The Legend





Auction Success

A huge internet auction for Nottingham's statue fund has raised nearly £3,000. The star item was a bust of Cloughie donated by his family. It was one of the first to be made and was sold for £770. The ten-day auction on ebay (ending at 0600 on Thursday September 28th) featured a host of memorabilia donated by famous people.

Items included a signed football donated by Forest legend Stuart Pearce, a framed tribute to European champions Barcelona, signed by manager Frank Rijkaard; a signed football designed by Nottingham fashion king Sir Paul Smith; a rare banner from the memorial service in Nottingham and a framed Old Big 'Ead green sweatshirt signed by Forest legends and Brian Clough's widow Barbara. There's more information about the auction HERE.

O'Neill At Boro Dinner

One of the biggest names in British football attended a special dinner for the memorial fund in Middlesbrough. Aston Villa boss and former Cloughie player Martin O'Neill was the star guest at the event on Wednesday September 27th. He was accompanied by his Villa assistant and Reds legend John Robertson. Nigel Clough was alongside them both, with other members of the Clough family including Brian's widow Barbara.

O'Neill was full of praise for his former boss, describing him as "an absolute genius." During a question and answer session, he admitted it was wise not to try to copy Cloughie's managerial methods. "That's because he was unique - you couldn't repeat what he did." The evening raised £1,600 and there's a full report, with quotes, HERE.

Land of the Legend

In a special tribute to the Master Manager, and to mark the second anniversary of his death (September 20th), this website has created a new page showing some of the landmarks associated with the Great Man in Middlesbrough, where he was born and grew-up. The photo's in 'The Land of the Legend' are also accompanied by some of his memories as originally recorded in his books. Visit the page HERE. Fans can still leave tributes via the messageboard or send them by e-mail.

Praise From Keane

Former Cloughie player Roy Keane has paid tribute to the Master Manager, as he embarks on his own managerial career. The new Sunderland boss told Sky Sports (September 2006) he was thankful for Clough's kindness after he joined Nottingham Forest from Cobh Ramblers. "He looked after me in terms of making sure I was OK when I came over from Ireland, " said Keane. "A lot of that was off the field and I appreciated that. He took time to look after me and my family."

Signed Sweater

A special competition was launched on this website. We offered fans the chance to win an Old Big 'Ead sweatshirt signed by Cloughie's sister Doreen. The green sweater was specially signed for this website at Doreen's home. The competition is now closed. Find out the result HERE.

Bungee Boost

A sponsored bungee jump has helped Middlesbrough's memorial fund smash through £30,000 mark. Sixty-five people faced the 180-feet plunge from the town's Transporter Bridge (August 20th, 2006). Local barber Chris Simpson dressed as Elvis Presley for his leap and raised nearly £2,000. The cash is for a statue of Cloughie in Albert Park. There's more about the Boro fund HERE.

Glory Days

The Nottingham Forest boss Colin Calderwood has praised the Master Manager for what he achieved at the City Ground. Calderwood told The Sun newspaper (August 17th, 2006) that the club's glorious past should not be a handicap for the present-day set-up. "Those glory days should be used as a positive," he said. "Following in the footsteps of Brian Clough is an honour. He created a fantastic fan base and a superb stadium because of the trophies he won and the football he played."

Prize Winner

Young Forest fan Myles Smith has been presented with a rare piece of Brian Clough memorabilia. Nine year old Myles, from Nottingham, won a banner after taking part in a prize draw organised by the Brian Clough Statue Fund at the Reds Open Day (July 30th, 2006). He received it at the City Ground before Forest's first match of the new season, against Bradford (August 5th, 2006).

The banner had been displayed at the Memorial Service in the Old Market Square. Another prize was a framed green Old Big 'Ead sweatshirt signed by Forest legends John McGovern, John Robertson and John O'Hare, and Mr Clough's widow Barbara. In a raffle, the star prize of a signed James Perch shirt was won by 13-year-old Jamie Roebuck.

