John McGovern - Derby County jacket

John McGovern - Derby County jacket

From Bo'ness to the Bernabeu: My Story

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By John McGovern

Foreword by Kevin Keegan

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ISBN: 9781907637193

Format: Hardback

Pages: 288

Size: 234 x 153

Weight: 499grammes

Illustrations: 16 page colour section

Published: September 2012

John McGovern is a winner. A tough-tackling, neat-passing midfielder, McGovern was brought to Derby County from Hartlepools United by Brian Clough in 1968, quickly establishing himself in the team which won promotion to the top flight in 1969 and then stormed to the league title in 1972.

A key component in the engine room of Clough’s great Derby side which followed the title triumph with a storming run in the European Cup, McGovern played 190 league games for the Rams, scoring 16 goals. He was Clough’s on-pitch general and followed the great man to Leeds and then Nottingham Forest who he captained to another league title and two European Cups.

In this, his long-awaited autobiography, McGovern tells the inside story of his life and career, including many poignant recollections of his legendary boss and his assistant Peter Taylor – not least what really happened during those infamous 44 days at Leeds immortalised in The Damned United – as well as numerous nostalgic tales of footballing greats like Dave Mackay, Billy Bremner and Archie Gemmill from a long-gone era of muddy pitches, tough tackles and heaving terraces.

Beyond the football, the trophies and the classic Clough tales, McGovern’s story is one of incredible determination in the face of adversity. After losing his father at a very young age, he did not kick a football until the age of 13 and made it to the very top level of sport despite suffering from a handicapping muscle problem.

Honest and forthright, fiercely proud but incredibly modest, John McGovern is one of the truly great figures in British football and this is his riveting and inspirational story.

About the author

John McGovern won two League Championships, two European Cups and two League Cups in a glittering career with Hartlepool, Derby, Leeds, Nottingham Forest and Bolton Wanderers. He was also manager of Bolton, Rotherham and Woking. He now works for BBC Radio Nottingham as a co-commentator on Nottingham Forest matches.

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