Tomorrow is Non-League Day in England, where fans are encouraged to spend their Saturday afternoon at a non-league game in lieu of watching their regular team. Me Owed Duck reflects on his visit to a ground that has been home to two non-league sides, both of which have run into financial peril...
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Clough biographies have tended to be personal recollections by journalists who knew or were used by the great man at the time like Duncan Hamilton or Tony Francis. Wilson is a reporter from Sunderland who now writes for the Guardian and this claims to be the first full biography of Clough from birth to death. It is a monumental and scholarly work, some 550 pages long, and Forest fans have to read through 350 pages before Nottingham is mentioned other than when Clough scored a hat trick at the City Ground as a player [...]
Larry Lloyd's Hard Man: Hard Game is one of the best accounts of Forest's golden years that I have read. I think Lloyd benefits hugely from having a female ghost writer. At the risk of being sexist, it just allows one of the hardest men I have ever met to admit to all sorts of things that I am not sure he would if he'd have played it safe and used a male sports journalist to help him write the book [...]
Death holds no favours, death does not discriminate between those who have wasted their lives drinking, taking drugs and smoking. Death comes but once and it is final. Death is unfair. It takes the best and the worst that mankind has to offer and does not discriminate between them. Death cannot distinguish the good from the bad. Death knows nothing of heaven and hell, it is a black hole that awaits all of us. Your god can find your lost luggage afterwards [...]
April 8, 1967. The day ‘Puppet On A String’ by Sandy Shaw won the Eurovision for Great Britain. It was a damp day, a muddy day, a black and white day [...]