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Boro Statue Video

You can now watch video footage of Middlesbrough's Cloughie statue being lifted into place following £20,000 of repairs. The sculpture had to be removed after officials discovered a stress fracture in the right leg, which mirrored the Great Man's ligament injury in 1962. It's thought the crack may have been caused by people leaning or sitting on the left leg.

Following the repairs by a specilaist firm in Surrey, fans can now see how the statue was carefully replaced, with extra support for the left leg, HERE. There is also a photo of the new-look sculpture on our page about the Boro statue and how it was originally unveiled by Mrs Clough HERE.


Viva Las Vegas

The winner of our latest competition lives in Las Vegas, USA. Chris Plant will receive a special signed copy of the tribute book 'Young Man, You've Made My Day' written by the editor of this website, Marcus Alton. Chris' copy is signed by Barbara Clough, Nigel Clough and European Cup legends Martin O'Neill, John Robertson and Garry Birtles, as well as Marcus.

Chris e-mailed to say: "I can't believe I've won the competition. I'm over the moon! Thank you so much brianclough.com. To quote the book title, 'You've made my day!' I had massive respect for Brian Clough, so this will give me something to cherish for the rest of my life." We have also announced the two winners of copies of the Cloughie book of quotes (see the results page). Don't miss the website's other competitions which are still running on the competitions page.


Statue Returns

Middlesbrough's statue of Cloughie has returned to his home town following repairs costing £20,000. The seven-feet high bronze figure was erected in May, 2007, at Albert Park. But officials noticed a 'fatigue fracture' on its right leg, which mirrored Clough's 1962 ligament injury. It is thought the crack may have been caused by people leaning or sitting on the leg.

Repairs to the bronze statue took ten weeks and were carried out by a specialist firm in Surrey. Councillor John McPartland, chairman of the Brian Clough Statue Fundraising Committee, said he was pleased to see the sculpture back. "Brian's countless fans will be delighted that his statue has returned and that, thanks to some innovative work, is still as accessible as ever.

The local council sought expert advice on how to repair the statue from Dr Paul Shelton, a metallurgist at Teesside University. Dr Shelton said: "My ideas were to either secure the leg with a pin which would be unsightly or to slightly change the statue so it looked as though he was coming down a step.

"The statue has been restored by Laurence Flood of Bronze Restorations. Laurence agreed to my suggestion as did the statue's sculptor Vivien Mallock." See the original unveiling HERE.


Magical Memories

There were plenty of fond memories of Cloughie at a tribute evening featuring European Cup legends and Old Big 'Ead actor Colin Tarrant. 'Brian Clough's Way' was staged in front of a packed house at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham (June 2009). Wearing the famous green sweater, Colin reprised the role as the Master Manager, alongside Garry Birtles, Kenny Burns, Larry Lloyd, Tony Woodcock and John McGovern. There was also a suprise appearance by John Robertson.

Welcoming Woodcock on to the stage, Colin referred to the former striker's long hair. "I hear that this night was all your idea, young man," he said. Woodcock confirmed it was. "In that case, there is a brain under that barnet. Now, get your hair cut!"

The players recounted stories of working with the Master Manager during an evening compered by the BBC's Pat Murphy. He asked each player where they were when they heard the Great Man had died. Larry Lloyd said he was in an apartment in Spain. "I was absolutely gutted. We were not the best of pals but I'll never forget what he did for me. He was a genius of a man - and there are not too many of those around." There's more about the show, and a similar one in Derby, HERE.


Timeless Quote

Following the failure of Alex Ferguson's Manchester United to retain the Champions League trophy (May, 2009), it's timely to remember Cloughie's brilliant quote about his own achievement of winning successive European Cups. Referring to Fergie, the Master Manager said: "For all his horses, knighthoods and championships, he hasn't got two of what I've got. And I don't mean balls!" Priceless.


Deadline Days

Although the deadline has now closed for the competition to win a book signed by Barbara Clough and European Cup legends, we are still running other competitions on the website, with prizes of a Cloughie book and DVD. Visit the competition page HERE.


Vandal Caught

A prolific vandal has admitted spraying graffiti on the bronze statue of Cloughie in Nottingham. City council workers quickly cleaned-up the mess. Dominic Luke-Clarke of Alfreton Road in Radford was caught on CCTV. He appeared at Nottingham Magistrates Court (reports the Nottingham Evening Post, May 2009).

The vandal has already spent time in jail for breaching an anti-social behaviour order in connection with graffiti. In court, no applications for bail were made. He will next appear before magistrates on June 15th. Magistrates said the case could be sent to Nottingham Crown Court and warned Luke-Clarke he could face being jailed again. The area around the statue is covered by CCTV.


