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The Unforgiven: The Story of Don Revie's Leeds United Hardcover – 8 Nov 2002


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd; first thus edition (8 Nov. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854107852
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854107855
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 15.2 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 830,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Far more than another dewy-eyed retread of the glory years... it's great fun and immensely informative. -- Neil Jeffries, Leeds Leeds Leeds magazine, December 2002

Written with considerable style. The most important question is whether it could be read by enthusiasts who are not Leeds fans...emphatically, yes. -- Richard Whitehead, The Times, 2 November 2002

[A] well-researched and thought-provoking 'revisionist' history... Well argued and backed by telling statistics. -- Harry Pearson, When Saturday Comes, December 2002

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Rob Bagchi is a director of Sportspages bookshop. Paul Rogerson is a journalist based in Leeds.

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By The Dapper Dude VINE VOICE on 17 Jun. 2004
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This is a good book on the history of Leeds when they were power to behold in the late 60's and 70's. Full of details of how Don Revie got his team up and running. There are also interesting bits on the teams they played, the players attitudes and on how the Board viewed things at Leeds.
For anyone who has an interest in Leeds and wants to take a trip down memory lane, this is a book to have. There are some nice photographs also and generally I found the pace of the book to be just right.
Definitely one for any Leeds Fan to have in their collection
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Francis Barry-Walsh on 2 Dec. 2002
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Although the book owes a debt of acknowledgement to the fabulous Leeds United-The Glory Years video and makes two errors (find out for yourselves...oh, o.k then, the blessed Don Revie died on May 26th 1989, not March), the book is a wonderful mouthwatering read, written with just enough reverence to satsify even the most boneheaded Leeds fans but at the same time acknowledging that some of the Elland Road 'black arts' need addressing.
A book of this sort has been overdue for some time and those of us fortunate to grow up with the team in the 1960's and 1970's will remember that the Leeds United team of the time were a thing of beauty, a fact which has now been belatedly acknowledged (at least Elsie Revie can be comforted by that fact).
I think that now the authors should sit down and address themselves to what went wrong in the immediate post Don Revie period, through to 1983 or so.
For those of you who need further evidence, get a copy of the Glory Years video, a worthy companion to The Unforgiven.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CorkRebel67 on 23 May 2011
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Excellent account of the creation of one of football's great sides. Leeds may be, as the title suggests, 'unforgiven' for their style of play but this book reminds people just what a potent side they were. Fascinating details about Revie, Giles, Bremner and Charlton - all in all, a rewarding read for all true football fans. Mind you, I would have liked a little more detail about the era of their decline.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By db 54 on 19 Aug. 2011
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One of the best books on football I have ever read. Detailed, informative, and most important, ... continuously interesting and entertaining. Not just for those affiliated to Leeds Utd, this is a fascinating insight into how Don Revie turned around a hitherto second rate football club into one of the most feared, hated, powerful, successful and yet flawed clubs in Europe for 10 years. As one who grew up a Liverpool fan, watching Leeds battle it out for honours relentlessly during Revie`s managership, this insightful book throws up a host of revealing reasons especially, on how it was the club failed on so many occasions to get over the winning line.
Mainly disliked by many opposing fans through sheer jealousy (though the "dirty Leeds" tag was frequently justified), Leeds were also disliked intensely by those who held the reins of power in Lancaster Gate. Hence the ludicrous amount of occasions when the F A refused to assist the club in the face of horrendous fixture congestion. The congestion arising, ironically because the club fought its way through to so many finals, domestically and in Europe. Instead of permitting a few days grace to allow the players to recharge themselves during relentless campaigns, it even got to the ridiculous situation whereby the club was required to fulfill 6 games over one 12 day period. In additon it has to be said the club was also on the end of some absolutely awful refereeing decisions during crucial games, most notably against Bayern Munich in a European cup final (tho admittedly Revie had left the club some 10 months earlier).
Fascinating also was the revelation of Revie`s almost manic and illogical superstitious nature.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. R. Holding on 9 Aug. 2010
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although not a Leeds fan i have always felt that the 11 men consisting of Harvey, Madeley, Reaney, Charlton,Lorimer, Bremner, Giles, E Gray, Jones and Clarke was the best 11 ive ever seen in English football. and Revies team certainly from around 69-72 were runners up more than winners simply because the squad probably wasnt quite good enough when replacements came in

a great book with an honest appraisal of Revies Leeds, and as someone else commented the next few years say from 75-82 when the club was finally relegated could have been tagged on as the replacements for the aging stars although not in the same class were more than adequate first division players (Cherry, Yorath, Mcqueen,Jordan, Flynn, Hankin, F Gray Hawley Hart etc,

to read about the decline of Leeds would in itself have been fascinating
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tom Palmer on 4 Aug. 2010
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I started at Leeds in 1979, so I missed all this.

In addition, I have had an aversion to certain players of the Revie era, to be honest. All I ever heard was them criticising the Leeds teams I watched on Radio Leeds. Fair enough, the teams I watched (containing my favourites, including Ian Baird and Kevin Hird) weren't a patch on the Revie era, but all the same...

So my knowledge of this era has been from scraps of conversations in pubs like The Precinct and The White Swan (Leeds 1980s).

Anyway, this book filled me in. It is a great read. I found out a lot.
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