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For Pete's Sake read this book., 27 Sep 2010
I read a lot of football biographies and autobiographies but this book is a rare one. For a start I cannot think of any other soccer biography written by the subject's daughter. Sometimes the story is told by wives or in George Best's case, ex-wives - bless him! However, to have the story told by Peter Taylor's daughter is fascinating and provides unique insights into the events behind this incredible double act. And a double act it truly was. Each achieved success without the other but the chemistry really worked best when they were together. I was left wondering what would have happened when Peter Taylor was succeeding at Burton, before answering the call from Cloughie to head north to Hartlepools. I speculate that he would have become a highly successful manager in his own right and maybe very different from how he operated with Clough. But what a roller coaster ride he had with Brian!
It's written with a daughter's love and I found that very touching in places. But we also get to know the real Peter Taylor, with his unique sense of judgement on players and decisiveness to act on impulse, and his sense of humour. The scene where he guides Roy McFarland's arm when getting him to sign for Derby had me in stitches! How did United and Liverpool allow that signing to happen? What a player.
Finally, the trouble with The Damned United (or one of them at least) is that, entertaining though it was, if you now click on 'Clough and Taylor', or 'Leeds United' for that matter, the film is right up there, with its poetic license fully extended. This book helps to put the record straight and it's a timely reminder that fact is often stranger than fiction. A great read, can't wait for the next volume.