The statue fund had a stall at the open day, selling badges, sweatshirts and tickets for a £1 raffle as well as the Super Draw. Altogether, more than £660 was raised, taking the fund's total to £45,500. There are photo's of the presentations and the open day HERE.

The Masters

Fans attending a football tournament featuring former Forest and Derby County stars helped to raise nearly £200 towards a statue of Cloughie in Nottingham. A bucket collection was held as supporters arrived for the Central Masters competition at the Nottingham Arena on Sunday (July 23rd, 2006). Read more about the statue fund HERE.

Peace Offering

A new book focusses on Brian Clough's forty-four days at Leeds United. 'The Damned United' (a reference to Leeds) is a fictional book by David Peace, written as if Cloughie is telling the story. But we suggest it is not suitable for young readers - it has a lot of bad language.

The Bottom Line

Cloughie's brother Joe gave a classic comment about Old Big 'Ead, worthy of the Great Man himself. It came as he helped to select the winning design for a statue in Middlesbrough. Joe and his sister Doreen were among members of the memorial fund committee who chose the design by sculptor Vivien Mallock.

The statue of a young Cloughie wearing a 1950's Boro strip will stand in Albert Park. Joe told the Middlesbrough Evening Gazette: "The thighs could do with being a bit thicker and as he developed at 22 and 23, he had a big backside!"

England Banner

A huge banner featuring Cloughie's comments about being overlooked for the England job has been auctioned for £770. The proceeds will go to the Brian Clough Statue Fund in Nottingham.

The double-sided banner was specially made for Nottingham City Council and was hung outside the city’s Council House for the Memorial Service in 2004. It features a picture of the Great Man, alongside his quote: "I'm sure the England selectors thought if they took me on and gave me the job, I'd want to run the show. They were shrewd because that's exactly what I would have done." There's more detail about the banner and a photo HERE.

Bungee for Brian

Cloughie fans are being offered the chance to make a giant leap in aid of Middlesbrough's statue fund. Volunteers are being sponsored to bungee jump off the town's Transporter Bridge, which is 180 feet high. The once-in-a-lifetime event will be held on August 13th.

The chairman of the memorial fund in Middlesbrough, John McPartland, said it was the first time a bungee jump had been held from a bridge over a British river. "I am sure this will be one of the greatest spectacles ever seen in the town," he said. A test jump has already been held by the UK Bungee Club.

There are places for 100 people to take part. Anyone interested needs to pay or raise at least £100 in sponsorship. Forms are available for a deposit of £20 from the Middlesbrough Evening Gazette or e-mail John McPartland HERE.

Gala Dinner

Barbara Clough has paid tribute to the volunteers behind efforts for a statue of the Master Manager, after a gala dinner raised around nine thousand pounds. The star-studded event was attended by members of the Clough family and several of Nottingham Forest's European Cup legends. There was also a special appearance by members of the cast of the tribute play at Nottingham Playhouse.

Mrs Clough was presented with a framed tribute from Sir Terry Wogan, who was one of her husband's favourite radio presenters. Sir Terry described Cloughie as "a remarkable man" in a signed written tribute. It was presented to Mrs Clough by Marcus Alton from this website (pictured below). Good luck messages for the evening were also received from Forest hero Stuart Pearce, Bolton boss Sam Allardyce and Match of the Day's Gary Lineker.

Mrs Clough receives Wogan tribute

Mrs Clough told guests at the dinner: "It has been a wonderful evening. You have worked so hard and I'd like to thank everyone who has been involved in helping to raise money."

The sell-out event, organised by the Brian Clough Statue Fund (Nottingham), was held in the Ballroom of Nottingham's Council House, the scene of many trophy celebrations by Brian Clough's teams. The amount raised, including an auction of memorabilia and a prize draw, takes the fund's total to around £45,000. The target is £60,000 for a statue in a prominent location in Nottingham city centre.

There's a full report on the dinner, including exclusive photo's HERE.

