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Indebted To Brian

European Cup winner Viv Anderson has described how Brian Clough saved his career from racist football fans. Anderson, the first black footballer to play for England, was speaking as reports of racism in football continue to hit the headlines.

Anderson told the Daily Express (December 2011) that his experience went back to the mid-Seventies and a League Cup match against Newcastle at St James' Park. "We were out inspecting the pitch before the game and the abuse from the terraces was really bad monkey noises, you name it, the lot. It's difficult to believe now.

"It was so hostile that I said to Brian Clough when I got back to the dressing room, 'I don't think I can play tonight, boss.' He told me in no uncertain terms I had to play. He said if I wanted to forge a career in the game I had to ignore these people, rise above the chants and let my football do the talking.

"'You can't let them ruin your career before it has even started,' he said. I was indebted to Cloughie for his advice and guidance in that period. I was only a youngster and if I hadn't played that night, if I had let the abuse get to me, I might not have had a career and may never have been seen on a pitch again.

"But, thanks to Cloughie, I ended up having a professional career that lasted 20 years and I was very proud to become the first black player to play for England."


Advice For Martin

Cloughie legend Martin O'Neill has reflected on what the Master Manager might have said to him following his appointment as Sunderland boss. Under the headline 'Cloughie's Watching Over Me,' O'Neill told the The Sun and Star newspapers (December 2011) what his former boss would have said about him managing the Mackems - where Brian was himself a top striker.

"I can see him now," said O'Neill. "I never once phoned him for advice because I know what he would have said. He'd have said, 'You got yourself into this mess, you've got to get yourself out of it' followed by 'You'd never have done it as good as me anyway unless you win a trophy.' No, actually, he'd have said, 'You'll never be as good as me, even if you win a trophy.'"


Book Offer

This website is now offering Cloughie fans the chance to buy signed copies of a new tribute book - with 20-per-cent off the usual price. 'The Day I Met Brian Clough' has been described by his daughter Elizabeth as a lovely tribute to her Dad and includes memories from his family, friends, former players and fans.

The book is an ideal Christmas present (especially personally signed to a name of your choice) and has been compiled by the editor of this website, Marcus Alton, whose royalties are going to the Brian Clough Memorial Fund. You can read more about the book and order a copy at the special December Discount HERE. Marcus was signing copies of the book at WH Smith, Victoria Centre, Nottingham on December 10th and at Waterstones in Derby on December 17th in the final signing sessions of 2011.


Boro Praise

The Middlesbrough fanzine has praised a new tribute book about Cloughie. Boro supporters magazine 'Fly Me To The Moon' says 'The Day I Met Brian Clough' contains fascinating glimpses into the life of the Great Man. The book has memories from his family, friends, former players and fans.

The fanzine says: "Brian Clough was far more than just a walking, talking sound-bite - he was an incredible personality that left his mark on everyone he met. That is the message that comes through loud and clear from each and every contribution in this lovingly compiled book of encounters with the Great Man."

The review adds: "There are some fascinating glimpses into Clough the family man and the canny manager - and time and again there are examples of his incredible generosity and thoughtful, respectful treatment of supporters." The fanzine's comments are just the latest to praise this superb tribute book. There have been glowing reports in the Nottingham Forest matchday magazine, on the Derby County Mad website and in the Nottingham Post and Derby Evening Telegraph.

A Clough fan in the United States has also hailed the book, after writing about how Brian inspired him to love watching football (or soccer, as he describes it!). John Quinn from New York highlights the book in his blog: "It's a loving tribute to a larger-than-life man who is fondly remembered, not only throughout Great Britain but the entire soccer world." You can read John's blog HERE.

The tribute book, with author royalties to the Brian Clough Memorial Fund, costs just £9.99 (before discount). You can buy personally signed copies via this website. There are more details HERE.


Win A Signed Book

Our latest competition gives you the chance to win a copy of the new tribute book, 'The Day I Met Brian Clough' - signed by author Marcus Alton. Cloughie's daughter, Elizabeth, has described it as a tremendous collection of memories and anecdotes. It includes contributions from his family, friends, former players and fans. There's more about the competition HERE.

