Keep Fighting (The Billy Bremner Story)
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Billy Bremner is a football legend. During his years playing for Leeds Utd and Scotland, his passion for the game and his commitment to the cause made him into one of the all-time greats. When Billy Bremner died in 1997 at the age of just 54, Paul Harrison was working with him on a new book telling the story of his life. Now, that unique material from extensive interviews has been brought together in Keep Fighting: The Billy Bremner Story. It covers Bremner's life from his early years in Scotland, his move to Leeds Utd and the glory days of the Don Revie era, his distinguished international career and his later move into football management. In his own words, find out what Billy Bremner thought of life at Leeds Utd, about his exploits for Scotland, his footballing friends and those he clashed with. There are stories of winning the League Championship and the FA Cup with Leeds, playing for Scotland in the World Cup, his controversial ban from international football and the libel action he won against a Sunday newspaper. And there's Bremner's own forthright views about some of the biggest names in football, from Don Revie to Brian Clough and Gary Sprake to Kevin Keegan. Keep Fighting is a unique, no-holds-barred account of the life of Billy Bremner - straight-talker and footballing legend - and is a fitting tribute to one of the all-time greats of the game.
we were all footballers. Billy would always come to my defence and tell me I was better than such people and to ignore all the comments. He would tell me that the best way to hurt them was with my skill and pace and goals. Many times I cried and it was Billy Bremner who would lift my spirits, even after we finished with the game; I sometimes feel ashamed that I am not as strong a person as him. He is a fine man and he has helped and supported me through some difficult times in my life.’ Kind
legends and great players that had previously traversed this same route – the tunnel that led out onto the promised land, the pitch. There I stood in the Elland Road players’ tunnel, just me and Billy Bremner. It was sublimely surreal, my emotions got the better of me, and I cried. Billy asked what was wrong, I explained that I had been overwhelmed by the moment, and he laughed. We made our way down the tunnel and out onto the perimeter of the pitch. It was as though he was looking at every seat,
said to me: “Bill, take the team round the pitch, round the ground. You are Champions Bill, the best team in England. Celebrate it in style.” ‘As we made our way round the Anfield pitch I looked into the sea of red and white Liverpool support wherever we went. The Merseyside supporters were reciprocating our gesture and openly applauding us. I admit, all the time I kept one eye fixed firmly on the Kop. I didn't think it would be right to go to them and rub salt into their wounds. I was more
were to lose to anyone I prefer it to be Celtic,” adding “now go on and win the f—— trophy.” It wasn't that he wanted Celtic to beat Leeds, that would never do, but Celtic had always been a favourite side of his. He was magnanimous in defeat, a true gentleman of football.’ Bremner's wish was not fulfilled as Celtic lost the final against Dutch side Feyenoord by two goals to one. He recalled: ‘I thought Celtic would win the trophy that year, it would take a special team to beat them, but they
where he was going with the ball! Jack could head a ball as far as many players could kick it, and his heading accuracy was awesome, I'm certain he would have been able to drop a headed ball onto a half crown piece from twenty yards. His antics used to have me in fits of laughter, he was so passionate about football, Leeds and England. The only thing was, when him and me used to have a go at each other, no other bugger could understand what we were saying: angry and passionate Geordies and Scots