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On January 6, 1975, Nottingham Forest were thirteenth in the old Second Division, five points above the relegation places and straying dangerously close to establishing a permanent place for themselves among football's nowhere men.Within five years Brian Clough had turned an unfashionable and depressed club into the kings of Europe, beating everyone in their way and knockiOn January 6, 1975, Nottingham Forest were thirteenth in the old Second Division, five points above the relegation places and straying dangerously close to establishing a permanent place for themselves among football's nowhere men.Within five years Brian Clough had turned an unfashionable and depressed club into the kings of Europe, beating everyone in their way and knocking Liverpool off their perch long before Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United had the same idea.This is the story of the epic five-year journey that saw Forest complete a real football miracle and Clough brilliantly restore his reputation after his infamous 44-day spell at Leeds United. Forest won the First Division championship, two League Cups and back-to-back European Cups and they did it, incredibly, with five of the players Clough inherited at a club that was trying to avoid relegation to the third tier of English football.I Believe In Miracles accompanies the critically-acclaimed documentary and DVD of the same name. Based on exclusive interviews with virtually every member of the Forest team, it covers the greatest period in Clough's extraordinary life and brings together the stories of the unlikely assortment of free transfers, bargain buys, rogues, misfits and exceptionally gifted footballers who came together under the most charismatic manager there has ever been....

Title : I Believe In Miracles: The Remarkable Story of Brian Clough’s European Cup-winning Team
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ISBN : 9781472233585
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Number of Pages : 288 Pages
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I Believe In Miracles: The Remarkable Story of Brian Clough’s European Cup-winning Team Reviews

  • Mahlon
    2019-05-13 19:26

    I Believe in Miracles is the companion book to the Johnny Owen film of the same name, which celebrates the triumphs of Nottingham Forest football club between 1977-82, a period during which they won almost everything English and European football had to offer, including back to back European cups. This transformation was orchestrated by the management team of Brian Clough and Peter Taylor Who performed a football miracle when they took a struggling second division side, and made them the kings of Europe.All the great Clough and Taylor stories are here, plus some you've never heard before, a must read for Forest fans, or anyone nostalgic for 70s era football. Well done Daniel Taylor! It's my hope that the increased exposure of this team leads to their eventual induction into the National Football Museum Hall of Fame.

  • Stephen
    2019-05-18 21:41

    Amazing story, which is really well told in this book (and the accompanying film is also a must see too) - how a club languishing in the second division could scrape promotion in third place and then win the top league the next season. Especially enthralling for me, as it happened when I was a teenager first getting into football (soccer to US readers) so I remember it all very well (and remember how almost boringly dominant Liverpool were back then). Didn't realise that not much progress was made by Clough to start with until he was reunited with Peter Taylor -it was always about the two of them even though Clough gets all the credit.It was the season after that when it got really special though - they won the European Cup (now Champions League) two years in a row, for goodness sake. Leicester City last season runs them close for unexpected English title wins but that side of their achievements will never be repeated.Favourite Clough quote that I hadn't heard before:Archie Gemmill (smallest member of the team): "I'm not happy"Clough: "Which one are you then ?"(Snow White and the Seven Dwarves - if you don't get it straightaway)

  • Mark
    2019-05-05 19:44

    I loved this book. I'm not a Forest fan in any shape or form, but the story of such a remarkable rise with such rounded (read 'round' for Robertson and Lloyd) characters just carries you along. With terrific, humorous asides and stories of football past, this is a great read of the rapid rise of the second team in Nottingham. Note: if you're a Liverpool fan your midfield come out of this very badly. Avoid if you have high blood pressure.

  • Alex Kershaw
    2019-05-17 19:45

    Awesome account of a management team of great genius - Clough and Taylor - and the greatest underdog team in football history, Notts Forrest 1977-1980 - five stars all the way.

  • ian whyley
    2019-05-07 16:33

    Simply extraordinary.A brilliant, well written well researched ,poignant , humorous book. A look back at a bygone age when football was both magical and affordable. Cloughs methods were somewhat eccentric and you read this book in headshakin disbelief. What forest achieved is not only the greatest English football story in history , but the greatest story in the history of world sport. Beautiful.

  • Parashar B.
    2019-05-20 19:18

    Fun and informative read. As an outsider to the sport (and country) involved, the book definitely paints an interesting portrait of that era. I especially liked the stories about Clough's unconventional "training" techniques, and how they just wouldn't fly today.

