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Be Good, Love Brian: Growing up with Brian Clough

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The boys would be sent out begging, telling strangers they had to walk 12 miles to see their grandmother because they didn’t have the bus fare. At the same time, their parents brought them up to be polite and respectful (partly because it enabled them to manipulate strangers better). Clough knew nothing of this. “I didn’t tell him how bad life was,” Craig says. “I never told him Dad was a drug dealer.”

This is a fantastic read, I found it to be very well written and a very personal and open account of Craig's Bromfield's incredible story. A gratitude-filled, heartwarming story about the kindness, generosity and grace of the Clough family shown towards the author. Lots of funny, touching and poignant anecdotes, that are guaranteed to bring a tear. Oh, but most of all, you will fall in love with the family behind the man you all thought you knew. It's a love letter, an IOU for emotional kindness given and an apology all in one.

I don't know if it selfish but that might help me if I am able to contribute to one or two kids having a better life. I broke down in the office and could not stop crying for 10 to 15 minutes. I was angry with myself for not fixing it. It left me with such a hole. I have had a fantastic life since meeting Brian but nothing can follow that. It is heart-breaking that he has gone. I was crushed." But Craig Bromfield seems a decent person – a gentle, empathic man who made a terrible mistake and has paid for it since. Four years ago, he gave up his thriving business and returned to England to finish the book he started in 2005. He completed it with the help of sports journalist Tim Rich.

I think he wanted to show us that life had more potential than where we were and just give us a nicer life. I don't think he planned for it to last as long as it did. Maybe it was the fact that we got on so well with the family that it turned into a regular occurrence."of you kindly supported the project and made a donation, in exchange for receiving a book, or a book and a t-shirt. Just been reading about it on a Derby forum, the author posted on there while he was crowdfunding the book during Nigel Cloughs reign and was always defending him. He's just been on again to make sure everyone who donated gets their books when it's released. I really can see your point of view and agree with 99% of it but I hope this at least explains my thinking.

The Clough's did nothing wrong and nothing to deserve what I did. But what rhey did for me should be known.It's being published by Mudlark (Harper Collins) who are one of the worlds major publishing houses. Apologies for the huge delay in publication but it really was out of my control. I started it 16 years ago, but could never finish it,” Craig says. “The final chapter was too difficult.” Gradually, as the story unfolds, I begin to realise why. Working for Simon in his shop, Craig found out that money was being taken by his colleague and friend. Instead of reporting it to Simon, he was persuaded not only to remain silent but take a cut, trying to justify it to himself on the basis that they were being underpaid.

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