The Legend





Although Cloughie has again missed out on a knighthood in the New Year's Honours List, this website's campaign will be stepped-up in 2004. More pressure will be put on the Honours officials to do the decent thing. Your messages of support are vital. E-mail them via the knighthood page.

Good Example

The liver specialist who helped to save Brian Clough's life has described the Master Manager as a good role model (December, 2003). Derek Manas said Cloughie had set a fine example to other liver transplant recipients by staying away from alcohol.

But Mr Manas, from the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne, criticised George Best, saying his high profile drinking had made people lose faith in transplants. He said there had been a reduction in the number of relatives consenting to organ donation when a loved one died.

Said Mr Manas: "For every George Best, there are hundreds of other living patients who appreciate what has been done for them, but it is the celebrity case that people get to hear about. Brian Clough, who used to drink, had his transplant here and has not started drinking again. He is doing well and is proving to be a far better role model."

Best's agent said the number of registered organ donors went up after the footballer's operation. He added that in Best's case, replacing a liver didn't stop the craving for alcohol.

Festive Messages

At the end of quite an eventful year for Old Big 'Ead, this website has sent festive wishes to the Great Man and his family, in a Christmas card written on behalf of all his fans. Thanks for your support during the year. Keep visiting in 2004!

New Competition

There's a fantastic new competition on this website. The prize is a special DVD featuring a half-hour interview with Cloughie as he looks back at the European glory days with Forest. "Champions of Europe, 25 Years On" also features many of the players involved in the incredible success story. To enter, simply follow the competition link.

Family Tie

The Master Manager watched his son Nigel's Burton Albion play in a special FA Cup tie against Hartlepool, the club which launched Old Big 'Ead's managerial career. Cloughie sat in the stand at Eton Park, with his wife Barbara and other son Simon alongside him (December 7th, 2003). His five-year-old grandson William was a mascot.

Said Clough: "I've got my wife on my arm, my son in the dug-out and my grandson on my knee. What better Sunday afternoon could you ask for?" Referring to Barbara's rare appearance at a football match, he added: "She's now kicking me during the match as well as getting me out of bed each morning."

In the days leading up to the televised match, which Burton lost one-nil, Brian and Nigel posed with the FA Cup at a local school. Clough Senior was asked whether Burton would win and whether he had any tips for Nigel. He responded: "Anyone can win in the FA Cup. That's the magic of it. The good, the bad and the ugly can beat the rich, the famous and the talented. And the only tip I give Nigel is, 'get off the M1 when it's foggy'."

Brian & Barbara at Burton match.

Video Memories

The Great Man has made a special contribution to a video marking the twenty-fifth anniversary of Nottingham Forest winning the European Cup. He talks about how he inspired his players to victory and even persuaded them to get out of bed to have a glass of champagne.

"I prided myself in getting a bit more out of the players than they thought they had," says Clough. "If there was a method or a secret that was it. Frightened of me? What a load of rubbish! The only time they needed to be frightened of me was if they went to bed too early on a Thursday or Friday and I had to get them out to have a glass of champagne...and we did that a few times!"

The video and DVD, 'Champions of Europe, 25 Years On' are available at Forest's club shop, priced 14.99 and 17.99 respectively. The DVD version features the full exclusive interview with Cloughie. It will make a great Christmas stocking filler for any true Clough fan.

Doctor Cloughie

Old Big 'Ead has received another honour. He has been given an honorary doctorate of science from the University of Teesside in Middlesbrough, where he was born. Cloughie was presented with a special scroll by the university's Chancellor, Sir Leon Brittan, at a ceremony in Middlesbrough Town Hall (November 28th, 2003).

Club Guest

The Master Manager made a guest appearance at a football club in Nottinghamshire to open their clubhouse. Cloughie cut the ribbon and unveiled a plaque at Hucknall Town (November 26th, 2003). He was given a standing ovation before meeting players and officials. He also signed the visitor's book and plenty of autographs.

Glorious Food

Brian Clough has been doing his bit for charity, helping Pudsey the Bear and also contributing to a cook book. Old Big 'Ead and his son Nigel appeared at East Midlands Airport to help an airline company collect funds from passengers for the BBC's Children in Need appeal. Clough Senior also donated the proceeds from that day's sales of his book, Walking on Water (Nottingham Evening Post, November 22nd, 2003).

The Great Man has also supported a charity cook book called "The Celebrity Diner". He has given the menu for his favourite three-course meal. The tasty treats begin with smoked salmon followed by saddle of lamb and finished-off with home-made rice pudding. Other contributors include Tony Blair and Sir Cliff Richard. The author was put in touch with Cloughie via this website. For more details, contact Claire Gunn at Epperstone House, Main Street, Epperstone, Nottingham. Money raised goes to a community project in a village in Ecuador.

Sinking Ship

The Master Manager says Forest boss Paul Hart would be ideal to save Leeds United. "It's hard to remember a so-called top club being in such dire straits," Clough told The Sun newspaper (November 13th, 2003).

"Having salvaged a sinking ship at the City Ground, Leeds would be home-from-home for him. Aye, a classic case of home being where the Hart is!" Clough added that the situation at Elland Road was so critical that Leeds should have appointed a new manager within minutes of Peter Reid's departure, rather than relying on a caretaker boss.

Steering Clear

Old Big 'Ead says there are few clubs which would interest him if he was starting out as a manager these days. "I wouldn't touch Derby or Forest with a bargepole," he told the November edition of Four Four Two magazine. "They're both burdened with too many financial restrictions that are their own fault. If you want milk from a cow you don't cut off its udders."

The Great Man has also warned Forest fans not to panic, as the Reds go through a difficult spell in their promotion fight. "I wish Forest the best of luck," he told the Nottingham Evening Post (November 10th, 2003). "It's only November and it's too early to say they haven't got a chance. I wouldn't be saying that in March."

Cup Memories

The Master Manager was a special guest in the directors box at Nottingham Forest, this time to watch the Reds play Portsmouth in the Carling Cup (October 29th, 2003). And Cloughie took the opportunity to remember the success his teams enjoyed in the old League Cup. Forest won the competition four times and were runners-up twice during Clough's reign.

He told 106 Century FM: "They were happy days. It's an important competition and it was very near and dear to us. They should have called it the Nottingham Forest Cup, because we were proud to win it.

"We had a private coach to take us to the finals. But we got rid of our driver because the coach knew its own way to Wembley without him."

Dr Cloughie

Old Big 'Ead is to receive another honour. The University of Teesside in his home town of Middlesbrough is making him an honorary doctor of science. A special ceremony will be held on November 28th, 2003.

England Row

The former Nottingham Forest defender Kenny Burns says Cloughie would not have tolerated the recent controversy surrounding the England team. Burns was commenting after reports that some of the England squad were prepared to boycott a match in support of Rio Ferdinand, who was dropped because he missed a drugs test.

Said Burns: "Cloughie never got the chance to manage England, but there's no way he would have stood for the sort of nonsense that has been going off." In his regular column in Nottingham's Football Post (October 11th, 2003), Burns continued: "Clough would have said to the players, 'if you don't want to play, fine, but you'll never play for me again.'

"If there was one thing that Cloughie couldn't stand, it was players questioning authority, be that his authority or that of referees. Cloughie would have clamped down on this situation because that was his style. Unfortunately for England, they missed out on one of the best managers in the business."

Dinner Guest

The Master Manager met-up with the Forest boss Paul Hart when he returned to the City Ground for a special dinner (October 9th, 2003). Cloughie was the star attraction at the event in which he gave a thirty minute speech before answering questions from diners. Around 200 people attended the dinner, paying around 500 for a table of ten.

The question and answer session lasted ninety minutes. The MC for the evening was Forest's Academy Director, Bob Fairhall, who commented: "Brian was in great form and it was marvellous to see him back at the City Ground and looking so well."

Fans Salute Hero

Old Big 'Ead made a special visit to the City Ground to watch his two former teams battle it out in the East Midlands derby (September 27th, 2003). Clough was a match summariser for 106 Century FM and sat in the commentary box to watch the game between Nottingham Forest and Derby County.

Fans of the Reds and the Rams were united in their applause when he walked into the stadium for a pre-match interview. He told Century: "I don't come back here very often, but the response of the fans has been incredible." Clough had arrived forty minutes before kick-off and initially waited in the reception area of the club he once ruled from top to bottom. He was then greeted by his fellow summariser and former Reds star Kenny Burns.

During the match, which ended one-all, he told listeners: "It's a bit dull at the moment and it needs someone to set it on fire." But when the commentator Darren Fletcher said he was enjoying the company so much that he wanted to sit back and listen to Clough and Burns, the Master Manager replied in typical fashion: "It wouldn't do you any harm at all!" View exclusive photo's of the visit HERE.

