Clough and Revie
The Rivals Who Changed the Face of English Football
Don Revie and Brian Clough were born a brisk walk away from each other in Middlesbrough, in 1927 and 1935 respectively. They were both brought up in that North East town which was ravaged by the Depression, and went on to become highly successful professional footballers – both playing for England. Then, as young managers, they both took clubs languishing in the doldrums (Leeds United and Derby County) and moulded them into championship winners.
Despite the myriad similarities, these two sons of the Tees were as different in character as Richard Nixon and John F.Kennedy. A bitter rivalry between them, which in turn enlivened and then blighted English football in the 1960s and 1970s. In Clough and Revie, exclusive interviews with players, relatives and friends shed fresh light on these two intriguing characters. Part footballing chronicle, part social history, the book is a revelatory exploration of the rivalry between the two men. It brings a fresh perspective on their early years in the North-East, tells how they nearly became teammates and explains how the feud began and what its repercussions were.
‘This is a terrific read. Roger Hermiston has an easy and mature style. His research looks meticulous yet is modestly displayed’
When Saturday Comes
‘A gripping story about passionate, driven, extraordinary characters’
‘This superbly researched effort from Roger Hermiston … it makes compelling reading’
‘Roger Hermiston is a thoughtful and skilful writer . . . the social history of Clough and Revie's early years is of most interest here’
‘An enthralling record of the bitter relationship between Don Revie and Brian Clough’
Derby Evening Telegraph