Saturday, 26 January 2008

Dirty, dirty, dirty Leeds

I've been reading a great novel, The Damned United, about Brian Clough's ill-starred reign at Leeds Utd in the Seventies. Yes, I know that the book's been out a while, but I've only just got round to it. And if you haven't read it, you really should. You will not be disappointed. This is a passionate story for football fans. A story where the real stakeholders, the players, the managers and the fans take centre stage; before the marketeers, before the agents and before the accountants muscled in. David Peace writes like a man possessed, which is handy considering the subject matter. Clough is part demon, part father and part philosopher. The book is currently being filmed with Michael Sheen playing Clough. It'll be good. But not as good as the book.

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