In his own words Maurice Edwards - Clough and Taylor's Chief Scout and trusted friend for almost 20 years - breaks his silence on the famous partnership that was Brian and Peter, in a book Barbara Clough describes as the best book ever written about Brian. This is an absorbing and revealing personal account, with never before heard tales that are sure to satisfy even the most diehard fans of Clough and Taylor. Unlike other books about the cult of Clough, Peter Taylor's own character and talents get equal billing. When Peter Taylor joined Burton Albion in 1962, it changed Maurice Edwards' life for ever. The two became firm friends. When Peter introduced Maurice to his great friend Brian Clough, shortly after the pair of them had taken up their first managerial appointment at Hartlepools United, an association was formed that was to endure for over 20 years. The achievements of the Clough-Taylor partnership are well known. But the stories that Maurice Edwards has to tell, of life behind the scenes at each of the clubs they worked for, have remained untold until now.
As referee, scout and trusted friend, Maurice was privy to many of Taylor and Clough's dealings with clubs, managers and individual players, and is uniquely placed to reveal the details of what made their relationship so special, and so successful. Here are the stories of how the major signings of Clough and Taylor's careers were made, from Trevor Francis, the first GBP 1 million player, to Peter Shilton, a goalkeeper Taylor had admired for years. Then there are the ones that got away, Kevin Keegan and Alan Hansen among them. Peter and Brian worked as a team: Peter the supreme judge of players and team dynamics, Brian the charismatic front man at ease with everyone from tea ladies to directors. This absorbing personal memoir of a life in football sheds new light on the years that Peter and Brian spent working together and is sure to appeal to fans of all clubs.
Maurice Edwards was born in Burton upon Trent in February 1927. Upon the outbreak of World War Two, Maurice volunteered to join the Royal Navy and, following promotion, spent his three-year career aboard an Aircraft Carrier attached to the British Pacific Fleet in the Far East, later joining the Royal Navy Football Squad. After the war Maurice's involvement in football took a remarkable turn. Forced to seek other avenues within the game after his burgeoning football career was halted by injury, he became a local referee and formed a friendship with Peter Taylor, who then paired up with the inimitable Brian Clough. So began a remarkable relationship within the game, with Maurice following the pair to all their various clubs in the role of Chief Scout. Now in his 80s, Maurice continues to work alongside some of football's great personalities, after over 50 years in the game.