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A LEGENDARY ally of Brian Clough has won damages after being inaccurately portrayed in a hit football film.

Tough-tackling Dave Mackay, of Burton Joyce, was unhappy with his portrayal in 'The Damned United'.

The film documents Clough's ill-fated spell as Leeds United manager in 1974 and featured a portrayal of Mr Mackay.

It showed him breaking the players' revolt - which had been started at Derby County in 1973 in an attempt to get Clough reinstated following his resignation.

But Mr Mackay was not at Derby County at the time, having left to become player-manager of Swindon Town in 1971.

He threatened legal proceedings against the film's producers.

Legal firm Ford & Warren have confirmed that their client has won undisclosed damages and an apology.

Mr Mackay, 75, told the Yorkshire Post: "They twisted it. I would never have done anything that was disloyal [to Brian Clough].

"I wasn't even at Derby at that time."

The Damned United, based on the novel of the same name by author David Peace, has attracted complaints before.

The Clough family vowed to boycott the film.

Clough managed for 44 days at Elland Road after he was brought in to replace Don Revie.


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