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12 Nostalgic Scottish Football Books

© Shutterstock/DCT Media/SNS Explore different aspects of Scottish Football with our selection of titles.
Explore different aspects of Scottish Football with our selection of titles.

Take a wonderful nostalgia trip with this selection of Scottish football books.

Covering different teams, players and managers, find your next football read here.

We start with a cause that unites the nation, oor National Team.

1. We Had A Dream – Scotland Internationals in the Black & White Era

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Scotland v Czechoslovakia at Hampden, 1973.

Hundreds of never-before-seen photos chart the exploits of the Scotland National Team in spectacular style with our first book.

Great games, iconic names, and matches take centre stage, accompanied by tales and fantastic photos of our heroes from the era.

Bremner, Law, Dalglish, Gallacher, and Baxter – Some of the greatest players Scotland ever produced played during the Black and White Era.

Take the ultimate nostalgia trip, reliving classic matches and moments we will never forget.

Remember Dalglish’s winner against Clemence, anyone?

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2. Lifted Over The Turnstiles Volume 2

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Third Lanark FC v Raith Rovers FC at Cathkin Park (1953).

Explore Scotland’s football grounds as they were meant to be seen – full of fans cheering their heroes on with Lifted Over The Turnstiles Volume 2.

A wonderful brace, two sequels are now available, following up the popular Lifted Over The Turnstiles.

During the black and white era, reporters and photographers travelled around the country, documenting matches come rain or shine.

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Rangers player William Waddell.

Lain in the archives for decades, author Steve Finan has unearthed some gems from this period.

In Volume 2, enjoy insight from former Scotland Manager Craig Brown before starting your tour of the country.

Rangers, Clyde, Third Lanark, Hibs, Dundee United and more all make an appearance.

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A view of Hampden, 1967.

The book also looks at the nerve centre during matches (dugouts), “oor” national stadium, Hampden, and more.

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3. Lifted Over The Turnstiles Volume 3

Ayr United v Rangers (1969). © Supplied by DCT Media
Ayr United v Rangers (1969).

Completing the trilogy in style, Lifted Over The Turnstiles Volume 3 features a wonderful foreword from Leanne Crichton.

A former Scottish international and student of the game, Leanne’s insightful foreword is the perfect way to start your trip down memory lane.

Accompanied by a wonderful selection of archive photos, soak up the history of Hearts, Celtic, Dundee, Dunfermline, Partick Thistle and more.

Capturing one of football’s greatest ever matches, discover unseen photos of the classic 1960 European Cup Final.

Played at Hampden, featured superstars include Di Stefano, Gento and Ferenc Puskas.

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4. David Halliday – The Forgotten Legend

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David Halliday during his playing days.

A forgotten football hero, during his playing days, David Halliday had a knack for putting the ball in the back of the net.

Pulling on the shirt for Dundee FC and Sunderland, Halliday topped the scoring charts on either side of the border.

Halliday then became a Manager, leading teams including Aberdeen and Leicester.

Scoring over a century of goals for Dundee and Sunderland, discover the legend of the only man who scored at least 30 top league goals for an amazing four years running!

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5. Jim McLean – Dundee United Legend

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Two Scottish legends side by side – Jim McLean and Archie Gemmill in 1979.

Discover the legend of Jim McLean, the greatest Manager to have ever sit in the Tannadice dugout.

Fans (including celebrities), media figures, former players and family members shed light on the manager and the man with a few myths debunked along the way.

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Dundee United players celebrate their victory over Rapid Wien (1984).

Gain insight into the tactics, training techniques, and traits in Jim that moulded his footballing philosophy.

Memorable moments lie at the heart of a compelling read exploring a true football legend.

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6. The Bird & the Feather

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1990 World Cup Hero Claudio Caniggia (The Bird) joined Dundee in October 2000.

Megastars Claudio Caniggia and Fabrizio Ravinelli joined Dundee FC during a rollercoaster time for the club.

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Champions League winner, Fabrizio Ravanelli (The White Feather) joined the Dens Park club in 2003. During his short stint at the club, he scored a fondly remembered hattrick against Clyde.

Featuring many highs and lows, author Graeme Strachan’s release is a must-read for the Dens Park faithful and Scottish football fans in general.

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7. Arabs Away – Celebrating Dundee United Supporters

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Dundee United fans at Hampden during their 2010 Scottish Cup victory.

Originally published to mark 25 years since the first Scottish Cup win of 1994 and Dundee United’s 110th birthday, our next book celebrates the club’s faithful supporters.

Over 200 photos chart cup success, European adventures, silverware kisses and historic periods in Dundee United’s notable past.

The Camp Nou, the Ullevi, the Hawkhill Tavern, and more all make an appearance or two as Steve Finan celebrates Arabs in fitting fashion.

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8. Celtic – In the Black & White Era

Old Firm game in 1957. © Supplied by DCT Media
Wonderful photograph taken at an Old Firm game in 1957.

The ultimate nostalgia gift for the Celtic fan in your life, delve into the trophy-laden history of one of Britain’s biggest football clubs.

Packed with incredible photos lifted from the archive, revisit iconic players, matches and moments alongside wonderful behind-the-scenes snaps, some lain unseen for decades.

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Lisbon Lion Captain, Billy McNeill.

Hampden in the sun, the Lisbon Lions, Gil Scot Heron’s debut, the 1970 Leeds United European Cup, and more fit inside this wonderful record of the club’s halcyon days.

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9. Rangers – In the Black & White Era

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Jim Baxter in 1964.

Legends, famous names, great stories, and hundreds of never-before-seen photos feature in our next title.

Rangers – In The Black & White Era includes the likes of McCoist, Baxter, Greig, and Davie Cooper – all iconic Rangers men.

Travelling back a little further and learn about George Young and the Iron Curtain defence, Eric Caldow and others.

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Eric Caldow.

Exploring one of the biggest clubs in Britain, this book is packed with photographs (some previously never seen) taking in those great days of the past.

These are the players you grew up watching, and the players your father and grandfather saw.

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10. Lifted Over The Turnstiles – In The Black & White Era

Station Park in 1958, home of Forfar Athletic. © Supplied by DCT Media
Station Park in 1958, home of Forfar Athletic.

A must for any football fan, Steve Finan tours Scotland’s football grounds in days gone by.

Familiar stadiums, quirky stands and fans will catch the eye as the book looks back at a different era with the help of fantastic photos lifted from the archive.

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The crowd at Muirton Pack (St Johnstone) in 1969.

Throughout, admire carefully selected photos each telling their own tale from Scottish football history.

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11. The Red Army – Celebrating Dons Fans

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Aberdeen Supporters in 1995.

A fantastic record of the Red Army experience, long-time Aberdeen fans are used to seeing their team lift trophies, make it to cup finals, and venture across the continent in search of success.

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Fans making their way into Pittodrie (1969).

A fantastic record covering decades of history, fans take centre stage throughout with photos capturing them following their team to glory.

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12. It’s A Team Game – In The Black & White Era

Morton FC in 1964. © Supplied by DCT Media
Morton FC in 1964.

Travelling back to when Scottish football was better, definitely muddier, Steve Finan has created a book exploring good and bad team line-ups of the past.

Travel around the country, revisit line-ups and players. There are teams you will remember, the teams you watched, as you read about the quirks, unsung heroes, and more.

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