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Between The Sticks

Old Big 'Ead says Arsenal's David Seaman should not be picked as England's goalkeeper. In the December edition of Four Four Two magazine, Clough comments: "Seaman should be told with gratitude that his ponytail and slowing reflexes are now exclusively at the disposal of his club." In the same column, the Master Manager praises David Beckham and says he likes to see him sitting in the stand alongside his son. "Daft name, though, Brooklyn. I wonder which of his parents chose that?" For more Clough comments about England and developments at Derby County, get a copy of this excellent magazine.

A New Leaf

It's reported that a book publisher is planning to offer the Master Manager a six-figure sum for a follow-up to his highly successful autobiography. According to the Daily Mail (Nov 2nd, 2001) the second book will be out next October.

The Survivor

The wise words of Brian Clough have been remembered by the West Ham manager, Glenn Roeder, who has faced a difficult start to the Premiership season. Reflecting on the number of managers who have already lost their jobs this season, Roeder told the Daily Mail: "I remember the words of Brian Clough once. When asked how he was, he said he was 'surviving'. How ridiculous. He'd won a championship and two European Cups. But that's all we hope for, to survive."

The Master Makes Peace

The Master Manager has admitted he regrets the comments he made about Liverpool supporters following the Hillsborough Disaster in 1989. In the November edition of Four Four Two magazine he says he wants to "make peace" with the Liverpool fans who have been upset by his remarks. In his autobiography, Clough blamed Liverpool supporters for the tragedy. In a TV interview he said some had been drunk. He now says he realises he was misinformed and adds: "I now accept that I went too far in giving my opinions about Hillsborough."

The Top Man

Old Big 'Ead has been named 'Number One' in the list of 'Football's Top Ten Brians'! The September edition of Total Football magazine put Clough at the top of this unusual list, in front of Bryan Robson (second) and Bryan Roy (tenth). The magazine described Clough as "the most truthful and most quotable Brian the game has ever seen."

Hero Backs Campaign

England's World Cup hero Sir Geoff Hurst has backed this website's campaign for the Master Manager to be knighted. Speaking to BBC Radio Nottingham, Sir Geoff said Clough should have been made England manager years ago and that he deserved the honour of a knighthood. He also told the Brian Tansley programme that when he was in the insurance business, he'd tried to sell a policy to Old Big 'Ead. Although Clough gave Sir Geoff half an hour of his time in his office before a match, he was unable to persuade him to sign-up.

Final Whistle

Brian Clough was one of the mourners at the memorial service for 'the voice of football', Brian Moore. The Master Manager joined other famous names like Harry Carpenter and Dickie Davies at the service in St Giles' Church in Farnborough, Kent (September 10th, 2001). Over the years, Moore interviewed Clough a number of times and presented a special video tracing his life, called 'The Brian Clough Story'.

Howzat

A self-confessed 'cricket nut', Brian Clough watched Nottinghamshire beat Derbyshire at Trent Bridge (August 25th, 2001). He then went into the dressing room as a guest of the manager, Clive Rice, and spoke to the players. Afterwards, in an exclusive interview with BBC Radio Nottingham he said: "Getting into a dressing room is hallowed ground. No-one ever got into mine. So I was very privileged today."

The interviewer, John Shaw, asked him about Forest and what he thought about the type of football they were playing under Paul Hart. He responded: "If they keep playing the ball and heading the ball, then that is the name of the game. You have got to caress the football as if it is your best friend." Then, in his inimitable style, he added: "If I stuck that microphone up your shirt, you would be hopeless. It's the same with a football. It's a thing you have to look after. When you get it, play it."

Off The Shelf

The Great Man produced another piece of wonderful wit while appearing on a radio phone-in on the eve of the Premiership season. Asked about Derby's new signing, Fabrizio Ravenelli, the Master Manager replied: "The nearest I've got to Ravenelli is in the Co-op. They sell it in tins." Speaking on 106 Century FM, Clough also described David Ginola as "an exceptionally talented young man" and said he had watched England's defeat by Holland on television at home. "I was so disappointed, I kicked the cat twice - which is two more kicks than England got."

Off The Park

Brian Clough has recalled how he substituted Martin O'Neill in a Charity Shield match because he was greedy with the ball. Clough's Forest beat Ipswich 5-0 in the 1978 curtain raiser. O'Neill had scored twice and was looking for his hat-trick. "He was no longer playing for the team," says Clough in the September edition of Four Four Two magazine. Clough told his trainer Jimmy Gordon: "He's coming off, or we play with two balls - one so he can carry on showing off, and the other for the rest of the team." It's something both Clough and O'Neill have since talked about. "Twenty years later, when we met up for lunch, he told me he'd never forgotten the lesson he'd learnt from me that day." There are more great comments in this excellent column.

Taken To Hart

The Master Manager paid a visit to the City Ground to watch Nottingham Forest's first match of the new season (August 11th, 2001). Forest, now managed by Clough's former defender Paul Hart, conceded a late equaliser against Sheffield United. Said Clough: "I came to this game to support Paul because I've got faith in him. Paul is someone I always liked, as a player and as a person, and I firmly believe he possesses the right football instincts to do Forest good. Afterwards, Hart told the media: "It was nice to see Brian Clough here watching. He has always gone on at me about the importance of clean sheets. So you can bet I will get a phone call on Monday morning."

