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Old Big 'Ead: The Wit and Wisdom of Brian Clough Kindle Edition

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About the Author

Duncan Hamilton was a journalist at the Nottingham Evening Post for over twenty years. During that time he gradually developed a close, if at times fractious relationship with Nottingham Forest’s outspoken manager, Brian Clough. His bestselling memoir of that time, Provided You Don’t Kiss Me, won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award in 2007 and a British Sports Book Award in 2008. He has also compiled and edited Sweet Summers: The Classic Cricket Writing of J. M. Kilburn and Harold Larwood, his biography of Nottinghamshire cricketer, was published in 2009, and also won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award. His most recent book is The Unreliable Life of Harry the Valet: The Great Victorian Jewel Thief.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 593 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press (1 Mar. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845138295
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845138295
  • ASIN: B00DFM6YUA
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #535,516 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"I wouldn't say I was the best manager in the business. But I was in the top one."

So reads the first quote on the back of Duncan Hamilton's "Old Big 'Ead" - and many of the posters for the soon-to-be-released film adaptation of "The Damned Utd".

In the past few weeks it seems as if column miles, not column inches, have been devoted to Clough and 'Cloughisms'. Many of those dwelling on the latter have, like a local radio station, simply repeated the same track listing, just in a (slightly) different order.

"Old Big 'Ead" is different. Unsurprisingly.

'Unsurprisingly' because it's been put together by Hamilton, author of the wonderful "Provided You Don't Kiss Me". That earlier book described Hamilton's time reporting on Clough and Nottingham Forest during his time at the Nottingham Evening Post in the 1980s - and deservedly won about every sports writing award worth winning. Also - I'm not ashamed to say - it brought tears to my eyes.

As did this. (More on that later...).

Yes, all the tabloid favourites true fans know off pat are there ("I only hit Roy [Keane] the once. He got up, so I couldn't have hit him very hard.") as they should be. But it's clear that Hamilton has also dug deep into his own notes, newsprint and memory to dredge up what amounts to far more than the 'Wit and Wisdom' of the title - if anything this is a one man oral history.

One quote I'd never read before, and still sticks with me, is: "I received a Get Well telegram from someone which read: 'Didn't know you had one.'" He'd just had heart problems.

That's a reminder of how divisive Clough was back in the day - something today's nostalgia can't really cope with - but this little book captures admirably.

So, on to those tears.
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If you are a Brian Clough fan as I am this is a must read book. Presented in a very simple way and you will read the whole book in one go but will refer to it again and again. Whenever I am bored I just open the book and read couple of pages. He was definitely "the old big head" and of course the best manager England never had. Thank you for presenting this collection in a such a easy to read way.
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An enjoyable book well written which gave an in site to a complex man, but many of his memorable quotes were missing which detracted from the over all quality
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