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When Football Was Football: Celtic

A Nostalgic Look at a Century of the Club
Graham McColl Foreword by Billy McNeill
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This is a book that shows, in unprecedented detail, life at Celtic on and off the pitch - When Football Was Football.

Celtic have always been associated with colourful football in the more than 120 years since the club was founded to feed the poor children of the East End of Glasgow. Those romantic origins have been honoured by the many great Celtic teams who have lit up the game not only inside Scotland but in some of the most memorable matches the world has ever seen.

When Football Was Football: Celtic is a unique and magnificent book that brings alive the Celtic story through pictures like never before. Freshly selected, from thousands of images in the extensive archives of the Daily Record and Daily Mirror, these superb photos, many of them previously unpublished, document the rise of Celtic to become one of the most famous names in world football. The images here stretch from the early days of the club and Willie Maley, Celtic's imperious first manager, and include such events as the 1937 Scottish Cup final, which drew European club football's record match attendance, plus such fabulous players from the early days as Patsy Gallacher, Jimmy McGrory and Jimmy Delaney, all of whom helped establish Celtic's reputation for winning in an enterprising and exciting fashion.

The glorious 1967 European Cup victory is shown from various new pictorial angles, with some special, previously unseen and unusual pictures capturing the sights and sounds of that ground-breaking moment in football history, and there are fresh and intriguing images here of the Lisbon Lions themselves that do much to display just why they were such a startlingly successful group of players. Jock Stein, the man who masterminded that unique victory, is captured here in his vigorous and daunting prime, as are the greats who later lived up to the standard set by the Lions, such as Kenny Dalglish and Henrik Larsson.

Just as intriguing as the definitive moments in the club's history are the more day-to-day pictures of life at Celtic, of players training, relaxing, travelling and dining together, dressing up in wacky gear and playing pranks on each other; pictures that say much about the dynamics of the club. The changing face of Celtic Park is also shown to fine effect in When Football Was Football: Celtic.

"My heart sings a song when I see Celtic running out on to the park. I'd show up just to see them do that." Billy Connolly

The author Graham McColl is a freelance journalist and writer. He has chronicled a number of both critically acclaimed and bestselling books on Celtic, including Celtic: The Official Biography, The Head Bhoys: Celtic's Managers, Celtic In Europe, Celtic: The Official Illustrated History, Celtic: The Jock Stein Years and The Essential History of Celtic. He also assisted Tommy Gemmell and Bobby Lennox, the Lisbon Lions, with their autobiographies: Lion Heart and Thirty Miles From Paradise. Others of his books include How To Win The World Cup and '78 - How A Nation Lost The World Cup and Dreamland - A Scottish World Cup Success Story. He also edited and provided the written contributions to Visions Of Football; A Collection Of The World's Finest Football Photography. He contributes regularly to The Times and has written for When Saturday Comes and FourFourTwo as well as numerous other publications.

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