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Clough and Revie: The Rivals Who Changed the Face of English Football

Clough and Revie: The Rivals Who Changed the Face of English Football [Kindle Edition]

Roger Hermiston
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"Roger Hermiston is a thoughtful and skilful writer . . . the social history of Clough and Revie's early years is of most interest here" (Metro London)

"Meticulously researched" (Shortlist)

"This is a terrific read. Roger Hermiston has an easy and mature style. His research looks meticulous yet is modestly displayed" (When Saturday Comes)

"Eminently readable" (Derby Evening Telegraph)

"A gripping story about passionate, driven, extraordinary characters" (Evening Gazette)

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An important and revelatory exploration of Clough's enduring rivalry with and enmity towards Don Revie

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 678 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Digital (7 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XH8G5C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #188,266 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Roger's latest book, 'The Greatest Traitor', is a biography of the Cold War spy (and KGB mole) George Blake. It's the thrilling story of a complex character who scaled the heights of heroism before descending into the depths of treachery.
Roger's northern roots were the inspiration behind his first book, 'Clough and Revie', the story of the fierce rivalry between those two great football managers. His father and grandfather were sons of Middlesbrough, as were Brian and Don, and the town which led the way in the Industrial Revolution is the third main character in the book's early stages.
Roger was a print and broadcast journalist before turning to full-time writing. He was a reporter and feature writer on the Yorkshire Post before joining the BBC in the early 1990s. The bulk of his career at the corporation was devoted to the Today programme, BBC Radio 4, where he was Assistant Editor from 1999-2010.
His next book - out in 2016 - will be about Churchill's war ministry.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This review is from my husband,the reader. 30 Jun 2011
If you thought that you knew everything about this pair you will be pleasently surprised by this book. The author takes you right back to their roots in the North East and tracks them to Cloughs infamous 44 days at Leeds. As a 53 year old liftime football fan I remember them more as famous managers then players. The author has done some meticulous research on their early family life which went onto form the character of these two men. The book also gives an insight into the social history of the area that they grew up in.

I discovered things about the two of them that I would never have known if I not read this book. I have read quite a few of the many books published about these two so do not be put off if you have done the same. I am sure you will find something new about these two fascinating men. An enjoyable and informative read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clough & Revie 6 Jun 2011
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Excellent book for those who can remember these great football managers.
Also a social history of the times they were growing up. Also a real insight as to player's pay and behaviour. Very interesting comparing to todays players.
I would definitely recommend to those interested in football & its history.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars read one get one free 11 July 2011
Two reviews here, my cousin Tim's then mine:
`This book is mainly for the football anorak and a must read for those interested in these men and their era in football. As we journey through their lives and careers we gain insights into the huge changes going on not only in football, but society as a whole, and the media in particular. Along the way we learn to appreciate how tough life was for the working communities in Middlesborough in the middle part of the last century, as well as some fascinating snippets on its history. However you feel about either men, you have to admire the success they both achieved and the obstacles they overcame on their respective journeys.
For this reason the book could appeal to a wider audience beyond just the football anorak. The reader will not only reflect on the huge changes in football, but also in the wider world that have occurred again since that time.
I am happy to endorse this author. The writing style and narrative made for easy reading and his extensive research has much to commend.'

I think what this book showed me is that if you have the energy, the talent, the drive and the ambition then there's a good chance you'll get the job done. Then persevere (and make your own luck) and you have a chance of success. Roger Hermiston shows that there is not necessarily the right way to do things, but there is the right way for you to do them. These two men did things their very different ways and both succeeded. A good book, well worth reading.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Roger Hermiston has a great knack for making you feel right there. Clough and Revie have both their supporters and detractors -- and there has been much written about them -- but Hermiston brings a new perspective: that of a savvy football historian, good journalist and strong, sympathetic writer. Among all the detail and the replays of games, the reader shares the very real highs and lows of these two footballing greats. The book complements Damned United, the imagined story of those famous 44 days, with its well-researched and well-written accounts of what happen both before and after Leeds debacle. Hermiston's own Yorkshire background gives the book a solid authenticity and his authoritative knowledge of football, past and present, is impressive. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the history of football and the characters and places that form the backbone of the beautiful game. Full disclosure: I have known Roger Hermiston for several years and am very pleased to see him publish this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 23 Jun 2014
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Very good assessment of the men, their teams and their rivalry - recommended to any football fan, especially one interested in the teams and the era
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clough And Revie 16 Mar 2014
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I really enjoyed this book. I was growing up and just getting the football bug. I saw the Yorkshire Television interview on a website and couldn't believe the rivalry of two high profile managers. I would highly recommend this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful 27 May 2013
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A good grounding for further reading though it skips years at a time for no given reason. One obvious focus is Cloughs brief tenure at Leeds. Another section deals with Revies time at England with the emphasis on the manner of his departure. Fascinating though patchy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating insight into the good old days of soccer
Enjoyed the great detail on both Middlesbrough, in days gone by, and also the detailed information about the early lives of both men - very well researched.
Published 14 months ago by Arnold Alton
5.0 out of 5 stars Cloughb& Revie
Received my order very quickly. My Son asked for this for Christmas as he is football mad & he is reading it now
Published 16 months ago by Debbiedo
5.0 out of 5 stars Clough & Revie
Dear Sirs,
I bought this book as a present for my brother. He could not put it down. He has now returned it to me insisting that I read it. A great read.
Published 23 months ago by Deltajuliettango
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Easy Read
Well researched book. Discovered information about both men that I was not aware of. Also gives a decent social history about Middlesborough.
Published on 26 Mar 2012 by Baby Ben
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Great book as other on here have said and a very gripping read, it was just sad that the story ended in 77 but i suppose with Revie in the middle East There was little else that... Read more
Published on 30 Dec 2011 by Mr. D. R. Holding
5.0 out of 5 stars Parallel lives
Two football managers whose lives and careers were intertwined. Both were born in Middlesbrough, a few streets from each other, and Hermiston paints their backgrounds in the first... Read more
Published on 17 Oct 2011 by Sport Nut
5.0 out of 5 stars A prototype for Mourinho?
Football dominated by managers acting like pre-madonnas?

This excellent book cannot but make one compare Brian Clough to Jose Mourinho. Read more
Published on 9 May 2011 by T. Coombes
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