5 Scottish Sports Books to Gift this Christmas

Supplied by DC Thomson © St Andrews Open 1960

Nostalgic stocking fillers for sports fans who enjoy taking a trip down memory lane, browse 5 Scottish sports books filled with archive photos.

Exploring classic football, golf and rugby history, browse our wee selection below.

1. Golf In Scotland In The Black & White Era


Released this year ahead of the historic 150th British Open at St Andrews, revisit decades of Scottish golf history with a book three years in the making.

Including legendary courses, features and icons, rediscovered photos look back at a sport that has transformed into a global game.

Including pre-and-post-war figures as well as heroes of the women’s game, names making an appearance include Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Babe Zaharias.

Jock Hutchison

Jock Hutchison – the last St Andrews-born man to win the Open (pictured in 1960)

Wonderful archive photos show how St Andrews, the home of golf, and equipment has evolved through the decades. Readers will also notice a few cameos from some of history’s most famous faces including ‘Ol Blue Eyes’ Frank Sinatra.

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2. Lifted Over The Turnstiles Volume 2

Third Lanark

Third Lanark vs Raith Rovers at the lost ground, Cathkin Park (1953)

The second entry in the popular Lifted Over The Turnstiles series, Volume 2 shows Scottish football grounds as they were meant to be experienced – full of fans cheering their heroes on.

Ally McCoist

Ally McCoist celebrating a strike against Dunfermline (1984)

A host of teams featured including Aberdeen, Hibernian, Rangers and Motherwell, author Steve Finan also highlights legendary lost grounds and aspects of Scottish fitba’ long forgotten.

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3. Dark Blue Blood – Scottish Rugby In The Black & White Era

Scotland vs France during the 1956 Five Nations Championship

Offering a unique record of Scottish rugby, Dark Blue Blood is a fantastic nostalgic trip looking back at the sport in days gone by.

Teams across the country all feature with the help of classic line-up snaps. Fans will also love uncovered photos of the national team competing against opponents from around the globe.

Andy Nicol

Andy Nicol in action (1992)

Featuring rare photos of clubs, favourite teams and old foes, this book is perfect for rugby obsessives.

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4. Lifted Over The Turnstiles Volume 3

Hearts vs Aberdeen

Hearts vs Aberdeen at Tynecastle (1955)

Completing the trilogy, Lifted Over The Turnstiles Volume 3 sees author Steve Finan continue his look at grounds up and down the country with fascinating archive photos.

Former Scotland international Leanne Crichton providing the foreword, Volume 3 includes teams such as Celtic, Hearts, St Mirren and Dundee FC.

Love Street, the former home of St Mirren (1963)

Legendary names of the game featuring, football fans will appreciate a chapter dedicated to one of history’s greatest matches – the 1960 European Cup Final.

Pitting Real Madrid against Eintracht Frankfurt in a ten-goal thriller, stars taking to the field that day included Ference Puskas, Alfredo Stéfano Di Stéfano and Gento!

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5. We Had A Dream – Scotland Internationals In The Black & White Era

Billy Bremner in 1973

Billy Bremner (left) during a Scotland vs Brazil match (1973)

Capturing the highs and the lows of following the Scotland National team, We Had A Dream takes fans on a rollercoaster of emotion with the help of archive photos.

Rediscover stars of the game, past World Cup tournaments (the good and the bad), famous matches and managers.

Denis Law (pictured in 1972) provides the foreword

Revisit famous names including King Kenny, Bremner, Gallacher, George Young and more with Ballon d’Or (and joint Scotland top-scorer!) Denis Law providing a fantastic foreword discussing his pride in pulling on the famous dark blue jersey.

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Explore our full sports selection

Stepping back in time, browse our full selection of Scottish sports titles here.

All featured photographs – Supplied by DC Thomson