A Pop At Robson

Old Big 'Ead has had another dig at the former Middlesbrough manager, Bryan Robson. Clough says Robson was "put out of his misery" when Steve McClaren replaced him, despite having had all the ingredients to be a top manager. He claims that Robson's negative attitude was one of the main reasons behind the club's problems. In his regular column for Four Four Two magazine, Clough says: "It seems to me that Robson's general demeanor let him down...he went out with an air of doom and gloom every match day." Clough also talks about Sir Alex Ferguson and Sol Campbell in the magazine's August edition.

A Personal Tribute

The Master Manager has attended the funeral of a senior BBC journalist. Paul McCrae had worked with Clough a number of times over the years. He was recently responsible for the outstanding documentary looking at Nigel's career at Burton Albion. The funeral service was held in Derby.

Three Points

Old Big 'Ead has taken a swipe at 'player power' and described how English football currently "fills me with despair." He says Arsenal's Patrick Vierra is wrong to criticise his manager's signings and question the club's status, while looking to leave in order to win medals. Clough told The Sun newspaper that a player's ambition should start with winning a game. "I gave my players a version of the same message at ten-to-three every Saturday: 'I would shoot my granny right now for three points this afternoon.' They knew how important it was to give everything in the cause of victory. Every time. That's why my granny enjoyed more lives than my cat."

Name Of The Game

Top striker Teddy Sheringham has been describing what it's like to play for the Master Manager. Interviewed in the magazine Four Four Two, he describes Clough as "a real character". He also mentions Old Big 'Ead's preferred name for him at Forest. "When I first went there and met him, he called me 'Edward'. I thought, 'Oh no, he can't call me that.' So I told him I preferred to be called Teddy and he said something like, 'Right you are, Edward.'" Four Four Two's website is HERE.

A Fair Cop

Brian Clough's no-nonsense footballing philosophy has inspired a new crime-busting initiative. Police in Staffordshire say their 'Operation Clough' has led to forty-nine arrests, the recovery of three thousand pounds worth of drugs and the repossession of twenty thousand pounds worth of property. Superintendent Steve Loxley told BBC Radio Stoke that the operation reflected Clough's simple approach to management. But he says officers stop short of poking their suspects in the chest and saying, "Now then, young man!" They simply arrest them. A clear case of 'Clough on Crime, Clough on the Causes of Crime.'

Four Four Two

Old Big 'Ead has become the new columnist for Four Four Two magazine. In the July edition he talks about Roy Keane, Teddy Sheringham and managers who get the sack. Referring to "Edward" Sheringham, he says: "He was the slowest player in my first team squad - perhaps due to all those nightclubs he kept telling me he didn't frequent. But once we found him space on the park and some good passers of the ball, he scored twenty goals in his only season with me." To read more forthright views on his player of the season, Roy Keane, get a copy of this top magazine.

Fans Are Ignored

The will of the fans has been ignored once again by the government and the Honours Commission. Despite countless messages in support of a knighthood for the Great Man, the powers-that-be have shown how out of touch they are by omitting him from the Birthday Honours List (June 16th, 2001). Fans say there's no question he deserves it...the officials deserve to be ashamed for their poor decision. Soon there will be news of a renewed campaign by this website, which will be looking for your pledges of support. If you want to offer your backing, visit the knighthood page.

Webmaster Manager

Old Big 'Ead has finished in the top three of an on-line poll to elect Nottinghamshire's first 'virtual' MP. Clough attracted twenty-six per-cent of the votes, narrowly behind Robin Hood and actress Su Pollard. The poll was organised by the BBC's Nottingham website, as part of their Election 2001 coverage. Visit the BBC website HERE.

Blast At The Mohican

The Master Manager launched a scathing attack on David Beckham's decision to sport a Mohican haircut as he captained England in a friendly against Mexico. Clough, whose teams were renowned for self-discipline and their clean-cut image, said Beckham looked like a convict. He told The Sun (May 25th, 2001) that an England captain should not have such a "grotesque" haircut.

He fumed: "That is not a hairstyle he has had done. It is a mess. Worse than that, far worse, it is a downright insult to one of the most prestigious posts in sport." Clough said it sent the wrong message to youngsters, for whom Beckham was a role-model. "I would have told him he was no longer captain until he had grown his hair," said Clough. Beckham said later that he was "upset" by Clough's comments.

The Wizard

Old Big 'Ead was the guest of honour at a special dinner to remember England hero Sir Stanley Matthews, who was known as the Wizard of Dribble. The Master Manager delivered a witty and poignant speech at the event held at Stoke City's Britannia Stadium on May 19th, 2001. Read the special report HERE. Exclusive pictures HERE.

Match Maker

Brian's son, Nigel, has given his backing to the idea of a testimonial match for the Master Manager at the City Ground. Speaking on 106 Century FM (May 15th, 2001), he said it would be a fitting tribute. "We've just had the twenty-fifth anniversary of him joining Forest and a quarter of a century is a long time," he said. Asked whether his father would like the idea, he replied: "I think he'd be pleased and probably a little embarrassed that it's eight years since he retired and they're still talking about it."