McGovern's Memories

Cloughie's captain John McGovern has revealed how the Master Manager felt a sense of disappointment, even after winning the European Cup. McGovern says the whole Nottingham Forest team wished they had performed better in the final against Malmo in 1979.

"As soon as the final whistle went there was jubilation and an adrenalin rush because you know you've won the thing," said McGovern. "But then you get back in the dressing room and there's a reflection and that's when the disappointment kicked in. Yeah, disappointment. We wished we'd done it better. We knew we could have done it better."

In an interview marking the 30th anniversary of that first European Cup win, McGovern told the Scotland on Sunday newspaper: "It was very quiet in the dressing room after. If you look at Cloughie when the final whistle goes there's video of him just standing there with a straight face. No emotion at all. That's what he was like in the dressing room.

"We thought we were miles better than they were and we wanted to prove it. We sat there as a group and we wished we'd done it more convincingly because we knew we were a better side than the performance we'd put on. I suppose that was a reflection of the manager's standards. We didn't just want to win, we wanted to win with glory. We wanted to do it all."

Paying tribute to the Master Manager, McGovern said: "We were together a long time but I never got close to him, not at all. He was my manager, I worked for him and he was brilliant to work for, inspirational and frightening in almost equal amounts. He saw things in me that other managers didn't and that was his genius. He was such a clever, clever man."


Champion Tribute

Former Cloughie player Kenny Burns has described the Master Manager as a 'father figure' to him. In an interview ahead of the Final of the Champions League (May, 2009) Burns told the Sunday Herald newspaper: "At this time of the Champions League final, I'm thinking so much about Cloughie. He was so full of fun."

Burns added: "Brian Clough was a great man and very much a father figure to me, 'cos I was adopted. I went to his memorial service at Pride Park - and that was hell - but I just couldn't go to the funeral 'cos it would have been too upsetting for me. You would have loved him, he would make you laugh and he would have you in tears."

Asked whether he would be supporting Manchester United in the final, Burns said: "I hate them, they win everything. Fergie? Hey, there's bad losers and there's bad losers. Fergie belongs to the second category. Other people have to be gracious in defeat, but he comes out regularly and blames it on just about everything. Plus, of course, he's got a face like a fearless beekeeper!"


Photos From Fans

Cloughie fans have been sending us their photographs of the fantastic statue in Nottingham city centre. Some of the pictures are now included in a new feature on the website. Keep sending your photo tributes and memories of meeting the Great Man. See some of the pictures HERE.


Paul's Praise

Former Cloughie player Paul Hart has paid tribute to the Master Manager, knowing that his influence has helped to keep his latest club in the Premiership. Hart is boss at Portsmouth who have secured their status in the top flight and faced Clough's former club Sunderland in their final home match of the season, winning 3-1 (May, 2009).

"A lot of my way of doing the job is down to how Brian used to look at things," said Hart, who was signed by Clough at Forest 26 years ago. "He kept it simple. He said if you could kick it, head it and keep clean sheets everything else was a bonus. He said don't argue with referees, don't roll over, say yes please and no thank you. Nothing complicated. That's how I've tried to put it over to the players here.

Speaking before the match, Hart added: "I don't know if Cloughie will be looking down when we play Sunderland. Remember he was a legend as a player at Sunderland even though injury finished him at 28 and I'm not sure whether his loyalties would be with me or them - probably split. But if he judges me as a manager he will probably say all right but not enough clean sheets.

"The fact is, I would be embarrassed to have my name linked with his in the same sentence that also contains the word manager. He was fantastic. He left a legacy at Forest of how to play the game and although not everybody liked him everybody respected him."


Flower Power

A close friend of the Clough family has revealed more about the Great Man's special brand of man-management. Don Shaw says Brian kept a record of the birthday of each player's wife and then sent them flowers - without the player knowing. The grateful recipient would then thank her husband for the gift.

"The team could be in Rome, Moscow or Leipzig when the celebratory day occurred and Clough would despatch flowers to the wife, but in her husband's name," says Shaw. "The delighted wife would call her husband at the hotel. 'You are lovely. And it's your big game tonight. I wouldn't have minded if you'd forgotten.' The player, mind working feverishly, would say, 'Glad you got them.'

"Later Clough would casually ask: 'Oh, it was your wife's birthday today. Did you send her flowers?' And the player, covered in confusion, would stammer 'Yes, she got them, thanks boss,' and race on to the pitch that night, determined to pay him back by playing a blinder."

