As well as the Celtic retro magazine, The Shamrock occasionally publishes Celtic books of interest to supporters who enjoy reading about the club’s history – and the people who made it.

Two books have been published to date – one about the Coronation Cup upset of 1953 and the remarkable ‘Invincibles’ season of 2016-17.  Details of those books and how to buy them are below.

The new book by the Celtic historian Tom Campbell can also be ordered here.  




The story of how Celtic gatecrashed the Coronation 


Said Lizzie To Philip is the second publication from Shamrock Books which tells the story of the Coronation Cup tournament of 1953 when the best football teams in Britain gathered in Glasgow to play for a unique trophy in honour of the new monarch.

Arsenal – the Bank of England club who had just won the First Division title.  Double-winning Rangers whose famous manager was hoping for a royal send-off.  Manchester United with the first of the Busby Babes coming through in a new-look team.  Hibernian’s Famous Five who had just been denied a third title in succession but were still regarded as the most flamboyant attacking team in the land.  Jackie Milburn’s free-wheeling, cup-winning Newcastle United.  The ‘push and run’ Tottenham Hotspur side under Arthur Rowe which had finally brought silverware to White Hart Lane.   An entertaining Aberdeen side on the cusp of league and cup success for the first time.

And then there was Celtic – who had just finished the season 8th in the league and only a single major trophy in 15 years.  ‘Would they even be invited?’ asked a sceptical media.

The Celtic support ensured they would.  And to this day Celtic supporters still rejoice in singing about the club’s most unlikely triumph:

Said Lizzie to Philip  As They Sat Down to Dine

I’ve just had a note from an old friend of mine . . .

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‘Said Lizzie to Philip’ book – £15 including P&P to UK


  • For books to be sent to the Republic of Ireland, Europe and beyond please email for a postage quote before submitting payment)
  • If you would like a signed copy or a written dedication please email the details to with a note of your name.





Dreams and Songs with The Invincibles


This is one supporter’s account of Celtic FC’s incredible ‘Invincible’ season of 2016-17 when the arrival of new manager Brendan Rodgers saw Celtic win every major domestic trophy – without losing a single game.

The songs, the chants, the stories, the jokes and all the drama of an unforgettable season are recounted in monthly review chapters with special additional features on Kieran Tierney, The North Curve standing area, Brendan Rodgers and the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Lisbon Lions. 

Every single game is recalled, including one incredible afternoon in Motherwell …

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This is a thrilling and humorous look back at the best Celtic season in a lifetime – and a celebration of the players and fans who made it so memorable.

‘We Are Invincible, We Are Invincible . . .’



This Is How It Feels To Be Celtic book – including P&P (to UK)


  • For books to be sent to the Republic of Ireland, Europe and beyond please email for a postage quote before submitting payment)
  • If you would like a signed copy or dedication please email the details to 









The acclaimed Celtic historian and writer Tom Campbell has self-published his 14th book on the club.  The Shamrock is delighted to act as the online vendor for the book which is a dramatic re-imagining of a ‘sliding doors’ moment in the fascinating history of Celtic Football Club . . .

During the six years of World War II organised football in Scotland was ‘unofficial’. Most clubs utilised the services of guest players, usually footballers in Scotland on military service. One such man was Matt Busby, a Scottish internationalist and a Liverpool player; born in Lanarkshire, he volunteered his services to Celtic . . . but his offer was rejected.

But what might have happened had he turned out for Celtic during those wartime seasons? This novel, with its blend of reality and fiction, its evocation of those times, its clubs, players and personalities explores that possibility.

If only . . .


Only 375 copies of the book have been published.  You can order a copy here:


A Very Different Paradise

Cost: £17.50 (includes £2.50 P&P to UK and North of Ireland) . For quotes of postage costs to other countries, please email


Signed copies of ‘A Very Different Paradise’ are available. Please email if you would like a signed copy or for any further information.




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