Campaign Support

The Master Manager has given his backing to a campaign by doctors to have warning labels put on alcoholic drinks. It follows his liver transplant which was prompted by excessive drinking. Cloughie has joined forces with the liver specialist Dr Jan Freeman, who helped to save his life, by endorsing a petition signed by 500 doctors.

"I drank too much, but I've put it right now," Clough told Central News (September, 2003). And in a message to young people he added: "Don't drink. Simple as that. You know I don't tell lies, so do as your told!"

Clough went on to say that warning labels on booze should be explicit. "Young people have got to be told it's bad for their health. It is very difficult to curb it and young people like to go out and have a drink. But when you get older it'll start to tell, if you're stupid."

Special Reunion

Nottingham Forest have revealed plans for a reunion involving Brian Clough and the players who won the European Cup in 1979. A special dinner is being organised for May 21st, 2004. Forest's corporate sales manager, Les Bradd, said: "It will be the 25th anniversary of our win over Malmo in Munich and it's hoped that Brian and the players who made it all possible will be joining us that evening."

Forest Job

Brian Clough has hinted for the first time he'd consider taking an advisory role with Nottingham Forest. And he's spoken of his regret that the club he took to European glory hadn't asked him to take such a role previously.

"Having been there so long, I would have liked Forest to have asked me to have some little input since I've been retired," Clough told a radio phone-in (September, 2003). "I think I've earned it and I think I'm worth it. With my knowledge and enthusiasm, I could have contributed something to Nottingham Forest. They never asked me."

The Master Manager told 106 Century FM he knew most of the current staff at Forest, although he didn't know the chairman and directors. When asked if he'd be interested if the Reds approached him about a 'director of football' type post, he replied: "Of course I would talk to them over a cup of tea, but I would never infringe on the manager. I don't want people to misinterpret what I'm saying. I'm not looking for a job...and with the fees you pay I'm certainly not looking for the money. And if you believe that, you'll believe anything!"

Boro Visit

The Master Manager went back to his old club Middlesbrough to watch the side take on Arsenal in the Premiership. The cameras of Sky TV showed Cloughie in the stand before the game (August 24th, 2003). Watching in Charlotte, North Carolina, United States, Tony Hodgson e-mailed the website to say: "Saw you on tele at the look great. No player or manager had more heart than you.".

Vote Result

The former Scottish international John Robertson has been voted as Cloughie's best ever player, in a poll launched by this website. The vote marked the tenth anniversary of the Master Manager's retirement.

The top three players were Robertson, Stuart Pearce and Archie Gemmill. Other names put forward included Roy Keane, Peter Shilton, Kenny Burns and John McGovern. Each voter could nominate three players, who each received one point. Ninety-two per cent backed Robbo, with Psycho close behind. One voter will be selected at random to win a signed hardback copy of Cloughie's book, Walking on Water. The winner will be announced on the competition page.

Book Latest

The Master Manager has thanked visitors to this website for their get well wishes following his liver transplant in January. During a signing session in Nottingham, Cloughie spoke personally to the website editor who had earlier this year handed-over the messages e-mailed to the website from all over the world.

"Thanks very much for all the messages you delivered, young man," said Brian. "It was very much appreciated."

Exclusive photo's from one of the signing sessions are now featured on the website, along with a fan's amateur video clips. Cloughie fans all over the globe will be pleased to see the Great Man in such stunning form. View the photo's by following this link.

Money Bags

Brian Clough has warned Chelsea's millionaire owner that he can't buy success. In a clear message to Roman Abramovich, Old Big 'Ead said: "At Chelsea, they think they've got it sorted now, don't they? Well, it takes more than money to build teams. Someone should tell him that."

The Master Manager continued: "He's trying to buy a team. He needs to be a bit more clever than that. I'd think more of him if he tried to build a British team."

Cloughie was outspoken as ever in the interview published in The Times newspaper (August, 2003) to promote his new book. He expressed his concern about the amount of foreign influence on the British game. Asked whether he liked going abroad, he replied in typical Clough style: "No...I don't really see the point of it. Too many foreigners."

Another Big 'Ead

Fans have been queuing for hours to meet the Great Man at the various signing sessions for his new book. Cloughie told the editor of this website: "To see so many people has been nothing short of incredible." At WH Smith in Nottingham, one fan arrived at six-thirty in the morning and waited for more than four hours to make sure he had a signed copy of the paperback version of Walking on Water.

In an interview with BBC Radio Nottingham, the Master Manager reflected on life after the liver transplant. "I'm in good nick," he said. Old Big 'Ead also remembered how he'd spent some of his time in hospital chatting about sport with his surgeon, Derek Manas, who is a big golf fan.

"I told him, 'I hope you're a better surgeon than you are a golfer', because I knew he couldn't play. But he was incredible." And in typical Clough style he added: "He's supposed to be in the top three in the country. But he told me he was the best. That's conceited, it's incredible. I said to him, 'they'll have to widen the hospital doors if you and I walk in together, because they would never get both our heads through the one door, would they?'"

Exclusive photo's from the signing sessions will be published on this website soon. Follow the book link and 'paperback version' for further information.

Special Sandwich

The Master Manager has revealed that the first thing he asked for after his liver transplant was an apple sandwich. In an extract from his new book, published in the Daily Mail (July 2003) he says the nurses were baffled by his request. But he thought it was perfectly normal, because his mother used to make them. This excellent book explains Cloughie's inner most thoughts on the life saving surgery and the events surrounding it. Follow the book link and 'paperback version' for information on the signing sessions.

Labour of Love

Brian Clough has once again reflected on not being made England manager in the Seventies. In a special interview to preview the publication of the paperback version of his book, Cloughie admits that his political views probably stopped him getting the top job.

"There is only one thing in my life which I would do differently," he told the Daily Mail (July, 2003). "I would have lied about being Tory instead of Labour. If I'd done that they would have given me the England job on the spot." He continued: "The people who put themselves in charge of our football knew I was a devout Labour man and they held it against me."

The Master Manager says appointing the Swede, Sven Goran Eriksson, to the post more than twenty years later adds "insult to my injury." Added Clough: "They've rubbed salt into the everlasting wound. Correction, they've thrown it in by the ton. They've hurt me all the more. God, we must be in a bad state in this country if we have to bring in a foreigner at a ridiculous, exorbitant salary."

Book Dates

The full list of Cloughie's signing sessions for the new book are now on this website. To find-out the six dates, venues and times, simply follow the book link. The updated paperback version of Walking on Water is 6.99 (GBP).

Top Class

Brian Clough was in sparkling form when he made a special appearance at an infants school to present prizes. He shook hands with the youngsters as they collected their awards from the Master Manager. Cloughie was the guest of honour at Peartree Infants School, near Derby County's old Baseball Ground (July 17th, 2003).

While at the school, he was interviewed by BBC East Midlands Today. Speaking six months after his life-saving liver transplant, Old Big 'Ead praised people who carry donor cards.

"To give somebody life, whatever organ it is, people do remarkably well. They are incredibly brave to volunteer this type of thing -- when you say 'take my lungs, take my heart, take my liver, take anything'."

Then, in typical Clough fashion, he joked: "I could do with a new right knee at the moment. They want to give me an artificial one. But I am loathed to let it go. It has stood me in good stead for twenty years as a player and twenty years in management. But it's on the blink, so to speak. So, if anyone has got one...I have checked with the Co-op and they are not in til Christmas."

Book Updated

This website can reveal that Brian Clough has written an extra chapter for an updated version of his superb autobiography, Walking on Water. The new chapter will be featured in the paperback version of the book, to be published on July 28th, 2003.

The chapter will cover the events surrounding his life-saving liver transplant earlier this year. The Great Man will also be holding a series of six signing sessions for his fans. Details of dates and venues will appear soon on this website.

Young Stars

The Master Manager had a kick-about with a group of young footballers during a public appearance. Cloughie coached the under-11's as part of a special event in Nottinghamshire (reported the Evening Post, July 4th, 2003).

He told the youngsters: "If Paul Hart continues signing all these young lads, you'll qualify to be picked in about eighteen months!"

Cloughie presented the boys with medals and signed copies of his autobiography. He thanked the crowd in Netherfield for a rousing welcome. "You looked after me for twenty years and I'm very, very grateful for that," he said.

Vote Update

Stuart Pearce, Archie Gemmill, John Robertson and Peter Shilton are among the current front-runners in the vote to find Cloughie's top three players. This website has launched the poll to see who you think were the Master Manager's best three of all time.