Shaw's memories of the Master Manager are documented in his new book, 'Clough's War' which tells the inside story of Brian's epic rise and fall at Derby County. The book, published by Ebury Press on May 7th, 2009, describes how Shaw (with Clough's encouragement) ran the campaign to keep the Great Man at Derby in the early Seventies. It's a fascinating page-turner which gives a dramatic account of what went on behind closed doors. Read a review of the book HERE. We also have a competition for you to win a copy of the book HERE.


Win DVD

In our latest competition, we're giving you the chance to win a copy of the excellent new DVD about the Master Manager. The disc, produced by ITV Sport, features the recent television documentary plus more than an hour of extra footage not shown in the original programme. Read more about the documentary and DVD HERE. Enter the competition to win a copy HERE. For the first time, we are running three competitions at the same time - there are more competitions HERE


Nott'm Legend

Brian Clough has become the centre of fighting talk between Nottingham's boxing sensation Carl Froch and supporters of the former world champion, Joe Calzaghe. Froch, a current world champion, is a big Cloughie fan and had publicity photo's taken next to the Master Manager's statue in Nottingham.

Froch has repeated calls for the chance to fight Calzaghe, who has now retired. But Calzaghe's Dad, Enzo, says it's not up for discussion, adding: "Froch says he's a legend but the only legend from Nottingham is Brian Clough." (April, 2009).


Statue Plans

Cloughie's son Nigel has backed plans for a third statue of his Dad. The sculpture will be erected at Derby County's Pride Park, where Nigel is manager, and will also feature Brian's assistant Peter Taylor. "A statue has been discussed and suggested for a while and it is lovely that it has come to fruition," said Nigel (April, 2009).

Derby County are now fronting the project, but the BBC has reported that a club spokesman said it was too early to say how the statue will be paid for or how long it will take to create. The scheme follows successful fund-raising efforts by fans which have seen statues unveiled already in Middlesbrough and Nottingham. Clough and Taylor enjoyed their first major success together at Derby, where Taylor ended his career after leaving Nottingham Forest.

Unlike the projects in Middlesbrough and Nottingham, the Derby scheme does not involve a selection process or tendering procedure to decide which sculptor should make the statue. Instead, Derby County has commissioned artist Andy Edwards to produce designs over the next three months. Both families will be asked for their views on a shortlist of options for the artwork. Edwards made Pride Park's bust of Steve Bloomer, who played for the Rams in the 1890's and early 1900's. See Nottingham's statue unveiled HERE and Boro's ceremony HERE.


Star Man

Cloughie has been remembered with a Lifetime Achievement Award at a special ceremony in Yorkshire, the county where he was born. The award was accepted by his son, Simon, during the event organised by the Star newspaper in Sheffield. Speaking afterwards Simon said the award would have meant a lot to his Dad.

"This is the county where his heart lies," said Simon. "He had a great deal of affection for people, particularly football supporters, in this area. He always thought they were very enthusiastic and they followed their team through thick and thin." Brian's widow, Barbara, said the award was very heart-warming, especially as Brian was born in the Yorkshire town of Middlesbrough. "We wish he could have been here," said Mrs Clough. "He would have loved it."

Also at the ceremony was the former referee, Keith Hackett, who is now the General Manager of referees in England. He paid tribute to Cloughie for the way his teams respected referees. "I think all referees of my era would say that officiating Forest and Derby was always a pleasure because you knew full well Brian Clough insisted that the referees had a job to do and the players had a job to do."


Statue Talk

A Cloughie fan has described how he visits the Great Man's bronze statue in Nottingham and keeps him up to date with the football results. Forty-seven year old Richard Walker also sweeps around the nine-feet high sculpture with a broom to help ensure the surroundings are tidy.

"I always have a lump in my throat every time I go and see him," Richard from West Bridgford told the Nottingham Evening Post (April, 2009). "I tell him the Derby County results and the Forest results. I know he doesn't say anything back, but I keep thinking he can hear me."

Richard met Cloughie several times over the years. He says he used to fetch John Robertson's cigarettes when Forest were training - but when Brian saw them he wouldn't let Richard hand them over. "Brian used to say, 'I will have those young man.'"


Cloughie Souvenirs

Cloughie fans now have the chance to buy a superb souvenir of Nottingham's stunning statue of the Great Man - and support charities at the same time. Special fridge magnets have been made featuring a picture of the bronze sculpture.

