Former Rams star backs Mackay's decision to sue makers of movie
RAMS star Roy McFarland has backed Dave Mackay's decision to sue the makers of controversial film, The Damned United.
It was revealed yesterday that Mackay was paid "undisclosed" damages and given an apology from Left Bank Pictures after he was inaccurately portrayed in the film about Brian Clough.
Support: Dave Mackay, left, and Roy McFarland.
In it, Mackay is shown as trying to break the revolt of players – who were backing Clough after he had resigned from Derby County.
Mackay had left Derby to become player-manager of Swindon Town in 1971. He went on to manage Nottingham Forest and to succeed Clough at Derby.
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The 75-year-old, who lives at Burton Joyce, said he would have always supported Clough.
He declined to comment yesterday on the case, but in an earlier interview he told the Yorkshire Post: "They twisted it. I would never have done anything that was disloyal (to Brian Clough)."
Former Rams star McFarland, who played with Mackay under Clough, said he agreed with Mackay's actions. He said he had watched the film, based on Clough's 44-day spell as Leeds United manager in 1974, but had been "very disappointed" by it.
He said: "I did not particularly like the film. The only thing that was portrayed correctly was Martin Sheen as Brian Clough, I thought he played the part well.
"But the whole sequence of events was totally wrong. I think Dave is absolutely right to do what he has done."
The Damned United was based on the novel of the same name and written by David Peace.
It has attracted complaints before. The Clough family vowed to boycott the film because of the way Brian Clough was portrayed in the book.
Former Leeds United player, Johnny Giles also received "a substantial sum" to cover damages and costs in 2008.