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150 B.C.: Cloughie - the Inside Stories [Hardcover]

Dave Armitage
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Book Description

1 May 2009
For the very first time, a stunning collection of 150 intimate and revealing stories about Brian Howard Clough. Big names, close friends and confidantes take you into the dressing room, boardroom, players' bar and team bus with their personal recollections of the greatest manager England never had.
They also lead you into Cloughie's office, garden, heart and mind, showing how a raging bull one minute could pay an old lady's shopping bill the next. Laced with pearls and putdowns from Old Big 'Ead himself, highlighting his unique humour and philosophy, this book takes you closer to the real Brian Clough than ever before.
Read first-hand accounts from his big-name players like Peter Shilton, Trevor Francis, Martin O'Neill, Larry Lloyd, Teddy Sheringham and many more along with some lesser known players with tales to tell! Clough's gardener reveals secrets away from the football arena, while Clough's secretary also speaks for the first time. A truly fantastic collection of stories by the people who really did know Cloughie best.
Discover how Clough landed Maradona's signature. Find out why he kicked a Liverpool star up the backside. Read about his astonishing bid to get Elton John. Revealed . . . why he gave his OBE to the gardener and players reveal a boozy night on the eve of a Wembley cup final. Plus 16 pages of colour pictures and a further 16 pages in black and white - many of which have never been seen before.

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Hot Air Publishers (1 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955246628
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955246623
  • Product Dimensions: 16.7 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Author Dave Armitage got to know Clough personally during his 25 years as a national newspaper football writer in the Midlands. He interviewed Clough at his City Ground office, in a pub garden and in the legend's home. Just as importantly, he moved in circles with the players, staff and friends who really did get up close and personal with the master. Now, he's put together a unique collection of all the stories the players tell about life in the eye of Hurricane Brian. 150 BC takes you behind the scenes to take a glimpse at the person behind the brash image.

From the Author

Having read ALL of the books published about Brian Clough, there seemed to be one yawning gap. As a national newspaper sports writer who frequently ghosted columns for Clough, I would invariably be asked to recall stories about the most charismatic manager of all time. Over the years I collected(in my head) fantastic anecdotes from players, staff, journalists and associates that always proved fantastic entertainment value in bars all over the world. No one, it seemed, had thought about compiling them into a collection so those not lucky enough to be that close, could enjoy them too! And so, 150 BC was born as an idea. Originally it started as 100 BC, but pretty quickly it was apparent that wouldn't be enough to do justice to the most original and innovative force to ever sweep through the game.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Special One50 20 May 2009
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This book is a great read but the only let down is that it has to come to an end.

I'm trying to read it slowly and make it last longer.

The stories remind me of Roald Dahl's - Tales of the Unexpected, with some amazing twists coming at the end of most of them.

It would be great if they were turned into a series of short plays on the radio or even the TV.

Well Done DA.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 150 BC 13 Jun 2009
Format:Hardcover
You will never have to read a book about Brian Clough again after this one. There has never been a better attempt to explain the complex character of one of the world's great football managers and one of the world's No1 personalities. This book is from the people that knew him for the people who would like to know him.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I found this book to have not just a unique insight into one of the most charismatic sporting individuals of the 20th century, but also had the exact formula in which how to portray it.Revelations of the true makeup of the man that was BC,told by people at close quarters.
I am by all accounts an avid reader of biographies(not just sporting),and have read many,many over the years,and i must say that this is one of the best iv'e ever read.A compeling series of anacdote after anacdode,insight after insight,a veritable rollercoaster of emotion.A smile became a belly laugh,became a tear,became a smile...one after the other an absolute gem, and i just did't want it to end.
Fantastic read!!!
5 STARS!!!!!
BEST OF THE BUNCH BY FAR!!!!!MORE PLEASE DAVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 150 BC : CLOUGHIE THE INSIDE STORIES 3 Jun 2009
Format:Hardcover
The best Cloughie book I've read! A cracking read from story 1 to 150....the only complaint I have is that it kept keeping me up half the night as I was always wanting to read just 1 more story before going to sleep! Well done Dave....any chance of another 150?
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5.0 out of 5 stars VSLEE 20 May 2009
By V. Slee
Format:Hardcover
Every football fan will love this unique insight into the hilarious world of Brian Clough. I've read quite a few Cloughie books over the years but this is very unique as people from all walks of life that knew Cloughie including former players, journalists, his secretary and his gardener, reveal their most memorable stories. Dave Armitage has captured what we all wanted to know about the one-off legend with stories that will make you laugh but others that will bring a tear to the eye in how he was a caring generous man who was simply "one of us."
Fantastic book you won't want to put down and without doubt the best of the Cloughie books I have read to date.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a must for all football fans 18 May 2009
Format:Hardcover
Brian Clough, iconic, unique and destined to be an everpresent in football's managerial hall of fame. But what did his gardener think about him? Or his secretary?
Author Dave Armitage has gone to the trouble of finding out by talking to the gardener, the secretary, the players and the journalists who knew Cloughie.
The result is a heart-warming and revealing book full of easy-to-read anecdotes about the great man. Some will make you life and some will make you cry. They are all worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quality book 27 Jun 2014
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A really good read, short stories of the Great Man, read a few and put it down, not that you will
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