The attractive magnets are a brilliant way to remember both the Great Man and the fantastic £70,000 statue which was paid for by his fans. They cost just £3.00 each (plus postage and packing), with 50p from each sale going to the Brian Clough Memorial Fund, which is run by the Clough family and gives money to the types of charitable causes that Brian supported. What's more, they are made in Great Britain too. Buy them HERE


Cloughie's Kitchen

Barbara Clough has revealed that Brian was a great cook - and often spent time conjuring-up culinary delights because it helped him to relax. "He loved to do a big pan of soup or stew and he would sometimes put quite odd things in it, but usually they were absolutely delicious," said Mrs Clough. "He took great time and patience in cutting up the vegetables. He really did enjoy it. He said it was complete relaxation for him." Barbara added with a smile, "I was only too happy to let him do it."

Mrs Clough's memories are contained in a new DVD produced by ITV Sport, which we are giving away in our latest competition. The disc features the excellent documentary recently broadcast, plus over an hour of extra footage not shown in the original programme, including interviews with Mrs Clough and Nigel and archive interviews about Brian's time at Leeds United.

The DVD includes two Yorkshire TV specials shown in full - one when Cloughie joined Leeds in 1974 and the other when he came face-to-face with former United manager Don Revie following his sacking after just 44 days. Read more about the documentary HERE. Enter the competition to win a copy HERE. For the first time, we are running three competitions at the same time - there are more competitions HERE


Third Statue

Further steps are being taken to get a third statue of Brian Clough - this time in Derby. Several Rams fans are to meet club representatives to discuss the idea of a sculpture at Pride Park, with a view to setting-up a committee. It follows the success of fund-raising campaigns which have already seen statues erected in Middlesbrough and Nottingham. The Derby memorial would also feature Cloughie's assistant Peter Taylor - the pair enjoyed their first major success together at Derby, where Taylor ended his career after leaving Nottingham Forest. See Nottingham's statue unveiled HERE and Boro's ceremony HERE.


DVD Released

The excellent ITV documentary on Cloughie is now available on DVD, with extra footage not included in the original programme. The disc includes more of the interviews with Barbara and Nigel Clough, plus archive interviews about Brian's time at Leeds United.

The disc features two Yorkshire TV specials shown in full - one when Cloughie joined Leeds in 1974 and the other when he came face-to-face with former United manager Don Revie following his sacking after just 44 days. We're giving you the chance to win a copy of the DVD in a special competition HERE. Read more about the documentary HERE.


Hillsborough Remembered

Twenty years ago Brian Clough led a party of Nottingham Forest players and club officials up the steps of St Mary's Church in the city for a memorial service for the victims of the Hillsborough Disaster. Ninety-six fans died at the FA Cup semi-final between Forest and Liverpool. Former Reds player Brian Laws recalled that after the players were led from the pitch and had returned to the dressing room, Cloughie wanted the game called-off when he heard people had died.

"A chief inspector came in and said that there was a fatality and we were going to have to delay the kick-off," Laws told Liverpoolbanter.co.uk (April 2009). "As soon as he said that word fatality I remember Cloughie turning round and saying 'fatality, lad, if there's a fatality the game's not going ahead. It's a game of football, not life or death. We're going home'."

Looking back on the re-played match, Laws said: "For the first time they didn't want Forest to win, because Forest were loved by everybody for the way we played football and everybody loved Cloughie and wanted him to win the FA Cup. But on this occasion it was secondary."


Vivid Memories

Two former Clough players have been reflecting on their experiences of working for the Master Manager. Viv Anderson and Paul Hart both played in defence for Cloughie. Anderson won two European Cups with Old Big 'Ead at Nottingham Forest. "We did that with no real superstars really," Anderson told Sky Sports (April 2009). "It just snowballed over a period of four years. It did not last long which was a shame. People went their own separate ways but he was a fantastic manager.

"How did he do it? He just bought good players. He bought Peter Shilton, he bought Kenny Burns and he bought Harty later which was a big downer," joked Anderson. Hart, who later managed the Reds, recalled the mind games that Clough used to get the best out of his players. "If you got beaten he said he did not want to see you until Wednesday. By the time Wednesday came, we were climbing up the walls and by the time we finally got to the training field we were a very hungry team."


Second Competition

We're adding another competition to this website - and offering two copies of a hardback book containing some of Cloughie's memorable quotes. 'The Wit and Wisdom of Brian Clough' has been compiled by award-winning author Duncan Hamilton. You can read more about the competition HERE. This is in addition to the competition already launched which offers a copy of a new tribute book signed by Mrs Clough, three European Cup legends and the author Marcus Alton. Visit that competition HERE.


Roy Of The Rovers

A famous footballing name has joined those who say Cloughie should have been England manager. The cartoon character Roy Race, otherwise known as 'Roy of the Rovers,' gave an interview to the Independent on Sunday (April, 2009) to mark the publication of a collector's edition of the comic.

