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Brian and Peter: A Right Pair [Kindle Edition]

Maurice Edwards
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In his own words Maurice Edwards - Clough and Taylor's Chief Scout and trusted friend for almost 20 years - breaks his silence on the famous partnership that was Brian and Peter, in a book Barbara Clough describes as the best book ever written about Brian. This is an absorbing and revealing personal account, with never before heard tales that are sure to satisfy even the most diehard fans of Clough and Taylor. Unlike other books about the cult of Clough, Peter Taylor's own character and talents get equal billing. When Peter Taylor joined Burton Albion in 1962, it changed Maurice Edwards' life for ever. The two became firm friends. When Peter introduced Maurice to his great friend Brian Clough, shortly after the pair of them had taken up their first managerial appointment at Hartlepools United, an association was formed that was to endure for over 20 years. The achievements of the Clough-Taylor partnership are well known. But the stories that Maurice Edwards has to tell, of life behind the scenes at each of the clubs they worked for, have remained untold until now. As referee, scout and trusted friend, Maurice was privy to many of Taylor and Clough's dealings with clubs, managers and individual players, and is uniquely placed to reveal the details of what made their relationship so special, and so successful. Here are the stories of how the major signings of Clough and Taylor's careers were made, from Trevor Francis, the first GBP 1 million player, to Peter Shilton, a goalkeeper Taylor had admired for years. Then there are the ones that got away, Kevin Keegan and Alan Hansen among them. Peter and Brian worked as a team: Peter the supreme judge of players and team dynamics, Brian the charismatic front man at ease with everyone from tea ladies to directors. This absorbing personal memoir of a life in football sheds new light on the years that Peter and Brian spent working together and is sure to appeal to fans of all clubs.

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The best book on Brian and Peter together I have read. --Barbara Clough

Even the most casual fan is aware of much of the background, but few have been there and been able to document the story first hand from the very beginning. The book tells us plenty, but it is the new information on Clough and Taylor which will undoubtedly interest the reader most of all, and on that score, they will not be disappointed. --George Matthews, btn magazine

I thought Maurice did an excellent job and told the truth of his many experiences on his long journey. Maurice is quite right that as an agent he probably would have made millions. The building of 2 big/little clubs was especially interesting to me since I also played for Forest and Derby. Clough and Taylor were the best ever and I am sure their success will never be equaled at the Derby and Forest levels with smart signings and bargain basement players who became superstars and won Championships at a time when beating Man.U,Chelsea,Liverpool,Tottenham and Arsenal was just another day in the office. What wonderful days and it was a pleasure for me to be part of it all. Thanks Maurice, you in your own modest, loyal teamplayer style deserve much credit for your outstanding lifetime of dedicated work. A must read for all managers, coaches, players and especially scouts, agents and fans.. They should learn from the master. Again thank you and best wishes from Seattle. Thank you also for the compliments about me as a player. --Alan Hinton, ex Rams and Forest player

About the Author

Maurice Edwards was born in Burton upon Trent in February 1927. Upon the outbreak of World War Two, Maurice volunteered to join the Royal Navy and, following promotion, spent his three-year career aboard an Aircraft Carrier attached to the British Pacific Fleet in the Far East, later joining the Royal Navy Football Squad. After the war Maurice's involvement in football took a remarkable turn. Forced to seek other avenues within the game after his burgeoning football career was halted by injury, he became a local referee and formed a friendship with Peter Taylor, who then paired up with the inimitable Brian Clough. So began a remarkable relationship within the game, with Maurice following the pair to all their various clubs in the role of Chief Scout. Now in his 80s, Maurice continues to work alongside some of football's great personalities, after over 50 years in the game.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3392 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: JMD Media; 1st edition (20 Oct. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00480O99G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #292,652 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting read 24 May 2010
This is a great book, written by one of the unsung heroes of football - a man who worked extremely closely with the greatest managerial partnership ever! There's loads that I didn't know about the dealings that went on and the gambling! Would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in the Great Man of football.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 7 July 2013
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I was expecting a series of anecdotes and fun revelations about the famous pairing. Unfortunately, these were few and far between. This book is basically a biography of a chief scout - the first 25% of the book is his playing career and struggle to buy a post office, not what I was after. The rest of the book is a meander through a list of some of the authors favourite scouting achievements and Brian and Peter are, frankly, somewhat an after thought. A well intentioned book but it doesn't provide any insight or amazement to an already well stocked topic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brian, Peter & Maurice 26 Feb. 2013
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This is a superb book by Maurice Edwards recalling the life and times of Brian Clough & Peter Taylor as their chief scout. There was a lot of stuff that I was totally unaware of before reading the book including a certain link between Peter Taylor and Manchester United. What exactly? Read the book and see.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brian and Peter A Right Pair 20 Jan. 2013
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A very good read , interesting and informative about the behind the scenes world of football. Very entertaining insight into the life and times of Brian & Peter a good read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Behind the scenes 22 May 2013
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A lovely change to hear how a modest man can do great and valuable work and unfortunately gain minimum recogniton even from the beneficiaries of all those years of toil.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A RIGHT LET DOWN 30 July 2010
I have to say what a letdown this book was. While Maurice Edwards seems a totally decent guy and comes over as such, his close proximity to two of the game's greats is barely reflected in the book. I bought this expecting some wonderful insights and behind-the-scenes stuff about Clough and Taylor - but after a while I found myself trudging through mundane accounts of past events with no really new revelations. The title is enticing, but the content is a real case of not doing what it said on the tin. That Maurice was close to these guys is obviously not in question, but as you struggle to get to the end of the book, you can't help thinking it is a fantastic opportunity missed. By the end I honestly didn't feel I knew the two of them any better which was the promise in the title and the whole point of buying it. Good idea - poorly executed.
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