Congratulations to Carol Driscoll from Croydon, UK, who won our competition on Twitter for a signed copy of the book. She tweeted about how she received a kiss from Cloughie - her hero - after being first in the queue at a book signing. She replied: "Thank you so much for the great book which arrived today, I shall read it and enjoy every word. It was really kind of you."

Well done, too, to Darren Nunn from York who receives a copy of the tribute book, 'Young Man, You've Made My Day' signed by Brian's widow Barbara and author Marcus Alton. He was picked at random from all those who sent memories for the 'The Day I Met' book. Keep sending your memories of Cloughie - whether you met him or not. They could still appear in a future publication.


Cloughie Memories

Cloughie fans enjoyed a special evening of great memories when author Marcus Alton was guest speaker at Waterstones in Derby (November, 2011). Marcus read extracts from his new book 'The Day I Met Brian Clough' and recalled the times he interviewed the Great Man. The author's royalties from the book are going to the Brian Clough Memorial Fund.

"It was a great evening and Cloughie fans were keen to share their memories of him too," said Marcus, who signed copies of the book. It was the second signing session for the book and another is planned at the Book Boutique - an independent bookshop in Ripley, Derbyshire - on Saturday December 3rd.

Priced at just £9.99 the book is great value for Christmas. It's available at WH Smith, Waterstones, the Nottingham Forest Megastore and many other good bookshops. You can read more HERE.


Daughter's Praise

Brian Clough's daughter, Elizabeth, has praised a new tribute book about her Dad. The book, 'The Day I Met Brian Clough,' is packed with memories from his family, friends, former colleagues and fans. Describing the book, Elizabeth says: "It's a tremendous collection of memories and anecdotes, all very different, yet moving and interesting - a lovely tribute to Dad."

In the book, Elizabeth shares her memories of her Dad, including travelling in his car listening to Frank Sinatra songs. She also describes how proud she is and how she still misses him. Author Marcus Alton signed copies of the book at WH Smith in the Victoria Centre, Nottingham, on Saturday, October 29th.

Marcus also presented a Cloughie evening at Waterstones in Derby on Thursday, November 3rd, reading from the book and talking about the times he met the Great Man. Priced at just £9.99 the book is great value. You can read more HERE.


When Brian Met Sir Alf

Twenty five years ago, Cloughie was shaking hands with World Cup winning manager Sir Alf Ramsey. Old Big 'Ead was also praising Nottingham Forest fans for helping the club's financial revival.

Brian met Sir Alf on the day the Reds entertained Manchester United in the old First Division. The match ended in a 1-1 draw (October, 1986). Sir Alf had a chat with the Master Manager in his office before the game.

 


Later, Cloughie praised fans for their support, helping to turn the club's £627,000 loss the previous year into a £473,000 profit. He said attendances, such as the gate of 34,828 for the United match, had played a crucial part in the club's financial success.

"Our fans are certainly playing their part to keep the club financially sound and I'm the first to hold up my hands and say thanks," said Brian.

"I am well aware of the fact that you cannot expect people to come through the turnstiles until you produce something worth watching. But I do feel that Nottingham people are realising that we are providing some fine entertainment...value for money entertainment."


Paper Laces

Former Cloughie star Colin Barrett has been recalling what happened when he asked the Master Manager for a pay rise - and Brian responded in his usually unpredictable fashion. "He was a one-off and full of the old tricks," says Barrett, who scored a classic goal against Liverpool in Forest's first European Cup campaign.

"When I walked into his office one day to ask for a rise, he threw the Evening Post at me and said: 'Put that in your shoes.'" Cloughie's message being - if you're poor enough that your shoes have holes, fill them up with newspaper!

Barrett also described his first meeting with Brian. He told the Sunday Times: "We met at Leek Town football ground and he said: 'I will see you at the City Ground on Saturday morning for the game against Fulham.'

"So I turned up at midday and walked into his office. He said: 'Do you want a drink, son?' 'No,' I said, 'hopefully I am playing this afternoon.' He said: 'If it makes you play better, then have a drink.' It was his way of making me feel at ease."

