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The Biography of Walter Smith

by Neil Drysdale


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SKU: 9780857900678 Category:
ISBN: 9780857900678
Published: 01 Jul 2011
Format: E-Book
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd
Imprint: Arena Sport
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About the Book

Walter Smith was one of the most respected managers in British football. This insightful biography casts a reflective and analytical eye over his life and career, examining this shrewd professional through the many highs and lows that he has experienced as a player and manager. He enjoyed an illustrious career in management at Rangers, joining the Souness revolution in 1987, winning nine successive league titles, a domestic treble in the 1992-93 season and winning both the Scottish Cup and League Cup three times. In 1998, Smith accepted a position in England with Everton, where he was the manager until 2002, before being reunited with Ferguson at Old Trafford in 2004. In December of that year, Smith was appointed as Scotland manager and his effort subsequently earned him the title of 'Scot of the Year' at the prestigious Glenfiddich 'Spirit of Scotland' awards in 2006. 

Midway through the qualifying rounds for Euro 2008, however, and with the Scots leading their group, he controversially accepted an offer to return to Ibrox in January 2007. Upon returning to Glasgow, Smith led Rangers to the UEFA Cup Final and triumph in the Scottish Cup in 2008, a domestic League and Cup double in 2009 and another double - this time in the domestic League and League Cup - in 2010. He retired from management in 2011 and died in October 2021.

The Author

Neil Drysdale

Neil Drysdale has been involved in journalism since the late 1980s when he began writing for "Scotland on Sunday." Since then, he has covered many of sport's biggest events, including the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa and the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and has watched Scotland's rugby team achieve heroic victories and suffer agonizing defeats from Edinburgh to Dunedin and Pretoria to the Parc des Princes. He has written several books, including the best-selling biography of the Scotland and Rangers manager, Walter Smith, an acclaimed biography of the motor racing star Dario Franchitti, and a much-praised account of Freuchie's march to Lord's in 1985. He currently writes for "The Herald" and lives in Aberdeen with his wife, Dianne. David Campese, born in New South Wales in 1962, is a former Australian rugby union player.