ABOUT THIS BOOK
PUBLICATION DATE: September 15, 2018
Scottish Football: Reviving the Beautiful Game
By (author) Henry McLeish
Troubled and turbulent times have revealed Scottish football as a game in need of radical reforms. The book reflects an optimistic outlook and embraces, without apology, the sentiments of the famous quote from Bill Shankly that, `Some people believe football is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much more important than that.’ This is the time for a major debate about the future of the game in Scotland and an opportunity for an indepth look at every aspect of the game with a view to building an effecting case for change. Henry McLeish offers the vision of a much brighter and optimistic future for Scottish football – if we can embrace change and think beyond protectionism and limited ambition. `We need a renaissance of Scottish football, not a requiem.’
Henry McLeish, the former First Minister of Scotland, has a life time association with football and remains its most passionate advocate. Born in Methil, his early life was a total obsession with football to the exclusion of everything else including school work.After progressing through schools football he left school for the first time and joined Leeds United as a school boy professional under Don Revie. After returning from Leeds, failing to settle down, he returned to school and joined East Fife and played for nearly six years.A frequent commentator on the game, Henry McLeish was absolutely delighted and privileged to be asked by the SFA in 2009, to undertake a major review of Scottish football, covering the development of Scotland’s young talent and the future of the SFA. Now Chair of the Elite Football Academy in Fife, he is now helping to implement one of the main recommendations in his 2010 report.