Candidates must have played for Clough sometime during his managerial career. Each nomination will receive one point. The poll closes on July 31st. One lucky entrant will be picked at random to win a book signed by Cloughie himself. This will be the hardback version of Walking on Water.

Be sure to make your selection before the closing date, either through the message board, or by e-mail. The website has received many e-mails so far. Add yours HERE. Please include your name and address.

Your Tales

Have you met Brian Clough? This website is keen to hear your stories about meeting the Great Man, for a new feature. What was it like to see him, what did he say, were you shaking with nerves, did he make you laugh? If you had a picture taken, e-mail that too.

All contributions will be entered into a draw to win a signed book. As many as possible will be featured on a new page on the website. Please include your name and where you're from. Then simply e-mail youngman.

Stamp of Approval

Brian Clough has helped a postmistress avoid jail, after she stole more than sixteen thousand pounds from the Royal Mail. Old Big 'Ead was one of a number of people who provided character references for forty-five year old Elaine Hood of Devonshire Avenue, Allestree, Derby (June, 2003).

A court heard Hood was the daughter of the late Colin Lawrence, who had been a close friend of the Master Manager. She was of previous impeccable character and was sentenced to 120 hours community service and ordered to pay 950 costs.

Good Vintage

The Master Manager has likened Martin O'Neill to a good bottle of wine and has tipped the Celtic boss to be Sir Alex Ferguson's successor at Manchester United.

Cloughie said his former midfielder would be "odds on favourite" to take the top job at Old Trafford, even if he has to wait for it. "Martin will be like a good wine," said Old Big 'Ead.

"If he has to wait five or six years for the job, it won't do him any harm at all. He will add experience to himself every week he stays at Celtic and like a good wine he will be maturing that bit more."

Clough told BBC Five Live (May, 2003): "When he walks into Manchester United, he will be near enough the finished article. I will keep my fingers crossed, if he wants it."

Grim For Derby

Brian Clough has warned long-suffering Derby fans: "I cannot see any chink of light in the dark clouds."

Old Big 'Ead was speaking following the Rams' decision to part company with manager John Gregory. Clough told the Daily Mail (May, 2003): "I still care about the club and it saddens me to see them in such trouble.

"Who on earth are they going to get as a manager when there appears to be so much turmoil at the place?"

He's All Hart

The Master Manager says Paul Hart is exactly the right man to lead Nottingham Forest to success. "Not only was Hart a fine player for me, he has also proved himself to be pretty useful in my old business at my old firm," Clough told the Daily Mail.

"Various Forest boards have made some poor decisions. But whoever selected Paul Hart got it right and the young team he has assembled at minimal cost has done him proud so far."

Recipe For Success

The Nottingham Forest manager Paul Hart says the Reds' success this season has been inspired by the preachings of Brian Clough. "This club is benefitting once more from the standards and habits that Brian set, and no-one is more pleased about that than me," said Hart.

"When I first came to Nottingham as a player I could see for myself that there was something special here...and it was all down to Brian. Players like Ian Bowyer, Garry Birtles and Viv Anderson had taken his principles on board and were taking his beliefs onto the pitch. It was something I happily bought into straight away.

"People think he had a magic formula, but basically it was all down to common sense and doing the right and proper things. It's all about things like not swearing at referees, not feigning injuries, being honest in the tackle...and so much more.

"The memories of those days have been with me ever since and I'm not afraid to say that when I took over as manager here just under two years ago, I wanted the same kind of philosophies to apply."

Paul Hart's comments were featured on the Nottingham Forest website. You can also send good luck messages to Forest via the unofficial site,

Derby Pride

Brian Clough was the pride of Derby as he was presented with the Freedom of the City. The former Rams boss visited the old Baseball Ground and told reporters: "It brings back beautiful memories".

A vintage Rolls Royce picked him up from his home and took him on a tour of some of his favourite places. They included Darley Park, where he used to take his sons to play football. He also planted a tree on the banks of the River Derwent.

At Derby County's Pride Park Stadium he was presented with the freedom scroll. The Mayor, Robin Turner, described the Great Man as a "rare individual and a unique talent who brought honour to our football club and reflected glory to the city."

Said Clough: "It's a tremendous honour. Having come to Derby 35 years couldn't get rid of me. We have been extremely happy here."

The Great Man received a standing ovation from fans inside Pride Park and even kicked a football around on the pitch with his grandson, Stephen. View more pictures HERE.

Clough's kick-about at Pride Park.

Vote Launched

This website has launched a special poll to name the top three players who served Brian Clough during his managerial career. The vote marks the tenth anniversary of the Great Man's retirement. Nominations can be any player who has appeared in a Clough team. Entrants could win a book signed by the man himself.

Some of the names which are likely to be put forward include Roy Keane, John Robertson, Dave Mackay and Archie Gemmill. Each nominated player will receive one point. When the poll closes on July 31st, the points will be added-up to decide the top three Clough players.

Each entrant will be entered into a draw to win a copy of Cloughie's autobiography, Walking on Water, signed by the Master Manager.

Entries can be made by E-MAIL or through the new message board(free registration). Those entering via the board will increase their chances of winning because all new registrations will also be entered into a second draw for another signed book. Submitting a board entry is simple. Just register free and then create a new 'topic' in the vote forum.

Big Day

Further details have now been released of where fans can salute the Great Man on the day he receives the Honorary Freedom of Derby (May 4th, 2003). A vintage Rolls Royce will take him from his home in Derby to the Baseball Ground.

Although his visit to Derby County's former home will be private, fans will have the chance to see him at Darley Park at 1045. In the Tea Room there, the supporters group the RamsTrust will present him with a lifetime achievement award.

Cloughie will then be taken to Exeter Street, where he will plant an oak tree by the River Derwent, at 1125. The next stop is Pride Park for a private lunch and presentation of the Freedom Scroll. He will walk onto the pitch at 1320 and then watch Derby's match against Ipswich.

Vote Launched

This website has launched a special poll to name the top three players who served Brian Clough during his managerial career. The vote marks the tenth anniversary of the Great Man's retirement. Nominations can be any player who has appeared in a Clough team. Entrants could win a book signed by the man himself.

Some of the names which are likely to be put forward include Roy Keane, John Robertson, Dave Mackay and Archie Gemmill. Each nominated player will receive one point. When the poll closes on July 31st, the points will be added-up to decide the top three Clough players.

Each entrant will be entered into a draw to win a copy of Cloughie's autobiography, Walking on Water, signed by the Master Manager.

Entries can be made by E-MAIL or through the new message board(free registration). Those entering via the board will increase their chances of winning because all new registrations will also be entered into a second draw for another signed book. Submitting a board entry is simple. Just register free and then create a new 'topic' in the vote forum.

Award Winners

Brian Clough has presented the end of season awards at Burton Albion. After watching his son Nigel's Conference side play Kettering at Eton Park, Cloughie was again on sparkling form to hand-out the honours. View the pictures HERE.

Forest Hope

The Master Manager has spoken of his hopes for Nottingham Forest as they fight for promotion to the Premiership. Cloughie said the Reds were well-placed to reach the play-offs and ultimately the top flight.

He told the Nottingham Evening Post (April 21st, 2003): "I have only been able to go once this season but the results have been excellent and they have got themselves into a very good position."

Cloughie added: "I really hope Forest can go up. Paul Hart seems quite confident and I would agree. This is the crunch time now. This is when managers earn their money and are at their peak. There is no reason why Forest can't go up."

This website is pleased to be associated with the new message board for Forest fans,

Derby Date

Details have now been revealed for the special day when Brian Clough will receive the Freedom of Derby. Cloughie will be taken around the city in a vintage Rolls Royce, visiting places which have happy memories for him. He will go to Derby County's old home, the Baseball Ground; Darley Park and the city centre, where he will plant a tree.

The event will take place on Sunday May 4th, 2003, when Derby County play their final home match of the season. The Master Manager will be taken to Pride Park where he will have lunch with close family and city council guests. He will then be presented with the special scroll. The Mayor, Robin Turner, will lead him out onto the pitch before kick-off.

Said Councillor Turner: "Everyone who wants to congratulate Brian Clough can do so, by being at one of his publicised visits or by going to the match."

The Rams chairman, Lionel Pickering, commented: "He is quite rightly remembered as one of football's greatest ever managers and it's a tribute to the people of Derby that Brian still considers this city his home." The full schedule for the day is still to be finalised.

Him Upstairs

The Master Manager says he's feeling "right as rain", three months after undergoing a liver transplant which saved his life. In an interview on BBC Radio Five Live (April 14th, 2003), Cloughie praised the National Health Service and thanked everyone involved in giving him "a second chance."

