Brian Clough - Sunderland Legend
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Brian Clough is one of Sunderland’s outstanding goalscorers. With 63 goals from 74 matches his goals per game ratio of 0.85 puts him second behind David Halliday, whose goals came during the much less defensive 1920s.
Goals, goals, goals was what Clough wanted and this book reveals how he got them in a fine Sunderland side that he was leading, after already scoring 24 times, to promotion in 1962-63 when he suffered a Boxing Day injury that effectively ended his playing career.
Having lost him on the pitch, we see how Sunderland then chose to ignore Clough’s genius off it, overlooking his fine record in coaching the Youth side and suffering the consequences ever since.
About the author
Mark Metcalf is a lifelong football fan with a particular passion for Sunderland AFC and has watched over 2,000 of the clubs matches since his first appearance at Roker Park in the mid 60s. In addition to assisting former club captain Stan Anderson with his Captain of the North book, Mark also wrote the authorised biography of Charlie Hurley – “The Greatest Centre-Half the World has ever seen” and alongside historian Paul Days co-authored Total Football – Sunderland 1935-37 and Almost the Double – Sunderland 1912-13. As someone who likes ‘ a good shout’ Mark believes that over the years he has started off over 10,000 chants amongst the Sunderland faithful.