PO Box 306, Glasgow, G21 2AE, Scotland

celtic miscellany book
J

The Celtic Miscellany by Andrew Smith;

Vision sports Publishing; 160 pages hardback (illustrated with line drawings throughout and a colour section on Celtic kits); £9.99

 

 

If you didn’t buy it last year, this is a revised and updated version of the (nearly) pocket sized Celtic encyclopedia by Andrew Smith.

Open almost any page of this wee gem and you’ll find enough facts, figures and trivia to keep you interested and amused througout the dark winter nights as you while away the draery hours in between Celtic games.

Written by an ex-editor of the Celtic View, it is definitely more fanzine in style than straightforward history, and although there are plenty of memorable games, player profiles and the like, the author has included a good number of off-beat and quirky subjects in keeping with its light-hearted tone.

There is a feature on some of the fashion monstrosities unleashed by the commercial department in the name of Celtic kits, for example, both home and away (if you need to know what year the horrible yucky green ‘Peoples’ away strip came out so that you can tell your therapist, this is where to find it) a look at some of the musical repertoire of the jungle and a mention for Michael Fagan. You won’t see that name in too many official publications.

There’s still no index and the entries are in no particular order, so you’d better bookmark things you want to come back to, but that’s a small fault in what is otherwise another excellent stocking filler for Uncle Tim this Christmas.