  • James Tidd
    2019-05-03 16:19

    Forget the mighty Liverpool, Leeds or Manchester United sides, this is about a side who came from mid-table mediocrity of the 2nd Division (now the Championship) to European Champions not once but twice repeating Liverpool's feat of the two previous seasons. Promoted only just in the 1976-77 season, the Forest side who trained in a park only accessible from the City Ground through 3 feet of nettles then won the league championship (now the Premier League) and the League Cup after a replay at Old Trafford against Liverpool which was won in very controversial circumstances. The next season they added the European Cup having the tenacity of beating European Champions Liverpool in Round 1, and FC Cologne in the semi-final, drawing 3-3 in the 1st leg at the City Ground, winning the 2nd leg 1-0 when the only other way of progressing would have been a penalty shootout or a very unlikely 4-4 draw, eventually beating another unlikely side Malmo in the final in Munich's Olympic Stadium and also retaining the League Cup. The following season they won the European Super Cup beating Barcelona, got to the League Cup final again losing to Wolves captained by a delighted Emlyn Hughes and amazingly retaining the European Cup beating Kevin Keegan's Hamburg 1-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, home of Real Madrid. Whilst English sides have won the European Cup (now the Champions League) several times since, Forest since the days of glory have won the League Cup twice again in 1989 and 1990 reaching the final in 1992 and reaching the FA Cup final in 1991 losing to Tottenham, the only major trophy to elude Clough. Clough once said in an interview alongside his great nemesis Don Revie that he would win the 1st Division title better than his title winning Leeds United side of 1974, he did just that in 1978 losing only 3 games to Revie's 4, that was in a run of 42 games undefeated (bettering Leeds' 34 from a few seasons back) and bettered only by Arsenal's 49 around 27 years later. Clough's management style was unorthodox to say the least, ask fans of Derby County and Nottingham Forest and to a lesser extent Hartlepool, Brighton and Leeds. He is without doubt the greatest manager never to manage England, I think he would have been our most successful manager but some idiot at the top preferred Ron Greenwood. Yes he managed West Ham to glory in the 1964 FA Cup, 1965 Cup Winners Cup and 3 of his players (Moore, Hurst and Peters) won England the World Cup in 1966 yet in his England sides he couldn't decide between Shilton and Clemence. I doubt Clough would have had that trouble, but then again would Forest have been so successful had he been England manager? England's loss was definitely Forest's gain.

  • Neil
    2019-05-18 19:39

    One of the greatest sides in history, led by one of the greatest managers in history (or at least in the top one).This is book is a joy even for those who have no special interest in Nottingham Forest. Clough had a dark side and there isn't really an attempt to show much balance but his achievements in the game are extraordinary and the stories from his time are fascinating, especially given how football has evolved since then.As a Scotsman, it pains me to see the quality players we had at the time that couldn't even get into our squad - John McGovern won two European Cups and never won a cap!But I digress. In short, a must read for any football fan, regardless of age or allegiance.

  • Peter Atkinson
    2019-05-27 21:48

    The book was a fantastic trip down memory lane - I was there for the few lows and the many highs.It made me laugh out loud a few times at "ol' BigHead"'s tactics. During this period my life changed and I remember significant moments in Munich and Madrid and my own adventures in getting there.A fabulous book for any football fan - except a Scouser.

  • Paul
    2019-05-19 18:36

    A good read. It's quite an amazing story of how Nottingham Forest came to win the different trophies especially at a time when Liverpool were dominating. I think the author does a good job of documenting this story and talking about Brian Clough. Would be nice to have more pictures and some statistics to show how great this team was.

  • Kevin Coaker
    2019-04-27 16:18

    It's a great story. Lower reaches of division two (in old money) to successive European cup (in old money) winners. The pity is it's poorly written. The author basically took the players out bought them a few beers, and took as verbatim every drunken story they told.

  • Garry Marlton
    2019-05-13 18:21

    it maybe because I was a teenager when this all happened. It was unbelievable then and even reading it now you still think how! Loved the book and though I am not a supporter of the club I will always have a soft spot for them.

  • Jason Mather
    2019-05-13 19:39

    Great sports book, lots of insider details about the most amazing rags-to-riches sports story I've heard of. Well paced, and accessible even to non-soccer gurus (unlike, say, "Inverting the Pyramid").

  • Marcus Oliver
    2019-05-19 19:42

    Grear read for any football fan.what Forest did in the late 70's and early 80's will never be repeated. It was the stuff fairytales were made of, orchestrated by Clough and Taylor.Brilliantly written by Daniel Taylor and great snipets from players of that golden team.