New book brings Sunshine to Rams fans

By Rams Mad Editor
Last updated : 29 October 2010

'Bring me Sunshine' is hardly the title you would expect from a book about football but for those of an age will realise it was the theme tune for on of Britain's favourite comedy pairings of Morecombe and Wise. This book however deals with Derby's favourite and legendary pairing of Brian Clough and Peter Taylor.

Written by life long Rams fan John Hopkins (49), Under the guise of Andy Faber, the book sets out to tell the tale of the Clough and Taylor relationship and their time at Derby County and beyond. John gives the fans eye view of the love affair the pairing had with the Rams and his take on conversations and scenarios that 'may' have taken place between the two.

This is John's first attempt at book writing and is also from his own publishing company, Hop Media Publication, which he set up 18 months ago. It has to be said it is a book that isn't just the normal Derby County facts and stats publication. It gives a humerous and believable insight into the life story of Derby County's most famous management team and their relationship together from the viewpoint of an individual fan.

The book was started as a prequel or sequel to the controversial book written by David Peace and subsequent film, The Damned United. It also roughly follows the same time frame and story but focusing mainly on Derby County and Clough's perceived obsession with the club and City.

The Forest years of Clough and Taylor are mentioned but not dwelt on and a superb dream chapter has Clough at the helm of a Rams side, complete with Woodcock, Francis and Robertson winning the European Cup. A dream I am sure most Rams fans think should have been reality had events taken a different course, and as the book suggests Clough may have wanted it.

If you are looking for a Christmas present for the Rams fn with everything, I can heartily recommend this publication. A thoroughly enjoyable read and one book that will entertain as much as the teams produced by the most famous double act in British football.

Monday sees the launch of the book, priced at just £7.99, which can be bought at Waterstones, Derby, bringmesunshine.org.uk , or via www.amazon.co.uk ...

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