From the lonely pitches of Eriskay to the great stadiums of our cities, Snapshot captures the gritty, alluring essence of Scotland's national game.
Alan McCredie's photographs combine with Daniel Gray's words to accompany the reader on a charismatic tour of Scottish football from Selkirk to Stornoway. Here is a rarely seen version of the country and its football culture, rich in detail, charm and eccentricity. It is a prolonged love letter to floodlights in Ayr, ghost stadiums in Glasgow, pitch-invading oystercatchers in Grantown and all the rest.
From Border to island, Premiership to Highland, here are the people and places that make Scottish football - old pal fans in the rain, park players kicking and dreaming, fathers and daughters trudging dejectedly from the match, proud club shop proprietors, scraggy but loveable grounds with one grandstand and bustling stadiums of noble vintage.
Snapshot is a celebration of football and a portal into a different kind of Scotland.
Publisher: Birlinn General
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 749 g
Dimensions: 280 x 210 x 15 mm
'Shines a light on the beating heart of the game, the people who keep it alive, and the romantic - if often basic - charm of grounds where generations have stood, watched and cheered'* Sunday Herald *
'A love letter to the beautiful game, just as at home at Shielfield Park, Berwick, as it is at Ibrox or Celtic Park (actually maybe more). Alan McCredie's photographs and Daniel Gray's essays offer a window into a world of football at grass roots level (often literally)'* Herald Gift Guide *
'The warmest love letter to cold terraces, burger stalls and social clubs. It's a journey across the length and breadth of Scottish football from the borders to the islands, Alan McCredie having taken beautiful pictures before anyone had the time to tidy their hair or wipe the pie grease from their chin. The photography and Daniel Gray's accompanying text are a joy/ A book which delights in the nooks and crannies'-- Michael Grant * Times Scotland *
'From the Borders to the Outer Hebrides, Snapshot captures a spirit and love for the game across 14 very different chapters. The book is a collaborative effort, bringing together Alan McCredie's stunning photography and Daniel Gray's lovely words, laid out beautifully by Ally Palmer'* The Scotsman, Best Sports Books of 2020 *
'A great read for all football fans, but especially those with a soft spot for how the game was before TV money turned it into big business. There is humour, nostalgia and emotion in spades'* *Press and Journal, Scottish Book of the Week *
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