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In an incredible 50-year football career, Alex Totten has seen service at some of Scotland's biggest and best-loved clubs - yet from his high-profile beginnings as a player at Liverpool under Bill Shankly to his first job in the dugout at lowly Alloa, his feet have remained firmly on the ground.

After two years as assistant to the great Jock Wallace at Ibrox, the ever-popular 'Totts' took St Johnstone to the hallowed land of the Premier League. Sacked in bizarre circumstances, he immediately bounced back to take control of top-flight Kilmarnock, and even the second managerial 'red card' of his career couldn't stop him guiding his beloved Falkirk to the Scottish Cup Final - against Killie - just months later.

At Brockville, Totten met his greatest ever footballing challenge when the Bairns entered provisional liquidation. However, that was nothing compared to the biggest battle of his life - against a medical condition known as the 'silent assassin'.
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Totten reflects on his time at the helm of the Perth club as he looks back at half a century in the game, on a journey which took him from teenage days with Liverpool to a Hampden cup final with his home town team Falkirk.

In between, there were playing days with the likes of Dundee, Dunfermline and Falkirk, and a successful managerial career which also included service at Rangers and Kilmarnock.

But St Johnstone fans will be most intrigued by Totten's personal take on his five and a half years in Perth, years which saw the club resurrected and rise from the lower reaches of the old Second Division to give Graeme Souness and his Rangers side an almighty shock as Saints’ part-timers held them to a 0-0 draw in the Scottish Cup semi-final.
Perthshire Advertiser

A good read, even for those who are not into football.
Jim Brand

I found Alex Totten’s book a very enjoyable read.
Ronald Gordon Finlayson
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