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THE JOCK WALLACE STORY - BLUE THUNDER  
Synopsis:
Former miner Jock Wallace worked his way up from football's coal face to become one of Scotland's greatest ever managers.

As a player he had a love of giant-slaying, while a fruitful coaching apprenticeship included European glory before he won two unprecedented trebles with Rangers.
At the height of his popularity in Glasgow he quit for Leicester City, where his typically brutal training regime guided the Foxes to the English First Division.

After a spell at Motherwell, he moved back to Ibrox but was sacked after just two trophies in three seasons.

Seville was the next port of call, followed by Colchester where he worked wonders to keep the Us in the Football League.

Sadly, the great man was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease during his time at Layer Road. When he died in 1996, his popularity in Glasgow gave rise to a suitably huge and colourful shrine at Ibrox.

     
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  Book reviews:
One of the best football books I have read. A great read, and gives a fantastic insight into Rangers managerial legend Jock Wallace's life. A must read for every Rangers fan, as the author captures Jock's true grit and determination throughout his life and career with some good insights from former 'Gers legends. All in all a brilliant book!
Douglas G. Connor

After many years of waiting for a book on the late, great Jock Wallace I was not disappointed. The author has done the memory of big Jock and his family proud with this book. It is a great read with great photos, and as Big Jock famously said: “I was confident before it started son!” I would recommend this to all.
ScotCol

Just finished reading Jock Wallace: Blue Thunder. It’s a fantastic book, extremely well written with loads of interesting facts and pics about the late, great Jock Wallace This book has managed to encapsulate Big Jock, warts and all. Definitely well worth reading – well done Jeff Holmes!
Jean McGregor

This is the second book I’ve read about Jock Wallace and it has helped give a more rounded view of the man. This book helped to show what a great manager Jock was – there was much more to Jock than the gruff jungle fighter portrayed by the media, certainly much more than the sound bites of "we have the battle fever on". The book is warm in its approach, it is not sycophantic in its presentation and is an honest review of Jock's life, playing career and management years. It is worth a read not just for Rangers fans but all football fans who like to know the history of someone regardless of club allegiances. It is the story of a man with drive, passion and humanity. Superbly written.
Shugster

First class in-depth book of a true Rangers legend. Well written with so much input from ex-players, which goes to show the respect Jock had from his contemporaries. I would recommended this book to all sports fans.
Wullie Broon

I would recommend this book to every Rangers Fan. It is well written with wonderful pictures and a lovely tribute to the one and only Jock Wallace. Well done Jeff.
Mary Dawson

 
 
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