The Legend





Play To Return

The stage is set for a return of the Brian Clough tribute play. "Old Big 'Ead in The Spirit of the Man" will go on a national tour before returning to the Nottingham Playhouse, where it attracted sell-out audiences in June, 2005. The tour will start in Spring 2006 and theatre bosses want Cloughie fans around the UK to suggest potential venues.

The Chief Executive of the Playhouse, Stephanie Sirr, told this website: "We'd like to take it to many of the cities that have a particular link with Brian. It's a fairly big show. We're looking for theatres with 800 or more seats - and big enough to house that Major Oak!" There's more about the play HERE.

Garden Tribute

Brian Clough's widow Barbara has officialy opened a garden at a business centre named after the Master Manager. A section of wasteland has been transformed into a haven of peace for workers at the centre in Derby. At the opening ceremony (September 24th, 2005), Barbara said: "I'm delighted that a garden has been created for use by staff at the centre. Brian was someone who recognised the importance of caring for your employees and I'm sure that he would have loved this idea."

On The Record

Nigel Clough has dispelled the myth about his Dad and a famous song by Frank Sinatra. Many people have associated the sentiments of 'My Way' with Cloughie, especially as Old Blue Eyes was a favourite singer of Old Big 'Ead. But speaking to fans in Nottingham, Nigel said: "I want to blow the myth that 'My Way' was Dad's favourite song. He didn't like it at all. But he was really chuffed to meet Frank Sinatra back stage at a concert."

Nigel was speaking during a personal appearance at the Cabaret club (September 22nd, 2005). He paid tribute to his Dad, saying he would have succeeded in whatever walk of life he'd have chosen. "He started work at the ICI factory and I'm sure if he'd have stayed there he would have become Managing Director. He ran Nottingham Forest from top to bottom. He knew instinctively what to do and that's what made him so special."

Fans Remember

Cloughie fans have been paying tribute to the Great Man as we reflect on the first anniversary of his death (September 20th). A minute's silence was observed before Nottingham Forest's home match against Bristol City, which was played on the anniversary itself. A wreath was placed around the bust of the Master Manager in the club's reception.

The first of the signs re-naming the A52 'Brian Clough Way' are also being put up in a joint venture by a number of councils. Meanwhile, fans can leave their tributes on this messageboard. As we salute the best manager England never had, fans can look back at the memorial service and the civic tribute, with photo's and quotes from both events.

All tribute messages posted by registered members of the messageboard during September, October and November will be entered into a draw. One name will be selected at random to receive the book 'The Life of Brian' signed by the author Tim Crane. Part of the proceeds of the book go to the Brian Clough Memorial Fund. Please include your e-mail address when registering on the message board. Read more about the book HERE.

More Special Badges

Special badges in tribute to Cloughie have been back on sale, after a huge demand from fans. A further limited number have nearly sold out. Proceeds are going to the statue fund in Nottingham.

The pin badges, in the shape of Cloughie’s famous green sweatshirt, originally sold out within days of going on sale. The badges feature the words “Old Big ‘Ead”, the nickname he gave himself, written in gold lettering across the chest.

The chairman of the Brian Clough Statue Fund, Paul Ellis, said: "The response from fans has been tremendous and we were overwhelmed by the demand. The initial batch of 3,000 badges sold out very quickly. A final batch of 3,000 has been made and they are selling very quickly. The badges will remain limited edition. This is the last chance to buy them because no more of these will be made once they sell out." The badges cost £2 each.

Banner Bid

A pub licensee has been presented with a unique piece of football memorabilia featuring Brian Clough. Chris Billings bid nearly £1,000 in an on-line auction for a special banner which was part of a civic tribute for the Master Manager.

Chris says the banner will take pride of place at his pub, the Duke of Sussex in Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire. "I've always been a big fan of Cloughie," said Chris. "It'll be tremendous to have this special tribute banner which was displayed at the memorial service in Nottingham."

Proceeds from the auction on eBay will go to the Brian Clough Statue Fund, which aims to raise around £60,000 for a statue of Cloughie somewhere in Nottingham city centre. The fund, which was launched in June, has a current total of around £7,000. More details HERE.

