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The Road to Lisbon

Fiction, Sport
Publication Date
25 May 2012
Paperback (also available as an eBook)
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Birlinn Limited

The Road to Lisbon

A Novel
by Martin Greig and Charles McGarry - Find out more about the author


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In 1967 Celtic manager Jock Stein stepped from the tunnel of Lisbon’s Estádio Nacional and took up a position pitch-side as his team of home-grown players ran out to face the might of Inter Milan, the charismatic superstars of Italian football, in the European Cup final. Celtic were a team forged in Stein’s own image, steeled with a relentless industry and integrity by their inspirational manager whose character had, in turn, been honed by the horrors of the deep dark of the Lanarkshire coalfields.

Martin Greig and Charles McGarry’s extraordinary novel delves to the very heart of that incredible season, telling the story through the eyes of Stein – as he plots and plans and drags his team to the pinnacle of European club football – and those of Tim, an idealistic young fan from the south side of Glasgow, whose dreams of life beyond the decaying slums of the Gorbals are inextricably tied to those of his heroes. The Road to Lisbon is a novel of hopes and dreams, of self-discovery and triumph over adversity … and of an unerring love with an institution that represents so much more than just a football club.

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Martin Greig is an award-winning freelance journalist and writer. He lives and works in Glasgow.

Charles McGarry is a freelance subeditor and designer for various national and local newspapers. He lives and works in Glasgow.

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