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The Damned Utd by David Peace

The Damned Utd (original 2006; edition 2007)

by David Peace

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Title:The Damned Utd
Authors:David Peace
Info:Faber & Faber (2007), Paperback, 346 pages
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Brian Clough's 44-day stay as manager of Leed United, in 1974. Like him or loathe him, he had a way with his players, and was probably the finest manager the England team never had. This was a present from my son-in-law, and inside front cover shows that it was issued as part of World Book Night 2012, having been bought by Steve Ranson from Waterstones, Ipswich. Is the Dewey classification show below correct?
  corracreigh | Jan 24, 2016 |
You chose the right book, if you're interested in football history mixed with fiction.
"Damned United" is about Brain Clough management in English football leagues accompanied with his friend/assistant Peter Taylor.
it's written from Clough's point of view, started with commence of his career in Leeds United club -which was under management of Clough's biggest rival, Don Revie for 13 years- interspersed with some flashbacks that gives you some hints about his successful days in Derby County and how he became BRIAN CLOUGH.

- The Times as "probably the best novel ever written about sport"

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  payam-tommy | Mar 13, 2015 |
Even if you don’t know the first thing about English football, David Peace’s novel, about coach Brian Clough’s disastrous 44-day tenure at the helm of league champions Leeds United in 1974, will make you care enough to learn. Clough is a vengeful, monomaniacal, charismatic leader who’s lost his followers, and The Damned Utd, in its repetitious, clipped, rhythmic prose, will plunge you into his head, and into the tormented heart of England just before the rise of Thatcher. Readers with an interest in leftist politics or English sport will have much to look forward to here, but I’d recommend this just as much to anyone who cares about good writing. If you like it, look for Peace’s new 1970s football novel, Red or Dead, about Bill Shankly at Liverpool. ( )
  circumspice | Jul 16, 2014 |
I loved this book. My family were big Derby fans in the 60's/70's and all the football I remember is in here.

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  MsStephie | Jul 12, 2014 |
Having once briefly worked with Cloughie in the late 1970s when I was promoting a series of football talk-ins and he guested ('Shave your beard off, young man' were his first words to me) and having enjoyed the uncannily accurate characterisation of this controversial figure on film by Michael Sheen, I was particularly interested to catch up with David Peace's fictional portrayal, the novel that inspired the film.

So glad I did. Peace nails the self-obsession, the paranoia, the manipulative but compelling speech and eccentric behaviour, and above all the sheer neediness of the man who set out deliberately to create his own legend and came close to being destroyed by the ghost of another, Don Revie.

Throughout we live in Cloughie's tortured mind (first person voice for the Leeds episodes, constantly switching to second person for Derby and other scenes of the past). It's an uncomfortable lodging, but the very best place to explore his troubled psyche, and it does not restrict Peace who brilliantly illustrates the seedy, shambling, low-level corrupt and amateurish nature of 'professional' football in the 1970s, and colourfully recounts the tale of Clough's 44-day tenure as Leeds United manager.

This is a fascinating story, seared by truth, and a great character study, more powerful, dramatic and original than any sporting biography or autobiography you are likely to read, 'ghosted' or otherwise. It may not be, as the cover claims, 'the best novel ever written about sport' (Peace's own list of sources and acknowlegements throws up a couple of contenders for that title) but it's certainly in the running. ( )
  Davidgnp | Nov 27, 2012 |
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'The Damned Utd' is a novel that shifts between and across 12 years in the life of a football genius, to tell the story of a world characterised by fear of failure and hunger for success.

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