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Film 'Slammed,' Reports Mail

Former Leeds United player John Giles has slammed the making of the film 'The Damned United,' according to the Daily Mail. The film is based on the book of the same name which has been criticised by the Clough family for the way it depicts the Master Manager. Giles took legal action against the publishers for the way he was portrayed in the book. Contentious references to Giles were then altered in reprinted editions.

Said Giles: "The Clough family are very upset about this film being made and my sympathies are with them. It's totally unfair as a lot of the book is just complete fiction. You can't have it both ways, using real names in a factual setting but then writing fiction about them." Giles' comments were reported in Charles Sale's column in the Daily Mail.


Bright on Dull Film

BBC football pundit Mark Bright has criticised the forthcoming film about Cloughie. 'The Damned United' is a fictional account of Brian's 44 days at Leeds United and is based on a disappointing novel which paints a dark picture of the Master Manager, presenting imaginary inner-most thoughts as fact.

Bright was invited to a private screening of the film and said he did not enjoy it: "I believe the Clough family wanted nothing to do with it. I say they did the right thing, I thought it was poor. My feeling on football-related films is they just don't work." Bright's comments were in his column for the Metro. (February, 2009).


Pass The Fine

Two Cloughie players have revealed how one of them was instantly fined by the Master Manager for making a bad pass. Larry Lloyd explained that his defensive team-mate Kenny Burns received the fine after passing the ball across his own penalty area. "Kenny zoomed a pass right across me, from right to left, to reach Frank Clark at left-back. But it was a square ball, on the edge of the box.

"As soon as the gaffer saw it, he sent Liam O'Kane to the office to type out a fine for £50 and Kenny was handed it at half-time. It was a fine for a bad pass." Kenny added: "As well as the fine he said, 'learn your trade.'" Lloyd and Burns were speaking on Sky Sports' 'The Time of Our Lives' programme alongside former goalkeeper Peter Shilton (February, 2009). All three won the European Cup with Cloughie at Forest.

Despite the fine, Burns said he enjoyed working for Clough. He recalled Stan Bowles buying a rucksack with 'Big Head' written on it - and giving it to Old Big 'Ead. "We'd stopped at Anchorage and the gaffer walked around with it at the airport. You could have a laugh with him. He was probably the easiest man to work for."

Shilton said there was a special aura surrounding Cloughie, which only great managers have. "He was tough image-wise, but deep down he had a soft side. He was genuine. He had a mixture of experienced and younger players and he knew how to handle all of us and get the best out of us."


Leeds Fan Mail

Despite his infamous 44 days as Leeds United manager, Brian Clough later received fan mail from the Elland Road faithful, according to a report on the Daily Mirror website. It says Cloughie's son Nigel recalls that his Dad and the Nottingham Forest team received letters of thanks after the Reds beat Manchester United in 1992, opening the way for Leeds to clinch the league championship.

"I remember that game against United well because we had a lot of injuries and I was forced to play at centre-half," said Nigel. "But what makes it stick in my memory is that after we beat United the club was inundated with letters of thanks from grateful Leeds fans. We all got some mail - even my Dad. We were just doing our jobs, but beating United that day at Old Trafford opened the door for Leeds and they were champions."


Trophy Match

The Brian Clough Trophy was up for grabs for the fourth time this season, when Cloughie's former clubs Nottingham Forest and Derby County faced each other again (February 21st, 2009). The Rams' victory meant they retained the trophy. The match saw Cloughie's son Nigel return to the City Ground, where he established himself as an oustanding player. There's more about Nigel and an archive report about Brian's verdict on his son's managerial abilities, HERE. There's more about the Brian Clough Trophy HERE.


He's All Hart

A former Cloughie player says he hopes inspiration from the Master Manager will help his club to fight the threat of relegation from the Premiership. Paul Hart played for Old Big 'Ead at Nottingham Forest in the 1980's and is now caretaker boss at Portsmouth. Hart is keen to use Cloughie's blueprint for success.

