We Are the Damned United: The Real Story of Brian Clough at Leeds United
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We Are the Damned United: The Real Story of Brian Clough at Leeds United

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For the first time, the players at Leeds United during Brian Clough’s reign have their say Brian Clough’s 44-day tenure as manager of Leeds United between July and September 1974 is one of the most infamous episodes insoccer history. While The Damned United was a fictional account of Clough’s short-lived but controversial reign at the club, this book reveals the true story...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Mainstream Publishing (first published August 6th 2009)
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Pete daPixie
"I just want to say...I loved every minute of it, young man!" No, not this book, but the forty four days that Clough spent in charge at Leeds. 'We are the Damned United', published in 2009 and written by Phil Rostron, isn't half as entertaining. Sub-titled as 'The real story of Brian Clough at Leeds United', I found this account to wander listlessly, heavily encumbered by rambling repetitive contributions from ex-players. Unable to write a book based on just those forty four days of Brian Clough...more
Adam Vanderyacht
I'm a sucker for football books, and this is no exception. If Fever Pitch feeds your addiction, this one will scratch the itch sufficiently as well.
Steven Pilling
I am a Leeds United fan so my review is through the prism of that.

The book is interesting obviously using the Peace novel as a counterpoint and lets face it selling point.

Rostron marshalls his facts well but and i would say it to his face he has no style of his own, it feels bland despite the interesting nature of the book.

If you are a fan of Leeds or clough or revie then its for you if you are not then i wouldnt bother
John Besancon
ok would be the best way to describe it. too many long narratives taken directly from interviews or clippings from newspapers from the time. overall it keeps the author's opinion out, but it can make for some jumping around and boring reading after hearing gordon mcqueen go on and on...
the style is clever, written as if we're listening to Clough's internal monologue, depicting his passion for the game, his ambitions and frustrations. The repetitive style of his inner thoughts grip at the start and then, for me, just got on my nerves.
Really good book even though its about Leeds United!! This is the other side to The Damned United with interviews with some of the players who were with Brian Clough at Leeds as weel as others connected
Vicky Massingham
Read it for the sake of my hubby who loves leeds united... i actually quite enjoyed it.
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