Marathon Men

Two runners in Nottingham's Robin Hood Half-Marathon have been raising money for a statue of the Great Man. Richard Hallam (38) and Seph Pochin (30) both volunteered to be sponsored for the Brian Clough Statue Fund in Nottingham.

Seph contacted this website and said he was keen to help the fund. "I always admired Brian Clough, not only for his footballing achievements, but because he wasn’t afraid to speak his mind. This is the first event I have ever run, but I’m determined to raise as much money as possible for a lasting tribute to a fantastic man."

Richard, who works for the event's sponsors Experian, said: "Brian Clough's contribution to putting Nottingham on the world map should be properly acknowledged in the city for future generations to appreciate and enjoy." Richard raised more than £200 from the event on September 11th. More details HERE.

Road Name

The renaming of part of the A52 'Brian Clough Way' has moved a step closer. Road signs have been ordered. The signs will be at either end of the road, which links Nottingham and Derby -- two cities Cloughie put on the map.

A spokeswoman from Derby City Council said: "Lots of people loved Cloughie. Renaming the A52 was a popular move." The chairman of the Brian Clough Statue Committee in Nottingham, Paul Ellis, told the Nottingham Evening Post (August 18th, 2005): "The sooner the signs are up the better. I am sure he would have approved of it."

Banner Sold

A unique piece of football memorabilia featuring Brian Clough has been sold for nearly £1,000. The special banner was part of a civic tribute after the Master Manager died last year. The proceeds from the on-line auction will go to the Brian Clough Statue Fund in Nottingham.

Rich Fisher from the Brian Clough Statue Committee said: "We are absolutely delighted the banner has raised so much money for the fund. We knew that a special item like this would be hugely sought-after by many football fans, but we never dreamed it would be sold for such an amount. It's really incredible. The money will go towards a fitting tribute for the best manager England never had."

The double-sided banner was specially made for Nottingham City Council and was hung outside the city’s Council House. It features a picture of Cloughie alongside his famous quote: “If God had wanted us to play football in the clouds, he’d have put grass up there.” The banner was donated to the fund’s committee by the city council, which supports and administers the fund.

The ten-day auction on eBay closed at 0600 on Monday 15th August, 2005. The successful bidder will also be offered the opportunity of having the banner presented to them pitch-side at Nottingham Forest’s City Ground before a home match (on a mutually convenient date in the next two months). They will also be offered two match tickets for the game, courtesy of Nottingham Forest. More details about the statue campaign HERE.

Badge Update

Following the huge demand for the special Brian Clough badges, plans are being drawn-up to have a further limited number produced. The pin badges have been selling fast as part of the fund-raising campaign for a statue of the Master Manager in Nottingham city centre. A spokesperson for the Brian Clough Statue Committee told this website: “The badges are our first major fund-raising effort, and we’re absolutely delighted they’ve been such a success. We have been overwhelmed by the amazing demand for them. As well as selling them in person, we’ve received orders from all over the country.

“As a small fund-raising organisation, with very limited resources, we borrowed funds to have an initial 3,000 made. The order was kept at that figure because, knowing public money was involved, we had to act responsibly and ensure financial targets were met. We will now be able to repay the loan and put the remaining proceeds into the fund.

“It’s been fantastic to see so many fans responding to the publicity and buying the badges, in person or by post. We are now in a position to make plans for a further limited number. Information on how many and where/when they will be available will be made public in the coming weeks.

"In the meantime, many thanks to everyone who has bought a badge and is wearing it with pride. We can assure fans that the badges will remain officially ‘limited edition.’ With your help, we’ll get a statue fitting the popularity and achievements of an amazing man.”

Badges Sell Fast

There's been a huge demand for the special badges produced to raise money for a statue of Brian Clough. Fans have been queuing to get their hands on the limited edition pin badges which are in the shape of Cloughie’s famous green sweatshirt. They feature the words “Old Big ‘Ead”, the nickname he gave himself, written in gold lettering across the chest.

For more details about the badges, visit the Statue Campaign page.

Cloughie's Kitchen

Plans have been announced for a restaurant in tribute to the Master Manager. It will be called 'Cloughie's Carvery' and will feature pictures of the Great Man. Even the place mats will bear his green-jumpered image. Brian's widow Barbara is due to open the restaurant in October, in the Ilkeston Co-op's Royal Regency Rooms, between Derby and Nottingham.