"Brian Clough won European Cups with clean sheets. Everyone was organised and did their jobs," Hart told BBC Radio Solent. "Everything was about clean sheets. I was 30 when I went there. 'Head it, kick it,' those words ring in my ears."

Hart is planning to instil some of the high standards he learned at Forest into his squad. "There was a hierarchy there," he said. "We had a core of senior players with the kids. I roomed with Chris Fairclough. He'd carry my bags to the room and ask 'Which bed would you like? Would you like a cup of tea?' I didn't tell him, it's just what they did. Right through the club there was a respect."


Glorious In Green

Nottingham's statue of Brian Clough has been dressed-up in a giant green jumper for a special occasion. The nine-feet high bronze figure was also lit-up in 'Cloughie green' to match his famous sweater. It was part of the city's Light Night celebrations (February, 2009) and attracted plenty of admirers.


The green sweater was made especially by workers from the city council's community wardrobe department, who matched the colour of the jumper with one of the tribute sweatshirts sold by the city's statue fund to ensure the special garment was 'Cloughie green.' They had also created the impressive green drape which was used to unveil the statue in November, 2008. See more photo's of the statue being dressed in the green jumper HERE.


Landmark Signing

It's thirty years since Brian Clough made history and signed Britain's first one million pound player, Trevor Francis. And looking back at that momentous transfer, Francis remains grateful to the Master Manager. "It was a huge honour to be given the opportunity to play for the best manager," he told BBC Radio Nottingham (February, 2009).

Francis said Cloughie kept him waiting for over an hour when he arrived at the City Ground. "He had an important engagement across the road, playing squash with Garry Birtles! But I didn't mind because I was so thrilled to talk to him and become a Forest player."

Francis signs for Cloughie


In an interview with The Daily Mail, Francis recalled that his first match was on a parks pitch playing for the third team against Notts County, with about 20 people watching. "I took a shot, missed and someone shouted out: 'Youíll have to do better than that, Francis,' and suddenly Clough races halfway around the pitch to berate a supporter, shouting: 'His name is Trevor!'

Francis made his full debut for the Reds against Ipswich and was heckled by the opposition fans. "It got to me. At one stage, the ball flashed across the goal and I punched it into the net. The referee saw it and disallowed the 'goal.' When I returned to the dressing-room I received the biggest dressing-down of my career."

Although it has been reported that Cloughie made Francis' transfer a penny short of one million pounds, Francis says it was actually more than the magical figure. "Iíve since checked with Jim Smith (then Birmingham manager). Actually, with the five percent that went to the League and five per cent to the player and the VAT payments, the actual fee was £1,150,000."


Captain's Trophy

Cloughie's captain John McGovern has been presented with one of the limited edition replica statues of the Master Manager. He is pictured receiving the coveted item from the chairman of the Brian Clough Statue Fund, Paul Ellis, pitchside at the City Ground. The photo is courtesy of John Sumpter. McGovern (left) said he was delighted to have one of the replicas, designed by the same sculptor who created the highly-acclaimed nine-feet high bronze statue in Nottingham city centre.


Most of the 1,000 replicas have been sold but there is a small number still available (please note they are all sold now, Aug 09). The cast for the miniatures is being destroyed and no more will be made. They cost £100 each with profits going to charity, after production and artist costs. They are made of resin with a bronze-colour finish. Each one comes with a numbered certificate. We have announced the winner of this website's competition which offered one of the replicas as a prize.


Special Memories

Three Cloughie players have been recalling their days with the Master Manager, as two of his former clubs, Forest and Derby, face each other in the FA Cup. Peter Shilton, John McGovern and Colin Todd all played for both the Reds and the Rams during their careers. "He built something special at both clubs," said Colin Todd, who also recounted Cloughie's unique motivational methods.

