Football's Faithful Fans

Football's Faithful Fans

by Iain Whyte (Editor)

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Overview

Football would be nothing without the fans – men and women, girls and boys (perhaps even a few dragooned animals!) whose commitment has often been likened to religious devotion. So Football’s Faithful Fans, which is raising vital money for African development projects through the Homeless World Cup, gives Scottish supporters (a number of whom are clergy, with others from rather different backgrounds) a platform to say what fitba’ means to them: hopes, dreams, rugged belief and, sometimes, sheer desperation! It’s funny, thoughtful and entertaining – a bit like the Beautiful Game itself. Whether you’re a fan or not, and whether you follow football in Scotland or elsewhere, here is an enjoyable insight into what might be gently called ‘supporter psychology’…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781916173309
Publisher: Ekklesia
Publication date: 07/11/2019
Pages: 110
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.26(d)

About the Author

Iain Whyte, who has edited this collection, is a Church of Scotland minister, historian, academic ... and a long-suffering St Mirren and Scotland supporter. So he feels your pain. He really does.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Publisher’s Preface x

Foreword: Mel Young OBE xi

 . Beyond Winning – Joseph M Bradley 1

 . All shall be Well – Martin Scott 3

 . Ready for Anything – Tom Gordon 7

 . A Grand Old Team to See – Martin Mann 13

 . Sunshine On Leith – Lesley Orr 17

 . The Joy of the Jags – Erik Cramb 21

 . Hit it John! – David McLachlan 25

 . The Oddly Paved Road to Dumbarton – Simon Barrow 29

 . Cows and Beef – Ron Ferguson 33

10. Ah’ve Never Had a Killie Pie – Ailsa Henderson 37

11. Rose Reilly: Keeping Faith in the Women’s Game

– Gerry Hassan 43

12. Tales of the Tartan Army – Iain Whyte 49

13. Confessions of a Theologian and Jambo – David Fergusson 53

14. Diamonds Are Forever – Sandy Sneddon 57

15. Scousers and Scots – Rachel McCann 61

16. He’s ‘Oor Galoot’: Following the Accies – David Adams 65

17. The Song of the Clyde – Graham Blount 69

18. The Road to Dundee – Doug Small 73

19. New Converts at the Coupe du Monde Féminine – Callum MacDonald 77

20. Playing with the Same Baw – Mike Mair 81

21 Shelley’s Tartan Army on Manouevres

– Liz Work 85

22. Shelley’s Heroes – Ailsa Henderson 87

Epilogue: A Scottish African Tale – Iain Whyte 91

About the Homeless World Cup 94

About Nil By Mouth 95

About SFSA 96

About Siglum 97

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