The Life of Hughie Gallacher

Roger Hutchinson

Biography of one of the greatest British professional footballers
Date Published :
June 2021
Publisher :
Arena Sport
Illustration :
8pp b/w plates
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ISBN : 9781909715721
Pages : 304
Dimensions : 9.2 X 6.1 inches
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Hugh Gallacher was a footballing prodigy born into a family of Irish immigrants in Bellshill in 1903. Standing just five foot five inches tall, he became one of the greatest stars ever to grace a football pitch. In Gallacher, award-winning author and journalist Roger Hutchinson traces the life of this footballing genius with a troubled soul, from his upbringing in the North Lanarkshire coalfields to his starring role with Newcastle and Scotland and one of central figures in the ‘Wembley Wizards’ who defeated England 5–1 in London to became, arguably, the best international team on the planet, all the way to his tragic suicide aged just fifty-four.

It is a thrilling, powerfully told and moving tale of footballing brilliance, extraordinary achievement against the odds and ultimate tragedy, throwing a light on the lost world of British professional football between the wars, the story of Irish immigrants in the Scottish coalfields and the temporary escape to greatness of one of Scotland’s favorite - and most mourned - sons.

About The Author

Roger Hutchinson is an award-winning author and journalist. After working as an editor in London, in 1977 he joined the West Highland Free Press in Skye. Since then he has published thirteen books, including Polly: the True Story Behind Whisky Galore. He is still attached to the WHFP as editorialist and columnist, and has written for BBC Radio, The Scotsman, The Guardian, The Herald and The Literary Review. His book The Soap Man (Birlinn 2003) was shortlisted for the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year (2004). Calum's Road has been a huge bestseller, shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize (2007) with film rights sold.

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