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Advanced book information: For Pete’s Sake: Volume One: The Backstreets to the Baseball Ground

Posted June 9th, 2010 in published by admin

The story of the ‘other half’ of Clough & Taylor, football’s most famous and successful partnership.

Peter Taylor and Brian Clough first met as young footballers at a pre-season practice match in Middlesbrough in 1955. If the lanky goalkeeper and the skinny centre forward could have seen into the future they would hardly have believed what lay in store for them.

That encounter led to a friendship and a management partnership that would conquer the world of football.
Football fans know them as Clough and Taylor; to Peter’s journalist daughter Wendy Dickinson they were simply ‘Dad and Brian’. Together they won countless honours, including league titles and two European Cups in consecutive years, a feat that will never be repeated.

After almost 30 years of friendship and spectacular success they split up, were never reconciled and never spoke again before their untimely deaths.


Thousands of headlines, dozens of books and a major feature film have charted the story of the most famous partner – Brian Clough – but little is known of his partner.

For Pete’s Sake – the first of two books about Peter Taylor – charts his rise from the poor back streets of Nottingham to the very top of his profession at Derby County.

With contributions from many of the players Clough & Taylor signed – including Roy McFarland, Alan Hinton, John O’Hare and Archie GemmillFor Pete’s Sake is set in a footballing era light years away from the one we know today.

Peter and Brian’s team-mates in the Middlesbrough FC team of the Fifties bring to life a time when the maximum weekly wage was £20, players walked to ‘work’ together because no-one had a car and Peter worked as a brickie in the closed season to make ends meet.
For Pete’s Sake also tells the story of Peter’s passion to be a top footballer manager, even when he was a very young man, how he cut his teeth as manager of Burton Albion and then joined forces with Brian at Hartlepools United and Derby County to set the football world alight.
This deeply personal biography also reveals the impact that ambition and fame had on a traveling football family.

PUBLISHED 4 October 2010

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