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 The Old Firm - Sectarianism, Sport and Society in Scotland

Title

 : 

The Old Firm - Sectarianism, Sport and Society in Scotland

Author

 : 

Bill Murray

Publisher

 : 

Birlinn Limited

Year

 : 

2000

ISBN

 : 

0859765423

Rating  : 

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Introduction :

This text is an account of the interaction of sport, politics and society from the formation of Rangers and Celtic at the end of the 19th century, detailing the changes and rivalry of these two clubs.


Synopsis :

First published in 1984, this book rapidly established itself as one of the classics of Scottish sports writing and the key work on the two giants of Scottish football. But it is far more than simply a history of two football clubs. The Old Firm is an account of the interaction of sport, politics and society from the formation of Rangers and Celtic at the end of the nineteenth century to the present day. At the same time, the story of these two clubs is also the story of Glasgow. The rivalry of Celtic and Rangers has been a feature of Scottish life for over a century and, although the clubs have never been far from the headlines, they have been the subject of few serious studies. Bill Murray's classic work redresses this imbalance with a detailed account of the clubs' origins, growth, decline and subsequent regrowth, and shows how they and their fans have interrelated over the years.


Our verdict :

Bill Murray describes the deep roots of the Old Firm rivalry in this 272 paged book. It's not a quick read as this match can't be explained in just a few short chapters. But it's not a 100% football book as there's a lot about the social development of Glasgow. It gives a good insight in the background of this rivalry but if you're looking for some easy to read entertainment than this isn't for you.
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