"He was very clever in his assessment of people," Todd told The Daily Mail. "I was a very quiet person. He tried to provoke me. He'd play in the five-a-sides and he'd stand there and kick me whenever he could get away with it. If I snapped, then I'd turn on him and he'd be laughing. He had achieved what he wanted. His attitude was: 'You are a defender, you need to get nasty.'"

Peter Shilton remembered Forest's trip to Liverpool to defend a 2-0 lead in the second leg of their European Cup tie. "It was the biggest match of our lives. We are on the coach just outside Liverpool and Cloughie was wearing his rugby top. Cloughie gets up and says: 'Anyone want a beer?' It was noon! A couple of the lads had one.

"When we got to lunch, he said: 'Anyone want a glass of wine?' Jimmy Gordon had to go around knocking a couple of them up that afternoon! Instead of the lads sitting in their room fidgeting, they weren't. We got the goalless draw we needed and reached the European Cup Final."


McGovern recalled Cloughie ordering the Derby groundsman to get the fire service to drench the Baseball Ground pitch with water, because he believed the team played better on wet surfaces. "When he was at his best, he was dynamite," said McGovern. Brian's son Nigel, pictured above a number of years ago with his father and the famous trophy, will take his Derby side to the City Ground for the FA Cup fourth round replay (February, 2009).


Comic Relief

The Brian Clough statue in Nottingham is helping to raise money for good causes. As part of the launch of Comic Relief this year, a red nose was carefully placed on the bronze figure. It was one of a number of statues of well-known people to feature in the nationwide launch.

The red nose was put on the statue with the full support of the Clough family. In a statement issued through this website, the family said: "We, including the grandchildren, think the Red Nose idea is nice - Brian raised a lot of money for many charities and showed a lot of kindness to many people, particularly those in need, so we fully support the Comic Relief campaign."


It's hoped the publicity, including coverage on television and in newspapers, will boost efforts to raise cash for charity. Since Red Nose Day began in 1985, nearly £7 million has been spent in the East Midlands on more than 500 projects.

The official Red Nose Day is Friday, March 13th, 2009. For more information, visit the website.


A Guiding Hand

Former Cloughie player Garry Birtles says the Master Manager may have had some influence from 'upstairs' when his two former sides were drawn to play each other in the FA Cup. Nigel Clough's Derby County face Nottingham Forest in a fourth round replay, with the Brian Clough Trophy also up for grabs. Ex-Rams boss Billy Davies will be in charge of the Reds for the City Ground match following a draw at Pride Park.

Birtles told the Nottingham Evening Post (January, 2009): "I actually think a certain Brian Clough might have been having a chuckle to himself up there somewhere when the FA Cup draw was made. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if he had a guiding hand when the balls were pulled out of the pot.

"There could not have been a better draw for either of his former clubs. I mean seriously, there just isn't any way that it could be a bigger occasion." There's more about Nigel and an archive report about Brian's verdict on his son's managerial abilities, HERE. There's more about the Brian Clough Trophy HERE.


Still The Best

The former England manager Sir Bobby Robson says Cloughie would still have got the best out of players in the modern game. Writing in the Mail on Sunday (January, 2009), Sir Bobby said life for today's managers is much tougher than when he became Ipswich boss forty years ago.

Neverthless, he says Cloughie's footballing principles would have shone through even now. "I don't think he would have changed in his attitude to players - he was always combative and challenging to get the best out of them. He'd have still sat down with a player and talked through a disagreement before they both decided he was right!

"But he would have had to allow chairmen and chief executives to become involved in the transfer process and negotiations; he would have had to deal with agents, otherwise he wouldn't have had a job.

"I spent the first year as England manager being told Brian Clough would have done a better job than me. It wasn't easy because he was the public and press favourite. But our personal relationship was good enough for him to always give me a kiss whenever he saw me!"


A Bit of Advice

Cloughie's son Nigel says he wishes his Dad was still around to give him a little advice. Nigel was speaking following his appointment as manager of Derby County, the club Brian transformed around forty years ago. And he insisted his Dad's achievements would not be a burden.

