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Archie Remembers

Former Forest and Derby player Archie Gemmill has paid tribute to Brian Clough, in his first interview since the death of the Master Manager. Gemmill was a close friend of Cloughie, visiting him almost every week when the Great Man retired. He says he saw a "softer" and "more generous" side to Brian Clough.

"Everybody thinks of him as this brash and opinionated football manager who could sometimes say too much," says Gemmill. "Well, he could be like that. But they didn't know the man like I did. I knew the other side of him too - how he would cook dinner for the old people near where he lived, how he helped out in hospices, how he visited kids in hospitals. He was idolised as a manager, but if people knew the other side of him he would have been loved even more."

Gemmill's comments are in a new book called Deep Into The Forest, by the Guardian journalist Daniel Taylor. In it, Gemmill also reveals the hurt he felt at being left out of the 1979 European Cup winning side.

The book features some fascinating interviews with a number of former Forest players. It gives a fresh insight into the Reds glory years and what it was like to play for the Master Manager. Among those featured are Kenny Burns, Trevor Francis, Stuart Pearce and Des Walker. Nigel Clough also talks about what it was like to work with his father. Find out more about the book HERE.


Question Time

Campaigners calling for a posthumous knighthood for Brian Clough are still waiting for a reply from the Prime Minister, after sending him a special video message. It was hoped the film would be played at the Labour Party's Spring Conference in Gateshead (11-13th February, 2005), as part of a question-and-answer session with Tony Blair.

The video featured campaigner Sarah Clarke asking Mr Blair to honour the Master Manager or his family, following a 7,500-signature petition. The message was filmed by conference organisers during visits to a number of cities. Sarah is pictured below, filming the message and also holding a photo of the presentation made at Downing Street last year.

Filming PM's Question





Said Sarah: "We handed in the petition at Downing Street last year, but the response we've received so far has been disappointing to say the least. Officials say posthumous knighthoods are not given, yet there was a clear precedent set when the golfer Henry Cotton was given a knighthood in a New Year's Honours List after he'd died. So that was obviously posthumous.

"I have asked the Prime Minister to explain why the feelings of so many fans have been ignored. I hope Mr Blair is given the opportunity to reply personally at the conference and consider some formal recognition for Brian Clough or his family. If Mr Clough had managed more fashionable clubs I am sure this campaign would not have been necessary." We are still waiting for a personal response.


Boro Buckets

More than 10,000 has so far been raised towards a memorial for the Great Man in Middlesbrough. Nearly 5,000 was donated during a bucket collection at the Riverside Stadium before Middlesbrough's match against Blackburn. Councillor Jan Brunton, the fund treasurer, said: "We'd like to thank all the generous Boro fans who took Brian to their hearts."

A Boro Question Time evening featuring Gareth Southgate, John Hendrie and Curtis Fleming raised about 2,000. It was held at a pub in the town. Last year, the fund-raising effort began with a sponsored walk across the Transporter Bridge. The cash will help to pay for a statue in Albert Park.


Picture Tribute

A British artist has created a special picture tribute to Brian Clough. Richard Childs spent more than 46 hours producing the work of art which features several images of the Master Manager. It consists of 300,000 dots using an everday biro pen. You can see the result and enter a competition to win a limited edition print HERE, as well find out more about Richard's work.


Charity Night

More than two hundred people attended a special event to remember Brian Clough. 'Cloughie Remembered' featured his former players Roy McFarland, John O'Hare and Roger Davies and was staged in Derby by the supporters group the RamsTrust (January 31st, 2005).

Fans were able to ask questions during the event. It was hosted by former journalist Gerald Mortimer, who worked closely with Brian Clough during his days at Derby. Roy McFarland remembered how Cloughie ensured his players were relaxed before big games. He said: "We used to stop in the Midland Hotel the night before home matches. And he'd walk in with a tray of beers and insisted everyone had a drink. That made us sleep better!"

Roger Davies also paid tribute: "Brian Clough was probably the best man-manager I have worked with. People said he was a bully, he wasn't. He knew how to treat people. He'd want to know your personal life, your home life, everything. If you had a problem, Brian Clough would sort it out."