"When I was caretaker manager of England for one game in 1977, I said the full-time job should go to Cloughie, because he was not part of the footballing establishment," said Roy. A recent ITV documentary showed that Cloughie's interview for the England job was a sham (see report below).


Play-off Inspiration

A Football League manager says he hopes the spirit of Cloughie will help his side secure promotion glory. Stuart McCall is planning to take Bradford City into the League Two play-offs, despite a recent slump in results.

McCall told the Bradford Telegraph and Argus (April, 2009) that he was still feeling positive as the next game approached. "I know what I need to be like because this is no time for doom and gloom. I watched a documentary on Brian Clough and took stuff from that. Iím bright and positive about things and that's not being false. We've still got a great chance of making this season a success."


DVD Out Soon

A DVD is being released of the excellent television documentary about the Master Manager. It will contain extra scenes not included in the original broadcast on ITV. The DVD will be launched during April, 2009 - we'll have more details soon. Repeats of the documentary will be shown on ITV4 on April 3rd (8pm) and April 4th (6.25pm). Read more about the documentary HERE.


Classic Interview

The classic television interview in which Brian Clough goes head-to-head with former Leeds boss Don Revie is now available to watch on-line. The Yorkshire TV Special was broadcast live just hours after Cloughie was sacked from Leeds United in 1974, following his infamous forty-four days in charge at Elland Road.

Part of the interview was included in the excellent television documentary about Cloughie broadcast a few days ago. In the original programme, Cloughie faced the cameras along-side his Leeds predecessor Revie and is asked about what went wrong at Elland Road. At one point Revie asks Clough why he took the job after being openly critical of the Leeds players.

"Because it was the best job in the country," said Clough. "I was taking over the league champions. I wanted to have a crack at the European Cup and win it. I wanted to do something you hadn't done." You can read more about Clough's time at Leeds - in his own words - and see the original interview HERE. Read more about the documentary HERE.

Meanwhile, the host of that special TV interview, Austin Mitchell, has been reflecting on that once-in-a-lifetime moment. Mitchell, now an MP in Grimsby, said: "I remember it vividly as I was the only one who would do it. Everybody else at the studio had gone home, and I was a bit worried as I didn't really know much about football," he told the Grimsby Telegraph. "I kept getting questions from my ear piece, but it was a brilliant event, the like of which you would not get today. To even get them together in one studio was amazing."


The Slammed United

There's been more stinging criticism of the controversial film about Cloughie. The BBC's sports correspondent, Pat Murphy, has watched 'The Damned United' and says: "I promise you, Brian Clough was funnier in real life than he was in the movie." Murphy, who interviewed Cloughie many times and wrote a biography, says he counted 17 factual inaccuracies in the film. He told Radio Five Live: "I heard Michael Sheen (who plays Clough) say he was sure about the accuracy of the film. He's wrong about that."

Murphy says he couldn't believe the film depicts Clough hiding in his office during a match against Leeds. "There is a scene where Brian Clough doesn't go out of his office - he couldn't face seeing his Derby County side play Leeds at the Baseball Ground and he's sat there smoking and drinking throughout the whole match. That's a serious condemnation of Brian Clough as a manager. The guy had so much passion, so much ego and pride in a performance. Clough would be eye-balling Don Revie from the rival dugout. The very idea of him sitting in his office is just risible."

In another interview, Murphy says the chronology of the film is wrong - for example, showing Dave Mackay playing for Derby, when he had left two years before. Murphy says the film attempts to tell a story that is 35 years old. "The only reason it is a film now is because of this tawdry book by David Peace, which is a work of fiction...but a lot of people don't see that. They think it is an accurate portrayal of Brian Clough and it wasn't, it was an absolute disgrace.

"There is nothing new in the film, so why wasn't it done in the last 30 years? Because you can get away with it now as the central people are dead. You can't libel the dead. David Peace was interviewed and said it is a portrait, not a photograph. Well, I'm afraid that's 'pseud's corner' tosh."

Cloughie's family have already critcised the book and film (see below) and former Leeds player Johnny Giles has added his strong criticism too. In an ITV documentary, Giles (who took successful legal action over the book) said: "The portrayal of Brian Clough in that book is absolutely outrageous. It's mean, it's mean-spirited and it's wrong."

Giles said it was no co-incidence that all the main figures in the book had passed away. "Had they been alive, that book would never have got out." Murphy adds: "David Peace says he didn't want to upset the Clough family. Well on that basis, I await news of a large donation from him to a charity of the Clough family choice, because he will have made a fair amount of money from selling the book rights to the movie."


