The Damned United was on television last night and it was the first time I’d watched the film. Very good it was too. Michael Sheen played the part of Clough brilliantly. The movie was followed by a programme that asked if Brian Clough was the best manager that England never had. This is the theme of a blog post from Left Back In The Changing Room that is well worth a read.
The film explicity portrayed some of the bitter recriminations between Clough and the Leeds chairman Manny Cussins. It also touched on the barracking that new Leeds players brought in by Clough received from the Elland Road crowd, particularly John McGovern.
I’ve managed to dig out the Leeds United programme from their home game against Sheffield United that was played on 21st September 1974 just nine days after Clough and Leeds parted company. It’s got an article from Manny Cussins giving his version of events as well as an article on John McGovern in which he responds to the stick he’s getting off the home crowd.
Best way to view the document is to click full screen then use the zoom control.
Leeds put their troubles to one side as they ran out healthy 5-1 winners over the Blades however the 74/75 league campaign turned out to be rather frustrating for them as they could only manage a ninth place finish. Their lowest position since winning the 2nd division title in 63/64. They did of course reach the European Cup Final, losing 2-0 to Bayern Munich.
John McGovern had a miserable seven months at Leeds making only four league appearances. He eventually teamed up with Clough at Forest and went on to captain Forest to two European Cup triumphs in 1979 and 1980.
“before playing football he was a tailor’s assistant but decided he looked better in vest and shorts than in one of his own made suits”—
Some quality British Pathe footage from the 1930s showing Sheffield United players in training. Includes great background shots of the John Street Stand which was the first Archibald Leitch stand to be built in England. It held 9000 and was destroyed during the Sheffield Blitz of 1940. Click the link below ..
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RIP Keith Alexander, Macclesfield Town manager and the first black professional football manager, died Tuesday 2nd March after Macc’s match against Notts County. A manager renowned for managing teams on a tight budget he turned Lincoln City from League 2 strugglers into playoff contenders in each of the 4 years he was there and received a new 2 year contract at Macclesfield after keeping them in the football league last season. He also had spells at Peterborough and as director of football at Bury.
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