Prestigious award for Milngavie writer

Milngavie man John Rigg is celebrating the recent recognition of his book - An Ordinary Spectator: 50 Years of Watching Sport - by a prestigious international award.

John’s book was named as a finalist in the Memoir (Other) category of the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

These annual awards are made by the Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group, based in America, and are open to independent book authors and publishers in the US, Canada and internationally.

An Ordinary Spectator is a warm and engaging memoir of half a century of sports spectating – rugby (union and league), cricket, football and a range of other sports – from Yorkshire to London to Scotland via New York and Sydney (and Minsk!)

It is told from the perspective of “an ordinary spectator” paying his way in the stand or on the terrace.

John (58), who is married with two children and has lived in Milngavie since 1992, said: “I am very proud that a book with an essentially British subject matter has received independent recognition from an American judging panel. This confirms the international perspective which these prestigious awards have.”

An Ordinary Spectator: 50 Years of Watching Sport is available from The Milngavie Bookshop, costs £20. Sample extracts can be seen on

John was born and raised in Leeds, Yorkshire and graduated from the University of Cambridge with a degree in economics, later completing a Phd. He has worked as an economic consultant and in the senior civil service.