Football In The Blood
Scottish football fans get the chance to delve into the life of one of the characters of the 70s-90s scene
The latest in the series of football books from Black and White publishing is Tommy McLean's autobiography; "Football in the Blood" which is available from today. With brothers Jim and Willie also making their name in football, there could not be any other title for the book really. While as a player McLean would become synonymous with Rangers, Tommy was also a success with Kilmarnock where he picked up a Championship medal in season 1964-65. Like many before him, a managerial career beckoned once the legs could no longer dance down the wing. Motherwell benefited from the McLean influence after he had cut his managerial teeth with Morton. He took the Steelmen to win at a Scottish Cup final in 1991 and onto the European stage.
McLean spent 10 years at Fir Park but only six days at Raith Rovers before heading to work with brother Jim who was by now chairman at Dundee United. You can imagine the stresses and strains that would bring and the rancor he left behind in Fife after such a short tenure. None of which would compare with the difficulties of managing Hearts which filled the gap between Fir Park and Stark's Park. I am sure the could be a series of books by the managers of that troubled club but that is for another day.Of course, Rangers fans will love reading about his time at Ibrox but there is still much to enjoy for any fan of football. The three brothers consulted each other when managing different clubs on tactics for particular games which must have been made all the easier being related. However, there will have been little brotherly love when Tommy and Jim were in opposing dug-outs for the 19914 Scottish Cup final. It would have been made doubly difficult for both men as their father had died just days before their meeting at Hampden. With the Christmas season approaching, this book would be a handy gift for anybody interested in Scottish football.'Tommy McLean Football in the Blood' is published today by Black and White Publishing, priced at £17.99 for the hardback edition, ISBN 978 1 84502 704 9
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