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'From the Cowshed to the Kop'

18 May 2012 00:08:12

'From the Cowshed to the Kop'

Can we expect such honesty and humour from the memiors of today's footballers?

With the timing that he used to good effect when a player, Peter Cormack could not have picked a better time to bring out his autobiography. 'From the Cowshed to the Kop'. Witten in conjunction with Brian Weddell (a Jambo!) tells the story of Cormack as he started out on the only career that every interested him; playing football. For somebody linked to so closely to the green and white half of Edinburgh, it may surprise readers that Cormack's career started off at Tynecastle where he was made to do the bidding of the groundsman. After a few weeks of sweeping the terracing and not much football, Cormack handed in his resignation in a an unconventional manner; he crashed the mini-tractor used to haul various pieces of machinery around the stadium into the perimeter wall and high-tailed it back to his Leith home. 

Ex-teammates Jimmy O'Rourke and Peter Cormack (c) Ger Harley | SportPix

Eight years at Hibs brought Cormack to the attention of English clubs and he moved south to Nottingham Forrest before Bill Shankly famously found the last piece of his jigsaw and signed the inside forward for his Liverpool  side. The Reds were just warming up to dominate the English football scene while Cormack was there and he only helped them win a league championship, a UEFA cup double and an FA Cup. Not bad for a lad from Leith. After Liverpool Cormack moved to Bristol City before heading back to Hibs to play alongside George Best. His time in management was not littered with the kind of highlights he enjoyed in his playing days; such as scoring the first goal in a 2-0 win against Real Madrid with Hibs. The book tells the tales of a gifted young lad growing into a talented man with humour and a sense of Cormack knowing he was lucky to be in the right place at the right time and work with some great names such as Jock Stein and Shankly. 'From the Cowshed to the Kop' by Peter Cormack with Brian Weddell £14.99, published by Black and White Publishing.


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