Special Guest

Brian Clough is expected to be the guest of honour at a special event in memory of England hero Sir Stanley Matthews. Old Big 'Ead is due to appear at a Legends Dinner organised by the Sir Stanley Matthews Foundation on Saturday May 19th, 2001, at Stoke City's Britannia Stadium. The proceeds of ticket sales for the event will go to the foundation. More details HERE.

Beating The Drop

The Master Manager has described the agony of facing relegation and feeling powerless to avoid it. In an end-of-season interview with BBC Radio, Clough said he could understand the frustrations many managers, including himself, had to face to avoid the drop. "Fear of relegation can dominate your life. In my case at Forest, it consumed me completely. I knew I was playing well but couldn't win a match." He said that towards the end of his final season with the Reds it eroded his confidence to such an extent he questioned whether he could still manage. And with a smile he said: "I'd been short of confidence throughout my life." He also said it was a shame that Jim Smith had decided not to join him in retirement to play "crib and dominoes."

The Wrong Shoes

Former Forest defender Brian Laws has revealed how he saved Cloughie's blushes at Wembley. The team was about to leave the dressing room before a Littlewoods Cup Final when the Master Manager, dressed in a suit, asked Laws how he looked. "He looked uncomfortable in his suit because he preferred his famous green jersey, which he was going to change into later," said Laws "I told him: 'Gaffer, you look fantastic. The suit looks great, but I don't think the slippers will go down very well'." Realising he was still wearing his carpet slippers, Clough replied: "Thanks Lawsie, you've saved my bacon." Laws recounted the anecdote on Brian Tansley's Matchday Programme on BBC Radio Nottingham (May 5th, 2001).

A Big Hit

Brian Clough's continued popularity is reflected in the milestone reached by this website, which has now clocked-up more than 10,000 hits since its launch in August, 2000. The five figure hit count was recorded on May 2nd, 2001, representing more than one thousand hits a month. The site has been visited by fans of the great man from all over the world, with hundreds of e-mails demonstrating their affection and admiration for the Master Manager. Please keep sending your tributes to him and messages of support for the knighthood campaign.

Bowled Over

Old Big 'Ead has received a special award from the listeners of a local radio station. Clough was voted the most influential person of the last thirty years in Derbyshire, in a poll by BBC Radio Derby. During a visit to the station (April 27, 2001), the former Rams boss spoke to phone-in callers and was presented with a crystal rose bowl. "It's absolutely beautiful," he said. "I'm partial to tangerines and I'll get a dozen satsumas in this vase." Looking at the presentation box, he said: "Have you put it through the bomb squad? I'm not that popular, you know." He later said it was "a miracle" to have won the vote. He also told one caller he had given his football medals to his grandson, adding:. "He can now retire overnight at the age of twelve." CLOUGH PHOTO

Count Dracula

The outspoken Master Manager has described Manchester United's Roy Keane as a cross between Dracula and Al Capone, following his shocking challenge on Manchester City's Alfie Haaland. In an excellent interview in The Sun (April 27, 2001), Clough warned Sir Alex Ferguson: "If Manchester United's manager does not sort out that lad once and for all, he runs the risk of losing his own credibility."

Clough said he was staggered to hear that Sir Alex hadn't seen the incident. "I can believe Lennox Lewis didn't see that punch coming last Sunday morning and the skipper of the Titanic had some excuse for not spotting an iceberg if it was dark. But I couldn't believe my big ears when Fergie said he hadn't seen the tackle..."

Although Old Big 'Ead respects his former player's ability, he said the challenge was one of the worst fouls he had ever seen. "As if cutting Haaland in half wasn't bad enough, Keane then swoops over him like Dracula. All he needed was the black cloak."

Clough said that eight red cards and a spell out injured had given Keane plenty of time off. "He has had more than enough rest through suspensions alone. He has had more holidays than Judith Chalmers."

TV Study

The Master Manager was the subject of an hour-long documentary on Channel Four, simply called 'Old Big 'Ead' (April 26, 2001). It featured fascinating footage and interviews about his career, including an exclusive interview with the great man himself. Guests included Martin O'Neill, John McGovern, Garry Birtles, John O'Hare and The Sun's John Sadler. There was even a vintage clip of boxer Mohammed Ali saying: "There's a fella named Brian Clough...some soccer player or something. I heard this fella talks too much. Whoever you are, I am the talker. Now, Clough, I've had enough. Stop it!"

The outstanding programme took viewers on the rollercoaster ride of Cloughie's career, highlighting his superb motivational skills. Alan Hill, who worked alongside the Master Manager at Forest, revealed how Clough began singing 'Fly Me To The Moon' in a dressing room full of players shortly before a match. He said Clough then told them: "I'm a good singer, aren't I lads? And you're good players. That's why you play for me."

Close friend Ron Fenton, who was part of the backroom staff at the City Ground, said he believed Clough would have retired in 1991 if he had won the FA Cup, because his health was not good. Fenton said that at the time, "Brian obviously drank too much and that affected his health. There is no doubt about that." Fenton added that Clough was now much better. "I hope he starts enjoying his life again."

To demonstrate that Clough, who says he no longer drinks, is still on top form, the programme ended with some great quotes: "I would have problems with the foreign players these days because they wouldn't be able to understand me and I certainly can't speak half of their languages. But there is one word they all understand...*!?* off! They understand that!"

