Barrhead Celebrates the ‘Beautiful Game’

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November 30th 2016

Daniel Read from his new book Saturday 3PM
Daniel Read from his new book Saturday 3PM

One of the UK’s leading football writers has visited Barrhead to sing the praises of the ‘Beautiful Game.’

Daniel Gray brought his brand of footballing warmth, wit and whimsy to a special Junior Football event held at the Arthurlie Inns on Tuesday 22nd November as part of anti-sectarian charity Nil by Mouth’s ‘Kiss Bigotry Goodbye’ campaign and Book Week Scotland.

The event was organised by local Pulse 98.4 Radio Presenter Robert Burns who hosts the ‘Nugent 4 Nil’ junior football show every Thursday evening from 8pm. Robert secured support from several leading junior clubs with fans of Arthurlie, Pollok and Glenafton packing out the venue to hear Daniel’s tales from the touchlines and terraces and take part in a special football quiz.

During the event Daniel read from his critically acclaimed new book ‘Saturday 3pm: 50 Eternal Footballing Delights’ which was recently praised by legendary commentator Archie McPherson after the duo appeared together on Radio Scotland’s ‘Off the Ball’ show. Daniel also hosted STV’s People’s History Show and has written several books including: Stramash: Tackling Scotland’s Towns and Teams, Hatters, Railwaymen and Knitters: Travels Through England’s Football Provinces and Homage to Caledonia: Scotland and the Spanish Civil War, which was turned into a documentary by STV in 2009.

During 2016 he has teamed up with Nil by Mouth on the ‘Kiss Bigotry Goodbye’ tour which sees the charity travel across the country to give fans the chance to celebrate the many positives of being a supporter of the Scottish game.

The Crowd had a fantastic evening and posed for a team photo at the end
The Crowd had a fantastic evening and posed for a team photo at the end

Nil by Mouth Campaign Director Dave Scott said:

‘This was one of the best nights of the tour and it was wonderful to spend an evening with genuine football fans who really got into the spirit of the event. Daniel is one of the UK’s best football writers and his love of the game shines through when he performs at these events. We are very grateful to all the fans who came out to support this event and to Book Week Scotland for backing it so generously and providing prizes for the winning quiz team. The staff at the Arthurlie Inns were also first class and made everyone feel welcome. Special thanks should go to Robert Burns who put in all the hard work organising the evening. People like Robert are what makes Scottish football so special.’


For more information please contact Dave Scott on 07854210444