Belfast Telegraph

Programme Fair set to host Elisha Scott books author

BY Steven Beacom

The annual Northern Ireland Football Programme and Memorabilia Fair will take place in Belfast tomorrow with a special guest in attendance.

Hedley Lawson, the author of a popular book on Liverpool and Belfast Celtic legend Elisha Scott, is travelling over from his Lancashire home to be at the event, which will be held at Grosvenor House, Glengall Street from 10am to 2.30pm.

Hedley's excellent book is called 'Elisha Scott's Diaries and Press Cuttings – His Life Story, Liverpool's First Superstar' and is a fascinating tale of the Ulsterman who became a legendary goalkeeper with the Anfield outfit before returning home to manage Belfast Celtic.

The book, a detailed history of the iconic Scott, is the compiler's tribute to Hedley's late dad Eric who idolised the goalkeeper and kept lots of memorabilia relating to him.

At the Fair tomorrow, Hedley will have some of that memorabilia with him for football fans to view and will also be available to sign copies of his book, which is available to purchase in Waterstones.

Having made several trips to Northern Ireland while researching the Scott story, Hedley said: "I really enjoyed working on the book on such a great football man and want to put on record my thanks to the late Malcolm Brodie, the former sports editor of the Belfast Telegraph, for all the help he gave me when I was doing my research."

The Fair, as in previous years, is being organised by the Northern Ireland Football Programme Collectors Club.

If you require any further information, please contact Lester Wood on 02892621887 / 07581002694 or alternatively send an email to woodglester@hotmail.com

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