Fan's Report

A Clough fan who studied his management style as part of a university degree has praised Old Big 'Ead on BBC Radio. Neale Callender, a Forest fan from Ilkeston in Derbyshire, was interviewed on Radio Nottingham as part of coverage of the knighthood campaign. "Busby and Ferguson achieved league and European success, but Brian did it with a small club. So his was a much greater feat. It should be Sir Brian," said Neale, whose study can be read at the Institute of Football Studies in Preston.

Campaign Stepped-Up

Government officials have insisted that the Master Manager is still in the reckoning for a knighthood, following the campaign by this website. More e-mails of support have been sent to the Prime Minister and honours officials. In response, the Honours Secretary Diane Macfarlane has written to the website editor to say: "Mr Clough's contribution has not been overlooked. He remains under consideration for future honours rounds." It is hoped Old Big 'Ead will be included in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in June. Derby County manager Jim Smith has also written in support of the campaign. The latest knighthood news is HERE.

Award Winner

The Master Manager has received a Lifetime Achievement Award at a special ceremony. Old Big 'Ead collected the honour from Derby County manager Jim Smith at the Century Football Awards held at Pride Park Stadium (April 22, 2001). Clough concluded a witty, sharp-tongued acceptance speech by saying: "When you get to know me, what you see is what you get, and it's not bad. Don't forget I love you." Among the invited audience were Sir Geoff Hurst, Ron Atkinson, David Platt and players from Derby County, Nottingham Forest and Leicester City. Clough arrived at the event with his wife Barbara and walked up a red carpet before signing autographs for fans who had been waiting outside in the rain. The Great Man insisted on allowing them inside the foyer so he could sign their books and photographs. Exclusive Photos.

Marvellous Martin

The Great Man has heaped praise on his former Forest star Martin O'Neill. In an exclusive interview with BBC Nottingham, Old Big 'Ead said O'Neill was doing a tremendous job as manager of Celtic, who have been crowned Scottish champions. And with typical humour Clough added: "After non-league management, he finished-up at Leicester. Anybody who can do anything in Leicester but make a jumper has got to be a genius."

Clough talks to the BBC

Keane is Top

The Master Manager says his footballer of the year is Roy Keane. He describes the Manchester United star as "a great all-rounder with a terrific level of consistency." Clough says Keane has "grown-up a lot since he was a talented but angry young man playing for me" and adds that being married and having a family seems to have calmed him down. In the May edition of BBC Match of the Day magazine The Great Man says Keane "sets an incredibly high standard as a driving force in midfield."

Off The Pitch

A former Forest player has revealed how he was substituted by Old Big 'Ead even before a match got underway. Larry Lloyd said it happened on a pre-season tour of America and Canada. "We were lining up for the national anthems and I had my socks down," said Lloyd. The referee asked him to pull them up and the big man refused. "I saw the referee go off towards the bench and a few minutes later I looked over and saw the board held up with my number on it." Remembering the incident on Brian Tansley's Matchday Programme on BBC Radio Nottingham, Lloyd added: "I must be one of the very few people to be substituted before kick-off."

The Big Match

The Great Man has hinted he would like a testimonial match at the City Ground. He told a radio phone-in that he hoped the directors at Nottingham Forest were listening. "I'm getting bits and bobs of awards now which I never got as a player. I hope the same thing happens with the testimonial. I hope the directors at Forest get the message." He told 106 Century FM (March 28, 2001) that if the club wanted him to return to watch matches, all they had to do was ask.

He also revealed that when Martin O'Neill left Leicester City, the Foxes had inquired whether he would come out of retirement. "I've had the odd twinge where I've wanted to get back into the game," he said. "When Martin was going, Leicester made a couple of verbal inquiries." Clough also had a swipe at Notts County. He said his son Nigel had been to see the Magpies' reserves as part of his managerial work at Burton Albion. "Anyone who goes to see Notts County reserves has got to be wanting to learn his trade. I'm telling you, I wouldn't cross the road to watch Notts County, never mind the reserves."

Knighthood Talk

Old Big 'Ead has been speaking again about the knighthood campaign, which was launched by this website. Asked on a radio phone-in whether he would like the honour, he replied: "It would be tremendous. But I don't decide things like that. I decide where our Queen lives and how much money we give her and mundane things like that. But I don't decide knighthoods." More knighthood news HERE.

Speaking on 106 Century FM, he also had a joke at Sir Alex Ferguson's expense. The Master Manager remembered having a drink with Sir Alex before a match. "He took me into his office and gave me a drop of sherry. I told him I didn't think they were still making thimbles."

Clough Coin

Competition winner Mick Tucker has been presented with the special Clough coin he won on this website. Mick, from Cramlington in Northumberland, received the bronze coin in a presentation box at a special event at the Longdale Craft Centre in Ravenshead, Nottinghamshire (March 24th, 2001). It was presented by the sculptor Gordon Brown, who made the famous bronze bust of Cloughie and designed the coin. "It was a fantastic day. I will treasure the coin," said Mick. More details, including another chance to win a coin, on the competition page.