Barrett described Cloughie as "the best manager for all the right reasons." Playing around 70 games in a season, with a small squad, Brian ensured the players relaxed. "Cloughie used to do daft things. Once he gave us about four days off in the middle of the season. He said: 'I am fed up with looking at you and you are probably fed up with looking at me, so see you next Friday.'"


When Cloughie Got Drenched

A former Cloughie player has described how he threw a bucket of water over the Master Manager, by accident! Terry Bell was one of Clough's first signings as he began his managerial career at Hartlepool. Bell recalls how the team used to play practical jokes on each other.

"On one occasion I got into the dressing room to find that someone had cut all the toes out of my socks. So I thought I would get my own back on the lad that did it.

"I decided to climb up onto the roof of the dressing room with a bucket of water. Some of my team-mates would then signal to me when the lad in question was walking past and I would throw the bucket of water over him. So I waited and finally got the signal, but unfortunately it wasn't who I expected! Guess who was walking by? I poured the bucket of water over Brian Clough!

"To make it even worse, he wasn't wearing his tracksuit - he was going to a funeral that day so he was wearing a suit. And it got absolutely soaked! As a result he fined me a week's wages."

Bell's memory is part of the brilliant new book 'The Day I Met Brian Clough' which goes on sale this Friday, October 14th, 2011. It contains stories and memories from his friends, family, former colleagues and fans. Costing just £9.99, it has been compiled by the editor of this website, Marcus Alton, whose royalties are going to the Brian Clough Memorial Fund. You can buy signed copies on this website. There are more details HERE.


Super Tramp Sings Praise

Cloughie legend John Robertson says he can still remember the moment the Master Manager walked into the Nottingham Forest dressing room for the first time - and he knew big things were about to happen. Robertson was sitting opposite the door as the Great Man approached.

"As he walked in, he whipped his jacket off and hung it on the peg, very purposefully. That act alone said to me 'This guy means buisness.' From the very beginning I thought there was going to be a whirlwind coming through - and I wasn't wrong."

 


Robertson, who was plucked from the Forest reserves to become a double European Cup winner with Clough, was speaking at the launch of his autobiography called 'Super Tramp.' In an interview for this website, he explained how Clough's description of him had helped to inspire the title.

"Brian Clough used to rib me about my desert boots and the gear I wore - and how I appeared in the morning, unshaven. He called me a tramp, he said I was scruffy and unfit. But he said a lot of nice things about me as well. The reason I never got upset or reacted to his comments was simple - I knew he respected me as a player."

Robertson describes Clough as "quite simply a football genius." He also praises the way Brian treated him after the death of John's brother just days before the European Cup semi-final against Cologne. You can watch our exclusive video of Robertson talking about Clough at the book launch - and hear from ghostwriter John Lawson - HERE. 'Super Tramp' is published by Mainstream at £17.99.


Captain's Praise

Cloughie's captain John McGovern has heaped more praise on the Master Manager. He described how Brian's special brand of man management meant players felt they could beat any opposition in front of them.

"He was totally unique," McGovern told talkSPORT (September 2011). "He saw things differently and spoke about things differently. He had that amazing knack of getting results and getting the best out of players under his tutelage.

"He had that great ability of making you feel comfortable when you went out on the football pitch. You felt confident, you felt you were better than the opposition. And you always felt like that when you worked for him."

McGovern, who won two European Cups with Cloughie, added: "You would have to take the occasional rollicking of course, but that was then transfered into confidence when you went out on the pitch - perhaps trying to prove him wrong." McGovern's autobiography is due out next year.


Clough Tributes

It's the seventh anniversary of the death of Brian Clough - the Master Manager is still greatly missed. He died on September 20th, 2004, and a few days afterwards a civic tribute was held in Nottingham city centre. The following month, Derby's Pride Park staged a memorial service attended by thousands of fans.

Among the many tributes following the news of his death were those from former players. Garry Birtles said: "He's probably the best manager of all time. It's like a member of your own family dying." He added with a smile: "I can't believe I won't get another rollicking off him."

Said Trevor Francis: "Brian will go down in history as one of the best, if not the best, managers in England. It is a sad time for the whole of football." Kenny Burns added: "I don't think he will go down as one of the greatest. He IS the greatest English manager. I know Sir Alf Ramsay won the World Cup but nobody could hold a candle to what he did at Derby and Forest."

