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England Dream

The BBC's chief football correspondent Mike Ingham says Cloughie could have changed the complete history of English football if he'd been made manager of the national team. "I think one of the greatest mistakes we ever made at international level was not appointing Brian as manager," says Ingham.

"He was so ready made for the job. Yes, he was abrasive; yes, he was argumentative; yes, he was controversial. But he was also at the very top of his profession and I can't help but wonder what an impact he would have had on our national side." Ingham's comments came in a column in a Forest matchday programme (February, 2007).


Boro Statue Latest

The statue of Cloughie in Middlesbrough is set to be unveiled in May, 2007. It follows a slight delay in the sculpting process, which means the original unveiling on March 21st (which would have been Cloughie's 72nd birthday) has been put back.

Brian's wife Barbara made a special journey to Teesside from Derbyshire to help sculptor Vivien Mallock perfect the facial likeness. His brother Joe and sister Doreen also helped advise on the bronze statue which will stand in Albert Park. Joe told the Evening Gazette: "The face had a sad look about it. I suggested it should have a bit of a smile."

Meanwhile, efforts to select a sculptor for the statue in Nottingham are continuing. The selection process will involve members of Cloughie's family and council experts, with the aim of drawing-up a shortlist.


Film Folly

A film director has confirmed there are plans to make a movie about Cloughie. Stephen Frears, who made the film 'The Queen', said he hoped to start shooting this latest project at the end of the year (reports the BBC, February 2007). Frears said the actor Michael Sheen, who has previously portrayed Tony Blair, was lined-up to play the Master Manager because he "looks like him."

However, true Clough fans (who appreciate the glory days at Derby and Forest) won't be impressed to hear the film is said to be based on the disappointing novel 'The Damned Utd', which covers Cloughie's 44 days at Leeds United in 1974.


Signed Sweatshirt

A green tribute sweatshirt signed by Brian Clough's sister Doreen is the prize in the latest competition on this website (this competition is now closed). There was such a good response to the last competition to win a similar signed sweater that we decided to give you another chance to own one. The jumper has an 'Old Big Ead' motif on it. It was one of a limited number produced for the statue fund in Nottingham and - now signed - is a special piece of memorabilia for any true Cloughie fan. Enter the competition HERE.


A Clean Sweep

Goalkeeper Mark Crossley has revealed how the Master Manager surprised him when he handed him his debut at Forest. Crossley, who was then 18, was sweeping the corridor outside the dressing room before a game against Liverpool. "Suddenly Brian Clough appeared," he said.

"He took me into the home dressing room, pointed and as I looked down I saw my boots were under the bench. He said 'young man you're playing, now get changed'. I think I was fifth choice but because of illnesses and suspensions I was in. And kick-off was in 45 minutes!"

Crossley found himself sitting between Stuart Pearce and Brian Laws in the dressing room and they reassured the youngster. "Pearcey just told me I'd be fine and I was. We won 2-1 and Cloughie made sure I got the match ball to keep. I still have it. Brilliant."

Crossley's anecdote was part of a report in the Daily Mail, as he and Sheffield Wednesday boss Laws prepared to face Pearce's Manchester City in the FA Cup (January 2007). Crossley's gratitude to, and affection for, Clough remains clear. At Christmas he received a canvas painting of the Great Man from his family. "I was choked," he said. "I will treasure it forever."


Barbara's Praise

Brian Clough's wife, Barbara, has praised the volunteers who raised nearly 70,000 for a statue of the Master Manager in Nottingham city centre. Mrs Clough said Brian would have been "absolutely amazed" at the idea of a statue and she gave special thanks to all the fans who supported the fund-raisers.

The Brian Clough Statue Fund in Nottingham smashed through its 60,000 target following donations of 5,000 each from Nottingham City Council and Nottingham Forest. Their contributions took the fund's total to 69,000.

In a special message on behalf of her family, Mrs Clough said: "We are all so touched that so many people were behind the venture, from the people who bought the badges and key-rings to the ones who have worked hard behind the scenes." Read Mrs Clough's message in full HERE.

The process of finding a sculptor is already underway, with eighteen submissions having been received from interested artists. It's hoped the various proposals will be assessed over the coming weeks with help from Brian Clough's family and experts at the city council, with a shortlist eventually on display at the Council House for people to give their views. The site of the statue has still to be confirmed, but it has been agreed it will be in a prominent city centre location. There's more on the statue fund HERE.


