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Forty years on from the drama that saw Brian Clough part company with Derby County, the family of former chairman Sam Longson have decided to tell his story Sam's Story is the fascinating and inspirational story of how Sam Longson OBE, a Derbyshire Peak District farmer's boy with no formal education after the age of 13, built a series of successful businesses and came to take his beloved Derby County Football Club into the elite group of British football. Forty years ago Derby County enjoyed massive English football success , that era saw the rise to prominence of Brian Clough and Peter Taylor; an era that saw some of Britain's brightest football stars grace the Derby County scene; an era that brought despair as well as delight to the Baseball Ground. In recent years the drama of those footballing times has been controversially reenacted in novels, film and websites. 40 years on the story of the man at the helm during that momentous decade, the man who launched Clough and Taylor on their memorable joint management careers, fought to keep them at the Baseball Ground and finally split with them amid great controversy can now be read. Sam's life story and the bitter sweet details of his battle to lift the Rams into the top flight of British football and keep them there.
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