The interviewer, Pat Murphy, suggested that without the operation Cloughie could have been a 'gonner'. The Great Man replied: "The guy upstairs, who we're all answerable to, was tied up with all the problems in the world at the moment and he said 'not yet'. Besides, he said there's a problem because you've booked to be on my right hand side and someone else is pushing for that job as well, and I'm having to sort it out."

Cloughie repeated his thanks to all the fans who have sent messages of support. He also said he had wanted to thank the family of the person who donated his liver.

"It is very emotional you know, because you want to contact them and they don't want to be contacted. You want to thank everybody for giving you what everybody describes as a second chance. It applies to all transplants throughout the world. You get a second chance, it's as simple as that."

He ended the interview with another special message to his fans: "Thank you for everything, you have obviously been more kind than even I imagined you were. But you are only paying back forty or fifty years because I was kind as well."

Hear the interview in full HERE.

Thick Ear

Brian Clough has described how he gets a huge boost when Burton Albion play well. Cloughie has returned to watching his son Nigel's Conference side following the liver transplant. He's already watched several games since the operation and this website has exclusive photo's of him at the match against Stevenage (see below).

In an interview in the match programme (April 12th, 2003) Cloughie said: "It makes my week when Burton do well, especially to keep a clean sheet." He'd been interviewed after the Brewers beat Farnborough 2-0, and he joked: "I was actually hoping that Burton would lose today because I was going to put in for the job if they sacked the manager."

Cloughie was asked if he 'sat Nigel on his knee' to give him managerial tips. "He is a bit too big for that now, but he's not too big to still get a clip. Of course that is illegal these days, but not in my house."

Latest Photo's

The Master Manager was in fine form as he watched his son Nigel's Burton Albion side play Stevenage Borough (April 12th, 2003). This website has exclusive photo's taken on the day. The pictures are the first since his operation. View them HERE.

Nappy Days

Brian Clough produced another classic quote when he referred to the managerial merry-go-round at Derby County. Cloughie told Sky Sports: "Derby County are going through managers like my two-month-old grand-daughter goes through nappies."

Special Message

There was a big cheer at Nottingham Forest's City Ground when Cloughie sent a special message to fans during the match against Wolves (April 11th, 2003). As the two sides started the second half, the electronic scoreboard displayed the following words:

"To all my friends and fans at Nottingham Forest. Thank you for the cards and beautiful flowers while I've been off colour. From Brian xx."

Knight Him

A Cloughie fan in Malaysia has e-mailed this website to declare further support for our knighthood campaign. It's another example of how the Great Man has inspired people around the world. Surely that deserves the ultimate honour? Dee Suzai from the town of Ampang wrote: "He should have received a knighthood twenty years ago. He's the man who made me love English football and most of all Nottingham Forest."

More messages will be sent to honours officials. Make sure yours is included by e-mailing this website or posting your tribute on the new message board.

Message Board

This website now has its own dedicated message board. Cloughie fans can join an exclusive on-line community to post tributes and messages and take part in polls and competitions. Registration is free. Those who register before August 31st, 2003, will be entered into a draw to win a signed book. You can access the board through the home page or this link. E-mails are still welcome.

Flower Power

Fans of the Master Manager are preparing to send him a big bunch of flowers, following his special request for them. In a recent interview, Cloughie spoke about his recovery from the liver transplant and said he'd really appreciate receiving flowers (see below). If you'd like your name and message to accompany the big bunch of blooms, send it by e-mail to this site and please include your town/city.

Death's Door

Brian Clough has thanked fans who sent him get well messages following his life-saving operation. He said he was overwhelmed by all the good wishes. "I'd like to thank everybody who has taken the trouble," he told The Sun (March 27th, 2003).

Cloughie was speaking for the first time about the liver transplant, which was similar to the one George Best had. Clough joked: "To put everybody's mind at rest, I'd like to stress they haven't given me George's old one!"

In an exclusive interview with John Sadler, who helped write his latest book, Clough added: "I'm back from death's door. I've been so lucky. I've got more reason than most for feeling glad to be alive."

He said he hadn't changed his outlook on life. "It goes without saying I'm appreciative of what's been done for me but I've always believed that life goes on, irrespective. If I hadn't made it over these past few weeks, I wouldn't have wanted wreaths. My philosophy is: Don't send me flowers when I'm dead. If you like me, send them while I'm alive."

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to Cloughie, who is sixty-eight (March 21st). Fans have sent their best wishes. Among them, Brian Berger e-mailed this website: "I share the same birthday as you, Brian. I hope to meet you at Burton. I have recently recovered from a brain haemorrhage and a stroke, so all the very best to you and get well soon."

Back At Burton

Brian Clough made his first public appearance since undergoing a liver transplant when he watched his son's non-league side secure a much needed victory. Cloughie was among a crowd of more than two-thousand who watched Nigel's Burton Albion beat Chester City two-nil at home (March 8th, 2003).

The Master Manager had a bird's eye view in the stand as the Brewers scored in each half. Ruth James from Burton e-mailed this website to tell Old Big 'Ead: "Great to see you at the Burton Albion match. You certainly brought us good luck, Brian, with this fantastic win. Hope you continue to make good progress."

Send Best Wishes

It's Cloughie's birthday soon. So here's your chance to send him birthday wishes to help him recover from the liver transplant operation. Send your messages using the automatic e-mail link to ensure he has a special birthday.

Messages Delivered

This website has passed on more of your get well messages directly to Cloughie. Scores of e-mails have been received from all over the world, wishing the Great Man a speedy recovery from his liver transplant. In turn, the website editor has ensured that another batch of messages have been handed-over to his family. You can view some of them on the Your Tributes page. Send your messages of support using the automatic e-mail link and they will be passed on to the Master Manager himself.

Special Tonic

Nottingham Forest's six-nil thrashing of Stoke City should serve as a tonic for Cloughie, according to the Reds' manager Paul Hart. The Clough disciple said he hoped it would give his former boss a lift following the liver transplant.

"We sent Brian a card wishing him a complete recovery and perhaps this scoreline will give him another lift," Hart told the Daily Mail (February 24th, 2003).

"Mind you, if I know him, he'll be more impressed with the clean sheet than the fact we scored six times."

Flying Boot

The former Nottingham Forest defender Kenny Burns has said Cloughie would never have resorted to kicking a football boot at a player - he would give them an ear-bashing instead. Burns' comments followed the incident in which David Beckham received a gash above his eye after being hit by a boot kicked by an angry Sir Alex Ferguson.

"Nothing quite like the Beckham-Ferguson incident ever happened during my career at the City Ground," said Burns. "But the players certainly got their fair share of ear-bashings from Old Big 'Ead. Cloughie didn't need to kick football boots around. He got his points across with words."

Writing his excellent column in the Nottingham Football Post (February 22nd, 2003) Burns joked that Clough would have been wasting his time by kicking a football boot. "I would have headed it, Larry Lloyd would have missed it and John Robertson would have trapped it, dribbled it past two people and put it through the open door."

Burns added that even if Clough had kicked a boot, he would have apologised to the player involved. "I can imagine him now. Cloughie would probably have said something like, 'You should have headed that boot with your forehead, son, not let it hit you on the eyebrow'."

City Honour

It's been confirmed that Brian Clough has been given a special honour. The Master Manager has been made a Freeman of the City of Derby. The decision was taken by members of the city council (February 12th, 2003).

"It is basically the highest honour the city can give," a council spokeswoman told this website. The council leader Chris Williamson said the honour was long overdue. Clough took Derby County to the league championship in 1972 and still lives in the city.

His son Nigel, interviewed when the idea was first made public, said his father felt "extremely proud". Although he was born in Middlesbrough, and never forgets his roots, he regards Derby as his adopted home (see item below).

It is hoped that Clough, who is recovering from a liver transplant, will be well enough to receive the honour in May, when he will be presented with a special scroll and a porcelain casket.


Brian Clough has been discharged from hospital following his life-saving liver transplant. A BBC report (February 3rd, 2003) said Cloughie had left the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, three weeks after undergoing surgery.

A hospital spokeswoman said Clough had been formally discharged on Sunday (February 2nd, 2003) after spending the weekend at his home in Derby. "He has done very well and doctors were very pleased with his progress," she said. "I saw him last week and he looked tremendous. He will come back for regular check-ups."

Website editor Marcus Alton said: "It's great to hear that Cloughie is now out of hospital. Let's hope he continues to make a speedy recovery. The number of tributes sent by his fans show how much they think of him. They can't wait to hear more of his wise words!"

Special Present

Cloughie's son Simon has a special present to help his Dad's recovery from a liver transplant operation. A new granddaughter called Hannah Elizabeth.

