Sporting Scots

Sporting Scots


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In 1860 the first ever golf 'major' was held in Prestwick - a man from East Lothian won. In 1871 the first ever rugby international in the world took place in Edinburgh - Scotland won. In 1872 the first ever association football international in the world was hosted in Glasgow - it was a draw. All three of these momentous events in the history of sport - even if they did not seem that way at the time - were held in Scotland, and for the next century and more Scottish sporting men and women were pioneers in the growth of sport around the world. Sporting Scots tells the incredible stories of the Scots who brought sport to the globe and transformed the histories of golf, football, rugby, athletics, ice hockey, cricket, swimming, baseball, cycling, motor racing and many other sports in the process. It is also the modern history of the Scots abroad as they left the Auld Country far behind them for fame or fortune or for simple economic necessity and left a lasting sporting legacy around the globe.

Product Details

Published: 4th October 2012
Format: Hardback 216x135mm
Extent: 288 pages
ISBN: 9781845024147


John K.V Eunson was born south of Reykjavik in 1966. His first memory was when the Queen paid a royal visit to his home town which left him unimpressed. He moved to Edinburgh in 1984 and has stayed there ever since - not because he likes it, but because at least you know where you are. He did become excited briefly in 1987 and finds the subsequent unremitting anticlimax of life the opposite of a bowl of cherries.


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