The Damned United

Factual error: We see a caption saying "Leeds 0 Luton 1." In reality, that match was a tie game.

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Factual error: Towards the end of the film when Brian Clough goes to see Peter Taylor at his house in Brighton, there is a 'Pay & Display' ticket machine visible in the car park in the background. The film-makers have done a good job at placing period vehicles in shot but seem to have forgotten the shiny black new (solar powered?) ticket machine.

Factual error: The East Stand at Elland Road is visible in the tunnel shot when Clough confronts the players - the stand was not built until 1992.


Factual error: Brian Clough did manage Brighton & Hove Albion, contrary to what the narrator states at the end of the film. He managed the club alongside Peter Taylor for most of the 1973-4 season. The team finished 19th this season.

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Factual error: The police officers shown at the Baseball Ground are wearing the wrong helmets. Derby County & County Borough Constabulary officers wore the coxcomb, not the Metropolitan Police rose top style.


Factual error: In the scene where Brian Clough is getting the Baseball Ground read for the arrival of Leeds United in the third round of the FA Cup in 1968, you can see the snorting Ram logo over one of the entrances. This logo was not introduced until the 1971-72 season.


Factual error: When Clough and Taylor are driving off to sign Dave Mackay, you can see a Ford Capri in a driveway. This was set in 1968, and these cars didn't go on sale until a year later.

Factual error: When Leeds United arrive at the baseball ground in 1968 there is an extra with a JD Sports bag on his back. JD Sports was founded in 1981.

Factual error: At the end of the movie it says Clough went on to win 2 European cups, "a feat no British manager has achieved since". This is incorrect as Alex Ferguson had won 2 prior to the film's release.

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Suggested correction: The end says he went on to win the European Cup in 1979 and again in 1980. It is the feat of winning back to back cups that has never been done by a British manager since 1980. It wasn't about the number of cup wins, since Bob Paisley ended up winning his 3rd Cup in 1981, having previous won back to back Cups in 77/78.


Factual error: We see a caption saying "Leeds 0 Luton 1." In reality, that match was a tie game.

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