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The Damned Utd
by David Peace | Literature & Fiction
Registered by VPX-482879 on 6/28/2008
Average 9 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by marko167): travelling


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2 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by VPX-482879 on Saturday, June 28, 2008

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In 1974 the brilliant and controversial Brian Clough made perhaps his most eccentric decision: he accepted the Leeds United Manager's job. As successor to Don Revie, his bitter adversary, he was to last only forty-four dys.

This novel takes us into the mind and thoughts of Ol' Big 'Ead himself, and brings vividly to life one of post-war Britain's most complex and fascinating characters. 


Journal Entry 2 by VPX-482879 on Tuesday, July 29, 2008

9 out of 10

Cloughie's 44 days at Leeds as well as his footballing career in abbreviated form are covered by this work of fiction based around fact. I read in the press recently that this is going to be made into a film. I wonder how it will compare with this which I found totally captivating. I read it in two sittings and found that I couldn't bear to put it down, couldn't bear to be away from it.

If you are old enough to remember Cloughie, if you are old enough to remember the Leeds of Don Revie, this book will hold you. 


Journal Entry 3 by VPX-482879 at Basel, Basel-Stadt Switzerland on Sunday, August 10, 2008

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Released 8 yrs ago (8/10/2008 UTC) at Basel, Basel-Stadt Switzerland

CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:

CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:

Posted to a fellow Leeds United fan who resides in Basel. 


Journal Entry 4 by marko167 from Sant Pere de Ribes, Barcelona Spain on Friday, August 15, 2008

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Arrived this morning. As ever always interested in anything to do with the Mighty Whites.

Many thanks I will get on to this soon. 


Journal Entry 5 by marko167 from Sant Pere de Ribes, Barcelona Spain on Thursday, September 04, 2008

9 out of 10

What a great book. I obviously lapped up all the Leeds stuff and enjoyed reading about footballers back in the days when footballers still smoked and drunk and Leeds were the number one club in England.

The writing is very clever and the tension and atmosphere superbly related, I felt claustrophobia reading as I was from inside the head of a man clearly disturbed and feeling paranoia. Thanks for sharing. 


Journal Entry 6 by marko167 at Sant Pere de Ribes, Barcelona Spain on Wednesday, August 10, 2011

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This book is being used as part of the BC Monopoly Release Challenge, details can be found here: http://bcmonopoly.blogspot.com/2011/07/turn-seven.html

Sports!!!! NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Surely you cannot be serious! Do you not understand sport and in this household, above all others that is football, is WAR!!!!

Let me give you some information. I am from Finland and when I heard this challenge I immediately thought.... well see the picture. 


Journal Entry 7 by marko167 at Sant Pere de Ribes, Barcelona Spain on Wednesday, August 10, 2011

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But my wife is Spanish so she thought. 


Journal Entry 8 by marko167 at Sant Pere de Ribes, Barcelona Spain on Wednesday, August 10, 2011

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Well of course, as if it was planned, the draw for the European championships was made as we received the challenge and who should be grouped together but the European and World Champions Spain vs never reached a finals Finland. Although Finland has lodged an appeal to say that Spain should adhere to the local custom when they visit and be made to play in ice skates!

Anyway, as national teams caused too much friction, my mind turned to club teams and of course the Mighty Whites, my beloved Leeds United, the subject of the book and surely everyone's favourite team! 


Journal Entry 9 by marko167 at Sant Pere de Ribes, Barcelona Spain on Wednesday, August 10, 2011

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But my wife is from Madrid so she thought...... hold on! Bally refuses to be sat by Madridista merchandise and says he wishes to show his contempt for the Merengues. 


Journal Entry 10 by marko167 at Sant Pere de Ribes, Barcelona Spain on Wednesday, August 10, 2011

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Let's take a closer look... oh it is specially commissioned toilet tissue. Well done Bally! 


Journal Entry 11 by marko167 at Sant Pere de Ribes, Barcelona Spain on Wednesday, August 10, 2011

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But Bally isn't finished, he says he has something to take on holiday to England too... 


Journal Entry 12 by marko167 at Sant Pere de Ribes, Barcelona Spain on Wednesday, August 10, 2011

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And as team Cannon had the temerity to take team Boot's name in vain, he has commisioned something special for them too. He assumes you support the appropriately named Arse-nal! 


Journal Entry 13 by marko167 at F.C. Barcelona Stadium: Outdoor Cafe, on a table. in Barcelona, Barcelona Spain on Wednesday, August 10, 2011

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Released 5 yrs ago (8/12/2011 UTC) at F.C. Barcelona Stadium: Outdoor Cafe, on a table. in Barcelona, Barcelona Spain

WILD RELEASE NOTES:

In the spirit of reconciliation I decided to pick my son's team, probably the best team in the world (possibly ever) Barcelona.

After much deliberation, decided that the statue of the footballer would make the best release place so here it is.

If you catch this book, I hope you enjoy it. It tells the story of some 40 odd days at my favourite team. Please journal and let me know what you thought. 


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