A letter of support from Nigel Clough was read out at the start of the event. The evening raised money for a Trust in memory of a Derby councillor. Lonny Wilsoncroft died last year before she was able to receive a lung transplant. One of the aims of the Trust is to encourage organ donation. Sales of a memorial DVD on the night went to the Brian Clough Memorial Fund. Read more quotes and view exclusive photo's of the event HERE


Nigel's Tribute

Nigel Clough says he believes his Dad would have made a great England manager. In his first interview since his father's death last September, Nigel said: "He was a good manager and he knew football. He would have handled everything that came with it. The idea that you only see the players a few times a year - the players would have looked forward to meeting up."

Cloughie's management style and outspoken comments are thought to have prevented him being given the top job years ago. But Nigel says his father saw the irony of the current boss Sven Goran Eriksson often featuring in the papers for the wrong reasons.

"In the last couple of years, or whatever, he used to have a chuckle because they used to talk about him and why he didn't get the England job and that it would have been a PR nightmare and all that. He'd pick up the paper and Mr Eriksson was more on the front pages than on the back. That was one thing that did give him a laugh.

"Ulitmately, discipline was one of his strongest points and referees never had any problem with him. That's why I'm not sure why the authorities didn't take to him a bit more."

Nigel told Radio Five Live that the family was still coming to terms with Brian's death. "You find it very diffcult reading all the tributes even now. I don't think there's a time limit on when those sort of feelings will end. I think in time you look back with increasingly fond memories but at the moment they are more sad than anything else.

"It's lovely when people listen to the sort of things he said over the years and have a smile on their face and I think he would appreciate that."


Poll Winner

The Master Manager has been voted the most influential person in the East Midlands. Cloughie beat the likes of Sir Isaac Newton and Margaret Thatcher to top the poll conducted by the East Midlands Development Agency. Both Sir Isaac and Lady Thatcher were born in Grantham. But as we all know, Middlesbrough-born Cloughie was a football genius in both Nottingham and Derby. We'll never forget you, Brian.


Competitions

To mark the publication of some superb books in memory of Brian Clough, we have now launched two new competitions in which we're offering several copies as prizes. We have two copies of the commemorative edition of Walking on Water to give away as well as a copy of The Life of Brian (see below).


New Books

A special edition of Cloughie's book Walking on Water has been published in memory of the Master Manager. It includes two new chapters written shortly before he died. Martin O'Neill has written the foreward.


The book also includes tributes from well-known names and lists a few of Cloughie's famous quotes, as featured on this website. John Sadler, who wrote the book with Brian, has added his own personal memories too. It costs 18.99. You can read a review HERE and order direct from the publishers Headline. We also offered two copies as prizes in a competition.

Another book has also been published in memory of the Great Man. 'The Life of Brian' features tributes and quotes from friends, players, colleagues and fans, including the editor of this website.


The foreward of the book has been written by Dave Mackay. It costs 9.99, with 50p from each sale going to the Brian Clough Memorial Fund. You can read a review HERE. To read further extracts and order a copy, visit footballworld. We also offered a signed copy in a competition.

The journalist Patrick Murphy has updated his 1993 biography 'His Way'. Patrick was a long-standing friend of Cloughie and conducted the last interview with the Master Manager. This new book contains fascinating accounts of their close relationship.


'His Way' costs 7.99 and is published by Robson Books. Read a review HERE.


Campaign Pledge

Campaigners trying to get a posthumous honour for Brian Clough say efforts will continue to press the government for action, after it emerged that another sportsman was given a Knighthood after he died. Organisers have now written to Tony Blair urging him to look into the matter, following what has been described as a dismissive initial response from a Downing Street official.

A petition with 7,500 names was presented at Ten Downing Street in October. It included signatures and e-mails from around the world. But an official letter dated just a few days after the Downing Street visit said that posthumous honours were given only for gallantry. Yet research has shown that a Knighthood was given to the golfer Henry Cotton in the 1988 New Year's Honours List, after he had died.