"She is my fourth child and all my kids are looking forward to seeing their grandfather up and well," Simon told the Nottingham Evening Post (January 28th, 2003). He said he had visited his father in hospital and that the tributes sent by fans would help him recover.

"The sheer volume of messages has been overwhelming," said Simon. He added that the last few weeks had been tough. "It's been a real roller-coaster ride because my wife gave birth while all this was going on. We have a beautiful little girl, but there have been times when we haven't known whether to laugh or cry." He said his father was in good spirits.

More Messages

Stars from the football world have been passing on their best wishes to Cloughie following his liver transplant. His former goalkeeper Peter Shilton said: "I've always enjoyed a great relationship with Cloughie. Football needs people like him. I look forward to seeing him up and about."

Former England striker Gary Lineker said: "Brian Clough is a unique character. He's had his troubles over the years, let's hope he gets over this one." Trevor Francis added: "All my family wish him the very best. We have a lot to thank him for."

Messages have also come from Gordon Banks, John McGovern and Garry Birtles. Commented Banks: "I was delighted to hear Brian has been fixed up so quickly with a new liver. It's great news for everyone who was part of his era as a player and manager." Said McGovern: "I was surprised to hear about the operation because the last time I saw him he looked in good nick. But I'm delighted it was successful. He was simply the best."

Birtles remarked: "I'm just looking forward to seeing him giving everyone a good old rollicking again, because that will prove he's back on form!" Another former Forest striker, Nigel Jemson, sent his best wishes before playing for Shrewsbury in the FA Cup. He told the Sun (January 25th, 2003): "I'm sure he will be sat up in bed watching our match. And if seeing one of his old boys makes him feel a little bit better, I hope I can oblige."

The chairman of the League Managers Association, John Barnwell, told the Sun: "Brian is vice-president of the LMA and we have been inundated with calls from past and present managers to pass on their best wishes. It's quite staggering the number of people he has 'touched'."

Health Update

Doctors say Cloughie is continuing to make good progress after his life-saving liver transplant. He has now been moved out of the High Dependency Unit at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle and is on a normal ward (January 23rd, 2003). This website is passing on Get Well messages to the Great Man to help his recovery. Send your message using the automatic e-mail link and please include your town/city.

Said website editor Marcus Alton: "I have sent him a card along with a pile of get well messages received by e-mail. I'll be sending more very soon. The response from his fans around the world has been fantastic and shows the tremendous affection they feel for a very special man."


Brian Clough has undergone a life-saving liver transplant. The surgeon who performed the operation said Cloughie had just two months to live before the surgery was carried out. He is now said to be recovering well at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle following the ten-hour operation. His son Nigel told the Sun newspaper: "Dad's had a liver transplant and he's doing OK."

The transplant team also found cancer in the diseased liver. The surgeon Derek Manas told reporters (January 20th, 2003) the operation took place a week ago. He said it was an urgent operation because the liver disease was chronic and had reached the point where the organ could not repair itself. "He is very lucky," said Mr Manas. "He is recovering very well. In fact things are going so well he could be going home in a week."

Mr Manas said Cloughie was in good spirits. "He is being his old self, teaching us all how to play golf and teling us what, and what not, to do. He is being a model patient. He has gone through a very traumatic thing. He has praised the hospital and the team around him." He is recovering in the hospital's high dependency unit and has been watching television.

The news comes after Cloughie revealed last year that drinking too much had affected his health. In his book, Walking on Water, he said he was still having treatment for a damaged liver. Mr Manas said strict tests had shown Cloughie had not been drinking for at least six months.

His fans wish him a speedy recovery. Send your messages of support using the automatic e-mail link and they will be passed on to the Great Man himself. The first batch of e-mails has been sent to the hospital. Please remember, this website is the only dedicated on-line tribute to Old Big 'Ead. As many messages as possible will also be included on the Your Tributes page.

Website editor Marcus Alton said: "All his fans around the world wish him all the very best for a speedy recovery. He is a football legend and a national treasure. I hope it's not too long before he's back on his feet and watching his son Nigel play for Burton Albion."

New Honour

The Master Manager could receive a special honour. Cloughie is set to become a Freeman of the City of Derby. The local council will hold a meeting to consider bestowing the title on the former Rams boss. Old Big 'Ead has already been made a Freeman of the City of Nottingham.

Derby City Council says Clough's footballing achievements are legendary. It also credits him with putting a smile on the face of the city at a time in the early Seventies when the main employer, Rolls Royce, went bust.

Cloughie's son Nigel says his Dad is very proud. Clough Senior has lived in Derby for more than thirty years and regards it as his adopted home, although he never forgets his roots in the North-East.

"He is exremely proud and a little surprised," Nigel told BBC Radio Derby (January 17th, 2003). "Despite taking jobs in various parts of the country over the years, he has always lived here. Derby is his adopted home. He feels a great affinity with the people. The number of those who turned out for his book signings really surprised him."

The leader of the city council, Chris Williamson, said Clough had agreed to accept the honour but a special meeting would be held in February to formally approve it. "It is a symbolic gesture which is rarely given out," he said. Clough will be the only living Freeman of the City and the first to receive the award since 1968.

The Legend

Old Big 'Ead has been described as a "legend" and a "genius" by the Nottingham Forest manager Paul Hart. "Everyone still talks about him. Fathers are now passing on stories to their children," Hart told the Daily Star (January 4th, 2003).

"Forest should be proud of what it achieved. Through the genius of one man it won back-to-back European Cups and the Championship and I doubt whether a club of this size will manage that again."

The Reds boss also revealed one of the secrets behind Cloughie's brilliant style of management. "For home games he came in twenty minutes before kick off and always sat in the same place at half-time, sipping tea. 'Stretch your legs, lads,' he said. 'Relax.'

"We were once two-nil down to Manchester United and at the break he said 'You don't deserve to be two-nil down.' But we did. He added, 'We'll win this. Just get the ball.' We won 3-2."

My Saviour

The Nottingham Forest manager Paul Hart has revealed how Cloughie rescued him from the lowest point of his career. Hart had lost the manager's job at Chesterfield in 1991 and had been unemployed for seven months when Clough offered his former defender some short-term work at Forest. "Cloughie got me off the street and back into football," Hart told the Daily Mail (January 4th, 2003).

"The phone hadn't rung for seven months, even though Cloughie had recommended me for just about every job going. Then he called me one night and said, 'I keep telling everyone how good you are, so may be I should give you a job myself.'" .

All Hart

Old Big 'Ead has given the thumbs-up to Paul Hart's style of football at Nottingham Forest. He said there was no doubt that Hart was getting the team to play in exactly the right way. Quoted in the club's matchday programme (January 1st, 2003), Clough commented: "Everyone he picks seems to want to get the ball down and play it on the ground. And that goes from back to front. I genuinely feel there is no reason why Paul should not go from strength to strength...and take Forest with him."

Young Blood

The Master Manager has revealed the secret of nurturing young talent. Commenting on the teenage star Wayne Rooney, Clough says the Everton boss David Moyse needs to "kill him with kindness." He says it's vital that a "gifted youngster" like Rooney is encouraged and that the manager's door is always open to him.

Clough tells the January edition of Four Four Two magazine: "People used to think I was a monster and ogre to young players when I was a manager. Not true. Provided they were punctual, had short hair, smiled a lot and gave everything on the pitch, they had no grief from me." There are more great comments about Rooney and the Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger in this top footie publication.

El Tel Is Swell

Brian Clough has given his support to the under-pressure Leeds boss Terry Venables. Speaking on BBC Radio Five Live (December 7th, 2002), Cloughie said Venables needed more time to get it right. Old Big 'Ead was speaking from experience. He spent just forty-four days as manager of United, before being ousted in a deal which he admits gave him vital financial security.

Said Clough: "I'm surprised things haven't gone a bit better for him, but he's only been there five minutes and if you think a man has ability, as I think Terry has, then eventually in time it will come out."

Double Take

Cloughie's son Nigel appeared alongside the Master Manager at a special book signing (December 4th, 2002). The pair met fans at a bookshop in Burton, the town where Nigel is player-manager of the local club, Burton Albion. A week earlier Clough Senior had watched his son score a penalty in the FA Cup replay against Oldham at Eton Park. Although Nigel scored, the Brewers lost in a penalty shoot-out.

Before the match, Nigel told Sky Sports it was difficult to be compared to his father. He said: "When I started playing in a similar position to him, he was always quick to mention the fastest 250 league goals he scored, a record which is still unbeaten. Then when I went into management, you realise you're not going to quite achieve all the things he did....because he reminds you so often!"

