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

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  100 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
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 in soccer 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 stor ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Mainstream Publishing (first published August 6th 2009)
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Pete daPixie
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
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"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
Sep 06, 2015 rated it liked it
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I actually bought this book by mistake. The book I thought I was buying was David Peace’s Damned United, a fictitious novel about the events that this book sets straight. Peace’s book has also been adapted as a film.

Rostron’s book tells the real story behind the events that led to the dismissal of Brian Clough - later to become the greatest English manager of all time - to be sacked after just 44 days as the manager of Leeds United. And it does so in great detail. Too great, in my opinion, as I
Stuart S
Dec 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Having read THE DAMNED UNITED by David Peace a couple of years ago, and not been wholly impressed by it, I thought I'd check this one out.

Those looking for any real surprises will be disappointed. Many people, including former players, are interviewed, and a broad concensus is fairly easily reached: that Clough, for all his success at small club Derby, couldn't just smash down a bigger club's doors and change things overnight. Why Clough thought he could win over a rightly suspicious team of est
Steven Pilling
May 10, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Nigel Street
Excellent insite into the bizarre ego centric world of Mr Clough. Mr Peace does an great job of making the story live and I particularly like the way he intertwines the twin parts of the story. Recommendation is of course based on you liking football and it helps to have some affinity to one or other of the two main clubs concerned; Leeds United or Derby County. Very enjoyabel
John Besancon
Jan 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
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...
Jun 23, 2009 rated it liked it
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.
Apr 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Rory Braybrook
Jan 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Irresistible force meets immovable object - guess who blinked? Leeds loss - the greatest team manager ever.
Adam Vanderyacht
Apr 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
Vicky Massingham
Aug 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
Read it for the sake of my hubby who loves leeds united... i actually quite enjoyed it.
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