Brian's Birthday

The Great Man has celebrated his 66th birthday (March 21st, 2001). To mark the day, a radio phone-in encouraged listeners to describe their favourite memories of Clough as a manager. One caller to 106 Century FM in the East Midlands said he met Old Big 'Ead after his last match at the City Ground. The caller said he and his two young daughters had waited to meet him and were taken to his office. "The office was bare except for a record player. Brian put a Frank Sinatra record on and talked to the girls as if they were his own. He adored them." Fans also sent birthday messages to this website. One came from ten year old James Hudson, who said he had just completed his school project about the Master Manager.

On The Pitch

A newspaper has traced a football fan who was confronted by Old Big 'Ead after running onto the City Ground pitch twelve years ago. Sean O'Hara, now 32, of Bestwood Park, Nottingham, was one of several fans infamously 'clipped round the ear' by Cloughie after a Littlewoods Cup victory. Sean told the Nottingham Evening Post (March 2001) he had been offered thousands of pounds to tell his story at the time. "The media frenzy following the incident was amazing," said Sean. His mother, Jennifer, said Robert Maxwell phoned their house and offered Sean "whatever he wanted" to give his story. Sean refused to make money out of the incident. "People think I profited from it but I did not want to." A few days afterwards, Sean met Cloughie at the City Ground to apologise. He and another fan gave the Great Man a kiss for the cameras.

Dad's View

The Master Manager has been speaking about his son Nigel's success at non-league Burton Albion. Clough Senior watches the Brewers play at Eaton Park, where Nigel is the manager. Brian told a BBC regional TV programme: "I watch it as a manager and keep my mouth shut. Things have gone well. He's worked hard, actually. I'm quite pleased it's going well." Read more about the programme HERE.

Vote For A Quote

Clough fans can now vote for their favourite quote by the outspoken Master Manager. An on-line poll has been launched by this website. Voters can choose from the list of classic quotes on the site or suggest their own. A collector's item is also up for grabs. For more details, visit Vote For A Quote.

Lucky 'Boro Boss

Old Big 'Ead has made the headlines with comments about Bryan Robson's role at Middlesbrough. With the headline, "you're lucky to be in a job young man," one daily paper quotes Clough as saying he has never known a manager get the kind of support that Robson has enjoyed from chairman Steve Gibson. The comments originate from the April edition of BBC Match of the Day magazine. "When you think of all the good men of football who are out of the game, Robson is incredibly lucky still to be in work," says Clough. He says Robson must learn from Terry Venables. But the Master Manager doubts whether Venables will leave 'Boro at the end of the season. "Terry can behave a little bit like one of those fickle women - when he says no, it's a definite maybe. Probably."

 

Radio Tribute

The two winners of the first brianclough.com competition were linked-up on live radio to praise the Great Man. Frank Swain in Alberta, Canada, and Mick Tucker from Northumberland in the UK were interviewed by Alan Clifford on BBC Radio Nottingham. Frank, who's originally from Nottingham, said he emigrated in 1977. "It was very bad timing," he admitted. "It was a shame to miss-out on the glory years with Brian Clough, but it was nice to see the club get some success." Mick was born just two miles from Clough's birthplace in Middlesbrough. He said: "As a player and manager, there's no-one to touch him. If Alex Ferguson can get a knighthood, I don't see why Brian can't. He's a far better manager." To find-out how they won, visit the competition page.





Hodge's High Praise

Former Forest favourite Steve Hodge has paid a glowing tribute to the Master Manager. He described Clough as a fantastic manager whose achievements will never be repeated. "The words genius and great are used far too often in football," said Hodge. "There are few great, great managers, but he was one of the best and he should definitely be a Sir." Hodge was speaking at a Forest Legends evening at the City Ground, organised by BBC Radio Nottingham and the Forest supporters club. Read a full report of Hodge's tribute HERE.





Telly Troubles

Old Big 'Ead says he's sympathetic towards under-pressure Premiership managers who have to appear in front of the TV cameras when their sides keep losing. "When I was winning a pot or two, I could please myself when I gave an interview," says Clough. He says he'd usually tell the TV people to clear off because a manager speaks no sense immediately after a match. "Now, I'd have some pipsqueak with a clipboard telling me the cameras were ready for me - thank God, I'm out of it!" Clough tells the March issue of BBC Match of the Day magazine that Coventry boss Gordon Strachan should "calm down", "take no notice of the TV boys", trust his own judgement and keep playing golf with his chairman. "That might be the shrewdest move of all," he adds. For more views on Paolo Di Canio and politicians, this magazine is a winner.





Shock Call

Former Forest and Derby keeper Steve Sutton has revealed how he received a surprise telephone call from the Master Manager, asking him to play for Forest. Sutton, a youngster at the time, said he got the call one Sunday night, with the simple message: "Bring your boots and gloves." Sutton turned up for the suggested game, which was Kevin Hector's testimonial match. Clough later signed the promising young keeper after chatting with his father. "He came and had a meal at the local pub," said Sutton. And in the famous Clough-style, Old Big 'Ead said: "Now son, you go and play outside and I will talk to your Dad." When Sutton returned, the contract was signed.

Sutton recounted the story on Brian Tansley's Matchday Programme on BBC Radio Nottingham. He also gave his support to the knighthood campaign. "I think he has done as much for the game as any of the other knights," said Sutton. "Sir Alex has done it with all the resources he has. Brian Clough did it on a shoestring. Certainly, there is only one patron saint."