Fund Smashes Target

Nottingham's statue fund for Cloughie has smashed its 60,000 target. The fund was set-up in June 2005 for a statue of the Master Manager in a prominent location in Nottingham city centre.

After reaching 59,000 following eighteen months of fund raising, volunteers welcomed major donations from Nottingham City Council and Nottingham Forest (December 2006).

The council and Forest have each contributed 5,000, taking the total raised to 69,000. A joint cheque presentation was held at half-time during the Reds' Boxing Day match against Port Vale at the City Ground.

The chairman of the statue fund, Paul Ellis, said it was a tremendous achievement to have exceeded the target in such a short period of time. "It's absolutely fantastic and a testament to the hard work of everyone involved in the fund-raising campaign," he said. "To receive such a major contribution from Nottingham City Council and Nottingham Forest is the icing on the cake.

"We must remember that all this would not have been possible without the hundreds of people in Nottinghamshire and around the world who put their hands in their pockets and supported the fund from the very beginning. People have taken the fund to their hearts, just as they did the Great Man himself."

Money was raised in many ways, including special events, on-line auctions of memorabila, donations and limited edition merchandise such as badges and key-rings in the shape of Cloughie's famous green sweatshirt. The fund also sold 'Old Big 'Ead' green tribute sweaters and auctioned rare banners donated by the city council.

City Council leader Jon Collins said: "The fund-raisers have done a tremendous job in raising so much money in just eighteen months. The success of the fund has underlined just how loved and admired Brian Clough was, and what a huge impact he had on Nottingham and Nottinghamshire."

Forest's Chief Executive Mark Arthur said: "Nottingham Forest has supported the fund-raisers throughout the campaign and we are delighted to join the city council in making a significant donation to the fund, which has been a huge success.

Fund committee member Sarah Clarke from this website said she looked forward to the day when fans would see a lasting tribute to their hero. "To exceed our target in eighteen months is a dream come true. The success of this fund, and the support of fans around the world, has shown what Brian Clough meant to so many people."

"Along with Robin Hood, he is undoubtedly one of the most famous people associated with Nottingham. He touched thousands of lives and it's important that fans and visitors to Nottingham have a focal point at which they can pay homage in years to come." There's a full report and photo HERE.


Cloughie's Desk

A desk once used by Brian Clough has been sold in an on-line auction for more than 500. The proceeds are going to the Brian Clough Statue Fund, which now has a total of 59,000 (the target is 60,000). The desk, donated by Nottingham Forest, was from the coach's room at the City Ground.

Carole Washington, who was the manager's secretary at Forest, told the Nottingham Evening Post: "Brian would have used it to sit round before and after matches. The coaches and managers used to go to that office and sit at the desk and have cups of tea." More details on the statue fund HERE.


Last Tribute Banner

The final tribute banner displayed at the memorial service in Nottingham has been sold for more than 500 in an on-line auction. Featuring the quote voted as the Master Manager's very best, the rare item was one of a number of pieces of memorabilia being sold to raise money for a statue of Old Big 'Ead in Nottingham city centre.

A third Grand Internet Auction launched by the Brian Clough Statue Fund (Nottingham) ended on Monday December 18th, 2006, and raised more than 900. Items included a designer football signed by the Nottingham Forest squad and fashion guru Sir Paul Smith and a rare video featuring Cloughie's 1980's adverts for East Midlands Electricity, complete with out-takes and a message to staff.

The tribute banner, which was one of several hung outside the Council House, has a picture of Cloughie alongside his famous words: "I wouldn't say I was the best manager in the business, but I was in the top one." The quote was voted his best of all-time in a poll on this website. The auction took the statue fund's total to around 58,600, including recent sales of key-rings and badges. There are more details about the auction HERE.


Skipper on Stage

Cloughie's European Cup winning captain John McGovern took to the stage, to compere a special music event raising money for Nottingham's statue fund. Over 300 people attended 'Clough Aid' which raised more than 2,000 (December 15th, 2006). The event in the city's Rescue Rooms featured a number of local bands.

There was also a message from Brian Clough's wife, Barbara, which was read-out by McGovern. Mrs Clough said the event was "a brilliant idea to showcase the talents of local bands and musicians" and said that Cloughie himself would have approved. 'Clough Aid' was the brainchild of Dave Marmion from the band The Fakers.

