Revolution: Rangers (1986-92)
Revolution: Rangers (1986-92)
Published: March 2023.
eISBN: 9781781563410 (to be purchased directly from Amazon)
Foreword by Professor Graham Walker
Once Graeme Souness walked into the Ibrox Blue Room, nothing would be the same again. What followed wasn’t just a successful season for long-suffering fans. Nor was it something inevitable. What followed was a revolution.
This is a story about change. About how Scottish football’s biggest club was transformed and how it then transformed Scottish football. About how old rules and traditions were ripped up, no matter the emotional cost.
It is not simply a story about goals, saves and transfers. It is one formed by a time of great political and social modernisation which also saw a shift in how ordinary fans consumed the game and found their own voice.
This was the most successful and exciting era in Rangers history. One where fans felt that anyone could be signed and everything could be won.The sky was the limit! Or rather, Sky was. Amid all the glory, there was tension.
Did Rangers drive change or were they were shaped by it? Why did their modernisation stop just as it exploded elsewhere? One thing is clear: the revolution that was born in 1986 was over by 1992. Here is how it happened.
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From the Foreword
"The book is richly informative on topics as varied as the media of this pre-internet age; football supporters’ culture and the phenomenon of the ‘fanzines’; and the growing commercial character of football. At root, however, it is a lucidly written account of Rangers’ playing fortunes: the players, tactics and formations, dressing room tensions and bust-ups, and the goals, the victories, and the trophies."
"Let me cut to the chase: you should buy Martyn Ramsay’s new book, because you will enjoy Martyn Ramsay’s newest book and – perhaps most importantly – Martyn Ramsay’s latest book will give you a lot to think about.
All told, it is an impressive effort, handling the political and societal realities of the period with as clear a command as the on-field changes and wider sporting impact brought about by the Ibrox club’s actions and reactions."
The Herald - Scotland
About the Author
Martyn Ramsay has followed Rangers home and away for over 30 years and is a regular voice on the Heart and Hand podcast network and in Rangers media conferences as well as in sell-out shows at Ibrox Stadium and beyond.
He is a prominent voice on Rangers history, with his successful shows The Time Capsule and Dominant: The Souness and Smith Years being a hit with Rangers fans in addition to his historical perspectives in The Rangers Review.
His debut, The 50 Greatest Rangers Games, was reviewed as ‘A book about a relationship that's endured for most of his life. Most football supporters will be able to relate to that, but few will be able to express it so well.’
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