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Stramash! : Tackling Scotland's Towns and…
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Stramash! : Tackling Scotland's Towns and Teams

by Daniel Gray

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In which a historian and football fan takes in a game per month at various lower-division Scottish football grounds, armed with a keen eye and a scathing wit. Each chapter contains, in some order, a history of the football team, a ramble around the town to comment on its residents and historic sites, and, more briefly, an account of the team's grounds and what happened at the match. The author is screamingly funny ("this happened in 1966, a date I wish English football commentators would mention more often") and yet manages to keep his historical observations substantive without losing the humorous side of his trek. The book has a few illustrations, which are well-chosen, but their reproductions are usually rather tiny and almost always too dark. That quibble is not nearly enough to derail this juggernaut of a book. ( )
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Fatigued by bloated big-game football, historian Daniel Gray went in search of small town Scotland and its teams. Part travelogue, part history and part being accosted in a strange Alloa pub, 'Stramash!' takes an uplifting and insightful look at the country's nether regions.… (more)

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