Signed Photo

A giant photo of Brian Clough signed by his widow Barbara and many of his European Cup legends has been auctioned on-line for £450 to raise money for a statue of the Master Manager in Nottingham.

The unique piece of memorabilia was part of the Gala Performance of the tribute play 'Old Big 'Ead in the Spirit of the Man' at the Nottingham Playhouse. Read more about the photo and auction HERE.

Banner Auction

A rare banner featuring Cloughie's most popular quote has been sold for more than £800 to raise money for Nottingham's statue fund. This special item was hung outside Notingham Council House during the civic tribute in 2004. It has a picture of the Great Man alongside the quote: "I wouldn't say I was the best manager in the business, but I was in the top one."

The quote was voted Cloughie's best ever in an on-line poll on this website in 2002. The banner was auctioned on eBay. Read more about the banner and auction HERE.

Signed Shirt

A signed shirt donated by Leeds United has been auctioned off for more than £100 to support the Brian Clough Statue Fund in Nottingham. The shirt, signed by 18 players, was auctioned on eBay for three days in the run-up to United's Championship play-off final against Watford (May 21st, 2006).

Leeds, where Cloughie spent just 44 days as manager, donated the shirt after volunteers behind the statue fund wrote to the former Nottingham Forest star Steve Stone, who now plays at Elland Road. More details about the fund HERE.

Legends At Gala Night

Former Nottingham Forest stars took to the stage at the end of a gala performance of the Cloughie tribute play. John McGovern, John Robertson and Garry Birtles were among the big names in the audience for the special night at Nottingham Playhouse (May 16th, 2006). There was huge applause as they were introduced onto the stage by actor Colin Tarrant, who plays Cloughie.

Brian's widow Barbara, son Nigel and daughter Elizabeth were also in the audience for the gala night, which marked the play's return to Nottingham after a national tour. In a statement, Elizabeth praised the production, describing it as "a lovely tribute to Dad." The evening had been organised to help raise money for the statue fund in Nottingham. There's a full report and exclusive pictures HERE.

Boro Souvenir

A special piece of memorabilia signed by Middlesbrough's UEFA Cup heroes is being auctioned off to raise money for statues of the Master Manager. The winning bidder of the signed pennant will be given the opportunity of having it presented to them by Cloughie's sister, Doreen, in Middlesbrough.

The red and white pennant has been signed by twelve players including Mark Schwarzer, Yakubu, Gareth Southgate and George Boateng. It was given by the club to fund-raisers in Nottingham, who have decided to auction it on eBay, with the proceeds split equally between the two statue funds in Boro and Nottingham.

The auction runs for five days from 0600 on Friday May 5th, ending just hours before Middlesbrough take-on Sevilla in the UEFA Cup Final in Eindhoven on May 10th. The chairman of the Nottingham fund, Paul Ellis, said: "It's a tremendous gesture for Middlesbrough to donate this specially signed souvenir and I am sure it will become a collectors' item."

Hair Raiser

A Cloughie fan has raised hundreds of pounds for the statue fund in Nottingham by heeding the Great Man's famous advice, 'Get your haircut, young man.' Liam Smyth had long hair for 15 years but decided to have his long locks shaved off to help raise money for a lasting memorial to the Master Manager in Nottingham. Full story and pictures HERE.

Special Backing

One of Brian Clough's first ever signings is backing a campaign for a statue of the Master Manager. Nottingham-born Mick Somers was snapped up by Clough in 1965, shortly after he began his first managerial post at Hartlepool United.

Mick spent just under two years playing for Hartlepool under Clough's watchful eye - and the 61-year-old says he's fully behind the Brian Clough Statue Fund, which aims to raise £60,000 for a lasting memorial in Nottingham city centre.

Said Mick: "It's tremendous to see so many people supporting the idea of a statue for Cloughie. The man is a genuine hero, and what he achieved during his time as Forest manager makes me proud to come from Nottingham." Read more about Mick and his Cloughie stories HERE.