Representatives of the Forest fans' website Lost That Loving Feeling made a cheque presentation of 1,447 from the on-line sales of the fund's limited edition key-rings and badges, plus donations. Added to the money made on the night, it helps the fund's current total reach 57,500. There's a full report on 'Clough Aid', including pictures, HERE.


Auction Cash

A major internet auction for Nottingham's statue fund has raised over 1,400. The item which attracted the highest bid was a rare banner displayed at the memorial service in Nottingham, which sold for 510. A framed green sweatshirt signed by Nigel Clough and European Cup legends John Robertson and Martin O'Neill was snapped-up for 210.

A Forest shirt signed by Reds players was sold for 171 to a fan in Australia. Another item will be going to a buyer in the United States. This was the second big internet auction to be held for the statue fund. More details HERE.


Team Talk

Cloughie actor Colin Tarrant is to don the green sweatshirt again, to give some words of advice from the master motivator. Colin, who played Old Big 'Ead in the tribute play, will make special appearances at corporate training sessions. The aim of his no-nonsense message will be to underline the importance of teamwork.

Colin told this website: "It's something I'm really looking forward to doing. Yes, it's a bit of fun but there is a serious message behind it. Brian always emphasised the importance of the team. This will show people in the workplace how to create the dream team."

The project, which has the approval of the Clough family, has been put together by Colin and his two colleagues who worked on the tribute play, writer Stephen Lowe and director Alan Dossor. Colin's thirty-minute talk can also be adapted as an after-dinner speech. For more information visit this independent website, www.cloughiereturns.co.uk.


Boro Statue Success

Fund-raisers in Middlesbrough have reached their target for a statue of Cloughie, with the help of 30,000 of lottery cash. The windfall takes their total to 65,000 and means there will be a sculpture of the Great Man in Albert Park, near his childhood home. The Boro fund was launched in October 2004.

Cloughie's sister Doreen, who lives in Middlesbrough, said she was delighted. "I think it's wonderful that we've reached the amount," she said. "I'm grateful to all the people who have worked so hard and donated money." There are more details HERE.


On-line Auction

A football signed by Brazilian legend Pele is one of the star items of a second major auction to raise money for a statue of Brian Clough in Nottingham. Also up for grabs is a framed green 'Old Big 'Ead' sweater signed by Cloughie's son Nigel, and two European Cup heroes, Martin O'Neill and John Robertson.

The same trio have also added their signatures to a Paul Smith designer football, signed by the fashion guru himself. In addition, fans have the chance to bid for one of the two remaining Brian Clough banners displayed at Nottingham's civic tribute, featuring one of his most famous quotes. Among the other items is a cricket bat signed by England legend Ian Botham.

The Grand Internet Auction on ebay features a host of memorabilia and will end at 1630 on Friday November 24th. Rich Fisher from the statue fund said he hoped the auction would attract plenty of bids. "There are some rare and collectable items here which would make very special Christmas presents." More details HERE.


Clough Aid

It's hoped a special fund-raising night for Nottingham's Statue Fund will hit the right note, literally. 'Clough Aid' will feature a number of bands performing to raise more cash. It will be held on December 15th in the city.

The idea came from one of the bands' singers, Dave Marmion of The Fakers, who has fond memories of Cloughie. Says Dave: "Back in the early 1990s when Brian Clough was still manager at Forest, I got to be the mascot at a match. I was eight years old at the time, and as I was running off the pitch, Cloughie stood up and shouted to me, 'Come over here and give your grandad Clough a hug!'

"I wanted to get involved in helping the statue fund and with me being in a band, putting on a gig seemed to be the obvious thing to do to raise some money." More details about the event HERE.


Still The Best

One of Britain's top sports writers says Cloughie was the best ever football manager, and dismissed claims Manchester United's Sir Ferguson deserves the accolade. Steven Howard's comments came in The Sun as Ferguson marked twenty years at Old Trafford (November 6th, 2006). "Brian Clough is still the best of all time - because no manager won so much from so little," said Howard.

He went on: "To take both Derby County and Nottingham Forest from the depths of the old Second Division to First Division championships - and in Forest's case, successive European Cups - is a feat that will never be repeated."

