Two books looking back at the careers of two Motherwell legends are out now.
COOP by Neil Drysdale charts the life of Davie Cooper who won the Scottish Cup during his time at Fir Park, while The Fabulous Baker Boys by Tom Maxwell tells the story of former striker Gerry Baker and his brother Joe.
Cooper was known as one of Scotland’s greatest players during his time with Rangers, Motherwell and Clydebank as well as representing the national team.
With an introduction by Ally McCoist, COOP saw Drysdale interview some of the biggest names in the game including Sir Alex Ferguson, Gordon Smith, Craig Brown, Andy Roxburgh as well as former ’Well teammates Tom Boyd and Bobby Russell to share their memories.
Cooper’s life was tragically cut short in 1995 and the fans who applauded his talents at Ibrox, Fir Park, Kilbowie and Hampden are also given the opportunity to pay tribute.
The Baker brothers are generally considered the greatest players Scotland never had as despite growing up in North Lanarkshire the rules of the day meant they couldn’t represent their country due to ‘accidents of birth’.
Due to their father’s work Gerry was born in the USA, while Joe spent the first six weeks of his life in Liverpool.
Starting with Craigneuk Boys’ Club, outside-left Gerry would begin his career at ’Well before winning the Scottish Cup with St Mirren and being capped seven times by the USA.
For Joe it was a similar story as he first got his boots muddy with Motherwell Boys’ Guild and would go on to star for Hibs but despite his broad Scottish accent his only chance of international football came with England and came close to making the 1966 World Cup squad.
The Fabulous Baker Boys is introduced by Denis Law with exclusive interviews with Gerry, shortly before his death, Joe’s son Colin and former Motherwell stars Willie Hunter and Sammy Reid, while Sir Bobby Charlton, George Eastham, Ron Flowers, John Robertson and Bob Wilson share their memories.
Coop is published by Black & White publishing, RRP £9.99 and The Fabulous Baker Boys is published by Birlinn, RRP £14.99.