Jaws: The Tom Forsyth StoryAuthor: Tom Forsyth
A Scotsman sports book of the year
Tom Forsyth is a football legend. Raised in Stonehouse, Lanarkshire he was a leading player with Stonehouse Violet, Motherwell, Rangers and of course Scotland. He won many honours in the game, including two trebles, and for good measure scored the winning goal in the centenary Scottish Cup final against Celtic. Forced to retire due to injury at the age of thirty-three he moved into coaching and management and enjoyed considerable success in these roles. Despite his many triumphs he is a genuinely modest man which is perhaps another reason for his popularity with supporters and those in the professional game. In this fascinating book Forsyth traces his career back to schools football and explains how he rose through amateur football, the Juniors and then to the professional game, where he was signed by Motherwell manager Bobby Howitt. After giving Motherwell sterling service he was snapped up by the legendary Rangers manager Jock Wallace in 1972 . Forsyth went on to win nine major trophies at Ibrox, including trebles in 1976 and 1978. Quite amazingly, his first goal for the club was also the winner in the Old Firm cup final of 1973, arguably the most famous ever in that august competition. Tom Forsyth is a proud Scot and was honoured to be capped twenty-two times by his country, including once as captain. He was part of a great Scotland team in the 1970s, one that won back-to-back home international championships and qualified for the 1978 World Cup finals in Argentina. Packed with anecdotes about the football legends he encountered - men like Willie Waddell, Jock Wallace, John Greig, Davie Cooper, Derek Johnstone, Peter McCloy, Ally MacLeod, Jimmy Johnstone and Kenny Dalglish - this is a book that will delight football fans everywhere.