We would like to thank everyone who attended the unforgettable book launch of Alex Gordon’s “Billy McNeill – In Praise of Caesar“ last night! The lounge at the Iron Horse Bar was filled with laughter, interesting stories and enthusiastic football fans. After a short introduction by …
Tomorrow is the day! Alex Gordon’s phenomenal tribute “Billy McNeill – In Praise of Caesar“ will be launched at the Iron Horse Bar at 7pm. There will be reading and signing and the opportunity to win exciting prices at a raffle, where all proceeds will go to Alzheimer’s Scotland, the charity of choice by Billy’s …
One of the most passionately discussed themes in Scotland is probably Football, and for a lot of Scots it is clear that football isn’t just a sport. Not only is it a rich cultural heritage of the country, football often plays a role in questions of religion, politics and a large variety of themes in …
Describe your book [Billy McNeal tribute “In Praise of Caesar”] in three words Well-deserved tribute. What type of writer are you? I suppose it’s unusual to be involved in fact and fiction, but I think years of experience in newspapers help you to adapt to both genres. For instance, in a newspaper you can be …
Hello everyone! This week we had some pretty exciting press. The one and only Celtic Manager, Brendan Rogers congratulated our very own Alex Gordon on his fictional work. Rogers, a fan of Gordon’s work, picked up three of the novels for a bargain price. Click here to get your hands on a copy yourself! We …
We are excited to announce Ringwood’s next event for 2016. Scottish Football: Fact, Fiction and Faction will be an enjoyable evening of rational discussion and friendly argument, where we’ll sink our collective teeth into all aspects of Scottish football, and its complex relationship with Scottish culture and society. Initial short talks by three Ringwood authors (Alex Gordon, …
On a Saturday afternoon in central Scotland, both Davie Thomson and Stuart Robertson have scored goals for their respective football clubs: Cowden United FC and Glasgow Athletic. Once team-mates in the Athletic title-winning side of 2001, their subsequent fortunes could not have been more different. Whilst Robertson had gone from strength to strength, winning titles and the love of the Scottish public, Thomson had slipped out of the team and down the leagues with alcohol and a weight problem contributing to his fall.
Whilst scanning the results, James Donnelly, reporter for the Daily Standard, connected the two and remembered the tragic events which would forever link them and their team-mates from that ill-fated side. Setting out to write an article on the murder of a man, Donnelly finds himself uncovering the story of the mistreatment of a woman.
A Man’s Game is a contemporary crime novel which brilliantly explores issues of violence, addiction, and misogyny, both in “the beautiful game” and in wider Scottish society.
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Title: A Man’s Game
Author: Alan Ness
Alex Gordon, after almost half-a-century in the Scottish newspaper industry as a Sports Sub-Editor and Editor, spills the beans in a frank and candid manner. Much is revealed within the pages of this book that was previously kept out of the public domain. And you’ll see why!
Jinx Dogs Burns Now Flu is a rollicking, often hilarious, trip through the crazy world of Scottish newspapers. It’s a journey that takes the reader behind the headlines of the biggest, most sensational stories of our national press. It also introduces the fascinating if madcap characters whose job was to bring you your daily news. Prepare to be bewildered by their antics as they chase front and back page exclusives. You’ll be amazed and amused by the tales that did NOT make it into print. Until now, as Jinx Dogs Burns Now Flu brings many sensational stories into print for the first time!
Other stories here throw an entirely new light on what actually happened around many of Scotland’s most famous sports stars; stories that will cause quite a few reputations to be reassessed.
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Title: Jinx Dogs Burns Now Flu
Author: Alex Gordon
Rivals for 90 minutes, Friends for Always
The book explains how an invasion of Vila-real by 10,000 Celtic supporters in 2004 created a set of circumstances that has led to a lasting friendship between supporters of Villarreal and Celtic. This friendship is unique in world football and offers the wider football world a model of camaraderie and togetherness that shows how football can be a force for good.
Celtic supporters everywhere can take pride in the story of how their example of camaraderie and good behaviour in 2004 inspired the formation of the Villarreal Celtic Submari.
The Submari has proved to be an extraordinary example of the way in which decent people can help others through football and friendship.
The remarkable friendship between Celtic Supporters and Villarreal supporters has continued to grow, and inspire, many years on.
Lessons for Scotland
Celtic Submari also explores why the subsequent visit of Glasgow Rangers to Villarreal did not result in a similar outburst of mutual friendship but saw instead Rangers fined for the poor behaviour of some of their supporters.
This book investigates the cultural differences between Celtic and Rangers supporters which explain their different behaviours abroad.
It offers an enhanced understanding of some of the elements of the sectarian sourness that so scars Scottish football. It puts forward radical solutions drawing on the Villarreal Submari model.
It shows why both Celtic and Rangers supporters need to learn from the model practiced by the Villarreal Submari if Scottish football is to eradicate its sectarian sickness.
Title: Celtic Submari
Price: £6.99 (of which £2 will go to the Celtic Submari Charity Fund)