Foot­ball grounds

New book on his­tory of sta­di­ums in Scot­land

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Court Reports - BY CIARAN SHANKS

THE glory days of Tay­side’s most iconic foot­ball grounds have been brought to life as part of a new book.

Lifted Over the Turn­stiles by Steve Fi­nan looks back at the sta­di­ums of yes­ter­year — from Dens Park to Gay­field, Tan­nadice to Sta­tion Park.

As more and more teams move into new sta­di­ums, the book fo­cuses on the rit­ual of stand­ing on some of the coun­try’s most leg­endary ter­races as well as the dra­matic changes in mod­ern day grounds.

Along with facts and anec­dotes about the beau­ti­ful game, al­most 200 pho­tos of 42 se­nior Scot­tish foot­ball sta­di­ums from the black and white era are in­cluded — some of which have never been pub­lished be­fore.

A life­long foot­ball fan, Steve was in­spired by the count­less Satur­days he spent on ter­races through­out the coun­try.

He said: “I was taken by my fa­ther to see my team from as early as I can re­mem­ber. I was, as the book ti­tle says, ‘lifted over the turn­stiles’. But then so was ev­ery other kid.

“In the ’50s and ’60s, chil­dren got into foot­ball grounds free and were passed down to the front of the jam­packed ter­races at some sta­di­ums and sat on the perime­ter wall or cin­der path that sur­rounded the pitch. It was all a bit sim­pler then.

“My best child­hood memories in­volve foot­ball. I was mes­merised by the noise, the songs, the move­ment of the crowd, the shouts and chants and the strange be­hav­iour.

“Men would ex­ult, they would scream their joy into the skies. Some­times they’d even cry.

“I quickly be­came hooked. I loved it

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