Provided You Don't Kiss Me: 20 Years with Brian Clough

Provided You Don t Kiss Me Years with Brian Clough Duncan Hamilton was there through all the madness the success the failures the fall outs the drink and the crumbling of Brian Clough s years as manager of Nottingham Forest This is a tender portr

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  • Title: Provided You Don't Kiss Me: 20 Years with Brian Clough
  • Author: Duncan Hamilton
  • ISBN: 9780007247110
  • Page: 364
  • Format: Paperback
  • Duncan Hamilton was there through all the madness, the success, the failures, the fall outs, the drink, and the crumbling of Brian Clough s years as manager of Nottingham Forest This is a tender portrait of one of football s most colourful characters.

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    1. I was lucky enough to have been born way back in 1971; so I can remember the Liverpool team’s dominance of English football that was briefly interrupted at the end of the 70s by Nottingham Forest and their enigmatic manager Brian Clough.Cloughie was not a true hero of mine. (I well remember his assessment of my real hero Sir Trevor Brooking shortly before the 1980 FA Cup final; “He floats like a butterfly, and he stings like one as well.” How I laughed when the boys brought the trophy back [...]

    2. The second book I've read on the enigma that was Brian Clough, the first being the excellent 'factional' account 'The Damned Utd' by David Peace last year. The author, a former football journalist & close confidante of Clough during his managerial tenure at Nottingham Forest, celebrates the legend in this refreshingly honest & insightful memoir.Interesting approach to the narrative, the incidents being thematically linked in each chapter instead of going down the conventional path of chr [...]

    3. It used to be said that football never enjoyed the same literary status as cricket, but it is fair to say that some excellent football books have been produced in recent years, many of high literary merit. This book by Duncan Hamilton serves to emphasise the point. I liked it because although it is a book that the non-literary football fan could read and enjoy, it is much more than just another sports book. It has real quality, and is very well written, and it is obvious that the author is a mas [...]

    4. A wonderfully warm and honest appraisal of an enigmatic character, who always appeared to never be "the full shilling".Duncan Hamilton's candid recollections (calling it a biography is tricky, because it doesn't cover his whole life) of time spent with Old Big Ead are a joy to read.The man could clearly instill both fear and respect in great doses. I can recall many of his wonderful one liners from the interviews he gave.Hamilton adds flash to those bones and then injects a sense of the real per [...]

    5. I do not support any team that Brian Clough played for or managed. However, he was so much part of my childhood and adolescence that when he died in 2004 I found myself in floods of tears. In a world before media was an up to the second information source, Brian Clough strode the media world like a colossus. He was not just a very good football manager he was an iconic character for a generation. Like George Best, Brian was newsworthy and noteworthy for the reason that he was a genuine figure wh [...]

    6. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it was great to dip into on holiday. the anecdotes and quotes from Cloughie really made me both laugh and also realise how different and unpolished football was in the 60's and 70's. A funny and insightful read into the mind of one of the best managers in British football.

    7. Great read. I have been saving this book for a long time and finally decided I deserve to read it. I was quite saddened by his alcoholism and his falling out with Peter Taylor.

    8. “I’m the bloke who took two teams from nowhere to win the League Championship. I’m the bloke who did in Europe what Shankly and Revie couldn’t do once, and what Busby and Stein couldn’t achieve twice.”So says one of the greatest, most controversial and enigmatic managers in British footballing history. Clough alongside other great managers is always going to be a divisive figure, for a whole number of reasons. He was clearly a flawed man, but always a compelling one. Hamilton’s wri [...]

    9. A modern day decline and fall, a Shakespearean tragedy, a morality tale, it's all here in the life and times of Brian Clough, " Old Big Head" as he was known From humble beginnings in the tough North East, through a playing career cut short through injury, to the acrimonious partnerships with Peter Taylor, endless run ins with boards of directors and the football establishment, you couldn't fail to notice Clough. Self opinionated, arrogant, certain that his way was the only way, never afraid to [...]

    10. A thoroughly and enjoyable and insightful read about the life and times of Brian Clough, one of England's finest ever managers.The book delves deep beneath the eccentric and extrovert character to see there is a softer more vulnerable soul. Clearly he was sensitive and full of self doubt and regret. He particularly regretted his fall out with Peter Taylor and was full of guilt and remorse that they didn't bury the hatchet before Peter's untimely death. He also regretted leaving the great team he [...]

    11. Ótimo retrato de Brian Clough em sua totalidade. O lado bom, o ruim, os acertos e os erros, sem cair em um trabalho de assessoria. Hamilton descreve perfeitamente e com riqueza de detalhes como era a sua convivência com o treinador mais fascinante que o futebol já teve. Não se pode deixar de observar como é triste acompanhar a decadência de Clough, até sua aposentadoria e morte. No fim, o livro é bem divertido e te prende nas histórias fantásticas e reais do autor. É quase impossível [...]

