the English First Division. After a spell at Motherwell, he moved back to Ibrox, but was sacked after just two trophies in three seasons. Seville was the next port of call, followed by Colchester. Sadly, the great man was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease during his time at Layer Road. When he died in 1996, his popularity in Glasgow gave rise to a suitably huge and colorful shrine at Ibrox.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781785311499
Publisher: Pitch Publishing
Publication date: 09/01/2016
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Jeff Holmes is the author of 10 Years of River City and McDougoal: The Frank McDougall Story. After a long career in TV, Jeff became a newspaper reporter and now covers soccer for the Daily Record and Sunday Mail.

Table of Contents

Thanks 9

Introduction 11

Foreword 14

Prologue 17

It's Early Days 21

Learning His Trade 29

Ripping Up the Form Book 36

Hearts and Minds 46

The Promised Land 55

Wallace and Vomit! 69

The European Dream 74

In Charge 89

The Cupboard is Bare 97

No Ten in a Row 106

Three 'n' Easy For Gers 114

Turbulent Tour 127

The Viking Warrior 133

Trophies Galore 141

Jock Wallace: The Silver Fox 150

Jock's 'Boy' 164

Well At Home 168

The Second Coming 177

Keeping the Connection 190

Trouble across the Water 195

The Party's Over 203

Sunshine, Sangria and Soccer 211

The Final Insult 218

Off To Essex 222

The Barca Bears 231

Parkinson's Disease 241

Jock Wallace: Rangers Legend 249

Bibliography 253

The Jock Wallace Song 254

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