"I have seen photo's of my Dad around the club, but we have them all at home," said Nigel. "Coming here won't be anything different and it is something to embrace." Asked what his father would have made of his appointment, he said: "I haven't the foggiest. He would probably say, 'don't be so stupid.' I hope it would have been a positive response. I just wish he was around for a bit of advice." There's more about Nigel's comments - and an archive report about Brian's verdict on his son's managerial abilities, HERE.


Like Father, Like Son

A former Cloughie player says there are many similarities between Old Big 'Ead and his son Nigel when it comes to management. Darren Wassell, who played for both Cloughs, was speaking following Nigel's appointment as Derby County manager. Wassell spent six years under Clough Senior at Nottingham Forest and five years with his son at Burton Albion.

"They aren't the same, but there are more similarities than you would think," Wassell told the Daily Mail (January, 2009). "They both command exceptional loyalty and there are players, me included, who would run through brick walls for both of them. As a player, you want to please and give something back." More on Wassell's comments to come. Also, you can read Brian's verdict on his son's managerial abilities in an article on this website from 2001. Clough On Clough.


Win A Replica Statue

You could win a limited edition replica of the Brian Clough statue. Our latest competition gives you the chance to own a miniature version of the bronze figure which was unveiled by Mrs Clough in Nottingham city centre last November. The replica, made from resin and six inches high, has been designed by the same sculptor who created the nine feet high statue.

One-thousand of the replicas have been made and each comes with a numbered certificate. They cost £100 each, with profits going to charity after production and artist costs. Most have been sold, but to buy one of the remaining few visit www.themediagroup.tv/brianclough. And you can try to win one in our latest competition HERE.


Father's Footsteps

Brian Clough's son Nigel is following in his Dad's footsteps by becoming the new manager at Derby County (January 6th, 2009). Nigel left non-league Burton Albion to take the post which his father had in the late Sixties and early Seventies. "It is a fantastic opportunity," he said. "I know the club inside-out. It has always had a special place in mine and my family's heart and I know that this is one of the most exciting jobs in football."

At an earlier news conference, the Rams' chairman Adam Pearson had confirmed Nigel was one of several potential candidates. He said: "There is obviously a connection with his father, but more importantly he ticks the boxes on a number of other attributes." Nigel faces taking charge of the Rams for two Brian Clough Trophy matches within a month against his former club Nottingham Forest (see below).

Brian managed Derby between June 1967 and October 1973 and transformed a team which had been languishing in the old Second Division. After winning promotion, he then led them to the old First Division title in 1972. They reached the semi-final of the European Cup, a trophy Cloughie was later to win twice with Nottingham Forest - the club where Nigel had an outstanding playing career.


Trophy Matches

Two of Cloughie's former clubs will compete for the Brian Clough Trophy twice within a month, after they were drawn against each other in the FA Cup. The trophy is up for grabs each time Derby County and Nottingham Forest play each other. The Rams and Reds face a Fourth Round FA Cup match at Pride Park over the weekend of January 24th/25th, 2009. Then on February 21st they play a Championship match at the City Ground. There's more about the trophy HERE.


Word Winner

Brian Clough's famous one-liners have led to an unusual accolade. He's won a Scrabble Wordwide Sport Award. Voted for by the public, Cloughie was picked as a top famous figure who has used words to the 'best effect.' The awards are part of the word game's 60th anniversary and recognise the wordsmiths of our time. Other winners include JK Rowling and Barrack Obama.

The edtor of this website, Marcus Alton, said he wasn't surprised by the award. "Cloughie's one-liners are priceless. Whenever he gave an interview, people listened - even those who were not usually interested in football. The catalogue of fantastic quotes, as documented over the years by this website, will undoubtedly stand the test of time."


Signing Sessions

Special signing sessions have been held to promote a popular new tribute book about the Master Manager. Author Marcus Alton has been signing copies of 'Young Man, You've Made My Day,' which has a foreword written by Brian's widow, Barbara.

