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Engineering Archie

Post by Gersman » Fri Aug 12, 2005 11:19 pm

Mentioned this elsewhere but it deserves a mention here. This is by Simon Inglis of 'Football Grounds' fame. It's about the life and work of Archibald Leitch, the great football grounds architect of the late 19th and early 20th century.

Covers all of Leitch's work including several Scottish grounds like Ibrox, Tynecastle, Dens Park, Rugby Park, Douglas Park. Also the many English grounds he was involved in constructing like Bramall Lane, Ayresome Park, Craven Cottage, Stamford Bridge, Anfield, Old Trafford, Highbury, Roker Park, Villa Park - too many to mention really.

Well researched as you'd expect from Simon Inglis with masses of photographs.
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Post by Scottish » Sat Aug 27, 2005 10:15 am

Just seen this. I'd agree. Simon Inglis actually launched the book twice - once in London and once In Glasgow. Luckily enough I happened to be in Ayrshire at the time of the Glasgow launch so was able to get along to it. He gave a very entertaining account of the book, accompanied by the ubiquitous Powerpoint slide show.

This book is part of a series, fully backed by English Heritage. Would be nice to see some kind of equivalent commitment to Scotland's sporting past.

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Post by Alan McCabe » Mon Dec 19, 2005 12:53 am

Just finished reading it. A superbly detailed and illustrated offering as usual from Simon Inglis.
Leitch's rise from the trauma and awful publicity of the first Ibrox Disaster is quite remarkable.
So to is the author's appreciation of Ibrox's main stand, arguably the single most important surviving football structure anywhere in Britain.
A thoroughly recommended read.

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