Spice Of Life

Old Big 'Ead has delivered another classic quote. Talking about Posh Spice and the number of shoes she had in her lost luggage during a trip to America, the Master Manager quipped: "Who the hell wants fourteen pairs of shoes when you go on holiday? I haven't had fourteen pairs in my life." Cloughie was speaking on a radio phone-in, where he also talked for the first time about the nomination for a knighthood. "I knew nothing about it," he said. He joked about who was responsible for putting his name forward. "I think it was my next door neighbour and she felt that if I got something like that, I'd have to move." For a full report on his star appearance on 106 Century FM, tune-in to this page. 

 

Beckham Needs Bairns

The Master Manager has some timely advice for David Beckham. Cloughie warns that the England star is at a "personal crossroads" where his talent and professionalism may collide with his glamorous lifestyle. The answer, he says, is for Beckham to sign a new contract and for his wife, Victoria, to have more children. 

"He's a very fit lad now, but if he stops doing his stuff on match day, all that magazine and TV documentary trivia will rebound on him," Old Big 'Ead tells the February edition of BBC Match of the Day magazine. "He should sign a new, long contract with United, persuade his missus to have a few more bairns and get as much rest as he can. And while he's at it, he should guide Posh in the direction of a singing coach, because she's nowhere near as good at her job as her husband."   

For more outspoken views on the big money signing of Rio Ferdinand and the managerial ambitions of his son, Nigel, pick-up a copy of this top footie mag.  

 

Boost for Brian    

The knighthood campaign is being stepped-up following the intervention of the Nottinghamshire MP and keen Forest fan, Kenneth Clarke. He has backed this website's efforts and has now received a personal letter from the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Chris Smith. To read more, see the knighthood page

 

"We Won't Give Up"

The campaign for a knighthood will continue, despite the name of the Master Manager failing to appear in the New Year's Honours List. Cloughie's former England colleague Jimmy Greaves says he can't understand why Old Big 'Ead has been overlooked. In his excellent weekly column in The Sun newspaper, Greavsie says the OBE Clough has already received puts him in the same league as Carol Vorderman and Jeremy Beadle. Yes, speaks volumes, doesn't it? Nevertheless, the campaign will gather pace, with more big-name support announced soon. As promised, we'll try for the Queen's Birthday Honours and more messages will be sent to the powers-that-be. So please keep sending them in. Read the latest knighthood reaction HERE.       

 

The Magnificent Sven

The Master Manager has revealed he's disappointed the England manager's job hasn't gone to an Englishman. However, commenting for the first time on the appointment of Sven Goran Eriksson, Clough says he hopes the Swede will restore pride in the national side, "then we'll all conveniently forget that he isn't one of us." Clough also quips: "At last we have appointed a manager who speaks English better than the players." For more of the great man's thoughts on Eriksson, Derby County and the Worthington Cup, pick-up a copy of the excellent January edition of BBC Match of the Day magazine.   

 

Mind That Sword

Further media coverage for the knighthood campaign has included the national newspapers, The Mirror and The Star. In a detailed article, The Mirror's David Moore quotes many of the comments on this website's knighthood page and says Clough is an obvious candidate for the honour. And with tongue firmly in cheek, he says: "The mind boggles over what might happen when Clough, certain to be a less than silent knight, steps up to meet her Majesty. One can imagine the Buckingham Palace banter right now: 'Hey, young lady, just watch what you are doing with that sword.'"

 

Fans Support Bid

The knighthood bid is gaining even wider support. So far there have been more than 500 e-mails backing the move. Further reports have appeared in Forest's matchday programme (Huddersfield game), the Evening Telegraph in Cloughie's beloved Derby and the Rams' official website. The campaign has also won the support of the Australian and New Zealand branch of the Forest Supporters Club and the Sunderland Independent Fanzine, Ready To Go. For the latest, see the knighthood page. Keep sending the e-mails, the editor is getting through them gradually!   

 

Midfield Maestro

Former Derby and Forest midfielder Archie Gemmill has revealed he regularly meets up with Cloughie to talk about the old days. And one of the topics of discussion is the Master Manager's decision to leave the talented Scot out of the Forest side which won the European Cup in 1979. "We reminisce about the old times and the subject always comes up," Gemmill told BBC Radio Nottingham. To read more about his interview, step this way.

 

Causing A "Sir"

The tremendous response to the knighthood campaign continues, following the latest media coverage. E-mails have arrived from all over the country and all over the world, from Somerset to Singapore. The campaign has gained further media attention, featuring on BBC Sport, Sky Sports and radio stations. On Friday 8th December 2000, the site received the largest number of hits it's ever had in one day (nearly 700), along with more than 100 e-mails. And still they come. Please keep sending them - this is the only website where your views could make a difference.  See knighthood page. 

 

Official Response

Government officials have confirmed that the bid to honour the Master Manager is being carefully considered. Many of the e-mails sent by fans to this website have been forwarded to Downing Street. Messages of support have come from not only around the country, but around the world. For the latest details see the knighthood page.

