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The life of Brian

Michael Sheen on set

The Damned United chronicles Brian Clough's ill-fated 44-day spell as Leeds United manager in 1974. Michael Sheen (above) plays Clough.

Clough arrives at Leeds

Clough arrived at Leeds as the most dynamic and successful young manager in England, having won the Championship with Derby in 1972.

Clough and Taylor have a mighty row on holiday in Majorca

The job at Leeds saw Clough work without his assistant Peter Taylor, played by Timothy Spall, for the first time.

Don Revie, played by Colm Meaney

The film has been described as a "love triangle" between Clough, Taylor and Don Revie, played by Colm Meaney.

Revie received the acclaim of the Leeds crowd

Revie was reviled by Clough but revered by the Leeds faithful after 13 years in which he had turned them into England's best team.

Clough, on holiday in Majorca in 1974, celebrates

The film switches between the dark days at Leeds and Clough's earlier glory years at Derby, where he won the 1972 league title.

Clough's Derby chairman, Sam Longson

Clough resigned from the Rams in 1973 after falling out with chairman Sam Longson, played by Jim Broadbent.

Billy Bremner

At Leeds, Clough immediately clashed with established stars such as Billy Bremner, played by Stephen Graham.

Derby lose 5-0 to Leeds on a wet night in 1969

Clough was appalled by what he believed to be Leeds' dirty play and gamesmanship under Revie.

Leeds' players traipse off after another defeat

Clough's relationship with Leeds seemed doomed from the start and after winning just one of his first six games he was sacked.

Film poster for The Damned United

The Damned United, based on the book of the same name by David Peace, is on general release in cinemas from 27 March.



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