Derek Clark – Review
Derek Clark – Review of The 50 Greatest Rangers Games
When Martyn asked if I would review his book I was more than delighted to do so and it did not disappoint. Whether you are young or old, this book is an absolute must-have for any Rangers supporter.
As a fan of Martyn’s show, The Time Capsule, on the Heart & Hand network it is clear he puts in a tremendous amount of time and effort to research each specific game and where it sits contextually in the history of the club, and this book is no different.
It packs a great deal more than just a rundown of the greatest 50 matches as voted for by Heart & Hand subscribers. Martyn goes into terrific detail to bring each match to life, the use of imagery and anecdotes are brilliant and at times he questions the positioning of certain fixtures which makes this book all the more interesting and thought-provoking.
What I particularly enjoyed about the book is the fact it contains games you necessarily wouldn’t have expected to feature, yes there are plenty of Old Firm wins and league title triumphs, but there are also draws and even defeats included.
Understandably, there are very few pre-WW2 games but one match I was pleased to see included was the first official fixture against Callander in 1872, the importance of which should never be forgotten. For younger Bears, the book is an absolute education and it’s vitally important fans are made aware of the origins and early history of this great club.
There are contributions from supporters and players which, again, helps to hammer home just how significant the match was from differing viewpoints. The UEFA Cup semi final 2nd leg against Fiorentina is one that I enjoyed reading about. Martyn interviewed Kevin Thomson and Steven Campbell – a lucky fan who was in the ground that evening. It was arguably the most emotional game in almost 50 years and it brought those emotions sharply into focus again and made you realise just how momentous that night in Florence was.
What is clear, having read the book, is the need for the club to erect a museum celebrating it’s proud history, you’d like to think, with the 150th anniversary approaching, that it is something very much in the pipeline.