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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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Raich Carter: The Biography – The Story of One of England’s Greatest Footballers 0

Posted on August 29, 2011 by samh

Raich Carter: The Biography – The Story of One of England’s Greatest Footballers, by Frank Garrick (2003)

This is the first full biography of Stanley Matthews’ most famous partner, as well as the only man to win an FA Cup winner’s medal both before and after the Second World War.

The book offers an in-depth exploration of the life and times of this celebrated star, and is of particular interest to all Sunderland, Derby, Hull, Leeds, Middlesbrough and Mansfield fans. It also includes a 16-page section of black and white photographs.

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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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