The lowest point in the life of Brian

The Damned Utd, by David Peace, Faber & Faber, €19.10.

2nd September, 2006

The Damned Utd, by David Peace, Faber & Faber, €19.10.

The union of Brian Clough and Leeds United in the summer of 1974 was a marriage made in the blackest pits of hell. It lasted 44 days, yielded one win in six competitive fixtures and inflicted permanent damage on the reputations of both parties.

Though it looked a foolproof plan on paper - take the best young coach in Britain and put him at the helm of...

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