New football book praises Fifers

Author of 'Is The Baw Burst?', Iain Hyslop.
Author of 'Is The Baw Burst?', Iain Hyslop.

EAST Fife FC is being hailed for its set-up in a new book which investigates every team across Scotland.

Glasgow author Iain Hyslop’s new book ‘Is The Baw Burst?’ is described as an ‘unofficial review’ of the state of the game in Scotland.

Hyslop (pictured) says he felt the urge to pen the book after starting to feel disenfranchised with the national sport, and was left feeling that fans’ voices such as his were rarely being heard inside boardrooms from Berwick to Dingwall.

To go some way to addressing the issue, the author decided to visit every Scottish ground, writing a critique on all sides, which he hopes may go some way to forming a better strategy to address the health of the game.

However, on his visit to Methil, Hyslop says he was impressed by what he saw in the New Bayview set-up.

Included in what he says about the Fifers, Hyslop writes: “Bayview Stadium is modern and in an area that is developing.

“The club is considering artificial turf for both the main and training pitches.

“The youth set-up looks very interesting, with the award winning East Fife juniors and the recently announced modern apprenticeship schemes for 12 promising young players.

“This really emphasises how strong links with the community can bring dividends as many local people and businesses are investing and supporting the club.”

Hyslop says his review can help return the game to a scenario where ‘real’ football is the name of the game across all leagues, and clubs place themselves at the heart of the community.

Above all, he sees the fans as having a key role in the transformation of Scottish football and looks to models of fan involvement in other countries.

‘Is The Baw Burst?’ is available to buy now.