(STILL AVAILABLE ON AMAZON) OUR STORIES & OUR SONGS: THE CELTIC SUPPORT
There are few histories in sport which can match that chronicled in connection with Celtic Football Club. Yet in all that has been written, little has focused on the support. 'Our Stories And Our Songs' seeks to redress matters by encapsulating the unique identity of the Celtic faithful, who make this famous Club the grand old team it is. The author’s passion rings true from the outset, as he documents the backdrop to the community from which the support emanated, before exploring the various enthusiasms and representations of the Club. Readers are then taken on a fascinating journey from 1902 to the present day, which relives an unrivalled heritage. In charting ‘special’ moments, created by the fans alone; the atmosphere, humour and passion of the support is captured in a manner that both enthrals and warms the heart. Individual supporters tell their personal Celtic stories. These tales are supplemented by the interviews of prominent fans. The platform they are offered provides huge entertainment and testifies the faithful’s friendships with supports in Ireland, Germany and Spain (which are each devoted a place within a friendships chapter). The book concludes with a look into the history of different groups that Celtic fans have formed. From those early days when supporters established Brake Clubs to congregate on horse drawn carriage, to today’s pilgrimages in Supporters Club buses – the numerous factions have their own distinctive accounts. 'Our Stories And Our Songs' is, ultimately, both an historical and contemporary record of a people, their values, hopes and dreams In keeping with the traditions of the Club, all proceeds from this book go to Jay Beatty's 'Down's & Proud' charity.