The Goalie

The Goalie

Jim Crumley

Print edition: £6.99
198 × 127mm
128 pages
'...Jim Crumley has captured the spirit and the essence of what football meant, and still means to those of us in the city who love the game and its heroes to our very souls'. From the Foreword by Jim Spence Television and Radio Sports Broadcaster

The Goalie is a novel based on the life of Bob Crumley, the longest-surviving member of Dundee Football Club's 1910 Scottish Cup-winning team who became a hero of the streets in his home town. In the spring of that year he stood firm and Dundee F.C. won the Scottish Cup for what is still the only time in its history. But he became a haunted hero, haunted by a dark secret buried deep within his own family, by the hideous, trench-bound years of the war to end all wars, and by his very fame itself.

The story is written by his grandson, who grew up troubled by the same dark secret. He paints a compassionate, thoughtful and often funny portrait of his grandfather as a human being, and in the process attempts to heal an old family wound.

Crumley, a native of Dundee and a lifelong supporter of his grandfather's club, has produced a book from the heart.

'The final. Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow, April 9th, 1910. Sixty thousand folk crammed in. It was like playing inside a grey mist, the walls of grey faces were so thick and so high, like Tay haar blotting the world to so many square yards, but a haar that roared. Clyde were 2-0 up at half-time, strolling it. Five minutes from the end, five minutes from winning the Scottish Cup, it was the same score. The Dundee legions in the grey wall had had enough, were beginning to turn for the exits, feeling a long way from home, the return journey an unthinkable ordeal'.

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