Commenting on the reply from Downing Street, campaigner Mike Simpson said the letter was a poor response to a cause which received overwhelming public support. He said the case of Henry Cotton showed there was some form of precedent for bestowing honours posthumously.

"The speed with which the reply was written shows they have not looked into the matter seriously," said Mike. "The strong feelings of thousands of fans around the world have been dismissed with one swipe of an official's pen. We have now sent a further letter urging Tony Blair to look into the issue again, especially after it appears that a posthumous Knighthood has been given to a sportsman previously.

"They have even ignored the request for some other honour to be considered. We have said all along that for a man who re-wrote football's history books, then the history books should be re-written for him. You cannot escape the fact that a Knighthood was bestowed posthumously on Henry Cotton, whatever excuse the officials may come up with in response. They must look into this further and not simply cast aside the views of so many people."

To send your support for the campaign, in the light of the latest developments, use the link on the knighthood page, where you can also find more information.


Memorial Film

A special DVD has been produced in memory of the Great Man. It features parts of the memorial service at Pride Park Stadium, with sales contributing to the Brian Clough Memorial Fund. 'Brian Clough - in his own words' also features footage of Cloughie on top form at a football forum.

The DVD has been produced in Derby with the support of the Clough family. It includes parts of an exclusive interview, film of him receiving the Freedom of the City, plus Brian's last tour behind-the-scenes at the old Baseball Ground. For genuine Cloughie fans of any club, the eighty-minute DVD is a must-watch. It costs 16.99. We offered six copies in a competition which has now closed. Results HERE.

To order a copy on-line you can visit the page created by the distribution firm HERE. Potential stockists, particularly in Nottinghamshire, should e-mail MarkWhitfield at The Film Studios.


Aiming High

Around eight-hundred people took part in a special fund raising event for the Brian Clough Memorial Fund in Middlesbrough. They streamed across the Transporter Bridge, each paying five pounds (Nov 7th, 2004). A total of 3,000 was raised.

The money will go towards creating a lasting tribute to the Great Man near his childhood home. Brian's sister-in-law, June, and her grandson Joseph Long (13) were among the walkers. She told the Evening Gazette: "It is so wonderful to see so many people here today. As a family we have been completely overwhelmed by the public's reaction to Brian's death."

Middlesbrough councillor John McPartland, a leading memorial campaigner, added: "Brian Clough was both a majestic player and manager. You can see the effect he has had. What else would bring so many people up out of bed on a cold Sunday morning?"

Website editor Marcus Alton said the efforts of the Middlesbrough people were outstanding. "It's absolutely fantastic that they are actively getting behind the campaign. I just hope we can see some kind of similar response from people in the East Midlands, instead of waiting for officials to shuffle a few bits of paper to re-name a road."


Raising Cash

Fund raising is gathering pace in memory of the Great Man. In Middlesbrough, volunteers are raising cash for a tribute to stand in Albert Park, near Cloughie's childhood home. A sponsored walk was held across the Transporter Bridge.

Cloughie's brother Joe says a young boy approached him on his allotment and gave him some money he'd raised. Joe told the Middlesbrough Evening Gazette: "A little lad came over and said 'Joe, this is for your brother'. He handed me 30 and said he had raised the money in a raffle. The bairn was only 12 and I was amazed."

Volunteers in Middlesbrough are hoping to raise around 40,000. People are being asked to choose between four possible tributes in Albert Park -- a memorial garden, a memorial wall and two statues. Fans in Nottingham and Derby are still waiting for news on whether there will be a statue in either city.

Cloughie's family have set-up a fund too. It's not been decided where the money will go, but the family want to support Ward 30 at Derby City General Hospital, where Brian was being treated for stomach cancer. Donations can be sent to the Brian Clough Memorial Fund, PO Box 133, Derby DE1 9LS until Monday November 15th. Cheques to 'The Brian Clough Memorial Fund'.