Badge Boost

Limited edition badges in tribute to Brian Clough have been selling so well that stocks have nearly run-out. Thousands have been sold and only a few hundred remain.

The badges, in the shape of Cloughie's famous green sweatshirt, feature 'Cloughie' written in gold across the top, along with the figure of a big number one below. They are being sold for the Brian Clough Statue Fund in Nottingham. The chairman of the fund, Paul Ellis, said: "It's great to see so many fans wearing them with pride. Those who haven't bought one yet should make sure they don't miss out. As well as supporting an excellent cause, I'm sure the badges will become collectors' items in years to come." Read more about the statue fund HERE.

Forest Backing

A man who's volunteered to 'Get a haircut, young man' to raise money for the Brian Clough Statue Fund has received the backing of Nottingham Forest's current players and management.

Liam Smyth has had long hair for over 15 years and decided to follow the advice Cloughie used to give to any players with long locks. Following a chance encounter with the Reds' current joint caretaker manager Frank Barlow, the 35-year-old joiner says he's gained sponsorship pledges from most members of the Forest squad. Read more about it HERE.

Lineker Support

Match of the Day host Gary Lineker has given his backing to the fund-raising bid for a statue of Cloughie. The former England striker has donated a signed script from last year's FA Cup Final, which will be auctioned off at a gala dinner being held in June.

Lineker, who previously supported the campaign for Cloughie to be given a Knighthood five years ago, sent the script along with a good luck message. "Brian Clough was a great manager," he said. "I'm more than happy to provide something to be auctioned to raise money for such a good cause. I'm sure Brian would be delighted with the prospect of a statue and I look forward to hearing when it will be unveiled."

The script features Lineker's introduction and the full 'Match of the Day' running order and behind-the-scenes instructions for live coverage of last season's FA Cup Final between Arsenal and Manchester United. The special item will be auctioned along with other memorabilia at the statue fund's Gala Fund Raising Dinner at the Nottingham Council House on June 7th. There will also be the chance to win one of the rare banners which were hung outside the Council House for the memorial service.

There's more about the statue fund, including how to buy tickets for the dinner, HERE.

Signed Shirt

Arsenal FC have donated a special edition shirt signed by their star players, to help raise money for the Brian Clough Statue Fund in Nottingham. The framed shirt, which commemorates Arsenal's last season playing at Highbury, comes with a certificate of authenticity from the club. It'll be auctioned on eBay from 0600 on Monday, March 27th, 2006 for ten days.

The shirt has 17 signatures, including those of Thierry Henry, Robert Pires and Jose Antonio Reyes. The chairman of the statue fund, Paul Ellis, said: "It's a superb gesture by Arsenal. In one of Brian Clough's last interviews he was full of praise for Arsene Wenger's team and the way they played football. So it's tremendous that a special shirt signed by their players will help to raise money for a lasting tribute to the greatest manager the game has seen."

Family Thanks

Brian Clough's family have thanked local councillors for renaming part of the A52 'Brian Clough Way'. In a statement released on what would have been Cloughie's 71st birthday (21st March, 2006), they said he would have loved the sentiment of linking Nottingham and Derby.

"We as a family feel very moved each time we travel on the A52 and know Brian would have been amazed but genuinely appreciative. That road was so familiar to him, as it is to many people." The statement added: "On a lighter note, he often cursed sitting in traffic but said how the brilliant Terry Wogan got him to work in a good mood and ready for anything."

Half-Time Total

Nottingham's statue fund has now smashed the half-way point (March, 2006), with £33,000 having been raised since last June. The news comes as more donations were received at a 'Forest Legends' event at a Nottingham nightspot.

Among those backing the fund on the night were three special names - former Reds heroes John Robertson, John McGovern and Neil Webb. Paying tribute to Clough, Robbo made a contribution to the fund and said "The man was an absolute legend." There's more about the event at Cabaret HERE and more about the statue fund HERE.