Loanhead man’s Drew Busby book aims to help mend Hearts

Author Andrew Hoggan who has written a book about Drew Busby, former Hearts player

Author Andrew Hoggan who has written a book about Drew Busby, former Hearts player

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Tales of a Loanhead man’s boyhood hero are being used to boost Heart of Midlothian funds in the Tynecastle club’s desperate fight for survival.

Andrew Hoggan has written the biography of Drew Busby, a legendary rampaging forward who terrorised defences in the Scottish professional game throughout the 1970s and into the 1980s.

Nicknamed the Buzzbomb, the tall, moustachioed, sideburned Busby was one of the most recognisable figures on the pitch.

The no-nonsense striker made 178 appearances, including the 1966 Scottish Cup final, and banged in 84 goals.

‘His Name is Drew Busby: The Cock of the North’ is Andrew’s second book, having written ‘Hearts in Art’ in 1995.

A former Tynecastle favourite was the natural choice for his latest writing project.

Andrew said: “Drew was just one of those players that always gave of his best and he was a real menace for defences.

“No matter how the team were playing, he was a whole-hearted trier and the fans appreciated that.

“We felt he was one of us.

“I’ve worked with him over a three-year period and the book covers Drew’s entire football career.

“It has been a labour of love and I’ve built up many advance orders for what will be a limited print run.

“Once printing and overhead costs are met, the profits will be donated to Hearts FC to help with their current financial crisis.”

‘His Name is Drew Busby: The Cock of the North’, published on July 22, is £9.99 plus £2.50 for first-class delivery.

To obtain an order form, email drewbusbybook@aol.com

Read more on this in the July 11 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.