The book describes how one fanís admiration for his hero led to lasting tributes, on-line and in bronze, for the Master Manager. It includes the full story behind the Cloughie statue recently unveiled in Nottingham city centre.

Cloughie's European Cup winning captain John McGovern has been signing copies of the book. McGovern joined Marcus at the Nottingham Forest club shop.

John McGovern & Marcus Alton


Said John: "There's no doubt the statue is a superb tribute to Brian Clough and it was fantastic to be there in November to see it unveiled in front of thousands of people in Nottingham city centre. I'm very pleased to support this tribute book which describes how the statue came about and is also raising money for the Brian Clough Memorial Fund. I'm sure the book will be a popular stocking filler this Christmas."

The book costs just £7.99 and is available to buy in shops and on-line. Marcus also signed copies of the book at MSR Newsagents in the Broadmarsh Centre in Nottingham on Saturday, December 20th. There are more details about the book HERE.


Tribute Book

Brian Clough's widow Barbara has praised a special tribute book about the Master Manager. Mrs Clough and her family were among the special guests at the official launch of the book entitled 'Young Man, You've Made My Day.' European Cup legends Martin O'Neill, John Robertson and Garry Birtles also attended the event at the Council House in Nottingham (December, 2008).

The book has been written by the editor of this website, Marcus Alton, with a foreword by Mrs Clough. It tells the inside story behind the campaign for a statue in Nottingham and describes the times Marcus met the Great Man. It also explains the inspiration behind this website and the worldwide campaign for a knighthood.

The book contains exclusive photo's of the statue during its production and reveals how the statue fund nearly failed less than two weeks before the planned launch. In the foreword, Mrs Clough describes the book as an inspirational story. It was published on December 8th, 2008, and is available to buy on-line and in shops. More details HERE. Marcus' proceeds from the book are going to the Brian Clough Memorial Fund. Martin O'Neill said he was delighted to receive a copy of the tribute book.

Martin O'Neill & Marcus Alton


Said O'Neill: "It was fantastic that fans raised the money for the statue and I'm thrilled to receive a copy of the book. There is no doubt that Brian Clough was the most charistmatic manager there has ever been." Mrs Clough was also presented with a special copy of the book, as were John Robertson and Garry Birtles.


Replicas Sell Fast

Limited edition replicas of Nottingham's new Brian Clough statue have been selling well. One thousand have been produced and just over 100 remain. Standing six inches high, the miniature statues are on a marble base and with a numbered certificate. They are cast in resin with a bronze-colour finish. Proceeds will go to charity, after production and artist costs. Anyone wishing to buy a replica should visit www.themediagroup.tv/brianclough.


First Win

Cloughie proved to be the inspiration behind the first Premier League win of the season for a women's football team. The manager of Nottingham Forest Ladies, Lisa Dawkins, decided to wear her green tribute sweatshirt during the match against Fulham and guided the Reds to a 3-1 win (November, 2008). Lisa had bought the green jumper from Nottingham's statue fund, during fund-raising for the bronze sculpture in the city. Said Lisa: "He will always be my inspiration and we play the Brian Clough way!"


Statue Praise

Former Cloughie player Garry Birtles has praised the volunteers who raised £70,000 for the statue of the Master Manager in Nottingham city centre. The bronze figure was unveiled by Brian's widow, Barbara, in front of a crowd of more than five-thousand people. Writing his regular column in the Nottingham Evening Post, Birtles described it as a fantastic turn-out for a fitting tribute.

He said: "It cannot be underestimated the impact the man had, not only locally but also globally. You can still go abroad now and say you are from Nottingham and people mention two names - Robin Hood and Brian Clough, which says everything. The fans who raised the money for this can be proud." There is a report on the event, with special photo's HERE.


Statue Unveiled

Thousands of people turned-out to see Nottingham's Brian Clough statue unveiled by his widow Barbara. "The statue is absolutely incredible," Mrs Clough told this website after the ceremony near Old Market Square. The nine-feet high bronze sculpture (above) stands at the junction of King Street and Queen Street. Many of Cloughie's former players attended the unveiling, including a number of European Cup winners.