The Co-op's sales and marketing manager, Maria Ford, told the Nottingham Evening Post (July 21st, 2005) the aim was to reflect Cloughie's glory years at Derby and Nottingham. "It seems perfect to use Brian Clough as the inspiration for the restaurant. He's the only man who unites the cities." The food will not be Cloughie-themed. The general manager Patrik Walker, whose collection of memorabilia will feature on the walls, said: "We don't want to cheapen his name by trying to be funny or gimmicky. This is all being done purely out of respect."

Charity Cheque

Brian Clough's family have presented a cheque for £1,000 to a Nottinghamshire charity, following donations to the memorial fund. His widow Barbara and daughter Elizabeth visited a community centre run by Age Concern in Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post, July 20th, 2005). Said Barbara: "We have given some money to Age Concern in Derby and here in Notts, as a bit of Brian's heart was in each place."

The money will help to pay for improvements at Age Concern's Sybil Levin Centre in Cinderhill. Elizabeth said the memorial fund had reached £6,000. "It's lovely that the fund has had something so positive come out of it. We selected charities that my dad had involvement with, or just felt an association with.

"There are so many worthy charities we would have loved to support, but my mum and dad felt a partiuclar affiliation with Age Concern and we are really delighted to see the money go back into helping older people in Nottingham. Having spent 18 happy and successful years working in the city, we know he would have wanted to remember the area with which he developed such an affinity."

Life of Brian

Youngsters from Cloughie's birthplace of Middlesbrough will be given the chance to learn all about the Great Man. A summer school is being set-up in which local writers, actors and poets will help teach Teesside children about Cloughie and his youthful days in Boro. Organisers of a memorial fund there want to ensure all generations are aware of Brian's achievements.

Fundraiser Rob Nichols told the Middlesbrough Evening Gazette: "Cloughie's brother Joe said that perhaps only kids of his generation remember Cloughie. But there's going to be a statue and it's important that the younger generation know what he was about." The week-long event called 'Culture Clough' will start on August 1st, 2005, and finish with a drama performance for families at the Hexagon theatre. The events manager there, Judith James, said: "Using Brian Clough's example, we want to show children that you can make something of yourself if you try."

Fund Update

Special limited edition pin badges are to be made to raise money for the Brian Clough Statue Fund in Nottingham. More details will be announced by the fund's committee in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, the first of the banners donated by the city council will be auctioned off on-line very soon. Keep visiting for more info.

Organisers are urging fans to keep sending donations, to help reach the target of around £60,000 for a statue of the Great Man, somewhere in Nottingham city centre. Cheques to the fund should be made payable to: 'Nottingham City Council - Brian Clough Statue Fund' and sent C/O Paul J. Ellis, PKF, Accountants & Business Advisers, Regent House, Clinton Avenue, Nottingham, NG5 1AZ. There's lots more about the fund HERE.

Road Block

It's been reported that the campaign to rename part of the A52 between Nottingham and Derby 'Brian Clough Way' will continue, despite suffering a setback from the Department of Transport. The Nottingham Evening Post and Derby Evening Telegraph (29th June, 2005) reported that the DOT said the government was not against the renaming, but that changing certain road signs could confuse drivers and be potentially dangerous. Four local councils along the route approved the renaming in principle last November. A spokesman for Broxtowe Council told BBC Radio Nottingham (1st July, 2005) that they would look at ways round the problem, in order to have some form of road signs in time for the first anniversary of Brian Clough passing away, in September.

The Last Knight

There was another standing ovation as the curtain came down on the Cloughie tribute play in Nottingham. The audience clapped and cheered the cast on the last night of 'The Spirit of The Man' (June 25th, 2005). The actor Colin Tarrant smiled and pointed to Forest scarves being held high by members of the audience. It follows a highly successful four-week run at the Nottingham Playhouse. Our review & interviews HERE. Win a signed poster HERE.

Statue Fund Launched

A fund to raise money for a statue of Brian Clough in Nottingham has been officially launched. Following months of hard work, organisers held a special event in the city to get the fund underway (June 17th, 2005). The actor Colin Tarrant, who has the role of Cloughie in the new tribute play, took part in the launch.

