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WELCOME to my website…a place where you can find out a little about me and a great deal about my books, all 12 of them … and counting!

They say a week is a long time in politics, but it would appear
39 days is nothing at all in the wonderful world of books, as
that's how long it has taken for my publisher - Pitch - to make
the decision to re-print 1986: The Rangers Revolution! When Paul from Pitch emailed to ask if I had any decent quotes from
ex-players or managers we could use on the cover I must admit
I was baffled. Then he told me of
the need to re-print. That put
a smile on my face. 'You're doing something right,' I thought to myself.

I had sent former Rangers star, and contributor, Scott Nisbet
a complimentary copy to his Lanzarote home and he sent
me a nice email back, and said some very nice things about
the book. I decided to use a quote from his correspondence
on the re-printed cover. I'm delighted it's doing well.

From inception to hard copy, the entire project took around nine months, which isn’t too bad when you consider the number of ex-players and coaches I spoke to. There was only one former player who refused to speak to me, which was disappointing. He was a big favourite of mine, which made it worse. What’s that they say about never meeting your heroes? It was a bit of a setback, but I would prefer to focus on those who gave freely of their time to chat about a period in their careers most considered the pinnacle. I spoke to around a dozen former players and coaches and they were fantastic. It’s a part of the job I love.

But can you believe that it’s 30 years since Graeme Souness first arrived on those hallowed steps on Edmiston Drive? Three decades since that famous moustache was all over the front pages of our daily papers, holding a Rangers scarf and smiling the Souness smile.

  It certainly doesn’t seem like 30 years to me, but it is and that very stat was enough to convince me to go ahead and celebrate the anniversary with 256 pages about the revolution, although once the idea started swirling around in my head, I thought it might be best to tell the story of the entire year, so that April, the month Souness arrived, was seen in its full context. It remains, arguably, the most important month in the long and proud history of Rangers Football Club.

The less successful, some might even say, dark days were soon a relic of the past. Souness and his broom strutted through the front door, up the marble staircase and swept through the corridors of Ibrox like a whirlwind. Very little on the playing side remained the same. Players’ spoke of the wind of change and all the little things he introduced straight away, like pasta for lunch, flip flops to be worn at all times, a continental approach to training. Little things that when added up equalled the sum total of a revolution.

I’ll never forget 1986. It was the worst of times; it was the best of times, but it seemed like a story waiting to be told, and I’m so glad I did. Long live the revolution!


London, June 1st. Lord's cricket ground, and the giants of the sporting literary world gathered for the
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The Story of the 1962 Tour


The first inkling that Rangers might be touring somewhere of great interest arrived at the beginning of May, 1962, when a story broke in the press of the players being asked to hold off booking a summer holiday. It was the briefest of announcements by manager Scot Symon, but one which hinted of a tour abroad.

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