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The History of Fair City Athletic Football Club: The Boots on Balhousie

In the latter third of the 19th century, Scottish football grew rapidly. In 1870, there were perhaps half a dozen clubs playing the common game of football, but just 3 years later, the Scottish Football Association organised its first Cup competition and 16 teams entered. Less than 20 years later, more than 150 teams came up to compete from every city, town, village and even hamlet in the country. Few survived the boom years; some dropped down the scale to find their level while others disappeared entirely.

This is the story of one such club, Fair City Athletic, which blossomed in Perth, becoming the city’s predominant club, but missed by a whisker making it onto the major stage when seemingly well-set. The tale is set amongst the social and sporting history of Perthshire never before recorded.


Forrest Robertson is a Glasgow-born football historian and writer who, for more than a quarter of a century, was also BBC’s statistician for soccer and also general sports, having covered the Commonwealth Games for the Corporation. He has written many books, including An A-Z of Scottish Football (The Encyclopaedia of Scottish Football), The Men with the Educated Feet (The Statistical History of Queen’s Park Football Club), Hampden Park (The First Hundred Years), How the Cup was Won (The History of Scottish Cup Finals), The Glasgow Cup (The History), and The Glasgow Charity Cup (The History). He has also contributed to several books, magazines and newspapers.

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ISBN: 1-5275-2876-6

ISBN13: 978-1-5275-2876-5

Release Date: 27th November 2023

Pages: 130

Price: £64.99

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