Colin joined fund-raisers on the Brian Clough tram as they travelled to the Council House. There, the City Council leader Jon Collins presented organisers with the special banners which were displayed in the city centre in tribute to the Master Manager. The banners will be auctioned off to raise money. The overall target is around £60,000 for a statue in the city centre.

Colin Tarrant said: "I've always been a huge admirer of Brian Clough and I think it would be superb to see a statue of him in Nottingham. He was a brilliant man, a magical manager and a fantastic character. I really hope this fund does well and succeeds in achieving a fitting tribute for a national treasure."

The fund is now dependent on donations and fund-raising. Cheques to the fund should be made payable to: 'Nottingham City Council - Brian Clough Statue Fund' and sent C/O Paul J. Ellis, PKF, Accountants & Business Advisers, Regent House, Clinton Avenue, Nottingham, NG5 1AZ. There's lots more about the fund HERE.

Poster Prize

The Nottingham Playhouse has given this website a special signed poster for our latest competition prize. The poster, to publicise the Cloughie tribute play, is signed by the actor Colin Tarrant, who takes the star role, as well as the playwright and director. Our other competitions offer the chance to win Cloughie books. More HERE.

Time To Praise

The portrayal of Brian Clough in the new tribute play has been described as 'tremendous' by The Times newspaper. The review by Jeremy Kingston is headlined 'In life or death, Clough still steals the limelight' (June 9th, 2005). The play, 'The Spirit of the Man', receives four out of five stars.

Says Kingston: "Whenever Colin Tarrant's Clough is dishing out the advice, with football his guide at all times, the fun is tremendous. Tarrant has turned himself into an astonishingly lifelike semblance of the original." Our review & interviews HERE.

The Right Spirit

There was a standing ovation at the first performance of the new play in tribute to Brian Clough. The world premiere of 'Old Big 'Ead in The Spirit of the Man' was held at Nottingham Playhouse (preview, June 3rd, 2005). The actor Colin Tarrant captured Cloughie's character and charisma perfectly and even burst into song, with a special rendition of a Frank Sinatra classic. Dressed in that famous green sweater and tracksuit bottoms, Colin portrayed the Great Man brilliantly, returning from heaven and dishing out his own brand of man management. The audience also stood and cheered at the official opening night (June 7th). Review & interviews HERE.

Headline News

The special edition of Cloughie's book Walking on Water has now been published in paperback (official date: June 6th, 2005). This commemorative edition includes two chapters written shortly before he died, as well as a personal tribute from John Sadler, who worked with Cloughie to produce the book. You can win a copy of this paperback in our competition, thanks to the publishers, Headline. More details HERE.

Pearce Praise

The former Forest and England captain Stuart Pearce says working for Brian Clough has helped him forge his own managerial career. Psycho, now boss at Manchester City, was speaking at a special event in Nottingham (May, 2004). Said Pearce: "I gained experience under Brian Clough. I was fortunate to work for him, that's for sure."

Fans packed the Cabaret nightspot to meet Psycho and hear stories from his days at Forest. Referring to the Great Man, Pearce told the audience: "He made me the player I turned out to be and I'd like to think he shaped my personality too." Nigel Clough will also be appearing at the same venue later this year. More details on Psycho's comments and Nigel's guest appearance HERE.

Actor's Honour

The actor who will play Brian Clough in a special stage production has been speaking about his admiration of the Great Man. Colin Tarrant gave an exclusive interview to this website in which he described his excitement at portraying Old Big 'Ead in the play at Nottingham Playhouse in June. "I feel very honoured," said Colin. "Brian Clough was a great man in every way, a fantastic character." And Colin promised audiences "something out of the ordinary" to celebrate the life of Brian Clough.

The playwright and director have also spoken exclusively to the website. Stephen Lowe and Alan Dossor revealed they had turned down a television project about Cloughie some years ago. They also explained why they'd taken-on this production. More details HERE.

Fits The Bill

Theatre bosses have named the actor who will take the role of Brian Clough in a play about the Great Man. Colin Tarrant, who starred in the television series The Bill, will have the lead role in "Old Big 'Ead in The Spirit of the Man" at Nottingham Playhouse.

Said Colin: "As a local lad, born and raised in Shirebrook, near Mansfield, I've been a life-long Nottingham Forest fan and a huge admirer of Brian Clough. Not only was Cloughie a remarkable manager with his own unique style, but he was a good, solid, down-to-earth bloke who achieved great things for football across the region."

