Stramash : Tackling Scotland's Towns and Teams, Paperback Book

Stramash : Tackling Scotland's Towns and Teams Paperback

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Fatigued by bloated big-game football and bored of a samey big cities, Daniel Gray went in search of small town Scotland and its teams.

At the time when the Scottish club game is drifting towards its lowest ebb once more, Stramash singularly falls to wring its hands and address the state of the game, preferring instead to focus on Bobby Mann's waistline.

Part travelogue, part history and part mistakenly spilling ketchup on the face of a small child, Stramash takes an uplifting look at the country's nether regions.

Using the excuse of a match to visit places from Dumfries to Dingwall, Gray surveys Scotland's towns and teams in their present state.

Stramash accomplishes the feats of visiting Dumfries without mentioning Robert Burns, being positive about Cumbernauld and linking Elgin City to Lenin.

It is ae fond look at Scotland as you've never seen it before.


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In which a historian and football fan takes in a game per month at various lower-division Scottish football grounds, armed with a keen eye and a scathing wit. Each chapter contains, in some order, a history of the football team, a ramble around the town to comment on its residents and historic sites, and, more briefly, an account of the team's grounds and what happened at the match. The author is screamingly funny ("this happened in 1966, a date I wish English football commentators would mention more often") and yet manages to keep his historical observations substantive without losing the humorous side of his trek. The book has a few illustrations, which are well-chosen, but their reproductions are usually rather tiny and almost always too dark. That quibble is not nearly enough to derail this juggernaut of a book.