When it was published last year The Penalty King enjoyed a grand Ibrox launch courtesy of the club, as Johnny Hubbard was a huge star of the 1950s and his collaborator David Mason has been Official Club Historian at Rangers since 1986. Now the book makes its debut in paperback.
Johnny Hubbard was a tricky little winger and a huge Rangers star, one of the last surviving members the great 50s side. Known as ‘The Penalty King’ in recognition of his record 60 goals from 63 spot kicks, one of his goals was described by Sir Alex Ferguson as ‘easily the best I’ve ever seen!’
One of the last surviving members of Bill Struth’s great side of the 50s, Johnny Hubbard’s is a story that was born on Pretoria’s Orange River, flowing all the way to the River Clyde.
Looking back on his life and career, Johnny:
- Describes moving across continents aged just 18 to play the game he loved, adapting to a new style of football and a new way of life
- Talks fondly of the man he calls simply ‘The Boss’ – Rangers manager Bill Struth, who became a father figure to the young South African.
- Recalls his differing relationships with some of the biggest stars of the time, including Waddell, Young, Gillick, Shaw and Thornton
- Looks back on the change of manager that was to signal his Ibrox exit. ‘I left Scot Symon’, he says, ‘not Rangers!’
- Recalls his coaching classes which benefitted thousands of youngsters in a variety of sports, culminating in an MBE
- Maintains his ties and affection with Rangers – a Hall of Fame inductee who still attends almost every home game
Click here for more information, or to read a sample from The Penalty King.