 

He Walks On Water

One Clough fan believes the campaign for a knighthood should be plain sailing - he has named a boat "Sir Brian". Simon Constance bought the vessel two years ago and has officially registered the name. "I have always felt that Cloughie should have been knighted," says Simon. To see the boat and read more of the story behind it, simply drop anchor here.     

 

Alberta Tribute

A lifelong Forest fan has sent a tribute from his home in Canada. Ironically, Frank Swain emigrated there in 1977, just as Cloughie took the Reds on an unforgettable journey to success. "Every Forest fan owes you an enormous debt of gratitude for what you accomplished," says Frank. "What you achieved was truly remarkable." Frank's thoughts are continued on the Your Views page.

 

Doctor's Orders

Officials at Arnold Town say the Master Manager was unable to make a special appearance at the club (2/12/00) due to ill health. His fans wish him all the best. Get well soon, Brian. 

 

Memories from America

Former Clough neighbour Joe Appleby has sent a tribute from the United States. He says he lived on the next street to Clough in Middlesbrough during his childhood. "We played against each other in competing street teams on Clairville Common. It was Valley Road v Eden Road," writes Joe, who left England in 1963. To read his memories and support for the knighthood campaign, visit the knighthood page.

 

Venables Missed Out

The Master Manager says Terry Venables was the best man for the England job. Commenting for the first time on Kevin Keegan's departure, Clough says the country was "left in the lurch" by the sudden resignation. He tells the December edition of BBC Match of the Day magazine that he would have put Venables "on the plane to Finland after Keegan's walkout" and that the former England and Spurs manager was "the best qualified for the England job."  Clough also comments on Stan Collymore in this edition of the popular footie mag.  

 

Message From Joanna

Yet another tribute from overseas. Cloughie fan and Derby County supporter Mike Trapido has e-mailed the site from South Africa in praise of Old Big 'Ead. "The man had class," says Mike, whose message can be read on the Your Views page. "They all believe you need money. All Cloughie ever needed was Cloughie."

 

A Roasting For Skipper

Former Forest captain John McGovern has revealed how he often faced strong criticism from the Master Manager, despite being regarded by some as Cloughie's "favourite".  McGovern said: "I worked for him longer than anybody else and I can assure you I got more rollickings than anybody else. There was this big myth that because I worked for him at so many clubs, I was his blue-eyed boy. But I can assure you that definitely wasn't true."

Speaking on Brian Tansley's Matchday Programme on BBC Radio Nottingham, McGovern continued: "He was the employer and I was the employee. And that was the end of the relationship. If I didn't do it, I was left out of the side. And I was left out of the side quite a few times."    

 

Birtles Joins Bid

Former Forest striker Garry Birtles has given his support to this website's campaign to get a knighthood for Cloughie. Amid huge media interest in the idea, Birtles told a radio phone-in that his former boss thoroughly deserved the accolade. His comments follow those of former Forest and Derby midfielder John McGovern who agreed that Cloughie should be honoured. E-mails continue to come-in thick and fast. A stack of them will be sent to Tony Blair and some are also featured on the knighthood page. Thanks for your support. Keep visiting the site for the latest news. 

 

Arise, Sir Brian?

Former Clough players Trevor Francis and Viv Anderson have joined fans in calling for the Master Manager to receive the ultimate accolade - a knighthood. This website has been innundated with e-mails in support of the campaign for Brian Clough to be knighted. Both Francis and Anderson, who enjoyed European glory with Old Big 'Ead, have written letters to the editor backing the move. 

 

Now then, young Edward

Old Big 'Ead has been explaining why he never gave his players nicknames. He says he thought it was a sign of over-friendliness, which was not his style of management. "When I called young Sheringham 'Edward', people seemed to be very amused, but he told me that his parents did the same," Clough tells the November edition of BBC Match of the Day magazine. "Anyway, in Yorkshire, we like to use the proper first names - as Anthony Adams, Robert Moore and Terence Butcher would have found out if they'd ever played for me."  For further opinions on Sir Alex Ferguson and Michael Owen, this magazine is a great read. 

 

Greetings from Washington

Clough fan David Lovato is the latest visitor to send a tribute from overseas. The former Nottingham student used to live next to the City Ground and is now in the United States. He's sent an e-mail message from Washington D.C. He went to the polytechnic in Nottingham in the Seventies and started watching Nottingham Forest when they were in the Second Division. "I saw Clough launch a storming assault on the established 'great powers' of football," writes David, whose memories can be read HERE 

 

"It's a crackpot plan" 

Proposals to raise the profile of women's football have been criticised by Old Big 'Ead. "I don't care for women playing football, especially when they distract me by running around in those tight shirts," says the Master Manager. In the October edition of BBC Match of the Day magazine, he says it's great that more women are going to watch matches. But he adds: "I like my women to be feminine, not sliding into tackles and covered in mud." For more great quotes on football issues, grab a copy of this excellent mag. 

 

"I've regained respect -- and more"

Former Forest favourite Stuart Pearce has spoken further about his working relationship with Cloughie. Promoting his new autobiography on Channel Five's "Football Night" with Jonathan Pearce, Psycho said he fell out with the Master Manager during Forest's relegation season, over a contract. He added: "There is no doubt I have now regained my respect for him -- and more. What he did for Nottingham, putting it on the map, was absolutely fantastic. I class myself as very lucky to have worked for him."