Brian Signs Up

A number of extra book signings have been announced in the run-up to Christmas. The Great Man will make several personal appearances, so fans can meet their hero and have a book signed. For more details, visit the book page.

Fans Meet Hero

The Master Manager signed more copies of his latest book when he visited Eton Park to watch Burton Albion (November 23rd, 2002). Fans approached Cloughie in the stand at half time to ensure they had their copies signed personally. Wearing an overcoat on a cold afternoon, Brian watched his son Nigel string together some excellent passes, although the Brewers were beaten 2-0 by Woking.

Sven Gets Stick

The England coach Sven Goran Eriksson has sent the national team into freefall, according to Cloughie. He says that after a bright start, Eriksson is to blame for England's dismal displays since last summer's World Cup.

"I've been off the booze for more than six months now. Strict doctors' orders. The only times I've been tempted were when I was watching England against Slovakia and Macedonia. If I ever go back to the bottle, Eriksson will get the blame," Clough told The Sun (November 20th, 2002).

Special Guest

Old Big 'Ead produced more classic quotes when he appeared as a special guest at a football forum at Pride Park in Derby. Cloughie was again in fine form as he answered questions from the audience. Referring to Sir Alex Ferguson and the number of European Cups both men have won, the Master Manager commented: "For all his horses, knighthoods and championships, he hasn't got two of what I've got. And I don't mean balls!"

Clough also made his strongest attack yet on the FA officials who failed to appoint him as England manager. "I got the feeling that Lancaster Gate were frightened of me," he said. "As interviews go, I felt I had walked it. I had the experience required. But I didn't get it. They appointed Ron Greenwood and he wasn't even on the shortlist!"

Raising his voice, Clough continued: "Ron Greenwood fitted the bill. Their bill. They weren't worried about the standing of English football in Europe. They weren't worried about gates. They were worried about themselves. They didn't want me invading and making waves. I should have had it. The timing was right."

The evening had plenty of light-hearted moments too. He burst into song, giving a short rendition of "You've either got or you haven't got style". He then remarked: "And we've got it, haven't we?" The applause which followed showed that his fans had enjoyed every moment. The forum was broadcast on 106 Century FM (October 22nd, 2002) having been recorded three days previously.

Clough's Secret

Brian Clough says his secret for success in derby matches was making sure his teams were relaxed. The Master Manager was speaking on the eve of the First Division clash between his two former sides, Derby County and Nottingham Forest at Pride Park (October 20th, 2002). In an interview with his former captain John McGovern, Clough told BBC Radio Nottingham he treated the preparation for a derby match like any other.

"I used to take great delight, pleasure and pride in sending a side out to be prepared for every match," said Clough. "We found a formula. I hit on the idea very early-on that you couldn't send out a team which was nervous. Anybody who is nervous, whatever their walk of life, can't perform to the best of their ability. We knew we had the ability but I didn't want them freezing-up in the dressing room and not portraying everything they had."

Record Stays

The record of forty-two league games without defeat, set by Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest, remains unbeaten following Everton's victory over Arsenal (October 19th, 2002). The Gunners had been closing-in on the record, but failed to beat it. Read Cloughie's previous quotes below.

Unbeatable Clough

The Master Manager says he's still proud of the record set by his Nottingham Forest team which went forty-two games unbeaten in the league. Clough is now hoping that it won't be overtaken by Arsenal. "Ours was a magnificent achievement at any time in football and I don't think it will ever be beaten, " he told the Daily Express (October 5th, 2002). "I know Arsenal are pushing us for it at the moment, but I want our record to stand forever."

Clough continued: "Martin O'Neill and John Robertson were playing for me then and whenever I bump into them, which I do from time to time, they always remind me of the record. The first thing they say when they see me is, 'Gaffer, out of everything we won, that record is the most valuable to us.' It is to me as well."

Forest's record run started in November 1977 and ended in December the following year. The Great Man had a silver salver made to commemorate the record. It is engraved with all the results. "That's how much it means to me. Hey, and tell Arsene Wenger that I want to keep hold of the record please," added Clough.

The former Reds striker Garry Birtles points out that Clough assembled his team without spending pots of cash like Wenger. "Brian Clough cobbled together our team of nearly unknowns and has-beens and turned them into a side that conquered Europe. Arsene Wenger is a top-class manager, but he's spent over 50 million to build this squad. If Brian Clough had that sort of money, I shudder to think how successful we would have been."

Dad's Chat

Old Big 'Ead says he spends more time talking about football with his eldest son, Simon, than with Nigel, the player-manager at Burton Albion. The Master Manager also revealed how he hates watching football on television on his own. Speaking on 106 Century FM (September 20th, 2002) he said: "I have got a lot of things in common with Simon. So, if I have any knowledge to impart or any opinions, Simon kops for it. Then he gives his opinion and you get what I describe as a good footballing discussion."

Clough continued: "I hate watching football on television on my own. The next worst thing is watching with my wife there, because she is not interested in football at all. I find that I'm talking to myself while she is reading a book. I will say 'that's never a corner' and she'll say, 'what's a corner?' So, I get on with our Simon and I don't tend to push any views on Nigel very much."

Brian was appearing on a phone-in on Century and was once again on top form. When talking about changes in football over the years he said: "They call it progress and improvement. It's like this radio studio. The equipment is much better than the studios when I started in management. But the coffee's still rubbish." He also said he had watched the Middlesbrough-Sunderland match while visiting the North-East on his book-signing tour. He said he was impressed with Boro's performance.


The Master Manager's book "Walking On Water" has become a Number One Bestseller, leaping ahead of books about Elvis Presley and John McEnroe. The book tops the list of non-fiction hardbacks in the Mail on Sunday (September 8th, 2002), after jumping from eighth place. You can win a signed copy of the book in an exclusive competition on this website. Visit the competition page. Read about Cloughie's signing sessions on the book page.

Get Tough

Old Big 'Ead says it's time for Sir Alex Ferguson to knock some sense into Roy Keane. Said Clough: "It's got to the stage where Alex has to decide very quickly whether to remove the 'arm around the shoulder' approach...and wallop him! I only ever hit Roy the once. He got up so I couldn't have hit him very hard." Clough discovered Keane and made him a star at Nottingham Forest. Following Keane's well-publicised outbursts, the Master Manager told the Sunday People (September 8th, 2002): "I think Alex should threaten Keaney and say, 'If you don't put your house in order you're going back to Cloughie for a month.' That'll make him bloomin' think."

Collector's Item

The sculptor who made the special bronze bust of Brian Clough has now created another collector's item. Gordon Brown has put together a superb souvenir incorporating a bronze coin and a picture of Cloughie. "It's a tribute to an outstanding man," said Gordon. There are more details about the item HERE.

Competition Under Way

This website has launched a competition to win a signed copy of Brian Clough's new book, "Walking On Water". Just answer the question on the competition page. The book has become a bestseller, making it into the top ten of non-fiction books (Mail On Sunday, September 1st, 2002). There are more details about the book below and on the book page.

Dad's Advice

Brian Clough has issued some timely advice for his son, Nigel, the boss at Burton Albion. Old Big 'Ead says it'll be a tough task for Clough Junior to continue being both a player and manager with the Brewers. "I keep telling him week after week, you can't do two jobs in football," says Clough. "Playing is hard enough and managing is even harder - and at thirty-six you're hardly a spring chicken!"

The Master Manager was speaking to BBC Radio Derby during a special appearance at Pride Park to promote his new book. Hundreds of fans queued to see The Great Man and get their books personally signed (August 24th, 2002). Clough also had advice for Roy Keane. He told 106 Century FM that Keane should apologise to the Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy following their World Cup bust-up.

Said Clough: "If he's man enough to cause a lot of trouble, he is man enough to say I was wrong, I apologise and can I have another chance? Then the manager, if he's a reasonable fella, will say yes, I'll give you another chance."

Fans Cheer Hero

Old Big 'Ead was cheered and applauded by fans as he appeared at a special signing session for his new book (August 17th, 2002). Hundreds of fans turned-up to see their hero and have their books personally signed by The Great Man. The Master Manager presented one lucky couple with a bottle of champagne after they queued for nearly five hours to see him. "You're trying to get me back on the bottle, aren't you?" Clough joked as he handed the gift to Marcus Alton and Sarah Clarke.

Cloughie was in fine form as he continued: "I used to bathe in this stuff and have a glass or two when we won." Marcus told him he was looking well, to which he replied: "I'm feeling well, son. I've got five grandchildren...and they run me ragged."

Fans had broken into spontaneous applause when The Great Man appeared in the main entrance of the Asda supermarket in West Bridgford. They then began singing his name. He smiled and soaked-up the adulation as the memories of the glory days flooded back. It was the first of a series of signing sessions around the country. For more details, see below and follow the link to the book page.