Viv Anderson said he was very impressed with the statue: "It's a remarkable day for the players and supporters. It's a great tribute to him." Kenny Burns said: "It looks very much like him. But I never saw him as quiet as this!" Tony Woodcock added: "As a Nottingham boy, born and bred, I think it is a fantastic tribute in the city centre." Cloughie's captain John McGovern said: "It's a very fitting tribute. They have got the image absolutely right." See more photo's and watch a video of the unveiling by visiting the Statue Page. There is a report on the event, with special photo's HERE.

The Great Man's eldest son, Simon, has paid tribute to all those who made the statue fund such a success. "As a family we cannot say enough about those who came up with the idea in the first place and then set about the task of raising so much money for the statue," he said.

Simon paid special tribute to the editor of this website and the statue fund committee, as well as everyone who contributed to the project. Mrs Clough has also given a special interview to mark the unveiling. There's more about Simon's comments and Mrs Clough's interview HERE. There are exclusive photo's of the statue arriving HERE.


Statue Arrives

Nottingham's Cloughie statue was carefully lowered into place, ahead of the official unveiling at 1pm on Thursday, November 6th, 2008. The nine-feet high bronze figure arrived early on Sunday, November 2nd, and was lifted by a crane after being transported from a foundry in London by lorry.

On the same day that the statue was installed, it was also revealed that some of Cloughie's famous quotes have been engraved into the new granite paving surrounding the impressive plinth. The quotes are top three voted in an on-line poll through this website. This exclusive photo shows the statue, partly protected by plastic, being put into place.


The arrival of the statue follows a campaign by a small group of volunteers in Nottingham who raised £70,000 in just 18 months. There's more about the statue, including exclusive quotes and photo's, HERE.


Replicas On Sale

Fans will be able to buy a replica of the stunning sculpture. A limited edition of 1,000 miniatures are going on sale. The replicas are produced from the final version of the statue, which is different to the original miniature submitted by Les Johnson. They will be six inches tall and on a slate plinth. Each one will cost £100 and will come with a numbered certificate. The sculptor is entitled to a 10 per cent royalty fee on all proceeds and all profits from sales are being donated to charity, to be chosen by the Clough family.

The firm, The Media Group, is acting as agents to process and despatch all orders. No remuneration is being taken by Nottingham City Council, Nottingham Forest, The Media Group or the Clough family. The first ten have been reserved for Mrs Clough. Cloughie's captain John McGovern will also be presented with one. Anyone wishing to buy a replica should visit www.themediagroup.tv/brianclough.


Trophy Match

Two of the Master Manager's former teams competed for the Brian Clough Trophy for the second time, when they met at Pride Park on Sunday, November 2nd, 2008. The trophy is the prize every time Derby County and Nottingham Forest play each other. The Rams retained the trophy after a 1-1 draw in the Championship match. Read more about the first trophy match HERE.


Special Inspiration

A former Cloughie player has described how inspiration from the Master Manager brought success to his team in Scotland. Jim McInally is the boss of East Stirlingshire, who turned round a 2-1 deficit by scoring three goals in the final 20 minutes to beat Preston Athletic 4-2 (October, 2008).

McInally, who played for Cloughie at Forest in the Eighties, said it wasn't a telling-off that got the best out of his players. Instead he thought back to his teenage years under Cloughie. "When things aren't going your way, you need people to encourage you rather than get on at you," he told the Falkirk Herald.

"When you are down and struggling with your game you need someone to pick you up and, in all my years in football, the greatest man ever for that was Brian Clough. When you were having a bad game he would find something positive to lift you and encourage you. I see a lot of people slaughtering each other when things aren't going well, not just at this club but across football, and I don't think there's a place for that in the game.

"That was the biggest message to them at half-time. I told them they had to stick by each other, because if they did that then I was sure they would get the right result."


