The Damned United [2009]

Interesting piece of english football history tells the story of Brian Clough, the manager who led Derby County to glory in the 70’s, and how he failed to do the same with Leeds United a few years later. The story focuses on his 44 days of reign as Leeds manager, but cleverly takes us back in time aswell to his years at Derby. This well made movie is a great showcase for the talented Michael Sheen, who’s incredibly believable as the small time manager who believes in “fairytales”. It’s also a must see film for every football fan out there. And if you stick around till the end, you get to see some real footage of real life Clough and his assistant coach Peter Taylor (they both became champions with Nottingham Forest years after the Leeds disaster).

Fun fact: The scenes in the film set at the Derby County training ground were actually filmed in Leeds at a football pitch ironically overlooking the Leeds United stadium.


Rating: 3/4

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