A film about Carlton Fisk’s game-winning home run in the 1975 World Series or Joe Namath’s heroics in the 1969 Super Bowl likely would play to empty theaters in Great Britain. Likewise, many Americans may roll their eyes at the thought of seeing a film about the 1974 Leeds United soccer team, but The Damned United
is thoroughly entertaining and, for those of us without extensive knowledge of English pro “football,” a captivating bit of sports history.
To say that former British soccer coach Brian Clough (rhymes with “rough”) was outspoken is like saying that European soccer fans are a bit spirited. Clough, who between 1967 and 1972 took Derby County ...