And Howard reminded us of a famous Cloughie quote about Ferguson (originally included on the quotes page of this website): "For all his horses, knighthoods and championships, he hasn't got two of what I've got. And I don't mean balls."


Huge Tribute

A giant banner in tribute to Brian Clough (which was one of only two hung on the front of Nottingham's Council House) has been sold in an on-line auction to help the statue fund in the city. The banner measures approximately 24-feet by nine-feet and features a picture of Cloughie alongside the wording, 'Brian Clough 1935-2004'. The auction started on eBay at 1630 on Wednesday November 8th and lasted ten days. More details HERE.

The news comes as a businessman has given the fund a 2,000 boost by buying the other huge banner which was also displayed on the front of the building for the Civic Tribute in September 2004. The cash donation by Simon Clifford, who was born in Cloughie's home town of Middlesbrough, takes the fund's total to 52,000.

Clifford is the owner of Garforth Town AFC, a non-league team based a few miles from Leeds. He plans to display the massive banner outside the club's ground. "Brian Clough has been my hero and inspiration for as long as I can remember," said Clifford. "I grew up with his exploits in our household, through having been a Middlesbrough supporter, and through my grandfather having been a friend of Brian's brother Des." More details HERE.


Sculptor Search

The search has started for a sculptor to make the statue of Cloughie which will stand in Nottingham city centre. The process of selecting a sculptor is being launched (Nov 1st, 2006), as fund-raisers close-in on their 60,000 target.

The committee of the Brian Clough Statue Fund is now keen to receive ideas from sculptors of what type of statue they would make if they were commissioned. During this initial stage, they will be asked to provide various information, including the style and pose of the statue and costings.

The fund's chairman Paul Ellis said the committee would be looking for designs which reflected a life-like image of Cloughie during his inspirational reign at Nottingham Forest. "This will be a very exciting project and a high-profile commission, so it's vital we have the right sculptor," he said.

The city council leader, Councillor Jon Collins, said he was delighted with the progress made by the fund-raisers. "To raise over 50,000 in less than 18 months shows what a tremendous effort the volunteers have made and just how well supported their fund-raising work has been," said Councillor Collins. Sculptors will have until December 1st, 2006, to submit their initial ideas. There are more details about the search for a sculptor HERE.


Fund's Key To Success

The statue fund in Nottingham has smashed the 50,000 mark, after the launch of its latest money-spinning initiative. Volunteers sold four-hundred souvenir key-rings before Nottingham Forest's match against Bristol City on Saturday (October 21st, 2006). Sales on Saturday made 1,200, taking the fund even closer to the 60,000 target for a statue of the Master Manager in a prominent location in Nottingham city centre.

The chairman of the Brian Clough Statue Fund, Paul Ellis, said he was delighted with the success of the key-rings so far and thanked everyone who had bought one. But he said there was still more work to do. "The response has been fantastic and it's a sign of the tremendous support the fund has had since day one. The key-rings will be very collectable in years to come. We are closing-in on the target and we hope to sell more key-rings to help us get there, as well as pursuing other fund-raising ideas."


Cloughie Key-Rings

Key-rings in the shape of Cloughie's famous green jumper have gone on sale to help fund-raisers close-in on their target for a statue of the Master Manager in Nottingham. The limited edition items were officially launched at Nottingham Forest's home game against Bristol City on Saturday October 21st.

The collectable metal key-rings show the back of the green sweater, with the words 'Old Big 'Ead' and a big number one. The chairman of the Brian Clough Statue Fund, Paul Ellis, said the key-rings complemented the green pin-badges, of which thousands have been sold. Costing just 3.00 each, they will continue to be available on-line and on matchday Saturdays at the Study Centre (Main Stand Car Park) from 12.45 til kick-off, as well as two other locations. An ideal Christmas stocking filler. More details HERE.


Motty's Memories

Match of the Day commentator John Motson says Cloughie was his most memorable interviewee. In a special report to mark Motty's 35 years behind the microphone, he told the Daily Mail (October 7th, 2006) the Master Manager had been very kind to him.

"The most compelling to interview was Cloughie," says Motson. "I remember the first time I saw him; one of my editors asked if I was okay about the questions. 'Get him to read the telephone directory and people will still listen,' I was told. When Cloughie spoke, you listened." Motson recently donated a signed DVD to Nottingham's statue fund - it helped to raise money as a prize at a fund-raising dinner.


 

 

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