The Sevenpenny Gate: A Lifelong Love Affair with Celtic FC

The Sevenpenny Gate: A Lifelong Love Affair with Celtic FC

by John Cairney

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'Clutching in my hand my seven copper pennies, I ran down the two flights of stone stairs from our tenement flat and through the East End to Kinloch Street, where, puffing a bit, I joined the queue of other wee boys lining up to place their coins on the brass plate above the iron turnstile, push hard against it, then climb up onto the dirt terracing and into Paradise. The rest of the world called it Celtic Park.'

This is a story seen through green-and-white spectacles. It begins when nine-year-old Glaswegian John Cairney walks through the boys' gate at Celtic Park and embarks on a series of adventures that, over the years, take him all over Scotland and beyond.

The Sevenpenny Gate is about a search for heroes, Celtic heroes. It is also the tale of an East End club of humble Irish origins that has developed into a worldwide brand and continues to command the devotion of its fans, even with the Celtic diaspora now spread across the globe.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780571607
Publisher: Mainstream Publishing Company, Limited
Publication date: 10/06/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 329 KB

About the Author

John Cairney was brought up in the East End of Glasgow and enjoyed a long career as an actor in film, television and theatre. He has written two volumes of autobiography and a dozen other books, including A Scottish Football Hall of Fame and Heroes Are Forever: The Life and Times of Celtic Legend Jimmy McGrory.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7

Foreword 9

Preface 11

Chapter 1 Getting in Line 17

Chapter 2 Players, Please 39

Chapter 3 Home and Away 57

Chapter 4 Sing a Song of Celtic 77

Chapter 5 A Serenade from Stein 97

Chapter 6 Comes the Fall 115

Chapter 7 This Old Firm Business 133

Chapter 8 To Manage Somehow 147

Chapter 9 Supporting Ever More 161

Chapter 10 Looking Back 181

Chapter 11 The Ultimate Trial 195

Extra Time 213

Epilogue 222

Bibliography 223

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