 


Former Derby skipper Dave Mackay said: "He was a one-off. Lots of former players have tried to follow his style in management but nobody could get anywhere near him. Nobody was like Brian Clough." Forest's former captain Stuart Pearce added, "He is irreplaceable."

The Sun newspaper on its comment page described Cloughie as "probably the best manager that ever lived." The Daily Star's Brian Woolnough described Cloughie as "the greatest man-manager of them all, who could transform an ordinary player into a great one." He added: "If there is a football team up there in heaven, they are lucky. Trophies are on the way."

You can read more about the civic tribute and the memorial service - and see photo's from both events, HERE.


Trophy Update

The Brian Clough Trophy was regained by Derby County following a Championship match against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on Saturday 17th September, 2011. The trophy is up for grabs each time the Master Manager's two former teams play each other. Read more about the trophy HERE.


 

Reserve Your Copy

You can now pre-order copies of the forthcoming book 'The Day I Met Brian Clough' - personally signed by the author. The brilliant new book includes memories and stories from his family, friends, fans, along with former colleagues and players. It has been compiled by the editor of this website, Marcus Alton, whose royalties will go to charity.

The book is due to be published within the next couple of months and is full of previously untold Cloughie stories. Fans may think they've heard all there is to know about Cloughie. But this book has many previously unpublished stories and tributes, showing how he won admirers around the world. There's more information about the book, and how to pre-order without obligation, HERE.


Blank Contract

Cloughie star Duncan McKenzie has recalled how he signed a blank contract in order to play for the Master Manager. Describing the moment that Brian initially phoned him, McKenzie said: "It was incredible. The phone rang at home and it was Brian Clough...he said 'Get in your car and I'll see you in half an hour...don't be late.'"

Clough, who was manager at Leeds, arranged to meet McKenzie at a hotel. "He asked me what I'd asked Forest for in a new contract - it was £200 a week and a signing-on fee. The reply was, 'Done, sign here.' I was so petrified I signed a blank contract. He was true to his word - everything he said he would do for me, he did."

During an interview on talkSPORT, McKenzie also recalled how Clough gave him some timely advice. "In my first league game, he walked on to the pitch to speak to me. He said, 'Young man, I pay you to score goals. You are not going to score them in our half - get out there! You are a liability down there!" McKenzie said he and Clough became very good friends and still kept in contact after Brian's infamous forty-four days at Elland Road.


Derby Statue

Derby's statue of Brian Clough has been repaired - after turning yellow within a year of it being unveiled. The sculptor says he's baffled by the colour change of the bronze monument. The statue was paid for by Derby County and local businesses.

Andrew Edwards told the BBC: "It wasn't just a little yellow - it was sunshine yellow. Bronze has a large copper content and naturally changes as it ages. Normally it goes darker or green, and occasionally it can have red spots. But I've never known a statue go yellow before."

The artist said it was possible the statue had been affected by some kind of alkaline reaction connected to the atmosphere and the pale finish given to the bronze when it was first built. Metal specialists have now helped return the statue to its intended tone.

Nottingham's bronze statue of Cloughie was unveiled in 2008 after a major fund-raising campaign by fans. Thousands of fans turned-out to see the sculpture unveiled by Barbara Clough.


New Cloughie Book

We can reveal exclusive news about a forthcoming Brian Clough book, which will be a must for any Cloughie fan. 'The Day I Met Brian Clough' includes memories and stories from his family, friends and fans. The book has been compiled by the editor of this website, Marcus Alton, whose royalties will go to charity.

The book is due to be published later this year and is full of previously untold Cloughie stories. Some will make you smile, others could have you shedding a tear. Fans may think they've heard all there is to know about Cloughie. But this book has many previously unpublished stories and tributes, demonstrating how he touched so many lives and won admirers around the world.

 


The author's royalties are going to the Brian Clough Memorial Fund, which is run by Cloughie's family and gives money to the types of good causes that Brian supported. We'll have more details about the book on this website soon. More information HERE.


 

 

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