Issue 4


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Eight Scudetti, four Italian Cups and two French championships: it’s unlikely anyone will ever eclipse the achievements of Rose Reilly.

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Thanks for the memories

From humble beginnings 13 years ago, a nationwide sports reminiscence project for people living with memory loss has become a huge success story.

By Hugh MacDonald



When Hibernian chose me

How does a Brazilian football writer end up in Edinburgh, fall in love with Hibs and become convinced Jason Cummings is better than Lionel Messi? Here’s how …

By Alex Sabino


Confessions of an expat Jambo

Trying to follow Hearts from Finland over the past 15 years has been by turns illuminating, frustrating and hilarious. And in terms of seeing the media landscape evolve, it’s been an instructive journey.

By Chris Smith





Joe Garner: The kamikaze cult hero

How do you become the object of adulation in one half of Glasgow without actually being a success on the pitch? A boy with a thorn in his side from Lancashire has the answer.

By Scott Fleming



Nicholas & Marinello: The Arsenal misfits

Charlie Nicholas and Peter Marinello were each brought to Highbury to add glamour and panache to the club. Then came the models, the modelling, the cars, the haircuts and the appearances with Pan’s People.

By Jon Spurling


Let the drums beat louder

Young ultra groups such as Fair City Unity and Motherwell Bois bring passion and theatre to a game in danger of losing its soul. We should celebrate their commitment, not castigate them.

By Stuart Cosgrove


Bordering on madness

The football teams of the Borders are as far removed from the rest of Scottish football as ever. Is that necessarily a bad thing?

By Thomas Clark


What became of the airdrie Spanish Armada?

One minute they were playing in Spain, the next they were catapulted into North Lanarkshire as part of Steve Archibald’s revolution and the next again they were locked out of the Airdrie stadium by administrators. What did they make of it all?

By Martin Domin





A legend to many. ‘Paps’ to me.

Bobby Brown is renowned as a Rangers and Scotland goalkeeper and the manager who led the Wembley Wizards to victory over England in 1967. To his eldest grandchild, he is much more besides.

By Jim Campbell




My part in Celtic’s Hampden year

One of Fergus McCann’s first objectives after buying Celtic was to double the number of season ticket holders. Which was what prompted a surprise call to a small marketing agency in Edinburgh.

By Heather McKinlay






The man who made Chelsea

Chelsea FC began life with a stadium – and nothing else. The person who built an almost-immediately successful squad from scratch was a 28-year-old midfielder from Dumbarton.

By Dominic Bliss


Thirds and Queen’s: side by side but a world apart

Summer 2017 sees two football clubs situated less than a mile apart mark very different anniversaries. At Hampden, Queen’s Park’s 150th anniversary will be celebrated with the honour due to a club acknowledged to have invented the ‘passing game’ that ushered in modern football. On a darker note, 2017 is the 50th anniversary of the death of Third Lanark, among Scotland’s leading clubs during the late 19th century, which collapsed amidst fraud allegations and bitter acrimony in 1967. We talked to some of the modern-day heroes at Hampden, and the man leading the campaign to restore Third Lanark to senior football.

By Maurice Smith


Just what The Doc ordered

Tommy Docherty’s brief reign as Scotland manager transformed the fortunes of an under-achieving squad, instilled optimism among the Tartan Army and laid the foundations for two decades of comparative success.

By John Penman


Second thoughts

Following Cowdenbeath, my second team, has taught me many things. Above all else, that there is more to football than the football itself.

By Joel Sked


Basement living

Montrose have been resident in Scotland’s lowest division for 21 seasons. What is it that keeps the fans coming, still dreaming of life in the lofty heights of League One?

By Andrew Galloway



The ones that got away

No other country has anything like as poor a record as Scotland when it comes to clubs going out of Europe on away goals. Is it just bad luck, or is there something deeper going on here?

By Mark Poole




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