Perfect Statue

The statue of Cloughie to be unveiled in Nottingham next month has been given the total approval of the person who knew him best Ė his wife Barbara. Mrs Clough will perform the ceremony on Thursday, November 6th, near Old Market Square where the lasting tribute will stand. Mrs Clough will do so happy in the knowledge that the sculpture of her husband is "just perfect."

Barbara visited the studio of world-renowned sculptor Les Johnson to see the nine-foot high clay figure as the final touches were made. Mrs Clough was delighted with the work: "My daughter Elizabeth and I travelled down to Hampshire to see Les and the statue and we just looked at each other and said 'It's perfection.' It took our breath away. Les has done a marvellous job and captured Brian's personality so remarkably well."

There are exclusive quotes and more information about the statue HERE.


Getting It Right

There's more information about a forthcoming television documentary about the Master Manager. This website originally reported news about the programme several weeks ago, when the producers were appealing for fans to help with home-made archive footage of Cloughie's glory years at Forest (see below). ITV are behind the project.

Reporting in the Daily Mail (October, 2008), Charles Sale says the major documentary will portray a vastly different image of Cloughie than the big screen version that is due out around the same time next spring. The cinema version is based on the controversial book The Damned United which has been criticised by Brian's widow Barbara for the way it portrays her husband. The book is a novel, but written as if it's fact.

Sale says: "ITV have the advantage of many hours of archive material of the real, confident Clough, who did almost all his TV work with them." He adds the producers are in discussions with Clough's family. Thankfully, the documentary will give the Master Manager's friends and family the opportunity to set the record straight.


Hall Of Fame

Cloughie has been officially included in the National Football Museum's European Hall of Fame. He was one of five British managers to be inducted at a special event (October, 2008). His son Nigel received an award on his father's behalf and described it as a huge honour.

Speaking at the dinner in Liverpool, Nigel told this website's editor that his father would have been extremely proud. "He would have loved to have been here in such company, with so many people who he had an immense amount of respect for in his business. I think pretty much everyone who's anyone in European football in the last 30 years is here. A lot of people he competed against and a lot of them he supported over the years."

The guest of honour was Michel Platini, the president of European football's governing body, UEFA. He described Clough's record as a big achievement. Among the other managers inducted was the late Liverpool boss Bob Paisley. Nigel said his father often spoke with affection and admiration about Paisley.

Former Liverpool defender Phil Neal was among the guests and told this website that he was pleased both Clough and Paisley were being honoured (they were the only two managers out of five being inducted who had not received knighthoods - the others were Sir Alex Ferguson, Sir Bobby Robson and Sir Matt Busby).

On Clough's inclusion, Neal said: "It is justified in recognising Brian Clough for what he did for the national game let alone Nottingham Forest too." Cloughie's captain John McGovern said: "It's nice when the football world gets together and says this is true recognition from everyone." Although the football museum is in Preston, the event was in Liverpool because it's the 2008 European Capital of Culture.


Statue Date Confirmed

Nottingham's lasting tribute to Cloughie will be unveiled by his widow Barbara on Thursday November 6th, 2008, at 1pm. The bronze statue, which captures Brian's personality perfectly, will stand nine-feet high.

Said Mrs Clough: "The sculpture will be a fitting tribute and I am really looking forward to unveiling the bronze statue in Nottingham." She thanked everyone who had contributed to making it all possible, including the small group of volunteers who raised the money.

The statue is the work of world renowned sculptor Les Johnson. He has taken special care over re-creating Cloughie's facial features, to ensure they look just right. He told this website: "Iím proud to be involved in such a prestigious project as this. I have tried to capture that special character, that twinkle in the eye."

The money for the sculpture was raised by the Brian Clough Statue Fund. Volunteers smashed through their £60,000 in just 18 months. The statue will be near Old Market Square, where King Street meets Queen Street. There are more quotes, details about the unveiling, plus information on the statue HERE.


 

 

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