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We Are Celtic Supporters

Richard Purden

8 Reviews

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Autobiography: sport, Prose: non-fiction, Football (Soccer, Association football)

The ultimate supporter's book for Celtic fans the world over.

In WE ARE CELTIC SUPPORTERS, Richard Purden examines what created the culture, ideas and beliefs around Celtic football club. In new and exclusive interviews with supporters, he explores the Celtic way of life and the rich traditions that give context to much of the support while deconstructing some myths along the way.

As a travelling supporter he visits a variety of fans in locations such as New York, Spain, Germany, Italy and various parts of the UK. He talks to well-known Celtic supporters such as James MacMillan about the often misrepresented Catholic roots, to Pat Nevin about why he fell out of love with the club and to a number of well-known rock 'n' rollers such as Noel Gallagher, Bobby Gillespie and Johnny Marr.

We Are Celtic Supporters gives the inside story of how major events in Celtic's history have shaped the identity of the fans, and what it really means to follow this unique football club.

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Praise for We Are Celtic Supporters

  • 'We Are Celtic supporters hits you in a flourish of green and white...you don't need to be a Celtic supporter to find this book an absorbing read' - John Gibson, Edinburgh Evening News

  • 'The book is an incisive, thoughtful and necessarily partisan look at one of the world's most recognisable clubs' - football-books.com

  • 'The book of the year... The book, like Celtic, is more than football' - Simon Dames, Catholic Times

  • 'There is no excuse if you haven't read this book' - Nathan Amin, TalkCeltic.net

  • 'Hoops fans are well represented in this heart-warming book... He seeks out the people, passion and humour and what it means to support the club' - John Murray, Leith F.M

  • 'This is a terrific, well written and beautifully pitched book, something football fans, especially Celtic fans have been waiting for; for a long time' - Andrew O'Hagan, author of The Missing

  • 'We Are Celtic supporters hits you in a flourish of green and white...you don't need to be a Celtic supporter to find this book an absorbing read' - Edinburgh Evening News

  • 'The book is an incisive, thoughtful and necessarily partisan look at one of the world's most recognisable clubs' - football-books.com

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Richard Purden

Richard Purden grew up in Edinburgh but with family roots in Limerick and the west of Scotland he always felt a strong connection to Irish literature, culture and of course, Celtic FC. While studying at the University of Stirling he began to write arts reviews for student magazine Brig and on graduating he was first published in the Celtic View, Scotland on Sunday, The Scotsman, The Irish Examiner and The Irish Post. More recently he has contributed to Four Four Two, the Sunday Mail and the award-winning Herald Saturday magazine.

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