"As the Willow Vanishes" Launches at Hampden

14 Apr

Hampden Park in Glasgow hosted the launch of Richard "Siggy" Young's book "As the Willow Vanishes", on Friday 4th April 2014 in front of an audience containing representatives of Scottish cricket, Scottish football and assembled guests and media.

Sandy Strang, the noted after-dinner speaker, journalist and comedian, was Master of Ceremonies in the Scottish Football Museum's Hall of Fame and introduced such great names as Terry Racionzer and Bill Dow, both ex-professional county cricketers and Scottish internationalists.

Cricket Scotland and the SFA were well represented as the long awaited publication was finally released to a fascinated audience, who also took the opportunity to admire the Eglinton Jug, evidenced in the book as being possibly the oldest cricketing trophy in the World!

Richard Young's book examines the massive influence of cricket in the west of Scotland on the birth and popularisation of association football, enabling it to become the pre-eminent sport, not only in Scotland, but throughout the world.

Social history, global mercantilism, industrial expansion and financial scandal are all major components of the fascinating story that Young tells, all based around the game of cricket, once the dominant sport in working class Glasgow and the west of Scotland.

He examines the seemingly forgotten impact, cricket and cricketers had on the modern world and the birth of modern football in particular, and how it all began in the philanthropic ideals of the big householders of Victorian Glasgow, the Second city of Empire.

"As the Willow Vanishes" is available now on Amazon.co.uk for £14.99, it is money well spent!

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