Doctors Orders

The Master Manager has admitted that doctors have told him to stop drinking, or he could die. Brian Clough also revealed he was having "on-going treatment" on his damaged liver. He speaks for the first time in depth about his drink problem in the new autobiography, "Walking On Water" (see below). He says: "They used to say I could walk on water when I was in my pomp as a manager, but how I wish my career hadn't ended the way it did. Walk on water? I know most people out there will be saying that instead of walking on it, I should have taken more of it with my drinks. They are absolutely right."

Old Big 'Ead says drinking impaired his judgement and worried his family. But he says he now knows he must never touch alcohol again. "I'm dealing with my drinking problem and I have a reputation for getting things done."

The book is being serialised in The Sun newspaper, which used quotes from this website to illustrate some of the Master Manager's classic comments. More proof that this is the number one website for Clough news, information and tributes.

Further details of signing sessions on this website (see below).

Great New Book

Brian Clough has written a new fascinating account of his life, called "Walking On Water". It will be officially published on August 19th, 2002. He is expected to attend a special signing sesion in Nottingham two days before. In the book, published by Headline, he will speak out on many issues he has never addressed before. The Master Manager talks fully about his battle with alcohol and how he has found "a new calm" since he retired from management in 1993. Old Big 'Ead will also reveal how he achieved such outstanding success during his career, as well as giving more outspoken views on the state of the modern game and the current crop of managers.

The first signing session will be held at the Asda supermarket in West Bridgford, Nottingham. Many fans are expected to turn-up to meet The Great Man on Saturday August 17th, 2002, at 11.30. The events co-ordinator at the Asda branch, Gail Smith, told this website: "We're really looking forward to meeting Mr Clough. It will be a very special occasion. It's another chance to pay tribute to a remarkable man."

For more details about the book and further signing sessions, keep up to date by visiting this non profit-making tribute website. A date has now been announced for a book signing appearance at Nottingham Forest. Visit the new book page.

Sweet Taste

The Master Manager has praised England's famous 1-0 victory over Argentina in the World Cup. He said the win was vital following the team's "awful performance" against Sweden in the opening group match. Clough told The Sun (June 8th, 2002): "They looked a different team entirely, individually and collectively. So much so that they looked a better side than we realised we had. Every ingredient for baking the perfect cake - and every mouthful tasted beautiful."

Verdict on Keane

The Master Manager has backed the decision to send Roy Keane home from the World Cup. It follows the row between the Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy and Keane, the team captain. Clough, who discovered the raw 18-year-old and signed him for Forest, told The Sun (May 28th, 2002): "He will always be remembered as the bloke who got himself sent home from the World Cup....if I was in Mick McCarthy's shoes, Keane would have to apologise on his hands and knees at my feet and beg to be accepted back into the can't have one player trying to run the show."

Clough also recalled the time he sent Keane home from a foreign trip after the player allegedly misbehaved. "When I heard about it I sent him packing," he told the Sunday Express (May 26th, 2002). "He was going home because no one played the big-time Charlie at my club." Clough added that Keane was a superb footballer. "I have always rated Roy as arguably the best midfielder in the Premiership, if not the world. The lad is that good."

Flaunt It

As England prepare for the World Cup Finals, Old Big 'Ead has again been reflecting on how he missed out on the top job. He says he told the FA interview panel too much. "If you're good at the job, then flaunt it. I certainly did, possibly to my detriment," he told the May edition of Four Four Two magazine. "I missed out on the England job because I told the FA too much they didn't want to hear. It was important to me never to be frightened. If you are, then you send out frightened teams."

Taylor Made

Brian Clough says he's pleased to see Graham Taylor back in football management at Aston Villa. Old Big 'Ead says he admires Taylor's knack of getting the best out of his players and his ability to smile in the face of adversity. Clough told the April edition of Four Four Two magazine: "I'm delighted for all grandads that Graham Taylor is back in top-flight football as a manager. He had a great sense of humour when we used to line up against each other as managers - he needed it with some of the donkeys he had at Watford."

Special Spectator

Old Big 'Ead watched his son, Nigel, set-up Burton Albion's winning goal during a league match over the Easter Weekend. The Master Manager sat in the stand at Eaton Park as the Brewers beat Colwyn Bay 1-0 in the Unibond League (March 30th, 2002). Nigel, the home side's manager, played for the full ninety minutes. Afterwards, Clough Senior faced a short delay in leaving the ground when he discovered two police cars had accidentally blocked-in his son Simon's car. But one of the offending vehicles was soon moved and a smiling Cloughie was driven away.

Classic Quote

Fans have voted for their favourite all-time quote by the Master Manager. The results of an on-line poll by this website are being released in the week the Great Man celebrates his 67th birthday (March 21st, 2002). There have been so many classic quotes to savour over the years. His appearances on radio and television and his columns in newspapers and magazines still produce gems. More than sixty per cent of voters chose the same classic quote. Find out what it is, and who has won a special Clough coin, on the Quote Vote page.

A Thick Ear

Old Big 'Ead says football managers should take more responsibility for the discipline of their players. Clough, who was known as a strict disciplinarian during his outstanding managerial career, says players who regularly get into trouble should be shown the door. He tells the March edition of Four Four Two magazine: "Everyone makes mistakes but not consistently. There's no secret to all this - it's called management. The game hasn't changed all that much since I shuffled off into retirement. Most footballers are thick and they can't really handle the adulation and the money. It's up to managers to help them adjust to the lifestyle."


Shilts Backs Bid

The former Nottingham Forest, Derby County and England goalkeeper, Peter Shilton, has given his backing to this website's campaign to get a knighthood for Brian Clough. Speaking on a visit to the City Ground (March 4th, 2002), Shilton said the honour would be fully justified. He told BBC Radio Nottingham: "When you look at the people who have already received knighthoods, he definitely deserves one. The public like his plain-speaking. He always had very good values in terms of discipline and the way the game was played." Shilton, who played for Clough during Forest's European glory years, was visiting the city to launch a volunteering scheme for the over-fifties.  Previous Knighthood News.


Radio Pride

The Master Manager offered his usual wit and wisdom when he appeared as a radio match summariser for Derby County's game against Manchester United at Pride Park (March 3rd, 2002). Clough was immersed in the exciting atmosphere, telling listeners to 106 Century FM that it was a fantastic match. He was full of praise for United's Ruud van Nistelroy, who collided with the Rams keeper Andy Oakes in the opening minutes. Said Clough: "He was brave. He didn't look for the goalkeeper, he got his head to the ball. Is he a Dutchman? Considering the Germans got through Holland in ten hours, he was brave for a Dutchman." Clough also made a cheeky comment about a male streaker who ran onto the pitch - read his verdict on the Quotes Page. There'll be a full report on his radio appearance in the near future.  


Hell Of A Job

The Great Man has given his backing to Derby County's appointment of John Gregory as the new manager. Clough was at Pride Park to watch Gregory guide the Rams to victory over Spurs on February 2nd, 2002. He also saw Derby lose at home to his former side Sunderland a week later and shook hands with the visitors' manager, Peter Reid. Speaking on a radio phone-in (February 12th, 2002) about Gregory's chances of keeping Derby in the Premiership, Clough said: "Good luck to him. He's got the experience. He's also got a hell of a job on his hands." 


Send A Postcard

The Master Manager says he still keeps in touch with the former Forest player Martin O'Neill since his move to Celtic. "Martin will send an occasional postcard reminding me that I haven't been up to Scotland to see him," Clough told The Times newspaper (February 9th, 2002). In an article looking at O'Neill's transformation into a talented manager, Clough says: "Having spent the best part of ten years with me at Nottingham Forest, nothing will surprise him. When he first met me he thought I was nuts. When he left me, he was absolutely certain." 


Advice For Sven

Old Big 'Ead says Sven Goran Erikkson should take the England team on holiday to Majorca just before the World Cup Finals start this summer. "I'd sit them down on a beach with their loved ones and bairns and tell them to do nowt more strenuous than build sandcastles and down the odd glass of beer," says Clough. He also tells the February edition of Four Four Two magazine that Michael Owen will be vital to England's success. "Owen has come on so well that Sven must utter a silent prayer as he sits in his London mansion, humming along to his Abba records."   


On His Todd

The Master Manager has criticised the board of directors at his former club, Derby County, for parting company with Colin Todd. "Sacking someone after just ninety days in charge is ludicrous," Clough told The Mirror newspaper (January 16th, 2002). "The directors have got it all hopelessly wrong. The most important thing they ever have to do is appoint the manager. Colin Todd is the second one they have got rid of this season." Clough added that Todd's successor would face a tough task. "It will be difficult enough for the poor bloke to win a single match, never mind keep Derby in the Premiership. He will have an impossible job, an horrendous task."