In the comedy by Stephen Lowe, Cloughie provides the inspiration for a playwright who is struggling to put his new Robin Hood drama together. The play runs from June 3rd-25th.

Trophy Triumph

A special Cloughie trophy has been created for an organisation which helps youngsters get into football. It's based on the bronze bust in Nottingham Forest's reception. See the trophy and find out more HERE.

Mystery Cheque

An anonymous donor in the United States has given £500 to the fund-raising campaign for a Cloughie statue in Middlesbrough. The mystery man, who used to live on Teesside, wrote a letter saying, "Brian Clough was a hero of mine, even before the first time I saw him playing at Ayresome Park in 1956. He was a footballer of exceptional talent and a quite a remarkable man. With best wishes from snowy Massachusetts."

The fund in Middlesbrough has so far reached over £16,000. Special Cloughie badges are being sold too. And we are giving you the chance to win one of the limited edition badges in our competition on this website. Meanwhile, efforts to set-up a fund for a Cloughie statue in Nottingham city centre are continuing.

Proud Family

The widow of Brian Clough has opened a business centre named after the Master Manager. Barbara Clough cut a ribbon during a ceremony at the site, near the old Baseball Ground in Derby (March, 2005). Mrs Clough was accompanied by her son Simon and grandson Stephen.

Said Mrs Clough: "Brian spent many happy years working in this part of the city and we're very proud that he's been honoured in this way." Project manager Ian Ferguson commented: "Brian was renowned for his skills in developing and motivating the individual and this mirrors what we're trying to achieve at the new business centre." The centre was officialy opened just four days before what would have been Cloughie's 70th birthday (March 21st). Our thoughts are with his family. We miss you, Brian!

Statue Campaign

Plans are being drawn-up to launch a fund-raising campaign for a statue of Brian Clough in Nottingham city centre. Fans of the Master Manager are hoping a fund can be set-up with help from the city council.

Supporters groups have held a meeting with the local authority and are also hoping to win the backing of individuals, companies and other organisations in Nottinghamshire.

The chairman of the Nottingham Forest Supporters Club, Paul Ellis, said: "Brian Clough achieved unprecedented success at Forest and a statue would be a fitting tribute to a remarkable man."

The leader of Nottingham City Council, Jon Collins, has given his personal support and Nottingham Forest Football Club are also backing the move. The idea of a statue in the city centre has the approval of Brian Clough's family.

Sarah Clarke from this website commented: "It's important that fans and visitors to Nottingham have a focal point at which they can pay homage to the man who touched so many lives. The statue should be easily accessible to everyone at any time of day. The idea is still at a very early stage, but we hope the people of Nottinghamshire will really take this to their hearts, just as they did the Great Man himself."

Rich Fisher from the fanzine Blooming Forest said he hoped that fund-raising efforts would be similar to those already underway in Cloughie's birthplace of Middlesbrough. "We're hoping to use that as a blueprint for a campaign in Nottinghamshire. But we need the public's help."

There are more details, with information about how you could help, HERE.

Family Visit

Organisers of the campaign to get a knighthood for Brian Clough have met his brother and sister in Middlesbrough. Marcus Alton and Sarah Clarke presented Joe Clough and Doreen Elder with copies of the three petition folders which were handed-in to Downing Street last October. They chatted about their memories of the Great Man during a get-together arranged by Middlesbrough Evening Gazette reporter Will Sutton.

Said Marcus: "It was great to meet Joe and Doreen, they were so friendly and made us feel at home straightaway. We're so pleased we were able to show them copies of all the e-mails, letters and signatures from people around the world. The folders are exact copies of those we handed over at Ten Downing Street." Joe and Doreen are pictured below alongside Marcus and Sarah.

A special presentation

Doreen commented: "It's lovely to have the folders and we will treasure them. There are so many names of people who supported the campaign and it's interesting to look through all the e-mails and letters. I'd like to thank everyone who took the trouble to support the campaign."

Boro Boost

Efforts to provide a statue of Brian Clough in Middlesbrough have received a big cash boost. Leading councillors there have agreed to donate £1,000 to the fund for a memorial in Albert Park. More than £13,000 has already been raised. The overall cost could be up to £40,000.