England Stitch-Up

It's been confirmed - at last - that Cloughie was the victim of a sham when he was interviewed for the post of England manager. A former Football Association executive has broken more than 30 years of silence to admit Brian never stood a chance, despite being the public's choice to succeed Don Revie in 1977. Ron Greenwood got the job instead.

The FA's press officer at the time, Glen Kirton, revealed in an ITV documentary that Cloughie's interview was a sop to public opinion. "The decision had already been made that Ron Greenwood was the preferred candidate," said Kirton. "There wasn't a vote. Sir Harold Thompson would have said, 'I want to appoint Ron Greenwood,' and they would have agreed. The decision was made beforehand. Ron Greenwood was not on the candidate list."

It's the first time anybody from the FA has broken ranks and admitted that one man, Thompson, was responsible for shaping the destiny of English football. Of course, Brian went on to secure European glory with Nottingham Forest and is always known as the best manager England never had. "It would have been his absolute dream job," Clough's widow, Barbara, told Gabriel Clarke, the ITV reporter for the documentary, shown on Wednesday March 25th, 2009.

Mrs Clough also addressed the controversy about David Peace's novel, The Damned Utd, and the film version of the awful book. "I dismissed it at first as just another book, but I got it and read it and was quite horrified," she said. "They had him chain-smoking and he'd given-up smoking and they had him constantly with a drink in his hand, but he barely drank in those days. He's taken it on himself to write this awful book. But you canít libel the dead.

"The director assures us that it is a warm and affectionate take and nothing like the book and yet I am sure when the film comes out itís going to say, 'based on the book by David Peace.'"

Elsewhere in the programme, Nigel Clough spoke about the success of his father at an early age: "How old was he when they won the League Championship? He wasn't even 40 was he? There's very few younger managers doing that now."

Speaking about the pressure on Brian in the late 1970s, Nigel commented: "In his late 30's I think he felt he could take on the world. As time goes by that diminishes. Nobody got a hint of that vulnerability at all...certainly not the players at work.

"I think he felt the responsibility of everybody else really. Looking after everybody else more than himself." The documentary, narrated by the actor Pete Postlethwaite, looked at Cloughie's life and legacy - told by those who knew him best. It aimed to paint an accurate picture of the Great Man - unlike the inaccurate cinematic depiction (see below) of his time at Leeds United.

ITV used its wealth of priceless archive footage. The programme included the Yorkshire TV Calendar special where Clough faced his Leeds predecessor, Don Revie, on the night the axe fell at Elland Road. The programme's host, Austin Mitchell (now a Labour MP), relived that incredible television moment. There were interviews with friends and former colleagues including Geoffrey Boycott, Martin OíNeill, John Robertson, Roy McFarland, John McGovern, Peter Lorimer, Johnny Giles and Gordon McQueen. Read more about the programme HERE.


Brian's Birthday

It's a very special time to be remembering Cloughie. That's because March 21st, 2009, would have been his 74th birthday. All his fans around the world will not only fondly remember the Master Manager at this time, but will also be thinking of his family. Fans can send their memories HERE, read other tributes HERE and look at knighthood messages HERE. Hey, Brian, we still miss you.


Book Debate

Cloughie will be the focus of two special events to be staged in bookshops. The outstanding record of the Master Manager will be compared with the achievements of former Leeds United manager Don Revie. In the 'Clough Corner' will be Duncan Hamilton, who has written an award-winning book about Brian and has just released a compilation of Clough quotes. Speaking about Revie will be another author, Rob Bagchi, who's written a book about Leeds United.

The first of the two discussions will be held at Waterstones in Nottingham on Thursday April 2nd at 7pm. Tickets are £3 (redeemable against the purchase of either book). The second event will be held at Waterstones in Leeds on Thursday April 16th. At a book signing event in Nottingham last year, Hamilton told the audience that he did not recognise the dark portrayal of Clough contained in David Peace's controversial book 'The Damned United.'


The Panned United

Cloughie's son, Nigel, says he has no intention of seeing the controversial film about his Dad. 'The Damned United' is based on the much-criticised novel about Brian's ill-fated 44 days at Leeds United, which paints a dark picture of the Master Manager. The BBC reports that Nigel is upset at the amount of artistic licence employed by author David Peace and he says it caused his family a great deal of distress.

"I haven't seen the film and don't intend on seeing it," Nigel told BBC Radio Derby. "I go off the principle that if it's the same as the book, which deeply upset my mother when it came out, then I don't think I'll see it.

