"Gretna FC: Living the Dream" is a fly-on-the-wall account of the trials and tribulations, the highs and lows and the tears and laughter of Gretna FC - the small club with big ambitions aiming for promotion to the SPL at the first attempt. From the makeshift stands at Gretna's rundown Raydale Park - Scotland's southernmost league stadium - to the frozen terraces at Ross County's Victoria Park - the nation's most northerly league stadium - Andrew Ross traverses the country taking in every game as the Black and Whites seek a historic third promotion in three seasons. In his six months following the team, Ross faces blizzards, floods, gales, cancelled trains, hostile away fans and killer meat pies.After becoming part of the scenery at both home and away fixtures, Ross was granted exclusive access to the dressing room, the boardroom and Gretna's eccentric backer and Managing Director, Brooks Mileson. The multimillionaire's story is every bit as fantastic as the club's. Suffering from ME and having just one semifunctioning kidney, Mileson survives on a daily diet of 100 cigarettes, Lucozade and 'sheer determination'.
Yet, in recent seasons, his philanthropy and enthusiasm have seen the club win successive promotions, reach the final of the Scottish Cup and even qualify for Europe. "Gretna FC: Living the Dream" is the incredible story of football's most remarkable club.
Andrew Ross was born in 1975 and has been a journalist since 1998. Ross co-founded London Sport magazine in 2003 and, as editor, saw the magazine shortlisted for Sports Magazine of the Year 2004. This is his third book.