 

"He scared the life out of us!"

Cloughie's captain at Nottingham Forest, Stuart Pearce, has described him as "a managerial colossus." A chapter in Psycho's new autobiography focusses on his working relationship with Old Big 'Ead. He reveals the ups and downs of playing for the Master Manager. "To be honest, he scared the life out of me as he did most of the squad," says Pearce, who admits he had immense respect for Clough. "He makes you into a player and if your standards fall he will have you out of the team."  To read more anecdotes about life behind the scenes at the City Ground, this book, published by Headline, is a must.  

 

"It'll Be A Struggle"

The Master Manager has warned that Derby County will struggle for survival in the Premiership this season. Interviewed by BBC Television in the East Midlands, Cloughie said although it will be an up-hill battle for the Rams, the experienced Jim Smith will be able to keep them up. He says the jury is still out on Forest's prospects for promotion.  

 

"Now then, young lady..."

Old Big 'Ead made a surprise appearance to fulfill the dream of a life-long fan. Gill Bennett from Derby received a bronze bust of the great man as a birthday present from her husband. And Cloughie turned-up at their home to present it! The special occasion was filmed by the BBC. You can win the bronze coin from the same collection in our competition.

 

"A nice tribute to Dad..."

Nigel Clough has praised brianclough.com, saying: "It's a nice tribute to Dad." Speaking to the Evening Gazette in Middlesbrough, where his father was born, Nigel commented: "I'm afraid Dad doesn't have a clue what a website is! And he wouldn't know what a computer was if it bit him. But he has heard of this and nobody has any problems with it." Let's hope he finds the net as easily as he did at Middlesbrough!

 

"Good idea, son..."

The Master Manager has welcomed this tribute website in recognition of his football genius. He told a listener on a radio phone-in: "It's a good idea, son. Simple as that. If they've picked me for a website, why not?" 

 

Tributes pour in

E-mail tributes have been flooding in since the launch of the website on August 8th, 2000. The site has been widely reported, including in The Sun newspaper and internet site. Tributes have been sent not only to Mr Clough, but in praise of the website itself. They've come from across the football spectrum, from Manchester United fans to West Ham supporters, from Canada to Dubai, showing fans CAN be united in their love of the game and one man in particular. Youngman looks forward to receiving lots more. 

 

"It'll smell of garlic"

The legendary boss has had a dig at the number of French players at Arsenal. Writing in the September edition of BBC Match of the Day magazine, Cloughie says: "I bet their dressing room will smell of garlic rather than liniment over the next few months."  For more great quotes about the Premiership, England and the 2006 World Cup, this magazine is a must!

 

"I think he needs glasses"

The great man has some wise words for Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson. Speaking on the 106 Century FM radio phone-in on the eve of the new season, Cloughie said: "I hope his eye-sight improves this season -- because everytime he's asked whether a Manchester United player committed a sin, he says he didn't see it." 

 

"He's no spring chicken"

Brian Clough believes Martin O'Neill has made the right decision to leave Leicester City and join Celtic. The Master Manager told BBC Match of the Day magazine: "I was with him the week before he decided to leave and he was agonising over it." But Clough says O'Neill had to make the most of a golden opportunity.

"He's got to look after himself now. At 48, he's no spring chicken. His football talent is known to all and after working for me for five years, he's obviously learned something about management."   

 

"SHUT UP AND GET ON WITH IT"

The Master Manager appeared on BBC Radio Nottingham, for his first ever radio phone-in. His unpredictable answers to fans' questions made gripping listening. To read about the result, look in the phone-in page on this website.

 

"NOT THOSE UGLY BUGGERS AGAIN"

Cloughie was the star guest at the Mark Crossley testimonial at the City Ground in May, 2000. Wearing his famous green sweatshirt, he led out the 1979 European Cup winning team. Stars including Martin O'Neill, John Robertson, Tony Woodcock, Archie Gemmill and Kenny Burns joined Old Big 'Ead as the memories of the European glory days came flooding back to Trentside.

 

"I'm telling you, we don't need more." 

Writing for the Daily Mail, Cloughie criticised the amount of football on television. He spoke out against efforts to increase the number of games screened each week. He was also highly critical of pay-per-view matches.

"I find the whole idea of pay-per-view distasteful because it is socially divisive and penalises the poorer members of society." 

 

"I'd break the bank for that young man."

The Master Manager received a standing ovation when he was guest of honour at the Stadium of Light for last season's game between his two former clubs, Sunderland and Middlesbrough. He met the Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips who presented him with the No.9 shirt. Phillips described meeting Cloughie as "a massive honour."

Old Big 'Ead has praised the Sunderland star. He told BBC Match of the Day magazine: "If I wanted a striker, I'd break the bank for Phillips. He must be good if he broke my record at Sunderland."

  

 "Hey, it was worth the wait"

Brian Clough made his long-awaited return to the City Ground, for the match against Wolves in September, 1999. He unveiled a plaque to mark the renaming of the Executive Stand as "The Brian Clough Stand." He also unveiled a bust of himself in the club's reception area. At half-time, Old Big 'Ead walked onto the pitch and received a standing ovation. 

"Turning the clock back is one of those things in life that is just impossible to do, but this was the nearest I could hope to get to it, " he said. 

 

 

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