"It seems strange that someone who never met my father can write this book based on 'faction.' My father wrote two books about his life with John Sadler so I would have thought if you were going to make a film about the person, you could base it on those. There's always rubbish floating about, but this book affected my mother quite siginificantly because it went quite deep."

Cloughie's eldest son, Simon, has already criticised the book, describing it as "a hatchet job" (see report below) and says he won't be seeing the film. Former Cloughie player, Archie Gemmill, has also been critical.

Said Gemmill: "I read the book after seeing it in an airport but I found it completely far-fetched. Brian comes across as insecure and paranoid when in fact nothing could be further from the truth. It was totally fabricated.

"For example, it's littered with swear-words when in fact I can assure you the boss swore very rarely. He was an intelligent man who could easily put his point across without swearing. Obviously people have got to make a living, but if you're an author of any calibre then you've got to stick to the truth if you're writing about a person. I wouldn't go to see it if you paid me."


Signed Book

This website's latest competition offers a fantastic prize - a copy of a new tribute book signed by Barbara Clough, Nigel Clough, three European Cup legends and the author. 'Young Man, You've Made My Day' tells the story of how a Clough fan met his hero and ensured there were lasting tributes, on-line and in bronze, to the Master Manager. It's been written by the website editor, Marcus Alton, with the foreword by Barbara Clough. Enter the competition HERE. Read more about the book HERE.


The Real Picture

It's been confirmed that the eagerly-awaited ITV documentary about Cloughie will be shown on Wednesday March 25th, 2009, at 10.35pm. The programme features exclusive interviews with his widow, Barbara, and son Nigel, along with friends and former colleagues including Geoffrey Boycott, Martin OíNeill, Roy McFarland, John McGovern, Peter Lorimer, Johnny Giles and Gordon McQueen.

The documentary, narrated by the actor Pete Postlethwaite, will look at Cloughie's life and legacy - told by those who knew him best. It aims to paint an accurate picture of the Great Man - unlike the forthcoming cinematic depiction (see below). The programme includes the Yorkshire TV Calendar special where Clough faced his Leeds predecessor, Don Revie, on the night the axe fell at Elland Road. The programme's host, Austin Mitchell (now a Labour MP), will relive that incredible television moment. There will also be a series of programmes on the channel ESPN Classic.


Actor Returns

Cloughie actor Colin Tarrant says he's looking forward to recreating the role of the Master Manager at two forthcoming tribute events. Colin will be performing alongside Clough players in Nottingham and Derby. In an exclusive interview for this website, Colin said: "I'm absolutely delighted to be coming back to play Mr Clough. It's going to be a wonderful trip down memory lane."

'Brian Clough's Way' will feature a host of football greats at Nottingham's Royal Concert Hall on June 5th (tickets on 0115 9895555) and Derby's Assembly Rooms on July 2nd (tickets on 01332 255800). Those appearing in Nottingham include Tony Woodcock, Kenny Burns, Larry Lloyd, John McGovern and Garry Birtles. McGovern will also take part in the Derby event alongside John O'Hare, Roy McFarland and Roger Davies. The BBC's Pat Murphy will be the host.

The players will recount stories from the golden years, with Colin portraying Cloughie. "I'll support them and give them a nudge along the way, in Mr Clough's own style," said Colin, who played the Great Man brilliantly in the tribute production at Nottingham Playhouse several years ago. There's more of our special interview and information about the two evenings HERE.


United Against Film

Brian Clough's family will not be going to see the forthcoming film about him, reports the Guardian (March 2009). And Mr Clough's son, Simon, has described the book on which it's based as a "hatchet job," reports the Nottingham Evening Post. Simon said the "unflattering" book 'The Damned United' had hurt his mother Barbara and that he is worried that the film will add to the family's distress.

Cloughie's daughter, Elizabeth, said the family did "not want anybody to believe that this is an accurate portrayal of him as a man," reports the Daily Mail. Don Shaw, a friend of the Clough family, said they would not be taking-up an offer to see the film. "They absolutely loathe the idea. Nigel tried to read 'The Damned United' but gave up because he was so shocked by it," said Mr Shaw, whose own book 'Clough's War' comes out in May. "They were horrified by the book and won't be seeing the film."

Speaking to the Evening Post, Simon said: "My Mum's read the book and it's a disgrace. David Peace has done a hatchet job on my Dad and portrayed him as a raving lunatic, at a time when I was ten years old. I know it's not true. I can't do anything about the film, and I won't see it because I'm not interested. But if there's a close resemblance to the book, it will be grossly unfair if people think there's a grain of truth in it."

