Snapshot!: Scenes and Stories from the Heartlands of Scottish Football

Alan McCredie, Ally Palmer, Daniel Gray

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From the publisher:

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.

The author:

Alan McCredie has been a professional photographer for 20 years. He is the author of 100 Weeks of Scotland, This is Scotland, Scotland the Dreich and Scotland the Braw (all Luath Press) and he worked with the writer Val McDermid on her book My Scotland (Sphere). He lectures in photography at Edinburgh College. A Perthshire lad lost to Leith, Alan is a St Johnstone supporter.

Ally Palmer is the publisher and designer of Nutmeg: The Scottish Football Periodical. He launched the quarterly print publication in 2016 after a career in newspapers and magazines where he won numerous national and international design awards. He is a lifelong Ayr United fan.

Daniel Gray is the author of ten books on football, politics, literature, history and travel. His recent work has included screenwriting for the BBC, presenting social history on television, and writing across a number of national titles. He is the Editor of Nutmeg magazine, and hosts and produces their podcast as well as that of When Saturday Comes. An Englishman in Scotland, he is hopelessly devoted to Middlesbrough F.C.

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Birlinn
28 x 21 cm
Paperback
192 pages
October 2020
English
9781913759001