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Then there was my other reason for wanting to write a book about Revie and Clough. I wanted to explore my background and heritage, because the Hermistons were in the first wave of migrants from other parts of the British Isles who came to help build this frontier town in the early nineteenth century. Some of my ancestors on my father’s side worked in the ironworks at Eston and helped forge Middlesbrough’s pre-eminent place in the Industrial Revolution. Revie and Clough were outstanding footballers, but my paternal grandfather and father were outstanding local cricketers.

M. on 19 July 1966, when Pak Doo Ik, for one fleeting moment, became the most famous footballer in the world when he drove the ball home from 15 yards, the only goal of the game, to knock haughty Italy out of the World Cup and send the North Koreans – amazingly – into the quarter-finals. Nineteen thousand were there on that remarkable night, but many thousands more have claimed to have been present as the years go by, and the legendary moment remains forever etched on the collective memory of the town.

Could the young captain’s ambition and drive provide the spark to reignite his own halting career? Or would Clough’s blunt, cocky nature disturb and disrupt his ordered playing style? As he entered his front door, he was beginning to think he knew what his decision would be. But first he had to talk it over with Elsie. Chapter 1 ‘An Infant Hercules’ Pity poor Middlesbrough. Conceived in a hurry in the late 1820s, this unadorned child of the Industrial Revolution has always suffered in comparison with the rest of its North-East family, especially its older, fairer cousins Newcastle and Durham.

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