The appalling novel, using real names in a factual setting, paints a dark picture of the Master Manager, presenting imaginary inner-most thoughts as fact. Added Simon: "Why use my father's real name if it's just fiction? People who read it won't think it's fiction. He's portrayed in a manner unlike him.

"It's the unfairness and untruthfulness of it. Imagine if someone wrote about your Dad, like this. It's easy to write about someone who's died because no one can refute it. We made it very public that we were against the book. My Mum is a lady in her 70s and she just wants a quiet life. As time goes on it hurts more and more to depict someone who's not here to defend themselves. And if it upsets your Mum, it upsets you."

Elizabeth commented: "For somebody Peace had never met to engender in him such an obviously personal dislike is perplexing. Perhaps he has a problem with talented, courageous and powerful men. The film, unfortunately, may reach a wider and more impressionable audience.

"People will, of course, go to see the film, Dad has always been extremely popular, but as a family, we sincerely hope they don't believe its ludicrous interpretation of people and events."

In a previous statement Mrs Clough strongly criticised the way the book, about the ill-fated 44 days at Leeds, portrayed her husband. Other books, events and a TV documentary will paint the true picture of Cloughie. ITV have worked with Brian's family to produce the documentary, which includes interviews with Mrs Clough, Nigel Clough and former players such as Martin O'Neill and John McGovern. The programme will be broadcast in April, with the first trailers already hitting the screens.


Why No Brian?

A national newspaper has questioned why Brian Clough is not featured on an official poster to celebrate football's top managers. Commissioned by the League Managers Association, the limited edition print features fifty bosses, including Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley, Sir Bobby Robson and Sir Alex Ferguson. Harry Rednapp and Phil Brown are also there. But, as the Daily Mail correctly asks: 'Where on earth is double European Cup winner Brian Clough?'

Entitled 'Football Management: Past, Present and Future,' fifty of the prints have been signed by England head coach Fabio Capello for charity events. The collage design has been compiled by artist Colin Yates. The Chief Executive of the LMA, Richard Bevan, has defended the poster, despite the shameful omission.

Mr Bevan said: 'People should not read anything into who is or who is not included. It is not meant to be a definitive collection of the best or the most popular or famous managers. We wanted something timeless that would offer a representation of management in all its different forms and that would give an indication of the emotions that coaches and managers go through. The choice of faces was the artist's. We commissioned him and we are happy with it."

However, all is not lost. The Mail says the second in a series of five LMA prints, which is half complete, will feature an individual image of the Great Man. Nevertheless it still seems a major oversight by the LMA. Be sure to give Cloughie your vote in the Mail's poll HERE.


Critical Captain

Cloughie's captain John McGovern has criticised the book 'The Damned United,' describing it as an attempt to cash in on the Great Man's name. The book, which is essentially fiction but presented as fact, paints a poor picture of Brian during his 44 days at Leeds United. "I don't think it should have been published without asking everyone's permission to put their names in it," McGovern told the Derby Evening Telegraph (March, 2009).

"They never asked my permission," he said of his inclusion in the novel. "And one Leeds United player, John Giles, took them to court. I don't think the book truly reflects what Brian Clough was like. It's a sensationalised account of a minimal part of his career. The guy who wrote it knew it was going to sell books, cashing on his (Clough's) name."

The book, which has been criticised by the Clough family, has been used as the basis for a forthcoming film. An ITV documentary to be screened soon will show the true picture of the Master Manager. McGovern's comments came at the launch of two special events to celebrate Cloughie's life. 'Brian Clough's Way' will feature a host of football greats at Nottingham's Royal Concert Hall on June 5th (tickets on 0115 9895555) and Derby's Assembly Rooms on July 2nd (tickets on 01332 255800).


Repairs For Boro Statue

Middlesbrough's statue of Cloughie is being taken to another part of the country for repairs to be carried out to a leg injury. The bronze sculpture was unveiled in May, 2007, in Albert Park, near Brian's childhood home. But last year park officials noticed a fatigue fracture in the right leg, which mirrored the Great Man's ligament injury in 1962.

It's thought the crack may have been caused by children swinging on the statue. Protective fencing was put up around the seven-feet high figure. Now, it has been winched away so repair work can be carried out in Surrey (reports the Middlesbrough Evening Gazette, March, 2009).


Plans for the repairs include the creation of a new plinth and support for the statue's free leg. It's thought the repairs will cost nearly £20,000 and take about 10 weeks to complete. The statue, sculpted by Vivien Mallock, shows a 24-year-old Clough with his boots slung over his shoulder striding towards Ayresome Park, Middlesbrough's former ground, on his way to training. You can watch a BBC report about the repairs HERE. See more about the Boro statue and the original unveiling HERE.


 

 

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