    12. An honest and ultimately moving tribute to a " one off " character,a Northerner who achieved fame as a football player and manager.Well written in an episodic style.Very nostalgic about a time now long gone in the north of England before money was plentiful and LIFE for most was a struggle.

    13. Having read (and reviewed) David Peace's excellent novel 'The Damned Utd' revolving round Brian Clough's turbulent 44 days as manager of Leeds, I welcomed the chance of gaining more insight to the man himself by someone who genuinely knew him well. Duncan Hamilton was football correspondent for the Nottingham Evening Post for most of Clough's time as manager of Nottingham Forest and seems to have become closer to him for over 20 years than any other professional excepting Clough's friend and col [...]

    14. Brilliant, moving, honest and graphic, journalist Duncan Hamilton spent 16 years of his life following the Clough legend, and gives a superb insight into the man, his mania, motivations, musings and malady. There are two elements that led to this book winning the Sports Book of the Year Award in 2007. First, like the biography of Mao written by his doctor Li, this account is told by one close to Clough, on the inside yet on the outside too. Second, Hamilton has written outside of the traditional [...]

    15. This is both one of the best sports books I've read and one of the best biographies. After finishing it you feel like you know Brian Clough, and although the author's biography of Harold Larwood didn't grip me in the way this did, it's probably because Clough is so much more interesting. Hamilton was in constant contact with Clough for twenty years and it's that fact that elevates this story - the author was close enough to feel something for the man but distant enough as a writer to capture wha [...]

    16. This is a really good book if you are interested in football and despite any feelings you may have about Brian Cloughde,opinionated and arrogant etc.It's really a story I suppose about a journalist's career and his relationship with Brian Clough.you don't even have to like Brian Clough at the end of it but you have to admire his achievementsI still don't but that Brian Clough was the big winner as regards Leeds Utd I don't think it did his reputation as a manager any good only spending about a m [...]

    17. Very good book. Close-up account of a complicated and talented individual that delves into both football and subjects external to it: the nature of fame and money, the corporatisation of football and the strains of life in the dugout. You get the sense that although a colourful figure you would not want to spend too much time in the presence of the man. Got some good humour though, for example Clough's manipulation of the press and a photo of him chucking his passport in the bin with a glum expr [...]

    18. Excellent book. Humourous and generous to Brian Clough. Duncan doesn't try to over analyse his subject or imply that he was more central to the story. It's a pity that Brian fell out with the author after leaving Notts Forest because it would have been interesting to find out how Clough took to his retirement.The only quibble I had with the book was the chronology of some of the events, there was a bit of jumping back and forth that was a bit confusing. But other than that I'd highly recommend t [...]

    19. Read this right after Damned Utd as I wanted to see a more true to life angle of Clough's career. The writer obviously has a lot of affection for Clough without papering over his obvious flaws. An interesting read for anyone that wants to know about one of modern football's most complex characters.

    20. A raw, honest and sometimes brutally harsh biography of the best man never to manage the English national team. In his writing Duncan Hamilton also pays much deserved respect to Peter Taylorybe one day Nottingham Forest will have the good grace to do likewise!! For people who enjoy biographies of legends in sport, this is an essential read.

    21. As thorough a biography as you could hope for of as complex a character as Clough. Having spent 20 years reporting on Nottingham Forest, Hamilton is better placed than most to examine Old Big 'Ead's genius and his faults.

    22. Will always be my favourite sports book. Read a few years back but only just joined the site so thought I should review. Brilliant read for anyone who loves football and inparticuler the maverick who was Brian Clough.

    23. A biography of legendary Nottingham Forest manager Brian Clough not written in the traditional linear biography style. I was prepared to rate the book a respectable 3 stars, until I read the compelling description of Clough's demise caused by his self destructive alcoholism. Very powerful stuff.

    24. A frank and very personal account of one of the most flawed legends of the game. Recounting his years at Forest, and looking back at his rise through the game, Hamilton brings Clough's highs and lows to life with a fluid ease. A joy to read.

    25. funny. As a boy I loved to hate him like the rest of us, but I now really wish he were alive and I could meet him. That's what this book did for me. I couldn't put it down, but I guess you'd have to be a 70s football fan to care.

    26. I enjoyed this rather more than I expected to. Very well written. Fascinating anecdotes about the best manager never to have managed England (?) At least that will have been his opinion!

    27. A superb first-hand insight into a true football legend. I've re-read this a few times. A must for any true football fan.

    28. Quite interesting, although I would have preferred to read more about Brian Clough and less about Duncan Hamilton.

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