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100 Favourite Scottish Football Poems

100 Favourite Scottish Football Poems

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This is the first collection of Scots poetry devoted entirely to football. It includes many of 20th century Scotland's best known poets, from Hugh MacDiarmid to Norman MacCaig, Iain Crichton Smith to Jackie Kay. Ranging from the historic aspect, in the 1580 poem, The Bewteis of the Fute-ball, or Stewart Conn's The Barber-Surgeons to King James IV, to the gleeful thrilling violence of a good kicking, as in Song of the Sub-Welshian, to the unending frustration of supporting Scotland, this brilliant collection sums up the best and the worst of football spirit.

Title 100 Favourite Scottish Football Poems
Author Alistair Finlay ed.
ISBN 9781906307035
Binding Paperback
Author Bio

One of five sons of a shale miner, Alistair Findlay was born in Winchburgh, West Lothian, in 1949. Having had a diverse employment history, from clay miner to Golden Wonder lorry-loader, he now lives in Bathgate and works as a Senior Social Worker for West Lothian Council. Alistair was signed by Hibernian FC during seasons 1965-68. He has written of his experience as a player in his first collection of poetry in 2004, Sex, Death and Football.

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This collection captures the passion Scots feel about football, covering every aspect of the game, from World Cup heartbreak to one-on-ones with the goalie.

Feel the thump of the tackle, the thrill of victory and the expectation of supporters.

Become immersed in the emotion and personality of the game as these poems reflect human experience in its sheer diversity of feeling and being. The collection brings together popular culture with literature, fan with critic, and brings together subject matters as unlikely as the header and philosophy.

Ranging from the 1580 poem The Bewteis of the Fute-ball to poems by many of Scotland's best-known contemporary poets, including Hugh MacDiarmid, Norman MacCaig, Liz Lochhead and Edwin Morgan, the long and fascinating relationship between Scotland and football has never been encapsulated so well, nor has it meant so much.


Perhaps verse is the ideal field for football's dreams to be realised. It certainly works wonders on the pages of this effort collected up by Alistair Findlay - THE LIST

In other countries, football is taken seriously enough, but only in Scotland is the game woven into the warp and weft of cultural life so seamlessly. That becomes clear when you read Findlay's latest work, 100 Favourite Scottish Football Poems, an edited odyssey through the nation's cultural history, seen through the prisms of poetry and football. - THE TIMES

As an ex-senior oleyer, he kin descrieve the airt o fitba lik nae ither poet I ken o. - LALLANS MAGAZINE

BIC Subject Poetry anthologies (various poets)
BISAC Subject POETRY / Anthologies (multiple authors)
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