Special miniature busts of Cloughie have been created, with part of the proceeds going to charity. The sculptor Gordon Brown, who made the bronze bust which stands in Nottingham Forest's reception area, has produced a limited edition of 350 bronze busts as well as resin replicas, in memory of the Great Man. For more information, visit Gordon's website.


Downing Street

A petition backed by seven and a half thousand people calling for a posthumous honour for Brian Clough has been handed-in to 10 Downing Street. Campaign organiser and website editor Marcus Alton was accompanied by campaign volunteer Sarah Clarke and Bob Laxton MP to deliver three folders full of signatures and messages of support from around the world. They are pictured below.

Outside Ten Downing Street



Said Marcus: "As we stood on the steps of Ten Downing Street, the sun was shining and there was clear blue sky. I'd like to think that was a sign from Cloughie that he was giving his thumbs-up - his approval.

"This campaign expresses the views of grassroots supporters not only across the country but around the world. Fans in places like Australia, the United States, Canada and mainland Europe have sent e-mails and I've even had petition forms sent to me from ex-pats in Thailand.

"Brian Clough touched the lives of so many people. It's now time that the officials did the right thing and confirmed the honour which is so richly deserved, and which should have been given while he was alive."

The presentation was captured by TV cameras and press photographers. View photo's of the event HERE.


Remembering Brian

Around fifteen thousand fans of Brian Clough gathered with his family and friends to remember the life of the Master Manager (21st October, 2004). Forest and Derby supporters braved the wind and rain to attend the memorial service at Pride Park Stadium and pay tribute to the man whose achievements will never be repeated.

A huge screen showed TV clips of Cloughie. The advertising boards at the side of the pitch were covered in shirts and scarves from many different clubs. As well as prayers, hymns and Bible readings, Old Big 'Ead was remembered with poems and music from his favourite singer Frank Sinatra.

Among the sporting celebrities paying tribute was former Forest player Martin O'Neill. He said: "Brian Clough touched the lives of all of us inside this stadium to one extent or another and we'll never forget him.

"As a player I was terrified of him most of the time, but I'll tell you something, he was a man who, when you felt you couldn't run any more and that your heart was about to burst, you put in your last ounce of endeavour for.

Martin O'Neill pays tribute



"It's fair to say I wasn't exactly one of his favourites, but when he gave you praise he made you feel a thousand feet tall. He was an incredible manager and an even better man." There was laughter after O'Neill added: "I was asked in an interview to sum up Brian in three words. I think he would have been insulted to be summed up in three volumes."

Former England cricketer Geoff Boycott also paid tribute during the service. "There were two sides to Brian. People who thought he was all talk, brash and outspoken did not really know him. He was also a warm, generous person with a heart of gold.

"He was a rare and special friend, funny and amusing. As a football manager he was a charismatic, eccentric maverick. But he had that rare gift for understanding people and getting the best out of them." Former World Cup referee Clive Thomas said Cloughie was unique. "There will never, ever be another."

Brian's wife Barbara read a poem. But before doing so, she raised a laugh from the stands with a comment about the weather. "It was probably Brian's way of saying 'I told you I didn't want any fuss.'"

Son Nigel was accompanied by his brother Simon and sister Elizabeth as he thanked the service's organisers and the crowd for attending. He added: "I'm sure he's going to have a bit of an input upstairs about who's running the show up there. We hope he's sat up there with friends in the sunshine, looking down and saying 'Look at those daft buggers sitting in the rain.'"

In an emotional tribute to his Dad, Nigel said: "He has left us with a massive gap in our lives and while there were many words spoken tonight, we can't seem to find the right ones to say how much we love him and miss him."

A Thanksgiving blesing and the hymn Abide With Me then led to the closing music of Sinatra's Nice 'n Easy and Nat King Cole singing Let There Be Love.

Afterwards, the former England manager Sir Bobby Robson said: "It was an evening that I wouldn't have missed for the world. As tributes go it was great, there's no other word for it. Brian was a great, great manager and a lovely man. He will never be forgotten by his family, friends or anyone who ever met him.

"For one person to bring two clubs like Derby and Forest together - and boy did he do that tonight - is the ultimate tribute."


 

 

 

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