Sunday, 5 April 2009


Another week, another biopic. One, given its subject, that I wasn't expecting to see, but football fan C wasn't going to miss it: The Damned United. Structured around Brian Clough's disastrous 44 day spell in 1974 at Leeds United, England's best, but dirtiest, football club, the film tracks the events in the immediately preceding years that led to it. But much more significantly, the film documents Clough's working partnership with Peter Taylor. Judging from the film, this was much more of a loving, if sometimes fractious, marriage than a professional relationship. Although there's a lot of history in there that went completely over my head, it's really very enjoyable even for a fair-weather football fan like me.

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