Strike A Light

Old Big 'Ead was in fine form during another appearance on a radio phone-in. Referring to football directors who know nothing about the game, he said: "The only match they've seen is in a box of Swan Vestas."  One caller thanked the Great Man after he gave Cloughie a lift and the Master Manager repaid the favour by sending some flowers and a get well card to the caller's sick wife. "Don't tell everyone, or they'll all want roses," joked Clough. He ended the session on 106 Century FM (January 8th, 2002) by promising to appear as a match summariser. "I'd like to add a little to your repertoire and experience," he said. "And by 'eck do you need some help." 



The knighthood campaign started by this website will continue, following the omission of the Master Manager from the New Year's Honours List. Fans know that he deserves the accolade far more than Sir Alex Ferguson. Recent coverage on BBC Radio Five Live proved he's the popular choice. The e-mails speak for themselves. Please keep sending them. Another batch will be sent to the government. See the knighthood page.


On The Bench

Old Big 'Ead has named the substitutes in his Forest Dreamteam. It follows his selection of the best eleven players who served him at the City Ground (see below). The substitutes are: Hans van Breukelen, Larry Lloyd, Ian Bowyer, Martin O'Neill and Nigel Clough. "I couldn't overlook my son for a place on the bench, even if the competition included the likes of Tony Woodcock," said Clough. "He got more stick from me than any other player but came bouncing back and always did his job to the best of his ability."  


A Friend Remembered

The Master Manager has paid tribute to the football commentator Brian Moore, who died during 2001. Clough and Moore worked together many times over the years and Old Big 'Ead attended his friend's funeral in September. "I would have been heartbroken not to have been there," Clough told a special programme about Moore on the radio station talksport (December 24th, 2001). "He died too soon. He had enough love to last another twenty years." Clough recalled a number of anecdotes about the man who became a family friend. 

"I was working with him at London Weekend Television and I was having trouble with the autocue. It kept stopping. So Brian said to the studio staff, 'why don't you write it on some idiot boards?' I told him, 'Don't call me an idiot', and we laughed. It broke the ice. I also remember going to see him when I was at Brighton. We'd lost 8-2 at home and they'd taken bets in the studio on whether I would turn up. Only one person bet that I would be there. And it was Brian. He gave me great confidence and was a very genuine man."  


Give Me A Break

Old Big 'Ead says it's "garbage" to blame tiredness for Manchester United's recent dip in form. He told The Sun newspaper (December 14th, 2001) he couldn't understand why some of their top players had been rested. "Is it right some of them have complained of tiredness? That Fergie has had to rest them because they were tired? That's garbage. We used to play Saturday-Wednesday-Saturday. I picked the same team - my best team - as often as I could. Don't tell me the Champions League has changed the demands of the game that much." 


Money Trouble

Brian Clough has spoken of his sadness over Nottingham Forest's financial plight. During a radio phone-in (December 13th, 2001), he called on fans to back the club. "If it's true what I hear that they are losing seventy, eighty, possibly 100,000 a week, nobody can survive that. The place will go bankrupt, there will be padlocks on the gates and the turnstiles locked," he said. 

"It makes me very sad. I think of the eighteen years I spent there and I think most of it has been wasted away somewhere along the line. We built the team to compete with Liverpool and Manchester United. It does sadden me but you have to be an optimist. Nottingham Forest has got to get on the front foot and the city has got to get around them too." 

The Master Manager also criticised the Forest directors for telling boss Paul Hart not to pick Chris Bart-Williams, after the player turned down two transfers. Clough said the board had put the manager "in an impossible position." He said it was up to the manager to pick his best team and it was dangerous to let directors have a say in the selection. "Once you open the door to them, they want to do everything," he told 106 Century FM. "Let them clean the baths if they want to." 


TV Trouble

Old Big 'Ead says he's not surprised that ITV failed to attract big enough audiences for their Saturday evening football programme. "The timing was daft, because at seven-o-clock you're not back from the post-match inquest in the pub and the good lady of the house wants some escapism like Cilla Black," he says. In the January edition of Four Four Two magazine Clough says half-past-ten is the perfect time to watch football and unwind. He adds: "By moving from the BBC to ITV, Desmond Lynam dropped the biggest clanger since I slagged off that Polish goalkeeper." 

Clough also has some choice words to describe the Manchester United goalkeeper, Fabian Barthez, who has made a number of errors this season. "Barthez looks at times as if he's had more red wine than even I ever managed to drink - he's far too erratic."  There are more Clough opinions on Manchester United, Ipswich and Nottingham Forest in this excellent magazine.


The Dreamteam 

The Master Manager has named Trevor Francis and Garry Birtles as the best strikers who played for him at Nottingham Forest. Cloughie was listing his Forest Dreamteam, made up of the top players who served him at the City Ground. He said: "Picking my best team used to come easy to me, but this was different. When you think of all the names who have played for Old Big 'Ead down the years, the list is almost endless." 

His Dreamteam is: Peter Shilton, Viv Anderson, Stuart Pearce, Des Walker, Kenny Burns, Roy Keane, John McGovern, Archie Gemmill, Garry Birtles, Trevor Francis and John Robertson. 

Clough added: "It's that good a team my son can't get in it - and he's the second highest scorer in the history of the club. I think he's entitled to ask if there is a place for him on the bench!" A limited edition framed montage of the team, signed by Clough, is available from the photo agency, Empics. Read the special Dreamteam feature


Skipper's Support

The former Nottingham Forest captain John McGovern has again pledged his support for the campaign to get a knighthood for the Great Man. Interviewed on BBC Radio Five Live (November 27th, 2001) about this website's campaign to get the ultimate accolade for Cloughie, McGovern said: "His record speaks for itself. He stood for everything that is good for the game." When compared with other managers, there was no contest. "The speed with which he achieved success, with less money to back him up, beats everyone else into a cocked hat." 

Message from the Editor: Thanks for all the e-mails of support following the feature on BBC Radio Five Live. Please keep sending them. It will take time to read them all, but I will publish as many as possible. More are now featured on the knighthood messages page. 


Bid Gets New Hart

The Nottingham Forest manager Paul Hart has given his backing to this website's campaign to get a knighthood for Old Big 'Ead. Hart, who played under Cloughie in the Eighties, said: "I give my full support to the campaign to try and obtain a knighthood for Mr Clough. Good luck with your endeavours."  More than one-thousand e-mails of support have now been received. The latest batch has been sent to the Culture Secretary, Tessa Jowell. In reply, government officials in the Honours Unit have said Clough remains under consideration. 

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Top Man

The Great Man produced another classic quote in a television interview (November, 2001). Talking about his greatest ever Forest team (see the item below), he told Central TV: "I wouldn't say I was the best manager in the business. But I was in the top one."   



The Master Manager has visited the City Ground again and told the Reds manager Paul Hart that he's "doing a great job."  Clough said he had watched Forest play West Bromwich Albion on television and he was impressed with the way the team had "knocked it about." He added: "Nobody believed in a passing game more than me and I'm delighted you're following Old Big 'Ead's philosophies." 

The Great Man was signing framed copies of his dreamteam, made up of his all-time favourite Forest side. The team comprises players from throughout his managerial reign at the City Ground. The official Forest website invited visitors to name this special Forest XI (see item above). The limited edition framed montage has been compiled by the photo agency Empics. Visit their picture gallery, where you can order Clough photo's. 


Clough signs to put his dreamteam in the frame. 



Cloughie Walks on Water

Brian Clough has reminded football fans about his great talent for walking on water. He told a radio phone-in that the River Trent next to Nottingham Forest's City Ground had posed no problems for him. His comments on 106 Century FM were connected with a question about how he ensured his players behaved themselves on the pitch, including fining them. He said: "I used to look up at Larry Lloyd and think that one of these days he's going to belt me and I'll finish up in the Trent. But I would have had no trouble in the Trent because I had a path I used to walk across."  


Hunting in Packs

The Great Man has taken another swipe at the football chairmen who keep sacking their managers. He describes the current spate of managerial casualties as "a barmy situation" and says the chairmen are "a pack of wolves devouring everything in sight." Speaking on a radio phone-in he added: "The chairmen are not making any improvements because all they're doing is sacking the present managers and re-engaging those who've already had the sack from another club."  Clough told listeners on 106 Century FM: "There should be a rule that if the manager goes within a year, then the chairman goes with him."

A full report on his phone-in comments, including his thoughts on Derby, Forest and Sir Alex HERE