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November Round-up 0

Posted on December 01, 2011 by samh

In November, Jonathan Wilson revisited the legend that was Brian Clough in Nobody Ever Says Thank You: The Biography. It claimed to be ‘the final word’ on the man, while the Sunday Times hailed it as “the most comprehensive account we have had of this remarkable man so far”. Read more…

The Doc: My Story – Hallowed Be Thy Game, by Tommy Docherty 0

Posted on August 29, 2011 by samh

The Doc: My Story – Hallowed Be Thy Game, by Tommy Docherty (2006)

‘The Doc’ is one of the most colourful characters in football. Always outspoken and honest, headlines have followed him throughout his career.

He achieved success on the pitch with Preston and Scotland, but it is as a manager that he secured his place in football history. The remark that he has had more clubs than Jack Nicklaus cannot be disputed: 14 teams in four different countries. He resigned from Chelsea; he was sacked by Manchester United within two weeks of winning the 1977 FA Cup and at Derby he became embroiled in a bitter legal dispute. Docherty tells all about his life in football and those he has shared it with – including Shankly, Busby, Clough, Ramsey and Stein.

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Psycho: The Autobiography, by Stuart Pearce 0

Posted on August 29, 2011 by samh

Psycho: The Autobiography, by Stuart Pearce (2000)

When Stuart Pearce arrived at Nottingham Forest he advertised his business as an electrician in the club programme – his blunt attitude earned him the nickname “Psycho”.

In a story of extraordinary achievement, and equally conspicuous misfortune and failure, as both player and manager, Pearce recalls the legends and also-rans he has met along the way, offering no-nonsense portraits of the likes of Brian Clough, Glenn Hoddle and Rudd Gullit, and an insider’s take on the realities of the professional game.

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Biting Talk: My Autobiography, by Norman Hunter 0

Posted on August 29, 2011 by samh

Biting Talk: My Autobiography, by Norman Hunter (2004)

Norman Hunter, who was one of the greatest love-hate figures in football history, talks candidly about what it was like to gain a reputation as one of football’s hard men.

He played for Leeds during the 1960s and 1970s under the great Don Revie, earning himself the nickname ‘Bites Yer Legs’ due to his fierce tackling. However, this sometimes disguised the fact that he had outstanding talent – he won 28 caps for England and in 1973 became the first footballer to achieve the PFA Player of the Year award.

As well as telling of his travails managing Rotherham and Barnsley, Hunter reveals how he was witness to one of the most controversial chapters in Leeds United’s history – the appointment of Brian Clough as successor to Don Revie – and recalls the stormy dressing room scenes that led up to Clough’s sacking after only 44 days.

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Provided You Don’t Kiss Me: 20 Years with Brian Clough 0

Posted on August 26, 2011 by samh

Provided You Don’t Kiss Me: 20 Years with Brian Clough, by Duncan Hamilton (2007)

Journalist Duncan Hamilton was there through all the madness, the success, the failures, the fall-outs, the drink, and the crumbling of Brian Clough’s heady twenty years as manager of Nottingham Forest.

After his first day on the job sitting in Clough’s office, as a nervous, green 16-year-old sitting opposite one of the self-proclaimed giants of the English game, politely refusing a morning whisky, Hamiton would become an integral part of Clough’s empire, and eventually one of his most trusted confidants. Read more…

Clough: The Autobiography 0

Posted on August 26, 2011 by samh

Clough: The Autobiography, by Brian Clough (1995)

Brian Clough, possibly the most outspoken footballing character of all time, charts his progression from a working-class council house in Middlesbrough to being the best manager England never had.

He also tells of the influence of his strong mother and candidly talking about his health, which has been the subject of much rumour and concern. If you are looking for the sort of outrageous and opinionated comments that “Old big ‘ead” became renowned for, then you won’t be disappointed. Many things have been levelled at Clough – but dullness could never be one of them. An entertaining read for all football fans and a must for Derby and Forest supporters.

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